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Dada Vaswani passes away at 99

 

The News

  • Spiritual leader and educationist Dada J.P. Vaswani passed away at the age of 99.

 

About J.P. Vaswani

  • He was born on August 2, 1918 in the city of Hyderabad in Sindh province (present-day Pakistan).
  • His full name is Jashan Pahlajrai Vaswani.
  • His M.Sc. thesis was examined by Nobel Laureate, Dr. C.V Raman.
  • He was the moral force behind the Sadhu Vaswani Mission and a promoter of vegetarianism and animal rights.
  • Regarded as a philosopher and a modern-day saint by the Sindhi diaspora, Dada Vaswani was a familiar face on a number of spiritual television channels.
  • Acclaimed as a humanitarian and non-sectarian leader, he later gave up a promising academic career to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Sadhu T.L Vaswani — the legendary educationist who started the Mira Movement.
  • On the death of Sadhu Vaswani in 1966, Dada J. P. Vaswani succeeded him as the head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission.
  • In order to propagate Sadhu Vaswani’s ideas and vision, he edited three monthly journals – the Excelsior(which became a popular journal), the India Digest and the East and West
  • He was an inspiring orator who often exchanged ideas with world spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama, Dada Vaswani’s addresses and lectures were marked by his witty parables and aphorisms that advocated practical routes to happiness in a materialistic world.
  • He was also a prolific author, composing several hundred books on spirituality and communal harmony which have seen translations in a number of world languages including French, Spanish, German, Mandarin and Arabic.
  • He has been an ambassador of Indian tradition and culture on countless platforms, within the country and abroad, including at the United Nations.
  • He was a recipient of the U Thant Peace Award in April 1998, for his dedicated service to the cause of world peace, he spoke from a number of global podiums including the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders and Parliamentarians at Kyoto, the U.N. and the British House of Commons in London.
  • He lived for society and served the poor and needy with compassion.
  • Blessed with immense wisdom, he was passionate about educating the girl child, cleanliness and furthering peace as well as brotherhood.
  • Though a spiritual leader, Dada Vaswani was known for his rationalist beliefs. “Unlike many other spiritual leaders, Dada was modern in his outlook, thoughts and ideas.
  • Vaswani had initiated a global peace initiative, ‘The Moment of Calm’.
  • His birthday is also observed as World Forgiveness Day.

 

About Sadhu Vaswani Mission

  • It was founded by guru Sadhu T L Vaswani in 1929.
  • P Vaswani took over as the head of the Mission after his guru passed away in 1966.
  • The Mission runs several educational institutions and has offices across the world.

 

About Mira Movement

  • The genesis of the Mira Movement in education lies in the fact that as a child, Sadhu Vaswani was slapped by his teacher for merely smiling in the class.
  • The incident triggered in him an aspiration of establishing an educational system where the child would be nurtured in an atmosphere of love and respect.
  • 77 years hence, even today, corporal punishment and even rudeness to the students continue to be off limits at its various schools and colleges.
  • Sadhu Vaswani gave up his career as Principal of Colleges, to start a small school with a new type of education which would not only develop the brain power, but which would provide a triple training of the head, the hand and the heart to equip the student to become a worthy participant in the adventure  of life.

 

About the moment of calm initiative

  • The Moment of Calm marks the birth time of a leading spiritual luminary of India – Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani, who believes, ‘The best giving is forgiving.’
  • The Moment of Calm is a worldwide peace initiative that aims at bringing calm in the hearts of people through the power of forgiveness.
  • There can be no world peace without peace in the heart.
  • The Moment of Calm has received tremendous support and enthusiasm from individuals from all walks of life.
  • In 2016, over 18.2 million people participated from across the globe, including Morocco, UAE, UK, USA, Spain, India, Singapore, South America, South Africa, China and Taiwan.

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