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Pujya BhaishriRameshbhai Oza, popularly known as Bhaishri, is the modern age spiritual leader who is based in Gujarat and has dedicated his life for the spiritual upliftment of the millions. Bhaishri recognizes spirituality as the only way of life and by spreading his scriptural knowledge he has emancipated lives of millions across the world.
Bhaishri is greatly revered for his institute Sandipani Vidyaniketan, with Headquarters in Gujarat and branches in Mumbai, U.S, U.K, Australia, and New Zealand. His philosophical yet pragmatic method of teaching the essence of ancient scriptures has endeared him to millions of followers.
Throughout the year Bhaishri is flooded with millions of letters from those seeking mental tranquility. He is being referred to as Bhaishri by his disciples as in him; they find an image of an elder brother providing them love, support and spiritual guidance.
Bhaishri was born on 31st August 1957, in a small village named Devka situated in the Saurashtra district of Gujarat. His parents, Late Shri Vrajlal Kanjibhai Oza and his mother Smt. Laxmiben Oza are Brahmins hailing from the Audichya community.
Bhaishri received his initial education at ‘Tatvajyoti’ , a Sanskrit school located in the small town of Rajola. Eventually, he moved to Mumbai, where he completed his primary education and attended college. Although Bhaishri pursued his education with great sincerity, his heart and soul belonged to learning the scriptures and spreading the divine message. While other children played, Bhaishri spent his time immersed in religious activities.
Bhaishri’s interests always led him to study and practice the religious scriptures. He would often attend his uncle, Shri Jeevarajbhai Oza’s discourses. Shri Jeevrajbhai was a highly respected narrator of the Shrimad Bhagavat, himself and he first noticed a spark of spiritual genius in Bhaishri’s character and encouraged it. Bhaishri developed a keen interest in the Shrimad Bhagavat, the Ramayana too, in particular the Ramacharitamanas composed by Gosvami Tulsidasaji, and the Bhagavad-Gita.
At the age of 13, he held his first discourse on the Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita and at age 18 he recited his first Shrimad Bhagavat katha, held in central Mumbai. His faith and beliefs only grew with age.
From humble beginnings, Bhaishri has gone on to capture the hearts and minds of millions across India and the world guiding his brethren through life’s trials and enriching their lives with spirituality.
As Bhaishri’s kathas gained popularity all over India, devotees were eager to listen to these discourses beyond the Indian shores. Across the world, in the United States, Canada, the UK, Portugal, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Bhaishri captivated audiences of all ages and communities.
Having studied the Vedas and the Upanishads in great depth, Bhaishri also wished to propagate the knowledge of these scriptures and bring forth a new generation of scholars who would take the past into the future. Thus, emerged the noble thought of Sandipani Vidyaniketan.
Bhaishri’s kathas and discourses have helped and inspired many to lead their lives the right way. People have shown their gratitude in many different ways. They have opened their hearts to his various causes by contributing their time, effort and giving donations.
For thousands, Bhaishri is more than just a spiritual leader. He is a source of knowledge and an inspiration.
Bhaishri was born in a Hindu Brahmin family on 31st August 1957, at Devka village, in Saurashtra, Gujarat. Bhaishri belongs to the Audichya community and was born to Late Shri Vrajlal Kanjibhai Oza and Smt. Laxmiben Oza.
After receiving his formal early education at ‘Tatvajyoti’ Sanskrit school in Rajola, Bhaishri moved to Mumbai to pursue further education. Here, he completely engrossed himself into learning ancient scriptures.
As a young boy, Bhaishri regularly attended his uncle, Shri Jeevarajbhai Oza’s spiritual discourses. In fact, it was Shri Jeevarajbhai who first noticed the spiritual spark in Bhaishri after he started showing keen interest in scriptures like Ramayan, Shrimad Bhagwat, Bhagavad-Gita and Goswami Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas. At the tender age of 13, Bhaishri revealed unusual spiritual potential by confidently holding a spiritual discourse on Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita. Again, at the age of 18 he set new standards by reciting his first Shrimad Bhagavat katha, in Mumbai, India.
As time went by, Bhaishri evolved into one of the most popular spiritual orators of the modern era. His following also grew meteorically with people from U.S., U.K., Canada, Africa, Portugal, New Zealand and Australia started attending his discourses. By disseminating his Vedic and Upanishadic knowledge amongst the masses he envisages to take the past into the future.
He founded religious and educational institutes namely Devka Vidyapith and Sandipani Vidyaniketan near Sandhavav village and Porbandar Aerodrome.Hindu Smitoday, in recognition of his social and spiritual contributions, awarded him Hindu of the Year in 2006.
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