A day after patriarch Satyanand Munjal’s death, second son Suresh Munjal recalled how winning a declamation contest organised on ‘Arya Samaj’ during his father’s school days at the age of 17 in Faisalabad, Pakistan, inspired him to dedicate his entire life to propagate teachings of the sect.
“He was immensely influenced by the teachings of Satyarth Prakash (Light of Truth), a book written by Dayanand Saraswati, a renowned religious and social reformer and the founder of Arya Samaj, which he distributed among thousands of deserving candidates and thought can comprehend the real meaning behind it,” shared Suresh Munjal.
Munjal said the book was compiled by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati after collating facts of more than 3,000 books written on almost every religion of the world.
When asked as to why Satyanand Munjal chose to stay at his house in Model Town when he had the option to settle with other brothers and sons at different places, Suresh Munjal said, “The fact that he shifted in this house in 1963 and lived in a refugee shelter and attachment developed over a period of six decades, he could not think of leaving the house.” He was a deeply religious soul and performed havana pujas at his house every day right until two days before he breathed his last.
On being asked before building an business empire, if Munjal brothers had their share of ups and downs in the market, Munjal shared, “We never believed in making shortcuts on professional front and it was a step-by-step process before we could establish our business. We made the most of every opportunity that came our way and learnt at every step. The business equations during the 1969 financial downturn world over had a slight impact, but largely, it was a smooth sailing for us.
“As a kid whenever we fought, he would teach us the lesson of staying truthful to oneself and others. Being a modest soul, he would often attribute all his philanthropic deeds to God,” reminisced Munjal.
Nitin Nahan, 51, an executive member of Arya Samaj executive committee in Ludhiana, and who actively was involved in the philanthropic activities of Satyanand Munjal for more than a decade, shared that he was known to set new trends among the followers of the sect and had the ability to motivate people on how to improve upon their personal as well as professional lives.
He would keep in touch with each and every member of the sect and taking care of their personal needs was always high on his priorities.
He would often come and take note of attendance of members from register of the committee.