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.