Shri Dnyanraj Manik Prabhu Maharaj
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Shri Dnyanraj Manik Prabhu Maharaj was born to His Holiness Shri Siddharaj Manik Prabhu Maharaj and Sow. Meerabai Saheb on 3rd December 1958 as their eldest child. He was sent to the famous Scindia School for his education. The serene, regal and educationally inviting atmosphere of the historic fort of Gwalior in which the school is situated and the able guidance from his illustrious teachers provided him the right kind of opportunity and environment to blossom into a fine young gentleman with a keen sense of enquiry, a deep understanding of the subjects, a flair for public speaking and literary writing and above all an out-of-the-box thinking, which is the characteristic of his scholarly but endearing personality.
He was awarded the President of India’s Gold Medal for his outstanding performance in the All India Secondary School Examination of the C.B.S.E. and was also awarded the President of India’s Medal for the ‘Best Boy’ of the Scindia School in 1974-75.
After completing his scholastic education at the Scindia School he returned to Maniknagar to take charge as the Secretary of Shri Manik Prabhu Samsthan in the year 1975 and under the able guidance of His Holiness Shri Siddharaj Manik Prabhu Maharaj, took up the challenge of transforming Shri Manik Prabhu Samsthan into a leading socio-spiritual organisation of the country. During his stint as the Secretary of the Samsthan he brought about revolutionary changes in the administrative setup of the Samsthan, took up construction of Dharmashalas and Guest-Houses, created other important and necessary facilities for the benefit of the visiting devotees, gave a face-lift to the Bhandarkhana (Temple-Kitchen), introduced Nitya Anna Daan (free meals for the visiting pilgrims), started the publication of Samsthan’s monthly journal ‘MANIK RATNA’ and edited it himself, published a lot of new books for the propagation Shri Prabhu’s ‘Sakalamat Siddhant’, successfully organized various celebrations such as Shri Manohar Manik Prabhu Maha-Niryan Shatabdi in the year 1977, Shri Martand Manik Prabhu Mahaniryan Shatabdi in the year 1986, Shri Siddharaj Manik Prabhu Maharaj Ji’s 50th birthday Celebrations in the year 1989, Saardha Shata Samvatsarik Jayanti Mahotsav in the year 1995 and the sesquicentennial celebrations of the Peetharohana of Shri Siddharaj Manik Prabhu Maharaj in the year 2005.
He is a prolific writer in Hindi, Marathi and Urdu and has composed over five hundred compositions in Hindi and Urdu with equal command portraying the various shades of human emotions and spanning over a broad spectrum of subjects such as philosophy, religion and current affairs. Recognising his contribution to the fields of literature and philosophy the Gulbarga University honoured him with an Honorary D.Litt.
Shreeji ascended the holy Seat of Shri Prabhu as its sixth Peethadhipati after the Maha-Samadhi of Shri Sadguru Siddharaj Manik Prabhu Maharaj in October 2009. Shri Maharaj ji inherits the illustrious legacy of his predecessors and combines in him the best of all his preceding Acharyas in terms of the level of spiritual attainment, the deep understanding of the scriptures with special regard to the principles of Advaita Vedant, which form the basis of Shri Prabhu’s Sakalamat Siddhant, the capacity to influence his followers to tread the path of righteousness through his knowledge-packed spiritual discourses, the deep sense of concern for the spiritual and material well-being of the society at large and the missionary zeal of his immediate predecessor His Holiness Shri Siddharaj Manik Prabhu Maharaj to work selflessly for the educational and social development of the poorest of the poor.
The Samsthan is set to scale newer heights in the service of humanity under his able and inspiring stewardship.