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Dada Vaswani, spiritual leader who championed vegetarianism, passes away at 99

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: July 12, 2018 11:43:08 am

Dada Vaswani with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016. (Source: Twitter/PMO)

Dada Vaswani, spiritual leader and head of the Sadhu Vaswani mission, passed away at the age of 99 in Pune Thursday morning. “0901hrs IST July 12 2018, on sacred Guruvaar day, our Beloved Revered Dada J.P. Vaswani passes on, from the seen to the unseen. Ever-loving, ever-giving, may he continue to bless us from the beyond – Sadhu Vaswani Mission,” a tweet from his official Twitter handle read.

Dada Vaswani is known for actively promoting vegetarianism and campaigning for animal rights.  He had also written over 150 self-help books.

Born in Hyderabad, Sindh (Pakistan) on August 2, 1918, Vaswani had initiated a global peace initiative, ‘The Moment of Calm’. His birthday is also observed as World Forgiveness Day. He also gave speeches at the British House of Commons in London, the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders in Oxford, the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, and the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations in New York.

The spiritual leader had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leader LK Advani in September 2016 during his visit to Delhi.

In 2017, PM Modi had wished Vaswani on his 99th birthday via video conference. “We are fortunate to receive the blessings of Dada Vaswani on his birthday. Just like his followers, I have also experienced Dada’s calm smile and simplicity. I have had the opportunity of discussing several issues of paramount importance, such as nation building and social responsibilities, with Dada at a religious conference in United Nations. In Delhi, too, we held talks regarding several topics, such as education and health,” Modi had said praising Vaswani.

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