May 23, 1892
Dhari, Gujarat, India
|Died||23 January 1971
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Titles/honours||Global Expansion of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha|
Sadhu Gnãnjivandas (May 23, 1892–January 23, 1971), commonly known as Yogiji Maharaj, was an Indian Sadhu and the second leader of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, who is claimed to be the fourth spiritual successor to Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
Born Jinabhai Vasani to Devchandbhai and Puribai Vasani in the village of Dhari in Gujarat, India, he showed an inclination towards Hindu spirituality from an early age, according to his followers. As a result, he chose to become an ascetic, and received initiation into monkhood with the name Sadhu Gnãnjivandasji.
As a sadhu (ascetic monk), Sadhu Gnãnjivandas was said to be well respected for his humility as he kept himself "busy in the service of others" and "never complained of fatigue". Although lacking a formal Western education himself, he had success in attracting educated people – including doctors and engineers – to renounce their worldly lives and join the monkhood. Yogiji Maharaj is also well known for spreading the BAPS Swaminarayan Hinduism internationally. The sect spread to Nairobi, Africa and London, England.
- "Yogiji Maharaj".
- "Yogiji Maharaj's Life - Jinabhai in Meditation".
- "Yogiji Maharaj's Life - Krishnaji Ada's Blessings".
- "Yogiji Maharaj's Life - A Hard Working Saint".
- "Yogiji Maharaj's Life - Youths Become Sadhus".
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