GANGTOK, November 8: Swami Sri Madhusudanji of the Art of Living Foundation arrived here in the Capital yesterday as part of the Anugrahotsav Padyatra being initiated by the Foundation.
Swamiji will be visiting West Bengal, and the North Eastern states, including Sikkim to spread Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Said Swamiji about this spiritual-walking movement, “We are reaching out to more and more people as it is the need of the hour. They are waiting for us. We’ll give not only practical wisdom but also walk on the road.”
Prior to his arrival in Sikkim, Swamiji visited Kolkata. His padyatra has covered many parts of Kolkata including Manicktala, Beliaghata, Salt Lake, Rajabazar, Thakupukur, Kalighat, Howrah, etc. On these walks, mostly covering half to 1 km, he was accompanied by AOL volunteers. Members were seen carrying placards with messages of peace, singing devotional songs, inviting and encouraging people to take Swamiji’s blessings, distributing smiley badges, fruits, flowers, etc.
Here in the Capital, a programme was held at Hotel Mayur where the Swamiji was welcomed by AOL members by offering him traditional Khadas and flowers. A brief interaction and Satsang session was also held.
Today on November 8, Swamiji will visit Rongyek State Jail, from where he will head for Sikkim Armed Police Camp at Pangthang, few kilometres from here.
At 4 pm on the same day, the padyatra will be taken towards MG Marg/Down Thado Baato/Denzong Hall and across the overbridge/up via Domino’s and Hungry Jack to Mayur Hotel. Satsang and discourse with Swamiji will be held at the hotel from 6:30 pm.
On November 9, Swamiji will be visiting Tsomgo Lake at 12,400 ft, followed by a trip to Kalyan Ashram in Ranipool later in the day.
He will be leaving for Kurseong on November 10. He will be also visiting Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri.