Mulji always remained aloof from family ties, and was disinterested in worldly affairs. The day was 21 November 1809 (Kartik sud Punam in Samvat 1866). Mulji Bhakta was busy diverting water to his sugarcane field situated by the riverbank. He was thinking about when Maharaj would instruct him to renounce this world. Then suddenly, he had a vision of Shriji Maharaj in the sky. Maharaj was wearing a yellow pitambar and a southern-style pagh.
Maharaj said to Mulji Bhakta, “What have you come for and what are you doing? The divine light of Brahma has faded away from the world, so leave now.”
Without a moment’s delay Mulji left his work. He did not even go home, but headed for Gadhada to meet Maharaj. After that Mulji requested Shri Hari to allow him to remain in his service.
Mulji had detached himself completely from the world and had no interest whatsoever in material objects. In order that others may realize the spiritual state of Mulji, Shriji Maharaj tested him and said, “I will make you a sadhu, but have you burnt your house or have you kept it intact?”
The simple-natured Mulji replied, “Maharaj, the house is as it is.”
“Then go and burn it, and come back. I’ll make you a sadhu after that,” instructed Maharaj.
To fulfil Maharaj’s order Mulji left immediately for Bhadra. Maharaj knew that Mulji would come back only after burning his house. So he immediately sent Bhaguji and called him back. From the spiritual viewpoint, Mulji had already burnt all ties of affection with his family, estate and relatives from his heart. But he was also prepared to destroy all the physical ties. Seeing his profound detachment Maharaj showered praise on him.
After some time his younger brother, Sundarji, arrived with a Brahmin to take Mulji back. The Brahmin addressed Mulji:
Sansãrmã sarso rahe ne man mãri pãs jo,
Sansãrmã lopãy nahi te jan mãro dãs jo.
“He who engages in worldly activities, but has his mind on me; He who is not attached to worldly activities, know him to be my devotee.”
Mulji Bhakta replied:
“Chittki vrutti ek hai, bhãve tahi lagão; Chãhe to Hari ki bhakti karo, chãhe to vishay kamão.”
“The mind can focus only on one thing, so attach it where you like; If you wish, offer devotion to God or indulge in material pleasures.”
With these words Mulji refused to return home.
Maharaj told Mulji Bhakta, “Go home for now.”
But Mulji replied, “I don’t want to go back home. I want to remain constantly in your service.”
So Maharaj explained to him to go back and said, “If your hand is trapped under a heavy stone, it should be removed tactfully and not by force. So go back home for the present, and come back here after convincing everybody.”
Mulji obeyed Maharaj’s order and went home. After some time he returned with his younger brother, Sundarji, whom he had also persuaded to become a sadhu.
Darkness can never exist in the presence of the sun. Who can possibly bind one who is detached and unchanging? To spread brahmavidya Mulji Bhakta became active in the service of Shriji Maharaj and withdrew from all his worldly ties, like a tortoise who withdraws its limbs.
In January 1810 CE (Posh, Samvat 1866) Shriji Maharaj began a great yagna in Dabhan to initiate his eternal devotee Aksharbrahma Mulji Bhakta into the sadhu-fold. In this yagna (in which no animals were sacrificed), Maharaj fed and gave donations to thousands of Brahmins, who were thus highly satisfied. On the day of Punam, 20 January 1810 CE, before the yagna was concluded Maharaj ceremoniously gave Mulji Bhakta the bhagvati diksha and named him Gunatitanand Swami.