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Pandurang Shastri Athavale was 19 when he and his co-workers began bhaktiferi—devotional visits to villages in India to spread the message of love for God and others.

Athavale and his co-workers developed the Hindu practice of swadhyaya, a form of self-study that inspires each individual to recognize an inner God, cultivate an increased self-respect, and abandon immoral behavior.

"Growth, progress and development have no meaning if they do not stem from and contribute to God-consciousness. Progress is a process, not an end."