Dada J.P. Vaswani
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. For the past 4 decades and more, he has been spreading the message of love and peace all over the world. 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.
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. He was awarded a fellowship at the D.J Sind College for standing first in his class.
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.
In 1966, when Sadhu T.L Vaswani shed his physical body, he passed on the baton to Dada J.P Vaswani.
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.
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.
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. He received the U Thant Peace Award in April 1998, for his dedicated service to the cause of world peace. Dadaji is endowed with the gift of oratory and eloquence.
His humanitarian spirit transcends caste, creed, colour and religion. He can teach us how to confront problems and challenges or give us his vision of a world without wars, which is much needed in today´s world. As Dadaji says, the root cause of wars is irreverence towards life. If we all learn to revere life, especially each other´s, then the world will be a place without quarrels, war and the connected evils.
Dadaji is an inspired speaker. His words emerge spontaneously from the heart which is full of love for God, fellow human beings and all the living creatures on this planet. One distinguishing feature of his discourses which attracts the people is the practicability of the subjects, and the most straightforward manner he employs to put across the deepest of philosophies. His simple language, his profound thoughts, his universal outlook, his captivating voice, all interspersed with delightful anecdotes and instances from the lives of the saints and the great ones of East and West, keep the audience transfixed and makes them feel that they are in some other world altogether. His words find a home in every heart and many in the audience often feel that Dadaji´s message specially relates to them in their particular state of being.
“Thou Art the great magnet, O Lord, may I be a tiny iron filing! -- These words of Dadaji show his humble nature. He is an embodiment of love and compassion, of saintliness and humility. An avid propagator of vegetarianism, Dadaji has authored many books on secrets of happiness and non-violent living. His participation in many world conferences on religion, compassion and humanity has spiritually enriched the world. His fiery, thought-provoking speeches have aroused interest in Indian religion and culture. His sermons and life style are the best example of ‘preach what you practise’.
“It is essential to develop intellect and to acquire manual skills. But the most important is the training of the heart.” Training of the heart… for what?… to love and serve. “Love and service are what the world needs the most now. Look on service as an offering of love for God”. This is what Sadhu Vaswani Mission has been doing through its numerous centers worldwide, including the ones in Colon and Panama City.
Sadhu Vaswani Centers all over the world, including in Colon and Panama, have been putting to practice these ideals of love and service through their activities, which include feeding the poor and needy, distributing essential grocery items to the needy families in villages, giving educational needs to school kids, organizing free cataract operations, medical camps, feeding birds, fish, animals, etc.
As Sadhu Vaswani had said: “If you want to be happy, make others happy!”