from colombo to almora with swami vivekananda
To know that a great personality once walked on the same land as you, a man of character once visited your region, city and state, is always astonishing. For the Doon Mozaic team, working on this issue has not only been interesting and informative, but also overwhelming and impressive, as all of us felt the greatness of the man in question and our own land deeply, and directly. During the writing sessions of this issue, we felt Swami’s emotions during his travels through the Himalayas.
“From Colombo to Almora with Swami Vivekananda” is a tribute to the 120 years of Swami’s journey to the west and his visit to Uttarakhand.
Swami Vivekananda’s works printed by Advait Ashram in Mayavati of district Champawat are a legacy to the youth of India. From the true meaning of being a Hindu to sophisticated topics like ‘Universal religion’, Swami’s works have genuineness and the ability of synchronising in anybody’s life with a cent-percent success rate.
Our Dehra is obliged to have been visited by Swami Vivekananda and his group of disciples. When most of India was engrossed in clearly defining “Hindutva”, vigilantes in this region were in search of “Brahma Gyan” by Advait Vedanta. Swami Ji’s popularity and devotion can be clearly noted from his regular pilgrims to the Ramakrishna mission Ashram. A lot of memoires have been left behind, about the events that occurred in the Dehradun region during Swami Ji’s visits, by people who witnessed Vivekananda in the region.
In this issue, we have tried to cover a concise aspect of Swami Vivekananda’s visit to Uttarakhand. Looking into the perspective of Swami Vivekananda was not only creative but also full of experiences and challenges. This issue is the beginning to understand Swami Vivekananda’s spiritual journey in Uttarakhand, this learning journey of ours will continue in our next volume of January 2018.
Wish you a happy reading!
Nitin Chandola

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