Today we are spotlighting the late Dada J.P. Vaswani, humanitarian, non sectarian-spiritual leader, and the Spiritual Head at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission. Vaswani, a renowned worldwide speaker and author of 150 self-help books, passed away on July 12, 2018. August 2, 2018–the day this feature is posted–would have been his 100th birthday.
Commitment to Education
Dada J.P. Vaswani is remembered for his countless, greatly impactful contributions to the causes he was passionate about– not the least of those causes that of education, particularly the education of women. Two schools in Pune, St. Mira’s School and St. Mira’s College (a women’s college offering Junior College, Undergraduate, and Post-Graduate programmes and degrees), have tremendously benefited from Vaswani’s commitment to educational empowerment, thriving as Pune’s premier educational institutions, Dada J.P. Vaswani has served these educational institutions through many roles, including principal, head of management, and inspirer and guide.
The Sunshine Method’s own CEO and founder, Jasmine Khilnani, has a very personal connection to Dada. While sipping coffee, we were able to sit down with Jasmine to reflect on the legacy of the spiritual icon– a close family friend.
“Dada’s teachings and his life’s work to help as many as you can, as much as you can has inspired me since I was a child,” she remember fondly. “Dada was someone who saw every person’s unique value and treated everyone with respect. His values inspired hundreds of thousands of people across the world to respect each other’s differences and appreciate every person’s story.”
On the impact Dada and his commitment to education and community empowerment have had in inspiring her and motivating what she does today, Jasmine passionately reflected that “The Sunshine Method, built on the cura personalis model, practices the respect and appreciation of everyone in order to better help them help themselves. Sunshine’s overall vision is to impact hundreds of thousands of youth, providing them with a quality education and the opportunity to reach their fullest potential for generations to come.”
A Moment of Calm
In addition to education, Dada J.P. Vaswani is known as the initiator of “The Moment of Calm,” a worldwide peace initiative with the aim of “bringing calm in the hearts of people through the power of forgiveness and love.” The Moment of Calm is observed every year for two minutes at 2pm on August 2 (Dada’s birthday). The Moment of Calm can be practiced anywhere, so long as the individual is willing to take the time to pause, reflect, and forgive–to “clear the heart of ill-feelings and send out vibrations of love to all.” The Moment of Calm has been enthusiastically embraced across the globe, and it was reported that over 18.7 million people participated in 2017.
Today, we invite you to take the two minutes at 2pm, on August 2nd to practice your own Moment of Calm, and to honor the legacy of the incredible Dada J.P. Vaswani. Says Jasmine, “Today, we remember Dada’s legacy that continues to live on through the work The Sunshine Method does in the lives of thousands of children’s every day.” Certainly, Dada was a man who impacted many communities for the better, and who will continue to inspire us in our mission to make the world a better, brighter place!