October 09, 1998
Friday Meeting

Given in Swami Ni Vato 13/43, while in Kutch [in Bhadarvo Samvat 1864 or September-October 1807], Swaminarayan Bhagwan wrote a letter stating many devotees to renounce everything at once, head for Jetalpur to see Ramdas Swami, and come to Bhuj. The letter had eighteen names listed, followed by an "etc., etc..." When the letter arrived, Aja Patel (of Methaan) was attending the wedding of his nephew Kalyanbhai (of Kadu). Like his uncle, Kalyanbhai was initiated into the satsanga by Guru Ramanand Swami (at Mancha Khachar's residence in Kariyani during the New Year's celebration in 1795). Since Aja's name was on the letter, he immediately thought of quitting the wedding. Kalyanbhai then picked up the letter and told his uncle that he will join him as Swaminarayan Bhagwan had called on him also. Even though he had just gotten married, Kalyanbhai insisted that he must also become a saint. When they reached Swaminarayan Bhagwan, God asked why he had come when his name was not written on the letter. Kalyanbhai replied that his name was in the 'etc., etc.' Swaminarayan Bhagwan was very pleased, and named him Adbhutanand Swami. Adbhuta means "exemplary" - Swaminarayan Bhagwan applauded his exemplary vision by repeating three times, "your eyes, on My head."

Adbhutanand Swami's two brothers, Vaju and Vitthal soon came to Vadtal to take him home, but they too became saints (Nishkaamanand Swami and Junior Chaitanyanand Swami, respectively). Swaminarayan Bhagwan told the fourth brother, Kuberdas, to remain a householder and look after the family.

Adbhutanand Swami was also very handsome - thus wherever he would go he would face many obstacles, but he remained resolute in his vow of celibacy. His resolution in celibacy is found in Adbhutanand Swami Ni Vato. Swaminarayan Bhagwan appointed Adbhutanand Swami as the mahanta of the Dholera temple. In Varna, he enshrined powers into a statue of Hanuman. After blessing Shastriji Maharaj (during Shastriji Maharaj's initiation into sainthood) in Vadtal, Adbhutanand Swami passed away in 1883.



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