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Swami Sundardas

Period : Born 1503

The creator of many good books like “Sundar-Vilas”, a great devotee and one of the most favourite disciples of Sant Dadudayal, Swami Sundardas was born in a village named Dhyosa in Rajasthan on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of Chaitra month in Samvat 1563 in a Vaishya (business caste) family. His father’s name was Shah ‘Chokha’ and mother’s name was Sati.

 

In Samvat 1658, when Dadu ji came to Dhyosa, Shri Sundardas’s father had handed over him to Daduji. It is said that since then, at the tender age of only five years, Shri Sundardas had become the disciple of Dadudayal.

 

 

In Samvat 1658, when Dadu ji came to Dhyosa, Shri Sundardas’s father had handed over him to Daduji. It is said that since then, at the tender age of only five years, Shri Sundardas had become the disciple of Dadudayal.

Due to the amassed knowledge of his previous life, he was a miraculous and an intelligent child. He was a young celibate, poet and an ascetic. It is believed that Shri Sundardas was the incarnation of one of the most favourite disciples of Daduji, named Jaggaji. Jaggaji was a great ascetic and a very good writer and that is why Shri Sundardas had all his virtues. This was the reason for him to become the disciple of Shri Dadudayal.

 

At a very young age, Shri Sundardas had got consecrated and received spiritual preaching from his guru. He had become everyone’s favourite because of his devotion, talent and sweet nature. He had learnt the Dadu style of speech from Daduji’s favourite disciple Jagjeevan and also started writing. He had a very powerful memory and was very energetic.

 

In Samvat 1664, at the age of eleven years Swami Sundardas, came to Kashi along with Rajjab, disciple of Jagjeevanji and Daduji where he learnt Vedas, Shastras and Puranas for twenty years. He had specially learnt Sankhya, Yog, Vedant, Upanishad, Geeta, Yogvashisht, Shankarbhasya etc.  Here he took advantage of being in company of great saints. He strongly practised Yoga and knowledge. It is said that here he had met Goswami Tulsidas who used to live at Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

He had learnt the Dadu style of speech from Daduji’s favourite disciple Jagjeevan and also started writing. He had a very powerful memory and was very energetic.

While living at Kashi, Sundardasji also travelled to Delhi, Bihar and Prayag to acquire knowledge. In Samvat 1682, Sundardasji left Kashi and visiting places like Dadudwara Narayana, Deedwana reached Fatehpur village in Shekhawati district in Rajasthan. Here, his followers built a “math” (ashram) for him and he started living there. Seeing his yogic power, infinite knowledge, continuous penance and amazing devotion, people started flocking to become his disciple and he became famous everywhere to the extent that the King of Fatehpur, Alaf Khan was also his follower. Alaf’s son Daulat Khan and his grandson Tahar Khan were also impressed with him and became his follower.

 

While he was at Fatehpur, Swamiji travelled at different places in the country. He visited Agra, Lahore, Gujarat, Marwad etc, the description of which is seen in his book “Deshatan Sawaiya”. He also kept visiting Kashi. There in Samvat 1710, he wrote his book Gyan- Samudra that is considered inimitable.

While he was at Fatehpur, Swamiji travelled at different places in the country. He visited Agra, Lahore, Gujarat, Marwad etc, the description of which is seen in his book “Deshatan Sawaiya”. He also kept visiting Kashi. There in Samvat 1710, he wrote his book Gyan- Samudra that is considered inimitable.

Swami Sundardas has written 42 books to name the few are- Gyansamudra, Sundarvilas, Panchendriya Charita, Sukh-samadhi, Ved-vichar, Ukt-Anup, Adbhut-updesh, Panch-prabhav, Guru-sampraday, Addila, MAddila, Grih-vairagya-bodh and Sahajanand. All his creations are full of devotion, knowledge, apathy, teaching and morals. His language is very simple, good and clear. There is a beautiful mixture of different languages like Braj, Rajasthani and Khadboli in his books.

 

Swamiji has also written poems in Punjabi mixed with Persian, Northern and Gujarati languages.

Swamiji has also written poems in Punjabi mixed with Persian, Northern and Gujarati languages.

All his creations are compiled in a book named “Sundar-Granthawali” which is published by “Rajasthan research Society”.

 

After serving endless for Hindu religion and culture, at the age of 93 on the eighth day of bright fortnight of Karitk month and a Thursday, in Samvat 1746, he left for heavenly abode. There are many memory emblems of him at Dhyosa, Sanganer and Fatehpur. Not only in the Dadu Sect but also amongst all the saint sects of India, Swami Sundardas is looked upon with great respect.

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