The Shree Jignyasu RamBapa Trust is celebrating the 96th birthday of the veteran humanitarian at Dhamecha Lohana Centre, Brember Road, South Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 8AX, on Sunday 29th May 2016 from 9.00am till 6.00pm . . . . reports Asian Lite News
Universally acclaimed as a humanitarian and spiritual leader, Pujya RamBapa is said to have a very special blessing from Bhagwan Sri Hanumanji. Residing in the UK and soon to be 96 years old, he is arguably the most senior active Hindu Religious Leader in the country, continuing to preside over weekly recitals of the Hanuman Chalisa lasting six hours at a stretch and attending many engagements in order to inspire people world-wide with a message of peace, devotion and selfless service.
From a young age Pujya RamBapa felt a profound and mystical connection with Bhagwan Sri Hanumanji and set about learning everything about His life, living for His ideals – humility, selfless service, discipline and being the perfect devotee of Bhagwan Sri Ram.
The glories of Bhagwan Sri Hanumanji are spelt out most beautifully in forty verses composed by Saint Tulsidasji in the 15th century; known as the “Hanuman Chalisa”. Devotionally reciting the Hanuman Chalisa many hundreds of times each week, together with recitals of the Ramayana are Pujya RamBapa’s lifeblood.
In 1970, anticipating violence from Idi Amin’s government, Pujya RamBapa moved to London with his family. He established Shree Jignyasu Satsang Seva Trust to lay the foundation for the practice of Hinduism in this country. Pujya RamBapa also hosted a number of acclaimed ‘kathakars’ from India such as Pujya Morari Bapu, Uma Bhartiji and Indu Bhusanji and as more temples began to be built he embarked on an extensive murti (deity) donation programme to scores of temples and households across the UK.
Over sixty five Hindu temples and community centres in the UK and abroad have been supplied with these very valuable deities without any charge from his trust, including the Hare Krishna temple (Watford), the Krishna Mandir (Leamington Spa), the Sindhi Mandir (Cricklewood), Sanatan Dharma Mandir (Crawley), Shree Ram Mandir (Walsall), International Swaminarayan Satsang (London) and many more.
In 2008 Pujya RamBapa started a programme to establish Hindu mandirs in HM Prisons around the UK, starting with Wormwood Scrubs. The numbers of idols that have been shipped and distributed in the UK over the past forty years amount to several thousand.
Pujya RamBapa is also patron of Divya Seva Foundation which was established in 2005 by his daughter Bhartiben Kantaria to empower women and girls in India and East Africa. Bhartiben has taken a strong lead in her father’s work together with other trustees present today and is following in Pujya RamBapa’s footsteps, continuing humanitarian work internationally through her own Foundation, and helping coordinate the weekly Hanuman Chalisa recitals.
Pujya RamBapa’s message is a simple one and is just as poignant today as it was over forty five years ago when he first arrived in the UK. Chant the Lord’s name with full faith and devotion, surrender your actions unto Him and serve the poor and the needy in the name of God.