Dadi (elder sister) Prakashmani (a diamond or jewel of light) aka Kumarka Dadi was second administrative 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. Her loukik name was Rama (रमा). Her father was a great worshiper and devotee of Vishnu and Rama had a deep devotional love for Shri Krishna. Rama was only 15 years old when she first came in contact of Om mandli (a group to whom baba use to speak the Gyan in the early days), 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 her to go visit the Satsang (spiritual gathering) going near to their house. Actually, this satsang was formed by Dada Lekhraj upon his visions and directions imparted by incorporeal God himself (Shiv baba). This satsung was called as Om Mandli.
''On the first sight of the first day of seeing baba speaking murli, Dadi lost in some other world. A few days back, she had a vision of Shri Krishna in a vast royal garden. The same vision she again got when she saw Dada Lekhraj (Brahma baba). She immediately recognised a divine presence in this gathering.
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'. Know more about this on our History page.
In 1939, they came to Karachi (Pakistan) and after 12 years of tapasya (penance), in March 1950 (after independence of India) the entire Om Mandli came and settled in Mount Abu, which is still the centre of Prajapati Brahma Kumaris. For the first time, in 1952 service was started around India. 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 the organisation and centres.
As a Head of Organisation
On 18 Jan 1969, as the aloukik father of Yagya (Brahma baba) left the body (became 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 worldwide service.
In 1984, Didi Manmohini also left the body. In the year 1986, under the supervision of dadi ji, 'Million Minutes of Peace' appeal was organised by the United Nations (UN) on the international year of peace. This served people of all backgrounds to unite together to observe peace and it brought a big value to Brahma kumaris, which was then recognised as an international NGO by the UN.
Alongside, centres in India also started a growth. There was opened a BK centre of Geeta Pathshala at every 6 to 10 km distance wherever you live in India. This growth 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 the year 2013)
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 for baba's Yagya as one big family. No one is a stranger, we all 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 these inner qualities that we can collectively transform our world.
At 10:05 am 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…
“As in 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 the righteous actions. By having love, rather than attachment.''