Guruji’s Tapasya Sthal
Guruji was an extraordinary yogi with miraculous powers of healing. He once said that it did not take time for him to get into a state of deep meditation. Those who observed him found that even while he was constantly active, he hardly needed sleep. The secret lied in his drawing rest through meditation. Stories abound about how Guruji often secluded himself in the forested parts of Siddhachalam for days at a stretch while in meditation.
In the summer of 2008, a volunteer, Jaipat Singh Jain, visited the area now called Guruji’s Tapasya Sthal and was drawn by the unmistakably serene vibrations there. Upon enquiry, it was found that Guruji would often engage in meditation in that area. Few, however, had a chance to see him while he was in secluded meditation.
With the help of Amrender Muniji, Narendra Parson, Shantichandra Shah, and Shravan Kumar, one such spot was identified, and on August 10, 2008, a life-size pratimaji of Guruji was installed nearby. The pratimaji is purposely open to the elements because that’s how Guruji was when in secluded meditation.
Unsurprisingly, over the years, the area has become a favored venue for some seeking appropriate meditation spots. A gazebo has been installed in front of the pratimaji. The pratimaji itself is ceremonially opened each year on Bhagwaan Mahavira’s Janm Kalyanak and wrapped on His day of nirvana, as if to remind us that Guruji came to America to spread the message of Bhagwaan Mahavira.
People often stop by the pratimaji to seek Guruji’s blessings in healing them of illnesses.