The Self Enlightened Gnani Purush Dada Bhagwan
It is said that a Gnani Purush (Enlightened Being) does not exist in the current time cycle. This is not so. Those who are well versed in scriptures are not Gnani’s. A Gnani Purush is not only Self-Realized, but has spiritual power to enlighten others. Only a Gnani Purush, who is liberated from all worldly attachments, has the power to liberate others. Self realization or liberation cannot be acquired through reading scriptures, even if the scriptures themselves were the words of a Gnani. Self realization can only be acquired through direct contact with the living Gnani. Such a being, a Gnani Purush, not too long ago, existed amongst us. He came to be known as Dada Bhagwan (also fondly called ‘Dadashri’).
When asked, “Who is Dada Bhagwan?” Param Pujya Dadashri used to say:
“Whom you see in front of you is not ‘Dada Bhagwan’. He is ‘A. M. Patel.’ I am a Gnani Purush and the Lord that is manifested within, is ‘Dada Bhagwan’. He is the Lord within. He is within you and everyone else. He has not yet manifested within you, whereas within me, he is fully manifested. I myself am not a Bhagwan (God). I too bow down to the Dada Bhagwan within me”.
His name was Shri Ambalal Muljibhai Patel, contractor by profession. He became a Gnani Purush in 1958. On one June evening while sitting on a railway bench of crowded & noisy Surat railway station waiting for a train, a natural and spontaneous phenomenon occurred., ‘Dada Bhagwan’, the Lord within Ambalal Patel began to manifest.
This manifestation of the Omniscient was no ordinary phenomenon. This divine disclosure is a phenomenon so rare, that it occurs only once every million years!
Nature had created a divine spiritual wonder! Within just one hour, he acquired the vision and knowledge of the entire universe. He experienced the answers to questions such as: Who am I? What is God? What is God’s role? Who is the doer? What is karma? How is karma created? How can one be free from the bondage of karma? What is liberation? What is the true nature of this world? Countless spiritual questions of this world and the universe were solved during this natural process.
Through the medium of Shri Ambalal Patel, nature brought the unparalleled vision and science of Akram to the threshold of this world. From that moment on, the ego within Him vanished completely and he became a Vitraag Purush – the liberated one.
Through the divine power within him, he bestowed upon others the knowledge of the Self through a spiritually scientific process called the Gnan Vidhi. That (Atma Gnan) which cannot be acquired in countless lifetimes can be acquired in a matter of just two hours, simply because this path is Akram. Param Pujya Dadashri refers to it as the ‘elevator path’ as opposed to climbing stairs, where the seeker progresses one arduous step at a time through rituals and austerities, as prescribed in the traditional paths.
It was Param Pujya Dadashri’s most cherished wish that all mankind acquire salvation by attaining Atma Gnan (Self-realization). He traveled extensively both in India and abroad, at his own expense to give satsangs and bestowed the Knowledge to all who came to him. Although the Gnani Purush, Param Pujya Dadashri is not physically present amongst us, his ‘Knowledge of Self’ is his living presence, and his process of self enlightenment still continues today, with his grace, flowing through the medium of Pujya Deepakbhai Desai. His spiritual work for the world’s salvation has gained tremendous momentum and every year, thousands of seekers acquire Self Realization and their experience of internal liberation grows day by day.
Not only has Param Pujya Dadashri bestowed upon us Atma Gnan, but he has also taken a unique step towards reducing conflicts and discrimination amongst different religions. He initiated the construction of temples of Lord Shri Simandhar Swami, Lord Shri Krishna and Lord Shiva under one roof. Param Pujya Dadashri’s reasoning behind this was that unless people became free from their biases and prejudices towards religions, they would not acquire the true knowledge of the Soul. Several of these Tri-mandir temples are now established in India.
During his spontaneous enlightenment, Param Pujya Dadashri also made a connection with the living Tirthankar, Lord Shri Simandhar Swami, who is currently in Mahavideh Kshetra. He often communicated through his astral body with Simandhar Swami for answers and clarification of questions posed to him.
Param Pujya Dadashri said that today direct liberation from the planet Earth is no longer possible because of the effect of the current time cycle; however the path is still open from Mahavideh Kshetra. The next life for a Self-Realized being will be in Mahavideh Kshetra, where after the darshan of Lord Simandhar, the soul will begin its final journey to Moksha.