Day 135 | 26 May 2015 | Bhose to Kuchi| The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Day 135 starts off from Bhose to Kuchi along the Miraj-Sangali Road, Maharashtra
  • Sri M enjoys his favourite concoction as the Sun drapes the skies with yet another wondrous hue, Shirdon, Miraj-Sangli Road, Maharashtra
  • Sri M's menu for breakfast- Mango,Misal pav,tea with an Ayurvedic Leha for health
  • Drying clothes is not a problem here, but finding water is, Kavdhe, Mahakal, Maharashtra
  • Padayatris cool off under shady trees after a tiring stretch, Kavdhe, Mahakal, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • A gaint awning welcomes the Padayatris to Kuchi village, Kavdhe, Mahakal, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • Kuchi and its brand of Ekta, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • Quite a plateful dinner fare served by the people of Kuchi, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • The ancient Siva temple at Kuchi, Sangli, Maharashtra
  • Mother-Child; A universal theme, Kuchi, Sangli, Maharashtra
The Padayatra started from Renuka temple at half past five in the morning. Like yesterday, they encountered many heavy goods trucks in the morning and had to walk in files of twos and threes to avoid traffic congestion. The traffic cops guarded the messengers of peace and harmony all through the day. The road was narrow and often one had to walk on the gravel by roadside. Walking in a narrow file on gravel ensured that one’s attention was completely in the present.

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It was cool in the early morning, there was a lively breeze and the Walk was just fine for a while. The last six-kilometer stretch was difficult today, with the temperature touching 37 degrees; the yatra had to stop every half an hour for a few minutes. The sky was cloudless and the merciless sun did not spare them even though the strong breeze compensated to some extent. It must have been quite a task for the water-van guys to keep up with the need for water but they worked quietly; their contribution in the march has been a significant one. The heat made it necessary for the walkers to carry packets of electrolytes with them to mix in their water flasks. The yatris had not come prepared for it. The padayatris were indeed thankful to reach the day’s destination by 12.00noon. Here, Sri M and the other padayatris were welcomed by a small group. The resting place was a short walk away - the village being very small, it didn’t take anyone more than 10 minutes to walk from one end of the village to the other. Most of the padayatris were put up in a local host’s house, who opened up the entire place for them i.e., a total of 70 plus people in one house. There were a few small halls and even smaller rooms and all the walkers squeezed in asbest as they could. There is scarcity of water in these areas and the yatris were warned before hand to use it sparingly; in spite of this, water was made freely available for the padayatris. The villagers at Kuchi village sponsored a delicious dinner comprising Jawar Ki Roti, Baingan Ki Sabzi and Onion Bajjis. The venue for the evening Satsang was a stone throw away from where they were staying, at the village plaza, a square where all village roads come together. There was a large open space there and it was there that a large open tent was set up. It was fairly windy in the evening, and thussitting there was pleasant. People started gathering from 5.30 pm in the evening and by the time Satsang started, there must have been around 250 people. After the introductory videos, Sri M spoke to those gathered there. “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. Sri M said: “Having started from Kanyakumari on the 12th of January this year, we have covered some 2300 kilometers and reached your village, Kuchi. The Sarpanch and all of you have welcomed all of us with so much warmth and love; we want to thank you for that first. Shinde sahib has just opened up his house and given it to us, the padayatris are staying there.” “I also come from near a place called Kochi. That is by the ocean and a very large place, there the ships come and go constantly and there is much business. But this village of yours is very beautiful. We have such beautiful breeze here, this is God sent, so no electricity is required. We are very happy to be here.” “We still have 5500 kilometers more to go and we will reach Srinagar in April 2016. Why are we walking together in the hot sunat an average of 20 kilometers? I want to tell you why we are walking. You have seen the film but still I want to tell you why we are doing this Walk.” “When I was still very young, I had left home and gone tothe Himalayas. There, I met Maheswarnath Babaji, who was from the Natha tradition and he became my guru. I lived with him for about four years and travelled with him. Then he said, go back; I asked him, where I will go back from this—the water of the Ganges, the air of the Himalayas, where when one is hungry, one gets to eat. He said, it will not do like this.He told me to go back, get married and live like everyone else does. He said that when you live with people then you understand what the problems of the people are. He told me that the happiness you are looking for, it is to be found inside and you need not sit in the Himalayas for it. Saying this, he told me to go back. So I came back and got married. I have two children and they are also married.” “Now is the time for ‘vana-prastha’ and I thought that I will do some good. Since the time I was in the Himalayas, I experienced that there is a spark of the Divine in every human being. You all must have heard this. This is the land of saints; there were Sant Jnaneshwar, Sant Tukaram, Swami Samarth, and Akalkot Maharaj. I cannot take each and every name and there are many I do not know.” “All saints have said the same thing – in the heart of every being is the spark of the Supreme and therefore every person - be it a man or a woman - is a walking temple. Just like you worship a temple, you must also worship and serve another human being. Every being is a part of the Divine and one should serve the Divine in human form, his service is His worship.” “If we do this, then the whole world will be happy, people will be happy, no one will commit violence on others. It can happen in small villages, it can happen in Maharashtra, it can happen in India. Likewise, it can happen in every country, the whole world. The Rishis did not say that let only this or that village be happy, they said Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu - May the whole universe be happy.” “It does not matter if one is a Hindu, a Muslim or a Christian. He is after all, a human being. And all beings have a heart and in this heart sits the Supreme Lord; call it a Devi or Devata or by whatever name you want to.” “Sometimes we forget this. We forget that the mother, father, children that are in this home are in the other homes also, the pain and suffering we feel, it is also felt there. We forget this, it is not as if more pain is felt here and less pain is felt there, everyone suffers equally.To think and live like this, to serve human beings with this thought and even if they commit a wrong, to forgive them and move forward, this is the message we want to spread in every village and city. We want to spread this message to every country; we have set out on this Yatra with this purpose. Imagine if people live like this. There will be peace without violence and love without hate. If there are these things, will it not be beautiful? Just like now, there is this beautiful breeze, just so, there will be peace.” “All men are not the same, they can be different. In a garden, there are many flowers. It is not that there is only one kind of flower. We think it is normal for many different kinds of flowers to grow in a garden. We go to schools and colleges and say to the children there that you are the future of India, so please think on these things. If there are many kinds of flowers in a garden, there will be such a beautiful fragrance.” “If this beautiful fragrance is there, then we can have different names, different forms but really, we all will be One. Only to speak on this and to let people think on these things, we have set out from Kanyakumari.” “It is my experience that when there is peace outside, we can sit quietly and meditate easily. And how does one meditate? Close your eyes and imagine a flame in your heart which is part of the Supreme Being. Fix your mind on that flame and repeat OM. If you do this for ten minutes a day, your mind and body will be peaceful and diseases will stay away from you. Everyone should do this.” “Just like you go to a temple and worship God, you should also worship the God that is in your heart. Similarly, the God that is in the heart of another human being should be worshipped through service; worship inside and service outside. This is called Atmano Moksha Jagath Hitaya. Just to tell you this, we have come so far and I thank you that you have listened to me. We have not come here for politics,that is for certain.” “India will be strong this way and if India is strong, the world will be strong. From time immemorial, strength has been flowing quietly from here to every place. These days one cannot find peace in many other places. I think if you live like this, then other nations will see us and follow; India will be great once more.” “I do not want to say much more on this. It is a simple thing, you must have understood. With this padayatra, we are showing that it is possible. Many people have come with me leaving behind their everyday lives. Their only thought was that something good is happening and we will do whatever we can to help. This is Manav Ekta! We are all One. Do not forget this. We are all born from a mother’s womb and we go back to this earth.” Following the Satsang, the gathering dispersed and the padayatris turned in for a night after a quick dinner.

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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