Pujya Deepakbhai Desai was born on the 9th of May 1953 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Pujya Deepakbhai had a deep respect for His parents, He never answered-back or argued with them and was a very obedient and sincere child.
One day His elder brother told Him about Param Pujya Dadashri, whose knowledge of 'Akram Vignan' would help Him concentrate in His studies. At that time, Pujya Deepakbhai was studying engineering at VJTI College in Mumbai. This soft-spoken, humble and introverted young man found worldly life meaningless and cumbersome. He was deeply engrossed in self-exploration and searching the path leading to ultimate happiness.
In 1987, while visiting USA, Param Pujya Dadashri's health was rapidly deteriorating. He made a special request for Pujya Deepakbhai to come to the US. For forty-five days, Pujya Dadashri groomed Him, constantly testing His knowledge of the Akram Science. Finally satisfied with His spiritual state, Param Pujya Dadashri performed a special ‘vidhi’ (ceremony) empowering Pujya Deepakbhai with ‘siddhis’ (spiritual energies) to conduct satsangs. Param Pujya Dadashri entrusted the task of grooming Pujya Deepakbhai for worldly tasks in the capable hands of Pujya Niruma.
Pujya Deepakbhai continued to support Pujya Niruma with dedication and utmost devotion as she took over His grooming. Together they were able to reach a greater number of people and help them attain a higher level of spiritual understanding that would ultimately lead to liberation.
After Pujya Niruma left Her mortal body on March 19 2006, Pujya Deepakbhai now spearheads and guides the mission. He travels extensively within India and abroad giving satsangs and imparting knowledge of the self to all the seekers. He strictly adheres to every principle laid down by Pujya Dadashri. He has become an icon of purity and humility, whom people observe, learn from and are inspired by.
With the blessings of Pujya Dadashri and Niruma, under the special guidance of Pujya Deepakbhai, “Gnani Ni Chhaya” was established in 2008 to help mould today’s healthy minded generation through various kids’ activities and programs.
“May all the children (smallest to biggest) who attend this ‘Gnani ni Chhaya’, attain such character and moral values with the right understanding that they do not hurt anyone for their own attachment, pride, happiness or greed. May they live their lives with such absolute understanding that they share peace and happiness with whomsoever they meet, bringing about salvation not only for themselves but for others too.”