Dada Vaswani – Only Love ❤️

When I had moved to Pune in 1993 I had the good fortune to pick up a mini book from Manney’s Book store – 108 quotes of Dada Vaswani (like so many other book stores all over the world, this iconic book store is now closed ☺️). I used to carry this mini book in my pocket all the time – traveling in a chauffeur driven car or a public bus!

Dada J P Vaswani

This was the time I had started to seek spiritual wisdom and guidance. I used to love listening to Dada’s discourses in the early morning TV telecasts. Then I came in touch with my Gurudeva, Paramahansa Yogananda, and got immersed in his teachings, and lost touch with Dada.

I had left Pune in 1996 and came back to this city in 2015. My relationship manager at HSBC knew of my spiritual inclination and in August 2017 gave me a VIP pass for the 99th birthday celebration of Dada, at the Vaswani Mission in Pune (Thank you so much Jogen).

I was so thrilled to receive this invite as I used to be so fond of Dada. I used to love him but didn’t know that he was Love. That day in August of 2017 I heard him live from close quarters. And had the immense pleasure and privilege of meeting him after the discourse.

He was so humble and childlike. He was pure love. I have been so lucky and blessed that in our line of Gurus we have Paramahansa Yogananda, who was love incarnate, and Mahavatar Babaji whose nature itself was love. But the only such saint I have had the privilege of meeting on the physical plane is Dada.

I have met a few other popular gurus too, but none of them have the humility and loving heart of Dada.

The likes of Paramahansa Yogananda, Sadhu Vaswani and Dada come on the earth plane rarely. It is such a blessing to be in their presence.

Dada left his earthly existence a few weeks short of his 100th birthday (2nd August 1918- 12th July 2018) I have no doubt he is showering his love and blessings on mankind from whichever dimension he is in now.

A few quotes of Dada:

  • Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality.
  • True success, true happiness lies in freedom and fulfillment.
  • People need to know that they are not alone, that they have not been abandoned; but that there is One Who loves them for what they are, Who cares about them.
  • True love bears all, endures all and triumphs!

God is Love. Love is God. Love is all there is!

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Thank you so much for your continued love and support 👏

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  1. Love this story and how in the end what is meant to be for us returns💙🦋

  2. Oh Ashok what a gift of love you shared with Dada and lovely you got to meet him in person.
    What a precious man with so much love and joy and lovely you met him live.
    His soul in his 100 years is imprinted in yours as you bless all with your love.
    Sending you a virtual hug and love always!

  3. You are right. I haven’t posted since February. I was down with COVID and then once I recovered, I had a lot to do at work. I was absent for two weeks, so there was a lot of work to finish. I do have a post or two that I need to post, Hopefully, I will post pone today. Appreciate the care 🙂

  4. I’m happy to read this post. I have seen the picture of Dada but I wasn’t aware of his name. I can’t recall where I saw his picture. From what I understand, people who are spiritually inclined tend to be composed. I’m happy that you found this path.

  5. Love and happiness is everything- such a beautiful thought Kamal.

    Thank you so much.

    Stay safe. Stay loved 😊💖

  6. All these three inspiring people are Love personified and there is nothing but Love that they spread through humanity. They give so much intuitive and profound knowledge that it is so nice to be following them and listening to them for our own progress. Thanks a lot Ashok for this awesome and encouraging post. Love and Happiness is everything.

  7. I am so glad it resonated with you Lia. Thank you so much 😊

    The trick of a joyous life is this only : Remain childlike but not childish 😊💖

  8. This is beautifully written, heartening, wonderful to read… a true pleasure. Loved it so much Ashok. Thanks for sharing. Yes I’ve seen a couple of people like this in person. Exactly this childlike, loving, blissful presence you describe. Thanks for the reminder of this. I feel flooded with love just remembering it. Gorgeous post. And perfect quotes you’ve put at the end here, too. 💗💗

  9. I agree! And the reversed is also true: as long as someone is unhappy with themselves, they constantly try to find happiness and peace on external things. But very often these external things are just substitutes and don’t manage to fill up the emptiness within!

  10. Its always so…I don’t even know how to explain it, when you meet someone with these qualities “He was so humble and childlike. He was pure love.”, its amazing, like coming home or something. Thanks for sharing this post.

  11. you found a masterpiece book in an ordinary book store=a literary miracle!

  12. Thank you so much my dear friend.

    As long as happiness depends more on something outside of ourselves we shall be unhappy more often 😇

  13. You are indeed blessed to have experienced the love of such enlightened souls Ashokji. I have read his book, Joy peace pills which is filled with nuggets of wisdom for living life in happiness.

  14. Nice article Ashok! Dada does look like a likeable person.

    As for the quotes you mentioned:

    1. Happiness might indeed be an inner quality but we should not forget that it is partially determined by the external environment of it as well. It is a function of it, I would say. Thus, how the world is in which we live in, matters!

    2. I’m all for freedom and fulfillment! I don’t know if you will always be happy while you’re free, but freedom and fulfillment are definitely important; more than happiness I would say.

    3. Of course there is someone who loves for what we are — our beloved mothers! Heh!

    4. True love can indeed bear all. Love makes you stronger and more willing to live. — To love!

  15. So much love you have accumulated through teachings of such illuminaries as him Ashokji, and so much love you continue to give away to all who are fortunate to know you.

    That to me is the real essence of an abundant life, you couldn’t have demonstrated this path to us in a simpler manner 💖

  16. Yes, Dada’s countenance and speech (words and tone) were always very soothing and reassuring.. Blessed you to have met him in person 🙏

  17. There are certain people in life who are blessed with a heart of gold… May Allah bless them with and guide us all to the straight path… the path of truth. Aameen

    I too have always loved reading books of quotations since childhood. Reading such books Simply makes us feel so motivated.

  18. Thank you so much Ace. I am so glad it resonated with you and that it helped you today.

    Dada Vaswani was a true saint 💖🙏

  19. “People need to know that they are not alone, that they have not been abandoned; but that there is One Who loves them for what they are, Who cares about them.” – I love this and so needed to hear it today! Thank you for sharing this gem of a piece, I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Love you, dear friend 🖤🤗✨

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