Pt. Abhayjeet Dubey Ji, our founder, was born on 25th July, 1906 in a family of prosperous farmer in the village ‘Chakkey’ far from the hustle and bustle and the madding crowd of the city, adjacent to the confluence of the rivers-Sai and Gomti-the place of worship of the great ‘Maharshi’ Yamadagni. The village Chakkey, the hub of all the academic and socialactivities, presenting a fine spectacle, as if it were within a triangle, is surrounded on all sides-by Ayodhya in the north, the birth place of God Rama, by Kashi in the south the God Shiva, the giver of salvation, by pious Prayag in the west. Having been deprived of the parental care in his boy-hood, Panditji got mental vigor through unseen powers on the one hand.
On the other hand, under the supervision of his great grand uncle Shaligram, his physique became hale and hearty by looking after huge farming activities. Our founder would manifest greater interest in physical exercises particularly wrestling, since the age of adolescence. As an adolescent, he raised his voice against corruption and tried to propagate his revolutionary ideas on Tehsil premises. Influenced by the magnetic charm of the personality of Mahatama Gandhi, he led many movements ably at district level. Although an adult, but workings like a dynamic young man, he got revolutionary insight and fervor through ‘Satyagrah’ and journalism. He revolutionized his ideas as a journalist without fear or favor through ‘Aaj’, ‘Sansaar’, ‘Bhavishya’, ‘Abhyudaya’, ‘Hindustan’ etc. He was the chief editor and the managing director of the ‘Vikas Patra’ for a long time.
He was lodged in jail, five times, during British rule. He remained calm and unperturbed even when he lost his wife during his prison days. He was so full of revolutionary zeal that he did not care at all for his only son of five years and his only daughter of three years. It does not mean that he was dis-affectionate towards his siblings. The reason for this attitude was that he felt a deep concern for the higher issues of life such as politics, society or religion rather than domestic worries. This concern towards nobler issues becomes evidently clear, when after the death of his wife he did not care to offer fire (Mukhagni) at the burning pyre of his dead wife even after his parole was granted. He heaved with a great sigh and said, “When she is no more, so what!... Let me do my work!.”
The whole life of our founder was enlightened with radiance and firm determination. He advocated his views clearly whether it was ‘Ekta Sammelan’ convened by Madan Mohan Malviyji or whether it was the issue of selection of Shubhash Babu as ‘Leader of congress’. He accompanied Pt. Nehru during his visits to Jaunpur and surrounding areas. Those whom Panditji befriended during the freedom movement, were Pt Kamalapati Tripathi, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, Narayan Dutt Tiwari, to name only a few.
He had not only committed ‘Geeta’ to his memory but also he had embodied inspiring ‘slokas’ in his characters. Drawing inspirations from the ‘Geeta’, a public library called ‘Geeta Sahitya Kuteer’ in a double-storied building, was established on the auspicious day of ‘Geeta-Jayanti’ in a distant landscape called ‘Chakkey’. The library edifice is well known for its grandeur and magnificence and its artistic embellishment and furnishings. Another phase of his life, after politics, began with the establishment of a girls’ school. Panditji broke the orthodox view by pleading for the education of girls.
After bidding good bye from active politics, he turned to tackle the issue of life, i.e. society after Bapu’s death and also actively participated in ‘Bhudan’ movement of Vinoba Bhave. During later half of the 20th century, our founder’s dream of opening middle school, inter college, girls college and finally post-graduate college was concretized. The public library has always remained the source of floodlight- of knowledge a beacon light with which institutions were brightened under the powerful and inspiring influence of our father-figure. The institutions stand as a symbol of his creativity. The area of the social work broadened with the construction of a ‘basti’ for the people of lower class called ‘Banbasi Basti’, education to poor and talented students with full fee-ship, women’s education, adult education, fundamental education, ‘Kutir industries’, ‘Saghan Kshetra Samiti’, Co-operative committees. All these stood as great assets to make villagers self-reliant.
At the suggesion of ‘Sant Ram Hadia Baba’, Panditji embraced ‘Sanyasa’ at the age of sixty, even before that, when young, ‘Abhayjeet’ would be addressed as ‘Sadhu’ by his caring uncle ‘Shaligram’. He was entitled as ‘Brahmarshi’ by ‘Jagadguru Devnayakacharya’ who discovered in him purity and asceticism. ‘Yogiraj Devaraha Baba’ also endorsed this view. ‘Karpatriji Maharaj’, Hindu ‘Hridaya Samrat’ commended the title of ‘Brahmarshi’ to our veteran freedom fighter. Life of Panditji based on ethical values has made him worth remembering and laudable. His life is crowned with laurels. The light of our ‘Sansthan’ vanished in the year 1998 with the sad demise of our founder but the glorious deeds done by him, make him relive among his creations in subtle form. His idealistic and self-disciplined life is worth following and emulative. The light of his creations is sure to brighten not only the family and society but also the entire nation because the importance of human life lies in what the legendary figure says, “To strive, to seek, to find but not to yield”. Our founder would always preach this message of action.