Dada JP Vaswani merged back to source a few weeks ago. A spiritual leader to millions, yet embodying a simple, approachable and gracious presence, Dada walked his talk down to the details.
His mind was brilliant, knowledge ocean-like, spirit boundless, energy inexhaustible and patience legendary. He not only respected all religions and the contributions of science, he actively studied them and pointed out how everything is profoundly interconnected. His was a life of immense compassion for humans as well as animals, relentless service and penetrating yet accessible wisdom shared in memorable ways through examples, stories and anecdotes.
I will remember him as a genuine, down to earth master-teacher who sowed seeds of love in every heart, on every possible occasion and who outwardly and inwardly passed on all glory and credit of his achievements to his teacher. He loved books and his eyes lit up when presented with new ones. He relentlessly advocated for a diet that did not involve the torture and slaughter of living beings. Injured birds would come to him for they knew he would unfailingly attend to them.
He ate little, slept little, practiced diligently, did one thing at a time with care, reflected constantly, laughed often and taught primarily through his own shining example of loving attention for the happiness and well-being of all. His aura had a unique glowing, crystalline quality that soothed the whole environment and gently realigned everyone with their innermost wisdom.
He was a great tree who has now become a bright star. The seeds he has sown over his long and dedicated life have already borne abundant fruit and will do so even more in future. There is no limit to the influence of such a teacher. Those touched by his presence and grace are destined to become just like him. For we tend to become just like those we love and admire.
My heart feels peaceful and quiet and full. What a life! What an incredible legacy! So many hearts touched and opened! So many established steadfastly on the path of true realization. I will remember his ever smiling countenance and pray that I too can be as gracious and equanimous in my last days.
I bow with love and respect.