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Dada Jashan visits London to support Vegetarian way of life

by Chandru Malkani


Dada Jashan Vaswani, Spiritual Head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Pune, India, was in London from 15 May to 20 May. The visit was sponsored by Sadhu Vaswani Centre U.K.

Dada Jashan always pulls crowds. A number of devotees flocked to Sadhu Vaswani Centre every evening to listen to his words of wisdom. Highlight of the programmes during his visit was a public meeting held at Karva Patidor Hall, Kenton. A number of social, cultural and religious organisations had come together to organise this meeting and to honour Dada Jashan for his services to humanity.

Mr Nitin Mehta of young Indian Vegetarians welcomed Dada Jashan and lauded him for his services to the cause of vegetarianism. In his speech, Dada pleaded for compassion on birds and beasts . He urged the audience to refrain from meat- eating. He expressed the hope that in the 21st century animals will be granted their rights, especially the right to live.

He spoke of following three keys to happiness:
Contentment is very important if you are seeking to be happy Make it a point to laugh a few times every day Make others happy and that happiness will come back to you Dada Jashan is a first class orator who always holds his audience spell bound. About a thousand people who attended the evening programme, went away deeply impressed by his speech and practical suggestions.

Young Indian Vegetarians honoured Dada and compared his concern for animals to that of great religious founder Mahavir.

Mr. Chandru Malkani proposed vote of thanks. In his concluding speech, Mr. Malkani informed the audience that Dada Jahsan will be completing 90 years on 2nd August 2008. He wished Dada many happy returns and many more years of life so that “he can continue to guide us and lead us onward, forward and Godward!”


Dada J P Vaswani brings the spirit of Mathura and Kashi to rural Bedfordshire 2nd UK Sadhana Camp

The second Sadhana camp in the UK took place over the Easter weekend (21st to 24th March 2008) this year; the venue was the serene and picturesque setting of Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire, where the first camp was also held.

The theme was “Laut Musafir Laut” – O, traveller return to thy Homeland” On arrival at the venue a letter to each participant in the welcome pack suggested that we do not have to go to Kashi or Mathura in search of spiritual treasures. The organisers promised us a blissful weekend with Dada J P Vaswani that would rival the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere that the Sages and Rishis sought at the foothills of the Himalayas. We were not disappointed, as along with all the spiritual enlightenment – it also snowed!

The programme on the first day commenced with the lighting of the Akhand Jyot which was to stay alight till the last day of the camp. Dada mentioned that we should kindle the Light of Love within us – always speak softly and sweetly.

Dada explained the significance of Good Friday and Holi and spoke a few words on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as it was the birth anniversary of this saint.

Dada’s message on the meaning of Holi, which coincided with Good Friday this year, was to ‘be dyed with the dye of God’s love’ and bring this colour into our human birth. Fortunate are those who are touched by the colour of this love.

He told us about the crucifixion of Lord Jesus and the immortal words he uttered as he lay dying on the cross – ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do’. Dada reiterated the importance of forgiveness and guided us on how to do so. He said that it was important not only to forgive but also to forget.

At dawn for the next three days, many took advantage of a yoga class. Many questions on health were answered at a question and answer workshop.

This was followed each day with a havan pooja which beloved Dada performed with his holy hands. Thereafter a short message in the voice of Sadhu Vaswani would fill the morning air adding ethereal bliss to the atmosphere. Abeautiful guided meditation would follow before breakfast.

A soul uplifting bhajan and kirtan session was followed by Dada satiating the curiosity of many, as questions poured in from the audience.

Lunch would follow, along with time for an afternoon siesta. Soon it would be time to hear Dada’s illuminating words at the Ruh Rihan (an informal heart to heart chat). This was conducted in Sindhi, and although many non-Sindhis attending wished for Dada to speak in English, he feels that we need to make every endeavour and effort to revive our mother-tongue – the only thing that remains after we have lost our Motherland, Sind. The most important message that emerged from Dada’s discourses was the covenant that Lord Krishna makes to mankind. This is contained in Chapter 18 verse 66 of the Bhagawad Gita:
sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja aham tvam sarva-papebhyo mokshayisyami ma sucah

Dada’s interpretation of this verse as he has handed it to us is as follows: Renouncing all rites and writ duties, come untoMe for single refuge and I shall liberate you from all bondage to sin and suffering: of this have no doubt.

Dada painstakingly advised us to stay on the path of righteousness and refrain from temptations, from a life of sin, apathy, indulgence, self-gratification, allurements and godlessness. He reminded us to: Turn back to God and not to turn our backs to God.

A walkathon was organised to raise money for the Mission’s prosthetic limb unit. Even though it snowed, the participants walked indoors and managed to raise over £5000 for this extremely worthy cause.

It was the most beautiful experience to be in the presence of beloved Dada, who showered his unconditional love, blessings and grace upon us, and we left feeling richly blessed.We are now looking forward to the next Sadhana Camp!

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