[1966 – 1973]
One whose life is dedicated solely towards the emancipation of Himself, and others, this self-realised soul was born on the auspicious day of 26th September 1966, to Smt. Rekhaben and Shri Dilipbhai Jhaveri, in a Jain Shwetambar Murtipujak family. Born prematurely, during the 8th month of pregnancy; though He was physically weak, He was blessed with immense inner strength and zeal to illuminate the path of spirituality for the world.
He was named Rakesh, and carried with Him a cache of great spiritual attainments from His past births, which manifested into many inherent divine qualities, leading to numerous spiritual experiences right from the time of His birth. The signs of His divinity were clearly apparent to friends and family alike. At the tender age of four, He would often slip into meditation for long periods of time. At that young age, He would engage in conversations with His father on profound subjects like spiritual discrimination - recognising the Self as distinctly separate from the non-self. It was clearly evident that He was no ordinary child but a Divine Soul, destined to lead the world to great spiritual heights.