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While we were enroute from Delhi to Swami-ji's Ashram in Gangotri Himalayas, 1981.

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The photo is of my Swami-ji and a naked guru in Uttar Kashi, India while Swami-ji and I were enroute to his Gangotri, Himalayas ashram.

The "Freedom" is partially derived from my being a pilot and LOVING to share my airplane with friends and seekers whenever possible. Although I have studied both Buddhism and Hinduism for many years, I remain "religion-free" and prefer to not place myself in a position where I might "eat the menu, and throw the food off the table" like so many "people religious" often seem to do. :(

Madan Mohan | Wed, 11/13/2013 - 23:58
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Which swamiji?

Who is this swamiji (swamiji is a nickname for millions of gurus and swamis in India...)

kamil | Thu, 11/14/2013 - 08:07
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One of my teachers was H.H. Shankaracharya Gaddi Swami Swanandashram of Kashmir and Gangotri Himalayas. He moved to and taught in the USA in the 1960's, but he and I visited India and trekked to his Gangotri ashram in 1981. Hari Om-

Madan Mohan | Thu, 11/14/2013 - 10:28
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So he is the one in the pic?

So he is the one in the pic? the left one or right one? who is the other man in the pic?

Can you say a bit about him and his teachings or give a link to info about him? Both men in the pic seem interesting.

kamil | Thu, 11/14/2013 - 10:54
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Swami-ji is on the right in Shankaracharya "fire orange" clothing. The naked sadhu was an old friend of Swami-ji's we visited in Uttar Kashi, on our way to Gangotri, Himalayas in 1981. I do not recall his name.

Swami-ji was inspired to come West and teach so he taught in Europe before coming to the states where he was initially in Berkeley, CA and eventually near me in Harrisburg, PA where I met him. He moved to Muluk near Bolpur in Birbhum district, West Bengal a few years ago where he passed-away. I miss him profoundly.

He knew that the people of the West had a special need. In my case, a need not associated directly with the symbolism and dogma of the Far East. (mostly Hinduism and Buddhism)

Like any great religious system their teachings are ultimately beyond the limitations of mere geographical and culturally-idiosyncratic conditioning of their peoples.

Our mind, heart and God are implicit and may be realized anywhere-

"Integrate the mind and be blissful"

Our mind can be an unruly serpent attempting to devour us. Sit as mighty and solid as a great majestic peak in the Himalayas and you will become the master.

Om Shanti, Shanti Shanti-

Your Dharma friend,

Madan Mohan

Madan Mohan | Thu, 11/14/2013 - 11:45