Bhakta began losing interest in staying at home. He had set
his mind on leaving home and becoming a sadhu. He wasn't much
attached to his relatives. It was hard for him to keep away
from the contact of the saints. Whenever he went to Vadtal on
the full-moon day, he stayed there for two or three days and
heard religious discourses from the saints. His visits to Vadtal
became more frequent and the relatives began to worry whether
he would leave home. Dungar Bhakta was in search of a learned
guru (preceptor) who was a real Brahmadarshi (one who perceives
Brahman). He was determined to leave home like a snake forsaking
its outer skin, once such a guru was found.
At this juncture, on full-moon day of Chaitra of Samvat year
1937, groups of saints from all corners of the country began
to pour in for the festival in Vadtal. The group of Vignanagnand
Swami attracted the attention of all. Vignananand Swami had
lived with Shriji Maharaj for twelve years. Having pleased Shriji
Maharaj, he was fully equipped with dharma (righteousness),
jnana (knowledge), vairagya (detachment), bhakti (devotion)
and other virtues. Besides, he was an eminent scholar of all
the scriptures and was also a connoisseur of music. After meeting
one saint after another, Dungar Bhakta at last came up to the
seat of Vignananand Swami. After Swamiji's darshan and listening
to his talks, Dungar Bhakta experienced peace within. He was
confident that all his aspirations would be fulfilled by sitting
at the feet of this saint. He immediately decided to accept
Vignananand Swami as his guru,
Having seen in him such an ardent yearning for liberation, Vignananand
Swami felt: "If this boy becomes a sadhu, he can be my
appropriate successor." So he put a question to him : "Do
you wish to become a sadhu, my dear boy?
"Yes," Dungar Bhakta put that expression on his lips
which was uppermost in his heart.
Thus was created the strong bond of affection between the guru
and his disciple. Both were richer by reaching each other. Dungar
Bhakta longed to go along with Swamiji soon after the festival
was over, but apprehending that his father might impede his
way, he returned to Mahelav with his father for the time being.
On the day Swamiji was to leave for Surat, he proceeded to Vadtal.
But as Swamiji's departure for Surat was delayed by a day, his
father caught up with him in Vadtal and took him back home.