After leaving home Moolashankar
travelled to places like Ahmedabad, Baroda, Hardwar, Kanpur and Kashi in search of a guru.
He wandered among hills and in forests but nowhere could he find an able guru.
At this juncture, Moolashankar came across Swamy Poornananda, a profound scholar and
sanyasi. The Swamiji initiated the young man into the holy orders. Moolashankar became
Swamy Dayananda Saraswathi.
As Dayananda wandered from place to place in search of yogis. on the heights of the
Himalayan regions, his life was in danger again and again. He had to wander day and night
in forests where wild beasts roamed. And in the midst of his wanderings his devotion
to his goal was tested, too.
While he was staying at Okhi Mutt, the Mahant, who was in charge of that mutt, was
impressed by his radiance, and said, "Stay here as the future master of this mutt.
All the wealth of this mutt will be yours." But Dayananda, who had given up all
desire, very politely declined the offer and said, "Sir, if I
had desired wealth I would never have left my wealthy father's house. What I want is
not earthly wealth, but the treasure of spiritual knowledge." So saying- he walked
away from the place.
Even though Dayananda wandered for ten years, he could not find an able guru. This
filled him with despair. He climbed to the top of a mountain to kill himself. As he was
about to jump down, a part of his mind said, 'Did you leave your house to die like a
coward? You left to conquer death and again
enlightenment This gave Dayananda fresh strength. He came down from the mountain, his
mind firmly made up to find an able guru.
Then he came to know that perfect yogis lived in the dense forest near the source of
the river Narmada. Dayananda walked hundreds of miles towards the south, without caring
for the distance.
As he was approaching the river Narmada, Dayananda had the darshan of a monk,
Poornashrama Swamy by name, in a garden. He was happy to hear the story of Dayananda's
wanderings. After hearing his story he said, "Dayanandaji, there is only one man on
this earth who can fulfil your desire, and that man is Virajananda Dandeesha. He lives in
This was a ray of hope to Dayananda. Without any delay he set out for Mathura. He
reached there on the 14th November 1860.