The Mystique of ‘M’
He traversed most of the region on foot: Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedar via Buda Kedar, Badrinath and back to Rishikesh. Whenever opportunity provided him, he stayed at various ashrams, for shorter or longer periods. He put these respites from his peregrinations to good use; studying, meditating, learning. He met many interesting sadhus and sannyasins of different denominations among them some remarkable men of great spiritual accomplishments. From his first-hand experience, he concluded that the Himalayan environment was highly conducive to meditation and sadhana. He was thrilled at the sight of the sacred rivers. His hope to meet the Master (the only one whom M came to recognise as his true Master) of his childhood experience was, however, not fulfilled during this journey. Reluctantly, he came down to the plains, resolving to undertake the search for his Master on another journey.
Now, what? He was not ready to go home. Not as yet. He was, so to say, at the crossroads. He was free to go anywhere. In the event, he proceeded to Mumbai, without any conscious bias towards that commercial city. In Mumbai, he met Swami Hiranmayananda, the then president of the Ramakrishna Mission at Khar and requested the Swami to initiate him into the Order as a brahmachari.