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Shrimad Rajchandraji and the four bhakt ratnas


They came, they saw HIM,
they got Conquered...

by HIS Love, Compassion
and Divine Stature

The Widening Circle
In a short span of 33 years, Shrimad Rajchandraji not only scaled great spiritual heights but also kindled the flame of enlightenment in worthy souls who came in close contact with Him. His poised demeanour, His forthright approach in discourses, His spiritual virtues and attainments which followed as a natural outcome of His extraordinary spiritual elevation, drew many aspirants towards Him, either as great admirers, faithful followers or ardent devotees. He could inspire monks and householders, young and old, elite and ordinary alike, with His precise, effective and inspiring guidance. Even the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was highly impressed by Shrimadji, and asked for His spiritual guidance. Each benefited as per his receptivity, but there were some, particularly four, who need a special mention, as they attained a high spiritual state under His shelter, and during His lifetime. They also contributed in inspiring others.

The Four Jewel-like Devotees

1. Shri Juthabhai

Shri Juthabhai
Shri Juthabhai

Addressed by Shrimadji as 'Satyaparayan' (devoted to truth) in appreciation of his dedication towards dharma, Juthabhai takes the honour of being one of Shrimadji's first close devotees. A year older than his Spiritual Master, Juthabhai came in contact with Shrimadji for the first time in Ahmedabad in V.S. 1944, and instantly developed a strong spiritual bond with Him. He maintained a deep, unswerving connection – in person, through letters and so on with Shrimadji. It was this steadfast, spiritually elevating connection that ignited the spark of divinity within him. Achieving this major milestone in his spiritual journey towards liberation, Shri Juthabhai passed away at the tender age of 23 years.
2. Shri Ambalalbhai

Shri Ambalalbhai
Shri Ambalalbhai

Shri Ambalalbhai was an epitome of selfless service, an ardent seeker, who devoted himself completely - mind, body and possessions, thus attaining great spiritual heights. Two years younger than Shrimadji, Ambalalbhai first saw his Guru, Shrimadji in V.S.1946. Devoted wholeheartedly to his Guru's service, Ambalalbhai had the fortune of attending personally to Shrimadji and even preparing His food, etc., when He was in seclusion during His spiritual retreats. Ambalalbhai attained self-realisation after an unparalleled and elevating preaching by Shrimadji in Ahmedabad in V.S. 1957. This selfless service continued even after Shrimadji passed away. He played a major part in collating, compiling and publishing Shrimadji's literature in the volume entitled 'Shrimad Rajchandra'.
Shri Ambalalbhai
Shri Ambalalbhai

3. Shri Sobhagbhai

Shri Sobhagbhai
Shri Sobhagbhai

A unique relationship existed between Sobhagbhai and Shrimadji. In His letters, Shrimadji addressed him as His 'soulmate', 'a friend in His spiritual journey', 'an eternal repose' and so on. Hailing from the town of Sayla, Sobhagbhai had the fortune of first meeting Shrimad Rajchandraji in Jetpur, in V.S. 1946. Though 66 years old himself, making him 44 years older than Shrimadji in age, the devotion and reverence in Sobhagbhai's heart was instantaneous. The year V.S. 1953 was significant for Sobhagbhai. A close and soul-stirring association with his Spiritual Master in Sayla; followed by being in His transformational presence once again in Idar, further strengthened by a number of inspiring and self-awakening letters from Shrimadji from Mumbai, all accelerated Sobhagbhai's spiritual journey, resulting in his acquiring self-realisation after which he soon passed away, in a state of complete awareness and samadhi (equanimity).
The world will always remain indebted to Sobhagbhai, for several of Shrimadji's revelations of His own highly exalted spiritual state were expressed only through letters addressed to Sobhagbhai. Shrimadji was inspired to compose the essence of His teachings, 'Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra', one of His best literary creations, at Sobhagbhai's behest. But for him, seekers would have been deprived of this invaluable work on self-realisation, a constant guide on the journey to enlightenment.
4. Shri Lalluji Muni

Shri Lalluji Muni
Shri Lalluji Muni

He is the blessed one whom Shrimadji lovingly addressed as, 'A monk from the fourth era'. Shri Lalluji Muni's initial meeting with his Guru took place at an upashray in Khambhat in V.S. 1946 on the day of dhanteras. Though 14 years older than Shrimadji, and also a monk, his whole life became an offering at the Lotus Feet of his Guru. In spite of having to endure many difficulties, he never let the flame of unprecedented devotion towards his Guru diminish. He performed various spiritual practices as a result of which he scaled great spiritual heights. In V.S. 1954, in the small town of Vaso, drenched in an intense downpour of preachings by Shrimadji, Shri Lalluji Muni attained the exalted state of self-realisation.
Lalluji Muni survived Shrimad Rajchandraji by 35 years, as the torchbearer in spreading the message of his Master. He established the Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram in Agas and played a pivotal role in inspiring devotion in the hearts of many during his lifetime.
Shri Lalluji Muni
Shri Lalluji Muni


Agas
Vadva
Vavania
Idar
Devlali
Hampi
Sayla
Koba
Dharampur
Kukma
Rajkot
Ahemadabad
Bengaluru
Organisations

During Shrimadji's lifetime, His personality and His preachings inspired the circles known to Him. But this was only an inkling of what was to come in the following years, for after Shrimadji, a large number of people continue to be inspired, guided and motivated by His life and teachings. Beautiful temples, serene ashrams and various centres for the spiritual advancement of seekers have been established by His disciples. Over 85 such institutions in India and over 25 abroad have been formed till date. Ashrams have been established at Agas, Vadva, Vavania, Idar, Devlali, Hampi, Sayla, Koba, Dharampur and Kukma, to name a few. Several temples have been architectured in Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru and so on.

The movement has extended overseas as well and centres have sprung up in cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Leicester, Nairobi, Mombasa and so on. With the spread of His teachings, the circle of veneration towards this great Spiritual Master is only widening more and more, and with it the number of centres is also increasing day by day. Serving as focal points where seekers, attracted by Shrimadji's literature and spiritual practices, may elevate themselves and progress towards emancipation, these organisations are instrumental in popularising the path of liberation, as expounded by Him.

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