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SPREADING TEACHINGS

Satsang Journeys

I now undertook a long tour, making journeys to different towns to hold satsang and spread the Divine teachings of Mahaprabhuji. Just to mention a few of the larger towns, from Ajmer I went to Delhi, Amritsar, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Nagpur, Indore and then to Allahabad to participate in the Kumbha Mela[1] there.

After staying one week in Priyag I visited Kashi, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda and Patna. From there I returned to Rajasthan and made a journey through the whole federal state. During the monsoon I stayed in Jodhpur and from there continued the journey once more. This time I began in Ahmedabad and visited Calcutta, Bhubaneshwar, Jagannath Puri and other places in Assam.

On February 17, 1966, I had planned to take the evening train for my return journey when I heard Mahaprabhuji's voice.

"Madhavananda, don't leave today," he said.

These words were a command for me, so I postponed the journey. The next morning the newspapers reported that the train in which I had intended to jouney was involved in an accident. In prayer I thanked Mahaprabhuji, who always held his protecting hand over me. On several other occasions I had the fortune to experience the signs of Mahapra­bhuji's Divine omnipotence.

After some days I travelled on and as I had obtained a ticket to Calcutta, I decided to go there via Siliguri and Darjeeling. From Khajuri Ghat I came to Khapari Ghat by boat and upon my arrival I sat down at the station for my morning meditation. A railroad official approached me and inquired if I was Swami Madhavananda. Surprised, I said yes and he then handed me my ticket, which he had found on the ferry boat. I was aware that this stroke of luck was again attributable to Mahaprabhuji's grace and kindly I thanked the officer.

 


[1]The Kumbha-Mela is one of the largest religious celebrations in India, only celebrated every twelve years. On this occasion the Sarasvati River, which normally flows underground, rises to the surface near Allahabad and merges with the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna.

 

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