"I am deeply saddened to know about the demise of Dada Vaswani, barely a few days ahead of his 100th birth anniversary," Rao said in a statement issued here.
Vaswani epitomised the values of universal brotherhood, peace and compassion and through his discourses, writings and public service, he encouraged millions of people in India and abroad to lead a meaningful life, he said.
Through the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, he brought happiness and hope in lives of the poor and the under- privileged. Dada Vaswani also championed the cause of compassion and love for animals, he said.
"The works done by him through the Vaswani Mission are of great importance and the books written by him will inspire the young generation for years to come," he said.
"He will always be with us through his messages and thoughts," Kamble said in his message.
"Sad to hear about the demise of Dada Vaswani, head of Sadhu Vaswani mission, a spiritual teacher who spent his whole life for giving the message of peace and humanity. My heartfelt condolences," Chavan said in a tweet.
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