Brahmanand Swami was born in the village of Khan near mount Abu in Rajasthan, on the auspicious day of Vasant Panchmi of Vikram Samvat year 1828. His Father’s name was Sambhdan and Mother’s name was Laluba and was born in the Barot caste and was named Ladudan. 

Ladudanji started studying at the age of seven Once Ladudan went to attend a marriage ceremony of the King’s palace in Udaipur and there he sang a few poems praising the King and his virtues. Seeing the poetic genius of the young Ladudan, the King asked Shambhudan Gadhavi to allow Ladudan to be taught Pingal (science of constructing poetry) at the royal expense. Thus, Ladudanji learnt Pingal and other scriptures and became an erudite in poetry, and other scriptures. Soon Ladudanji was a well-known poet in the royal courts of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur. He bathed daily in river the Saranganga in Dhamadka. There on the river bank, he met a hermit who told him that he was a released soul and will meet his God under the shade of a Khijda tree. 

Ladudanji was in Bhuj studying sankrit while he heard about Swaminarayan Bhagwan and his devine gloryand went to meet him. he saw Lord Shri Hari clad in white cloth and gracing a majestic seat when he came to place to Gadhada. Shreeji Maharaj was addressing Satsang of Bhuj with great compassion and mercy. He offered dandvat pranam as soon as he glanced at Maharaj. He was overwhelmed with great surge of emotion. While doing dandvat pranam words 'Aaj ni Ghadi re, Dhanya, Aaj in Gahdi' rolled out from his mouth in form of a devotional song praising divine attributes of Shriji Maharaj. Shriji Maharaj rose from his seat, rushed forward and embraced him with great love. 

Ladudanji lived a royal and majestic lifestyle. He always adorned jewelry befitting kings. Bhagwan Swaminarayan wanted to change Ladudanji’s attitude towards materialistic goods and for the great poet that he was once Shreeji Maharaj sent him to convince Laduba and Jivuba to renounce austerity and get married, with his colorful poetry. He thought that the task was easy and so he went to Jivuba and Laduba, and started telling them the beauty of the human body and pleasures of the material world. From behind a cloth curtain the sisters listened him talk and when he was done, they told him Ladudanji, if you are done we would like to talk. A soul get all kinds of bodies from being an animal to plant or bugs or birds, but this human form of body is precious, should be used to attain salvation and not be wasted on decorating it as the beauty lasts for a short time in life. These words among others transformed Ladudanji, he went back, bowed to Shreeji Maharaj, thanked him of freeing him of his ignorance and asked him to initiate him in his ranks of Sadhus. Shreeji Maharaj gave him diksha and named him Shrirangdas. One day early in the morning Shrirangdas was composing and singing kirtans for Shreeji Maharaj. Shreeji Maharaj heard this and sat in front of him and gladly listened to the kirtan and told that Shrirangdas was enjoying the bliss of Brahman and called him Brahmanand from then on he was called Brahmanand Swami. 

Brahmanand Swami had a very good sense of humor and used to amuse Shreeji Maharaj with his wit whenever the opportunity was there. His devotion and love for Shreeji Maharaj was that of a true friend. He is widely known as the Sakha (friend) of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. His friendship was not merely for the sake of it. His friendship with Maharaj had put Bhagwan’s qualities in him. One such incident was that he by mere touch made a horse free of sensual desires. Shreeji Maharaj himself knew that Brahmanand Swami had the power to bring him back to the earth if he left for Akshardham in the presence of Brahmanand Swami and so as we know ordered Brahmanand Swami to go to Jungadh prior to leaving for Akshardham. 

Brahmanand Swami was an excellent poet and has composed many kirtans for Bhagwan Swaminarayan compiled in a book called Brahmanand Kavya. Shreeji Maharaj has also said that if one daily recites 100 of Brahmanand Swami’s kirtans ardently, He would give darshan to such a devotee. He supervised the building of 3 magnificent mandirs Muli, Vadtal and Junagadh. 

Posted on November 6th, 2018 in Nand Santos by Admin

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