|A tribute to the Jewel of Light|
Dadi PrakashmanijiEndowed with divinity, Dadi Prakashmani had attained spiritual elevation, having traversed the infinite path of yog-sadhana(spiritual efforts). Her radiant look and sparkling eyes left indelible imprint on those, who had a bare glimpse of her. She was a symbol of spiritual powers. For leadership traits, the prime necessity is will-power and firm determination, coupled with spiritual fervour, that imparts divinity to one’s personality. Will- power can be developed through spirituality. By the practice of Rajyoga, she had built up a great and grand personality.
Dadiji’s personality conspicuously projected twin qualities of humility and sense of instrumentality, which developed sense of mutual cooperation and generosity. It was her conviction that self-progress lies in progress of all; that was why she used to serve society in different ways. She was a spiritual leader in the true sense as she treated weaknesses and shortcomings of others as her own and with this attitude she used to make amends in that direction.
Dadiji was an able administrator. She picked up specialties in souls and used them in great venture of world-transformation, having reposed full confidence in them. It was due to her motherly and selfless affection, liberal attitude and close relation, that a number of human souls were attracted towards spirituality, breaking the barriers of thoughts, philosophies, ideologies, races, regions and religions. Dadiji had given a vision of a world- family to the entire world. It was because of her constant yoga sadhana and tireless services that the organisation marched ahead with galloping speed.
Dadiji implemented Godly knowledge in her personal life with earnestness and sincerity. Her exemplary life full of spirit of service, serves as a beacon-light for wandering and wailing humanity. Ever in introvert mood, she gracefully invited attention of the masses towards spirituality and imbued them with aroma of purity and divinity. She was an ardent lover of truth, a karma yogi in true sense and had constructive approach which made her God-loving and the apple of masses’ eyes. She believed that the one, who practised self-restraint, would automatically get means and facilities. She had a spiritual frame of mind and remained ever above mundane level. By her exemplary life, she used to spread spiritual vibrations all around. Her divine smile was like a magic wand which made the souls oblivious of sorrows and sufferings of this world, refreshing and refurbishing them. Dadiji asserted that through yoga sadhana alone one can command world sovereignty but never by greed and craving. According to her, only by controlling senses, one can make his life ideal. She gave priority to spiritual sadhana. She had completely surrendered her life for the welfare and well-being of the whole universe.
Such a great soul took birth for universal benefaction in Sindh (Hyderabad) in the family of an astrologer. In 1936, at the tender age of 14, she came in contact with ‘OM MANDALI’ founded by Dada Lekhraj (re-named Prajapita Brahma) who was a renowned jeweller. Later on, the OM MANDALI came to be known as Prajapita Brahama Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. The corporeal medium of incorporeal Father God Shiva, Prajapita Brahma left his mortal coil in 1969, and assumed angelic stage. At that juncture, he handed over the reins of this organization to Dadi Prakashmani. She then took over charge of administration, as a mere instrument of incorporeal Father God Shiva, and became instrumental in giving a gigantic form to this Godly university by imparting Godly knowledge to the people of 120 countries. She administered this organization according to Godly directions and Pitashri Brahma and thereby made her own mental, intellectual and spiritual progress and also inspired and motivated others to make such progress. In view of such gigantic task,
The United Nations Organisation awarded peace medal to this organization in 1985. In 1987, The Brahma Kumaris organisation was also honoured with the award of Peace Messenger. In 1992 Dadiji was conferred honorary doctorate degree by Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaiapur.
Dadiji toured worldwide for disseminating Godly message. In the year 2000, she performed tree plantation ceremony in Washington and that tree was named as Shanti Tree. From that day on, every year, 10th June is celebrated as Prakashmani Day in Washington.
She was invited by the World Parliament of Religions to participate and deliver presidential address in its centenary celebrations at Chicago on 31st August 1993. Her address filled with divinity made a lasting impression in the minds of the participants from all over the world. She was also a signatory to the Global Ethics Document adopted by the leaders of World Religions in the programme.
Dadiji was an embodiment of divinity who infused spiritual power in many souls by her spiritualistic lifestyle. On the strength of her long spiritual sadhana, she reached and completely attained elevated stage and left her mortal coil on 25th August, 2007.
Seventy-one years of her intense spiritual efforts and 38 years of her administration are golden pages in the history of the Brahma Kumaris organisation. As a mark of respect, let us resolve to inculcate spirit of service, generosity, instrumentality, humility etc, in our life and make all-out attempt to fulfil her cherished wishes. We offer our heartiest tributes to this great soul.