Renowned author Mark Twain once said, “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only”.
Indeed that is how beautiful Indian culture is, & our grandfather Shri Om Prakash Ahuja, could spot that beauty, early on in life. It is the spiritual facet of the Indian lifestyle which naturally attracted him, and he proceeded to seek after his inner calling by committing the prime years of his life in pursuing the Hindu sacred writings at Swami Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh.
Dwelling by the misty banks of the river The Ganges, he made a profound plunge in the ancient Vedic scriptures, and besides also gained knowledge from saints likes Swami Sivananda Ji, Swami Chidananda Ji, Swami Premananda Ji, and Swami Krisnananda Ji during his stay. Many of those who knew him; or lived around him strongly felt that Shri Om Prakash Ahuja was a gifted soul. At the age of sixteen, he had garnered immense knowledge about Gemstones, Rudrakshas and their application in daily lives. Years of persistence had pushed his skill to a level where he was able to advice/suggest the right gemstones & rudrakshas by merely looking at the person.
Our grandfather Shree Om Prakash Ahuja was rightly aware of the power contained in these sacred gifts of nature (Gemstones & Rudrakshas), and above all the positive impact these could have on an individual’s life. He believed that if everyone makes Rudrakshas and Gemstones a part of their lives, the world will become a peaceful place. At that point, he set out on this journey of ensuring that these power objects which are meant for everyone should be made available to everyone. And this laid the foundation of our mission at Om Prakash and Sons - “We believe the wonderful powers of Malas, Rudrakshas & Gemstones belong to everybody”
Our grandfather thrived in an era that was not ruled by technology. The information about astrology and other spiritual sciences in his era were usually kept under wraps. Only a handful enjoyed access to the literature which made it extremely difficult for common people to know their benefits. Shri Om Prakash Ahuja was against such restrictions. He believed the legacy and knowledge relating to Gemstones and Rudrakshas should not be confined just to bloodlines or a particular network/community. Our grandfather advocated the liberation of this wealth of information so that general masses could take the advantage too, in light of the fact that the Stones and Rudrakshas are gifts from God, and must be available to everybody.
He evidently trusted that these gems/stones were apart of our way of life in the past era, and their declining use in modern life greatly pained him. The last decade of his life, our late Grandfather devoted to author several books which today serve as reference guides for those interested in gemstone science.
Carrying on the legacy forward now, it is the family that is running the enterprise. And all of us involved in this closely held family business comprehend the essentialness of the purpose our granddad devoted his life to. We inhale to fulfill that very purpose and convey forward the learning of his life around gemology. Each of us at Om Prakash and Sons absolutely love what we do and what we make.
Gitesh and Nitish