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Muktanand Swami, whom Bhagwan Swaminarayan always respected like a Guru, was born as Mukund Das in Amreli, Gujarat. His father was Anandram and his mother was Radhabai. Mukund Das learned scriptures and music from two teachers - Jaduram and Hathiram, both of whom were scholars in literature and fine arts. Mukund Das was very handsome had a beautiful voice. He was perfect blend of beauty as well as virtue. His life was that of an ideal disciple and he soon began his quest for God and left home in search of a true Guru. Later, he became a disciple of Ramanand Swami and soon become his prime disciple when Ramanand Swami appointed him to be head of Loj ashram. The saintliness of Muktanand Swami and his satisfactory answer to Neelkanth’s five questions was a major factor in Neelkanth’s decision to stay in Loj. After the passing of Ramanand Swami, Muktanand Swami was the most eligible to become the head of the fellowship, but, as per Ramanand Swami’s command, he remained ”…”

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A spiritually powered saint, Gopalanand Swami was born as Khushal Bhatt in the Todla Village of Sabarkantha District, Gujarat. His father was Motiram Sharma and his mother was Kushaladevi. He went to Varanasi for further study. He pursued deep study and became a dedicated scholar, with knowledge of Vyakaran, Nyaya, Mimansa, Vedanta, Astrology and numerous other disciplines. After coming in contact with Bhagwan Swaminarayan, he desired to become a saint. Bhagwan Swaminarayan Himself initiated him and gave name Gopalanand Swami. Bhagwan Swaminarayan always held Gopalanand Swami in very high regard and used to take his advice. However Gopalanand Swami behaved like servant. Gopalanand Swami was a master of Ashtang Yoga as well as a great Nadi Vaidya (Ayurveda physician who identifies illness using the pulse). In Samvat 1878 Fagan Sud 3, the installation of NarNarayan Dev in Ahmedabad was taking place. Gopalanand Swami was appointed to perform the ceremonial sacrifice; Bhagwan Swaminara”…”

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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 Swaminarayan. Even t”…”

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Brahmanand Swami was born as Ladudan Barot on the auspicious day of Vasant Panchami in the village of Khan, near Mount Abu in Rajasthan. His father was Shambhudanji and his mother was Laluba. Once, Ladudan went to the local King’s palace and sang a few poems in praise of the King and his virtues. Seeing the poetic genius of the young Ladudan, the King asked Shambhudan Gadhavi to allow Ladudan to be taught Pingal (art of constructing poetry) at the royal expense. Thus, Ladudanji was sent to Bhuj, where he learned Pingal and other scriptures until the age of 28. By the completion of his education, he had become erudite in poetry and other skills. He then became a very famous poet and soon became highly respected by the great kings. Ladudan earned fame and wealth by visiting the stately courts of Bhuj, Dhangadhra, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Bhavnagar; all of them were highly impressed by his poetry. Everyone invited him to become their main bard with great perks and benefits. Ladudan”…”

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Nityanand Swami, the greatest scholar of holy fellowship, was born as Dinmani Sharma in Dantia, a town near Lucknow. He was born into a very rich Brahmin family. His father was Vishnu Sharma and his mother was named Virjadevi. For his education, he went Banaras to learn and acquire knowledge from Jagjit Pandit. He had studied several scriptures like the Vedas, Vedanta, Nyay etc. and became a very learned scholar. He had a desire of meeting God, so he left home in the search of God. When he first met Bhagwan Swaminarayan, he was convinced that He could be anyone but God Himself by just seeing His teeth. Bhagwan Swaminarayan initiated him as a saint and named him Nityanand Swami in Meghpur in 1802 AD. Even though he was born in a rich and aristocratic family, Nityanand Swami lived a life of detachment and modesty. On one occasion, Bhagwan Swaminarayan told a group of saints who studied under Nityanand Swami, “Nityanand Swami’s destiny is like that of multimillionaire; despi”…”

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Nishkulanand Swami was born as Lalji Suthar in the village of Shekhapat, Gujarat. His father was named Rambhai and his mother was named Amrutbai. He grew up to become an expert carpenter. He was a disciple of Ramanand Swami before he met Bhagwan Swaminarayan and was married and had two children. Despite this, he still lived the life of an ascetic even before becoming a saint. He and Mulji Sharma (later Gunatitanand Swami), would meet regularly and have Satsang at night after finishing their day’s work, despite living in two separate villages. Before his departure, Ramanand Swami commanded Lalji Suthar to remain a disciple of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Lalji Suthar fulfilled this and became Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s ideal disciple. Once, Bhagwan Swaminarayan had to go to Kutch and He asked Lalji Suthar to be His guide. Bhagwan Swaminarayan wanted to stress the importance of reliance on God rather than on one’s own ego. The entire tale is fascinating but of particular note i”…”

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Shukanand Swami was born as Jagannath in the village of Dabhan near Nadiad in Gujarat, in a Brahmin family. From his childhood he was detached from the material world and did not seek worldly pleasures, but was more interested in scriptures. He was bright, with sharp intellect from a very early age. When he met Bhagwan Swaminarayan in Gadhada, he wanted to become a sadhu and was given initiation. Muktanand Swami then named him Shukanand Swami. Shukanand Swami was referred to as the personal secretary of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Whenever Bhagwan Swaminarayan had something to write, he would call upon Shukanand Swami and dictate it to him. Bhagwan Swaminarayan also asked him to compose scriptures for the holy fellowship. His love for the Bhagwan Swaminarayan is evident in the many hymns that he composed. He prepared the original drafts of Vachanamrut and wrote treatise on Satsangi Jivan and translated a number of volumes into Gujarati. He also compiled drafts pertaining to the administra”…”

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Premanand Swami was born to Hindu parents but his parents abandoned him at a young age then he was raised by a Muslim family.  At the age of twelve, first time he came for the darshan of Bhagwan Swaminarayan in Gadhada. He sang very good songs hearing it Bhagwan Swaminarayan was very happy and remarked, “This boy is very good!” Saints said, “He was raised in Muslim family”, Bhagwan Swaminarayan said, “It’s value of flower that counts not where he was raised!” Bhagwan Swaminarayan initiated him as saint and later became His first-rank saint Premanand Swami! When given initiation, he was named Nijbodhanand Swami. His name was later changed to Premanand, due to his extreme devotional love; Bhagwan Swaminarayan praised Premanand Swami as an idol of love and often referred to him as “Premsakhi.” Premanand Swami was known for his poetic and musical talent. While singing, he would become deeply engrossed and would make the whole atm”…”

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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. This true Saint had many times divine holy sight of Bhagwan Swaminara”…”

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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. As it was a scorching hot ”…”

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Pujya Harijivan Swami was born on Vikram Samvat 1972 at Rajsamadhiyala a village of Saurashtra in Rajkot 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 Shri Hariswarup Dasji Swami and engaged in his service. Afterwards, he ”…”

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