HOLLY EVENTS OF BAPA'S LIFE

        Shri  Jalaram  Bapa was  born  on  Monday, November 14, 1799 the seventh day of  the  bright  half  of  the kartik, Vikram era 1856 in Virpur. He had a first meeting with the  God at the age of five  and  since  then  he was  all  the time  muttering Rama Rama. His father  was a grocer and had a small  shop in the town. From childhood only Jalaram was inclined  towards  the  Sadhus   and  Sannyasis. Whenever he saw a sadhu he would take him to his house for meals. In the age of 14 he started working with his father in his shop. At the  age of 16, Jalaram was married to Virbai the daughter of Pragji Thakkar of  Atkot. As  Jalaram  continuously   indulged  in  offering  the   meals  to  the  sadhus  his father  had separated  him  from  the  house  and  shop. Now  he  started  working in his uncle’s shop.  

       One  day  dozen’s of Sadhu  came to his uncle’s shop and Jalaram gave them some yards  of  cloth  and  sufficient  quantity  of  pulses,  rice  and flour.  He  also  took  the vessel  filled with   the  Ghee . His  neighbour  merchant made this  thing  known  to  his uncle. His uncle  stopped  in  the  way  and  asked  him ," what  is there in the  bundle". Jalaram said nothing  but  the dung cakes. His uncle asked him to show.  Jalaram  untied the bundle and there  were  the  dung  cake.  Now  he  asked   him  to  show  the  vessel, Jalaram ram said there is  water  and  when  he  turned the vessel water  flow  out  of  it. Everyone was stunned but Jalaram knew that it is done by God.

        He was convinced that to serve the sadhu is to serve the  God. At  the  age  of  17 only  Jalaram  went  on  the  pilgrimage. Soon  after  returning  from  there  he moved to see   God - man  "Bhoja Bhagat ". Bhoja Bhagat  had  composed   the  hundreds  of  devotional  songs. These  songs  were  popular  in  Gujarati  as  the " Bhoja  Bhajat na Chabkha".  He  paid obeisance to him and requested him to be his Guru. So at the very early   age   of   20  Bhoja  Bhagat  accepted  him  as  his  disciple  and  gave  him  the Ram-mantra to utter. Jalaram  wished  to  earn  his  livelihood  and   feed  others  from his own earning without being burden to anyone.