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From dimple@ad1.vsnl.net.in Thu Mar 26 11:09:16 1998 DADA BHAGWAN NA ASEEM JAY JAY KAR HO AFRICA SATSANG JAI SAT CHIT ANAND TO ALL MAHATMAS BY GRACE OF DADA WE HAD A WONDERFUL SATSANG TRIP OF AFRICA. WE CONVERED 6 COUNTRIES. EACH COUNTRY HAD A DIFFERENT HISTORY FULL OF COLOURS. EAST AFRICA IS MOSTLY POPULATED BY JAINS FROM SAURASHTRA AND CHAROTAR PATEL WHILE IN S. AFRICA GUJRATI POPULATION CONSIST OF SURTI PATEL AND ESMAILI MUSLIM AND ALSO TAMIL PEOPLE. ONE THING WE FIND MOST COMMON IN ALL AFRICAN CUNTRIES IS THEY ALL ARE FULL OF NATURE, VAST LAND, OCEANS, MOUNTAINS, WILD LIFE ETC. FOOD THERE ARE NATURALLY VERY SWEET, EVEN BETTER THAN INDIA. THEY STILL DONT USE FERTILISER. MOST OF FAMILIES HAVE SETTLED THERE SINCE 3 GENERATIONS. WE CAN GET EXACT PICTURE OF INDIA AS IT WAS BEFORE 100 YEARS. NAIROBI: WE WENT TO NAIROBI TWICE, IN THE BEGINNING AND IN THE END OF TOUR. EXCELLENT RESPONSE. NIRUMA WENT THERE IN 1996 AND WHOEVER HAS TAKEN GNAN THAN, 60-70% HAD BECOME FULLY DEDICATED. FROM THEN THEY CONTINUED DOING SATSANG ONCE EVERY WEEK. THIS TIME MANY NEW PEOPLE TOOK GNAN AND RESULT WAS FANTASTIC. COMMON PRACTISE IN AFRICA EVERYWHERE IS OUR PEOPLE CHEATS AND EXPLOIT BLACK PEOPLE TO A GREAT EXTENT. BUT AFTER GNAN MANY PAKA JAIN VANIYA HAVE DECIDED TO STOP PRACTISING THIS- A GREAT CHANGE. TEENAGE GIRLS WHO USED TO GET PUT OFF BY DISCUSSING GOD, GOT SO MUCH INTERESTED AFTER SATSANG THAT THEY BROUGHT THEIR WHOLE FAMILIES TO TAKE GNAN. THEY HAD MANY ARGUEMENTS ABOUT WHY NOT TO EAT EGGS (IN CHOCLATES, BISUCITS AND ICECREAMS) BUT IN THE END HAVE DECIDED NEVER TO USE IT. WE ARE PLANNING TO SEND DEEPAKBHAI TO NAIROBI BEFORE COMING TO LONDON AND NIRUMA WILL GO THERE EVERY YEAR. DARESALAM AND ZANZIBAR: SATSANG WAS HELD AT MANDIR EVERYDAY AT BOTH PLACES. IN ZANZIBAR SATSANG WAS HELD AT MANDIR FROM 8-10P.M. AND WE HAD PLANNED TO DO GNAN VIDHI NEXT DAY MORNING BUT PEOPLE GOT SO MUCH INTERESTED THAT NIRUMA HAD TO DO GNAN VIDHI FROM 10-12PM. MOMBASA: MAHATMA CHANDUBHAI OF MOMBASA TOOK GNAN IN 97 DURING GURUPURNIMA CELEBRATION AT DILIP SARLA HOUSE. HE HAD CAME TO LONDON FOR HIS HOLIDAY. HE CAME AT GURUPURNIMA THINKING IT WILL BE FUN AND HAD DECIDED NOT TO SIT FOR SATSANG. BUT WHEN HE CAME THERE GNANVIDHI WAS ABOUT TO START AND HE WAS ASKED TO SIT IN IT NOT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT DADA. BUT AFTER GNANVIDHI EVERYTHING GOT CHANGED. HE STARTED READING DADAS BOOK, CHARANVIDHI REGULARLY WHICH CONTINUED EVEN AT MOMBASA. WE TOOK WITH US SWAMI MURTI FOR HIM. HE REQUESTED FOR IT. ON PRATISTHA DAY 100 PEOPLE HAD GATHERED AT HIS HOUSE AND ALL OF THEM GOT SO MUCH CARRIED AWAY BY THE VIBRATION THAT WE KEPT GNAN VIDHI AT NIGHT. WE ASKED HIM WHERE THERE IS TIME TO EXPLAIN THEM ABOUT DADA, GNAN ETC. HE SAID, WHO EXPLAINED ME? I JUST TOOK IT AND IT HAD WONDERFUL EFFECT ON ME. THERE IS NO TIME FOR EXPLAINING THEM LET US HAVE GNAN VIDHI. HE WAS 100% RIGHT. AT PRESENT 35 PEOPLE DO WEEKLY SATSANG REGULARLY. CHANDUBHAI WITH HIS FAMILY ALSO CAME TO NAIROBI AT THE END OF TOUR. CAPETOWN: WE DIDNT GO TO CAPETOWN LAST TIME. BUT ONE GUY FLEW ALL THE WAY FROM THERE JUST TO TAKE GNAN AND WENT BACK IN 2 HOURS. SINCE THEN HE WAS DOING CHARANVIDHI EVERY SUNDAY. THERE WAS NO CONTACT WITH HIM FOR 2 YEARS. THIS TIME WHEN HE ARRANGED FOR OUR TRIP THERE, HIS WIFE WHO WAS NOT INTERESTED IN ANY RELIGION, ASKED HIM TO TAKE LEAVE, SO HE CAN LOOK AFTER US. SHE SAID I WILL DO EVERYTHING, COOK ALL THE FOOD FOR US, BUT SHE WILL NOT ENTERTAIN US AS SHE WAS FEARING WE WILL FORCE HER TO JOIN OUR RELIGION. ON 1ST DAY SARLABEN TRIED TO TALK WITH HER ABOUT DADA, BUT SHE WARNED US DONOT EVEN TRY TO TALK ABOUT RELIGION. SHE ARRANGED ALL THE SATSANG MEETING BUT SHE SAID I AM NOT INTERESTED. SHE WAS VERY PURE, FULL OF LOVE, OUTSPOKEN AND FULL OF ENERGY LIKE GLOCOZADE. BUT AFTER FIRST SATSANG SHE STARTED LIKING IT. SHE SAID WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT NIRUMA IS THAT SHE IS NOT BECOMING GURU AND SHE IS NOT ASKING TO DO ANY RITIUAL. SLOWLY SLOWLY AFTER EACH SATSANG SHE STARTED GETTING INVOLVED IN IT. AND FINALLY A NIGHT BEFORE GNAN VIDHI SHE SAID, HEY I AM JOINING YOUR CLUB. MANY PEOPLE TOOK GNAN AMONG THEM MAJORITY WERE YOUNG COUPLES. HARARE: WE WERE NOT KNOWING WHO OUR HOST WAS NEITHER HE WAS KNOWING US. HE WAS A STAUNCH FOLLOWER OF SWAMI VIVEKANAND AND WAS VERY OPPOSED TO WAY OUR RELIGION IS HEADING TOWARD. HE BELEIVED IN SERVICE TO MANKING AND WAS OPPOSED TO ALL KIND OF RITUAL. HE DID HIS LAW IN LONDON AND EVEN SERVED IN ARMY. ON 1ST DAY AT SATSANG ORGANISERS WERE OMPLAING OF ABSENCE OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN MANDIR. NIRUMA SAID THEY WILL NOT COME BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN ANY HOM-HAVAN AND ALL RITUALS YU DO WHICH DONT MAKE ANY SENSE TO THEM, AND THEY ARE ALSO OBSERVING THAT EVEN OUR PARENTS DO SO MUCH RELIGION BUT THERE IS NO IMPROVEMENT IN THEM. SO THEY THINK ALL THIS YOU DO AS HUMBUG. THEN NIRUMA SAID, FROM MORNING TO NIGHT YOU SHOULD KEEP AWARENESS NOT TO HURT ANYBODY. ALL RELIGION COME INTO THIS. NOW FEW YOUNGSTERS WHO CAME THERE FOR VYAVHAR WERE IMPRESSED AND THEY STARTED CIRCULATING WORDS THAT NIRUMA IS DIFFERENT. SHE HAS NOT CAME HERE TO COLLECT FUNDS, BUT SHE IS TALKING REALITY OF LIFE. ON LAST DAY IN GNAN VIDHI 80% WERE YOUNGSTERS. AND THEY HAVE STARTED DOING WEEKLY SATSANG. OUR HOST ONCE ASKED ME, IF YU ARE SAYING NIRUBEN IS NOT BECOMING ANYBODYS GURU, THEN WHY YOU AND SARLABEN DO SEVA OF HER. I EXPLAINED, NIRUMA IS OF THE AGE OF MY MOTHER AND IF MY MOTHER HAD DIABETES DONT I HAVE TO LOOK AFTER HER. WILL IT LOOK GOOD IF I ALLOW MY MOTHER TO PICK UP BAGS. MOREOVER SHE IS NOT COMPELLING US TO DO ANY SUCH THINGS, WE ARE DOING IT BY OUR OWN WILL. AND IF WE DONT DO THEN SHE DOESNT GETS UPSET SHE DOES IT BY HERSELF. HE GOT CONVINCED AND FROM NEXT MOMENT HE ALSO JOINED US IN LOOKING AFTER NIRUMA AND IN THE LAST HE TOUCHED NIRUMAS FEET AND INVITED HER TO COME AGAIN NEXT YEAR. LIVINGSTON : HERE LIES ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF WORLD. VICTORIA FALLS MUCH BIGGER AND LARGER THAN NIAGARA. NIAGARA CAN BE CONSIDERED BABY. DADA ALSO CAME HERE IN 1986. WE DECIDED TO COME HERE TO HAVE A LOOK AT THIS AND FOR NIRUMA TO BRING BACK OLD PLEASANT MEMORIES. SATSANG WAS NOT PLANNED. BUT ON SAME DAY SOMEBODY DIED AND THEY HAD PRATHNA MEETING. THEY INVITED NIRUMA TO COME OVER AND EXPLAIN THEM ABOUT SCIENCE OF DEATH. PEOPLE WERE NOT INTERESTED AND WERE EAGER TO PACK OFF AFTER PRATHNA, BUT ORGANISER COMPELLED THEM TO SIT AND HEAR SATSANG. ALL OF THEM GOT SO MUCH INTERESTED THAT THERE WAS PINDROP SILENCE AND EVEN EYELID STOPPED BLINKING. THERE WAS MAD RUSH FOR BOOKS AFTER SATSANG. GNAN VIDHI WAS PLANNED NEXT DAY AND WHOLE FAMILY WAS EAGER TO TAKE GNAN BUT LATER ON THEY HAVE TO GO TO DO RITES FOR DEAD PERSON. THEY PROMISED TO COME FOR SATSANG IN LONDON THIS YEAR. THERE WAS MAD RUSH FOR BOOKS EVERYWHERE. WE TOOK WITH US 250 KG OF BOOKS. WE HAD TO SALE THE BOOKS BY RATIONING IT. WE KEPT ASIDE FROM BEGINNING BOOKS FOR EACH COUNTRY OTHERWISE ALL THE BOOKS WOULD HAVE BEEN SOLD AT NAIROBI ITSELF. MANY NEW MAHATMAS GAVE ORDER FOR WHOLE SET OF BOOKS SO FAR PUBLISHED. MANY BECAME MEMBERS OF DADAVANI. IN END IT WAS GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ALL OF US. EVERYTIME NEW COUNTRY, NEW PEOPLE, NEW SURROUNDINGS, NEW CIRCUMSTANCES. WE ALSO FELT DADAS PRESENCE MANY TIMES. dimple