Dada J P Vaswani
The spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, Dada J P Vaswani was born on August 2, 1918, at Hyderabad-Sind. Being a brilliant student, he was given a number of double promotions and thus passed the the B.S. examination when just seventeen. A masters degree and fellowship at a leading college followed and Dada seemed poised at the threshold of a brilliant academic or civil services career. It was at this stage that he gave it all up and decided to follow his uncle and guru, Sadhu T.L. Vaswani, a mystic and philosopher on the spiritual path. Reaching out to people with a message of spirituality became his life mission. As editor of Excelsior magazine, he was initially met with opposition as not everyone related to the spiritual dimension. Still, he took it upon himself to write, proof read, print, get advertisements, package and post the magazine all by himself. The publications popularity grew to the extent that it surpassed the circulation of the leading daily newspaper, The Sind Observer.
A prolific author, he has written over thirty books in English and several more in Sindhi. Committed to education, he is the honorary principal of St. Miras College in Pune that was established in 1962. The college which started out with just sixty two students has since grown to accommodate over five thousand students today.
A gifted orator, he has spoken on Universal Peace at the United Nations, a World without Wars at the House of Commons, London and was a keynote Speaker at the Centennial Celebrations of the World Parliament of Religions in New York.
He shall answer your queries and dilemmas in life.
Ask Dada J P Vaswani
Question 16. How can we check our thoughts, especially when we come to know some of our thoughts are negative and we have some bad thoughts also? - Sandhya Verma On 14 January 2009
A human being is not a machine. He has the power to change his thoughts, attitudes, feelings, etc.
Whenever an undesirable (or evil) thought comes to you, immediately throw it out of your mind by saying, “House full: there is no place for you!”
It was Prophet Muhammad who said: “Temptation comes as a passer-by: it knocks on the door of your heart to be let in as a guest. If you will open the door, it will come and stay as the master!” Therefore, the moment an undesirable thought comes to you, just kick it aside and, as I said, say to it: “There is no place for you!”
When you get a negative thought, immediately substitute it with a positive one. See that your mind is always filled with positive thoughts and you will be a source of blessing to many.
Question 17. God is within us but how can we able to know this? - Harmeet Kaur On 14 January 2009
We were taught in school that Mumbai is within India and chor-bazaar is a part of it. We believed this statement because it was made by some who had seen Mumbai and visited chor-bazaar— though we ourselves had not seen Mumbai nor chor-bazaar.
Likewise there are people— seers, saints, sages— who have seen God and they tell us that God is within us and that we too can see God provided we live a life of sadhna (spiritual discipline).
Question 18. I often feel lost and detached from The Source. What can I do to help me reach my spiritual potential? - Damien Jordan On 14 January 2009
This is the experience of so many of us. In the early hours of the morning, we think of God, we offer worship to Him. But when the day advances and we are absorbed in our mundane duties, we are apt to forget Him completely.
We need reminders, again and again, to keep the memory alive.
One very simple way of doing so is to pick up a great thought of a great one, or a sloka from a scripture dear to us and keep on revolving it in the mind, again and again. If possible, every half or every hour. A line such as: Deen Bandhu Deenaa Naath, Meri Dori Terey Haath (O Lord of the humble, O Brother of the lowly, I surrender the thread of my life in your safe hands) will serve the purpose.
This simple practice will keep the memory alive and you will find yourself in a state of recollection which will help you reach your spiritual potential.
Question 19. What will happen in my nearest future? - Debanjan Mukherjee On 15 January 2009
What will happen in your nearest future will be revealed to you when your nearest future comes. You live in the present: try to make the most of it without worrying about the future. The past is a cancelled cheque, the future is a promissory note. The present is the only cash in hand. Use it wisely and well.
Question 20. Can we read others mind? - Sabagi Sethar On 17 January 2009
Yes, it is possible to read the mind of others but for this you have to go through a tedious course of mind-training. My advice to you is not to waste your precious time over such things but to press all your thoughts and energies in working for your spiritual progress. One purpose of the human birth is to discover that you are essentially an immortal being. Weapons can not cleave you, as the Gita says, fires can not burn you, water can not drench you and the winds can not dry you away.