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Self-respect as key to universal brotherhood

R. Krishnamoorthy

To add a higher magnitude to humanitarianism, transcending religion and region She has attended various international conferences on matters concerning the well-being of humans and the environment



Dhanashree Shreenivas Talwalkar

TIRUCHI : The brethren have descended to shower benevolence, preaching self-respect as key to universal brotherhood.

They would knock at the doors Statewide to add a higher magnitude to humanitarianism, transcending considerations of religion and region. All they expect is a patient hearing. When the over 30,500 Swadhyayees (family members) of Maharastra assemble at Rameswaram on July 3 for immersion of the sacred ashes of their late spiritual leader, Param Pujya Pandurang Shastri Athavale, they would have visited 5,408 villages of Tamil Nadu over a six-day period.

Their Swadhyaya (study of self) work, to sensitise masses to the indwelling God, spans decades, and stills retains the impact in the modern world. The inspiration provided for long by `Pujya Dadaji' (as Param Pujya Pandurang Shastri Athavale is fondly addressed by his followers) now continues to be showered by his daughter, Dhanashree Shreenivas Talwalkar, referred to with reverence as `Didi' (elder sister). Since she was sixteen years old, `Didi' had dedicated herself to Rev. Dada's vision and methods. She has carried on with her devotion to Swadhyaya work for over 29 years now, reinforcing the mission of the huge Parivar (family) in the remotest corners of the country as also abroad, inspiring gratefulness towards the Almighty.

A recipient of the prestigious `Lok Shikshak Puraskar' (Teacher of the Community Award), her outreach activities have impressed the best of Western academics. She has attended various international conferences on matters concerning the well-being of humans and the environment. That the work has spread to 35 countries and over one lakh villages in 16 States of India is enough reflection of the Swadhyayees' commitment towards their mission. The thousands of Kendras (centers) they have established with their own contributions all over the world for the welfare of women, youth and children, are the mediums for carrying the great noble thoughts and selfless love.

The Swadyayees consider their massive confluence for the `Aricharayana' (journey of light as they call it) at Rameswaram historic since it is for the first time that an immersion ceremony for the sacred remains of a great man in India will take place after `Krutibhakti' (devotional work for the six days). The last of the immersion ceremony, the earlier ones had take place at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Pushkar in Rajasthan, Haridwar in Uttaranchal, Kurukshetra in Haryana, Gaya in Jharkhand and Jagannath Puri in Orissa.

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