Acharya Tulsi - A Peacemaker Par Excellence: A Great Wandering Ascetic

Published: 14.04.2013

The Jain monks and nuns remain under a vow of moving on foot all their life. Acharya Tulsi has given it a new dimension. He has broken all records in barefoot marches. He has already covered more than seventy thousand kilometers in the course of his long marches throughout the length and breadth of the country. Let us have a look at the unique of record of his marches given below:   

Year

Wanderings

1949:  From the erstwhile Bikaner State to Jaipur, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and back to Rajasthan.
1955: From Rajasthan to Gujarat, Bombay Khandesh (Maharashtra), Madhya Pradesh and back to Rajasthan.

1958:

From Rajasthan to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal, again Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and back to Rajasthan.

1966:

From Rajasthan to Gujarat, Maharashatra, Tamilnadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Andrah Pradesh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and back to Rajasthan.

1974:

From Rajasthan to Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, and back to Rajasthan.

1981:

From Rajasthan to Haryana, Delhi and back to Rajasthan.

1987:

From Rajasthan to Haryana and Delhi and is expected to be back in Rajasthan.

In the course of these marches, widespread mass contact, propagation of Anuvrat-oriented life and abstinence from alcoholic drinks went on.

Acharyashree also enjoined his monks and nuns to undertake long marches. This step widened the area of their movements and took them to the remote areas of the country, including Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra, Assam, Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Tripura. Some of them visited Nepal and Bhutan also. This dedicated band of monks and nuns has carried the message of Anuvrat to multitudes of people.

The celebrated journalist Satyadev Vidyalankar has rightly observed, "In Delhi the people feel that after Mahatma Gandhi the other Mahatma who has won their hearts is Acharya Tulsi. In simple language he talks about the need of purity in social life with remarka­ble candour and utmost sincerity. His mellifluous voice, which has in it a natural fascination for all, leaves a magical effect on his audience. He is doing everything for his own spiritual uplift. Neverthless, what he has been able to do for the people is impossible to be achieved by those who say that their life is solely dedicated to the well-being of the people."

Sources
Editor, Translator, Publisher: S.L.Gandhi Courtesy: Dr. Prem Nath Jain, B Jain Publishers Ltd. 1. Edition: 1987
3. Edition:
2000 HN4U Online Edition: 2013

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  1. Acharya
  2. Acharya Tulsi
  3. Anuvrat
  4. Assam
  5. Bihar
  6. Bikaner
  7. Bombay
  8. Delhi
  9. Gandhi
  10. Gujarat
  11. Haryana
  12. Jaipur
  13. Karnataka
  14. Kerala
  15. Madhya Pradesh
  16. Maharashtra
  17. Mahatma
  18. Mahatma Gandhi
  19. Orissa
  20. Pradesh
  21. Punjab
  22. Rajasthan
  23. Tulsi
  24. Uttar Pradesh
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