Tax accountant gave up six-figure salary to become a meditation guru

Mayfair tax accountant reveals how he turned his back on his six-figure salary to become a meditation guru after a client trained in Islamic mysticism took him on a spiritual journey around the globe

  • Feroze Dada, 69, from London, quit his high-powered job as a tax accountant to become a disciple of a spiritual guru
  • Travelled with his guru, who claimed they were brothers in a former life, to sacred sites around the world to discover his calling
  • Was saved from a life-threatening illness by guidance from spirit and has retrained as a meditation teacher to help others

A former finance entrepreneur has revealed how he swapped 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 peak of his career in 2010, as the senior partner of his London tax accounting firm in Mayfair that he’d built up over 25 years. 

Respected in his profession; a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a founder director of several tech companies, he defined himself through 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 on a quest for spiritual enlightenment, including a stint in the Shan Hills of Myanmar to deepen his meditation practice with a monk in a remote monastery

He tells his story in his new memoir A Disciple: The Spiritual Path to Infinite Happiness, which has just been released.  

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

Feroze Dada (pictured back centre) pictured at an orphanage in Myanmar, said he used to define 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 divided his time between London and his second home in Italy.

But despite his gilded life, he felt something was missing that was vital to his happiness.

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

‘I liked Ustad instantly. In his mid-sixties, tall, fit and strong, he exuded a vibrant energy. There was a calmness, an inner peace about him,’ he recalled. 

‘Every time we met, he left me energised, positive, peaceful, and focused – feelings that would last for days. 

Despite being 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 came alive to the potential of who I was, the man I’d lost sight of over the years as I strove for material success. His very presence nudging me to remember a forgotten part of me.’

Despite being 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 didn’t make sense to me,’ recalled. 

‘But inside I’d always harboured a belief in something bigger, that each man had a purpose in the greater scheme of things even if I hadn’t discovered what my own was.’

Feroze, pictured with Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan, was introduced to meditation and felt his mind still realising that on occasion he had become dismissive and arrogant. By starting 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 an inner peace instead of scattering my energies in conflicting directions, juggling commitments at work and home.’

Ustad introduced him to meditation to get to know himself and the workings of his mind.

‘As my mind stilled, my awareness about myself grew. My quest for perfection to do a good job for clients had led to a craving for praise and acknowledgment in order to feel good about myself. 

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

‘On occasions I could be dismissive and arrogant, disrespectful of people at home and a 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 told me, “You’re my older brother from another lifetime. We lived at the same time as Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, in the seventh century in Arabia. 

‘It’s no coincidence we found each other in this life. It was destined. I’m here to help you back on your path”.

‘I knew nothing about reincarnation. But I remembered that strange feeling of recognition I’d had when we first met. 

‘It was illogical, irrational but made perfect sense. I didn’t need scientific proof to feel the truth of his words in my heart. 

‘We were soul brothers, connected through time and space.

Feroze quit his job to embark on a voyage of self-discovery, travelling with Ustad to sacred sites around the world

‘The old Feroze would have dismissed 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. 

‘Fear of the unknown slipped away from me, my heart was open to what was to come.’

Inspired, Feroze quit his job to embark on a voyage of self-discovery, travelling with Ustad to sacred sites around the world. 

His journey took him to the shrine of the Virgin Mary at the top of the Bulbull mountain near Ephesus in Turkey, the tomb of the first female Sufi 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 envisioned a tumour and sought help, discovering that he had cancer, and saving his life

‘Each encounter brought me closer to the voice of my soul that took me far from the life I’d been 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 travelled to the Shan Hills of Myanmar to deepen his meditation practice with a monk in a remote monastery and back 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

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

‘Sitting in meditation at home I was totally unprepared for an image give to me directly from spirit. It was a clear 3D image of a malignant tumour in my body.

‘It pulsed in my mind. Purple and red with black malignant spots. “Follow this up – now,” whispered a voice. 

‘Fear gripped my heart. I knew intuitively it was a malignant cancer. It needed to be removed and fast.

‘I recalled healer Craig Rebuck at the Sanctuary telling me my body showed signs of being unwell during a healing session in 2018 and that I should look after myself. I knew I needed to act.’

An MRI and biopsy confirmed Feroze had advanced cancer and he underwent urgent surgery to remove the tumour that was a success.

‘I didn’t doubt that early detection had saved me a lot of pain – even my life, because I’d listened to spirit.

‘Just like me everyone has their own path. And in these challenging times I hope to inspire others to follow the truth of their own soul because there 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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