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Aksharmurti Shree Gunatitanand Swami

Among the saints who have contributed a lot after Shriji Maharaj’s Aksharvaas, then one of the chiefs saints is Sadguru Shree Gunatitanand Swami. Swami was born in Bhadra village in Samvat 1841. His father was Bholanath and mother was Sakarbai. In the childhood he was known as Mulji. He had the powers of Bhakti from his childhood. Naturally he was away from the worldly life and  even from his childhood headlong rapt in Bhaktirasa yet he performed all social duties perfectly.

Once when he was busy in cutting the crop of sugarcane, Shriji Maharaj graced him with Darshan and asked, “Why we have come? And what are you doing now? Has your light of Brahma withered out?” In response to the question Swami left the worldly life immediately and went towards the life of Sanyas (renunciation). He took Diksha in Samvat 1866 and became ‘Gunatitanand’ from Mulji. Due to his Sadhana and Awareness he achieved very high position in spiritual life; during all the three stages of consciousness, sub-consciousness (dream) and unconsciousness, he had constant Darshan of the idol image of Shreeji Maharaj and did not forget the same even for a moment.

Great saints of the Sampradaya have either through their knowledge, poetic power, music and erudition have served the Sampradaya and they have obtained a place of respect in the pages of history. Among them Gunatitanand Swami has, by his more subtle, piercing and challenging talks then ‘Chabkha’ of Akha Bhagat of Gujarati literature, created an image in the secular field. Such was a gift of nature in the talks of Shree Gunatitanand Swami that the firm faith and fidelity towards Shreeji Maharaj is still in echoing in his talks. The influence of Gunatitanand Swami, whose talks could appeal all and the sundry as also the poor and the rich, was prevalent not only among the learned and the kings and prices but also among the Muslim community of Junagadh. He remained Mahant of Shree Swaminarayan temple of Junagadh for 41 years and while serving the Sampradaya continuously, he passed away to Akshardhaam in Samvat 1923.