Bapu brings together many different branches and sects of religion, various faiths and all the levels of society with a panorama of cultural variation to a common ground of undivided understanding and unity.
Bapu also wholly discards untouchability and has opened up his temples to all castes. He often eats and stays in the midst of the poorest of dalits (untouchables) and has organised kathas for the Devipujaka and Valmiki communities in Gujarat.
In 2007, he organised a conference on Voice of Women, honouring the life and achievements of female saint poets from various parts of India as well as Arabia and Europe.
An Inter Religious Conference took place in Mahuva in January 2009, bringing together prominent leaders of various religions in order to articulate the role of religion in seeking to foster universal peace and harmony and to provide a common platform for dialogue between all faiths. This conference was titled Dharmasanwad. Speakers were from Jain, Hindu, Sikh, Christian and Muslim communities.
In February 2009, Bapu hosted Sadbhavana Parva. 300 delegates from Christianity, Islam and Hinduism sat together for three days to discuss current issues and how to bring harmony.
The Tulsi Award is an opportunity to recognise the lineage (paramparāh) of those who recite kathas (kathākār) since they preserve the teachings of Hindu scriptures, as well as maintain the traditions and values of India.
Each year on the auspicious occasion of Tulsi Jayanti (the birth date of Goswāmi Tulsidās), four individuals will be given the Tulsi Award. Since this was the first year of this award, 40 such kathākārs who have passed away were recognised. ( Photo Gallery, Pravachan )
Floods in 2009
During July 2009, the districts of Porbandar, Mangrole and Veraval experienced extremely heavy rains and floods. For days, these floods prevented people from leaving their houses, leading to starvation and other problems. Bapu helped as he does each time a calamity like this takes place. This time, he immediately sent approximately Rs.500,000 as well as volunteers to distribute food bags to the poor who were starving in their homes. The attached pictures are of volunteers distributing food in the Porbandar area.( Photo Gallery )