|Born||Ambalal Muljibhai Patel
November 7, 1908
|Died||January 2, 1988|
|Occupation||Construction, Spiritual Leader|
|Organization||Dada Bhagwan Foundation|
|Known for||Akram Vignan|
Dada Bhagwan (November 7, 1908 – January 2, 1988), born as Ambalal Muljibhai (A.M.) Patel, also known as Dadashri, is a revered Spiritual leader from whom a new spiritual movement emerged.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Manifestation of Gnan
- 3 Dr. Niruma Amin and Deepakbhai Desai
- 4 Kramic Path vs Akram Vignan
- 5 A.M. Patel, Gnani Purush & Dada Bhagwan
- 6 Simandhar Swami
- 7 Simandhar City & Trimandir: Dada Bhagwan’s Vision Realized
- 8 Independent Movie based on Dada Bhagwan
- 9 Dada Bhagwan Museums & Historic Sites
- 10 Reference Books
Dadashri was born in Tarsali, Gujarat, India, and raised in the Gujarati village of Bhadran by Vaishnav parents Muljibhai and Javerba Patel. His mother Javerba was renowned within the village for her spiritual virtues. Dadashri credited her for instilling within him an early appreciation of the value of nonviolence, empathy, self-less generosity, and spiritual penance.
As he grew older, Dadashri maintained an avid priority of spiritual purpose. Even as he entered into marital life and later into a business partnership, it is said that he experienced no interest or satisfaction in worldly matters. Instead, he remained one-pointedly focused on his search for eternal truth and Self-realization. He read extensively, contemplated scriptures of world religion, and was particularly inspired by the writings of Shrimad Rajchandra.
A natural contrarian, Dadashri would not allow himself to be dictated by social norms, cultural biases, or unexamined beliefs. He possessed a unique ability to maintain his inner spiritual focus even while actively engaged in worldly life.
Some examples of this are:
- At age 16, Dadashri married Hiraba. By age 19, they welcomed a baby boy, and distributed celebratory sweets among family and friends according to local custom. The same relatives were surprised when, a year later, Dadashri again offered them sweets. Upon inquiry, they discovered Dadashri and Hiraba's son had passed away. Maintaining an aura of equanimity, Dadashri is quoted as saying, "the guest who had arrived last year has gone.” He maintained the same spiritual demeanor when his second (and last) child, a daughter, died at the age of 6 months.
- He ran his contracting business with utmost integrity and ethics – an exceptional trait given the prevalent corruption of the Construction Industry in his time.
- Dadashri paid himself the minimum salary possible, choosing instead to live simply and to leave profits for the benefit of his business partner.
- He maintained all personal and business relationships fastidiously – and always with loving reverence. It was reported that, over the course of his life, he had no interpersonal conflicts – including with his wife or business partner.
Dadashri lived approximately 50 years of his adult life in the city of Baroda, Gujarat, India.
For the last 5 years of his life, Dadashri traveled internationally - to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Kenya - to share his experience and understanding of the spiritual science known as "Akram Vignan."
In 1988, at the age of 80, Dadashri passed away, leaving behind a spiritual legacy that continues to expand even today.
Manifestation of Gnan
In 1958, Gnan Sakshatkar (absolute manifestation of Self-knowledge) occurred spontaneously within him.
Dadashri’s awakening is described as follows:
“Dada Bhagwan expressed naturally within…Ambalal Muljibhai ….This was the culmination of spiritual seeking and efforts of many previous lives. The expression of the spiritual knowledge was complete and spontaneous, and this science has come to be known as Akram Vignan (a direct path to attain Atma Gnan, Self-realization and moksha, liberation from the cycle of birth and death).
After Dadashri’s awakening, those close to him observed an extraordinary presence within. His nephew, who addressed him as “Dada” (the traditional Gujarati term for “Grandfather”) repeatedly proclaimed, “He has become a Bhagwan” (divine embodiment). As a result of this, people eventually combined the two, addressing him as “Dada Bhagwan” (grandfatherly divine embodiment).
From his awakening, Dadashri attained siddhis (spiritual abilities) to raise seekers to the level of his own spiritual state. However, for four years, Dadashri remained silent about this, resting in the quietude of an ego-less inner state. Finally, after repeated requests by those close to him, he began to offer satsang (spiritual discourse) and Gnan Vidhi (ceremony of Self-knowledge).
Dadashri’s satsangs were impromptu – offered in any location, at any time of the day or night. Conducted primarily in a question-answer format, Dadashri’s satsang transcripts have been compiled by subject into numerous topic-based books.
In Gnan Vidhi, which Dadashri defined as an “experiment to separate the Self from the non-self,” he was able to consistently awaken his own spiritual state within seekers in a mere two hours. He gave a personal guarantee that anyone attending Gnan Vidhi would permanently attain Atma Gnan (Self-realization).
Until his samadhi maran  (passing with spiritual awareness) in 1988, Dadashri traveled extensively – within India and abroad (primarily within USA, UK, and Africa) - offering satsang and Gnan Vidhi ceremonies. Proclaiming that “there must be no business in spirituality,” he did so entirely at his own expense. To date no fee has ever been charged for Dada Bhagwan satsangs or Gnan Vidhi ceremonies worldwide.
Dadashri predicted that Akram Vignan would remain accessible through his successors for approximately 18,000 years. Before passing, he blessed his closest disciples with the siddhis required to offer Gnan Vidhi. Since then, Dr. Niruma Amin  and Deepakbhai Desai have continued Dadashri’s mission to awaken sincere seekers to Self-realization and moksha.
Dr. Niruma Amin and Deepakbhai Desai
Dr. Niru Amin (affectionately called Niruma) was born in 1944 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India to a wealthy and socially prominent family.
At an early age, she decided to devote herself in service to mankind and chose to train as a doctor. After graduating with a medical degree from Aurangabad Medical College, Niruma’s family assumed she would open a medical practice after graduation, and began plans to build a hospital for her.
Then, in 1968, Niruma attended a satsang (spiritual discourse) with Dadashri. Shortly thereafter Niruma attended Gnan Vidhi ceremony and attained Atma Gnan (Self-realization).
Niruma’s thinking changed after meeting Dadashri. She describes contemplating: “As a medical doctor I can heal people's physical illness, but there are so many doctors to help people with their health, and there is only one Gnani Purush (embodiment of Self-knowledge) to liberate them. What could be better than to spend my life helping Dadashri spread knowledge which gives peace and liberates people from worries and suffering?” Hearing this reasoning, Niruma’s family agreed, offering their support.
Until Dadashri’s samadhi maran (passing with spiritual awareness) in 1988, Niruma traveled with him - within India and abroad - serving him while he offered satsang and Gnan Vidhi ceremonies. Before passing, Dadashri communicated his wishes and intents to Niruma, entrusting her to execute them on his behalf. Dadashri charged her with the task to guide Deepakbhai Desai as a future representative of Akram Vignan.
Even while grieving the loss of Dadashri’s presence, Niruma traveled the world, maintaining satsang groups and showering motherly love upon the world-wide community of Mahatmas (those who have attained Self-realization in Gnan Vidhi ceremony).
In 2006, Niruma developed a life-threatening illness. Those close to her describe that she bore her condition with extreme equipoise, remaining in self-less service until her last breath. Through a life devoted to Dadashri’s mission, Niruma was instrumental in gracing hundreds of thousands of spiritual seekers worldwide.
His elder brother brought him to meet Dadashri at age 17, intending to support Deepakbhai in his studies. Soon afterwards, Deepakbhai attained Self-realization from Dadashri in the Gnan Vidhi ceremony.
Deepakbhai credits meeting Dadashri and attending Gnan Vidhi as the two great turning points of his life. Previously burdened by a shy and introverted nature, Dadashri’s influence empowered Deepakbhai to successfully complete his engineering studies and, over the coming decades, build three successful engineering businesses.
Simultaneously, Deepakbhai was nurtured in further spiritual development by Dadashri and Niruma. With all available free time, Deepakbhai attended satsangs (spiritual discourse), performed seva (selfless service), and engaged in Self-introspection – seeking to fully understand Akram Vignan.
In 1987, before Dadashri’s passing, Niruma and Deepakbhai were given the siddhis (spiritual abilities) to conduct satsangs and Gnan Vidhi ceremonies on his behalf. Together, they carried on Dadashri’s mission with a spirit of oneness until Niruma’s sudden passing in 2006.
Since then, Deepakbhai has officiated over a burgeoning spiritual community (Adalaj, Gujarat, India), celibate male and female groups, teen and children’s programs, and ongoing world-wide satsang and Gnan Vidhi programs for seekers of Self-realization.
Kramic Path vs Akram Vignan
There are two paths to liberation:
One is the Kramic path in which one has to progress step by step. If one finds satsang (association with people who seek the higher self) one could climb 500 steps but if one finds kusang (company of people without integrity) then one can fall down 5000 steps! The Kramic path is very difficult.It requires penance, renunciation,jaap (incantation) etc., in order to progress. Even then, there are no guarantees that one will reach his destination. The second is the Akram Vignan path, which is a step-less, elevator path. One can progress spiritually even while living with one's wife and children. One can enjoy worldly comforts and still attain final moksha. The grace of the Gnani Purush bestows within you an eternal awareness of the Self. This awareness remains continuously. The awareness of the Pure Soul remains.
The Akram path is without rules which translates literally as “non-step-by-step,” refers to direct attainment of an exalted spiritual stage. The siddhis supporting the emergence of Akram Vignan arose as a consequence of Dada Bhagwan’s awakening in 1958. Any seeker attending Gnan Vidhi ceremony attains Atma Gnan (see Atma Jnana), Self-knowledge, via Akram Vignan, direct path of Self-knowledge.
One can only attain Moksha without rules. When no rules are imposed, one becomes natural. In the Akram path, one maintains dharmadhyan in the relative world and is in shukladhyan, the State of the Self. In this path the external kriya (activity) remains the same like that of an ignorant one, but the entire dhyan-inner mediation changes. No jaaps (incantations) or tups (penance) are required. One experiences moksha without any effort. One receives the fruits of the vision of the Gnani from the Gnani and this brings forth the fruit of liberation. The fruit of service to others, is worldly prosperity.
Science of Akram Vignan, expounded by Dadashri can permanently establish a person in his or her ‘Real Self,’ with permanent happiness.
A.M. Patel, Gnani Purush & Dada Bhagwan
Dadashri explained that, as a result of his awakening, three distinct facets of the Self clarified within. At the gross level, A.M. Patel’s relative self (body-mind complex) remained. At a subtler level was Gnani Purush (see Dadashri’s definition below). Finally, at the subtlest level was what his followers referred to as “Dada Bhagwan” (absolute divine embodiment).
Dadashri describes these three facets of Self in the following interview-excerpts:
"For whom is “Dada Bhagwan” used?
Dadashri: It is used for Dada Bhagwan, not for me. I am a Gnani Purush. Dada Bhagwan is within you too, but is not yet manifest, and here, within me, he is fully manifest and is ready to give results….
What is the real nature of Dada Bhagwan?
Dadashri: He is one who has no attachment, no ego, and no intellect….
Why do you allow yourself to be addressed as Bhagwan (absolute divine embodiment)?
Dadashri: I, myself, am not God. I too bow to Dada Bhagwan within me. I (as Gnani Purush) am at the level of 356 degrees of spiritual achievement, whereas Dada Bhagwan is at 360 degrees. He is absolute. I lack the four degrees and therefore I too bow down to Dada Bhagwan (within me)."
After Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan awakening, Dadashri Made a direct connection with Lord Simandhar Swami, Dada Bhagwan said that “Simandhar Swami is present now but he is not in our world, He is in another world. I have a connection with Him and the entire world should benefit from this. I am merely a nimit (a medium that is instrumental in a process). I make you do His darshan through ‘Dada Bhagwan’(Pure Soul within you), and it reaches Him. That is why you still have one more birth so that you can go to Simandhar Swami.
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan said "I have such good relationship with Simandhar Swami, that if you do His darshan as I instruct you, it will reach Him all the way”. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan said "I ask Him all the questions and He gives me all the answers,to date, hundreds of thousands of questions have been asked and the answers have been given to the world by me".
Simandhar City & Trimandir: Dada Bhagwan’s Vision Realized
Before his passing in 1988, Dadashri had expressed a vision to Niruma:
"A city of Mahatmas  (those who have achieved Self-realization in the Gnan Vidhi Ceremony) living together would facilitate achieving the absolute state with ease. Such a spiritual environment would support devotion for Tirthankara Simandhar Swami and the practice of Five Agnas (spiritual directives which support Self-realization) - resulting in their ultimate liberation."
In 2002, Niruma found an opportunity to build the spiritual community Dadashri had envisioned - in the location he had predicted it would be built. Niruma oversaw the details of the community’s inception, and her planning continues to guide its ongoing development.
After Niruma’s passing in 2006, Deepakbhai has officiated over Simandhar City, continuing its expansion and offering spiritual guidance to community members.
Independent Movie based on Dada Bhagwan
Desperate Endeavors is a movie depicting Dadashri’s visit to America in the 1970s, which illustrates the inspirational influence Akram Vignan had upon Americans and Indian-Americans alike.
Dada Bhagwan Museums & Historic Sites
Museum, Trimandir, Simandhar City Gujarat, India
Museum, Surat Railway Station, Platform #3 Surat, Gujarat, India
Museum & Historic Residence Baroda Mama ni pol, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Road & Circle named after Dada Bhagwan Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India 
Highlights of Sanctification Ceremony at Godhra Gujarat, India 
- Dada Bhagwan Foundation
- Dada Bhagwan's Site in English
- What is Gnan Vidhi?
- Free Spiritual Books
- Dada's site in Deutsche
- Dada's site in Español
- Dada's site in Hindi
- Dada's site in Gujarati
- Tri-Mandir - Where three major religions worship in a universal temple.
- Website for Kids
- Additional site for Dada Bhagwan
- Reference to Dada Bhagwan in Guru's Feet site
- Additional reference for Gnani Purush
- Enlightenment (spiritual)
- Atman (Jainism)
- Shrimad Rajchandra
- Simandhar Swami
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