Who in this wide world is Dadi Janki? And why should I know about her?
Dadi Janki is a 103 year old phenomenon who has been certified by many scientific tests to have the most stable mind in the world. OKAY, you may be muttering. To what does she attribute this wonderful state of being? Is this just a rare case of genetics, or is this state achievable through practice?
Dadi makes no bones about it; she attributes her stable mind , hence her unshakeability to her lifelong study and practice of Raja Yoga, the yoga of the mind, the union of the individual soul with the Supreme Soul.
Currently, she is the head of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in Rajasthan, India where Raja Yoga is taught and practiced. Essentially this practice is shared freely, i.e. without a price tag. This is truly education for the good of humanity and for the well-being of civilization and the very planet, itself. For as human beings change and elevate, their influence will transform the sorry conditions that presently exist upon our Mother Earth.
Another proponent of Dadi Janki, and there are many, has this to say about her:
“This woman is as deep , wise, and egoless as it gets. She adheres to no formal religion, dogma, or sect. What she teaches is a method to open the heart and detach the mind-which to me is what true spirituality is about”. Ruby Wax
Last year on my annual journey to the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, I was incredibly blessed to have Dadi sit and hold my hand for nearly thirty minutes. On the drive up the mountain to Mt. Abu from Amnehabhad, the Indian women, whom I was sharing a taxi with, announced that we were going to stop and visit with Dadi! Such a surprise; such fortune!!
As we opened the door to Dadi’s little receiving room, it was packed with souls already. I looked past everyone, my eyes magnetized to Dadi’s eyes. She felt my immense attraction and immediately beckoned me with a subtle waving of her hand to come sit next to her.
She held my hand as she greeted all the souls who had come to visit her and receive her drishti, her powerful spiritual vision. This blessing of holding her hand connected me with a rich, profound silence, in a deeper way, than my own 7 years of practice of Raja Yoga Meditation had produced so far. She connected me with the unlimitedness of Nirvana, (literally, the place of no sound), the Home of all Souls. Yes, this is the dimension from which we, as souls, have all come to the earth… and it is the place to which we will all return at the end of our journey. This is the place to which Dadi Janki is immovably connected and which allows her to be in this world in a very present and loving way and yet to be so detached from it.
Dadi, even at her venerable age, is still a dynamic speaker of truth and shares her gifts continually. Her words are rich and full of experience and knowing. My favorite books of hers are:Companion of God and Inside Out.
Dadi speaks in Hindi. What follows is a sampling of what I have collected from her many rich classes, translated into English.
The Subject is Love and Honesty.
“Love is connected to virtues. Virtues create love both within the self and within others.
When virtues reduce, the quality of love also reduces.
When all virtues are present, there is complete and pure love.
Out of all the virtues, the main one is honesty. If we feel someone is not being honest with us, our love breaks. Whether it’s our mother, father, husband, wife, or friend, if we feel that they are being dishonest, love breaks.
In terms of our relationship with God, if we are honest with God we will draw His love. If we are not, that love will break. Even if we have no other virtues than this one of honesty, we will be able to draw God’s love.
The first kind of honesty is honesty with myself. If I am honest with myself, there need be no situation in which I am not honest with others.
If someone does not believe me, if someone distrusts my honesty, perhaps it is a sign that I need to become more honest. Instead of blaming them, I should realise this, and look at how to become more honest.
Honesty does not mean simply speaking our mind. Honesty means to be very clear about everything going on inside us. Where there is honesty, feelings become pure and clean. Honesty is where there are no other thoughts or feelings inside, other than those that the Most High would have. Such clarity is reflected in our words; they will be filled with the power of truth and spoken with ease and without hesitation.
Genuine honesty cultivated within is what will reach out and touch others.
Being easily influenced by people will diminish our ability to remain honest.
Others will not be able to get that feeling of truth from us, and our interactions will not carry a feeling of love. They will seem superficial.
Although superficial love is better than no love at all-at least it ensures that we don’t become completely dry-it will nonetheless be obvious that it is not the real thing.”~ Dadi Janki~
Such is the importance of honesty!
Wishing you the blessings of honesty and love. Wishing you the willingness to be honest with yourself.
Wishing you the joy of being filled by the Beloved Ocean of Love. Wishing you the experience of love in all your relationships.
In Deep Peace and With Love,