The saga of the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya began in Hyderabad, Sindh (now in Pakistan) in the year 1936, when extraordinary events unfolded in the life of Dada Lekhraj, a wealthy diamond merchant who had risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most respected members of his community.
Dada Lekhraj, a devout man, was contemplating retirement as he was nearing 60, little realising that his life was about to be transformed. One day, while he was sitting in the back hall of his bungalow with a group of fellow disciples of his guru, he had strange spiritual experiences. He recognised these unique inner sensations as the onset of a spiritual encounter, but knew neither their cause nor purpose. Yet there was a sense of heightened perception, a new clarity of mind and vision. A powerful, intuitive grasp of reality was growing in him. He went to his room for solitude. As he sat alone, waves of bliss surged on him. He had gone beyond all consciousness of his body and experienced himself as a point of light, a pure soul afloat in an ocean of bliss. Then he had a vision of the four-armed deity Vishnu.
A few days later, Dada received more visions, including a terrifying one of destruction of the modern world.
The visions made clear to him his own identity. He saw that the Supreme Soul was a point of light, and His children, the souls, were also tiny sparks of sentient energy.
In his vision of destruction, he saw very powerful bombs being dropped from aircraft on cities. He saw missiles with warheads of such devastating potency that they destroyed whole regions of Earth in a moment. There were gigantic fireballs, cities in flames and unbearable firestorms raging everywhere. When he received this vision, America had not yet dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan.
Dada also saw how death came through wars and civil wars, culminating in a wave of natural catastrophes.
While in Kolkata, he also had a vision of the death of his uncle in Hyderabad, Sindh. He saw the soul, a point of light, withdrawing its life energy from the toes upward until it was concentrated in the head. Then, in an instant, the soul left the body through the forehead. Thus Dada came to understand that in death only the body dies, not the soul.
With these visions, everything changed for Dada. He could not apply his mind to the diamond trade anymore. It held no interest for him. He decided to wind up his affairs.