Dadi Gulzar, the Additional Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris passed away on Thursday, 11th March 2021 in India, at the age of 93 after a prolonged illness.
Dadi (elder sister) started on her spiritual journey at the age of eight, when she began to learn the art of Raja Yoga meditation. It was a combination of innocence, courage and humour that characterised her story of travelling through India at the age of 16 when she opened a meditation centre in Lucknow.
She was known for her openness, humility, calm nature, clear thinking and so much more…. For the past 84 years, Dadi shared her time, selfless love, pure wisdom and kindness with millions around the world.
Dadi Gulzar spent a lifetime nurturing a light of spiritual awareness. It shone through her eyes, and for many of us, it rekindled hope, and a sense of deep silence and stillness.
It was Dadi Gulzar who kicked off our very first event at Savoy Place in 2002. She joined us again for another event in 2010. (We held our Friday night talks at the Savoy Place from 2008 – 2020.)
Here are some of Dadi Gulzar’s words of wisdom:
A healthy body enables us to do more. So take care of your body. And with a healthy body you can do a great amount of good.
Walk the earth with light, and not heavy feet. The earth is our companion, so why burden it with our heaviness.
Negativity cannot come to a busy mind. So keep your mind busy. Create a timetable for your mind each morning. While eating breakfast, identify what you want to contemplate on and what you want feel that day, and when. “At this time I will think about this, and at that time I will feel that.” Just as you make a timetable for your activity, in the same way, create a plan for your mind.
At the end of the day, check whether you accomplished the aims you set for your self-progress that morning. How much did you actually follow through on them? How well did you deal with any obstacles that came up?
When challenging situations come up, focus your energy on checking yourself, so you’re aware of what’s going on inside. If you don’t have the time to do this then have your check-in whenever you stop to have a drink of water. There’s not a long list of things to check. Simply check, “Am I stable in my self-esteem, or not?”
If any negative thoughts start emerging, change the negative to positive. Just as the beautiful fragrant rose grows in the mud, in the same way, when something happens, take something good from the bad. Drop the negative and turn your attention towards the positive. Create this habit now.
Whenever there’s a problem in your life, become like a little child, think of God as your Mother, and hand over the problem to God. Learn how to give to God whatever you do not want. And remember that whatever you give to God is no longer yours.