Day 139| 30 May 2015 | Camp at Sangola| The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Padayatra along the streets of Sangola in the evening, Solapur, Maharashtra
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  • Greetings to Sri M from the Muslim Association, Sangola, Solapur, Maharashtra
  • Sri M gets a loving hug from a member of the Varkari Association, Sangola, Solapur, Maharashtra
  • Sri M in Satsang at the Punyashlok Ahalyabhai Holkar Smrutivan, Sangola, Solapur, Maharashtra
Today was a day of rest and Walk of Hope camped at Sangola. There was only one program planned during the evening and the walkers were on their own for the rest of the day, going about their various chores.

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The yatris gathered at Ajinkya Plaza by 5.00 pm. The city walk was an impressive affair. The local coordinators had arranged for ‘phetas’ – traditional Marathi headgear, for all walkers – men and women. For most of them, it was the first time and there was a lot of fun and frolic. A good half hour was spent taking pictures with one another wearing the grand turbans. The city walk had three different troupes of musicians leading the way, playing on various instruments. Sri M was seated on a moving tableau with a large statue of Swami Vivekananda. A group of people walked holding flags of various colours. A small number of Varkaris also walked in the procession chanting Ram bhajans. The procession of around four hundred people took about an hour to reach the Town Hall. On reaching the venue, people settled in and Sri M addressed the gathering. “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, Peace, Peace. Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu May the entire universe be happy” “Namaskar!” “I do not know Marathi, so I will speak in Hindi. I would like to thank the coordinator of this district for all the work that has been done. Dr. Chandrakant Pandav, Deepak Dada Khadke and all those who have done a lot of work for us, I would like to thank you all. Namaskars to our friends, who were chanting Ram Krishna Haribhajans. I would like to speak a few words.” “You have been told about the yatra just now. We are going from Kanyakumari to Srinagar. It is a journey of 7500 kms and we have been walking for 2300 kms now. We started from Kanyakumari where there is a sangama (confluence) of three oceans, where Swami Vivekananda spent some time.” “A hundred years ago, Swami Vivekananda raised the same issue and said, we are all One. From Kanyakumari, we have reached Maharashtra. We have crossed Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. We will now go to Solapur and then, Akkalkot. A lot of the distance is still left.” “Now, these days, it is very hot but we will not stop. Be it rain or sun, we will walk. I do not walk alone, there are many people who are walking from Kanyakumari with me and I have full faith that they will walk with me and reach Kashmir.” “I do not have any political aim. Sometimes, we forget that we are all One. From the time of Rishis, it has been said that Truth is one but people know It by different name –Ekam sat, viprah bahudaa vadanti. And secondly, for three or four thousand years, it has been said that in the heart of every being is the spark of the Supreme. It is called Atman. It is called Ruh. That is why every human being is a walking temple, mosque or church.” “There is no one who is not born of the mother’s womb, there is no one who has fallen from the sky suddenly one day. And ultimately, we all go into this earth. Name, religion may be different; faiths maybe different. But it should not be forgotten that we are all humans.” “Sometimes, we forget this. There is violence, there is anger and we forget this. Why? Because we forget that we are all One; that the same spark of the Supreme is within everyone. When there is violence, the pain and suffering felt in this home is the same as the pain and suffering felt in another person’s home also. There is no difference. Just like we have mothers, they have mothers too. Just like we have children, they have children too.” “If someone tells you otherwise, that you are different, do not listen to them. In the eyes of God, we are all the same. To tell people this, we have set out on this padayatra. It is a padayatra. It would have been very easy to take a car and do a yatra. We are doing this padayatra because when one’s feet are on the ground, only then does someone understand that there is something more. Varkaris go to Pandharpur, they understand this.” “I have come to this area before. I passed this city in a car before but I did not see anything different. It is not so when you walk. Now, we are walking 20 to 25 kms on an average every day. We are passing through small villages. Yesterday we passed through Udanwadi. There, people took such loving care of us. There was Sheikh Sahib, he took good care of all of us.” “This happens at every place. Wherever we go, be it a temple or a mosque or a church, they all welcome us. People say that someone is required to say what you are saying. There was no one else doing it, so we thought we will do it. Please understand one thing that every religion talks about peace and harmony. A Hindu satsang starts with ‘Om’ and ends with ’Shanti’ - peace. In Islam, when two people meet, they say ‘salaam’. ‘Salaam’ means peace. Their greeting means May the peace of Allah be upon you. The greeting of Jews is ’Shalom’. This also means peace.” “Everyone wants peace. If there is no peace at home, how will there be peace outside? I am saying this to everyone in this padayatra that this peace starts from one’s home. From one’s home, the neighbourhood knows it. From the neighbourhood, the city knows it. From the city, the country knows it. In this way, peace spreads. Our aim is to tell people to live in peace and if there is some conflict, solve it with dialogue and not with violence.” “In anger, often, we commit some acts and feel sorry for them later on. That is why we are moving with this message. This message should reach children in schools and colleges, for they are the future citizens of the country. When they grow and they go into various disciplines; when they become engineers, doctors, lawyers, then they will remember that someone came here with a hundred people and they told us to keep peace, live together and this way India will grow and be strong.” “There is strength because of peace. When Mahatama Gandhi did Satyagraha, it was not from weakness but from strength. Non-violence is more potent than violence.If we live remembering this, then India will be strong and, along with that, there will be peace. And, people from outside India will come and learn this from us. Nowadays we go outside to learn things. There are many people here from outside India, why have they come here? Manav Ekta is our message.” “When I was 19 years old, I went to the Himalayas and met my guru, Maheshwarnath Babaji, and learnt from him. But, in my passport, my old name is still there. There is no need to change your name or religion. When there is something to be learnt, you should learn. I lived with Maheshwarnath Babaji in the Himalayas for three and a half years and learnt from him.” “If you believe in rebirth, who can say that a Christian was not a Hindu or a Muslim in his last birth? Can it not be so?” “Why do they call me Sri M? The name given to me by my Babaji is Madhukarnath, so I have taken the ‘M’ from that. Secondly, my birth name was Mumtaz Ali, so ‘M’ is from there too. And also, the first letter of Manav is ‘M’. And, why Sri M? Someone said that M is too English, so I added ‘Sri’. Even this one Sri is not needed, let alone three or four.” “I want to thank you all for you gave us so much love and respect. We will leave this city tomorrow with good memories. We will leave with the assurance that you have understood this message of Manav Ekta and live by it.” “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti” “Namaskaar and Salaam”. The dinner was in Sangama hall after the Satsang; it was already 9.00 pm by the time the walkers reached the venue for dinner. After dinner, the padayatris turned in for the night. There was no electricity when they reached the lodge and thus they prepared for bed in the dark. The breeze from outside lulled them to sleep.

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