Foreigners show the way

Foreigners show the way

People in Kollur Mookambika temple area were amazed to see a foreign couple collecting garbage in the temple premises. The couple was not shy of what they were into and continued their task of cleaning the surroundings ignoring the curious onlookers.

Hordes of plastic cups and plates lying on the ground and Christoph Leclercq and Margot from France were patiently picking all of those waste materials dumped on the ground. Their role as waste pickers was indeed commendable. They have been engaged in the work of cleaning since they landed in India. They were also seen indulged in the same task in other parts of the district like Baindoor and Navunda.

When Deccan Herald approached the couple, Christoph and Margot were all smiles. Christoph told that he feels uncomfortable to see the garbage spread all over and people are least bothered. In France, the children at a very young age are taught how to maintain cleanliness not only in their homes, but also in the surrounding areas. They are taught how to dispose off the wastes in waste buckets. The result is that one can find cleanliness everywhere. 

He lamented that it is totally opposite in India where one can find garbage everywhere. There is a need to create awareness among people over maintaining cleanliness in the surroundings. Even as one walks on the stretch, the stretch is covered with dust and garbage. 

“People only think of maintaining cleanliness in their homes and they lack the sense of welfare community. The country is the abode for spiritual inclination. However, the behaviour of people is depressing. I love doing service,” he said.

In search of peace

Christoph and Margot have come to India from France in search of salvation and peace. Christoph aged 39, is a farmer in his hometown in Southern France where he grows vegetables and sells in the market. Margot aged 25 is an occupational therapist. They have come down to ‘Tapovarishtashrama’ in Palakkad in Kerala to attend ‘Dharamsuyayaga’. Christoph and Margot are learning meditation and Yoga under the leadership of spiritual Guru ‘Sri Tathata’ of Tapovarishtashrama. They reached Kollur on February 12 and are planning to move towards Gokarna in another 10 days.

Christoph and his girlfriend Margot are living a saintly life like most of the foreigners who come to India in search of peace. They have now quit non-vegetarian food and all other addictions. Christoph said that spiritual learning is indeed amazing. 

“The experience of acquiring spiritual knowledge has been unique and I would like to continue the way of life I have been practising in India, throughout my life,” he said.

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