SADHU VASWANI MISSION, INDIA
"I believe that all Jivas (creatures) are one in the Eternal One. And whoever kills a creature hurts the Eternal Heart". -Sadhu T. L. Vaswani
To many thousands around the world, Sadhu T. L. Vaswani is a name synonymous with reverence for all life. Born on November 25, 1879, in Hyderabad Sind, Sadhu Vaswani was the living embodiment of an unsullied love that knew no bounds, an all-embracing love that included all mankind, animals and all creation. He cared deeply about the birds of the air and the animals of the earth; and he protected them whenever and however he could.
He realized the synthesis between the culture with East and of the West. In a world in which the new eternally clashes with the old from which it has evolved, Sadhu Vaswani was a link between the ancient and the new. I always found him fired with unparalleled faith in the limitless power of the soul and of human progress, believing humanity to be on the point of new knowledge, new power and new capacities.
Sadhu Vaswani's life was one of unceasing service and sacrifice. In the words of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India, "the life of Vaswaniji has been a saga of unassuming service, spiritual illumination and a source of inspiration to us all."
Sadhu Vaswani was a prolific writer, the author of several hundreds of books in English and the sweet, lyrical Sindhi language. Some of his English books have been translated into German and some Indian languages.
Sadhu Vaswani was a born orator. When he spoke, he filled the hall with the rich music of his words and the richer music of his heart. His words, - both spoken and written, - gave a new awakening to many. He was a poet, a mystic, a sage, a servant of the poor. He was not only one of the noblest of human beings, but, also, as the Irish poet, Dr. Cousins, called him, "a thinker and a revealer of the deep truths of the Spirit."
Sadhu Vaswani believed in the values of India's ancient culture. A vision of what India might become under the inspiration of her own spiritual culture filled his life with a new meaning and a new enthusiasm. He opened educational institutions; he established ashrams and satsangs, centers of spiritual culture; he opened centers of service and dispensaries for the poor. His work was inspired by the spirit of service. His service was illumined by the love of God.
Sadhu Vaswani re-worded the wisdom of the Rishis. He taught that all religions are true, that each had a value of its own. He taught that in all the saints and prophets shone the One Light. He asked all to turn away from creeds and dogmas to the Religion of Life, the Religion of Self-realization, the Religion of God-consciousness, the Religion of the One Spirit who is in all races and religions, prophets and saints. He was an eloquent prophet of unity."
THE PRESENT HEAD
SADHU VASWANI MISSION, INDIA
"Thou art the great magnet, O Lord, may I be a tiny iron filling!" -Dada J. P. Vaswani
Dada Jashan P. Vaswani is the spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, India. Dada Jashan is endowed with the gift of oratory and eloquence. He was invited to speak at U. N. O. on Universal Peace and at House of Commons, London, on World Without Wars. He spoke at the World Hindu Conferences in Sri Lanka and USA. He was the Keynote Speaker at the Centennial Celebrations of the World Parliament of Religions in New York. His fiery, thought-provoking speeches aroused interest in Indian religion and culture.
Dada J. P. Vaswani was born on August 2, 1918, at Hyderabad-Sind, in a pious Sindhi family. He was a brilliant student, and so was given a number of double promotions which enabled him to pass the B.S. examination at young age of 17 years.
Scientist and philosopher, humanitarian and teacher eminent practicalist and modern day Saint, Dada J. P. Vaswani is, indeed, a man in a million or a "smile - millionaire" as admirers refer to him.
Thousands of devotees all over the world refer to him as their guru; but he regards himself as a seeker, a student; "The day I have not learnt something new, is indeed a wasted day!" he observes.
Utter simplicity, genuine humility, profound wisdom, deep insight into men and matters, wide scholarship, a brilliant analytical mind and tremendous positive faith - all this goes into the magnetic personality that is Dada J. P. Vaswani. Over and above all this there is his spiritual power, the mantle that he has inherited from his uncle and mentor, Sadhu T. L. Vaswani - a spiritual and intellectual giant of modern India.
Dada J. P. Vaswani's life reflects the richness and multifaceted nature of his personality. After a brilliant academic career, he won a prestigious Fellowship to complete his M. Sc. degree from the D. J. Sind College, Karachi. He had the distinction of having his thesis examined by Sir C. V. Raman. His academic excellence stood him in good stead, as he carved out a distinguished career much later, as Principal of St. Mira's College for Girls - this, no ordinary academic institution, but a temple of learning founded upon the lofty ideals of sympathy, service, purity and prayer. An education that sought to integrate intellect, emotion and spirit.
Dada has been the editor of several periodicals notable among them being The Excelsior, The India Digest and The East and West Series. Today, he is a highly respected and gifted writer of over 100 books some of them have been translated into several world languages, and run into multiple editions.
He is a brilliant and powerful orator, who has addressed several distinguished international audiences from prestigious platforms such as the World Parliament of Religions, Global Forum for Spiritual Leaders and Parliamentarians, World Hindu Conferences, and Conferences on World Religions. Wherever he speaks - be it at the U. N. or the House of Commons, London, at Chicago, Oxford or Kyoto, Dada J. P. Vaswani has the amazing capacity to captivate and mesmerize his listeners with his fluent language, his logical reasoning, his profound ideas, his practical wisdom - and his gorgeous sense of humor!
In April, 1998, Dada was given the prestigious U-Thant Peace Award for his dedicated service to the cause of world peace. This is an indication of the recognition that the world is giving to him and his message - the message of his master which synthesizes past and present, science and spirituality. Dada's mission of spreading his Master’s message, has taken him to the four corners of the globe - and wherever he goes, people have responded spontaneously and overwhelmingly to his message of Love and Peace.
Dada's humanitarian spirit transcends caste, creed, color and religion. His life reflects the essence of Gita as well as the Sermon on the Mount. The range and extent of his intellect are truly remarkable - he can speak to us on life after death - on the secrets of an exciting life! He can teach us how to confront problems and challenges - or give us his vision of a world without wars. Abstract speculation and forbidding prohibitions are not for him - he is practical and down-to-earth and communicates effortlessly with his audiences.
Dada is one of those remarkable men whose life is their message; a remarkable teacher who teaches by example, an embodiment of love and compassion. His reassuring presence blazes forth the comforting message of the Gita: "All is well, all was well, all will ever be well both now and a hundred years hence!"