Timeline

1966
Born to Shri Dilipbhai and Rekhaben Jhaveri as their first son on 26th September,
in Mumbai, named 'Rakesh'.
1972
Academic studies at Activity High School begin.
1974
First glimpse of Shrimad Rajchandraji’s chitrapat , transports Him into a trance.
Establishes Shrimadji as His Guru.
1977
Regular bhakti and satsangs commence as a group.The practice of
addressing Him as 'Gurudev' begins.
1983
  • Formally declares that He will lead a life of celibacy,
    dedicated to sadhana and seva, on the auspicious day of akhatreej.

  • Undertakes the study of Jain Scriptures (Shwetambar – Digambar),
    different philosophies (Eastern – Western), Sanskrit, Logic, Yoga,
    Classical Music etc. along with long hours in meditation and silence
    for a period of 5 years from 1983 - 1988.
1988
Graduation as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),with a first class, from Osmania
University, Hyderabad.
1991
Post-graduation (M.A.) in Philosophy as a gold medalist from the University of
Mumbai.
1994
Inspires the formation of a trust,'Shrimad Rajchandra Adhyatmik Satsang
Sadhana Kendra', to formally organise the rapidly increasing spiritual activities.
1998
University of Mumbai awards Him with the Ph.D degree, for His thesis on
'Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra'.
2001
  • Establishes Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, Dharampur
    on the auspicious day of Mahavira Jayanti.

  • Release of His book,'Shrimad Rajchandra -Jeevan ane
    Kavan'
    , on the centennial anniversary of Shrimadji's dehavilay
    in Rajkot.

  • Formation of the Shrimad Rajchandra Youthwing.

2002
  • Commencement of the tradition of Atmarpit diksha (initiation)
    every year on 26th September.

  • First dharmayatra to Europe, UK and Belgium.
2003
  • Shrimad Rajchandra Medical Trust is established and the Shrimad Rajchandra
    Hospital, Dharampur is inaugurated on the sacred day of Mahavira Jayanti.

  • First dharmayatra to Canada, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
    The President of Singapore, Mr. S.R. Nathan attends the performance
    of the spiritual drama, Mahasati Shri Chandanbala.
2004
  • Formation of Shrimad Rajchandra Educational Trust. Inauguration of
    Magictouch a worldwide chain of value education classes for children.
    Adoption of a residential school for tribal
    children in Tamachhadi (Gujarat), renamed Shrimad Rajchandra Vidyavihar.

  • Introduction of a three-day, meditation retreat called Sadhana Bhatti to
    initiate seekers into meditation.

  • First dharamayatra to Bengaluru - Chennai, Kolkata, Bharuch, Pune and Ahmedabad.
2005
  • Bhoomipujan of Shrimad Rajchandra Jivamaitridham, an initiative of
    Shrimad Rajchandra Jivadaya Trust.

  • Launch of Shrimad Rajchandra Rural Health Project.

  • First dharmayatra to USA, an overwhelming response at the JAINA Convention.

  • First dharmayatra to the Middle East - UAE, Oman.
2006
  • Launch of the workshop, 'Cooling the Flames of Anger'.

  • He embraces higher vows, symbolised by the addition of a white shawl
    to His clothing and commencement of His being addressed as Bapaji.

  • Unforgettable pilgrimage to Samet Shikhar via a special train.
2007
  • Inspired the Formation of Shrimad Rajchandra Center of North America
    to facilitate the Organisation's activities in USA.

  • First dharmayatra to Sri Lanka.
2008
  • Inauguration of Shrimad Rajchandra Gaushala, an expression of His
    compassion for animals.

  • First dharmayatra to Africa- South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
    and Japan.
2009
  • Launch of Arhat Touch - a worldwide chain of classes imparting insight into Jainism for children.

  • Revelation of the pearls of wisdom hidden in the Bhagavad Gita through 108 discourses in the year.
2010
  • Launch of 'Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur' to facilitate the
    global sadhana and seva activities.

  • Inauguration of Shri Atmasiddhishastra Rachnabhoomi at Nadiad.

  • Introduction of Panchdiksha Vikasyatra -
    the five level journey of spiritual progress.

  • Blesses 108 seekers with Vanprastha Diksha on 26th September.

  • Inspires Sadguru Whispers – soul-mesmerising SMSes.

  • Launch of a mega seva programme –
    Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care (SRLC),
    the 10 Care Programme of service initiatives.

  • Inauguration of Shrimad Rajchandra Viklang Centre,
    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU),
    Shrimad Rajchandra Pavilion – Vansda,
    Scholarships and Interest Free Loan Project.





2011
  • 1500 enthusiasts represent SRLC in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.

  • Launch of Prisoner Welfare Programme and Mahila Gruha Udyog.

  • Launch of Sadguru Echoes, a monthly magazine of the Mission.

  • Shrimad Rajchandra Divinetouch centres cross the century mark.

  • Inauguration of Shrimad Rajchandra Gurukul, a secondary educational
    initiative at Karanjveri, Gujarat.

  • Under the Mahila Gruha Udyog, food products named ‘Raj Amrut’
    and incense sticks named ‘Raj Saurabh’ are launched.

  • `Raj Kruti’- an initiative to provide new opportunities to the affected
    rural artisans and craftsmen is launched.

  • A book comprising of 4 soul stirring pravachans of Pujya Gurudevshri
    is launched in 10 different languages.

  • Sadguru Enlightens is launched. A project through which elevating pravachans
    are telecast on television and available as an application on
    Samsung Smart TVs worldwide.

  • Sadguru Udghosh (spiritually enriching talks) commence in the Ashram.

2012
  • The first Spiritual Centre is inaugurated at Long Island, New York - USA.

  • Pujya Gurudevshri features in India's first spiritual networking website - The Speaking Tree.

  • The first Ayambil Oli Aradhana is celebrated in the Ashram amidst great devotional euphoria.

  • Inspires an Interfaith Charity walk called ‘Love of Faith’ across the city of London to express religious harmony.

  • He undergoes a successful angioplasty surgery.

  • First dharmayatra to Dhanbad.

2013
  • Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur enters into its 20th year with a grand celebration.

  • Launch of Spiritualtouch – a two-fold programme for youngsters, where they are offered workshops for personal, social, moral and spiritual development.

  • Inauguration of a beautiful Jalmandir at Shri Atmasiddhishastra Rachnabhoomi, Nadiad.

  • Launch of e-Publications.

  • Launch of an introspective mobile application named 'Self Connect'.

  • First dharmayatra to Australia.