We like to confine ourselves to the thought that we are puny little beings with our own interests, wandering here and there. But, in actuality, we are not.
The greatest miracle for a great yogi is to guide someone to the highest. If one person in a million reaches that, it’s a great miracle.
Babaji (father), as I called my teacher, often said, “Keep things
simple and direct. No mumbo jumbo. Live in the world like
anybody else. Greatness is never advertised. Those who come
close, discover it themselves. Be an example to your friends and
associates of how you can live in this world happily and, at
the same time, tune in to the abundant energy and glory of the
Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography
Sri M is a spiritual guide, social reformer, and an educationist. He now lives in Madanapalle in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. At the age of nineteen and a half, following the irresistible urge to go to the Himalayas, he left home in Trivandrum and traveled north. He met his master, Maheshwarnath Babaji, in the Himalayas and lived with him for three and a half years, wandering the length and breadth of the snowclad region, and learning from his master.
Back in the plains, he, as instructed by his Master, lived a normal life, working for a living, fulfilling his social commitments and at the same time preparing himself to teach all that he had learned from his master. Upon receiving the go-ahead from his Master, he entered the teaching phase of his life. Today, he travels all over the world to share his experiences and knowledge. He is the author of several books such as Jewel in the Lotus, Wisdom of the Rishis, his autobiography titled Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master and most recently his novel, Shunya, to name a few.
In 2015-16, Shri M conducted his Walk of Hope, a padayatra (sacred walk) from Kanyakumari, the southernmost point of India, to Kashmir, in the far north of the country. He was accompanied by friends and supporters, from 70 or 80 who walked the entire distance with him to at times more than a thousand. In each town and village he spoke of the need for religious tolerance between all groups and gender equality.
Sri M insists against all attempts to make him the center of a cult of personality. He does not teach for the money. (I learned a technique from him in Varanasi while on the Walk of Hope. I asked one of the people who organizes for him what I should pay and he said, ‘I asked Sir, and he said ‘one rupee and one flower.’ (A rupee is about 14 cents.) Sri M teaches because it is what he is meant to do. He has a state of consciousness and breadth of knowledge that he uses to enlighten and uplift those around him. He is eloquent and charming, and it is always a pleasure to sit in his presence.
Next week here in Los Angeles we have the unique opportunity to spend time with Sri M in two intimate settings:
Monday September 16 at The Victory Theatre in Burbank
Tuesday September 17 at The Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz
When I met with Sri M in Varanasi, I had to walk with his group for a month before. All you need to do is to reserve a ticket for $20.
Please join us. It would be lovely to see as many of you there as these venues can hold.
Today I will silently send blessings to my sisters and brothers, known and unknown, simply because the thought of them arises in my mind, and because I can.