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" A good traveller has no fixed plans,

and is not intent on arriving "

Lao Tzu

The Dream of a Wanderer

July 17th, 2009

I am reading the autobiography of Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence magazine, who was a Jain monk for nine years from the age of 9, until he became involved in the Vinoba Bhave Land Reform Movement, and then set off on a walk from India, without money, across the world. His story is inspiring. Here is a quote from it:

In wandering I felt a sense of union with the whole sky, the infinite earth and sea. I felt myself a part of the cosmic existence. It was as if by walking I was making love to the earth itself. Wandering was my path, my true self, my true being. It released my soul-force, it brought me in relation to everything else. I stood like I stand in front of the mirror. People, nature, everything became like a mirror and I could see myself in them, what I was. I was born in a dream of wandering, a seed conceived in my mother. . .

No Destination – An Autobiography by Satish Kumar, Green Books, 1992

3 Responses to “The Dream of a Wanderer”

  1. I just got a copy of this book last week – I may have to bump it up to the top of the reading list!

  2. I loved this book when it first came out….. it made me really think and ponder on many things. Satish is a remarkable man. He represents the best of humanity.

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