Thousands of Puneites bid adieu to spiritual guru Dada Vaswani
The spiritual leader, who was admitted to a private hospital a few days ago for treatment of age related ailments, breathed his last on Thursday morning, according to the Mission’s Twitter statement. Dada’s ‘mahasamadhi’ or last rites were performed at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Camp.pune Updated: Jul 14, 2018 18:16 IST
Thousands of devotees, followers and members of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission gathered at Jeejeebhoy Castle to bid adieu to their beloved Dada JP Vaswani on Friday afternoon. The mortal remains of the Sindhi spiritual leader were consigned to flames amid full state honours.
The spiritual leader, who was admitted to a private hospital a few days ago for treatment of age related ailments, breathed his last on Thursday morning, according to the Mission’s Twitter statement. Dada’s ‘mahasamadhi’ or last rites were performed at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Camp.
Vaswani’s body was kept for final darshan at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission for a day for followers, who had come from Mumbai, Thane and other parts of the country, to pay their respects.
LK Advani, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who frequently visited the mission, arrived early afternoon and witnessed the last rites in the evening. Earlier, Pratibha Patil, former president and her husband B Shekhawat; Chandu Borde, former Indian cricket captain; Girish Bapat, minister for food and civil supplies and consumer protection and several political leaders from the city visited the Mission to take the darshan.
“I am grateful for his love for me and the entire Christian community. We pray that everyone will follow the path showed by Dada and live in harmony and peace,” said Poona Diocese Bishop Thomas Dabre.
Earlier, the spiritual leader’s body was taken out in a procession starting from the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, and traversed through prominent localities like Council Hall, Poona Club, Quarter Gate, Irwin Road, Babajan Chowk, MG Road, Nehru Memorial Hall and Shanti Kunj, before returning to the Sadhu Vaswani Mission.
Placed on a truck, the body was wrapped in the national flag and placed in a glass casket, decorated with white flowers, and taken in a procession where hundreds of people had gathered to see their beloved spiritual guru for the last time.
Thousands of followers were slowly walking along with the truck holding placards carrying ‘Parampujya Dada Amar rahe’ messages. The volunteers of the Mission were seen helping traffic officials manage vehicle movements during the procession. Several of them were handing over water bottles to the devotees.
The convoy returned to the Mission at 5 pm and the last rites were performed at the premises.
Just before the cremation, Dada’s recorded speech was shown on a big screen, in which Dada shared his views about death. In his words, “Death is for physical body. A man can’t die, he gets transferred to another body. So don’t weep, don’t shed tears, but help others, give food to hungry, give water to thirty and give clothes who need them. These good deeds will help your loved ones who have left their physical body.”
First Published: Jul 13, 2018 21:29 IST