Acharya Shree Tulsi - A Legend Of Humanity: Give Me Your Evils

Published: 16.01.2014

In Indian culture, it is so believed that one should not visit to his gurus without a gift of gratitude. So, many times people went to Acharya Shree with money, coconuts and many other gifts. Acharya Tulsi would always say, 'Money and monk contradict each other. When a monk has renounced the material world for monkhood, he has no requirement to have money and should not take it into his possession."

Acharya Shree said, "Go to the guru with empty hands and an open mind and try to receive the seeds of leading a peaceful and healthy life. If you want to offer something to your gurus, give him your addictions and evils. That will be the best gift and achievement of your life." He further said, "I do not need your notes (rupees), nor vote, nor plots, nor rot (bread). If you want to give me something, give your khot (evils) to me."

Once, Acharya Shree was in Maharashtra when Shree P.V. Cheriyan, Governor of Maharashtra, welcomed him to his guest room. Mrs. Tara Cheriyan accompanied him. The Governor asked Acharya Shree where his Ashram was. To this, he replied, "I have no Ashram. We always walk on foot. Wherever we go, we ask for accommodation from the people residing there. We stay there as much necessary, and then move to another place."

The Governor was very surprised and delighted. He said, "Like a bird, you fly after resting for few hours."

Acharya Shree introduced Anuvrat to the Governor. He also mentioned that society is simply an individual who groups with others to work towards a larger goal. So when an individual becomes moral, the whole society transforms to be more moral and disciplined.

The Governor was convinced and praised his thoughts by saying that our country really needs to know about Anuvrat. He also invited Acharya Shree to visit south India, and through his discourses, prevent the language-dispute going on there.

Acharya Shree's journeys on foot were in fact great journeys for the awakening of the masses. Evaluating its value, President Gyani Zail Singh once remarked, "Acharya Tulsi is a Padayatri (ambler). He is rendering great service to the individual, society and nation by traveling around the country on foot. He does not seek any help from the Government. Acharya Shree does not use the Government's help but the Government needs him."

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Title:
Acharya Shree Tulsi - A Legend Of Humanity

First Edition:
2013.08

Publisher:
Acharya Tulsi Janam Shatabdi Samaroh Samiti, Anurvat Bhawan, New Delhi

HN4U Online Edition:
2013.12

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