Over a 1000 persons came to Logan Hall to welcome Dada Vaswani and to hear his lecture ‘Empower Yourself’….writes Asian Lite reporter Shambhu Gupta. PICS: Chandru Gidoomal, UK. Please send your requests to cover events to firstname.lastname@example.org
The evening was an experience of a unique kind. The event had been organised so beautifully and diligently that it ran like a clockwork. There were many volunteers making it easy for the large crowd of people. Whole event had been sponsored by the Hinduja family who is well known for their philanthropic work.
Dada Vaswani, 97, is a philosopher, writer, orator and head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, India. Over a 1000 people came to Logan Hall to welcome Dada Vaswani and to hear his lecture ‘empower yourself’. Logan hall which seats 933 could not accommodate all those who had come. Programme started on time at 6.45 when musicians Vishav Prakash and Mahesh Gadhvi created the most serene atmosphere in the hall. They sang many devotional songs with passion and emotion before the main speaker Dada Vaswani was brought to the stage in a wheelchair and introduced by Lord Hameed and Shri Gopichand Hinduja. Dr Virender Paul, the Deputy High Commissioner of India, gave the welcome address.
When Dada Vaswani started his lecture, there was a pin drop silence in the hall. He was radiating energy and love. His face was full of smiles. He did not believe in age. Dada said a person can be 19 but feel and behave like 90-year-old and a person of 90 could be as young as a 19 year. He said it is all in our mind.
Though the title of his lecture was ‘empowering yourself’ , he preferred to call it enabling oneself to live and serve the humanity with love and passion. Using many stories and anecdotes he explained that there is a vast amount of ‘Shakti’ energy in all of us. We have to make a connection with it as this is source of all life.
He gave many practical suggestions for This:
Live for today and in the present.
Declutter your mind.
Do your duty well.
Stop complaining and start thanking.
Always think positive.
Spread the sunshine of life wherever you go.
His main message is of love and friendship. He draws a lot of his ideas from Vedas and Gita. Dada says , do the best you can every day and accept the result whether it is what you were seeking or not. Only way you can be happy if you make it a point to make efforts to make others happy. Without that inner happiness or contentment, we will be unable to connect with that Shakti from which all life, action and thoughts flow.
There was a question and answer session. Questions from the audience were collected and read to Dada Vaswani by Pushpa Shivdasani. He was sharp and witty and dealt with a range of questions from the audience. No one could leave without having food at the ‘Langar’ set up by the Hinduja family. Food was pure vegetarian and delicious.
Everyone was given a copy of a biography of Dada Vaswani by Anita Raina Thapan and a book on spirituality by Shri Gopichand Hinduja.
After spending a few days in London Dada Vaswani would take his message of love and friendship to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Jersey and New York. He will return to India in June.
Sadhu Vaswani Mission has centers in many cities all over the world including one in London. His Guru was his uncle Sadhu Vaswani with whom he spent many decades learning about life and it’s complexities. Sadhu Vaswani and Dada Vaswani were from Karachi in Sindh but after partition of India moved to Pune and established Sadhu Vaswani Mission.
The mission runs a number of charitable schools, college, clinics and hospitals and serves the whole community. Over 90 % of persons using the services provided by the Vaswani Mission are non-Sindhis. Because of his scientific background, with a Masters in Physics, he has a style of presentation which welcomes inquiry rather than blind faith.