Predicting the Future
In 2004, when I was living in Melbourne, I heard that His Holiness Dadaji Vaishampayan (a Saint from India) fondly known as Dadaji had come to Sydney in Australia. While I was really keen on travelling to Sydney to get His darshan (holy view), due to unavoidable circumstances, I couldn’t make the trip.
The next time I heard of this trip of Dadaji’s was a month ago, when he had come to the SSRF research centre at Goa. It was announced that the predictions that He made while He was in Australia would be made public.
When in Sydney, Dadaji who was close to 90 years old had performed severe austerities. At that time Dadaji wrote down 22 predictions of personal, spiritual, social and political events on an aerogramme from Australia Post. The letter was posted to India and kept under lock and key until last month i.e. May of 2009.
At the ceremony where the predictions were to be read out there were Saints, various well known members of society, journalists and about 400 people in attendance. After the sealed letter was inspected by various dignitaries that had been invited, it was opened for the first time after 2004.
Though I have heard of Dadaji’s predictions in the past coming true, it’s different when one experiences it personally. Each and every prediction that was read out was found to be correct. Some of the predictions were written along with mobile numbers of the person that the prediction was made about. These people were unknown to Dadaji and yet when the mobile number was called, each time the concerned person picked up confirmed the predicted event. As the predictions were being read out, I couldn’t help wondering, if in 2004, whether some of these mobile numbers had been activated at all and yet they had been included in the predictions.
Some of the accurate predictions included:
- At a national level: Dr. Manmohan Singh will be sworn in on 22 May 2009 for the office of the Prime Minister of India.
- At a social level: There will be a robbery in broad daylight at the Dadar, (Mumbai) branch of Apna bank.
- At a spiritual level: That a 6 year old boy Mandar Manerikar would say that he wants to do spiritual practice as per the Brahman class by chanting mantras from the Vedas. The first time Mandar thought of choosing this life path was in 2006 when he was eight. One and a half years ago, he joined a Ved Patshala (a school for learning the Vedas, the Holy texts of the Hindus) so as to fulfil his spiritual quest. He is a full time member of the Ved Patshala. A month ago at the age of eleven, he remembers saying the exact same sentence that Dadaji had predicted for him 5 years ago.
- At a personal level: Mumbai’s Mrittika Sen would top the science stream. In the recently declared results of the 12th standard examination of Maharashtra, Mruttika Sen of Mumbai had indeed stood first.
This is the 40th time where Dadaji’s predictions have been read out and each set of predictions completely accurate. He does these predictions to show society that there is something beyond the intellect that can be achieved through spiritual practice. Throughout the ceremony Dadaji face was as calm as ever unaffected by the fervour and adulation generated in the audience with each prediction turning out to be true.