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From: Balaji Ramanujam (balaji7_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Jun 02 1999 - 10:11:24 PDT

Dear Bhaktas,Sri Tirukkudandai Andavan is said to have
travelled
all over India by pAda-yAtra or foot alone. Today,
Sri Gopala Mahadesika Swami of Poundarikapuram Andavam

Ashramam also is said to travel only by foot,
eschewing
all cars as modern conveniences not allowed by
sannyAsadharma.
How do sannyAsis like this travel between cities? Is
it
that they only walk within a city by foot (like some
Advaita
sannyAsis), and use cars or other transportation for
longdistance travelling? 
I would like to know the real facts here. 
Of course, nearly all sannyAsis these days use cars
for
all their travel; Sri Gopala Desika Swami may be the
loneholdout.

Sri Vedantha Ramanuja Mahadesikaya namaha||

Yes, this great man never even wanted to take a boat
to cross the river on his Badrikashrama tour. He
preferred taking the longer route across the bridge.
There are stories about someone in the middle of the
night approaching him and helping him find a shorter
route without the boat. He spoke Tamil and his name
was supposed to be "RAMANUJA" (in North India??) And
he wore the PUNDRAM!!
It was after crossing the river that HH Thirukundadhai
Andavan realized it was some super human help and
started to cry. 
THIS TRUE STORY HAS NOT BEEN MARKETED SO FAR. Most of
them who were with him on the tour know about this. 
HE HAS TRAVELED A LAKH AND ODD KMS BY FOOT.


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