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"I Never Felt More At Home": PM Narendra Modi On His Experience While Living In The Himalayas At The Age Of 17

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • PM Narendra Modi in an interview to Humans of Bombay revealed about his life as 17-year-old living in the Himalayas
  • Humans of Bombay are a group of people who bring to life the stories of people in Mumbai

PM Narendra Modi in an interview to Humans of Bombay revealed about his life as 17-year-old living in the Himalayas.

Humans of Bombay are a group of people who bring to life the stories of people in Mumbai. They post their stories on various social media platforms.

In their latest post featuring PM Modi, Prime Minister has said that his curiosity about life and serving the country as a 17-year-old led him to go to the Himalayas. At that age, the younger Narendra Modi sought to bring clarity and direction to his life. But during his stay there, he realised he had an inward journey as well.

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Here is what the Prime Minister said:

I went wherever God wanted to take me -- it was an undecided period of my life but still, gave me so many answers. I sought to understand the world, to understand myself. I travelled far and wide, spent time at the Ramkrishna Mission, met sadhus and saints, stayed with them and began a discovery, inwards. I moved from place to place -- I had no roof above my head, but still never felt more at home. 

I would wake up during Brahma Mahurat, between 3 and 3:45 am, and take a bath in the freezing waters of the Himalayas, but still feel the warmth. I learnt that peace, oneness and Dhyan can be found, even in the simple sound of a waterfall. The sadhus I lived with taught me to align myself with the rhythm of the Universe. 

Here is the Instagram post by Humans of Bombay on PM Narendra Modi:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(2/5)“While growing up, I had a lot of curiosity but very little clarity. I would see army men in their uniforms and think that this was the the only way to serve the country. But as my conversations with the saints and sadhus at the railway station grew deeper, I realised that this too was a world worth discovering. I was undecided, unguided and unclear -- I didn’t know where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do and why I wanted to do it. But all I knew, was that I wanted to do something. So I surrendered myself to God and left for the Himalayas at the age of 17. I bid goodbye to my parents as my mother gave me a sweet dish before I left and put a tilak on my forehead to bless my journey. I went wherever God wanted to take me -- it was an undecided period of my life but still, gave me so many answers. I sought to understand the world, to understand myself. I travelled far and wide, spent time at the Ramkrishna Mission, met sadhus and saints, stayed with them and began a discovery, inwards. I moved from place to place -- I had no roof above my head, but still never felt more at home. I would wake up during Brahma Mahurat, between 3 and 3:45 am, and take a bath in the freezing waters of the Himalayas, but still feel the warmth. I learnt that peace, oneness and Dhyan can be found, even in the simple sound of a waterfall. The sadhus I lived with taught me to align myself with the rhythm of the Universe. So that’s what I did -- I aligned and experienced revelations that help me till today. I realised that we’re all tied down by our thoughts and limitations. When you surrender and stand in front of the vastness -- you know that you’re a small part of a large universe. When you understand that, any trace of arrogance you have in you melts and then life truly begins. That’s when it all changed. After two years, I returned home with clarity and a guiding force to lead the way.” #TheModiStory

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