Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan (lovingly known as Dadashri)

Dadashri was extremely fond of kids and youth. He once said:
"Today's young generation feels suffocated due to lack of proper guidance. They are more pure and clean than their predecessors in all respects. All they need is someone who can show them the right path. Once achieved, they will revolutionize the whole of India. This will happen soon... very soon."
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It was around six, one evening in June 1958, a well-dressed gentleman with a black topi (hat) was sitting on a bench on platform number three of Surat railway station in Gujarat. The platform was bustling with people and trains. He had just finished supper before sunset and was waiting for another train to take him to Vadodara. His name was Ambalal Muljibhai Patel (A. M. Patel). His assistant stepped away to clean the tiffin. This is when nature manifested a phenomenal spiritual world within Ambalal. At the end of this spontaneous internal enlightenment, which took about forty-eight minutes, Ambalal came to be known to the world as Gnani Purush Dadashri. ‘Dada Bhagwan’ the fully (360 Degrees) Enlightened Self had manifested within Him. This Lord 'Dada Bhagwan' expressed naturally within the body of A. M. Patel by a natural, spiritual event. This was the culmination of his spiritual seeking and efforts of thousands of previous lives. His words became the foundation for the new, direct and step-less path to Self Realization called Akram Vignan. Through His divine original scientific experiment (Gnan Vidhi), He imparted this knowledge to others within two hours only. Thousands have received His grace through this process and thousands continue to do so even now.

Dadashri’s life before Enlightenment
On November 7th 1908, an extraordinary baby boy was born to Zaverba and Shri Muljibhai Patel in a small town called Tarsali, a suburb of Vadodara in the state of Gujarat, India. His parents named him Ambalal (Goddesses Amba’s lal, which means son), but they lovingly called him 'Gallo'. Ambalal grew up in the town of Bhadran, in the Kheda District of Gujarat. He was very popular amongst his friends and neighbours and was loved by all.

From the very beginning, Ambalal displayed very special and unique qualities. His thinking was wise beyond his years and his mother not only instilled the highest moral values in him but also taught him the importance of non-violence and right conduct.

Ambalal got married to Hiraba at the age of 16. Hiraba and Ambalal had two children; a son and then a few years later a daughter. Both of his children passed away soon after they were born. Ambalal was a remarkable husband to Hiraba and in their sixty years of married life, they never had a quarrel or dispute even once.

Ambalal had no luxuries or comforts in his life and lived in a very simple manner. Despite this, he was very different from the other people. He never found happiness in any of the material things that others would enjoy. He was always in pursuit of spiritual bliss.

The fully enlightened Gnani Purush
Once Ambalal received full enlightenment, He in turn was able to impart this knowledge that had manifested within Him to others in just two hours time duration. Those close to Him, recognizing the transformation that had occurred in Ambalal, began to address Him as 'Dadashri' or 'Dada Bhagwan'. Dadashri used to go from town to town and country to country to give Satsang and impart the knowledge of the Self to true seekers.

Before Dadashri left His mortal body on January 2nd 1988, He had molded Pujya Niruma and Pujya Deepakbhai to carry on His mission of spreading this amazing knowledge for the World's Salvation (Jagat Kalyan). He had blessed both of them with special divine powers that would enable them to carry on His mission even in His physical absence.