Mahant Shree Padmanaabhdasji Saheb (54), fondly called by the multitude of his disciples as ‘Baba Saheb’ or ‘Saheb’ left for heavenly abode on September 5, Saturday, 2015.
Mahant of the Sadguru Kabir Gyanashram www.kabirgyanashram.org, a true disciple of Sadguru Kabir, leaves behind a unique legacy of using interdisciplinary skills to address contemporary concerns with a deep understanding of spirituality, with his characteristic gentleness.
As a Mahant at the young age of just 21 years, a lifelong learning, understanding of Kabir’s teachings remained at the centre of his being. He also equally immersed himself in various academic disciplines with as much dedication. Beginning as a graduate in zoology, he diversified to earn MCA, and soon later MPhil in Education, and a post graduate in Philosophy. Forever a student and teacher, he was as much at home with the university campus, classrooms, training programs as in the ashrams and religious discourses.
A multifaceted personality, who continuously endeavoured to learn a new skill each day touched the lives of many a Barodian and citizens across the country with his discourses. Be it as a speaker at ‘Amrut Dhara’ radio program at Akashvani or visiting professor at Railway Staff College, or M.S. University, Sardar Vallabhbhai Institute of Technology and conducting corporate training programs, he in his distinctive style, eased the understanding of complex concepts with great simplicity.
He was much at home with his disciples as with the weekly ‘Saturday Sessions’ at Kabirashram where he took great efforts to connect with the youth – guiding, discussing, laughing, singing together, as the kind, gentle confidante, philosopher and guide.
He launched the annual lecture series, ‘Humanity at Cross Roads’ – an elocution competition and panel discussion that began the year for the young and old Barodians on January 1, since 2009. He also is the driving force behind Samashti Institute for Integrative Learning- an innovating thinking collective aimed at creating a pool of knowledge on past and contemporary perspectives and advances in the area of thinking.
He began September 5, like each day posting sharing Kabirji’s sakhi, a message on Janmashtami and Teacher’s Day. It was a visit to Pavi Jetpur to interact with youth from tribal area. He joined impromptu trek to the Makhaniya Parbat hillock with his daughter Simran, friends and young disciples on September 5 evening, climbing up the hill and while coming down, sat down for a while to rest.
And there he surprised us all, saying he was sitting to catch a breath and left for the heavenly abode.
He leaves behind wife, Kavita Desai, daughter Simran, son Satchit and a multitude of disciples, friends and lives that he touched with his gentle understanding and teaching.
Please note: The Samadhi rites will be held at Sadguru Kabir Gyanashram, Behind Avdhoot Society, Vishwamitri Station Road, Vadodara.
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