August 2nd 2019 marks the 101st Birthday of Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani
Love was the language which he spoke, Love was the pen with which he wrote, Love was the worship which he offered, Love was the religion he preferred, His every act, thrilled with love!
— Didi Krishna Kumari, Working Chairperson, Sadhu Vaswani Mission
The 101st Birthday of Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani is to be rung in amidst sevas, kirtans, bhajans and recorded talks by the Great Masters— Rev. Dada and Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune. The celebrations will begin on the 27th July with Dada Mela — a free fun-fair arranged for underprivileged children.
On 28th of July 2019, Akhand Maha Mantra Yagna —will be inaugurated that will run continuously for 101 hours, round-the-clock. It will end on 1st August. Speaking at the Press Conference, Didi Krishna Kumari said, “Dada always said that group chanting plays a powerful role. In faith and belief in this teaching, there will be a non-stop chanting of the Maha Mantra. We will be having a prayerful observation of Rev. Dada’s birthday.”
Rev. Dada was a strong advocate of forgiveness. He often said, “Forgiveness brings peace and joy into our life. Forgiveness puts an end to the inner struggle that rages in the soul within and teaches us to face life with tolerance, understanding and equanimity. It conveys love and positivity. It eradicates all negativity, hurt, anger, grudges and rancor in the heart. It promotes health and peace. Peace is synonymous with God, so we are placing God in our hearts when we practice forgiveness.” In reverence and profoundness of this teaching of Rev. Dada, the Sadhu Vaswani Mission launched the Moment of Calm- a Global Forgiveness Moment in 2012 that entreats one and all to come together at 2 pm on 2nd August and forgive all the hurt, resentment, grudges and guilt and experience a serene wave of peace within. Observing the Moment of Calm marks one of the celebration programmes. Schools, colleges, hospitals, sports academies, NGO’s are supporting the cause. Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley and CCARE of Stanford University are also supporting the cause of Moment of Calm.
Book launch will be held of an authorized biography on Rev. Dada, ‘A Messenger of Love’ published by Pan Macmillan India and ‘100 love stories that will touch your heart’ published by Gita Publishing House. Mrs. Prabha Sampath, former dean of the St. Mira’s College and co-author of the book, ‘A Messenger of Love’, said, “These books are just a small way, to share with the world what Dada was. Words may never truly do justice.”
The event will also see the launch of a CD of songs written by Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani and Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani and sung by Suresh Wadkar, Shankar Mahadevan, Meeta Shah and Sanjeev Abhyankar.
Saturday, 27th July 2019:
- 9 am to 3 pm- Dada Mela for underprivileged children
Sunday, 28th July 2019:
- 8:15 am- Havan & Inauguration of Akhand Maha Mantra Yagna
- 6:45 pm-8:00 pm- Satsang, Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani’s Upadesh & Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani’s Upadesh
Wednesday, 31st July 2019:
- 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm- Bhajan, Kirtan, Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani’s Upadesh & Glimpses into the life & teachings of Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani
Thursday, 1st August 2019:
- 12 noon to 1:30 pm- Conclusion of Akhand Maha Mantra Kirtan Yagna
- 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm- Inspirational talk in English- “Set Yourself Free” by Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani.
Friday, 2nd August 2019:
- 7:30 am to 8:15 am- 108 havans and 108 times recitation of Gayatri Mantra
- 10:30 am- Daridra Narayan Seva
- 12 noon to 2:15 pm – Bhajan, kirtan, Seva, Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani’s Ruh-Rihan, The Moment of Calm followed by langar
- 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm- Bhajan, kirtan, Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani’s Upadesh and Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani’s Upadesh
- 10:30 pm to 12 midnight- Vigil
Dignitaries will be gracing the celebration. The events are open to all.
About Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani:
Guru of None, Disciple of All, that is how Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani, the Spiritual Head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, addressed himself.
Dada- a picture of humanity, a messiah of the voiceless, the advocator of woman’s rights, an educationist par excellence and the redeemer of a many souls; this mystic born on the 2nd of August, 1918, is widely revered as a symbol of humility; a symbol of compassion and a symbol of love.
Dada’s unwavering and relentless efforts that have taken forward the vision and teachings of his Master, Sadhu T. L. Vaswani; in the form of service, education, health-care, spirituality amongst many other initiatives.
He will always be remembered as the perfect example of a perfect disciple who led a life of selflessness, giving and of true altruism.
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