for Fiji Times on Aug. 29, 2009
Bhaktimarga Swami walks along the road at Waila in Nausori as he continues his journey around the world on foot.
Hare Krishna monk Bhaktimarga Swami is on a personal mission and it involves walking up to thousands of kilometres around Fiji.
The Canadian national, who is also known as John Vis, started his journey from Toorak in Suva last week to Nadera and plans to continue his journey from Nausori to Navua.
"The walk is to inspire and encourage people to revert to pilgrimage lifestyle care free and car-free," he said.
"This is not my first trek around a country. I walked around Canada three times covering 7800 kilometres the first time.
"I've also trekked around Ireland and Guyana but this is the first time for me to come to Fiji for this reflective walk."
Bhaktimarga Swami is based in Toronto and says he is used to walking an average of 14 kilometres a day. He said walking has traditional roots that date back to years when monks used to go out for walks to reflect on their inner spirit. "Walking is not just a health tip, it's enriching inside. While walking, I continue with mantra meditation, chanting this mantra all the way. My intention is not to get too caught up in this world of machinery"
Bhaktimarga Swami hopes to complete his walk in a week.
He hopes. Along the way, I get to meet people and I get inspired by them also on my journey."
His aim is to walk from Suva to Lautoka, Vanua Levu and Taveuni.
He will be accompanied by Hare Krishna followers.