Dadi Prakashmani ji Biography
Dadi (elder sister) Prakashmani (a diamond or jewel of light) aka Kumarka Dadi was second Administrative representing Head of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Godly Spiritual University (after Mamma). Dadi was born in 1922 in the northern Indian province of Hyderabad, Sindh which now is in Pakistan. Loukik name was Rama (रमा). Her father was a great worshiper and devotee of Vishnu and also Rama had a deep devotional love for Shri Krishna. Rama was only 15 years old when she first came in contact of Om mandli, which was started around 1936 only, where many used to have visions (shakshatkaar) of deities, of Krishna, of new world (heaven) and of a divine light (God). This was time around Diwali of 1937…
Rama had holidays during Diwali (a festival in India) and so her loukik father asked Dadi (Rama) to go visit the Satsang (spiritual gathering) going near to their home. Actually, this spiritual gathering (satsang) was formed by Dada Lekhraj (then known as Brahma baba) upon his own visions and directions imparted by incorporeal God himself (Shiv baba). It was known as Om Mandli.
”On the first sight of the first day of seeing baba speaking murli, Dadi lost in some other world. She had vision of Shri Krishna in a vast royal garden. The same vision she again got when she saw Dada Lekhraj (Brahma). She immediately recognised that this is no human doing…
Introduction in Brief
In those early days, Baba gave a new spiritual name to Rama. A message came from subtle region (sukshma vatan) that new name of this kumari (girl) will be ‘Prakashmani’.
In 1939, they came to Karachi (Pakistan) and after 12 years of tapasya (penance), in March 1950 (after independence of India) Om Mandli came in Mount Abu, which is still the centre of Prajapati Brahma Kumaris. For the first time, in 1952 service was started around India. It was started from Mount Abu, then in Ahmedabad and so on. BK Prakashmani also went on service and many centres were opened by her. Dadi mainly stayed in Mumbai.
Till 1965, dadi was yet guided by Mamma. Then in June 1965, as mamma left the body, dadi gained more responsibilities of centres. Hence a need to travell to centres.
As a Head of Organisation
On 18 Jan 1969, as the father of yagya (brahma baba) left body (avyakt), dadi Prakashmani was given the responsibility of yagya along with Didi Manmohini. As you may know, the avyakt part of bapdada began immediately in 1969 and hence no one had a feeling of how would everything happen. In 1970s, services took a flight. Centres were opened in foreign countries (UK, US, Australia). Dadis became an instrument (nimmit) for this world service.
In 1984, Didi Manmohini also left the body. 1986, under the supervision of dadi ji, ‘Million Minutes of Peace’ appeal was granted by the United Nations (UN) on the international year of peace. This brought a big value to brahma kumaris, which was then recognised as an international NGO by UN.
Alongside, centres in India started a growth. There was opened one centre in every 6 to 10 km wherever you live in India. This all happened before 2007. On August the 25th, 2007, Dadi Prakashmani left the physical body and joined the advance party (as later clarified by BapDada in Murli)
Dadi’s nature was very sweet, tolerating and co-operative. She was hard working and does all the service of yagya, like attending spiritual seminars, giving lectures, opening centres, and even preparing food for the visitors. Everyone loved dadi as a mother, a guide and a dear friend. The speciality of dadi however, was the feeling of a family that she created in the entire yagya. No one is a stranger, we are children of one father.
Dadiji described herself as an instrument of Shiv baba, to serve human beings by reminding them of their innate virtues and powers– and that it is through the awakening of this inner qualities that we can collectively transform our world.
At 10:05am local time on 25th August 2007, the soul of Dadi Prakashmani passed away to subtle world (vatan) while in medical observation at the Shantivan complex on Mount Abu Road in Rajasthan, India.
Some words of Dadi Prakashmani…
“Like a family, the basis of this organisation is love, and it flourishes because it is nourished with trust and respect”.
“Only a powerful soul can offer love. Only a powerful soul can afford to be humble. If we are weak, then we become selfish. If we are empty, we take; but if we are filled, we automatically give to all. That is our nature.”
“If you have the feeling that you belong to everyone, and look after everybody as a trustee, you are enabled to do right actions. By having love, rather than attachment.”