'The World Needs Love'
Spiritual leader, philosopher, writer, and educator Dada J.P. Vaswani talks about his mission.
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Dada J.P. Vaswani owes his humility to his master, Sadhu Vaswani. A philosopher, writer and educationist, the latter called himself a "zero"--not the 'zero' as written in English as it occupies space, but the Sindhinukta
that equates a pinpoint.
"It was the ideal placed before me," says Dada Vaswani, spiritual head of theSadhu Vaswani Mission
. Dressed in white, a shawl draped around his left shoulder, his gray white hair combed firmly to a side, Dada Vaswani, who turns 87 in August, greeted New York-based principal correspondent Monika Joshi with a red rose and a ready laugh.
Spirituality and service are the objectives of his mission that has centers in India, North and South America, Europe, Africa, and West Asia. It runs hospitals and schools for character building in youth. Dada Vaswani was on the last leg of his US visit, presiding over a three-day Sadhna camp at the Hamilton hotel in New Jersey when he was interviewed.
What makes you smile always?
The secret is that I am never alone. There is an invisible presence with me. When you know you are not alone, whatever be the conditions around you, whatever be the circumstances you are placed in, you smile.
What is your message?
I have no message. I am a simple man. I am a devotee, a disciple of our master. But if there is one word that I would wish to pass on to everyone, it is, spread the light of love. It is love, which the sad world needs. The world does not need your assistance, philosophies and other things. The world needs love.
What is your advice to young people?
My advice to young people is to be simple, be strong. Spend your strength in the service of the surrounding world. People are becoming more and more artificial. What we need is simplicity.
Newly married people come to you for advice.
When newly married couples come to me to the sacred shrine in Pune, I tell them to try your very best to avoid the next quarrel. I don't tell them to avoid the first quarrel as they have quarreled already.
I tell them, you must not lose your temper at the same time. Only one should have the privilege of losing his/her temper. The other person's turn will come.
What problems do people in the U.S. face?