A former tax accountant gave up a six-figure salary to become a meditation guru

A former financial entrepreneur has revealed how he traded facts and figures for the world of mystics, gurus and spirits and became a meditation guru to help others.

Feroze Dada, 69, from London, was at the height of his career in 2010, as a senior partner in his London tax accounting practice in Mayfair which he had built over 25 years.

Respected in his profession; a board member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a founding director of several technology companies, he has defined himself by business and material success.

But a chance encounter with a client who practices Islamic mysticism changed everything for him, and he was persuaded to quit his job and travel the world in search of spiritual enlightenment, including a stint in the Shan Hills of Myanmar to deepen your meditation practice with a monk in a remote monastery

He tells his story in his newly released memoir A Disciple: The Spiritual Path to Infinite Happiness.

The 69-year-old (pictured left) from London had been the senior partner in his own tax accounting practice in Mayfair, which he had built up over 25 years, but gave it all up to go to the Shan Hills from Myanmar to deepen his meditation practice with a monk in a remote monastery

Feroze Dada (pictured centre) pictured at an orphanage in Myanmar, said he defined himself by material success

Feroze Dada (pictured centre) pictured at an orphanage in Myanmar, said he defined himself by material success

In a happy marriage of more than 26 years to MuMu Farida with two children Sumaya, 24, and Nadir, 20, he divides his time between London and his second home in Italy.

But despite his golden life, he felt that something essential to his happiness was missing.

When a new client walked into his office, trained in the Sufi tradition – a mystical form of Islam, his world instantly changed.

‘I immediately liked Ustad. In his 60s, tall, fit and strong, he exuded vibrant energy. There was a calm, an inner peace around him,” he recalls.

“Each time we met, he left me full of energy, positive, peaceful and focused – feelings that lasted for days.

Although he was born into an Islamic family in Karachi, Feroze was not religious and only visited the mosque once or twice a year.

Although he was born into an Islamic family in Karachi, Feroze was not religious and only visited the mosque once or twice a year.

“In his company, I realized the potential of who I was, the man I had lost sight of over the years as I struggled to achieve material success. His very presence prompts me to remember a forgotten part of me.

Although he was born into an Islamic family in Karachi, Feroze was not religious.

“I only visited the mosque with my father at his request once or twice a year. The trappings and dogma of religion made no sense to me,” he recalls.

“But inside I had always harbored a belief in something bigger, that every man had a purpose in the bigger scheme of things, even if I hadn’t discovered what mine was. “

Feroze, pictured with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, was introduced to meditation and felt his mind realize he had become dismissive and arrogant at times.  As he began to be more thoughtful in his actions, his wife noticed a softness in him.

Feroze, pictured with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, was introduced to meditation and felt his mind realize he had become dismissive and arrogant at times. As he began to be more thoughtful in his actions, his wife noticed a softness in him.

He wanted to live his life differently and learn from Ustad’s example.

“I wanted inner peace instead of scattering my energies in conflicting directions, juggling commitments at work and at home.”

Ustad introduced him to meditation to get to know himself and how his mind works.

“As my mind stilled, my self-awareness grew. My quest for perfection in doing a good job for clients had led me to a need for praise and recognition in order to feel good about myself. skin.

Ustad told Feroze (pictured right) that he was his brother from another life, which Feroze considered illogical, but it made perfect sense to him and he didn't need scientific proof.

Ustad told Feroze (pictured right) that he was his brother from another life, which Feroze considered illogical, but it made perfect sense to him and he didn’t need scientific proof.

“Sometimes I could be dismissive and arrogant, disrespectful to people at home and at work. I started to be more thoughtful in my actions and my wife noticed a new softness in me.

Ustad agreed to take him on as a disciple to help him discover his purpose.

“He said to me, ‘You are my older brother from another life. We lived together with the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, in the seventh century in Arabia.

“It was no coincidence that we met in this life. It was destined. I am here to help you get back on your way”.

“I knew nothing about reincarnation. But I remembered that strange feeling of gratitude I had had when we first met.

“It was illogical, irrational but perfectly logical. I didn’t need scientific evidence to feel the truth of his words in my heart.

“We were soul brothers, connected across time and space.

Feroze quit her job to embark on a journey of self-discovery, traveling with Ustad to sacred sites around the world

Feroze quit her job to embark on a journey of self-discovery, traveling with Ustad to sacred sites around the world

“Old Feroze would have brushed off his words with a laugh. But in his place was a man open to new experiences, new ways of thinking, open to discovering the truth of existence itself.

“The fear of the unknown escaped me, my heart was open to what was to come.”

Inspired, Feroze quit her job to embark on a journey of self-discovery, traveling with Ustad to sacred sites around the world.

His journey took him to the Shrine of the Virgin Mary atop Bulbul Mountain near Ephesus in Turkey, the tomb of the first Sufi woman Saint Rabi’ah in Jerusalem, and one of the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. , the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza in Cairo.

It was through meditation that Feroze imagined a tumor and sought help, discovering he had cancer and saving his life.

It was through meditation that Feroze imagined a tumor and sought help, discovering he had cancer and saving his life.

“Each encounter brought me closer to the voice of my soul that took me away from the life I was living to where I could live from my heart, connected to spirit. Guided by the voice of my soul , I began to live a life of joy and wisdom,” he explained.

He traveled to the Shan Hills of Myanmar to deepen his meditation practice with a monk at a remote monastery, and upon returning home was invited to teach meditation at the Sylvan Healing Sanctuary in London.

A community of healers and teachers of energy healing, meditation and mindfulness.

A Disciple: The Spiritual Path to Infinite Happiness by Feroze Dada is published by Mensch Publishing

A Disciple: The Spiritual Path to Infinite Happiness by Feroze Dada is published by Mensch Publishing

Then, on the morning of May 2019, Feroze’s faith was tested.

‘Sitting in meditation at home, I was completely unprepared for an image that was given to me directly from the spirit. It was a clear 3D image of a malignant tumor in my body.

“It vibrated in my head. Purple and red with malignant black flecks. “Follow this – now,” a voice whispered.

“Fear grips my heart. I intuitively knew it was malignant cancer. It had to be removed and quickly.

“I remembered healer Craig Rebuck at Sanctuary telling me that my body was showing signs of discomfort during a healing session in 2018 and that I needed to take care of myself. I knew I had to act.

An MRI and biopsy confirmed Feroze had advanced cancer and he underwent urgent surgery to remove the tumor which was successful.

“I had no doubt that early detection had saved me a lot of pain – even my life, because I had listened to the spirit.

“Like me, everyone has their own path. And in these difficult times, I hope to inspire others to follow the truth of their own souls for therein lies the beauty of infinite happiness.

A Disciple: The Spiritual Path to Infinite Happiness by Feroze Dada is published by Mensch Publishing

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