by Tina Olivero

    Embarking on a Journey of Enlightenment: With the Famous “Walking Monk”

    In the bustling city of St. John’s, Newfoundland, an extraordinary encounter unfolded yesterday as I had the privilege of meeting the renowned “Walking Monk.” As we sat together, Bhaktimarga Swami regaled us with captivating tales of his awe-inspiring adventures, traversing vast distances on foot across the globe.

    With the impressive accomplishment of having walked across Canada not just once, but an astonishing four times, it became evident that this esteemed monk possesses an intimate understanding of the country that rivals the soles of his feet.

    The title “Swami” is bestowed upon individuals in Hinduism who have embraced the path of renunciation or have been initiated into a religious monastic order of Vaishnavas. Bhaktimarga Swami embodies this sacred honor, dedicating his life to a spiritual journey intertwined with the act of walking. Yesterday, he expounded upon the virtues of this ancient practice, emphasizing the profound connection it fosters with nature and the revitalizing energy it brings while traversing the great outdoors.

    In a testament to his unwavering spirit of adventure, Bhaktimarga Swami finds himself in St. John’s this weekend, embarking on a journey from Cape Spear to the city itself. A true embodiment of perseverance, he invites anyone interested to join him or merely extend a friendly greeting as he commences his walk at 10:00 this morning from Cape Spear to St. John’s.

    Imagine the sight of Bhaktimarga Swami, adorned in vibrant saffron regalia, striding through the misty, foggy air. It promises to be an awe-inspiring spectacle that captures the essence of his remarkable odyssey.

    In a world consumed by the frenetic pace of modern life, Bhaktimarga Swami’s commitment to walking offers a respite—an opportunity to slow down, reconnect with nature, and find solace within oneself. Through his remarkable feats of endurance and his unwavering dedication to his spiritual path, he reminds us of the power of simplicity, perseverance, and the transformative potential that lies within each step we take.


    Later tonight, an enchanting event awaits as Bhaktimarga Swami will partake in a chanting session with friends at the Lotus Center, situated at 52 Prescott Street.

    The Lotus Center holds a special place in my heart, as it was once the abode of my girlfriend Lynn Andrews. Fond memories of past Christmases, cherished friendships, and joyful experiences flood my mind as I reflect upon this historic Prescott landmark.

    Today, the Lotus Center stands as a testament to the captivating artwork of the esteemed Gerry Squires. Within its walls, Gerry’s talent shines brilliantly, as he masterfully captures the enigmatic and magical essence of our province and its people.

    A cherished friend of my late parents, Gerry and his wife Gail, their laughter and shared moments resurface within the tranquil ambiance of the center. The seamless harmony, energy, and rhythm that permeate this space create an unmistakable aura, evoking a sense of familiarity and lineage.

    I highly recommend you visit the Lotus Center at your earliest convenience and immerse yourself in the world of Gerry Squires’ art. Within this sanctuary, tranquility and serenity abound, while the artwork encapsulates the spirit and culture of Newfoundland as no other artist has achieved. Offering a captivating likeness to our energy and way of life, this unique art gallery is a must-see for any admirer of Gerry’s extraordinary artistic creations.

    The accompanying photograph captures a candid moment between Bhaktimarga Swami and Meranda Squires engrossed in an animated discussion regarding his recently published book, aptly titled “The Saffron Path.”

    The vibrant hue of saffron, embodied by Bhaktimarga Swami’s robe, serves as a symbolic representation of the monk’s journey—both physically and spiritually—as he traverses the globe. I am fortunate to possess a signed copy of his newly released book, inscribed with the heartfelt words, “Dear Tina, Happy Trails, Happy Thoughts,” encapsulating the essence of his extraordinary life.

    Bhaktimarga Swami is not merely a wanderer, but a contemplative thinker. To join Bhaktimarga Swami today on his walk, or tonight for a chanting session at the Lotus Center, please find the details here. https://www.facebook.com/events/998797644816378

    Bhaktimarga Swami’s presence serves as a gentle reminder to embrace the beauty of the world around us, to find our own paths of enlightenment, and to embark on journeys—both inward and outward—that can lead us to profound discoveries and personal growth. Get out of the car, take a walk. Find beauty where it falls.

    Would you like to take a walk with a monk? If so, NOW is your chance. Jump out of bed right now, the invitation is there, extended by a humble wanderer who has traversed continents and touched countless lives. In the simple act of walking, we may find not only a deeper connection with the world around us but also the keys to unlocking our own inner peace and happiness.

    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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