Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Awakening Divinity in Humanity for Building a BetterWorld


Saints, savants and sages down the ages have stressed on the practice and promotion of
India’s age old gospel of Vasudheva Kutumbakam--essential unity and brotherhood of
mankind under the spiritual fatherhood of Supreme Being—as necessary precondition for
building a better world of universal peace, harmony and happiness.
Pitashri Prajapita Brahma was one such leading luminaries who had dedicated his entire
life, wealth, time, thoughts and energy in the uphill task of awakening and strengthening
divinity in people and society for the world renewal and regeneration of moral and
spiritual character and conduct of humankind.
Pitashri Brahma who was earlier known to the world as Dada Lekhraj Kriplani, was born
to a village school teacher in Hyderabad Sindh (now in Pakistan)in 1876. Like morning
showing the day, righteous qualities like piety, sobriety, religiosity, philanthropy,
compassion and concern for the poor, weaker and vulnerable sections of society, were
more manifested from the very childhood days of Dada Lekhraj.
Born to a highly pious and principled Vallabhachari family, Dada Lekhraj was not only a
strict vegetarian and teetotaller but also was an ardent and passionate seeker of truth,
divinity and God. In quest of these, he adopted many means such as in-depth study of
Bhagawat Gita and other sacred scriptures, constant companionship and worship of Lord
Vishnu & Lord Narayan’s idols, regular pilgrimages to holy places, dedicated
discipleship of fourteen spiritual preceptors and persistent pursuits and practice of
philanthropy and divine disciplines. In spite of all these, he was still feeling far away
from true self and God realization.
In late thirties, at his advance age of sixty, when Dada was contemplating to embrace
Sanyas by relinquishing worldly responsibilities, he had a series of divine visions of
Supreme Soul, Jyotirlingam Shiva, of the four armed Lord Vishnu and other celestial
deities of the ensuing golden aged world for the re-establishment of which the
providential promptings bestowed on him the divine title and tasks of Prajapita Brahma,
the proverbial procreator and the mythological maker of a new world order of Satyugi
(golden aged) deity culture and civilization on earth.
Directed by such divine revelations and endowed with the newly ordained mantle of Adi
Dev Brahma, Dada Lekhraj gave up his lucrative diamond business to start and sustain
an educational process of imparting and infusing godly teachings on universal values,
moral character, positive attitude, healthy habits, deity culture and lifestyle among
masses without discrimination on any ground, with the help of India’s ancient spiritual
wisdom, ethos and rajyoga meditation.
To realize the godly goals of complete peace, purity, progress & prosperity, holistic
health, harmony & happiness and value based life & society on earth; Pitashri Brahma
initially set up and ran a spiritual trust called Om Mandli in Hyderabad Sndh in 1936 and
later renamed it as Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya after shifting
it to Mount Abu in 1950.
Stressing and carrying on the process of empowerment and transformation from inner to
outer, micro to macro and from individual to universal level, Pitashri Brahma accorded
priority to spiritual empowerment as the basis for all other kinds of empowerment
whether socio-economic, political, cultural or religious. He started a process of spiritual
renaissance or revolution keeping women at the forefront as its vanguard. He thought
that true social transformation could take place only when the female forces, the till then
suppressed section in a male dominated society raise their voice in an organized way to
change the collective consciousness of mankind from negative to positive, unhealthy to
healthy and from vicious to virtuous.
He groomed a band of spiritually inclined ladies to take up the leadership of
disseminating and spreading the noble knowledge and message of universal love,
cooperation, compassion, truth, tolerance, trusteeship and selfless service through the
practice of godly rajyoga meditation. He gave a new lease of healthy life, hope and
happiness to thousands of seekers and aspirants who were steeped in sins, sorrows and
sufferings. After thirty three years of intensive penance, austerity, sacrifices and
extensive services for world peace, unity and brotherhood of mankind, Pitashri Brahma
left his mortal body on 18 January, 1969 and ascended to subtle realm by assuming the
angelic form of perfection.
He bequeathed a legacy of a large spiritual organization, culture and mission in the hands
of his worthy followers especially elderly sisters or Dadijis who later led and helped the
institution to grow by leaps and bounds and spread its centers to 132 countries in all
continents. Under the leadership of Dadijis, the institution got affiliated to the United
Nations as an NGO having consultative status with the UN’s Economic & Social Council
and UNICEF. Even, Govt of India’s HRD Ministry, several years back, recognized the
institution as Regional Resource Centre to impart Education in Human Values to
Secondary & Higher Education teachers and students throughout the country.
Even though, Pitashri Brahma is no more in mortal body of blood & flesh but in his
angelic form of light and might, he is still guiding his one million staunch followers and
rest of the humanity on the path of spiritual enlightenment, material, mental and moral
empowerment & enrichment towards all engulfing rays of “Divinity, Hope &
Happiness”—which is the current year theme of this global organization which is
observing 18th January, 2010 as World Peace & Meditation Day in commemoration of
the 41st Ascension Anniversary of Pitashri Brahma.
(Article on 41st Ascension Anniversary of Pitashri Prajapita Brahma, Founder of
Brahma Kumaris Organisation)
Courtesy : Media Wing of Brahma Kumaris

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