Saturday, April 11, 2015

Walk of Hope

It was in the year 1992 that Vivekananda Kendra had the unique blessing of taking Swami Vivekananda all through India, along the same route that Swamiji himself had taken hundred years earlier. It was this historic parikrama that finally led Swamiji to Sri Padaparai (now renowned as Vivekananda Rock) sitting where he had visualised the regeneration of India as a global spiritual force. There were fifty  persons and nine vehicles in the parikrama group which covered 22000 kms in 347 days - starting on 12th January 1992 from Calcutta and ending on 25th December a Kanyakumari. Hundreds of lectures, road shows, processions and other inspiring programmes left an indelible impression on all those who participated and on those who witnessed the programmes. Though not a walk it was indeed a grand pilgrimage, to awaken the inherent divinity hidden within all and to point out to a bright future of hope and fulfilment.

These were the enthralling memories that were uppermost in our minds as we received that new  Messiah of Hope, Sri M, spiritual guide, social reformer, and educationist and above all a great human being. His Satsangh Foundation has embarked on this Manav Ekata Mission to emphasise the same divinity and unity that Swamiji had discovered as he travelled through this great Motherland of ours, way back in 1890-92. Sri M has done well to launch his walk of Hope from Kanyakumari on 12th January 2015, Swami Vivekananda's birthday and also our National Youth Day.

With bowed heads, with our minds thrilled with vibrations of Swamiji's vision for India, we received this great man and his entourage of hundred  people on 12th February and felt blessed in offering our humble hospitality in the name of Swamiji and our Founder Ma. Eknathji, at our abode of bliss and hope  Ananda Dham, Kodungallur. Our ancestors used to pray to Almighty to transform every walk of theirs into a circumambula-tion of the Supreme. Let us at least pray to make every step of ours, one of Hope, assertion of the Divinity of Man and Unity of Existence.

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