Morari Bapu is a well-known exponent of the Ram Charitra Manas, Morari Bapu, full name Moraridas Prabhudas Harini was born on 25 September 1947 on the auspicious day of Asthana Krishna Amavasya in village Talgazarda near Mahua, Gujarat. And he still lives there with his family.
He belongs to the Vaishnava Bava monk Nimbarka dynasty and spent much of his childhood in the shadow of Dada and Guru Tribhuvandas and Dadi Amrit Ma. His grandmother used to recite folk tales to him for hours, and his grandfather shared with him the wisdom of Ram Charit Manas. At the age of twelve, Bapu remembered the entire Ram Charit Manas and in fourteen years started reading and singing the Ram Katha.
The remarkable journey of reading the Ramayana, which began with the presence of the people of three villages, has now reached Bapu in all corners of the world. More than 700 stories have been conducted so far. Bapu has confused every major city and pilgrimage center in India and has attracted millions in countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Africa, Kenya, United Kingdom, America, Brazil, Australia . In 2011, Bapu organized one of the most important and historical Rama stories in Tibet, at the foothills of Mount Kailash. Apart from the Ram Katha, Bapu has recited 19 stories on the Gopi Geet, one story for each verse, usually during the nine days of Navratri.
At the age of 20, he gave his first discourse on Ramcharitmanas under Ramparsad Maharaj at a nine-day discourse held at Gandila, a village in Gujarat. Since then, Bapu has performed 800+ Ramkathas, each of nine days based upon a particular verse from Ramcharitmanas. He has also narrated upon 19 verses of the reverend Gopi Geet (each verse discourse of seven days). His Katha always went through its journey with two vital aspects – “Bhajan”(Prayers) and “Bhojan Prasad”(meals/blessed food/sacrament). His Katha never had any boundaries to who can listen to his Katha/orations-irrespective of his gender, caste, religion, breed, financial status, etc. It was and is always open to all, for all and of all. He gave his first discourse abroad in Nairobi in 1976. He gives discourses (kathaas) in Gujarati and Hindi in India and abroad. He has given discourses in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia, Jordan, Muscat as well as on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea, and on an airplane traveling the world, in Vatican City and on the foothills of Mount Kailash in China.
He used to keep a 300-years-old copy of Ramayana with him which he received from his grandfather and follows a vow of silence, every Saturday. He is not an ascetic but follows traditions of Hindu asceticism.