Pandit Lekha Ram
He was one of the most committed souls in Arya Samaj history. He was born in 1858 in a small village known as Sayyadpur district Jhelam. His father was Mehta Tara Singh – a Brahman. His childhood learning was in Farsi and Urdu – which were the two main languages at that time. He became a sergeant in the police force. However, he was far more interested in religion and spirituality. He studied the Gita regularly. His superior, a Muslim inspector of police, was quite upset with him and told him that he could not work for his religion while serving in the government. Instead of stopping the religious work, he submitted his resignation, which showed his commitment towards his mission. Somehwere along the line, he studied the teachings of Munshi Kanhaiya Lal Alakhdhari, whose ideas changed his thoughts. This was followed by his coming across the teachings of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. He established an Arya Samaj in Peshawar. He got the desire to learn more about Vedic dharma, and so he went to meet Swami ji while in Ajmer. All of Lekha Ram ji’s curiosities were satisfied by Swami ji. From this point onward, he was constantly doing Veda prachaar, publishing, lecturing, touring the different parts of North India. He was so committed that he felt obliged to resign from his government job and make the spreading of the Vedic message his full priority. He did a lot of work in reconverting people who had either already converted to Islam or those who were intending to convert. After the departure of Swami ji in 1883, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha Punjab decided to collect all of Swami ji’s literature and various proofs about Swami ji’s life. This work took place under the leadership of none other than Pandit Lekha Ram ji. He traveled and interviewed anyone who had had any extensive interaction with Swami ji. Since he died at an early age in 1897, his work was not completed, and the chief of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha Punjab asked Pandit Atma Ram Amritsari to complete the biographical book about Swami ji. He had gotten married at the age of thirty-five, and he had a son. One day when he came home, his wife told him that his son was very sick and needed to be seen by a doctor. Pandit Ji told his wife that he was hungry, and he wanted to eat dinner before getting the doctor. While having dinner, he received a message that there was a large group of people who were going to be converting to Islam that evening. He left for that place in the middle of his dinner and prevented the conversion of that group. While there, he got a telegram that his only son had died. One of the chief qualities of Pandit Lekha Ram was that wherever he was needed, he went without caring about his own physical well being. He lectured, toured, and wrote extensively. There was one incidence that I would like to mention. He came to know that one Hindu was converting to another religion in a village near Patiala. He ran and jumped onto a moving train to get to that village. When that village was approaching and the train did not stop, he jumped out of the moving train. Despite his injuries, he pressed forward and achieved his goal of saving the Hindu man from converting. One day a fanatic stabbed him with a dagger, causing him to bleed. He was taken to the hospital but he did not survive. He died on the night of March 6, 1897. We bow down to this devoted human being who gave his life for the well-being and upliftment of humanity at large.