Day 130 | 21 May 2015 | Atigre to Nimshirgaon | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • A saffron sunrise at Hatkanagale Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • Reception at Sri Rama Rao Ingvale High School, Hatkanagale, Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • The Maharashtrian 'Pheta' has taken over from the Karnataka's 'Peta', we are talking turbans here, Hatkanagale, Maharashtra
  • Tending a maize field with a dog for company!, Majle, Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • Maize and Sugarcane fields and a good many trees dot the Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • 'A thorough-read', Tamdalge, Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • Yummy roasted maize, Majle, Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • This MSRTC driver patiently waits for the Padayatra to pass, Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • Reception at halting point, the Housabai Magdum Public School, Nimshirgaon, Maharashtra
  • 10.Satsang-in-the-School-premises,-Nimshirgaon,-Maharashtra)
  • The magnificent Rajashri Sahu Talab from where the walk commenced on Day 130, Atigre Maharashtra
  • Along the fringes of the Rajashri Sahu Talab, Atigre, Maharashtra
  • The azure skies threatened, yet rain kept away as we left Atigre for Nimshirgaon on Day 130, Maharashtra
The day’s walk started from the Rajashri Shahu Talab – a lake just outside Atigere village. The lake was decked with a canopy of grey clouds that added to the dramatic colours of dawn. Early morning showers had compelled all the padayatris to carry a raincoat in anticipation of a shower. Though rain kept away, the overcast sky ensured a pleasant walk through lush sugarcane and maize fields on either side of the road. 

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Narrow roads now replaced the four-lane highway that the walkers are used to; the mandatory pre-monsoon road repairs being underway further narrowed the breadth of the roads. This forced the walkers to walk in two or three in a row to ensure they did not cause traffic jams. After a short break, the walkers reached Sri Rama Rao Ingvale School, Hatkanagale where a group of 60 people accorded Sri M a traditional welcome and, in what is now a mandatory practice, they adorned his headwith a ‘pheta’. Breakfast followed soon after and they set off again towards Nimshirgaon. The walk, as has been for the last few days, proceeded at a slow pace and they reached their destination around 12 noon. Passing through various small hamlets like Alate, Korochi and Hatkanagale, the walkers reached their halting point, Housabai Magdum English School. They traversed a distance of 17 kilometers on this day. Sri M was again accorded a traditional welcome at the school by a group of around 40 people, A small refreshment break followed and soon after there was a short Satsang. “Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih Om, May All become Happy, May All be Free from Illness. May All See what is Auspicious, May no one Suffer. Om Peace, 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 sukinoh bhavantu May the entire universe be happy “I was going to speak on the Padayatra but I was told that you all are practitioners and I have been asked to speak on spiritual matters, so I will do that. But do understand that our Padayatra is also a Sadhana. Our aim is to speak about Manav Ekta as we go along. Beginning from Kanyakumari, we have completed 2180 kilometers until now, and we have 5000 kilometers left till we reach Srinagar in April, 2016.” “Understand that this is a Tapasya - a sacrifice. Tapasya does not mean that one stands for ten years, lifting one hand. It means that we, not we but all of us, are ready to give up what we have. Leave me aside, I am a zero. They call me M but I want to call myself zero.” “Only when the ego is gone, can the Other come in; otherwise, we are so full of ourselves. Once a Sadhaka went to a Mahatma and said, please teach me about Samadhi. The Mahatama said, please drink some water. The Mahatama brought a bowl and started pouring water, soon the water overflowed. The Sadhaka cried out - what are you doing? Why is the water overflowing? The Mahatma said, it’s the same here too; you are so full, how can I teach you anything about Samadhi?” “So, there should be some space. What does this mean? It means that one's ego should not be there. There are so many paths - there is Bhakti marg, there is Jnana marg, there is Dhyana marg, there is Yoga marg, and so on. It is my belief that if there is no Bhakti and devotion, nothing will happen. What does Yoga do? It purifies the mind. What does Pranayama do? It balances apana and prana.” “If there is no devotion to the feet of the Lord, how is one to reach there? You can take Him to be form or formless or both at the same time. He is beyond our ordinary logic and it is not possible to understand Him with our limited minds. To understand Him, one must first calm one’s mind and when one sees a glimpse of the Supreme, one should hold on; He will do the rest.” “'I am doing this’;‘I am doing this sadhana’;‘I am reading this’;‘I am studying this' – if one removes one’s ‘I’ even a little bit, one gives an opportunity and space for the Supreme to rise within. Most of the times, we cover it. When we live in this world, one should do Good. One who does not do any work resides in Tamoguna. To go from Tamoguna to Sattva-guna, one needs Rajoguna - the good kind of Rajoguna and not the bad kind; this is service to another. Swami Vivekananda said 'Daridra-narayana seva’ – that is to serve the lowest and try to uplift them. If one does that, not only will another human being be benefited but also our minds will be purified and slowly, one will progress.” “You all are sitting here, I do not consider you as this or that, as man or woman. I consider you as the Lord. In the heart of every one, sits the Supreme; there is no one in whom it is not there. It is a different matter whether it has manifested itself or not, but there is no being in which the Supreme does not dwell. Some of you may be bhaktas, some may be jnanis, some may even be yogis, and some may not be anything only because you have not yet started walking on the path.” “What else am I to say? If you have to ask anything, please ask.”Following this address, there was a brief interactive session. Sri M answered a few questions that were asked by people from the local community who had gathered there.  The padayatris relaxed for the rest of the day. There was no evening program scheduled today. The hosts at the Public School, in Atigere, took great care of theYatris, serving delicious home-cooked food and making sure that they had a pleasant stay. The clean and well maintained swimming pool served as a welcome respite for the Yatris, once again.

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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