Exclusive: A saint should go beyond boundaries of caste, says Kemar Swamiji


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (DV)

Mangaluru, Mar 7: Sri Sri Sri Esha Vittaldas Swamiji of Kemar Sandeepani Math is well-known for encouraging and promoting inter-religious harmony and treating people of all sections of society equally. Swamiji enjoys mass popularity because of his progressive thinking, spirituality, and dedication to bring people out of superstitious beliefs. He has his own fan following and a vast number of devotees in different parts of the country.

Sri Sri Sri Esha Vittaldas Swamiji of Kemar Sandeepani Math, in an in-depth interview with Daijiworld editor-in-chief Walter Nandalike on Daijiworld 24x7 channel's 'Yatishreshtaru' programme, recalls his spiritual journey.


Excerpts

DW: Swamiji, viewers are curious to know about how the Sandeepani Math was formed, so can you brief us about it?

Swamiji: Initially, in the year 1996, I built a small ashram using bamboo and grass. It was beautiful. Politicians and MLAs also liked it. It was so simple and beautiful. Later, in the year 2000, I made a plan to extend the ashram, as devotees used to visit in large numbers. Thus, we constructed a small temple after performing 'Astabandha Brahmakaloshostava'. I had no plan to construct a temple, but a donor came to me and expressed his wish to donate an idol of the deity. The prominent deity of this temple is the goddess Mookambika.


DW: What is Saligrama?

Swamiji: Saligrama is considered the heart of Vaishnava. It is also the richness of a 'Saadak'.


DW: Who inspired you to accept Sanyasa? Please tell us about your childhood and parents.

Swamiji: My father was a headmaster and my mother served as headmistress. I come from an educated family. Even my grandfather and uncles were teachers. I have an elder and younger brother. The elder brother is a doctor and the younger brother is also in a job. My family was dependent on agriculture.


DW: What was your name in 'Purvashrama'?

Swamiji: Mukesh Kumar was my name in Purvashrama.


DW: What is your educational qualification?

Swamiji: I have done mechanical engineering from Nitte. Later, I worked for L&T in the construction field. I met a Sanyasi in Nitte. He taught me Mantras. I went seeking the truth in the hills of Mathura, Himalayas, Varanasi, Hrishikesh, and mainly, I meditated at Kodachadri.


DW: How did your family members react when you went to accept Sanyasa?

Swamiji: I had no objections from my father. But, you know the feelings of a mother. There will be some sort of pain. Now my mother is also supportive and they are happy.


DW: Who is your Guru?

Swamiji: I just spoke about a Sanyasi I met in Nitte. He is my Guru and he inspired me to take Sanyasa. More importantly, I used to listen to Harikathas of Achuthadas. Later, I came into contact with Sudhindrateertha Swamiji. He named me Esha Vittala. I am into spiritual life for thirty years. I have completed 22 years since obtaining Sanyasa.


DW: What are programmes undertaken by Kemar Math, both spiritual and programmes for development of society?

Swamiji: Religious practices and principles are very important for a Sanyasi. There are 'Mantras' and 'Jaapas' to be performed on a daily basis. I do Yoga and puja. Coming to social work, I support school-going children in their education. We are working to bring people out from superstition. I also preach about social harmony and brotherhood. I visit the programmes of Muslims and Christians. I believe in the message of Swami Vivekananda that 'service to humanity is the highest form of worship'. Giving happiness to people is my motto.


DW: Swamiji, usually saints are confined to a particular religion, but you try to reach out to all.

Swamiji: A saint should go beyond caste, community and religion. He should come out from all sorts of boundaries.


DW: How do you manage the expenses of the Math and various rituals ?

Swamiji: I take some amount from my residence of Purvashrama and there are devotees who come forward to donate.


DW: How did you manage during the pandemic?

Swamiji: To be frank, I never came out during the corona lockdown. The only time I left my premises was to attend your channel's 'Corona Gellona' programme.



DW: Swamiji, you have faced happy and painful experiences in your life. Can you share both experiences with viewers of Daijiworld ?

Swamiji: People contact me and share news, be it good or bad news. Spiritual life has given happiness to me. People say that I am not confined to any particular religion or a community. Even I have experienced a lot of unhappiness. But I have accepted both happiness and unhappiness in equal measure in life.


DW: What is your message to society?

Swamiji: We should accept religious scriptures in our heart. The message written in the scripture should be implemented. Many a time, in the name of religion, in the name of practising a culture, we have broken the hearts of people. We should form a beautiful society. Communal violence is a threat to the country. The value of blood is very important.

 

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  • Dinesh shetty, Nitte/Dubai

    Mon, Mar 08 2021

    Humble Pranams to Sri Sri Swamiji lotus feet

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  • Alwyn Dsouza, Canada

    Mon, Mar 08 2021

    My respect for this swamiji. You are representing through Hinduism. India need more swamijis like you or other swamijis can learn from your knowledge wisdom and power of god to transform into positive and more meaningful ways of living in dialogue, brother wood and children of one global god. My prayers for you swamiji for good health and all what you do towards humanity.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Mon, Mar 08 2021

    Swamiji’s talk upholds true values of the Hinduism and rich Indian culture, we need many Swamiji ‘s, like Kemar Swamiji to spread peace, brotherhood and positive thoughts in society.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Mar 08 2021

    To tell you frankly ,in the first instance I thought,my God again a Sanyasi,want to get into politic and make Politic like many others .But I was for a change in a shock to know what he is and his way of life.Hope he will stay by his theory and practice ,dont change his way of life.Namaskara Sri Sri Sri Swamiji.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Sanyasa has to be learnt from such sanyasis. Not from those sanyasis who bat for the political parties.

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  • Rashad, Manipal

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    I really liked this Swamiji...have to visit him once.

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    May all gurus and swamijis be as wise and generous.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Religion & Caste was created by Man for his own Convenience ...

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  • Ram Shetty, mangalore

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Good work by Sri Sri SWamiji please give details of Ashram may people want to visit and help your social work

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