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Gunatitanand Swami
Gunatitanand Swami


After the festival of Kartik Punam in 1857 CE (Samvat 1904) in Vartal, Swami arrived in Khambhat with a group of sadhus and devotees at the insistence of Kothari Ambavidas and other devotees of Khambhat. All the devotees came to receive Swami with a silver palanquin borrowed from the Nawab. Everyone begged Swami to sit in the palanquin, but Swami refused. The devotees insisted by saying, “Swami! The Nawab has a dislike for Hindus, and it will increase if you don’t sit in the palanquin, and he will think ill of you.”
Replying to this, Swami said, “It is not in his hands to see faults, but I’ll not sit in it.” Then Swami sat in an ordinary cart. On this occasion, all the town residents had the darshan of Swami and said, “Oh! He looks like a great Jogi. But the tattered mattress (he is sitting on) does not suit him.”
Hearing this Swami smiled and said, “Brother, this is a diamond wrapped in rags.”
The news that Swami did not sit in the silver palanquin reached the Nawab. So the Nawab asked, “Who is he? Where does he come from? How is it that he did not sit in the palanquin, but sat in a cart!”
Then somebody said, “Bapu, he is a great Girnari sadhu from Junagadh and spiritually he is a very powerful ascetic.”
Hearing this, the Nawab became curious and came for Swami’s darshan. During the conversation with the Nawab, Swami referred to many verses from the Koran. The Nawab was delighted and touched the feet of Swami. He offered sutarfeni to the sadhus and served Swami in many ways.
The mahant of Dholera, Swami Vasudevcharandas, was unhappy and frustrated due to some administrative problems. When Swami arrived at Dholera he felt peaceful with his darshan. He then unburdened himself before Swami. Swami invited him, “If you want peace, come with me to Junagadh.”
Thereafter, on arriving in Botad, Swami gave him a handful of sugarcane pieces which had been offered to Thakorji. After eating that prasad he felt partially at peace. Then he accompanied Swami to Gadhada and Una and finally arrived at Junagadh. From here the other sadhus of his group went on a pilgrimage. Swami gave him a champa flower and said, “Smell this flower; all the pilgrim places are incorporated in it.”
By smelling the flower on Swami’s instruction, he experienced divine peace. Thereafter, he constantly felt peaceful in his heart by the darshan of and association with Swami. After the sadhus of his group returned from their pilgrimage, he left with Swami’s permission for Dholera in a happy mood.
In this way, all spiritual aspirants who came in contact with Swami realized his true glory and experienced eternal peace.

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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