Footsteps of Swami Vivekanand and Swami Akhandanand

#1 Jun 3rd, 2006, 00:08
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Swami Vivekanand once said that where ever you go in India, you will find at least one house which will offer you food and therefore a traveller in India cannot die of hunger, such is the stature of guest.
His statement seems to be a bit anachronistic, but fascinating nevertheless.

Swami Akhandanand, one of his disciple went one step further and emperically checked what his guru said.

He actually travelled far and wide in the hills of Uttaranachal after

1. washing his hands off money- that is he didnt touch money during his travelling

2. he stopped storing any food for future, so even if a good soul offered him food for future, he didnt carry it, so brought down his security cover even further.

Swami Akhandanand actually travelled the area for months together, he had good and bad experiences. At times he did sleep with empty stomach but then he survived.

I was wondering if this idea has totally lost its relevance today or not

What if somebody tries this.

What if i try doing it in todays India, it sounds very adventurous to me

Any thoughts
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1. washing his hands off money- that is he didnt touch money during his travelling

2. he stopped storing any food for future, so even if a good soul offered him food for future, he didnt carry it, so brought down his security cover even further.
Every sanyasi is supposed to be like this. There is a story about a disciple of Chaitinya Mahprabhu who kept one clove for his guru so that he can have it after his meal and was sent back to be a householder(or sent out of the order) as he had saved something for the future.
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Nobody seems to reply my thread(sob)

Nobody seems to reply my thread(sob)

anyways .... i am really waiting for some expert opinions from fellow IMers... even if for academic interest.

Did anybody try this, ever
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no never tried of worry of future..
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Originally Posted by pranavganesh Nobody seems to reply my thread(sob)

anyways .... i am really waiting for some expert opinions from fellow IMers... even if for academic interest.

Did anybody try this, ever
Give it another day or two!

I'd be very surprised if no IM member, browser or lurker never tried this, if only for a few days, or even if only forced to do so by circumstance.

Not my style --- trying to beat the miserly flight baggage allowance is more "me"
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Originally Posted by pranavganesh Nobody seems to reply my thread(sob)

anyways .... i am really waiting for some expert opinions from fellow IMers... even if for academic interest.

Did anybody try this, ever
Sorry to interrupt......in my Armchair treks i never worry for future
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Originally Posted by Banarasi at heart Every sanyasi is supposed to be like this. There is a story about a disciple of Chaitinya Mahprabhu who kept one clove for his guru so that he can have it after his meal and was sent back to be a householder(or sent out of the order) as he had saved something for the future.
Every sanyasa is not supposed to be like that, its actually foolishness. It is just as much a form of ego to "renunciate" as it is to "horde". There is just as much attachment to the fruits of its desire when you "toss it all away".

FOOLISHNESS!!!
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The sanyasis(not all i must add)renouce this world ,wear a loin cloth ,carry a stick and for all purposes renouce this world,but in thier own mind ,they create an imaginary place and in thier next life they will reap thier benefits for leading a life of
chastity and virtue.

So ,basically they have renounced this life for the pleasures of the next which is no renoucement at all.

It might be possible ,but it will also depend on which part of India you travel .
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I want to try this out... I'm not sure about the whole red cloth, walking stick and water bowl deal (and I probably will carry money on me, though it's quite dangerous, and will probably cause me mental grief lol) but I really want to just wander around India.

It seems kind of scary, but also liberating. I've been there heaps, and always with family, bags, money and itineraries. I want to just go and see what happens, armed only with the names of a few places I've always wanted to visit and spend time at: Dakshineshwar, Nashik, Uttaranchal, Tamil Nadu, Ayodhya, Bodh Gaya, Kashi...
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i think in today's world, u could stand a real risk of starving to death... Also it is important to remember the advice was for real sanyasis who are earnestly seeking God, the assumption is that God will somehow provide...for us souls travelling for leisure and pleasure, i dunno...hehehe

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