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Namaskar to All,

I would like to share with you an unusual kind of educational experience that I took part in recently. I am, in fact, talking about the India tour.

Every year it is organised by Dada Krpasundarananda, who collects a group of new, usually young (but not always) Margis who wish to experience India as a spiritual adventure. The tour last for 2 months, but all participants do not stay for the whole tour, some leaving and some joining at DMS which the tour visits in the middle of its programme. The first part of the tour visits various holy places around India, and after DMS there is traditionally a trek, which has so far been to Nepal every year, enabling the spiritual adventurers to pit their youthful energies against the tests and trails of the magnificent Himalayas. 

At first sight this tour looks like an ordinary tour (of course with a spiritual focus), but what actually happens as this group travels together is much, much more and becomes a very deep spiritual learning experience for all the participants. Together they battle the difficult living conditions of India, which most of them are visiting for the first time - they learn to fight with taxi drivers and rickshaw wallahs, bargain in the markets, avoid the autos on Paharganj which threaten to run them over at every step, try not to get lost in the sea of seething humanity which is everywhere and make efforts to maintain their humour when trains are late or overcrowded. As the group moves from place to place gaining spiritual experiences and insights under the gentle guidance of Dada and his assistants (usually a Didi or senior Margi is also present) a warm family feeling slowly develops between these people, who are often from very different backgrounds. They learn to share at a very deep level, to appreciate each others' strengths and to support each other in areas of weakness. Thus they all learn more about themselves as a person and report incredible progress towards overcoming problems they see in themselves. All feel blessed to have had the spiritual experience of being with Dada and other senior Acaryas who help them to gain important insights into spiritual life. These insights which they carry home with them truly enrich their lives and help them to go forward with renewed energy and inspiration to work for His Mission.

None of the testimonials sums up so well the feelings of the participants in this year's tour as the poem composed by Sister Jayagiita from Australia. I would therefore like to share it with you. I hope it will inspire you as much as it inspired me. If you do have any Margis in your fields who would perhaps be interested to come to India, I do recommend this tour as a delightful form of spiritual education, where they can grow spiritually and learn many things about themselves and their lives in an enjoyable way. It is a truly a very profound education.

In His Love,

Malati

[Malati is working as a Tatvika helping with various projects throughout Asia and Africa, etc. etc]

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