Interview by Rajiv Malik, New Delhi Sun Mar 01, 2009
He is the charismatic leader of 500,000 sadhus of an ancient tradition who are transforming the Hindu world in India
Sri Avdheshananda Giri Maharaj, Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of the Juna Akhara, received the 2008 Hindu Renaissance Award from Hinduism Today from USA. A guru to thousands and an inspiration to millions, Swami Avdheshanand has initiated more than a hundred thousand sadhus, transformed lives with his social initiatives and led ancient order, largest monastic streams into the 21st century.
He who is deprived of sense-objects is not a man of renunciation. He who perceives defect in the contact with sense-objects and thus acquires dispassion is one of real renunciation. He has no hatred and no craving.