Photograph: Andrew Graham-Brown/AGB Films
Satish Kumar. Inspired by Ghandi and a man called Bertrand Russell, Satish Kumar and his companion began a Peace Walk” in 1962 from India to the four corners of the nuclear world. And, more impressively, they took no money with them. On their travels (I love this) they met two women outside a tea factory who gave them four tea bags to be delivered to each of the leaders of the four nuclear giants with the message . . . “when you think you need to press the button, stop for a minute and have a fresh cup of tea.” Source.
In an interview with The Guardian’s John Vidal, Kumar said that nature is his guide and cathedral. He has found his spiritual values, not by conforming to any manmade religions but by what I would describe as going back to the Earth:
“Nature is realistic, and I would say that man is the only being who is not,” he says. “Who else goes to bed hungry? Not the snakes or the tigers or any other animal. Nature does not need ‘realistic’ Tescos or Monsantos to feed themselves. Our system of ‘realistic’ business leadership has totally failed.”
Read more here.
Look out for the BBC2 programme this Friday at 8pm which shows Kumar experiencing the moors of Dartmoor in all seasons. The programme is called Earth Pilgrim: A Year on Dartmoor.