Sri Morari Bapu
Morari Bapu blessing the book: 'In Touch with Masters'
Morari Bapu's 'Nisaadhanta' is also up on my website
Morari Bapu was born in September. 1946 in the sleepy village
had to walk a long distance to go to school.
grandfather, Tribhovandasji was a great Ram Bhakta (devotee of
Sri Ram). He would make young Morari memorize five couplets of
the Ramayana on his way back and forth from his learning
the evening the wise old man would explain to his grandson the
meaning and interpretation of the couplets that he had
memorised for that day.
Bapu's grandfather saw the spirit of the Lord in all.
personality of the grandfather and what he learned from him
made a deep impression on the young mind of Sri Morari Bapu.
he considers his grandfather his Guru as it was the latter who
taught him to walk on the path of the saints and sages.
Morari Bapu's talks are based on the Ramayana.
he teaches has a universal appeal and his simple style can
easily tug at one's heart-strings.
devotional hymns that he sings and the relevant narration of
anecdotes make thousands of people sit enthralled for hours.
myself, while listening to him, felt transported to a world
which seems to have 'not a care", and if it does, it has
problems that can easily be overcome.
Bapu Is a busy man, always traveling. thronged by admirers,
one feels like one has a private rapport with him. He seems to
answer all your questions and doubts through his public
disciple once told Morari Bapu that it was impossible to lead
an ideal life if one were to survive in today's world. To this
Morari Bapu replied: "Do what you like for eight working
hours and live the rest of your sixteen hours by the ideals I
give you, that is, from now on don't be aggressive with your
wife, children and those around you and even with yourself. I
am confident that these sixteen hours will prove to be so
powerful that they will influence your eight working hours. In
this way you will learn to survive In your so called today's
question here would arise: Where have we gone wrong? Why can't
we even live part of our life according to the Ideals laid
down by the scriptures.
Bapu says It is because we are ill spiritually ill'
believes that just like food is not appetizing to those who
are physically unwell, similarly, the Scriptures are not
enjoyed by those who are not healthy in the spiritual sense.
to Morari Bapu, the scriptures, though they may be of ancient
origin, offer a solution to our present-day problems and are
an eternal light to mankind's future.
then what does a modern man do? One who has not the time nor
the inclination to read the scriptures and yet wants to get
rid of his problems?
such a case Morari Bapu feels that after one has analyzed the
problem and taken the right measures to remedy it, pray and
leave the results to the Lord.
to Morari Bapu in order to eradicate a problem, three
requisites are important.
one who is willing to help. must understand the true nature of
must have the compassion to try and eradicate the problem.
he must have the capacity of getting rid of the problem.
observed closely it will be noticed that one of the three
points is mostly always missing in the personality of the
helper. The one to help may know the nature of the problem.
but he may not have the capacity to get rid of It. or
alternatively, he may be capable of alleviating your problem,
but he does not have the compassion to do so or he may have
the compassion and the capability, but he may not understand
the real nature of the problem.
Bapu urges us not to put all our energies into the world to
achieve happiness. Go to the Lord Pray, he says. The Lord
understands your problem He has the compassion and is
capable of getting rid of it.
God listens to your prayer consider It His Prasad, His Grace;
if he does not answer your prayer know that "NO" can
sometimes be an answer.
fact Morari Bapu implores his audience to stop making a
choice. Make happiness and unhappiness your friend and there
will be no problem. If happiness comes, consider it a laddu
(sweet), given by your mother. If unhappiness, then the
medicine given by the same loving hands.
generally pray with folded hands. Morari Bapu has an
interesting theory on why we do so. When we fold our hands we
are saying: Our hands are tied. I am not capable, I surrender.
O God, you take over.
does one achieve peace of mind?
Bapu says: Look for the peace where you have lost it. Don't be
like the old woman who looks for the needle outside the hut,
because it is brighter outside, even though she has lost it
do a similar thing: we lose our peace of mind because of our
own wrong doings, and we seek it by escaping in the so-called
bright atmosphere of the material world.
Bapu loves to put across his point by Interesting anecdotes:
so he also tells us about a man who was suffering from a wound
doctor gave him an ointment to apply to the wound and some
medicine to take internally for the fever.
man made a mistake. The medicine that he was to apply, he took
internally and vice versa.
to say the man never recovered from his illness.
are facing a similar dilemma. The scriptures and what they
teach is supposed to be taken internally and the material
benefits are to be used externally for our comforts we are
however satisfied with.. a few moments of prayer each day and
yet spend our lives filling it up with useless things.
can we be healthy? How can we have peace of mind, If we do not
live by the right rules of life?
am reminded of a time when I had taken Mukund Hariji for a
drive around the city of Bombay. Mukand Hariji had the title
of 'Sankirtan Samrat." (The king I devotional songs). It
is said that nature responded to his singing.
I passed by a Five Star hotel, I informed him of the
exorbitant price that one had to pay just to sleep in a room
with no further benefits.
looked at me, smiled and said, "Then, they must be at
least guaranteeing sleep."
fact is that material comforts can never be the only requisite
for peace of mind as strangely it is for the men sleeping on
the footpath, who sometimes enjoy a sound rest.
it mean then, that If we get interested in the scriptures and
attend discourses we will know how to live life the right way
and achieve peace of mind?
Bapu believes that, Yatra sochne se nahin, chalne se hota hai.
Translated it means that by merely listening to words of
wisdom, one does not benefit, one has to start living
according to them: just like by merely thinking of one's
destination, one does not get there. Initially one would have
to make an effort, but later it becomes a part of one's
intrinsic nature. A person in love does not have to sit in a
difficult position, or pick up the rosary to remember his/her
precautions does one take when one is progressing?
Bapu urges us to keep a constant check on the ego.
says after the pilgrim has reached a certain point, he must
make sure to screw his head in such a way that it only looks
in front, so that he may not look back to see how much good he
has been doing to people or how many of them are following
Morari Bapu was asked whether he believed that his talks
answered with a smile. 'If nothing else, at least by coming to
my lectures, I keep troublesome people usefully
believe that he does far more good than that.
Morari Bapu held 1008 simultaneous recitals of the Ramayana
at the conclusion he made Harijans (so-called untouchable
caste) perform the aarti a religious ceremony.
Bapu's very busy schedule, I felt honoured when he gave me
time during the writing of my book on the Ramayana.
his blessings he wrote. "I pray that with God's Grace,
Shakun's noble efforts prove a blessing to everyone."
do not know about everyone I know that I feel blessed.
is one of the very few living sages who has been conferred the
title of 'Sant" (Saint), by a multitude, who admire and
us then follow in his footsteps. Let us do what he bids
us to do which is:
ki khoj karo,
Jag ki seva karo,
Prabhu Se Preet karo."
Look deep into yourself
And find the Essence.
Do service unto Mankind,
And Love the Lord.