Bhumanand Swami was a sincere and devoted person. He was also a great poet and composed many kirtans about Bhakti. He was persuaded by a friend to go to Gadhada to find the Lord.
Before Bhumanand Swami became a saint, he was known as Rupjibhai. He lived in Vadhvan. For many years Rupjibhai had secretly wished to meet God, but that wish had not yet been fulfilled. Once one of his friends, Dhanbhai, said “Rupji, everyone knows of your devotion and your kirtans, but you know it is all worthless until you find God.” Dhanbhai knew of Rupji’s secret desire and he wanted to tease Rupji a little. “Do not misunderstand me Rupji but you are wasting your time singing infront of that picture! Why don’t you go see God Himself?” “Have you gone mad? Why do you say such things?” replied Rupjibhai. “Well it is true, if you want to see God then you have to go and meet Him yourself”. Rupjibhai hesitated, “Oh you make it sound so simple, as if God is in the next village!” Dhanbhai encouraged him further, “Very well, don’t listen to me. But I just thought that you may be interested in going to Gadhada, you might find Him there.”
Rupjibhai liked the idea and came to Gadhada. Making his way through the crowd, Rupjibhai tried to find his way to Dada Khachar’s Darbar. Alone and tired, he wondered if the Lord was really going to be present. Just then he saw the figure of Shreeji Maharaj on a horse. Rupjibhai followed the procession to Laxmi Vadi, where Maharaj called him and said, “Rupjibhai, how much longer will you hide in your small corner? Come out and let people know your greatness.” There on, Rupjibhai went on to become a saint and was ordained to be named Bhumanand Swami.
The mere sight of the Lord in Gadhada inspired Bhumanand Swami to write great kirtans, however, his verses always carried a tinge of loneliness. From this incident we can only imagine how great the beautiful Darshan of Shreeji Maharaj was, indeed it must have been a true divine sight! Swami wrote the well known thaal that is sung everyday, “Jamo thaal jivan jau vaari.”