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Let flow the river of joy or ignite the fire of separation
Get the Best of Both Worlds !
You possess two very remarkable capabilities. One of them is joy and the other is dejection (the pang of separation). As you go on loving your revered Guru in your mind while talking to Him, your heart is thrilled with joy; and then the inspiration that emanates from the Guru
Tattva brings simply wonderful benefits. I, on my part, have gained a great deal by loving my Gurudeva. Let the river of joy flow and wash away all your karmas, sins, afflictions and ignorance. Or else, at times, ignite the fire of separation and let your jivaconsciousness
(ego-identity) or your samskaras burn in it. Such burning is similar to the roasting of the groundnuts, which, on being roasted, can be eaten, seen or even sold all the same, but they can‟t any more be sown in order to give rise to further generations thereof. Likewise, all your samskaras accumulated over numerous previous lives; once they are roasted in the fire of separation, they will lose their apparent reality with you and thus can not cause your rebirth. Just as the roasted grains do not germinate, so also the mind roasted in the fire of separation and the samskaras lying therein do not give rise to further births. While getting established in the essential Being of the Lord or Guru will get the internal organ roasted, the fire of separation will finally negate it.
Bhishmaji Realizes Sri Krishna’s Essential Being and His Various Manifestations as Narayana, Vasudeva, Rama and Hari
„I can renounce the three worlds, I can forego the kingdom of heaven or anything that may be greater than the both, but I can never renounce Truth.‟
(The Mahabharata: Adi Parva – 103.15)
Bhishma was the legitimate son of King Shantanu and Goddess Ganga. Grandsire Bhishma was erudite, a man of firm resolve, knower of Dharma, true to his word, scholar, able politician, generous, extraordinary warrior, and had control over his senses but above all a single-minded devotee of the Lord. Though a politician, he was truthful as well. What a paradoxical synthesis of contradictory qualities! Truthful and that too a politician! Politicians say that one cannot do without resorting to falsehood. But can one do without truthfulness? Grandsire Bhishma had recognized Lord Krishna as the living God.
In his Rājasuya fire sacrifice, Yudhishthira had asked Bhishma as to who should be propitiated first. Then Bhishma‟s clear cut answer was, “By dint of strength, valour, brilliance and all other parameters Sri Krishna deserves to be propitiated first.”Upon culmination of the battle of Mahabharata, Yudhishthira was grieving for the dead kins. In an inquisitive frame of mind, he accompanied by his brothers and Lord Krishna, approached Grandsire Bhishma. The Pandavas reverentially and with utmost respect paid their obeisance to Bhishma.
If a person has moral rectitude, practices abstinence
and is religious, then his affection to kith and kin wears
thin. Those who do not practice abstinence are drawn
towards family and fail to accomplish the true goal of
God-realization. This is not to say that one should
neglect one‟s family. Rather you should consider the whole world to be your extended
family and act with equanimity. Bhishma had this sense of equanimity and as such he could fathom the real nature of Lord Krishna.
The grandsire explained about Lord Krishna to Yudhishthira and others, “Sri Krishna is God incarnate. He is the Primal Cause of all, the Supreme person Lord Narayana, Who deluding the world with His power of illusion (Māyā) moves incognito among the descendents of Yadu. O Yudhishthira! Lord Shiva, the divine sage Narada and the
venerable Lord Kapila alone know His secret most prowess. He whom you regard as your maternal cousin, a dear friend and the best well-wisher and out of love employed as a counsellor, an emissary and a charioteer without any hesitation, is Lord Narayana
Himself. In spite of Krishna‟s being equal to all, Oh protector of the earth! Look at His compassion on his staunch devotees that Krishna Himself has appeared before me, when I am giving up life.”
Subsequently, Bhishma with his scholarly knowledge earned by virtue of his practice of brahmacharya, experience, knowledge and devotion, duly elaborated on the rules (duties) regarding charities, kingship, laws pertaining to the path of liberation, duties of women and those pertaining to the Bhagawata religion to the assemblage, thereby
bringing peace to the grief-stricken and agitated heart of Yudhishthira.
Sage Narad once asked Lord Vishnu, “What is the greatness of satsang?”
Pointing to a worm, Lord Vishnu said, “Ask that worm. He will answer your question.”
Naradji at first felt surprised as to why Lord Vishnu was saying so. But then taking it as the Lord’s command, he went to the worm. Upon reaching, he got puzzled as to whether he should ask that question or not.
After thinking for about a minute or so, Naradji ultimately asked the worm, “O worm, tell me what is the importance of satsang?”
The worm looked at Naradji and died!
Naradji got bewildered and ran to Lord Vishnu and said, “Lord, why did you send me to the worm and then get him killed?”
On this, Lord Vishnu said, “Just now a parrot has taken birth in the nearby house, go and ask him your question.”
Naradji, in obedience went to the parrot. He pondered there for about 5 minutes or so, thinking this parrot might also die. Ultimately he asked him, “Oh parrot, tell me, what is the importance of satsang?”
And just as he feared, the parrot also fell down and died!
Naradji felt pained. He returned to Lord Vishnu and said, “O Bhagwan! Please tell me the answer yourself.”
“Ask that newly born calf”, said Lord Vishnu.
Naradji was filled with worry. Yet he approached the baby calf and asked the same question.
The calf looked at the sage and dropped dead!
Naradji now felt very miserable because of the three deaths. “Bhagwan!…”, he said.
Lord Vishnu replied, “Narad, do not worry. Just now a prince has been born to the king of the same town. Go to him and ask your question and you will find the answer. Believe me, this would be your final visit.”
Naradji , accordingly, went to the King’s palace. With a fearful heart, he asked the newborn prince, “O little one! What are the fruits of doing Satsang?”
The prince laughed, “Don’t you understand the greatness of Satsang even now? O wise sage! When you first asked me, I was a worm. By your darshan, I was born as a parrot. Then you asked me again, and I was given the body of a calf. Then again, I had your darshan. Now I have been given the highest birth, as a human being. Just by the darshan of a great saint like yourself, I have gained so much.”
Naradji now fully understood the greatness of satsang. He bowed to the Lord and admitted, “O Prabhu! Your divine ways are certainly difficult to understand.”
Do you have association with Sat (the Ultimate Truth) in yourlife?
If you do, indeed you are very fortunate otherwise you lead
a pitiable existence for the bliss of truth is the only real bliss, the
knowledge of truth is the only real knowledge and the association
with truth is the only real association. All other associations are
unreal and useless. Many a lifetime has been wasted in worthless associations.
A child associates with fellow children; as he grows up, he associates with adolescents;
in school he is associated with school mates. After marriage he spends time with relations, spouse, in-laws. At work one is associated with colleagues and one also has association with neighbours, shop keepers (one shops with), fellow travellers and so on.
You are associated with someone or the other all the time; one does not live without associations. The associations certainly exercise a great influence on you knowingly or unknowingly and whether you like it or not.
But what is the result of all these associations? They simply mire one in delusion and attachment and subject one to the cycle of birth and death. Nevertheless there is one association, which can rid us of all sorrows, which can free us from bondage, which can do away with our error and consequent labour of believing that we shall be happy in the future or after attaining such and such goal or after going to such and such place and which makes us experience Absolute bliss, total happiness and immortality in our given
surroundings (conditions). That association is the real association or satsanga. All the other associations are unreal.You are bound to associate with others but you should protect yourself from vice in association.
What is the vice in association? The association that makes you slide into vices and sin for the sake of depraving worldly pleasures enjoyed at present or to be enjoyed in the future is ku-sanga or bad association. That which neither elevates nor degrades you is ordinary association. When you travel on your way to office or shop, you come across many people on the way but the association with them does not exercise any influence on you; the association doesn‟t create any bondage. The association with only those
whom you have attachment with or hatred to entangles you; it creates bondage for you.
Similarly, life too is a journey. No fellow passengers should leave an impact on you. People may get blessed in your company but you must guard against detrimental influences of bad or ordinary association. This circumspection is called discriminative insight or viveka
Param Pujya Sant Shri Asaramji, endearingly called ‘Bapu’, is a Self-Realized Saint from Bharat (India). Pujya Bapuji preaches the existence of One Supreme Conscious in every human being;
Bapuji represents a Confluence of Bhakti Yoga, Gyan Yoga & Karma Yoga. This blog is an humble attempt to spread the Divine Message of Pujya Bapuji & dedicated at Shri Charankamal Of Param Pujya Guruji.
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Bharat Bhumi is considered the land of saints and seekers of spiritual realization. From time immemorial there has been an anxious groping after the unknown reality throughout the nation. In one way or another, efforts have been made to see God face to face. All the resources of human mind, both emotional and intellectual sides, have made efforts to obtain the sacred bliss of Atman – the peace which is beyond all material understanding. From the Vedic times till date, luminaries like Bhagvan Shri VedaVyasa, Shri Rama, Shri Krishna, Shri Buddha,Sri Mahaveer, Shri Adi SankaraAcharaya,Sant Shri Tulsidas,Sri Samarth Ramdas ,Shri Vivekananda, Param Pujya Swami Shri Lilashaji Maharaj, Shri Raman Mahrishi & many others incarnated in India, our country is essentially the the land of saints & sages.
From time immemorial India has never been bereft of great men. For the last 45 years the effulgent spiritual wealth of India, Sant Sri Asaramji Bapu has been travelling across the length and breadth of India imparting spiritual knowledge to awaken the masses. His life is a source of inspiration to millions. Under His guidance, some 1300 Yoga Vedanta Seva Samitis have been established, 300Ashrams and 17500 Bal Sanskar Kendras have sprung up. Besides this Gau-Seva centers, de-addiction campaigns, prisoner reformation programs, and many other programs to support tribal people by providing them food, clothes etc. free of charge, are carried out. The number of Bapuji’s disciples is in crores across national and international boundaries, and His listeners are in even greater number than his disciples. His main contribution has been the revival of the age old Guru Shishya parampara
Pujya Shri was born at Verani village on April 17, 1941 His father, Shri Thaumal, was a wealthy trader of the area and mother Mata Mehginba was a pious lady. Bapuji grew up to be a sweet tempered boy with prodigious memory. He received his early education from his mother, who taught him meditation and worship of the Lord. Bapuji showed aversion to the education which merely qualifies one to fulfill the worldy desires. Though he could get education up to 3rd standard only, but he is the repository of all knowledge. He left the home at the age of 23 and set out on his journey in the search of God.
“Human soul cannot do without God just as fish, without water.”
Thereafter, he never looked back. In the jungles of Nainital, Bapuji met Param Pujya Swami Shri Lilashahji Maharaj, an extremely erudite and self realized saint.
“Re-union of the soul with the Over Soul even after separation of many lives takes practically no time if one meets a True SadhGuru”.
The Ganges of knowledge in Bapuji met the ocean in Param Pujya Swami Shri Lilashahji Maharaj, and immersed him in eternal bliss. Sadguru Lilashahji Maharaj having found the sat-patra (the eligible candidate) in Bapuji conferred on him the Supreme wisdom. The human being merged with the divine, the pious soul realized his identity with the eternal Brahman, the indwelling Lord. With SadGuru’s grace Asaramji discovered the absolute truth and acted upon his advice of creating awareness among the people and inculcate religious and spiritual thoughts in them besides spreading the message of peace and brotherhood.
Just as the sun alone gives light, which all the stars put together cannot do, so the Sad-Guru alone imparts spiritual wisdom which all the sacred books and sermons cannot infuse. Blessed are those who take delight at his feet! Pujya Bapuji, the personification of compassion, travels across the length and breadth of India to preach the message of Vedanta, Humanity and One Supreme Conscious in all beings. His grace is confined to India alone; Pujya Bapuji has visited several foreign countries and delivered lectures on human values, religion, worship of God, peace and values of truth. Millions of people across the globe are followers of this great Saint.
Asaramji Bapu’s sweet eloquence oozes love for all and brings solace to troubled souls engaged in unbridled gratification of senses. Just as the Sun shines for all, rivers benefit all, along its course, wind blows without the slightest discrimination, Saints are the treasure of the society and benefit everyone who takes refuge in their lotus feet. Bapuji’s heart is filled with love for the riches as well as the poor, the educated as well as the unlettered, the influential as well as the down trodden. He himself goes to the slums and serves the needy. Under his celestial guidance many BalSanskar Kendra, gurukuls are running to impart the cultural values to the children and restore India’s glory of “VISHVA GURU”. Several Dhyan Yog Shivir (meditation camps) are organized by Pujya Bapuji where his holiness bestows divine love through the Shaktipata (Transferral of Divine Energy).
What is the real goal of the soul wandering from ages? To attain Perfection. Perfection must be sought in the right place.Thousands of years ago it was discovered in India, that perfection could not be found in the external world, which is impermanent and full of contradictions. Freedom from all limitations is the Vedantic criterion of perfection. Immutable Truth, unity of existence, boundless bliss, this is what is meant by perfection in Vedanta. There is only one thing, which is free from all limitations of time, space, causation: It is absolute consciousness. It is in the depths of consciousness, that perfection is to be sought.It is this total freedom that is the vedantic criterion of perfection, and the individual who has attained this freedom is the ideal of perfection. He is known as the Bramavit, knower of Brahman.
Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu is the embodiment of this ancient Vedantic ideal of perfection. The ideal person according to Vedanta is one who after attaining liberation for himself strives for the liberation of others. What are the morals of a fully illuminated soul? According to Pujyapad Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu there are three: Renunciation, Knowledge, and Compassion. Such a fully illuminated soul is called a Rishi. It is as a perfect Rishi that Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu is said to be the ideal man & True Yogi of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita & Santana Dharma for modern age.
Unlike the philosopher’s stone, which transforms the base metal of life into gold saints company ignites the sanity and leads to self realization.
Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu has poured his whole soul into the betterment of humanity. His benevolence knows no bounds. A glimpse of such great soul takes away one’s sins and bestows on him the peace and happiness. Blessed are those who take refuge in him, sing his glory, and spread his message. Our obeisance to Pujya Bapuji! Glory to Pujya Bapuji!
Shri Gurudev ka Paavan Jeevan Charitra
Child Shri Asumal ji is born…
The Bhagvan is inscrutable and His Leela(s) (pass-times) are even more so. When God decides to come down to make the world rise out of ignorance, He, in his compassion, assumes an embodied form; and blessed are those whom He selects as His parents. Shri Thaumal Sirumalani and his consort Smt Menhgiba were indeed so blessed. This divine child incarnated in the village of Berani of Sindhu unpartioned India,on the sixth day of Chaitra Vadi, Vikram Samvat 1998 & was named Asumal.
The day Shri Asumal ji was born, a merchant stopped by Shri Thaumalji’s house & said that day before all of a sudden he had a strong feeling that a great saintly & divine child shall be born in ThauMalji’s family. Therefore he brought a swing for this special child. Many saints & needy started coming for alms to the door of the benevolent Thaumal everyday.
There was a myth in the society that a child born after three sisters brings trouble & misfortune to the family; but instead this family earned more respect, fortune & happiness.
When Shri Asumal ji was three years old the spiritual teacher of their family, Parasuramji , visited their house and professed that this boy Asumal is not an ordinary child & a Yogi of last birth & he will be a great saint and show light of spiritualism to people living in ignorance.
As a child, Shri Asumal ji was quite inclined towards religious epics. Like the parents of many other great saints ShriAsumal’s parents were adorned with the hearts that shone with purity, nobility and great reverence to teachers and saints. Mother is always the very first teacher of a child. Shri Asumal ji would listen to stories of Ramayana, Bhagwavata and other scriptures from his mother. The first seed of spiritual life was sown in his life during this period.
One day mother Menhgiba dressed up Shri Asumal ji in clothes embroidered with silver and gold colored thread and shining diamonds. Little Asumal was overwhelmed with this new dress. He kept gazing at the blanket of stars in the night and said, “O Sky! I’m not at all less than you. I’m wearing clothes embroidered with shining diamonds similar to that of yours.” Thus, right from early childhood, one could see a different positive vigour and self confidence in Shri Asumal ji ‘s attitude.
Shri Asumal ji , starded displaying glimpses of prodigious memory at the young age of three. He would often accompany his elder brother to school. Once the teacher asked the students to narrate the poem which was taught a day before, Shri Asumal ji at such a young age stood up and narrated the complete poem without any mistake. Everyone was surprised.
Due to the unfortunate partition of India the whole family had to migrate from Berani to Maninagar near Amdavad, in Gujarat.
Shri Asumal ji started going to school again in Maninagar.
Six year old Asumal was very brilliant in studies. During the recess time, when other childeren used to play, Shri Asumal ji would sit under a tree for meditaion. The teachers used to praise Shri Asumal ji for being very cheerful, pure-hearted and intelligent. Teachers used to to call him Hansmukh bhai (the one who keeps smiling always). While leaving for school, Shri Thaumal used to fill Asumal’s pocket with cashews, pistachios and almonds. Asumal would share these nuts with all other students. At home, Shri Asumal ji would serve his father by massaging his feet at night.
Mother is the first Guru of a child. Mother Mehgiba developed Shri Asumal ji ‘s interest in dhyaan-bhajan (meditation and prayers) right from his early childhood. Mehgiba would put makkhan-mishri(sweetened butter) in front of Asumal when he would be sitting for meditation with his eyes closed. She would tell Shri Asumal ji to open his eyes and see what prasaad (blessed food) God had sent for him. Shri Asumal ji would keep sitting in deep meditation for long hours in a small room. When the neighbours would come to meet Mehgiba, finding Asumal meditating so profoundly, they would attract Menhgiba’s attention towards him. Inspired by the neighbours, Mehgiba would ask Shri Asumal ji to do less of meditation, but nothing could move Shri Asumal ji ‘s determination.
When Shri Asumal ji saw that school education could be used merely for the purpose of winning bread and fulfilling worldly enjoyment, he became disenchanted to education. Nevertheless he continued going to school. Whenever there was any time to spare, he would go to a lonely place and meditate.
Youth and Spiritual Quest
At a very young age Shri Asumal ji lost his father and the family business started dwindling. Asumal had to discontinue his education and shoulder on the family’s responsibility along with his elder brother. Asumal’s presence in the business improved the profits, but his mind was far away from the business. He always yearned for spiritual knowledge.
After his father’s demise Shri Asumal ji ‘s discrimination towards life intensified. He increased the time for mediation and realized that God alone is one reality & essence of life. His concentration increased greatly due to regular, pure meditation and unknowingly all siddhis (mystical powers) attended upon him at the tender age of ten years. No one could stop the fire of renunciation that was enveloping him completely. As Shri Asumal ji grew into youth his meditation and search for Truth intensified. Asumal’s growing detachment to the world worried his family and they decided to get him married. Shri Asumal ji ‘s family got him engaged.
“Granite walls however high are not high enough to shut out fate,
Iron chains however strong are not strong enough to trap a free bird.”
Shri Asumal ji kept postponing marriage for two & half years. Eventually, his family fixed up a date for marriage. He did not want to be entangled in the bondage of marriage so he ran away from home eight days before marriage. Members of family & friends started searching for Asumal, they found him in Ashok Ashram of Bharauch & dragged him back to home. Shri Asumal ji was married to Lakshmi Devi.
He told his wife, ” I don’t want to be enmesh myself into this samasara. I want to be free like Shuka, Buddha, Adi Shankara. So don’t obstruct me in my way.” Lakshmi Devi did gave her assent. Even a golden chain could not bind a free bird.
Shri Asumal ji joined a Sanskrit School in order to grow more spiritually. He used to sleep in the school at night away from his wife & practise celibacy (Brahmacharya) sincerely. Four days before exam he was highly influenced by a shloka which meant that, “The one who has disowned expectations & materialistic desires & has adopted the desireless state, the penances & worship of such a person has reached completion.” His desire to attain God got intensified.
He made up his mind to break from family so as to realize God.
“Life at its best is a long drawn agony, only its pains bide,
Its pleasures are as birds that are light and fly;
Men live and die and whirl upon the wheel and hug and kiss it’s spokes of agony;
It’s tier of tears, it’s nave of nothingness.
I have been yearning to know if these were the eternal lot of men.”
These were the thoughts that were going on in the mind of Asumal when he renounced the world.
After leaving his dominions, Shri Asumal ji went from place to place and at nights slept on the grass, homeless and alone. He did intense spiritual practices in deep forests, on hills, in deep caves, in various great temples.
At Kedarnath, the Pujari blessed Asumal to become a millionaire, but Shri Asumal ji did not appreciate this. Shri Asumal ji worshipped again & made a pledge to attain God.
Shri Asumal ji then went to Vrindavan, the land of Lord Krishna. Here Asumal ji was inspired to go to the Ashram of the Great Guru,Bhagavan Swami Shri Lilashahaji Maharaj.
Asumal ji had to wait for 40 days in the Ashram to get the glimpse of Great Gurudev. There Asumal ji stayed and served his SadGuru with true devotion. Asumal ji waged war with so many troubles. He used to take just Moong Dalas food, sleep in a small 4.5 feet room. SadhGurudev made Asumal go through several hardships for another 30 days & then finally Asumal was blessed.
Swami Shri Lilashahaji Maharaj asked him to go back to home & continue his spiritual practices at home.
Asumal ji came back to his Amdavad home. But his mind was attuned to only self-realization. No one can stop a man who is on his way to Paramapada (Ultimate Realization). Asumal ji passed 13 days at his home but he became so restless that he made up his mind to leave his home again in quest of supreme beatitude.
Asumal ji left his home and started doing intense spiritual sadhana on the banks of river Narmada at Moti Koral. A local saint Shri Lalji Maharaj got impressed by Asumal’s intense spiritual practices. Shri Lalji Maharaj made arrangements for Asumal to stay in Datt Kutir of Ram Niwas (Lalji Maharaj’s Ashram).
Asumal started the 40 dayAnushthan here.
One day while Shri Asumal ji was meditationg in the bank of river Narmada, heavy rain poured. Asumal did not want to stop his meditation. Asumal ji went to a nearby fisherman’s hut, and there he sat in meditation, soon he merged himself in deep meditation. Sometime later, the owner of the house came outside to attend his natural call & he saw our Asumal. He thought Asumal to be a thief and collected all the fishermen in the neighbourhood. Everybody in the near vicinity came with their weapons, sticks and swords etc. But Asumal was deeply merged in meditation. After some time he slowly opened his eyes and saw many people around him with all kinds of weapons, making noise. But who can do anything to a person who has conquered all sensory tendencies, like evil, animosity.
“No armor is invented till today, by man which has not succumbed to the attack of weapons and no defeat is known by him who has armored his soul with the training of the ‘Self’ with inward discipline.”
All people that came there gazed at him in wonder and beheld him with respect. They realized that he is a great saint doing meditation. Shri Asumal ji immediately left that place with heavenly dignity. All these people asked for forgiveness & looked upon him with great reverence and esteem.
When Shri Asumal ji ‘s wife and mother came to know that he was staying at Moti Koral they visited him. They requested him to come back But Shri Asumal ji told them without completing the Anushthan he cannot come. He successfully completed the Anushthan. The whole village & Shri Lalji Maharaj himself came to the railway station to see them off to Amdavad. As soon as the train started moving from Miyagam junction, Asumal jumped out and boarded a train towards Mumbai.
Asumal reached Mumbai & went for darshan of SadGurudev Shri Lilashahji Maharaj. It was the second day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashwin Samvat 2021, when after seeing his disciple’s great yearning to attain the truth and his intense and resolute will against all odds, the great Guru showered Purna Guru Kripa on him at the young age of 23.
Swami Lilashahji blessed Asumal with ultimate knowledge, thereafter Asumal became merged in samadhifor two and half days. Sadhak Asumal was transformed into Swami Shri Asaramji Maharaj by the golden touch of Great SadhGurudev (Spiritual master). Asumal got enlightenment.
The end of sadhana was reached at last. The human being became a divine being.
Asumal started seeing the one supreme being in all. With SadhGuru’s grace Asaramji discovered the absolute truth. Affinity for the world disappeared. Each moment of life was overflowing with the divine realization of existence of One in All. The stage beyond pride & material attractions was reached. The final destination where the Jiva becomes one with Parmatman was reached. The blissful state where nothing can separate one from God was finally attained.
Purna Guru Kripa Mili, Purna Guru Ka Gyan
Asumal Se Ho Gaye Sai Asaram…
Pujya Swami Shri Lila Shahji Maharaj instructed Asaramji to serve the humanity by staying as a householder.
After Self-Realization Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu stayed in solitude for seven years. Pujya Shri used to stay fully immersed in the bliss of the Atman (Brahmanand Masti) & give religious discourse to all those who came for darshana (meet & see Bapuji). Pujya Shri spent His solitude in various places like Disa, Naareshwar Dhaam, the Himalayas,
Mt. Abu & so on… Stay in Disa
By the commands of SadGuru, Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu started living in the Ashram of Disa village near Palanpur in Gujarat. Pujya Shri used to stay closed inside a secluded small room throughout the day & go to Banas river in the mornings & evenings. One day while coming back from the Banas river, Pujya Shri saw a dead cow surrounded by sveral villagers in front of the Disa Ashram. Swamiji gave some water to one villager to sprinkle it on the cow & quietly left the place. To the amazement of all, as soon as the water was sprinkled on the cow, it turned alive.
Sometimes Pujya Shri used to go for alms to the village during his stay in Disa. One day when he went to a house & said, ‘Narayan Hari”, the woman of the house insulted Pujya Shri & used foul language. She did not know that a Self-Realized saint had come to her door. Pujya Shri remained calm & said to His inner self, “Now see God in the person who is insulting you!” The woman was surprised by the tranquility of Pujya Shri.
Once a businessman named Chandiram came to Disa Ashram to get blessings from Bhagvan Swami Shri Lilashahji Maharaj before getting married for the third time to a young 18 year old girl. His earlier two wives were already dead. Pujya Shri gave a divine look & said to him, “Why should you go for this marriage? I would get you married to God!” Chandiram’s life changed all of a sudden. His lust simply vanished & instead of getting married, he started out his spiritual journey. Now he is better known as Mahant Chandiram & is a resident of Ashram.
A householder named Shivlal had a hotel in Disa. One day he heard about Pujya Shri from his friend & went for darshan. Shivlal had heard that this saint stayed in a closed room for days. On his way to see Pujya Shri, he was wondering what this saint used to eat staying in a closed room. To his utter surprise, Pujya Shri came to know what was going on in his mind & while giving discourse Swamiji mentioned that nobody needs to worry about what he ate. Shivlal came to know that Bapu is Antaryami (one who can read mind & knows everything). Shivlal became a follower & now he is a resident of Ashram.
One day Pujya Shri saw a lame labourer near the river. This man was very upset as he had been fired from his job. Pujya Shri not only assured him that he would get his job back but also made him cross the river by carrying him on the shoulders. This man was bewildered when his employer accepted him back, offered a simpler job with increased salary.
Several people got rid of their age old addictions for alcohol, tobacco & non-veg food here at Disa after listening to Pujya Shri’s satsang. People troubled with life found solace in Pujya Shri’s words & several well-established people realized the importance of spiritualism.
…But the folks of Disa could not recognize Bapuji’s divinity. Once after satsang Pujya Shri jokingly said, “A saint and a materialistic person are alike, isn’t it?” The audience did not understand this statement & started replying in affirmation. Pujya Shri got up immediately, removed the cloth which was wrapped around his body, & made his journey onwards in under shorts. People asked for forgiveness but a saint has no affinty for the world. The actions of a saint cannot be interpreted by a common man ..
At Naareshwar Dhaam
Pujya Shri left Disa & went deep inside the dense forests of Naareshwar Dhaam. Bapuji sat under a tree for meditation for the whole of night. In the morning he felt a little hungry & thought, “I’ll keep sitting here. The one who needs me shall send food. The Creator Himself would come…” Very soon two farmers came & offered milk & fruits to Swamiji. They said that in their dreams they were inspired to takePrasad for Pujya Bapuji.
Pujya Shri came to know that this is God’s Leela. The farmers said that they would return with more villagers. Asaramji realized that God is the basis of all.
Pujya Shri wrote on the ground:
Jogi to ramta bhala (A saint does not stay at one place!) and left the place…
Swamiji then went to Nainital to pay visit to Pujya Swami Shri Lilashahji Maharaj. Getting instructions from SadGurudev, Pujya Shri headed for the Himalayas. Pujya Shri spent time in various places like Rishikesh, Gangotri, Uttar Kashi, Badrinath, Kedarnath etc.
Mt. Abu Sometimes in summer Pujya Shri would go into the dangerous jungles of Mount Abu. Pujya Shri knew that the same Supreme Soul resides even in the ferocious animals therefore no animal could ever disturb Bapuji’s tranquility. In Mt. Abu Pujya Shri used to give satsang in the evenings.
Address to All India Vedanta-Ramayana Parliament in 1971
Pujya Shri captured the hearts of many by the sweet nectar of His satsang in the All India Vedanta-Ramayana Parliament held at Arya Nagar, Kanpur. There were 41 other famous orators also present in the gathering.
Life as a Householder:
Pujya Shri met Param SadhGurudevSwami Lilashahji in Haridwar in Vikram Samvat 2028, & by the commands of SadGuru, inorder to provide a goodexample to common householders, Swamiji entered the life of a householderGrahasthashram . It was the day of Guru Punam in Vikram Samvat 2028 when Pujya Shri reached Amdavad after staying in solitude for seven years.Bapuji lead a life similar to that of saints like Kabir and Ekanath.Bapuji chose a peaceful place in the Motera village on the banks of Sabarmati river. Later on some of the devotees constructed a small room for Swamiji which is very well known as “Moksha Kutir”. Though the village of Motera was very famous for its thieves and boot-leggers, Bapuji lived there submerged in the joy of communion with Atman.
The fragrance of this beautiful spiritual flower spread in all directions inviting to sip the nectar. Thousands of people started coming to Motera to get solace from their worldly afflictions and to get peace at the feet of Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu.
Slowly that place has become a great spiritual center. It is now called Sant Shri Asaramji Ashram. All sections of people come there to get peace and spiritual solace. Many new Ashrams & Yoga Vedanta Samiti’s have also evolved since then. The Ashram conducts several spiritual retreats, yoga camps & humanitarian work. Click here to read more about Sant Shri Asaramji Ashram & Yoga Vedanta Samitis present world wide.
Divine personalities like Krishna, Buddha, Rama, Adi Shankara influence the lives of millions of people for centuries. Their influence is not limited by time. Nay, it undergoes a process of time enlargement : with the passage of centuries the Flurry of these prophets, instead of decreasing, goes on increasing.
Each saint or world teacher comes as the embodiment of the dominant ideal of a particular age, and his life becomes the highest moral standard and ideal for the people of that age.
Man has been continually discovering new ways of exploiting nature and improving the means of production of food, clothing, other necessities and also the means of transport and travel. Each epoch with it’s changed condition, throws new challenges to the people. These external challenges can be met only by mobilizing the inner spiritual resources of the people. It is through ideas and ideals that the inner energies of man get mobilized. Certain charismatic individuals who become masters of new religions or new religious movements develop the new ideals necessary for each epoch.
It is to this class of saints and world teachers that Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu belongs. Swamiji’s advent was a historical necessity. There was the need for a charismatic individual who could create and vitalize the basic ideals of the present age. Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu’s exemplary life has fulfilled this requirement. Pujya Bapuji is the source of energy which is emitting great Vedantic ideals in the present age for the welfare of mankind.
Beyond the bare rudiments of literacy, Shri Asaramji Bapu never had formal education. Most of Swamiji’s youth was spent in the intense practice of spiritual sadhana. Pujya Shri virtually lived the life of a monk depending solely on God’s grace. How can such a man be regarded as the ideal man for the modern age which idealizes film stars, sportsmen, politicians, and now for a change, miracle-working yogis? See any newspaper, or magazine and you will find almost every page displaying pictures of men and women in all kinds of dress and posture who project idealized pictures of contemporary society. No other age ever allowed lust and greed to dominate the minds of the people so completely as the modern age has done. Every thing in modern society is valued for the sake of money. Can Shri Asaramji Bapu who is a sage become the ideal for the people of such a society?
The answer is that an ideal stands for perfection & imperfect individuals cannot give these ideals. Western cultures consider beauty, truth and goodness as the criteria of perfection. However physical beauty is only skin deep, and is as evanescent as youth itself. Truth is sought through science, to another mystery beyond. The basis of goodness is unselfish love, but in the market oriented culture of modern society unselfishness is the scarcest commodity.
Perfection must be sought in the right place. Thousands of years ago it was discovered in India, that perfection could not be found in the external world, which is impermanent and full of contradictions. Freedom from all limitations is the Vedantic criterion of perfection. Immutable Truth, unity of existence, boundless bliss, this is what is meant by perfection in Vedanta. There is only one thing, which is free from all limitations of time, space, causation: It is absolute consciousness. It is in the depths of consciousness, that perfection is to be sought.It is this total freedom that is the vedantic criterion of perfection, and the individual who has attained this freedom is the ideal of perfection. He is known as the Bramavit, knower of Brahman.
Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu is the embodiment of this ancient Vedantic ideal of perfection. The ideal person according to Vedanta is one who after attaining liberation for himself strives for the liberation of others. Such a fully illuminated soul is called a Rishi. It is as a perfect Brahma Rishi that Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu is said to be the ideal man & a True Yogi of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita for modern age.
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A True Yogi Of Sreemadh Bhagvad Gita
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Guru Paduka Panchakam
Guru Paduka Panchakam
[The pentad praising sandals of Guru]
By Adi Shankara Bhagawat Pada
Jagajjanisthe ma layalayabhyam,
Aganya punyodhaya bhavithabhyam,
Thrayee sirojatha nivedithabhyam,
Namo nama Shri Guru padukabhyam. 1
Visishta sampathiha vivardhanabhyam,
Nama janasesha visesham dhabhyam,
Namo nama Shri Guru padukabhyam. 2
Samastha dustharka kalanka banga,
Panodhana prouda jalashayabhyam,
Namo nama Shri Guru padukabhyam. 3
Aapanna samrakshana deekshithabhyam,
Namo nama Shri Guru padukabhyam. 4
Yatho giro aaprapya diya samastha,
Hriya nivrutha samameva nithya,
Namo nama Shri Guru padukabhyam. 5
Ye paduka panchakamadarena ,
Padanthi nithyam prayatha prabhathe,
Thesham gruhe nithya nivasa sheela,
Sri desikendrasya kadaksha Lakshmi. 6
[These five verses was sung by the Bhagawat Pada when he went first to meet his Guru Sree Govinda Bhagawat Pada on the banks of Narmada. He has also written another stotra called Guru Paduka stotram.]
बंदऊँ गुरु पद कंज कृपा सिंधु नररुप हरि ।
This Blog is an Humble attempt to spread the Divine Message of Pujjya BapuJi & Dedicated at SHRI CHARANKAMAL Of PARAM PUJYA GURUJI SANT SHRI ASARAM JI BAPU VishwaGuru Of the Age.
The essence of Bharata lies in Her culture of Self-realization. ParamAtman is not seen as something apart, but as our very essence, the one True Self that resides in the heart of us all. Raising ourselves from ordinary individuals to the heights of Supreme Consciousness is only possible with the guidance of one who is already in that transcendent state. Such a one is called a Satguru, a True Yogi, as in one who has gained mastery over the mind, one who is beyond the mind.
From ancient times up to the present day, an unbroken succession of Self-realized Saints have incarnated in the Land of Yogis & Saints Bharata to lead seekers of Truth to the ultimate reality.
Yada Yada hee Dharmasya glaneer bhavati Bharat
Abhyusthanam Adharmasya Tadaatmanam Sreejamyaham
Paritranaaya Sadhunaam Vinaashaya cha Dushkritaam
Dharma Sansthapna arthaya Sambhavami Yuge Yuge
Gita 4.7 & 8
Bhagvan Shri Krishna Says In Srimad Bhagvad Gita:-
“Arjuna Whenever righteousness is on the decline, unrighteousness is in the ascendent, then I body Myself forth For the Protection of the virtuous, for the extirpation of evil-doers, and for establishing Dharma on a firm footing, I manifest Myself from age to age.”
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