At the tender age
of 11 years, Ghanshyam Maharaj abandoned the comforts of His home
and family, embarking on a remarkable journey of enlightenment,
embracing the harsh climate, perilous jungles and ferocious animals.
Known as Nilkanth Varni during His travels, the final theme of
2004 was appropriately dedicated to the teenage yogi who transformed
countless lives during His seven-year pilgrimage.
The Kishore Mandal quadrant was transformed into
a spectacular model of a jungle, as trees and bushes draped across
the stage surrounding the standing murti of Nilkanth Varni. The
opening slide-show was a prayer extolling that greatness of Nilkanth
Varni. The Shibir was introduced by narrating the reasons for
Nilkanth Varni’s travels, leaving home in His quest to enlighten
and liberate souls.
Nilkanth Varni’s journey spanned across
seven years and some 8,000 miles, walking the length and breadth
of India. Describing in detail the places and people of His journey,
the presentation captured the minds and hearts of the audience
as His experience was rekindled through a brilliant presentation,
remembering the divine episodes of His travels.
A heart-stirring presentation by the kishores
in appreciation of the physical perils inherent in this journey
to an ordinary individual portrayed the divine nature of Nilkanth
Varni. An ordinary person could not have survived this astounding
passage through the bitterly cold mountain terrains; Nilkanth
Varni was no ordinary person, but God Himself.
Nilkanth Varni’s message of truth was demonstrated
with a dazzling presentation discussing the features of Jiva,
Ishwar, Maya, Brahma and Parabrahma – the five eternal entities
which Nilkanth Varni sought the opinions of from many ascetics
during His travels.
Atmaswarup Swami provided the final conclusion
on the evening, drawing comparisons between Nilkanth Varni and
Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Swamishri continues to travel tirelessly
in his quest to enlighten devotees. Nilkanth Varni, leaving home
with no possessions renounced materialistic objects, in a manner
which is personified by Swamishri today. Such similarity is no
coincidence, as, demonstrated earlier, Nilkanth Varni lives and
speaks through Swamishri.