Universally acclaimed as a humanitarian, philosopher, educator, acclaimed writer, powerful orator, messiah of ahimsa, and non-sectarian spiritual leader, Dada J.P. Vaswani has captivated the hearts of millions worldwide. In the eyes of many, Dada J.P. Vaswani is a man who symbolizes the true spirit of the India of the rishis as a harbinger of love, peace and hope.
Today, Dada J.P. Vaswani is the spiritual head of The Sadhu Vaswani Mission, and also the moving, inspiring, life-giving and life-sustaining force behind its multifarious activities. Holding aloft in his hands, the torch bequeathed to him by his Master, Dada carries across the globe the message of India's deathless culture. Through him, the joy of faith and peace flows out to many. In him, thousands of faithful devotees behold the image of their Beloved.
Thousands upon thousands of avid readers who have read his best-selling books regard him as a great inspirational writer. Distinguished audiences who have heard him address eminent forums like the World Parliament of Religions, the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders, and the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit hail him as a brilliant and captivating orator. Animal lovers revere and admire him as an apostle of non-violence who strives tirelessly for the cause of reverence for all life. And, to the thousands spread all over the globe, Dada J.P. Vaswani is an unquestioned spiritual leader.
His M.Sc. Thesis on “The scattering of X-Rays by Solids” Was examined by Nobel-Laureate, Dr. C.V Raman. Although Dada's conclusions were in divergence with those of Dr. Raman, the originality of his views impressed the eminent scientist.
Dada gave up a career in academics to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious uncle and Guru, Sadhu T.L Vaswani.
In order to propagate the Masters ideals, he edited three monthly journals – the Excelsior, the India Digest and the East and West series.
The Excelsior, a youth journal, became so popular that its circulation surpassed that of the daily newspaper, the Sind Observer!
Another task given to Dadaji by the Master was to serve as the Principal of St. Mira's College for Girls. Dada set a living example before teachers and students and was dearly loved by them.
Dada is the author of over 50 books in English and many more in the Sindhi language. Dada's writing reveals practical tips on happy, successful, spiritual and non-violent living. Many of his books have run into several editions and several have been translated into the Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Papio Mento, Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, French, German, and Indonesian languages.
In 1966, when Sadhu T.L Vaswani shed his physical body, he passed on the baton to Dada J.P Vaswani.
Dada has spoken form many prestigious platforms including the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, The World Hindu Conference in Colombo, the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders and Parliamentarians at Kyoto – the U.N and the House of Commons in London.
What is Dada J.P Vaswani's philosophy and teaching?
|The following is a reproduction of a section of Dada's article in East and West series, May 2000 titled “What life has taught me.”
1. In the endless adventure of existence, God and man are comrades. God is our one unfailing companion. He will never leave us. We may try to run away from him. But he will continue to follow us as our own shadow. In the words of Thompson, he is the “Heavenly Hound.”
2. There is a meaning of mercy in everything that happens to us. For God is All-love. He is All-wisdom. He is too loving to punish, too wise to make a mistake. Whatever happens in the Divine Providence happens for our own good. Nothing happens a moment too early or too late…..therefore wherever God takes us, let us go, wherever he keeps us, let us remain. Let us never forget that all is well, all was well, all will be well both tomorrow and a hundred years hence.
3. When man surrenders himself to God, He takes upon Himself his entire responsibility. All we need to do is to hand ourselves over, in childlike trust to the Lord. And the angels of God will go ahead of us to clear the way.
4. Thought is a tremendous force in the life of any individual. Thoughts shape our attitudes. Attitudes mould our character. Character influences our life. By changing our thought pattern, we can change our life.
5. Problems and challenges are not a dead end; they are only a bend in the road. Problems are not stumbling blocks; they are stepping stones to a better, richer, more radiant life. Not unoften, problems become the door through which God enters our life. We have surrounded ourselves with hard shells which keep God away from us. Problems crack the shell and God easily enters our lives.
6. Neither rites nor rituals, neither creeds nor ceremonies are needed to improve the condition of the world. All that is needed is to love one another.
7. Are you anxious to love God? Then you must be prepared to lose yourself.
8. Do you want God to be yours? Then you must first become his!
9. How may we know that we are drawing closer to God? The closer we draw to God, the more tender and compassionate become our hearts to the needs of those around us.
10. What is the best exercise for the heart? Reach down and lift up as many as you can.
11. Misfortunes are blessings if we handle them well. They are like knives which hurt or help as we hold them by the blade or handle.
12. Life is too short to be spent in fault-finding, holding grudges, or keeping memory of wrongs done to us. Forgive even before forgiveness is asked. Forgive and forget.
13. The worst thing that can happen to a man is that he has a hot head and a cold heart.
14. If a person has moved in the wrong direction, he can always take a U-turn. The angels of God will be with him. The past does not – cannot – bind us!
15. You who are looking for miracles, open your eyes and see! All around us are the miracles of God.
16. A tiny seed grows into a huge banyan tree. A caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
17. Open thine heart and let love enter in – and all things in the universe will gravitate to thee. For love is the power that pulls!
18. Give, give, give – until it hurts to give! This will release you from bondage to the ego - and to things.
19. I must never forget that every thought I think, every word I utter, every action I perform, every feeling, every emotion that wakes up in me, is recorded in the memory of nature. I might be able to deceive those around me, I may even succeed in deceiving myself. But I cannot deceive nature.
20. When a particular problem has vexed you for sometime and you are unable to do anything about it, hand it over to God. Breathe out the aspiration “ “Thy will be done, O Lord!” Soon a way will be shown to you.
21. Does God want our work? Or does he want our love? He wants that we should work for Him in love.
22. If you wish to know God and understand him, you must love Him more and more! The more you love him, the more you will know him. The key to knowledge is – LOVE.
23. The aim of life is to realize that we are immortal spirit – not the bodies we wear!
24. An infinite potential lies hid within us. We are unaware of it, because we think of ourselves as limited, restricted creatures. We have identified ourselves with a biochemical mental organism. Our true self is the atman. Tat twamasi! That art thou! There can be no limit to what we can do – and achieve!
25. When all around us the storms blow and the tempests roar, let us close our eyes, think of God and repeat the words “God is with me-and He is in control.” Those are words of power and can quell the fiercest storm.
26. No man can attain to enlightenment by his own efforts. Enlightenment cometh to man by the grace of God. Strive for enlightenment – yes. But like the peasant who tills the soil and sows the seed – then turns to the heaven for chandi ka gola (the silver drops of rain)
27. The greatest illusion which man suffers from is perhaps the illusion of death. In reality, there is no death. Death is very much like the sunset. When the sun sets here, it has already risen elsewhere. Likewise, death here is birth elsewhere. For life is eternal.
28. The greatest intoxication is that of the ego. The worst madness is that of anger. The person who is free from arrogance and anger finds goodness and beauty wherever he goes.
29. Has someone offended you or insulted you? Insults are like bad coins. You cannot avoid them, but you can refuse to accept them.
30. The test of a man is – how much he can bear and how much he can share and how soon he confesses a mistake and makes amends for it.
31. If while praying we can think of worldly matters, why can we not, when doing worldly things, think of God?
32. Think positively. Eat sparingly. Exercise regularly. Walk as much as you can. Be careful to see that your thoughts and actions are clean. A guilty mind breeds many diseases. There is the way to live a happy, healthy, harmonious life.
33. I have met many who will go to any length to prove the superiority of their religion over those of others. They will hold endless discussions and debates. They will even fight for it – and die for it. But I have met very few who live for their religion – who bear witness to the great teaching in deeds of daily living. Religion is life!
Events in the Life of Dada J.P Vaswani
|1918 AUG 2||A first son Jashan—was born to Krishnadevi and Pahlajrai Vaswani in Hyderabad Sind (now in Pakistan)|
|1921||Commenced primary school|
|1932||Matriculated at the age of 13, joined D.J.Sind College (Karachi)|
|1936||Graduated with BSC degree in Physics, standing first in the university, granted fellowships in D.J. Sind College, Karachi.|
|1937||Passed first LLB examination (University of Bombay)|
|1939||Dada asked & obtained permission from his mother Krishna Devi to follow Sadhu Vaswani to the exclusion of all other pursuits, submitted his thesis on “Scattering of X-rays by solids” for the M.SC. The thesis was very favorably assessed by Dr. C.V. Raman. Dada started the Excelsior Magazine single handedly. The “Excelsior” soon outdid the leading newspaper ‘The Sind Observer' in circulation.|
|1948 NOV 12||Dada Jashan flew out of Karachi for Bombay with his master, Sadhu Vaswani, seeking sanctuary in India.|
|1949 FEB||Sadhu Vaswani & his followers moved to Pune. Dada started editing “India Digest” (monthly magazine)|
|1950||St. Mira's High School established in Pune.|
|1954||Dada started “East & West” series (monthly magazine) as editor.|
|1962 JUNE||St. Mira's College for girls was established in Pune. Dadaji was appointed as principal of the college (1962-1976)|
|1966 JAN16||Sadhu Vaswani left his physical body and Dada was requested by Sangat to be the Sole Life Trustee of the Brotherhood Association.|
|1971 MAY 16||Nuri Granth Prakashan|
|1976||Dada relinquished post of principal at St. Mira's College.|
|1978 FEB21||Brotherhood Association was renamed as Sadhu Vaswani Mission.|
|1980 JAN 17||Enshrined the Holy Ashes of Sadhu Vaswani at the Sacred Samadhi Pune|
|1982 JAN 31||Dada's first overseas Yatra|
|1982 APR||Addressed the World Hindu Conference at Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|1984 MAR 11||Laid the Foundation Stone of the Sadhu Vaswani International School for Girls, Delhi|
|1984 APR 18||Spoke at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium of the U.N.O on “World Peace”|
|1984 JUN 5-11||Mayor of Chicago, Mr. Harold Washington proclaimed from June 5th to June 11th, 1984 as “Dada J.P Vaswani Week”|
|1984 JUL 8||Addressed the 10th Hindu Conference in New York at Madison Square organized by the Vishva Hindu Parishad of America|
|1984 JUL20||Dadaji spoke on “World without War” at House of Commons, London|
|1986 NOV25||Launched the Meatless Day Campaign|
|1988 APR||Attended the Global Forum of Spiritual leaders and Parliamentarians on Human Survival at Oxford, UK|
|1988 DEC||Addressed the “Festival of Life” Congress and spoke on “Life Death and Religions” at Bombay.|
|1989 JAN 9||INLAKS and Budhrani Hospital Inaugurated in Pune. Mother Teresa Presided.|
|1989 FEB 3||Awarded Paul Harris Fellowship (Rotary Club)|
|1991 JAN 6||Handed over to Mother Teresa keys of “Shanti Daan”, Home for the dying sick, Bombay built by the Chainrai Family.|
|1992 JAN 9||Addressed the All-India Bishop's Meet and Peace Rally|
|1992 OCT 16||Inaugurated International Seminar on “Vedanta and Sufisim” at Bombay|
|1993 FEB 20||Inaugurated the fellowship of Religions on the occasion of the inauguration of St. Thomas Orthodox Syrian Church, Kirkee Pune.|
|1993 APR||Addressed the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders and Parliamentarians on Human Survival at Kyoto, Japan|
|1993 AUG 7||Addressed Word Vision 2000 at Washington and spoke on “Inspiration from Swani Vivekananda's Life and Philosophy”|
|1993 DEC 4||Inauguration of Smt Morbai and Nariandas Budhrani Healer's Home (staff quarters for Doctors & Nurses) by His Holiness the Dalai Lama|
|1994 MAR 10||Laid the Foundation Stone of the Cancer Hospital, Sadhu Vaswani Medical Complex|
|1994 JUL 7||Delivered keynote Address at the conference on World Religions, New York, on the “Vision and Legacy of Swami Vivekananda”|
|1994 NOV||Government of India (Films Divison) released a documentary firm on Dada J.P. Vaswani, entitled “The Man With A Singing Heart”.|
|1995 APR 30||Dada handed over 91 newly built houses to earth-quake victims at Latur, Maharashtra|
|1995 JUNE 8||Spoke at the House of Commons, U.K on “World's Greatest Need: Love in Action.”|
|1995 NOV24||Dada consecrated and commissioned the Morbai Naraindas Cancer Institute in Pune.|
|1996 JAN 24||Delivered the keynote Address at the Rotary International South Asia conference of Cooperation and Development at Kathmandu, Nepal.|
|1996 MAY 18||Honorary Citizenship of the state of Georgia, USA conferred on Dada.|
|1997 APR 25||Dada felicitated the Secretary General of the United Nations at an international gathering at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York.|
|1998 FEB 18||Dada has successful quadruple by-pass surgery at Washington Medical Center in Washington USA.|
|1998 AUG 2||80th Birthday Celebrations at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Pune, in the august presence of Home Minister L K Advani and Maharashtra Governor Dr. P C Alexander|
|1999 JAN 23||Yatra to the East and West|
|1999 FEB 18-24||First Thanksgiving Week celebrated by Sadhu Vaswani Mission Centres worldwide|
|1999 MAY 6||Addressed the Inter Faith Centre at the UN on “The Way to Peace: Rights for All”|
|1999 AUG 2||Laid the foundation stone for Kripalani and Kundnani Eye Institute and Baba Gangaram Escorts Heart Institute.|
|1999 AUG 12||Restoration work on the Sadhu Vaswani Mission Campus begins. Satsang shifted to Naam Nagar, Runwal Regency|
|1999 DEC 1-8||Attended the 1999 Parliament of World Religions in Cape Town, South Africa. Addressed a symposium on “How to Meet the Challenges of Life”|
|1999 DEC 13||Addressed a public function at the Hindu Monastery, Accra, Ghana|
|1999 DEC 30||Millenium Sadhana Camp at Benares|
|2000 APRIL 3||Yatra to Singapore, Australia and South East Asia|
|2000 April 8||First visit to Australia|
|2000 JUNE 1 – 2||First Youth Convention for Girls at Lonavla|
|2000 JUNE 24-25||Sadhu Vaswani Teachers' Camp at Lonavla|
|2000 AUG 15||Yatra to the Middle East, Europe and Americas|
|2000 AUG 28-31||Participated in the Millennium World Peace Summit, UN|
|2000 SEPT 9||Addressed VHP gathering to felicitate Indian PM Vajpaye at Staten Island, New York|
|2001 JAN 30||Visited Gandhidham in Gujarat to initiate and personally supervise the Mission's quake- relief activities|
|2001 FEB 1||Yatra to the US|
|2001 FEB 7||Underwent surgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Chicago|
|2001 OCT 14||Delivered Keynote Address at the First Asian Vegetarian Congress at Dona Sylvia, Goa|
|2001 NOV 5||Inaugurated Sadhu Vaswani Kunj – a housing project for quake victims at Adipur in the august presence of Home Minister, L K Advani|
|2002 JUNE 1||Yatra to the East|
|2002 JUNE 12||Addressed the Millennium World Peace Summit (MWPS) in Bangkok at the launching of the World Council of Religious Leaders|