Pune, July 12: Spiritual leader Dada Vaswani passed away at the age of 99 in Pune on Thursday. He was also the head of the Sadhu Vaswani mission.
"He had been admitted to a private hospital in the city for the past few days and was discharged last night," the mission member said. Vaswani died in the mission premises this morning, she said. The mission was planning a big celebration on his 100th birthday next month, she added.
The Mission, a non-profit organization headquartered in Pune, India, has centres around the world. Vaswani,99 years, has written over 150 self-help books.
Vaswani has spoken at numerous venues including the British House of Commons in London, the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders in Oxford, the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, and the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations in New York.
Dada was born on August 2, 1918, and will be completing. Last year, his birthday on August 2 was observed as the global forgiveness day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed the spiritual leader's 99th birthday celebrations through a video link. Modi had then said Vaswani's blessings will help in accomplishing goals for a new India. Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani is a frequent visitor to the mission.
His mortal remains have been kept at the mission to enable people to pay their last respects.
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(With PTI inputs)