August 02, 2002
Friday Meeting

When they heard of the proficiency of Swaminarayan Bhagwan's saints in singing (from the Nawab of Junagadh), a group of singers from Gwalior came to Dada Khachar's darbar in Gadhada. Swaminarayan Bhagwan told the singers that the saints only sing to please God, and so might not be as professional as they expect. Swaminarayan Bhagwan then instructed Premanand Swami to start singing in the Bhairav raag. This raag is typically sung in the mornings, so the singers questioned the saints knowledge of poetry. But to their amazement, by the end of Premanand Swami's song, though it seemed the sun had just set, it had risen again in the sky!

The eight major saint-poets during Swaminarayan Bhagwan's time were: Muktanand Swami, Nishkulanand Swami, Brahmanand Swami, Premanand Swami, Devanand Swami, Manjukeshanand Swami, Bhumanand Swami, and Dayanand Swami.



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