Day 133 | 24 May 2015 | Camp at Miraj| The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Sri M being received with all pomp and pageantry for Satsang at the Patwardhan Hall, Miraj, Maharashtra
  • Mellifluous shehnai recital before Satsang at the Patwardhan Hall, Miraj, Maharashtra
  • Packed crowd for Satsang at the Patwardhan Hall, Miraj, Maharashtra
  • Sri M greets the venerable Sri Shukla disciple of Sri Janardhan Swamy, Miraj, Maharashtra
  • Sri M in Satsang Patwardhan Hall, Miraj, Maharashtra
Today the Walk of Hope was in Miraj and it was a day of rest. The day was spent in leisure by most of the padayatris. The rest day also meant replenishing the much required supplies especially, because the next few days were not likely to give this opportunity.

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Some were even able to sneak in a trip to Sangali, the nearest larger city, just about 10 kilometers away, for things that they did not find in Miraj. The good time to do such things is before afternoon because after that it gets unbearably hot and everything shuts down for a siesta. In the evening, there was a satsang in the Patwardhan hall. Approximately 550 to 600 people gathered there by the time the satsang started. Shehnai Vadan proceeded the Ganesh Vandana and Bhajans, followed by the Satsang   “Sri M started his address, “Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram vyāptam yena carācaram Tatpadam darśitam yena tasmai śrī guravenamah (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 sukinoh bhavantu May the entire universe be happy” “Om Sri Gurubhyo Namaha.” “Respected Shuklaji, Dr. Kulkarni and all the respected guests here, my brothers, my sisters and my friends who are in front of me, you have already heard about the padayatra by now. I cannot speak in Marathi so I will speak in Hindi, if there are any mistakes, please tell me. I am from Kerala so I can also speak Malayalam. What was not shown in the film, and not printed in the notices, and not said in the introductory speech, I want to say a few words on that. It is my feeling that the Walk in itself is a talk and not a lot of words are needed.” “Once in Rishikesh, in Uttarkashi, by the banks of Ganges, when I was with Babaji, he told me that if you meditate in a cave for fifteen years, twelve hours every day and when you finally leave, if you do not hear the cry of the child in a village, there is something wrong with your meditation. He said then that ‘tapas’ of fifteen years is of no use.” “When we go into the spiritual field our heart should become soft like a flower. If that does not happen, understand that there is something not right. I am not saying this, many great people have said this and I am just repeating it. When one has a spiritual experience he considers all beings as One. A realized Being sees a spark of the Supreme in every being and nothing else.” “Understand that a human being is a walking temple. If you do not serve this then who or what will you serve? First, the mind should be pure. Many people do some service and then get a large brass plate saying that ‘I have done such-and-such thing’. When the mind is pure and one starts to experience the Supreme, then love starts to manifest itself and no one is considered as being separate.” “Advaita means that the multiplicity that we see is ultimately One. This padayatra is an outward manifestation of my inner spiritual experience. With God’s grace, the yatra that we have started, will reach Srinagar, in April 2016. More important than this is the internal yatra where one purifies the mind and can see God in the hearts of other beings; this is the best thing possible for a human being. If this does not happen then I will consider this yatra to be a failure.” “Mahatma Gandhi’s - please, I can never compare myself to Mahatma Gandhi - padayatra had a different purpose but one of the things about him was that he was a person of spiritual experience, because he wanted to establish a ‘Ram-Rajya’. The Britishers have gone, there is Rajya also, but there is no Ram-Rajya.” “Now, Ram Rajya - it can be called Rehman Rajya as well- is where people are good, where there is happiness, where there is love between people, where they do not commit violence on each other, such a place is called Ram-Rajya. What Mahatma Gandhi used to say is what they say in Jainism, ahimsa paramo dharma, the greatest dharma is non-violence. We have independence but a lot of work is yet to be done.” “Development is going on; the outer development is going on in full force and good will come out of it. Along with that there should also be inner development. How is that to happen? First of all one should live by yama-niyamas. Secondly, the Supreme Being that sits in the heart of every human should be recognized and served; I feel this way and I may be wrong. Third, we should understand that we all are One and should walk hand in hand. This is nothing new, thousands of years ago it was said in the Vedas Ekam sat viprah bahudaa vadanti. The truth is One and the wise ones call it by different names. Many people ask me, what this name ‘M’ is about. M means a ‘Manushya’, a ‘Manav’ - a human being - that is all. In that way, you all are M. And that is because we all have come from a mothers’ womb, no one has fallen from the sky. And finally we will go into this Earth. I often say this to the padayatris that it is your padayatra, I am walking in the front only as a symbol.” “When Maheshwarnath Babaji initiated me into the Natha traditions, he gave me the name Madhukarnath. You all know what ‘Madhu’ (honey) is, it is something sweet and it is this sweetness that I want to spread.” “Kulkarni sahib just sang ‘jyot se jyot jalate chalo’ - from lamp to lamp, spread the light. This is it! If you all are with me in this, it would be nice. Now, my purpose is not to get you all to walk. But, if you are with me in your mind and co-operate with us, it would be wonderful. At every place that we have been to since we started from Kanyakumari, we have been welcomed with great warmth. In Kolhapur, about 500 or 600 Warkaris joined us and walked with us singing ‘Ram Krishna Hari’ bhajans, as they went along.” “Wherever we have been, be it in a church or in a Dargah, we have been welcomed with open hearts. Yesterday, when we came to Miraj, we went to the Dargah. The Fakirs led us to the Dargah, went inside with us and brought us out after prayers. Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and everyone else was with us, it did not matter. I hope to create such an environment of brotherhood and with this hope I am walking. This hope, this desire comes from my inner experience.” “I am not walking with the intention of receiving any awards, nor am I walking with any intentions of running the government, there is nothing. If we stop fighting and come together we can strengthen India. And why, because it was said in India Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu and Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha – Let all be happy! If India is not strong then from where will such a message go? With this attempt, we have set out together and we understand that you can help us by co-operating with us.” “Years ago I reached the gates of Kashi Vishwanath Mandir in Benares. I heard beautiful shehnai vadan and I saw that on the stairs a musician was sitting. I asked somebody who he was and was told that he was Khan Sahib, Ustad Bismillah Khan. Have you ever heard his shehnai? Every morning he would sit there and play. Someone asked him, do you want to go to foreign lands to receive an award, he said, no, I have to go every morning and play at Vishwanath Mandir. This is India. This is the land where people are together and live their lives fully. This is the land of spiritual experience!” “And what am I to say about Sikhs? I have travelled widely in the land of Punjab and I will travel widely again when we go there. If you visit the golden temple at four in the morning, one can hear the beautiful sound of Kirtan -bhajan. Sometimes, one can hear Kabir. I don’t know if you know this, the only reason Kabir’s couplets have remained intact is because they were incorporated in the Guru Granth Sahib; there is a large section on Kabir in it.” “Looking at this, in great India, sometimes we forget this. We forget this for small reasons, either in anger, or in self-interest. We should remain together! That is why I will say that spiritual experience is also needed. We have to understand that the same atman that is within me is also within everybody. In Gita when Arjun asks Krishna who his greatest devotee is, Krishna says, Sarva bhuta hite ratah the one who has the welfare of all living beings in his heart is my greatest devotee.” “We are going from place to place telling everyone; do not forget that you are human beings. Do not listen to anyone who says otherwise. Maharashtra is the land of saints, you all know. We have just come from Narsobachiwadi. We were there on the banks of Krishna River and a cool breeze was there, I want to go back there but it is not possible right now.” “Now I want to speak about Guru Nanak, many people know of him. They know that he was a prophet and champion of Hindu-Muslim unity. Once, he was working in the storehouse of a Nawab. He was working as a store-master and his task was to give some grains to everyone, who came to him. So, one day, as he started distributing, he started counting - one, two three and so on. When the counting came to number thirteen –‘tera’ (in Hindi the number ‘tera’ also means yours), his mind went into samadhi. He said, all is ‘yours’ – ‘tera’, and gave away without regard. So, the granary was empty and somebody went to the Nawab and told him. The Nawab came running, worried, and asked him what he was doing. Guru Nanak said that all is His. Where did this understanding come from? It comes only from experience! We are so caught up with our attachments that we are not ready to give them up. That is why we are afraid of death. If someone gives us the guarantee that we will take with us everything when we die, will we be afraid of death? The fear is the fear of loss and not of death itself.” “I will tell you one more story. There was once a nawab, in those days there were many nawabs. Guru Nanak used to do a lot of charitable work and got help from many nawabs. This particular nawab never helped Guru Nanak. So, Guru Nanak thought that this nawab should be taught a lesson because good work must go on.” “In a piece of paper, he folded a sewing needle and wrote a note - I think both of us will die soon and I will follow you, please take this needle, keep it for me and give it to me on the other side when I ask for it. So the Nawab was worried because he did not know how to take a needle with him when he died and these were the words of a saint. He came running to Guru Nanak and asked him, how am I to take this needle with me, I do not know. So, Guru Nanak said that you cannot take even a needle with you when you die, so what of all your accumulated wealth, please do something for the work that we are doing. Saints are such.” “Now, I will tell you one more story which is a Sufi story. There was once a great Sufi saint called Jalaludin Rumi. He founded the Order of Whirling Dervishes. He was called Maula Rumi. Ramakrishna Paramhamsa loved this story and narrated it often. The story goes as, once four blind men went to see an elephant. The first one touched the leg and said that this elephant is like a pillar; sometimes it moves and at the bottom, there are rocks (nails). The second one went and caught its tail. He said that this elephant is like a big brush which moves to and fro. The third one went and caught hold of its ear and said this elephant is like a winnow, which flaps to and fro; it usually keeps still and is hard like leather. The fourth one caught its trunk and said that it’s like a rubber hose and it makes some noise now and then. All four of them fought over what was the definition of the elephant; just like it happens here now and then, and after that no one remembers anything. They do not remember that the mothers and children that are in this home are in the other home also. And why don’t they remember? It is for the simple reason that ‘my elephant is the pillar and your elephant is the hose’.” “At that time a Sufi saint reached the spot and asked them what they were fighting about. He told them, look I can see, what all of you are saying is true but what you are all saying is untrue and true at the same time. That is because the elephant is what you say it to be but it is much more than that; what you touched and what you did not touch, all of it is the elephant.” “So, there might be different approaches but it cannot be said that this is right and that is wrong. And, no one can say that I know everything. The human mind is limited and can only understand a little. If one understands this, then one can know that in reality one is a zero. Progress In the spiritual realm is possible only when that happens, because then there is space. If one goes on this way in one’s life, if one understands that the Supreme Lord sits inside each and every one as the ‘Antaryami’ and one talks about it thus, then our padayatra would be successful. Jesus Christ also said the same thing - ‘blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God’. “This is nothing new. It has been said before – Vasudeva Kutumbakam. Sai Baba said ‘hum sub ek hain’’ - we are all One. This, that we are all One, should not be forgotten. I will not go into the practical things of sadhana, because the topic of this satsang is different but when one sits for his or her sadahna, one should meditate on this, that we are all One. That is all I do not want to say anymore.” “I thank you that you have all listened to me speak on this padayatra and these matters. Tomorrow morning, when we walk, we would be very happy if you would come and walk with us even for five minutes. We will leave at 5.30 in the morning tomorrow and we will keep walking, we have become like parivrajaks, like Fakirs.” “I just remembered that there was Mohammad Nabi too, and at one point of time after Islam had spread, his clothes tore and he was sewing them. Someone said that if you were to ask, clothes will come from Turkey just for you, why are you sewing your old clothes. He said – Al fakr-u-fakir this poverty of mine is my pride. Today when I see the circus around breaking Juma, it pains me; they used to break their fast with one date and a piece of bread. Times have changed and we have forgotten simplicity. I have come here to tell you that remain simple and do good and pray for everybody’s happiness. Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha.” “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.” “Thank you, Dhanyawad, Namaskar!” The gathering slowly dispersed after satsang and the the padayatris retired for the day after dinner.


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  1. That’s a simple but great idea, just by walking and crossing all India from South to North, to show that we are all One. One family. It is so importand to learn what Human Unity means, we have to learn this, it is the only way out of all our problems.

  2. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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