Swami was the first spiritual successor of Lord Swaminarayan.
He was the incarnation of Aksharbrahman, the choicest devotee
of Parabrahman. Named Mulji, as a child he mirrored a divinity
that was like a quiet, unwavering flame. He often preached
to children and elders in a lucid language. A staunch disciple
of Lord Swaminarayan, Mulji soon renounced the world and was
aptly named Gunatitanand . His humility, service and saintly
virtues earned him the love and respect of others. Lord Swaminarayan
Himself never missed a chance to highlight the unique spiritual
relationship Gunatitanand enjoyed with Him. The Lord often
announced, "He is Akshar, the highest Abode. He serves
Me eternally. Through him, a seeker can rise to become Akshar-roop
and serve Me eternally."
As the Mahant of Junagadh mandir, for 40 years, he continued
the mission of the Lord. At the age of 82, he left his mortal
body. His sacred place of cremation in Gondal is called the
Akshar Deri. His teachings and discourses have been recorded
in the scripture - Swamini Vato, read daily by thousands of
devotees around the world.
82 years (1785 - 1867 CE).
From 17 October 1785 CE (Aso
sud 15, 1841 VS) to 11 October 1867 CE (Aso sud 13,
Place: Bhadra, Gujarat.
37 years (1830 - 1867 CE).