On this Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, we should conquer over the evil and crisis mankind has brought upon itself and the world by destroying our unending gluttony and adopting an enlightened lifestyle that depends more on sustainable, eco-friendly and organic products and services than fossil fuel and depleting natural resources to truly usher in health, happiness and prosperity. Let’s initiate it with the true prayer beautifully expressed in the mantras from Upanishad: Asato Ma Sadgamaya, Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrtyorma Amrtam Gamaya
When I met him, I was struck by his humility and simple demeanour. Over a period of 3 days I worked, stayed and chatted with him closely at Salaiban, a remote tribal village in northern Maharashtra. This is his story.