Gunatitanand Swami was born as Mulji Sharma in the
town of Bhadra in Gujarat. His father was Bholanath
and his mother was Sakarba. From his childhood, he
had the ability to see what Bhagwan Swaminarayan
was doing in Chhapaiya, in North India with his inner
eyes. In Samvat Year 1865, after receiving the divine
vision and inspiration of Bhagwan Swaminarayan,
Gunatitanand Swami left worldly attachments behind
and renounced his home instantly. He was initiated as a
saint by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the Samvat Year
1866 during the Dabhan ceremonial sacrifice. He was
then given the unique name Gunatitanand Swami.
Gunatitanand Swami possessed all of the saintly
virtues. He lived a very simple but highly spiritual life,
full of service. Bhagwan Swaminarayan was highly
pleased with him because of his ever readiness to serve
the sick saints, thus setting an ideal example for others.
Later on, he was appointed as the head of the
Junagadh Temple in Samvat Year 1841 by Bhagwan
Shree Balmukunddasji Swami
Sadguru Swami Balmukunddasji, the disciple of
Sadguru Gunatitanand Swami was also a powerful
saint, having extraordinary divinity. He was born in the
village ‘Kalej’ in Saurashtra on the third day of Chaitra
in the V.S. 1887. His name was Gordhanbhai. From the
childhood, he had an inclination towards devotion to
God. Coming in contact with Gunatitanand Swami,
there was the inner inspiration to renounce the home.
Soon after his initiation as a saint in V.S. 1909, Yogiraj
Gopalanand Swami blessed him and forecasted that he
would be highly capable to shoulder the responsibility
of it's of sampradaya. Acharya Maharaj Shree of Vadtal
had high regards for Swamiji on account of his
extraordinary calibre. He had undergone severe
penance and was strictly following the Code of Conduct
for Saints as prescribed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He
had unshakeable faith in Bhagwan Swaminarayan as
the Supreme Lord.
Shree Hariswarupdasji Swami
Hariswarupdasji Swamiji possessed sweet persona, with
a pleasant behaviour, along with it Swamiji had a deep
knowledge about the Sanskrit language. Many saints
took lessons of Sanskrit from Swamiji and people from
far distant villages used to visit Swamiji just to listen to
his sermons and preachings. The teachings of Swamiji
touched the hearts of the people. Swamiji in his
preachings used to describe God in a very splendid way.
In people used to feel heavenly pleasures, the presence
of Swamiji and his sermons. Hon’able Swamiji dedicated
his entire life in the service of ‘Swaminarayan and His
Saints and devotees,’ and because of his immense
devotion towards Lord Swaminarayan, Swamiji
experienced many miracles in his life. It so happened
that once in the month of hot summer, Swamiji
Hariswarup Dasji along with devotees started his
journey for Mansa_(a village of Saurashtra), and on the
way, they kept on singing Holy Choirs of Swaminarayan.
Shree Harijivandasji Swami
Pujya Harijivan Swami was born on Vikram Samvat 1972
ajsamadhiyala a village of Saurashtra in
district. His father’s name was Arjanbhai and mother’s
name was Kankuben. He had a keen friendship with
God since his childhood. Going to temple for Darshan,
reciting the prayer and religious rhymes at school and
meditating in his free time when others his peers were
busy in sports and games were some of the gods
blessed spiritual traits could easily be enticed in him.
With God’s wish, his father died in his childhood and he
and his mother settled at his maternal uncle’s home.
His maternal uncle’s name was Manjibhai who is the
follower of Lord Swaminarayan. Being a true disciple of
Swaminarayan, the Saints had occasionally visited his
home. Naturally, Devji’s very devotional soul awaked in
the spiritual and holy ambience of his maternal uncle.
Meanwhile, he met Pujya Shree Hariswarup Dasji Swami
and engaged in his service.
Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Shree Sahajanand Chowk,
Dabholi Char Rasta, Ved Road, Surat 395004, Gujarat, India.