A commemorative postage stamp on P.P. Dadukaka, devotee of Lord Swaminarayan:
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 30, 2003
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Kakaji Maharaj.
Stamp & FDC : Based on material received from Shri Aksharpurushottom (Swaminarayan) Mandir, New Delhi
Cancellation : Alka Sharma (Based on material received from Shri Aksharpurushottom (Swaminarayan) Mandir, New Delhi)
Type : Stamp, Mint condition
Colour : Four Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Overall size : 2.415 x 3.300 cms.
Printing size : 2.05 x 2.99 cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 0.5 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
Name : Dadubhai Patel
Born on 1918 at Karamsad, Gujarat, India
Died on 1986
- Kakaji Maharaj (1918-1986), as P.P. Dadukaka is affectionately called, is revered by his followers as a spiritual master. He was an original thinker, philosopher and organizer par excellence who belonged to the Swaminarayan faith.
- Hailing from Karamsad in Gujarat, his education was spread over Nadiad, Nairobi, Colombo and London. Though he started life as an entrepreneur and was successful in handling a large business house, devotional matters were always foremost in his mind. Having received Enlightenment in 1952, he spent the remaining part of his life in the service of God and Satsangies (devotees).
- Kakaji Maharaj was one of the spiritual successors of Yogiji Maharaj, master of the Aksharpurushottom doctrine. One among the important contributions of Kakaji Maharaj was in the matter of women’s emancipation. He broke traditions to initiate a women’s movement within the Swaminarayan faith, thus bringing them into the forefront of spiritual activity.
- The spiritual path shown by Kakaji Maharaj included techniques to overcome Maya, transcend Prakriti (Inner crudeness), attune oneself with God, allow Brahmic energy to flow through oneself and tap the inexhaustible source of divine power to resolve everyday challenges. He wrote several books and articles on spirituality and tantra, the distinguishing feature of many of them having been his own personal experience. Reaching beyond rituals and metaphysical powers, he demystified spirituality for his followers. He left an enduring organisation in the form of Yogi Divine Society, which strives to train aspiring spiritual technicians and to awaken the divine consciousness in them. His lasting message was one of Suhrad Bhav – spiritual brotherhood.
- Text : Based on material received from Shri Aksharpurushottom (Swaminarayan) Mandir, New Delhi.