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A quest for moksha, at 21

Staff Reporter

Youth dons spiritual cloak, to be monk

VIJAYAWADA: At 21, he is eager to renounce the worldly pleasures. Most of us are not sure what we want from life. But Shreyans chooses to be different. The youngster is on a journey to peek into the invisible chapters of life. "The spiritual atmosphere at home has contributed to my inclination towards divinity," he says.

A native of Padiv in Rajasthan, Shreyans' father, Ashok Kumar migrated to the city years ago. Quiz him about his son's decision and he is quick to reply, "I am happy that he has chosen the path of truth. It is a less trodden road laden with difficulties. But I do not want to stop him since he has acquired the maturity necessary to make such important decisions."

Inner voice

Why did he opt for it? "Spiritualism heals. It calms you down and teaches you trust and commitment. Without religion, life is hollow," he says. Shreyans heard his inner voice for the first time at the 10-day adhyatmik shibir (spiritual camp) he attended at Sirohi near Mount Abu in Rajasthan 10 years ago. Besotted by the spiritual discourses by Guru Gunaratna Suriswar, he decided to follow the path. "There was no hue and cry over my decision at home. My father only wanted me to take a couple of more years to decide," he says matter of factly.

How does it feel days before donning the role of a celibate priest? "When touched by religion, the darkness of the soul gives way to light allowing you to regenerate and experience an internal spiritual growth. My participation in religious programmes has taken me to a higher plane of emotions and feelings," he remarks.

D-day

May 22 is the big day for this mumukshu (one who desires moksha) when he would undergo the rituals associated with celibacy. He would have to undertake five vows of ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), achourya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (celibacy) and aparigraha (detachment). "Post-May 22, I'll have to carry this patra (wooden bowl) to seek alms and ensure lochan (getting one's hair plucked up to the neck, at least twice a year)," he explains.

Shreyans has apparently risen above emotions.

There is a sense of freedom that has brought out a totally different aspect of his personality and made him more sensitive.

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