Day 145| 5 June 2015 | Day of Rest in Solapur | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Watching the Walk of Hope videos at the Janan Prabodhini auditorium Solapur
  • Floral offering to Bharat mata- Janan Prabodhini auditorium, Solapur
  • Blessed young ones of the Janan Prabodhini School Latur
  • Sri Bab, philanthropist and visionary of Herali welcomes Sri M
  • Sri M at the morning Satsang - Jnan Prabodhini auditorium
  • Sri M being taken around the Sri Siddheswar Temple Solapur
  • Sri M in conversation with Sri Nitish Bharadwaj of "Mahabharata" fame
  • Offering prayers to lord Siva at Sri Siddheswar Temple Solapur
  • 9.-Walk-of-Hope-1
  • Sri Nitish Bharadwaj addresses the gathering at Sri Siddheswar Temple
  • 11.Walk-of-Hope-2
  • Sri M in Satsang at Sri Siddheswar Temple complex, Solapur
Today was a rest day and the padayatris were housed at The Jnana Prabhodhini School at Solapur. The morning was a relaxed one and after their routine activities they gathered for breakfast at 8.30 am. There was an interfaith chanting of prayers planned post breakfast after which Sri M addressed the gathering of about 200 people. The venue was the school auditorium. While people awaited Sri M’s arrival, there was a rendering of bhajans by the music teacher of the school and a group of about 30 students.

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Sri M arrived and the event started with a short film being shown about the origins of Jnana Prabhodhini and their sister unit in Harali village near Akkalkot. The village of Harali was razed to the ground during the Latur earthquake in 1993. Fortunately, there were no deaths but they were in despair not knowing how to rebuild their lives. There was no aid forthcoming as they were low down on the priority list. Then a stranger passed by the village, fondly known as Anna, who stopped by and moved by their tales of woe, stepped in and helped them raise money, buy tools, slowly start a school, buy land around and start an orchard to help make it a self-sustaining unit. Twenty plus years hence, the villagers have rebuilt their lives completely all through self-help mechanisms. After this, prayers from all major religions were chanted by the whole gathering. Sri M then addressed the gathering of about 200 people. “My first Namaskars to Annaji who is with us today. Namaskars and Salaam to everyone in front of me. Salaam means peace and with this, we will start.” “Yesterday’s Satsang was a spiritual Satsang. Today, I would like to speak a few words on this padayatra. We started on 12th of January from Swami Vivekananda’s memorial and slowly, walking on an average 20 to 25 kilometers everyday, we have reached Solapur. We have done 2600 kilometers; and we have to do 5500 kilometers more. With God’s grace, in April of 2016, we will reach Srinagar. We have started and we will reach.” “The support and enthusiasm we see in people makes me feel that this will happen. I have met so many people since we started, from different religions and faiths. Many of them have said, ‘You should have done this much earlier’. I told them, "It is okay, we will do it now. We have started this and we will finish this.” “In the mind of every person in India there is the understanding that we are one. We have all come from one source, we are all on the same earth. There is no one who has fallen from the sky; everyone has come from his or her mother’s womb. And, we will one day go back into this earth.” “I would like to say that this is nothing new but these days people forget, the consequence of which you all know. There is violence. The mothers and children in our house mean the same as the children and mothers in the other’s house also. The pain and suffering experienced by mothers and children in our homes is same as the pain and suffering experienced by mothers and children in the other’s house.” “This is nothing new. Three thousand years ago, it has been said in the Vedas — Ekam sat, viprah bahuda vadanti – ‘The truth is one, the wise call it by many names’. But we forget this, sometimes through anger, sometimes though selfishness. Our only aim is to not let this be forgotten. People should understand that if they live together, there will be peace and India will be strong.” “If India is strong, the message will go out and the world will learn. From olden days, the position of India has been that of a teacher. We are walking for this.” “Just yesterday, we were having a private Satsang at the Siddheshwara temple – not the one in Solapur and the local people from the village joined us. Someone asked me a question in Malayalam. The person who asked me the question was a simple mason but the question was very deep. He asked me about the waking, dreaming, deep sleep and turiya states. I answered him in Malayalam. The Sarpanch of the village who was there told me when I was leaving that he understood everything because 60 to 70 percent were Sanskrit words. This is India, there is unity here. But sometimes, we forget this.” “Let this not be forgotten. The spark of the supreme is there in every person, there is no one in whom it is not. This is the experience of Vedanta. To propagate this, we will move with people, we will stay with people, we will eat with them, and live with them. We have gone to villages and seen what is happening. One cannot know sitting in cities.”  “The day before we stopped for a cup of tea. The man who lived there came and spoke to us. He had a mother, a wife and children. There were many animals on his farm. He said that he did agricultural work. He had a small piece of land which he farmed, he had some cows and buffalos and he sold their milk. I asked him how much he had studied, he said, ‘I have a BSc in Chemistry’. ‘What are you doing here?’ I asked. He said, ‘Someone has to do this work, who will do it?’ “I will give you another example. Once in Kerala, as we were walking, an auto-rickshaw driver came and stopped right in front of me. My security guard, who is from Kerala and is walking all the way to Kashmir, stopped the driver. The driver got down saying, ‘This is for the walk’, and he handed me a hundred rupees. I asked him if he would come for the walk. He said, ‘This is half a day’s earnings I have given you, I have to earn something for the day. I will try to come for the evening Satsang’.  After this, whenever I see auto-rickshaw drivers, I salute them, because sometimes we say that they have negative qualities, but it is not so; they too have love in their hearts, they too understand these things. We were walking once in Karnataka. There was a coconut-water seller on the side of the road. Now, how much do you think he would have earned? He gave twenty rupees to a padayatri walking with me and said, ‘Give this to him’. Giving money is a matter of heart; it is not about how much one gives.Such people, we can encounter them only when we walk.” “When we go to villages, the people there speak openly. They say that there are no schools, there are no hospitals and so on. In cities it is not so, there people think ten times before speaking.” “When we came to a district in Kerala, which had a majority of Muslims, they warned me saying that something may happen. There were so many police vans and policemen that I could not understand what was happening. As soon as we entered Malappuram district, near Kozhikode, there were people from all denominations there to welcome us. There were people from the Muslim League, from BJP, from RSS, there was representation from the Church, then there were people from Congress and also the Sarpanch and village leaders. All of them spoke for a few minutes each. The Sarpanch, who was a lady, sang. The lyrics had these lines - ‘We may be different outside, but we are the same below the skin, the colour of blood is the same; and we are like a body which has many parts’.” “When one falls sick and goes to a blood bank, does he look for Christian blood? He takes what the doctor gives.” “While walking one day in the same district, we met an old lady whose back was bent, who must have been at least 90 years old, standing by the side of the road. She could not stand and was bent at the waist. She was a Muslim lady. Reading the notice that the advance party gave her, she raised her hands as we came and said, ‘I give you my blessings, may your task be successful, humanity is one. There maybe differences between man and woman but apart from that humanity is one’. “We see this only when we walk. There is a phrase - ‘down to earth’. We feel that walking, planting our feet on the ground, is down to earth. If there is peace and oneness, and if the feet touch the ground, then the seed of oneness is planted. It may be that the results are not seen just yet. Maybe after 20 or 25 years, the seed will become a tree with many fruits and flowers. With the breeze, the fragrance of these flowers will spread to all corners.” “This is not social work. This comes from my own personal experience. With the grace of Maheshwarnath Babaji, this is going on. In the heart of every being is a spark of the Supreme Being—full of peace, love and compassion. This should not be forgotten. There are many children here, after many years they will say that someone came here who spoke about Manav Ekta. When they grow older, this will stay in their hearts and they will speak of this. So, this is the message of Manav Ekta Mission.” “I do not want to say any more. Varkaris walk, chanting Ram Krishna Hari. We too are walking like that. We will sit for two minutes in silence.”After a brief meditation session, the gathering dispersed. The padayatris had lunch and some of them went into town for their shopping. They congregated again in the evening at Siddheswara Temple built in the middle of a lake. After a dance recital by a Satsangi, Sujatha Ramachandran, and a speech by Sri Nitish Bharadwaj, an actor who had played the role of Sri Krishna in the Mahabharata telecast in late eighties, Sri M addressed an audience of about 400 people. “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 “Respected friends who are here, I do not understand and speak Marathi so I will speak in Hindi, I feel it is better than speaking in English. In the morning, we had a Satsang at Jnana Prabodhini and there I spoke about the padayatra. Here, this is a spiritual Satsang.” “Every being is looking for one thing, we all want one siddhi. What is it? It is happiness. Every person, be it a Hindu or a Muslim or a Jew or a Christian, is seeking that. No one wants to suffer although there are those who are ready to take on suffering with the hope of being happy later on.” “It is thought that happiness can be obtained from things outside. People think that if they get a promotion, they will be happy. When they get promoted, then new problems start. They think that if they get a bank balance, they will be happy. When people are alone, they think that marriage will bring them happiness but it does not. Some people think that they will not marry and live alone, yet they are not happy.” “Once there was a Maharaj who asked the people in front of him to make two lines, the men who were married on one side and the men who were not another. He then asked those who thought that marriage did not bring them happiness to make yet another line. He asked those who were unmarried but unhappy to join the line. Soon, everyone was in the same line. He was surprised to see all people in the same line when he came back after a while. People said that being married, they were unhappy and not being married also, they were unhappy.” “So, this search goes on all the time, till the very end, till we go into the earth and lie there. In Christianity, they say RIP - Rest In Peace. Babaji said to me once this RIP means rise if possible. But, it is not possible. Till then, there is no happiness. Once down, they stay down.” “Our times are such that even good sleep is not available. You go to a drug store and ask the pharmacist which tablets sell the most and he will tell you, it is the sleeping tablet. And next, medicines that promise to keep someone young. If you want to make a new tablet that will make you rich, make one that keeps people young, it will sell the most. It is a different thing that they will see in six months that it does not work, but by then you have made your money.” “So, this thing that we are looking for, this happiness that we seek - the direction is not correct. In the Gita, there are Nivritti and Pravriti marg. Parvriti marg is the outward looking. It is seeking happiness in things but that happiness is short lived. There is grasping and holding on to happiness and not wanting it to go. The moment we are afraid to let it go, there is no more peace.” “Rishis, the Yogis, the Mahatmas have been saying for thousands of years, that you will not get what you are looking for through the Pravriti marg. Stop looking for happiness there and instead look for it in the Nivriti marg - what you are looking for outward, look for it inside. This is what the Tantra calls anantam-anandam-brahma.” “It is your very nature; you do not have to look for it anywhere outside. When you start looking inside for what you seek, the Lord that sits inside the heart, the one who is a part of the Supreme, the one who is filled with the same bliss, you will be able to reach it. So say all the scriptures - Bible, Quran, Gita and so on, there is no difference. The approach may be different. It has been said 3000 years ago in the Vedas, Ekam sat, viprah bahuda vadanti, the truth is one but the wise call it by different names. It is varied due to different circumstances, different locations, different temperatures and so on. But the essence is one. This is Advaita, the understanding that what one is looking for is inside and everyone is one. That is all.” “Kabir Das from Benares says something about this. He was a weaver from the Muslim community and much as he looked for a guru and the guru-mantra, no one was ready to accept him. He was a bhakta from the very start and was a yogi born to do some work. I say that if you believe in reincarnation, who is to say that a person who is now a Hindu, Christian or a Muslim, was not of some different religion in his earlier life?” “There is a beautiful story of how Kabir Das wanted to take the guru-mantra from the great Swami Ramananda but he did not know how to approach him as he was a non-Hindu. One day he went and lay down on the steps of a ghat near the Ganga and when Swami Ramananda was walking up after a bath, his feet touched Kabir and he said ‘Ram Ram’. Kabir was happy, he said, ‘I have got my guru-mantra, I consider you my guru’. And with that mantra, he did his sadhana.” “You know many couplets by Kabir. They were saved from being lost to us by the Guru Granth Sahib because they have been written down and included in it.” “Kabir says something on our search for happiness. There is the Kasturi Mriga, the musk deer that is still there in the Himalayas. The deer has a pouch beneath its stomach and in a particular season a nice fragrance emanates from it. Not understanding that it emanates from it’s own body, the deer searches everywhere, in vain.” “This happiness that we seek outside, it is within us as the sat-chid-ananda linga within us. When we say Om-Namah-Shivaya, Shivam means Ananda also; it is Shiva’s second name. The paramananda is also called ananda-linga. If we take our mind inwards, when we reach there, then we will understand that like a mad man we have been looking for it outside all this while. This is what the Sufis call the ‘Noor of the Lord’ - the gem, the jewel of God.” “The mind is covered by a lot of impurities. Sadhana is only to remove these impurities from one’s mind to allow it to become like a clear mirror. Then light appears and the nature of it is paramananda. In this world, there is happiness and there is sadness. We have to face both. Everyone faces happiness with ease. We do not face unhappiness so easily but only by facing sadness can one reach this paramananda.” “If there is any unhappiness we want to run from it. We open a bottle and, for an hour or so, the sadness is not there, we drink this amrita. First, we drink from the bottle and then the bottle drinks us. Then sadhana cannot happen. But unhappiness or suffering leads us to happiness.” “This amrita can also be found in another place. Where is that? When we do kirtans, bhajans, puja-path and dhyan. Drinking this amrita does not mean ingesting anything. Once this is tasted, nothing else is desired. One lives like anyone else in the world, laughing and crying with everyone but inside, one has a temple to which one goes whenever he wants to.” “I said that unhappiness has to be faced. For this, Satsang is needed. Otherwise, it becomes dur-sangha. We cannot live in isolation. There are Yogis who do live like that but everyone cannot live that way, so Satsang is very much required. If you get a good Guru, it is the greatest thing. If you all sit together and do Satsang, God comes there.” “I will conclude with this. I was talking about unhappiness and suffering. There is a beautiful story in the Bhagavat. This is a collection of stories. Everyone cannot read the Upanishads and the Bramhasutras. But the Bhagavat starts with Kathas. People can relate to stories very easily. I remember the times when Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana used to be telecast, then people used to close their offices early, stop working and sit and watch. I remember one incident. Once, I was in Allahabad during the Maha Kumbh - at that time I used to wander here and there like a Parivrajaka. A maharaj had invited me to his akhada. So, I went there. But I did not find anyone outside, there was no one in sight and I was confused. I saw a Naga sadhu so I asked him where everyone from the akhada was. He took me to a place. There inside, everyone was sitting together, even groups those who fight between themselves, because there was a television there. The maharaj said, ‘Be quiet now, Ram-ji will come now.’ ”So, these stories are very important. It is said that after writing Brahmasutra, Vyasa Maharishi was sitting very quietly. On his face, there was some sadness. So, Narada came and asked him what had happened. He said,"I have written the Bramhasutras yet I feel nothing has happened. People read it, then close it". So, Narada said, "Write stories of the Lord, from Matsyavataar to Krishna avatar", there is a little bit on Kalki too. So, this is Bhagavat. Reading this, one understands.” “There is a nice story in the Bhagwat on facing sadness and not running away from it. You should understand that there are many types of bhakti. There is one kind of bhakti where people ask for things such as promotions, which is okay. Sai Baba used to say I give them what they want so one day they will ask for what I want to give. There is another type of bhakti where one says that good should happen for everyone Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu. There is also another type of bhakti, para-bhakti, where one wants nothing. And, there is also a bhakti called Kunti’s bhakti. After the coronation of Yudhisthira as King, Lord Krishna bowed to Kunti, respectfully bidding Kunti farewell and also granted her a boon. Kunti said, ‘Oh Krishna, I know who you are. I know that you started the Kurukshetra war and you made us win. If you really want me to ask for a boon, then, let all the world’s sufferings and calamities come to me; let me suffer as that is when you will appear before me, giving me your darshan.” “This para-bhakti happens only with time, only when one knows that there is nothing in this world. Work has to be done, the fruits will come. One is immersed in bhajan-kirtan and things will come and go. When there is pain in the heart and mind of another, he feels it as his own. In the 12th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, when Arjuna asks, ‘Who is the greatest devotee and who is closest to you?’, Krishna says, ‘One of the qualities is this, he who is sarva bhuta hite ratah – one who has the welfare of all beings in his heart, who wants to remove suffering from all beings." “Swami Vivekananda said this, quoting from the Upanishads: ‘Atmano Mokshartham, Jagat hitaya cha’. We will walk. Not only the aim of Manav Ekta but many greater goals can be achieved with this. This is Manav Ekta. This is a spiritual journey and not just an outward walk. With this, with my head bowed in front of the Lord, I conclude this.” “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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