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PROF. AGAM PRASAD MATHUR

In the words of American Biographical Institute, U.S.A.


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An original thinker and creative writer in both prose and verse, Professor Agam Prasad Mathur has composed and published several volumes of prayers, hymns and devotional songs which are reverentially read, recited, and meditated upon by lacs of the professor's disciples and followers. The most important of these creative works to date are entitled : Amrit Baani Volume I ("Prem Ragini"), Amrit Baani Volume II ("Prem Tarangini"), Amrit Bachan (in three volumes), Mystical Poems, Biography of Lalaji Maharaj, and Biography of Kunwarji Maharaj, Radhasoami Faith-A historical Study written by Professor A.P.Mathur and published by Vikas Publications, Delhi, is the only book Published so far that provides the latest and most critical information based on research about the Radhasoami Faith. The book has been widely acclaimed by reputed historians and editors, who have called Professor A.P.Mathur a leading historian of our times.

Through his illustrious career as an eminent and nationally recognised educationist, historian and socio-religious reformer, Professor Mathur has addressed a large number of public meetings, conferences, seminars, symposia and press media. He has given the Presidential Address to the XXVII Conference of the Institute of Historical Studies, the Inaugural Address to the All India Economic Conference, the Presidential Address of the Hindi Prachar Sabha (organised by the Income Tax Department), and the Presidential Address to the XXXIII Conference of the Institute of Historical Studies. He has also provided lectures before the Rotary Club, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Theosophical Society, among many other such institutions, with his speeches touching on such subjects as public welfare, philosophy, history and culture, sociology, political science, economics, literature, art, music, the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society, and the promotion of new educational policy. To date, some 3000 audio and 300 video tapes have been recorded of his pronouncements and are now available for public use.

In addition to giving public lectures, Professor Mathur has been instrumental in organizing numerous group meetings through the years, serving as chairman of the Annual Conference of the Institute of Historical Studies in 1976, of the Seminar on "The Improvement in Teaching of History in Colleges" in 1981, and of the Nehru Birth Centenary Celebrations at Agra University in 1989. In addition, he was named President of the XXXIII Conference of the I.H.S., organized by Mumbai University in 1996, and he was chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Yadgar Sulh-I-Kul in 1980.

Professor Mathur is a leader of the Radhasoami Faith, a prominent religious organization which aims to eliminate all barriers of caste, creed, and race with a following of over 10 million in India and abroad. He has been named Head of the Radhasoami Satsang, which, as a token of their love, reverence, and gratitude, have published a "Felicitation Series" in five volumes (nearly 5000 pages). These volumes contain felicitation messages from a large number of dignitaries from all over the world, as well as research articles by some of the world's most eminent scholars and historians. The last volume (in three parts) exclusively contains selected discourses, orations, and lectures by Professor Mathur himself and is a monumental work in itself.

For the past forty-five years, Professor Mathur has been affiliated with Agra University, teaching for thirty-three years post-graduate classes in the field of history and guiding research work of more than forty Ph. D. students in the area of Indian History and Culture. His own education began at a young age with a private tutor who taught him English, Hindi, and Mathematics at home. His academic qualifications were earned in history at Agra University between 1950 and 1972, with the awarding of his B.A. degree in 1950, his M.A. degree in 1952 and his PhD in 1972. Though Professor Mathur is particularly interested in European and British History, he is an expert of medieval and modern Indian History and has specialized in the study of comparative religions. Professor Mathur rose to the position of Vice-Chancellor of Agra University, Agra and held this august office for two full terms from 22 October 1982 to 23 October 1985 and again from 28 April 1988 to 27 April 1991. As Vice-Chancellor, he created a peaceful academic environment in the University and affiliated colleges, implemented an academic calendar, and made regular academic sessions. His success was a rare distinction because no other Vice-Chancellor of Agra University has occupied this apex position for two full terms so fruitfully.

In conjunction with his professional duties, Professor Mathur has been affiliated with a number of academic organizations and societies. He has been granted life membership in the Author's Guild of India, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, the Indian History Congress, the Institute for World Congress on Human Rights, and the International Goodwill Society of India. In addition, he is a member of the Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee of the Ministry of Welfare of the Government of India. He is a fellow of India's Institute of Historical Studies and of the Royal Asiatic Society, and he is a past member of the Historical Records Commission of India (1975-81). He has recently been granted Fellowship of the United Writers' Association(FUWAI).

A direct descendant of Hazur Maharaj Rai Salig Ram Bahadur, the first Indian Post Master General and founder of the Radhasoami Faith, Professor Mathur has always been an upholder of the cause of the weaker sections of society. He has been a liberal donor to both social and educational institutions, providing as well, great support to the victims of national calamities (raising funds and personally contributing to help the sufferers of floods, earthquakes, and the Bangladesh Liberation War). He has set up a number of educational institutions, shelter homes and medical dispensaries. His work has been recognized with inclusion in Who's Who in Indo-American Education, India Who's Who Year Book 1977-78, Learned India Biographies, Learned Asia Who's Who, Who's Who in India, Reference Asia, Biography International and Indo-American Who's Who.

Born in Agra, India,on 27 July 1930, Professor Mathur is the son of Late Anand Prasad Mathur and Jagdamba Devi, who played essential roles in shaping his balanced personality and well rounded wealth of knowledge. Professor Mathur was married on 15 February 1956. He and his wife, Usha, have three children, a daughter Veera, and two sons Achint and Atul, born in 1956, 1958, and 1960 respectively.

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Dadaji Maharaj - His life and works

Felicitations

Dadaji: The Path Finder
From the editorial board of Felicitation Volume

Evolution of Faith

Research Article published in Journal of Indian History Society, Calcutta, India in March 1970

Ethical Norms

Ethical Norms For Moral Conduct
On the basis of discourses of PPPD Hazur Maharaj dictated in Prem Patra

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