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!
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!
Thank you so much for your continued love and support 👏