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Gunatitanand Swami
Gunatitanand Swami

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Although Swami was of a saintly nature he was very adept in practical matters. As a preacher he was of the highest calibre. His speech was clear. His preaching described the glory of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and nurtured virtues, like, supreme bhakti, dharma, gnan, vairagya and others. His nectarine speech flowed from his lips like the constant flow of the river Ganga.
Once, in Gadhada, Swami asked four questions to Maharaj, “Which out of the following four means is the best? To constantly meditate on God, to behave as atma, to serve the ill or to deliver spiritual discourses.”
Maharaj asked these questions to the other sadhus. Everyone replied according to his own inclination. When Maharaj asked Muktanand Swami, he said that meditation was the best means. But Maharaj differed from his opinion, and said, “To deliver spiritual discourses is the best means. The first three endeavours are only for one’s own moksha, while the last one gives moksha to both the speaker as well as the listener.” After this incident Swami decided to talk continuously about the glory of Maharaj and never to allow any lull to creep in.
Whenever Maharaj was in Gadhada he would grant happiness to his devotees through his lila. Once, Gunatitanand Swami had also come there. Maharaj, on many occasions would declare the glory of Swami as his choicest devotee.
On one occasion Maharaj called the eighteen sadgurus – Muktanand Swami, Brahmanand Swami, Nityanand Swami, Anand Swami, Gunatitanand Swami, and others – for lunch at Dada Khachar’s darbar. Maharaj made them sit in a circle and began to serve them himself. Maharaj said to all the sadhus, “All of you should learn to dine in the manner in which Gunatitanand Swami dines.”
So Brahmanand Swami said with tongue-in-cheek, “The sadhu eats very well.”
Hearing this Maharaj said, “It is not as you understand it to be. This sadhu, in fact, relishes the taste of my murti and puts food in his stomach just as one puts grains into a jar. Moreover, he hides his powers and behaves in a humble manner, otherwise, the number of people which follow me would also follow him.”
Learning this opinion of Maharaj, Brahmanand Swami acknowledged and said, “Yes Maharaj, he is a great sadhu.”
Similarly, Maharaj was once serving food to the sadhus at Panchala. Gunatitanand Swami was taking his meals with Atmanand Swami seated on one side and Krupanand Swami on the other. Seeing this, Maharaj smiled and said, “Oh! A goat between two tigers.” Thereafter, Maharaj took four motaiya ladoos in his hands and addressed Kalyanbhai of Vanthali, “Kalyanbhai, do you know this sadhu? He is my abode, Akshardham incarnate. Know him.” And so saying, Maharaj served all the four motaiya ladoos to Swami. Thus, Kalyanbhai and others who were present realized the true glory of Gunatitanand Swami.

Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan

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