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AND HINDUISM, THE SPIRITUAL TRADITION
Alandi Swami Ram Das
Alandi near Pune in Maharashtra had a similar high
spiritual vibration like the temple cities of South India and the
Tirthas of the North. There Jnanadeva who wrote the famous Jnanesvar
commentary on the Bhagavad Gita was enshrined. He voluntarily went
underground at the age of twenty one and never reappeared. The
temple marks the tree beneath which he is said to be buried and will
some day return from. Meditating there was a powerful experience and
connected one with the great saints of Maharashtra, who did much to
maintain Hinduism through the difficult period of Islamic rule.
Later I came into contact with the Samartha Ram
Das order, from the great teacher who had been the guru of the
Shivaji, the Maratha king who aroused the Hindus to revolt against
the oppressive Mogul rule of the country. The Maratha power
reclaimed most of India before the British conquered the country.
In time I had many such pilgrimages and
experiences throughout India. These are just a few typical examples.