Day 134 | 25 May 2015 | Miraj to Bhose| The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Greetings as we left the Town of Hospitals, Miraj, Maharashtra
  • What an early bird, Miraj, Maharashtra
  • Along the streets of Miraj before taking off to Bhose, Day 134, Maharashtra
  • The town slowly emerges from its slumber, Miraj, Maharashtra
  • Kshurasya Dhara..a farmer walks a narrow ledge, Miraj-Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • A langurous sleep, Bhose, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • Sri M in Satsang at the Yellamma temple, Bhose, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • Idyllic setting for Satsang under a Banyan tree and next to the temple, Bhose, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • It is Nikah time at this wayside Mosque, Miraj-Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • The groom in all his glory , Miraj-Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • Saying it better than in words, Miraj, Maharashtra
  • It is time for tomato harvest, Miraj-Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • Under the Banyan tree, Bhose, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • The crowd watching the Walk of Hope videos in rapt attention, Bhose, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • The lone shepherd is out at the crack of dawn, Miraj-Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • Sri M being adorned with the Pheta before Satsang at the Yellamma temple, Bhose, Sangli, Maharashtra
Miraj was still sleeping when the Padayatra started from Patwardhan Hall. The roads were mostly deserted except for early morning walkers who stood by and gazed at the quiet procession of people dressed in whites. The streetlights cast a warm orange glow on the roads; in about half an hour, dawn broke and by this time, the yatra had exited the city.

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Walking on the narrow two-lane highway with trucks plying furiously, the yatris had to walk in narrow files of two or three. Watching activity emerge as dawn breaks is always an absorbing scenario—birds making their presence felt, a shepherd taking his goats for a graze, a farmer readying his plough. And then, after breakfast, there was the usual noisy plethora of automobiles, buses, cars, jeeps filled to the brim with people, tractors, motorbikes - some managing to carry a family of four- and an occasional bullock cart. Walk of Hope covered 20 kilometers today and reached Bhose. Leaving Miraj at 5.30 am in the morning, the padayatra went past Kalambi village where breakfast was served in the vicinity of a petrol bunk. They reached Bhose, their destination for the day just before noon. The character of the Padayatra has changed considerably over the last few days. Expectations of comfort are slowly changing and are now heading towards newer dimensions. With stays in small towns and villages known more for their places of worship, stay has been mostly in public boarding houses. Summer is peaking and a Padayatri falling ill is not a surprise. With them entering the vast semi-barren hinterlands, their places of stay are just ‘basic’ with a roof over their heads and water to wash. Things are bound to get more challenging in the days to come. The walk is indeed extremely taxing after breakfast with the sun moving in overhead. They had to stop to refill water and rest every two or three kilometers. Moving ahead arduously, the yatris reached their halting point – Renuka Temple of Bhose. Sri M was greeted and welcomed by about 50 from the region. Sri M and many of the yatris visited the temple and offered prayers. Following this, the walkers reached their resting place in half an hour and lunch was served soon after. Everyone retired for a much needed rest after lunch. In the evening, the Padayatris gathered under the Peepal tree in front of the Renuka temple for Satsang. The tree was very ancient and the circumference of its trunk must been at least 20 feet. The locals felicitated Sri M with a 'petha'—a local variety of headwear denoting respect. There were about 300 odd people and the tree was large enough to give them all enough shade. It was a very beautiful setting for a Satsang and Sri M thus began his address - “Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram vyāptam yena carācaram Tatpadam darśitamyena 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. Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu MaaKashcid-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, Peace, Peace. “My salutations to all of you. This place where we are is very good for Satsang. We are close to the temple and under a Peepal tree. In this padayatra, we have been to many halls. In Dharwad, they said that there is going to be a 'Maha-Satsang' and they had a big hall with many lights and there was a Satsang. But such a setting, under a tree, this is a very good place for Satsang. We should have Satsang in such places.” “About the padayatra, I will not speak much and will only say a few words. We will make this a spiritual Satsang. About the Walk much has been written and said; you must have read something in the newspapers or the notices. I only want to say this that we started on 12 January 2015. We started on this date because it is the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It has been more than 100 years since Swami Vivekananda spoke about Manav Ekta and did a lot about it. Wherever you see Ramakrishna Mission, remember that has come about due to Swami Vivekananda’s efforts.” “After him, there has been no Padayatra that thinks about this. Yes, there was Mahatma Gandhi who did a Padayatra but its goal was different. He was a Mahatma, a saint without doubt, but he did that work to get freedom for India. Through non-violence, he turned the Britishers out. After that, the yatras have had political aims. Sri Chandrasekar, former Prime Minister too did a Padayatra but his goal was primarily political.” “Adi Shankaracharya undertook a yatra from Kerala and went upto Kedarnath. He travelled in all four directions, he established Mathas everywhere he went and he established and raised the flag of the Vedas once again wherever he went. This was in the distant past. After this, some 100 years ago, Swami Vivekananda undertook long yatras.” “This is a land of saints, this Maharashtra. You all know this. There was Sant Tukaram and Jnaneshwar Maharaj, whois also called a Mauli - a mother; then there were Sant Namdev, Sant Ekanath, Sant Nivrrittinath, Swami Samarth and Samarth Ramdas. Inspired by Samarth Ramdas, Shivaji Maharaja took up the sword of Tulja Bhavani and took a stand. We are going without a sword, peace is our mission.” “Now, it is time that people understand even though people belong to different religions, even though they may have different faiths, even though they may have different ideals, they are all human beings. We forget this for many reasons; sometimes we forget this in anger, sometimes we are made to forget. We are told that we are not one, we are different.” “Tell me, are human beings born of a mother's womb or do they fall out of the sky? Every human being is born from a mother's womb, they all breathe, they all eat and ultimately, they go into this earth. This is not something very simple.” “We forget this sometimes. We forget that just as there are mothers and children in other houses, there are mothers and children in my house also. Our only aim in this Padayatra is to remind people that you may do anything but do not commit violence and harm others. And above all, do not forget that we are all humans. It is not that we cannot work without violence, we can. With this message, we are walking.” “Till now, we have covered 2300 kilometers. I am 66 years old, just 4 short of 70. I have some pain in my leg but it will be okay in a few days. We still have to cover 5000 kilometers more. I am not alone; there are many people with me. They are not walking because I have called them. They have come of themselves; they are walking because they think that this is a good work.” “It is not a thing of wonder if the thought enters someone's mind that this is not a good work. Then, that person will not be able to walk. It is good because only someone with the message can walk. Why to walk otherwise in the hot sun? It is better to rest in one's home. People have left their work, they have left their homes and they are walking. I do whatever I can for them.” “To those who think that this is not a good work, I tell them to go home, this is not for you. So, we will reach Srinagar in April, 2016. With firm determination, I have set out to reach Srinagar. This message will go out and reach as many people as possible. With this I have set out. I know that all of you cannot walk with us, you have work to do.” “Please remember that this Manav Ekta is only possible if in every village, every home, people think on these matters and live by them. Remember that someone came to your village; there was pain in his leg so he walked slowly, and after sometime, he left. Remember that he walked with the message of Manav Ekta, do not let that be forgotten. Take it to your villages, to your homes and think on it. Lead you life with this vision. This is all I have to say!” “By doing this, our padayatra will be successful. It is not successful when news comes in paper. When people start working in their homes, in their villages, then it is successful. When we have left from here, please form Manav Ekta Committee. People of all parties and denominations can join it; then, go to the schools and colleges and talk to the young. They will learn to live with joy and happiness”. “I want to now tell you how it all started and where from comes the spiritual power to do this. I left my home when I was 19 years and went to the Himalayas. It is said in the Rig Veda that someone who leaves his house and thinks of the welfare of his village, he is considered a saint; someone who leaves the village and thinks of ‘samasta loka', is thought of as a greater saint still.” “At that time, I felt that a Guru sitting far away was calling me. I felt like a caged bird, so breaking the cage, I went away. I reached Rishikesh and found my guru, Maheshwarnath Babaji. Everyone knows about the Nathas here in Maharashtra. Sant Jnaneshwar was from Natha Sampradaya. His Guru was Nivrittinath and in turn, his Guru was Gahininath, who was from Gorakshnath Sampradaya.” “Maheshwarnath Babaji was a 'pakka natha, a kaanphata'. With him, I wandered for about four years in the Himalayas and learnt much from him. All that I am today is because of him; I am only a husk, the essence is Babaji. Whatever I do, I do what Babaji has told me. I do nothing that is my own.” “He told me two things by the bank of Ganges in Uttarkashi one day. One thing was that no matter how much you meditate, if you do not think about the welfare of others, there is something wrong with your meditation. Similarly in Bhagwat Gita, Arjuna asks Krishna, who his dearest devotee is. Lord Krishna replied,Sarva bhuta hiteh ratah- The one who thinks of the welfare of all beings is my dearest devotee. So Babaji said to me, if you do not hear the cry of someone who is hungry, someone in need, someone who is crying, your meditation is of no use.” “When the mind is pure, love blossoms; this not the love of the body but a more internal, spiritual love. This is to say, there are many kinds of bodies.One is born, one is a child, one is an adolescent, then a youth, for a while one looks good, then one becomes old and nobody looks at you and then you die.” “This love is there because a spark of the Divine is there in every being and its essence is love: this is why there is love. This is not the love of bodies, which is there even between animals. Humans are considered greater than animals because they have control over their senses. If it is understood that this spark is within every being, then one understands that every living being is a walking temple. It is okay if one doessomething, but important thing is to realize that you have done a wrong. If you live this way then, Babaji said, this earth will be happy and you will be happy.” “From this understanding, started the Padayatra. This is not an outward journey, this is an inward journey. This is a journey where we purify our minds slowly and reach the goal. If we only consider this an outward yatra, I don't think that one will get any benefit from this and it’sbetterto sit at home. What will you get out of just walking in the hot sun?” “With this intent, we have set out. We tell people wherever we go that it is good if you walk with us but if you have work and cannot come, they can do good worksfrom home itself—do not commit violence, have love towards each other. Remember that if we stay together, then not only India but also the whole world will be strong. It has been said thousands of years ago by Rishis: Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu. Please remember this.” “Every person should sit quietly and meditate for ten to fifteen minutes. You do go to temples but also do sit quietly everyday because within you dwells a spark of the Supreme Lord. After you visit a temple, go somewhere and sit quietly and think that the Supreme Lord is within you. He is there but one must find that out experientially and until then one must believe in this. This experience will occur when one takes everyone as one's own. When this happens, you will see the same everywhere.” “This is all I wanted to say to you. This is a very beautiful place. Sitting under this Peepal tree, it is not good if we hear today, and forget tomorrow. We will all sit together for five minutes,meditate and then we will go. Shall we do it?” “Okay, first we will chant Om three times and after that, we will imagine a white lotus within our hearts and two 'padukas' kept on this lotus. Consider these to be Sri Guru's padukas and do 'So-Ham' japa. We will do this for 5 minutes, end with 'Om Sri Gurubhyo Namah' and then conclude. There is 'Ham-sa' and 'So-ham', you can do any one.” After the Satsang, there was meditation for five minutes. Sri M concluded the meditation with the chant: “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”


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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

  2. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Under Banyan Tree with Babaji undergoing Bhava Shudhi..

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