Hirabhai delivered numerous lectures
on Bhagwad Gita, Bhagwatam, Ramayana & Upanishads in many cities,
towns and villages of the state of Gujarat Saurashtra and Maharashtra
during his service and also after retirement.
He was the first President of Theosophical Society
of Gandhinagar (capital of Gujarat in India). He was a scholar of BhagwadGita
Since 1985, he made extensive tours in the United
States of America and delivered lectures in English, Hindi and Gujarati
in several states. He visited South Africa and delivered lectures. The
visit to South Africa was of particular significance to him because
they give him an opportunity to visit the places where Mahatma Gandhi
laid the foundation of India's freedom struggle. Indeed, Hirabhai strongly
believed in Gandhiji's principles of 'accountability' and 'trusteeship
of wealth' and made a conscious effort to practice these principles
in his own life.
In 1990, Shri Hirabhai wrote 'Glory
of Death'(Mrutyu Nu Mahatmya) originally in simple and lucid
Gujarati Language. His main purpose was to narrate the significance
and benefits of death to the common people so that the fear of death
would be overcome. He emphasizes the need to live an honest, pious and
selfless life since "he who knows how to live life well also knows
how to accept death in the right spirit". To him, death is a meeting
of "Atman" (soul) with "Parmatma" (Almighty).
Shri Hirabhai was a true "Karmayogi"
and performed his duties towards his family and society with utmost
dedication while maintaining a high degree of detachment and reserving
his energies for deeper spiritual pursuits. He remained active until
the end of his life and delivered his last discourse on the day before
his unexpected but peaceful demise at the age of 83 on August 26, 2001.
Bapuji (as he was called affectionately by family
and friends) always attributed his success in combining his worldly
and spiritual lives to our mother, Shrimati Bhanuben Thakkar, who devoted
herself completely to looking after him and we children and provided
the right environment in which great works such as this one can be accomplished.
Hirabhai leaves behind a rich and vast treasury
of ideas and insights into every aspect of Hindu Dharma for his countless
admirers all over the world. His life will continue to inspire all those
who wish to drink deeply at the fountain of spiritual knowledge while
maintaining a foothold in the mundane world.
With deep love and gratitude.
- Ghanshyam Thakkar
- Harish Thakkar
- Meena Kapadia
- Mahesh Thakkar
- Hema Sakarda
26th August 2003.