Since about last 45 years Pujya Bapuji has been constantly serving the society with all his will and dedication. His contribution to various segments of society has been immeasurable. His work towards upliftment and inculcation of cultural values in our society, nurturing the youth with ethics, morals and virtues of devotion, helping people get rid of the physical and mental ill-health and spiritual elevation of men and women should not be underestimated.. The various activities initiated and guided by Pujya Bapuji like, “Yuvadhan Suraksha Abhiyan”, “Mahila Uthhan Mandal”, “Vyasan Mukti Abhiyan” , “Garbhpat Roko Abhiyan”, “Bal Sanskar Kendra” etc. have undoubtedly prevented society from further demoralization and saved billions of rupees.
Charged with spiritual vibes,The Ashram of Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu, the fountain of world peace, was established on 29th January 1972 on the bank of the River Sabarmati in Ahmedabad. Today, there are more than 425 Ashrams at various places in India and abroad. Ashrams have been established abroad also at Matawan (USA), Toronto (Canada) etc. More than 1400 Shri Yoga Vedanta Sewa Samitis are being run by the Ashram in the country and abroad and are engaged in serving all strata of the society. These Sewa Samitis are also active in New Jersey(USA), Dubai, Singapore, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Chile, Kenya, England, West Indies and many other cities and countries.
More than 17000 Baal Samskar Kendras, Chhaatra Samskar Kendras and Kanya Samskar Kendras are being run in the country and abroad to inculcate noble traits in the students.For protection and preservation of wealth of youthfulness more than 2 crore ‘Divya Prerana Prakash’ booklets have been distributed among the students, youths and others. It has worked to save the nation from grave problems like teenage pregnancy and its social as well as economic disadvantages that costs billions of dollars to the developed nations every year. Many youth development programmes have been organised and has brought new awareness in the youth.
Gurukul Education run by the ashram provides a perfect blending of modern education and spiritual knowledge. Developing extraordinary talents, Gurukul students are making their country and their culture proud.
Mahila Utthan Mandal conducts activities like Samskara Sabha, anti-abortion drives, illustrious women campaign, inculcating divine traits in children, cow-protection, prisoners’ reformation campaign, Bhakti awakening campaign and planting of trees. Yuva Sewa Sangh provides platform for youth counselling meetings, illustrious youth campaign, life-development campaign, parents’ worship day, patriotism yatras, feasts for poor and all round development of youths are conducted.
For tribal and underprivileged people’s development, in addition to conducting bhandaras(feasts), in different areas of the country through Tribal Development Centres, time to time Pujya Bapuji Himself distributes food-grains, clothes, utensils etc. among tribal people and notebooks, sweets etc among needy children in large scale. Feasts and kirtan in poverty-stricken areas has become a regular part of Ashram activities. Lakhs of poor, orphans, downtrodden and tribals have benefitted through thousands of bhandaras (feasts).Distribution of food-grains is done through Ration Cards given by the Ashram to the poor, the destitute and the widows through which food and other necessities of life are provided free of cost every month.With the help of De-addiction Campaigns run by the Ashram, lakhs of addicts give up addictions and participate in altruistic activities run by the Ashram.It has saved the nation trillions of rupees. Bapuji has devoted 50 years of his life to the spiritual awakening of the people.
Buttermilk and Drinking Water Stands are set up at Bus Stands, Railway Stations and other public places where buttermilk and water are provided free of cost.Ashram’s Natural Disaster and Emergency services have been in the forefront in times of natural disasters in various parts of the country. Whether it was earthquake of Latur, Bhuj, famine of Gujarat, floods in Odisha, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Gujarat or the Tsunami Disaster – the Ashram and its Samitis have served the people. Under the Food , Wages and chanting Scheme carried out by the Ashram, those with no income and not capable of doing any job are invited to spend the whole day doing Japa of Divine name, kirtan and satsang and are given food and wages so that poverty and unemployment are reduced and the atmosphere is purified by japa and kirtan.9 large Goshalas are being run by the Ashram in which thousands of cows, saved from being taken to slaughter houses, are being tended. Medicines are prepared from the urine of these cows. Goshalas are being run in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra etc.
‘Rishi Darshan’, a spiritual monthly video magazine based on Pujya Bapuji’s life, discourses and altruistic activities is released every month.Also anyone can get at their home, a treasure of all-encompassing knowledge in the form of monthly magazine ‘Rishi Prasad’ and monthly newsletter ‘Lok Kalyan Setu’.Satsang programmes of Pujya Bapuji and his chosen disciples are held in cities, towns and villages and in schools all over the country. This way noble thoughts and values are disseminated in the society..
Meditation, Yoga and Spiritual camps are attended by lakhs of men and women every year, which is organized in Pujya Bapuji’s pious presence to awaken their latent powers through meditation and Kundalini Shaktipaata.
‘Prisoners’ Reformation programs are held all over the country. Under this programme, spiritual literature is distributed in jails free of charge. Yogasanas, Pranayamas and satsang programmes are organised for physical, mental and spiritual uplift of prisoners.Notebooks, pens, slates, books, uniforms etc. are provided free of charge to lakhs of poor, underprivileged and orphan students. Special notebooks are published for students by the Ashram containing pictures of God and saints, with quotes of moral teachings, inspiring anecdotes and tips for improving memory and excelling in exams. Mats, desks and chairs are provided to needy schools in rural and tribal areas.
Students’ Talent Development Programmes are organised under the aegis of Pujya Bapuji to strengthen the foundation of their life. In these programmes, students are spiritually trained in yogasanas, Pranayamas, meditation etc. so that they can develop their dormant powers and become talented, goal-oriented, strong-willed, memory masters and conscientious. Today’s children are tomorrow’s citizens and they will do their parents, teachers and country proud. Medical treatment is given at various Ashrams by expert practitioners of harmless therapies like Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Naturopathy systems. Free medical camps are organised in remote areas. Ashram’s mobile dispensaries reach tribal and rural areas where government medical services are not available. Serving the patients in hospitals by providing fruits, milk, medicines and books are distributed to the patients in hospitals.
Divya Prerna Prakash Gyaana Competition is organised every year by the Ashram in schools and colleges in all the states. Through this competition, students are trained to become men of character, goal-oriented, industrious, useful and cultured, and are provided with keys for spiritual development and success in all walks of life. The popularity of this competition has been increasing year after year. The number of participants has increased from 4,55,000 in the year 2008 to 25,57,823 in 2012.
Pious Banyan/Pipal Tree charged with spiritual energy is found in every Ashram to fulfil worldly desires of people. Devotees call them ‘King Banyan/Pipal’. Today, they have become wish-fulfilling trees.
Yagnas for purification of the atmosphere with chanting of Vedic mantras are organised from time to time to counter thought pollution and environmental pollution.Yoga and noble traits inculcation programme in schools and colleges are conducted by Devotees from the Ashram all over the country in which thye provide training in Yogasanas, Pranayamas and memory-development exercises.
Divine Name Sankirtan Yatras are taken out by all Ashrams and Shri Yoga Vedanta Seva Samitis in different parts of the country in all states with the objective of spreading religious ideas, moral education and awareness to de-addiction.
Pujya Bapuji is the first ever citizen to inspire youth to celebrate the 14th of February as “Matru-Pitru Pujan Divas”(Parent’s Worship Day) and not as Valentine’s Day, which indeed adds a lot to strengthen the family system and character building of the youth. Parents’ Worship Day is celebrated with the objective that students should be saved from the evil of ‘Valentine’s Day’ and from falling prey to passion and its disastrous effects like teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and poor academic results, and enable them lead a life of purity and righteousness to enjoy positive health, happiness and respect in their life through making a brilliant career.. This pious day of giving respect to parents is celebrated individually at homes and collectively in schools and colleges and at public places with the pious feeling of divinity in parents and the teachers. The festival is celebrated not only in India but also in many countries of the world.
Bapuji’s hardwork for the betterment of the youth of this country, understanding that they are the future citizens, vouch for his foresight and his love for the countrymen. It has helped the youth from demoralization caused by loss of cultural values. He had raised a voice of protest against the molestation of girls working at Call Centres. Pujya Bapuji has been putting an immense amount of thought and action to protect the youth from cultural conversion caused by constant bombardment of westernisation. Thousands have been freed from the intoxicating habits like alcohol, drugs, pan masala, guthka etc. ever since they have come in touch with Pujya Bapuji. These activities have resulted in better health of these people and for sure saved trillions of rupees collectively , contributed to individual savings and added to the economy of the country.
Thus for so many reasons and many more, we definitely need the guidance of Pujya Bapuji to build a healthy and a value based society. The society should not be deprived of the teachings of Pujya Bapuji through His satsang programs which gives not only a message of peace and selfless service but gives spiritual joy, and inner peace to millions of people all over the world.