|March 17, 2002 |
Des Plaines Mandira
Mulji Brahmachari (1765-1848) was born in the town of Machhiav (Saurashtra) in a brahmin family, and was considered the incarnation of Hanuman during Swaminarayan Bhagwan's time. He left home on a pilgrimage to Dwarika, but stayed at Loj upon meeting Guru Ramanand Swami, who named him Mukundanand Varni. Practicing perfect celibacy, Mulji Brahmchari was Swaminarayan Bhagwan's personal attendant. Mulji had great love for Swaminarayan Bhagwan, always thinking of new ways to serve Him. For example, Swaminarayan Bhagwan would often enjoy swimming. In the rainy season, Mulji would bring a covered maatlo (pot) to keep Swaminarayan Bhagwan's clothes dry. Once, Swaminarayan Bhagwan showed everyone that even while asleep, Mulji served Him. Even when Swaminarayan Bhagwan tested him, he never lost faith in God or violated His command.
Given in Swami Ni Vato 9/208, once, Swaminarayan Bhagwan asked Mulji to oil His wooden sandals (to make them softer) and not give them to anyone else. Vashrambhai of Bhadra also wanted to perform this service. Mulji explained that Swaminarayan Bhagwan had asked him to do it, but Vashrambhai insisted Mulji hand over the shoes. When Swaminarayan Bhagwan saw Mulji without the shoes, He rebuked him, told him to not eat ghee (butter) and goda (jaggery), not to wear shoes, and then excommunicated him. Mulji did not say anything in defense, and stayed with Ramdasbhai of Kanam. During the mango season (in the month of Vaishakh) when someone brought mangoes for the saints, Ramdasbhai said they should be taken to Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Mulji thus volunteered to carry a basketful of mangoes to Swaminarayan Bhagwan in Gadhada. He walked barefoot in the scorching heat and when he arrived, he bowed down to Swaminarayan Bhagwan and said 'Jay Swaminarayan,' but Swaminarayan Bhagwan did not look at him or reply. Mulji went into the village, and on his way, he met an old lady who was a devotee from Surat. When she inquired why she had not seen Mulji for some time, he revealed that he had been excommunicated. When Mulji went to the old lady's home to eat, he still refrained from eating ghee and goda. So the old lady went to complain to Swaminarayan Bhagwan about Mulji's excommunication. Swaminarayan Bhagwan said Mulji was not excommunicated and agreed to have mango juice served by Mulji. Throughout the ordeal, even though he was not at fault, Mulji kept supreme love and faith in God.
Swaminarayan Bhagwan states only two saints' names in the Shikshapatri: Muktanand Swami and Mulji Brahmachari. Also, Lord Swaminarayan mentions Mulji's elevated state in many Vachanamruts: Gadhada Middle 33, Ahmedabad 3, Gadhada Last 22, and Gadhada Last 26. When Lord Swaminarayan passed away, Mulji had His divine darshana in the Akshar Ordi, and then remained serving Gopinathji Maharaj of the Gadhada temple. Shastriji Maharaj enshrined his moorti next to HariKrishna Maharaj in the Sarangpur temple.