Sant Sri Asaram BapuJi is fondly known as Bapu all over Gujrat, where his Ashram is located and all over India and World amongst his followers and devotees.Asaram Bapu is a Spiritual Guru to Hindus and is popular not only in India but abroad too. Asaram Bapu believes in One Ultimate Power God that is there in every individual. He thus preaches the same uniting Gnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga for his devotees.
In the year 1971, Asaram Bapu incepted an Ashram at Ahmedabad, Gujrat. Ahmedabad has lot of mythological and historical implications. This is place where Lord Krishna's Guru Sandipani used to practice Yagya. Presently, Asaram Bapu has more than 350 Ashrams all over India and abroad. Asharam Bapu books and Asaram Bapu website has a mention of all his Ashrams. Voice of Consciousness is a documentary on Asaram Bapu and can be found easily on Asharam Bapu books and Asaram Bapu website. There has been no dearth of controversies surrounding Asaram Bapu regarding black money, murders and encroachment of land. He is very popular amongst people and his followers regard him as a saint.
Asharam Bapu books talk about God and his realization through internal peace and rising above the materialistic world. Asharam Bapu books teach people the value of life and how to lead a peaceful life. Asharam Bapu books and Asaram Bapu website has a lot to offer in terms of his satsangs, kirtans, thoughts, teachings and even life. Asharam Bapu books and Asaram Bapu website consists of his earlier life stories. It is clearly mentioned in Asharam Bapu books and Asaram Bapu website that he was borns as Aasumal to a Gujarati family to ShriThaumalSirumalani and Shrimati Menhgiba. Asaram Bapu migrated to Ahmedabad after partition of India and started studies. His father died when he was in tenth standard and he decided to go in search of real truth of life. Asaram Bapu went to Haridwar, Vrindawan and even Kedarnath but in vain. Asaram Bapu was brought back forcefully and was married to lkshmiDeiv. According to his life story published in Asharam Bapu books and Asaram Bapu website, he told his wife about his mission in life and with her support left to find his guru in Vrindavan. He heard teachings of Swami Lilashahji Maharaj here and waited for eighty days to become his follower. He then spent a month with him and started meditating at the banks of River Narmada.
It has been written in Asharam Bapu books and Asaram Bapu website that he did Anushthan with local saint LaljiMaharaj and went to Bombay to meet his Guru Swami Lilashahaji Maharaj where he learnt the ultimate truth of life at the age of 23 years only. Asharam Bapu books and Asaram Bapu website further state that he did a Samadhi for two and a half day and after that he was touched by his Guru Maharaj to lead rest of his life as Asaram Bapu, who has been born in this world to show right path of peace and happy life to fellow human beings.
Asaram Bapu decided that the best way to reach masses is to live like them and as a householder he chose to stay at the banks of river Sabarmati in Motera village where his first Ashram was built by his followers. People started following Asaram Bapu soon and here a spiritual learning center was made where SantShri Asaramji started to preach his disciples on the true meaning of life and worthily affairs. Today all his preaching are collected in Asharam Bapu books and Asaram Bapu website so that more and more people can be benefitted by his teachings.