I recently read a really inspiring article in Hindusim Today. It is a story about the growth and transformation of the Hindu community in Mauritius. Here is the introduction:
The Mauritian Miracle
How the Hindus of Mauritius uplifted themselves, transformedtheir nation and became models for the world
BY VEL MAHALINGUM
It has been my joy and that of my fellow Mauritians to be part of a dynamic revival of Hinduism in my country. The changes, positive and deep, affect our Hindu community and even our nation. Looking back 30 years, we see amazing change–a miraculous event, I am tempted to say. What began with an initiative from the Hindu Mauritian population was shaped by an energetic response by holy men and flourished with the blessings of our Gods.
The story is particularly inspiring to me because Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva) one of the Gurus from the lineage of the Kailasa Parampara, of the Nandinatha Sampradaya played a pivotal roll in this transformation. This is my lineage, and I have met Gurideva’s successor, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, my guru. The article can be read online as text, downloaded as a large (publishing quality) PDF, or purchased as a paper magazine. The quality of the paper version makes it worth having in my opinion.
People who have read my blog for a while will notice how the Nandinata Sampradaya has gone from being “An organisation I am studying with”, through “An organisation that I am following” to “my lineage”. I am not sure that I know what this means fully, but it has come naturally and I am happy with it!
Vannakkam Tandava: I was in Mauritius with Gurudeva on a retreat there in about 1986 or so. The Mauritian people are indeed amazing. At the time I wanted to move there. Can you believe the crowds and the transformation. We spent a couple of days near the land that is now the spiritual park. There probably less than 50 of us. Now they get 2000 or more, its so hard to tell from the pictures. But if you’re the kind of person who likes to pilgrimage for one place for 2 weeks or so, that would be my recommendation. But you’d have to buy another suitcase just for the gifts the Mauritian people will bestow upon you.