Rashtrasant Upadhyaya Shri Amar Muniji (1902 - 1992)


Upadhyaya Amar Muniji is regarded as India’s foremost thinkers in the genres of Indian philosophy and religion. Gurudev, as he is fondly addressed, is celebrated as a spiritual revolutionary for his work towards awakening dormant potential. A Jain monk and yogi, he meditated atop mountains and by river banks but remained afar from unrelenting traditions. He was a subject matter expert in yoga, Nyaya, logic and metaphysics.

A futurist and liberal thinker, he lent a new direction to Jainism in a modern context. It was he who bestowed the title of Acharya on Sadhvi Chandanaji; the first woman to be given this designation in Jain history. His dedicated pupil went on to spread his teachings of love, compassion, and tolerance through Veerayatan, an NGO that focuses on Seva, Shiksha, and Sadhana for all in need.

Gurudev was the luminous pathfinder and the incandescent energy behind Veerayatan. His mindset represented a new phase of Jain resurgence and renaissance. Veerayatan was blessed by his guidance, presence, and is enlivened by his living legacy. He trod the grounds of Veerayatan and imparted to it the sanctity of an ashram. Nurtured by his transcendental vision, Acharya Shriji has been able to pay homage to her great mentor and guru by enabling the organization to bloom and flourish.

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Gurudev wrote extensively on Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was among his ardent admirers. In 1970, she gave him the title ‘Rashtrasant’, which means the saint of the nation.

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“Life is not only in self-inspection but also in deeds. The living example of such philosophy and contemplation is Veerayatan”

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