I spent a most enlightening 3 hours with respected Shri L N Jhunjhunwala ji (LNJ) on Krishna Janamastami day, 19th August 2022. Can’t decide if I introduce him as an extremely successful industrialist or a visionary who dreams of seeing Bharat as the most advanced nation, or a spiritual Guru having such indepth knowledge of Vedas, Geeta and other granths.
Starting more than seven decades ago with a small textiles venture, Shri Jhunjhunwala’s legacy now stands tall as LNJ Bhilwara Group, an INR 5,600 crores plus well-diversified business conglomerate with presence in textiles, power, graphite electrodes, IT, skills and energy storage solutions. To know more about this towering personality just click https://www.lnjbhilwara.com/chairman_message.html (Photo of LNJ has been taken from the website.)
LNJ is just 94 years old and has full confidence that he will live till he is 116 years old. At present, there is a concept of living a hundred years in Bhartiya school of thought. (वर्तमान में भारतीय चिंतन में जीवेत शरद: शतम् की अवधारणा है।). However, the age of 116 years is prescribed by the Chandogyopanishad. (छान्दोग्योपनिषद् के द्वारा 116 वर्ष की आयु का विधान है।). It is this new reading of Chandoyaopanishad which assured him that a human can live 116 years and therefore this belief of his. Seeing his physical and mental health I can vouch that his wish to attain the age of 116 will be fulfilled with the grace of Almighty.
L N Jhunjhunwala on Technology
LNJ talked of Space Technolgy, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum Physics, Block Chain etc with such ease. He showed books on astronomy and space which were written for US school kids, and questioned if we don’t do similar interventions how we will produce scientists and engineers for tomorrow. LNJ has one dream – to see that a Bhartiya soon gets a Noble prize for mathematics.
L N Jhunjhunwala on Shri Aurobindo ji and Vivekanand ji
LNJ talked a lot of Aurobindo ji and Vivekanand ji He opined that if Gandhiji had listened to Aurobindo ji, Bharat would not have seen the partition of our motherland. Recently his article titled Sri Aurobindo could have stopped partition was published in The Pioneer in June 2022. LNJ is a passionate reader and a writer. He has a very rich library which includes several rare books, and believe me, he has read all of that he has.
L N Jhunjhunwala on Shri Raghunandanji
LNJ talked very highly of one Shri Raghunandanji, who took charge of his school at Hurda. Raghunandanji took care of the school for 50 years and did not take a single paise for his services. He was surely a monk, with no personal desires. LNJ encouraged Shri Raghunandanji to write the book “Wisdom of Vashistha”, which was released by our former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on 18th October 2004. While talking of Raghunandanji, LNJ informed that there are some 3,000 monks serving the Ramkrishna Mission, Aurobindo Ashram, Raman Maharishi, who take nothing for their services. He very strongly believes that we have several such selfless people who are available to serve the nation, not expecting anything in return. LNJ is deeply associated with such organisations, specially the Ramakrishna Mission.
During these 3 hours, he spoke of several issues. He showed books on those topics to corroborate his deliberations.
LNJ has also written a number of books and has received several awards and recognitions.
I am sure of getting his blessings soon again. In fact, when I meet him next I will take some personal information from him. And even ask him to give a message for today’s youth, as to how they should lead their life.
I pray to the Almighty to shower His choicest blessings on Shri Jhunjhunwala ji.