About Lalbapa

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Lalbapa was born on Vikram Savant 1981 Ashadh Sud Pacham in a simple Kariya family (Raghuvanshi Lohana) living in Babara, in the Amreli District of Gujarat, India. His father was Jagjivanbhai Tribhuvanbhai Kariya and mother Kasiba Jagjivanbhai Kariya. Jagjivanbhai and Kashiba’s families were firm believers in Seva Bhakti and practiced selfless serving of food to known and unknown guests.

When Lalbapa was born, his parents were surprised to find that he already had a couple of teeth! Moreover, he had a very fair complexion compared to the other children in the community. “Harilal” was the name given to Lalbapa in his childhood. “Hari” is one of God’s many names and “Lal” was what Lord Krishna was called as a boy – to this date, it’s an affectionate name by which mothers call their sons.

From a very young age, Harilal exhibited saintly characteristics and involved himself in prayer chanting and Puja Archana.

Harilal started school at the age of 6, but he was barely present there mentally. His teachers frequently complained to his parents that he was perpetually distracted and absorbed in his own reveries. Eventually, he dropped out of school when he was in the 4th standard.

Just like his father, Harilal liked to listen to Bhajans very much. Once, a visiting saint from Rajasthan gifted a statue of Ramdevji Maharaj to Jagjivanbhai, and from that day onwards, Harilal started to believe in and pray (Naklank Dhani Puja Archana) to Ramdevji Maharaj.

Harilal’s parents were worried that their son was not normal, as he enjoyed none of the activities that interested other young boys of his age. He was constantly immersed in Seva Bhakti and Bhajan instead.

Harilal was inspired by Pujya Shree Bhagvadanandji (who was from North India) and followed his guidelines for Gyan, Dharma, Yog (meditation) and Samadhi.

Till the age of 15, Harilal helped run the family business, selling salted peanuts. During that time, Pujya Gebirambapa arrived at Babara from the Vindhyachal Mountains. Hearing the news, Harilal rushed to meet him and at their very first meeting, decided to make him his Guru.

Pujya Gebirambapa told Harilal to adopt the name of “Lal” as “Hari” (God) should always be in your heart. He also instructed him to take up Yog, Sadhana, and do Tap in the Girnar Mountain of Junagadh, Gujarat, which is the most significant Karmabhoomi or Tapbhoomi place where every Tapasvi (monk) needs to do Sadhana. He also needed to attend the Shivratri fare and start Annakshetra (offering free food to all human beings).

Thus, Harilal became Lalbapa in an instant, and based on a single divine event, he left his family at the tender age of 15, became an ascetic and started wandering from one place to another (Paribrahman).

During his Paribrahman, Lalbapa went to Vandaliya in Khijadiya, Girnar. The followers of Ramdevji Maharaj are called Mahadharmi or Bijmargi, and on the auspicious days of Sud Bij and Sud Poonam, they fast and pray.

In order to give the correct message of Dharma to the public, and root out evil and rigid social beliefs, Lalbapa started living with the lower caste Harijans. Therefore, he became known as the “monk of Harijans.”

Lalbapa visited all the Harijan Vas (ghettoes) in Saurashtra, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Mumbai to educate people about social and religious values.

Lalbapa also visited Nasiktrayambak and the Bhramgiri Mountain and came back to Gujarat. After meandering from one place to another for nearly 33 years, he finally settled down in Hathijan and developed the Amardham Ashram, instilling the values of Seva Bhakti, Sadavrat. He developed similar ashrams – Lal Gebivad, Hathijan, Rammadhi, Surat, Bhuvel Ashram, Khambhat, Premadham, Girnar, and Shree Naklankdham Ashram, Ghuma, Ahmedabad.

Although he studied only up to the 4th standard, Lalbapa wrote thirteen thousand Bhajans in his lifetime.

On Vikram Savant 2057 Ashadh Vadh Pacham, i.e. 11/7/2001 at 9:15 AM, Lalbapa’s soul left his body for its heavenly abode. The Samadhi Vidhi was held at Amardham Ashram on 12/7/2001 in presence of all his followers and Sant Mahatma.