Jalaram Bapa – જલારામ બાપા – जलाराम बापा

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Jalaram Bapa was born in Virpur, Rajkot district, Gujarat, India in 1799, on the seventh day of the Kartika month. His father was Pradhan Thakkar and his mother was Rajbai Thakkar who belonged to Lohana clan. He was a devotee of the Hindu god Rama.

Jalaram Bapa was however not willing to live an householder’s life and continued to take care of his fathers business.He was mostly engaged in serving pilgrims, sadhus and saints. He separated himself from his father’s business and his uncle Valjibhai asked Jalaram Bapa and his wife Virbai to stay in his house.

At the age of sixteen, in 1816, Jalaram married Virbai, the daughter of Pragjibhai Thakkar (Somaiya) of Atkot.However, he was inclined to completely withdraw from materialistic life and become an ascetic, Virbai proved to be an asset to him in his works of feeding poor and needy.

At the age of 18, soon after returning from pilgrimage to Hindu holy places, Jalaram Bapa became the disciple of Bhoja Bhagat of Fatehpur, who accepted him as his disciple. Jalaram was given the “Guru Mantra” (mantra) and japa mala in the name of Rama by his Guru Bhojalram. With blessings of his guru, he started “Sadavrat”, a feeding center, a place where all sadhus and saints as well as the needy could have food any time.

One day, a sadhu who came to his house gave him a deity of Lord Rama, forecasting that Hanuman, the monkey-god and devotee of Rama, would follow soon. Jalaram Bapa installed Rama as his family deity and after a few days, a deity of Hanuman appeared out of earth, on its own. The deity of Rama’s consort Sita and his brother Lakshmana also appeared.Due to a miracle the container in the house of Jalaram, where grains were stored, became inexhaustible.[2] Later other devotees and village folk joined him in his works of human welfare.

Soon his fame spread as an divine incarnation. Whoever came to Virpur, whether Hindu or Muslim irrespective of caste, creed and religion were fed by Jalaram. This tradition of feeding people continues to this day in Virpur.

Once a tailor named Haraji, who was suffering from severe stomach-ache came to him to get himself cured. Jalaram Bapa prayed to God and Haraji was cured. He fell at Jalaram Bapa ‘s feet and addressed him as Bapa. Since then he was known as Jalaram Bapa.[3] Soon his fame spread and people came to him to get rid of diseases and problems. Jalaram Bapa would pray for them in the name of Rama and miracles happened. Both Hindus and Muslims became his disciples. In 1822, Jamal, son of a rich Muslim merchant fell ill and doctors gave up all hope. At that point of time, Haraji, told Jamal of his experience (parcha). Jamal, prayed from his house, that if his son is cured of the disease, he would give 40 maunds of grain to Jalaram Bapa for sadavrat. His son recovered and Jamal visited house of Jalaram Bapa with cart load of grains and called him Jalla so Allah!!.

At one time, God in the guise of an old saint told Jalaram to send Virbai to serve him. Jalaram consulted her and with her consent sent her with the saint. But after walking some miles and reaching a nearby forest, the saint asked Virbai to wait for him. She waited but saint did not return. Instead, she heard an Akashwani stating that it was only to test the hospitality of the couple. Before the saint disappeared, he left a Danda [staff] and Jholi[Cloth bag], with Virbai. Virbai returned home to Jalaram, as instructed by the celestial voice with Danda & Jholi. This Danda and Jholi are still at Virpur and kept on display in a glass enclosure.

जलाराम बापा का जन्म सन्‌ 1799 में गुजरात के राजकोट जिले के वीरपुर गाँव में हुआ था। उनके पिता का नाम प्रधान ठक्कर और माँ का नाम राजबाई था। बापा की माँ एक धार्मिक महिला थी, जो साधु-सन्तों की बहुत सेवा करती थी। उनकी सेवा से प्रसन्न होकर संत रघुवीर दास जी ने आशीर्वाद दिया कि उनका दुसरा प़ुत्र जलाराम ईश्वर तथा साधु-भक्ति और सेवा की मिसाल बनेगा।

16 साल की उम्र में श्री जलाराम का विवाह वीरबाई से हुआ। परन्तु वे वैवाहिक बन्धन से दूर होकर सेवा कार्यो में लगना चाहते थे। जब श्री जलाराम ने तीर्थयात्राओं पर निकलने का विश्चय किया तो पत्नी वीरबाई ने भी बापा के कार्यो में अनुसरण करने में विश्चय दिखाया। 18 साल की उम्र में जलाराम बापा ने फतेहपूर के संत श्री भोजलराम को अपना गुरू स्वीकार किया। गुरू ने गुरूमाला और श्री राम नाम का मंत्र लेकर उन्हें सेवा कार्य में आगे बढ़ने के लिये कहा, तब जलाराम बापा ने ‘सदाव्रत’ नाम की भोजनशाला बनायी जहाँ 24 घंटे साधु-सन्त तथा जरूरतमंद लोगों को भोजन कराया जाता था। इस जगह से कोई भी बिना भोजन किये नही जा पाता था। वे और वीरबाई माँ दिन-रात मेहनत करते थे।

बीस वर्ष के होते तक सरलता व भगवतप्रेम की ख्याति चारों तरफ फैल गयी। लोगों ने तरह-तरह से उनके धीरज या धैर्य, प्रेम प्रभु के प्रति अनन्य भक्ति की परीक्षा ली। जिन पर वे खरे उतरे। इससे लोगों के मन में संत जलाराम बापा के प्रति अगाध सम्मान उत्पन्न हो गया। उनके जीवन में उनके आशीर्वाद से कई चमत्कार लोगों ने देखें। जिनमे से प्रमुख बच्चों की बीमारी ठीक होना व निर्धन का सक्षमता प्राप्त कर लोगों की सेवा करना देखा गया। हिन्दु-मुसलमान सभी बापा से भोजन व आशीर्वाद पाते। एक बार तीन अरबी जवान वीरपुर में बापा के अनुरोध पर भोजन किये, भोजन के बाद जवानों को शर्मींदगी लगी, क्योंकि उन्होंने अपने बैग में मरे हुए पक्षी रखे थे। बापा के कहने पर जब उन्होंने बैग खोला, तो वे पक्षी फड़फड़ाकर उड़ गये, इतना ही नही बापा ने उन्हें आशीर्वाद देकर उनकी मनोकामना पूरी की। सेवा कार्यो के बारे में बापा कहते कि यह प्रभु की इच्छा है। यह प्रभु का कार्य है। प्रभु ने मुझे यह कार्य सौंपा है इसीलिये प्रभु देखते हैं कि हर व्यवस्था ठीक से हो सन्‌ 1934 में भयंकर अकाल के समय वीरबाई माँ एवं बापा ने 24 घंटे लोगों को खिला-पिलाकर लोगों की सेवा की। सन्‌ 1935 में माँ ने एवं सन्‌ 1937 में बापा ने प्रार्थना करते हुए अपने नश्वर शरीर को त्याग दिया।

आज भी जलाराम बापा की श्रद्धापूर्वक प्रार्थना करने पर लोगों की समस्त इच्छायें पूर्ण हो जाती है। उनके अनुभव ‘पर्चा’ नाम से जलाराम ज्योति नाम की पत्रिका में छापी जाती है। श्रद्धालुजन गुरूवार को उपवास कर अथवा अन्नदान कर बापा को पूजते हैं।

My mother was devotee of Jalaram Bapa and so in my childhood many times I have visited Virpur …its my great pleasure..

Jay Jalaram!

 

 

 

Source:wikipedia

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