Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu Is also known as “Bapu Ji”. Bapu Ji’s name was Asumal Sirumalani by birth. He was born on 17th April, 1941.
Bapu Ji is one among the Self-Realized Saint from India who believes in the existence of One Supreme in all human being. Bapu Ji follows the confluence of Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga thus showing the path to salvation.
Bapu Ji’s Ashram was started in 1971 at Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The place has historical importance, since Guru of Lord Krishna, Sandipani used to practice Yagya. Now there are a number of Ashrams all over India and abroad under the leadership of Bapu Ji. These Ashrams organize social and welfare activities regularly for the devotees. The spiritual teachings of Bapu Ji inspires his devotees a lot to live in peace and harmony.
Asaram Bapu was born as the son of a wealthy businessman Thaumal Sirumalani in Sindh, Pakistan. Mangiba, his mother told him stories from Ramayana, Bhagavatha etc. and taught Bapu Ji about prayer. She always told him to pray to Lord Krishna for his blessings. Asaram Bapu family moved to Ahmedabad during the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Since Bapu Ji was very much interested in yielding spiritual knowledge, his family was very much worried about his detachment to the world.
Asaram Bapu family forced him to get married and thus Lakshmi Devi became his soulmate. Asaram Bapu wife, Lakshmi Devi understood his interest in gaining spiritual knowledge and let him go in search of divinity. Bapu Ji promised his wife that he will be back after Self-Realisation. In 1968, Bapu Ji left home in search of the mystery of life and walk in divine path. Bapu Ji wandered to all the pilgrim spots in India and also visited his Guru, Swami Sri Lilashahji Maharaj.
On October 7th, 1964 Bapu attained his enlightenment and thus being a blessing to the world. His Guru, Pujjya Lila Shahji Maharaj asked him to serve the world as a householder. Bapu Ji spent his time for meditation in many places like Mount Abu, Himalayas, Disa, Naareshwar Dhaam etc. and in 1971, Asaram Bapu went back home after seven years.
In 1972, Bapu Ji chose a place by the banks of Sabarmati in Motera village. Many devotees came for his blessings and he preached the value of life and spread the fragrance of divinity. Some of the devotees made a small room for Bapu Ji and called it ‘Moksha Kutir”. The place has become a very famous spiritual center since number of devotees visiting Bapu Ji increased tremendously.
Asaram Bapu family includes Asaram Bapu wife Lakshmi Devi, son and daughter. Asaram Bapu wife, his daughter and son helps Bapu with all his spiritual activities. An ashram is built in Gujarat where only ladies are allowed and is fully managed by Asaram Bapu wife and daughter. Bapu Ji’s daughter teaches meditation and also helps in conducting camps for youths along with her brother. Thus the whole family is fully devoted and dedicated with all the spiritual activities along with Asaram Bapu.