Mumukshu Upasana didi Sheth, daughter of Shri Hetalben Sanjaybhai Sheth and the granddaughter of Rajkot Mahavirnagar Upashray’s sangh pramukh – Shri Kantibhai Ladhabhai Sheth, is eager to advance on the path of Saiyam and adopt Jain Diksha. Having spent the last six years as a Sadhak in Rashtrasant Pujya Gurudev Shree Namramuni Maharaj Saheb’s sanidhya, Upasana didi has inspired and supported several souls on this valourous path and now readies herself to do the same at the young age of 24 years.
Brought up in the lap of luxury, utmost love and care, Upasana didi’s childhood is one that any individual would dream of. A national level basketball player, a guitarist and a dance enthusiast, Upasana Didi has always been a bubbling source of ideas, energy, and creativity. Such was her upbringing that she would get whatever she wanted or needed even before she asked for it. Having received schooling at one of Rajkot’s premier educational institutions, Upasana didi’s aspirations were sky high. As a child when someone asked her what she wanted to become when she grew up, she would ambitiously quip, “Isn’t Bill Gates also a human being just like us? I too will become a management master and a successful businesswoman when I grow up!”
Amidst a plush and pampered childhood, she was also nurtured with strong values and moral character. Her grandparents are extremely devout Jains and always at the helm of offering seva and vaiyavachh to sadhu-sadhvijis, thus inculcating the same values in all the children and grandchildren of the family. Her parents had the chance of coming to Pujya Gurudev’s darshan for the first time when Upasana Didi was just six years old. A visionary individual, Pujya Gurudev said that this young child would one day become a master of Mahavir’s management and enlighten Jin Shasan in the future. Upasana Didi along with her whole family has since then always been and continues to be an integral part of Pujya Gurudev’s missions and seva activities. Upasana Didi was an active member of both Arham Yuva Seva Group and Look N Learn Jain Gyan Dham in Rajkot for several years. And finally, she gave up the mundanity of sansar to embrace the sadhak lifestyle in Pujya Gurudev’s sanidhya at the age of 18 years, to initiate her training for adopting Diksha.
As a sadhak, Upasana didi’s out-of-the-box ideas, creative thinking, solid managerial abilities, and die-hard devotion has contributed immensely to Jin Shasan seva. Excelling at all the fields of seva, sadhana, swadhyay and management, didi’s pragna is deep and profound. At Paryushan Mahaparva 2018, Sadhak Upasana didi visited Seattle, Washington in USA to give lectures and do Shasan Seva and Prabhavana with Pujya Gurudev’s agna. On returning from USA, she earnestly asked, “Gurudev, when is my Diksha? I have spent a lot of time in seva management, now I want to advance on the path of Bhagwan Mahavir and embrace Saiyam!” Today Upasana didi, who has been a strong support to several Saiyami souls, herself takes a step further towards Saiyam, eagerly waiting to become a master of Mahavir’s management!