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.