Day 121| 12 May 2015 | Bhutramahatti to Yamakanamaradi | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • The common man's transport in Ukkad Village, Belgavi, Karnata
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  • Scenes of water scarcity on the way are grim reminders to all of us, Belgavi, Karnataka
  • WOH attack the Vanatamuri Ghat, Belgavi, Karnataka
  • Swamijis of the Hunshikola Mutt receive Sri M , Huttaragi, Belgavi, Karnataka
  • Swamijis of the Hushikola Mutt join the Padayatra at Huttaragi, Belgavi, Karnataka
  • At a 'Sarvamata' shrine just before halting point, Yamkanamaradi, Belgavi, Karnataka
  • Reaaa....ching the tape at halting point, Yamkanamaradi, Belgavi, Karnataka
  • A charming face of rural Belgavi, Karnataka
  • During a short break at Yamkanamaradi, Belgavi, Karnataka
This was a short day for Walk of Hope, which travelled from Bhutramahatti to Yamakanamaradi, covering about 17 kilometers in 6 hours. Starting at 5.30 am, from yesterday's halting point (after being transported there from Belagavi),the walk proceeded at an easy pace and reached Yamakanamaradi at 11.30 am

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The padayatris found the highway that they walked on to be one of the cleanest and the best maintained in comparison to the ones they had walked so far. Trees lined the highway, cut out from the hillsides. However, the highway seemed recently constructed because the trees were not very tall. The rocks in these areas (over millions of years old) are sedimentary rocks i.e., formed when layer upon layer of rocks settle down. One can make this out because the roads often cut through the hills. With the blazing sun and the tarred roads radiating heat today, it seemed very hard to believe that at some point in the history of the earth, these areas must have been under water. Breakfast was served soon after 8.00 am again on the roadside. The weather turned scorching hot after breakfast. Now and then, the land opened up and revealed wondrous panoramas. Such fantastic spectacles opened up for the padayatris while they were on a hill top or while crossing the bridge over river Markande. From top of the bridge, they could see lush green farms in the river basin as far as the eye could see in both directions, upstream and downstream. And beyond that, the land was shrouded in mist, hiding what was beyond. The river rippled gently across the expanse. The fields of corn and wheat were gold and green in color, grey rocks jutted out once in a while and the grand old windswept trees were found standing in solitude. Light played on the fields, and the fields shimmered as they rustled in the gentle breeze. For the last few days the padayatra has been passing through such lands; especially today, it was a visual treat. A few decades ago, when there were no proliferation of automobiles and mobile phones, the walk would have been extraordinarily magical. It is not to say that it is not so now, but the dull grey concrete roads have mercilessly cut their way through nature as it existed. This is one of the examples of man’s will to dominate and to bid nature to do as he pleases. The great roads are a symbol of man's will. These cut across mountains, glide over rivers and tirelessly march for millions and millions of miles without any kindness; everything that lies on the path is reduced to nothing. When a man moves away from nature, his heart becomes rigid and everything from nature is seen as something to be used for his comfort. Mankind, however, seems to be slowly realizing this and the light of the world seems to be percolating itself into the hearts of those seeking meaningful modes of existence. An hour after breakfast, at Narsingpur, the padayatra stopped for sometime at the farm of a satsangi, who was visibly pleased by this visit. He runs an organic farm and grows fruits and vegetables and supplies them directly to around 400 families in the surrounding cities. He and a few other farmers have come together to form an 'Organic Food Club'. They are on their own, after having refused help from many a marketing and corporate house. When Sri M asked him how it was going, he said, 'thik chal raha hai' - it is going okay. The pontiff of the Hunshikola Math of Yamakanamaradi and two of his associates welcomed Sri M at Huttaragi and joined the walk for about two hours, till the toll plaza. At the toll plaza, the police department had organized refreshments for the padayatris. Covering another 2 kilometers at an easy pace, the yatris reached their destination for the day, Yamakanamaradi. From here, they were transported to Sri Shankar Linga Karyalay, a marriage hall in Sankeshwar, which was their point of stay. The ride in the Walk of Hope bus took them about half an hour. With no Satsang planned for the day, the yatris rested after lunch at the Karyalay. It rained heavily in the evening. The cooks from Karnataka, the ones who had been with the Padayatra for more than a month and half, were to soon take leave, so they treated the yatris to tasty evening snacks. Walk of Hope is possible only because of the quiet hard work of many volunteers. At this very moment, there are an unknown number of people working silently, doing their task with dedication, with little concern for praise or censure. Having left behind their daily lives, their livelihoods and comforts - at least for a while - one wonders what impels them to work for someone or something other than themselves. It is almost guaranteed that there will be little or no payment, leave alone any recognition. What is their reward? What is extraordinary is that some who had joined the walk for a short while, are returning with the resolve to support or work for Walk of Hope in whatever possible capacity.

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Jai Gurudeva… Jai Maheshwarnath… Jai Kriya Babaji…Jai Sarva Santajana…

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