At my arrival in my guest house in Benares, I get picked up by Jindrich, a student of the Marwari Sanskrit College, a Sanskrit school founded by the ancestors of Ashok in 1912, whom I met in Kolkata and under the direction of Guruji Madan.
At first sight, Jindrich looks like the friends of my teenage daughters at high school, slim jeans and t-shirt and very modern attitude. But Jindrich like actually over 20 other youngsters follows a special path where past and future come together: To study Sanskrit for long years in a globalized virtualized world, to go back to the ancient sources in Indian culture. In the college you see the students in white, orange or yellow dhotis, rolled up to their waists, and the short-cropped, sometimes shaven, heads with tufts of hair at the back.
postgraduate student leaving the college soon
Sanskrit is the life line of the spiritual consciousness of India. It is not merely a language. It is the life style of India. Enriched with Indian scriptures, Sanskrit gives the divine message of world peace and prosperity of mankind.
To have the possibility to assist at their Sanskrit chants under the guidance of Guruji Madan in the evening. To experience their place of living. To be introduced by Guruji Madan in temples. To touch the Shiva linga of the most holy Kashi Vishnawath temple (worshipping Shiva, the universal father) on the same day the prime minister will visit the temple (thanks to Guruji Madan and his priest contacts in the Kashi temple). To get introduced to Guruji Madans own Guru or other important gurus, like in the Vindhyaavasini temple. All these human and spiritual experiences were a blessing to me . Not to forget the motorbike rides on the Royal Enfield (without helmet, of course) in the holy chaos of Benares with Guruji Madan and the visits to his daughter and his friends and the talks about life, or Sartodan, a curious student accompanying me to my guest house after the chants in the evening and all the other boys of the Sanskrit College, bringing me water or the excellent Darjeeling (the best I ever drank) produced by Ashok.
the honorable Guruji Madan
I had the opportunity due to Ashok and Guruji Madan and his students to experience Benares, the city of Shiva and Parvati, from inside, and the energy it procured me accompanies me definitely throughout my trip through India , and maybe even beyond India.