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The best 'template' for being a pilgrim I have seen


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amorfati1

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2014_Caminho Portuguese (Lisboa to Santiago_4 weeks in May)
#8
Hi - if we want to know what it is to be a pilgrim, or why we do it, or how to do it - all those questions that are asked ..
.. this man, this Good man, has the best explanation I have yet seen ...

yes - heartfelt, simple and true. as i recall - was he not connected with Gandhi somehow?
https://www.theguardian.com/profile/satish-kumar
thanks for sharing David -
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#15
yes - heartfelt, simple and true. as i recall - was he not connected with Gandhi somehow?
Very much part of the social and spiritual movement inspired by Gandhi, though a later generation. Satish Kumar was a disciple of Vinoba Bhave who had been a close friend and associate of Gandhi and became his successor in leading some of Gandhi's projects such as the ashram at Wardha. It was Bhave acting as his guru who advised him to maintain his Jain principles during his long peace walk to Europe. Partly as a source of internal strength and discipline, partly as an act of witness to others. Kumar's autobiography Path Without Destination tells the story of the long walk. Well worth reading.
 
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amorfati1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014_Caminho Portuguese (Lisboa to Santiago_4 weeks in May)
#19
Very much part of the social and spiritual movement inspired by Gandhi, though a later generation. Satish Kumar was a disciple of Vinoba Bhave who had been a close friend and associate of Gandhi and became his successor in leading some of Gandhi's projects such as the ashram at Wardha. It was Bhave acting as his guru who advised him to maintain his Jain principles during his long peace walk to Europe. Partly as a source of internal strength and discipline, partly as an act of witness to others. Kumar's autobiography Path Without Destination tells the story of the long walk. Well worth reading.
Thank you !!
 

movinmaggie

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Camino Frances (2015) Scotland GGW (2017) Primitivo (2018) if all vital signs working
#28
Very much part of the social and spiritual movement inspired by Gandhi, though a later generation. Satish Kumar was a disciple of Vinoba Bhave who had been a close friend and associate of Gandhi and became his successor in leading some of Gandhi's projects such as the ashram at Wardha. It was Bhave acting as his guru who advised him to maintain his Jain principles during his long peace walk to Europe. Partly as a source of internal strength and disciplinto me, partly as an act of witness to others. Kumar's autobiography Path Without Destination tells the story of the long walk. Well worth reading.
Bradypus, I now have a copy of this book, thanks to my favourite used book store here in Victoria, BC. I ordered it after reading your post. Many thanks.....
 
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Several and counting...
#29
So I guees that after all this talk about "it's my Camino" walking really is key. Jean-Christophe Ruffin talks about the importance of each step, connecting to the earth.
@Anemone del Camino @Kanga There is an Irish priest-poet-philosopher-mystic, John O'Donohue, who died far too young a few years ago. There was a posthumous book of talks and interviews by him, last year, called Walking on the Pastures of Wonder, (which is what children of whatever age do). He talks beautifully of walking on the earth. I haven't got the book with me (here tonight in San Martin Pinario in SdC!) so I'm paraphrasing but he talks about the clay which is me communicating with the clay which is the earth. They recognize each other. It's a great book.
 
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Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#30
Bradypus, I now have a copy of this book, thanks to my favourite used book store here in Victoria, BC. I ordered it after reading your post. Many thanks.....
I hope you enjoy reading it. It is several years since I read it myself but I found it a fascinating account of a large part of a life which is fortunately still such an inspiring "work in progress" .
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
#32
There are many kinds of pilgrims and this wonderful man has a wonderful philosophy for walking for peace and for humankind.

"When you are walking, the destination is not important" is not quite the philosophy that prompted the great medieval pilgrimages, which were all 'goal' or 'destination' oriented.

The Santiago Cathedral's Pilgrim's Office says that walking is not the aim, it is not about the journey. The purpose of pilgrims on the Camino is to arrive; arrive at the tomb of the apostle and venerate his remains.

Ditto for pilgrimage to Haj, Muktinath or the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2017 or 2018
#34
Very much part of the social and spiritual movement inspired by Gandhi, though a later generation. Satish Kumar was a disciple of Vinoba Bhave who had been a close friend and associate of Gandhi and became his successor in leading some of Gandhi's projects such as the ashram at Wardha. It was Bhave acting as his guru who advised him to maintain his Jain principles during his long peace walk to Europe. Partly as a source of internal strength and discipline, partly as an act of witness to others. Kumar's autobiography Path Without Destination tells the story of the long walk. Well worth reading.
Thank you Bradypus. I have ordered the book.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
#35
An inspiring message for all of us, whether walking the Camino or simply muddling our way through the journey of life. I'm not sure I'd call it a pilgrimage in the traditional sense, as most think of a pilgrimage as a personal, inward journey of self-enlightenment. This man walked to call attention to matters of great concern to all of us--peace, goodwill toward our fellow man, respect for the earth. That's an outward journey which I'd call a noble quest. Perhaps one leads to the other. The world needs both.
 

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