Day 105 | 26 April 2015 | Harihar to Kamadod | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Padayatris enter Haveri district crossing the Tungabhadra bridge
  • Sri M bids adieu to the priests of the Shrine of Our Lady of Health, Harihar, Davengere
  • Wayside industry spouts fumes as yatris move past Chaligiri, Haveri
  • 4.
  • WOH received on arrival at Rainbow Residential School Kamdod, Haveri
  • WOH Day 105 starts off at dawn from the Shrine of Our Lady of Health, Harihar
  • A heron in flight over the Tungabhadra banks, Haveri
  • 'Pure Devotion', Haveri, Karnataka
  • 9.
  • Litterateur Rehamat Tarikere joins the Walk at Karur Cross, Haveri
  • 'Let me sneak-a-peek as I till the land', Karur, Haveri
  • Relaxing after the walk at Rainbow Residential School, Kamadod, Haveri
  • "Rain, rain,go away" -just before Satsang-at Rainbow Residential School, Kamdod , Haveri
The walkers left The Shrine of Our Lady of Health, Harihar at around 5.30 am. The priests from The Shrine of Our Lady of Health also joined them. Today’s walk was a shorter distance of 17 kilometers from Harihar to Kamadod.

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The padayatra walked through the still sleeping town—it’s empty streets with buildings silhouetted in the dark. The walkers crossed the Tungabhadra River at 6.00 am to the chants of Suprabhatam playing from a nearby temple. While crossing Kumarapatna, the sun rose behind clouds of smoke from the factory chimneys. Just ahead, they stopped for a tea at a factory involved in extraction of oil from chillies. The pungent smell of the chillies pervaded the air. Curious factory workers waited outside to exchange a few words with the walkers. Breakfast was served on farmland around 8.00 am. On the way, Dr. Rahamat Tarikere, a noted Kannada critic and a litterateur joined Sri M and walked with him for a while. He is currently a Professor in Kannada University at Hampi and is known for his sharp insights and celebrated for his critical view on culture. He is one of the most noted writers of the new generation in Kannada. Walking northwest on the national highway # 4, Walk of Hope covered about 17 kilometers, from Harihar and reaching Kamadod. This stretch of the walk was again green with paddy fields and other crops, thanks to the flowing Tungabhadra.Just as the temperature soared up to 35 degrees, the 17 km mark arrived at Rainbow Residential school, Ranebennur—their halting point for the day. Children filed up on both sides of the entrance clapping Sri M and the walkers into a lawn with a canopy of trees lining the streets on both sides of the avenue. They arrived to a very hospitable welcome with carpets laid out in the shade for them to rest and plates full of watermelons to eat. The walkers were most grateful for the hospitality of the staff and the school management. They were accommodated in dormitories with bunk beds - a feeling of going back to school in more ways than one. After taking a shower, doing their laundry and a restful afternoon nap, the walkers informally interacted with some of the resident students, wardens and helpers at the school, answering their many questions of why they are walking, whose idea it was to walk and many more. They gathered for the evening Satsang in an open ground with overcast grey clouds. There was an invocation song by students followed by a welcome speech by Professor Kattimani. Sri M’s Satsang started subsequently. “Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram vyāptam yena carācaram| Tatpadam darśitam yenta asmai śrī gurave namah|| (Which) pervades the entire unbroken form of the circle (of creation), moving and unmoving. To that beautiful and benevolent Guru through whom that state was revealed (to me), salutations. Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwara Gurur Sakshat Parabrahma Tasmai Shree Guruvey Namaha The Guru is Brahma(The creator), Lord Vishnu (The preserver, and Lord Shiva (the destroyer) To that very Guru I bow, for He is the Supreme Being, right before my eyes. Loka samasta sukhinoh bhavantu – May the entire universe be happy.” After the invocation and the speeches by the school authorities and the dignitaries, Sri M began his address by welcoming the dignitaries, and with a special friendly word of welcome to the students. He thanked them all for being present. “You know, every day as we walk, in the evening there is a Satsang, and in a hundred and ten days, I am a little fed up because every day I have to talk. So, what I am trying to do; you have seen the literature, you have seen the news, you have seen the video, I don’t have to say much about the Walk of Hope.” “Know that we started a hundred days - three months before and by April of 2016, if everything goes well, we will reach Srinagar. This is the Walk of Hope. Everyday, we are walking 20 to 25 kilometers roughly and we have covered 1600 kilometers almost. This is the padayatra, Walk of Hope.” “Now, it has a certain background. Why are there these people, who have been good to me, walking with this mad man for one and a half years from Kanyakumari to Kashmir? The thing is either I am mad or there must be something. The thing is that the people who have been walking with us have been walking from Kanyakumari. I wonder how they have been walking with us. I am walking, that is fine. They are going through all the troubles, privations that we have to pass through. If you ask some of them, they will tell you what the troubles are. We are walking in the hot sun and it will get progressively hotter as we go. Already, it’s quite hot and we are moving, we are walking. It is not a rathayatra, it is a padayatra”. “So, it started like this. Many years ago, when I was in the Himalayas, I was sitting in Rishikesh on the banks of Ganga with my Guru. You can call him Guru or Yogi or Pir or whatever you want to call him. In fact, I was talking with Dr. Balikere and he told me that Nathas sometimes called themselves Pir. So, you can call him whatever.” “Anyway, I was sitting with my Guru and I was talking to him. He suddenly said, one day you will have to walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. First, I was shocked. I said, ‘Babaji aap ke saath hum yahan phirte rahenge, yahan Himalaya mein. Kanyakumari kyun jaana hai?’. He said, ‘Ek din jaana padega’. The next thing he said was like a bombshell. Now, I will tell you something, you won’t believe this. Basically, I like to be alone.” “Babaji has given the right job for the right person. I was talking to my friend, an ex-MP from parliament. One day, he told me, that Pandit Jawarhlal Nehru came up to him and said, ‘hey you, you are the right leader in the wrong party’. So, I really love solitude. There were beautiful times in Madanapalle when four or five people used to come and I used to cook for them and we used to eat together. Then, the autobiography came and the circus started. I don’t get time to sit down quietly.” “There is the spiritual state where in the middle of all the grinding, there is a spot of silence. That is there. But, it becomes better when there is nobody around and you are sitting quietly; like, under a tree.” “The bombshell Babaji dropped was, he said, you will have to walk with many people. I said, now Babaji, I will walk but don’t ask me to walk with people. Even when I was in the Himalayas, I avoided walking with Sadhus because they started talking. You can’t hear the river, you can’t hear the waves, or look at the peacocks, or look at the beautiful mountaintops. This talking is a big disease actually, talk, talk, talk… All the time.” “Unfortunately, we don’t walk and we talk. We talk and we don’t do. It is better to do than to talk. Somebody asked me sometime why I am sitting quietly, I said that my walk is my talk.” “So, anyway, Babaji said that one day you will have to walk with many people and after protest, I gave up because when he asked me, what I think of yourself, I said, ‘main abhi apne aap ko aap ka kutta samajhta hoon’ - I think of myself as your dog. There is that dog looking and listening at His Master’s voice in the Gramophone. That’s what I think. That time, he had said, ‘tum jyada mat hilana’ - don’t shake your tail too much.” “So, Babaji reminded me saying, ‘remember what you told me’, I said ‘yes’ and this is what is the result. Now, many years passed and I was postponing this. First of all, I don’t want to walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and second, I don’t want to take anybody with me. It went on for many years and I have now passed 66. When I finish the walk, I will be 67. Many of my responsibilities have been done. My children are married now. I am a married man, a grihasta. I think my wife is now quite independent of me. So, then, I said, if I don’t walk at 66, I cannot walk after that, I will become too old after that. We do many exercises to keep the body young but time and tide have their effects on the body, they cannot be avoided like that.” “So, I said, let’s walk. One day, sitting with my good friend, he is also here. Three years ago, I said, let’s walk. He didn’t ask me why, when or how. He said, I will also walk with you. This is how it started. And then, within three years people came and said, we are walking with you. Some young men went around organising it. They travelled the length of the country organising it, this is how it came about. Many of them are here, some have hair and some don’t. And, there are others. There is one person leaning against the tree. I don’t know why he is leaning against the tree. Also, he said, I am taking the responsibility. So, we old people decided to walk.” “There were interesting people coming up. Here is our youngest walker. He is Commodore Ravindranath from the Indian Navy. Every time I say ‘youngest walker’, he smiles because he is quite older than me. Some people from the United States have come, they have left their jobs and come. Some of them are women. For women’s empowerment, we don’t need any other proof. Geeta is sitting here. So, slowly, people started gathering. I said that when Maheshwarnath Babaji said when something has to happen, it will happen, there is no question about it. But with my horrible critical mind, I kept questioning.”“We also have another young gentleman sitting here, the first person who said I will walk with you, Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh. He is a retired DGP of Karnataka. And, his wife is walking with us. She retired as the Chief secretary in the Karnataka government. And, there are people walking with me who are athletes, I am sure, there are masons and carpenters walking with me.” “There is Joseph. Once in a while he disappears to act in a play and comes back. So, we have people from all over walking with us. There is this interesting gentleman sitting in that bright orange shirt. He happens to be the great-grandson of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. His name is Krishna Kulkarni. So, there are many people. He said, I have not seen Bapu and I will walk with you. He has also left his job and he is walking with us. So, there must be some reason. Why this is happening, why people are walking with me. There must be some inspiration to it, right? Think about it.” “This is especially aimed towards the young. There are three things. We are human beings, one. We are human beings, two. And three, we are human beings. There is no other classification required. Manushya. We maybe born in different religions, we may have different ideologies, but we will not forget that you are human beings. This is the aim of this walk. This is Manav Ekta Mission.” “This is not something new. Three thousand years ago, talking about religion and truth, the Rig Veda said Ekam Sat. Viprah bahudaa vadanti- There is only one truth, the wise may call it by different names. Why? Because, you and I are different? I will shake your hand and say, hello M. This is not possible. You and I are not different.” “You see leaves in that tree. What I am saying is actually true. They are Natha sampradaya teachings and I am trying to put it into simple words. I don’t want to go into technicalities. We just say they are leaves and we dismiss it. Each leaf is different from the other. But, even though the trees maybe different from each other with different leaves, they are still trees.” “Just like that, we may be different from each other externally but deep down, our minds are similar. We believe that the spark of divinity is within each of us. All of us are born from the womb of a mother. Is there anyone who has fallen from the sky? - may be, in stories they do. And, we will disappear one day into this earth. In essence, we are all the same.” “What happens in this march towards civilisation, we forget this fact. Sometimes, some people persuade us to forget this fact. Sometimes, we forget it in anger. Sometimes, we forget for other reasons. My idea for this walk is that we should not forget that whatever be our differences, if we can sort them out with each other, we don’t have to resort to violence. We are human beings and we will remain human beings, we don’t have to forget this. Can we hold hands and walk forward?” “This message should go from India. In fact, the culture of this country is merged, it is difficult to see the differences. In essence, we are the same. Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews, we are all one. At times, we forget this. The aim of this Yatra is not to forget this. Because, the mothers and children in your house are the same as mothers and children in my house and when they get injured, their suffering is the same as my suffering. This is the reason for this Manav Ekta Mission walk.” “Along with this physical walk, I tell my friends that there is an inner journey going on. The inner journey is - Is it possible for us to separate ourselves and become better and better so that when we have reached Srinagar, we come back as different human beings, who love rather than hate, who smile rather than get angry, who see that we are all united together by a common thread and that thread is humanity.” “Many of you may not be able to walk with us till Srinagar but if you do the inner journey, sitting at home, being in school, there is no difference if you cannot actually join us. You have heard of the philosopher’s stone. When you touch a base metal, it is supposed to turn into gold. When the Sufis referred to the philosopher’s‘ stone, they spoke of the change that is brought about after coming into contact with a spiritually illumined being.” “I may sound a little egotistic if I say this that when this body went to Maheshwarnath Babaji, it was base metal, touching me, talking to me, teaching me, this was changed into gold. Even I thought it was not possible.” “Or, to put it in another way, young people are already gold. Let us not allow it to become iron. This is another aim of this Yatra. One day, remember, there was this grey haired man who came walking in the sun, who came to you and said, let us make the nation strong.” “Not only the nation, the whole world. The Vedas say, Loka Samasta Sukhinoh Bhavantu, let the whole world be strong. So, you will remember that at some point.” “The purification process, basically, is to purify ourselves of the strong ego that becomes self-centered. If we can clear that, then we can move forward. It is nice to be many things, it can be seen from the history of the world that people who have done great things have claimed that they have not done it but have done it for the purpose for which it was done. The biggest problem here is the ‘I’, which says, I have done this, I have done that, I am the best, nobody can beat me. So, if somebody calls me a fool, I get angry.” “If, we can see this in everyone, then it is possible for us to move forward. Since, I am in a school, I will not talk about Sadhana, I will not talk about it much. What is Sadhana? Sadhana is purifying your mind. The less self-centered you are, the better you are. You can put it in one sentence. The more you are for others and not for yourself, the more purer you are becoming. The more stone-hearted you are becoming and not feeling the pain of the people, means you are not moving in any spiritual field, it does not matter how many mantras you do or how many temples you visit.” “The greatest temple is the human body and in the heart, which we call ‘hridaya’, sits the spark of the divine. Every human being is a walking, moving temple and to serve a human being is the best service you can do. Swami Vivekananda said that he considers the best service to be ‘daridra narayana seva’. That is the greatest thing one can do.” “This is what I want to remind you young people - and, also to keep your eyes open. To meditate does not mean to keep your eyes closed and retire into a cave. I have done that, I have seen. It has pluses and minuses, it has advantages and disadvantages, it has both. While in this world, keep your eyes open, keep your ears open and be sensitive to everything you see around. Just a little while ago, when you looked up, there was the moon and now, there are clouds.” “All this world is moving, we should not get stuck, we should be moving. This walk is like that, every night we are at a different place. Next day, we are somewhere else. It is really a symbology of the Earth. “In Basavanna’s philosophy, he has used two words. ‘Sthavara’ is that which stays. If something stays for too long, the water becomes stagnant. If water becomes stagnant, it breeds mosquitoes and other things. The other word is ‘Jangama’, that which moves and this whole world moves. The mind moves, everything moves. If you move along it, you will find the still point somewhere. So, have no prejudice. When you meet somebody, don’t recognise that person just by his or her name, I mean, for practical purposes it is necessary but, more importantly, look at the qualities of that person.” “Like professor Balikere quoted from Kabir, Jaati na pucho sadhu ki, puch lijiye gyan mole karo talvar ka, pada renan do myan... “Don’t worry about the scabbard, the scabbard maybe made of velvet or of iron, but the sword that is inside is most important”. “Look at human beings and the essence of the divine and follow the teaching of Gita which says, Sarva bhute hiteh rataha… keep the welfare of all living beings in your heart and this is there not only in Hindu system of thought. All religions say that one has to find peace and tranquility and goodness.” “When a fellow Muslim meets another Muslim, he says ‘Salaam’, which means may the peace of God be upon you. When we complete, we will say ‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti’, which means, let there be peace.” “Jesus said, blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. He did not say, blessed are the Christians, he said, blessed are the peacemakers. So, peace, young friends, keep this in your mind, this very important and we need peace and tranquility in this world. And do not let anybody persuade you to think otherwise. Care for each other, love each other and practice this in daily life and automatically, you are on the Walk of Hope”. “Although, I request you, if it is possible, please walk with us. Even if it is for half an hour, ten minutes, fifteen minutes, one day. If you can walk with us, it would be wonderful. Otherwise, walk with us in your mind and don’t forget that peace is most important. As Mahavira said, ‘ahimsa paramo dharma’, there is no greater dharma than peace and non-violence.Thank you very much. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti!” Dinner was served early by 7.30 and the walkers called it a day by 9.00 p.m.

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Jai Gurudeva …. Jai Kriya Babaji…

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