Veda Nath Mohabir passed away last month in Toronto after an unfortunate fall in his home. His remains were cremated on November 30.
Veda hails from Guyana. He migrated to Toronto with his family during the difficult years of the Guyanese Burnham dictatorship. He pursued higher education and became a prolific writer on Hinduism and in defending the Hindu diaspora. He published a few books and penned countless articles in the mass media.
As someone commented, courage and research were Veda’s hallmarks.
Here are some comments in tribute: Cliff Rajkumar penned: “Veda bhai was a very unique individual. He was like Ram Jaggasar ( who passed away a few months ago) – a fearless advocate for Sanathana Dharma – their ancient creed which subscribes to Karma (deeds) as being the primordial cause/effect which determines our human civility and respect for all life forms.
Their loyalty and selflessness underscore the love, humility, and abiding faith in the humanistic inclusivity of their culture and traditions. A transcendental belief that acknowledges the immutable self and the “one humanity” with the consciousness to know the ultimate truth of our transient existence, here on earth. Perhaps we are all like a wave that takes form and identity only to dissolve back into its source.” Cliff adds: “Indeed! VEDA NAUTH MAHABIR is very deserving of a high honor from the Caribbean Hindu diaspora and the global Hindu community/civilization, at large.
Veda bhai was, no doubt – among all of us – the most indomitable warrior who was vigorous in his relentless efforts to defend and condemn the distorted and false propaganda narratives by malicious self-serving miscreants who shamelessly propagated their false and demeaning Hinduphobic narratives.
He dedicated his life to the preservation of his timeless Vedic wisdom and culture. He stood as a fearless and formidable bastion to protect the survival of his ancestral traditions and beliefs. He understood and appreciated the invaluable contributions, in every field of human endeavor, that his Dharmic heritage has and continues to share for the benefit and well-being of all people and life forms in our fragile planet…and the universe.
We should all pause for a moment and honor this remarkable soul who stood as a resilient thread to keep the fabric of our ancient traditions and beliefs alive, in a world that simply refuses to accept our legitimate rights to practice and preserve our ancestral faith on account of judgemental bigotry and demagogic ignorance. He bravely confronted the disingenuous proselytizers with an unwavering commitment to resist and denounced their distorted and egregious duplicity … as a guardian of our ancient creed and heritage.
May Veda bhai’s memory be a guiding light for those who see it fit to pick up from where he left off and keep the flame alive for the benefit of future generations of Hindus to proudly continue extolling the incomparable spiritual and mystical merits of Sanathana Dharma”.
Ravi Dev wrote: “We should honour him by making his life’s work more widely available for the struggle that continues”.
Ramesh Gampat: “What a loss for Hindu Samaj! What a powerful, courageous and indomitable and persistent fighter for Hindus.”
Adit Kumar wrote: “Shri Vednauth Mohabir, a valued member of Toronto Arya Samaj. Uncle Ved, as most of us addressed him, was a tireless fighter and defender of Hinduism. He has penned numerous articles, emails, and even wrote a book to clarify many misconceptions and mistreatment of Hindus and Hinduism”.
Pandit Vidyarthi Sriram penned: “ I am so sorry to learn of Vedaji’s passing. He was a stalwart, a scholar and a respected talent of many parts. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his family”.