Tapsamrat Gurudev Pujya Ratilalji M.S.

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A Divine Soul…
A magnificent tree of Inner Knowledge, whose fruits were reaped by thousands of people who experienced His Divine Grace.
A Light house for numerous souls, freeing them from the darkness of their own vices and negative karma’s and leading them to the path of Inner Purification.

In early childhood, Pujya Gurudev was blessed to meet Tapasvi Pujya Shree Manekchand M.S. for the first time. His soul was awakened from its dormant state in this very first meeting. After that, He met Saurashtra Kesari Pujya Gurudev Shree Pranlalji M.S. who accepted Him as His disciple. With unconditional devotion and faith towards His Guru, Pujya Gurudev embarked upon an inner journey, to seek His right identity and work relentlessly to achieve the same.

He always believed that what matters most is what Parmatma thinks of us, not what the world does. Hence, he was never deterred by the judgments and criticisms thrown upon him. He was a Saint in the true sense- detached from the world in every aspect. He was a revolutionary soul, and also an excellent visionary.

Tapsamrat Pujya Gurudev imparted the priceless vows of Diksha to 145 blessed souls and thousands of people experienced his positive vibrations.
His penance was highly commendable. Pujya Gurudev gave up water immediately in the second after Diksha (renunciation). He consumed only the extra layer of water on the surface of buttermilk as a supplement for water. He practiced 29 vartshitaps during His entire life (A varshitap is a year long penance where a Sadhak fasts with Upvaas on alternative days, throughout the year). Also, He practiced 999 Ayambil Taps (a type of fast where only cooked cereals and pulses are consumed without any additional products like oil, salt, sugar, etc.) With such rigorous penance, the title of “Tapsamrat Pujya Gurudev ” was bestowed upon Him.

Pujya Gurudev was a spiritually realized person. He had a deep sense of gratitude towards the Aagams, the Jain scriptures propounded by Parmatma Mahavir. He was a learner for a lifetime. Deep research and studies on these holy scriptures was a constant effort by Pujya Gurudev. In order to realize His Inner Knowledge, He had taken a vow of practicing Maun (remaining in solitude) for 12 continuous years right from the second year of His Diksha. He believed that the Inner self can be realized only when our focus shifts from outside to within. With these relentless efforts and the ever flowing Divine Grace of His Guru, Tapsamrat Pujya Gurudev had memorized 19 Aagams in totality with their true meaning and read all the Aagams several number of times.

Gurudev was truly an ideal personality of Selfless service. His seva was not limited only to His Guru, but also to other Sadhu – Sadhvis and Sadhaks. Hence the title of “Sevasamrat” was bestowed upon Him. His selfless Seva and unmatched devotion is a quality which we all aspire to achieve.

Pujya Gurudev may not be physically present, but His vibrations are so strong that He still makes His presence and Divine Grace felt to one and all. His virtues and memories are inscribed in the heart of every soul. We just pray to Parmatma, that there comes a time when we can also nurture our soul with such pure qualities and experience Divinity.