Sri M narrates in one of the Satsangs during the yatra, he had to wait for forty long years to visit the place after his first attempt was thwarted by ill health when he was just about twenty. It was perhaps his master Babaji's prophecy that he would reach the place with a large group after some years from then, which stopped him from embarking on the journey alone. His benevolence in preparing us all for the yatra had begun to flow right from 2006 when he expressed his wish to make a trip to Kailash-Manasarovar. No one gave it a serious thought then; although many of us had resolved to join him in the yatra whenever it would be. For most of us going on a pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash with Sir was what mattered rather than undertaking the pilgrimage itself.
'M' (Mumtaz Ali), as he prefers to be called and is popularly known, is a genuinely secular voice that has assimilated the essence of all religions and is committedly engaged in passing on his understanding of the oneness of all religious paths to spiritual seekers.
Born into a muslim family in Kerala in 1949, 'M' nurtured keen interest towards spiritual pursuit since childhood. Even as a lad he spent time reading books on yoga, vedanta and vedic scriptures. At twenty, he could no longer subdue his strong attraction towards the Himalayas where he met his great master. Emulating the teachings and life of his guru, 'M' strongly asserts that one has to live like the lotus, which, while growing in water and deriving its nourishment from it, still does not let water wet its petals. He shuns the pseudo outer shell of all formal religions, yet cognizes their inner mysticism that can nourish the innate goodness in all human beings.
To all those who seek clarifications, guidance and help in spiritual matters he is available with matchless compassion and unconditional love. He lives in a valley on the outskirts of Madanapalli in Andhra Pradesh but is often on the move travelling far and wide for lectures. He writes and paints when he is not away from his house "Snow White" in Madanapalli. Although not formally trained in music, 'M' sings beautiful bhajans in mellifluous tunes. He is a 'grihasta' not a monk, an has wife and two children.
"Go to the core" he says, "theories are useless".