Day 157 | 17 June 2015 | Malinagar to Malshiras | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH - Day 157-Relatively short walk of 14 K- Sri M steps on the gas pedal - Akluj- Malshiras
  • Preparing Mawa - enroute - Deshmukhpatta
  • One of the many short and sweet receptions accorded to the Walk enroute
  • 4.The-sixth-and-smallest-one-of-the-lot-has-a-lot-of-pluck!!,-Akluj,-Malshiras,-Maharashtra
  • Sri M planting a sapling at the District School Akluj
  • Sri M felicitated at the District school Akluj before the satsang
  • Sri M's satsang with teachers of the District school in attendance - Akluj
  • Past a board extolling the tenet of Jainism - Akluj-Malshiras
  • One of the many faces enroute Akluj - Malshiras
Leaving the arid lands behind and traversing on a road with profusion of trees, the padayatra walked from Malinagar to Malshiras. A sugarcane belt, the area looks prosperous and has sugarcane growing to a height of six feet. There was a cool breeze and it was an easy sixteen-kilometer walk for the now seasoned yatris.

The Journal Of Hope Archive

Many walkers who had joined them for the Pandharpur sector are now leaving and the group is now returning to its original strength. Breakfast was at the roadside today and they stopped for their customary short breaks every now and then. They reached Malshiras by 12.00noon. Their resting place was in a Yatri Nivas situated close to many sugar factories on the outskirts of the town. The sugar factories, like they one they stayed in yesterday, are pristine, having good infrastructure with manicured gardens. Malshiras borders Pune, Satara and Solapur districts and its economy is drawn from agriculture, mostly sugarcane. Flowers and grains are also grown to an extent and transported to Pune for marketing. The town is mainly known as a Palkhi stop for the Sant Jnaneswar Palkhi which walks from Alandi to Pandharpur. After a rest, the yatris gathered at Malshiras town for a Satsang. The Satsang was special as Sri M addressed a gathering of more than 200 teachers from the district. The venue was the Zilla Parishat office. The town does not reflect the prosperity of the sugar factories. The streets are piled with trash and the outdated infrastructure is seen in the open jumbled electrical wires. Peddlers of wares in handcarts were a common sight and the gusty winds in the evening blew up dust in the unkempt streets. Sri M was welcomed and he planted two saplings close to the venue. He then addressed the congregation of teachers: “Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram vyāptam yena carācaram Tatpadam darśitam yenatasmai śrī gurave namah (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” “I would like to thank the education officer who arranged this. You are all teachers; I always salute teachers - my namaskars and salaams to you all. I will speak in Hindi because I do not know Marathi, I will not speak in English - do you want it in English? - I think speaking in Hindi is much better than speaking in English.” “So, what I just said, Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinaha - people think that because it is in Sanskrit, it must be from a religion. But it is not so. It means let everyone be happy in this world, let no one be in pain. It is said in Sanskrit because at that time, two or three thousand yearsago, Sanskrit was the language in use. If Persian was the language then, this would have been in the Persian language. People say to me that this is in Sanskrit; we don’t want to listen to it. It is not that it is from any particular religion. Look at people like Kalidas. It is a very old language. We speak Marathi, Gujarati, and Malayalam. I am from Kerala, Malayalam is spoken there.” “Let me tell you something. We were travelling and we were at the ancient Siddeshwara temple. It was a very nice place. There, we thought that we would have a private Satsang with only the padayatris because it had been many days since we had spoken privately. I am usually very involved in public meetings so I wanted to speak to them.There are 60 or 70 of them. Many local people also came. It happened so, that there are many here who speak Malayalam. They asked me, in Malayalam, many questions - on sleeping, waking, dreaming, and turiya states; on Yoga; and so on. Now, about 40% of Malayalam is Sanskrit. I spoke to them for thirty or forty minutes. After that, I apologised to the Marathi people saying that they asked questions in Malayalam so I had to answer in Malayalam. They said that we understood everything because much of it was in Sanskrit.” “I shared this with you because Sanskrit language is a very oldlanguage. All languages are linked to it. So do not think that this isof any religion.Yes, there is the religion of Humanity. Three thousand years ago, ithas been said in the Rig Veda - Ekam sat, viprah bahuda vadanti - the truth is one but the wise call it by many names. Whichever religion has come forth from India - Buddhism, Jainism - has its base in Sanskrit. And later, it has gone into something else, like Pali. That is why do not think that we are different.” “In Tamil Nadu, many people say that we are different - the people whoare in politics say this. The anti-Hindi agitation that happened inTamil Nadu where many people lost their lives was because of politics. Politics creates divisions between people. I am not saying that there should be no politics - it is required. But whenever politics gets mixed with religion, stay away. Politics is fine, voting is fine, and democracy is fine. But the moment it gets mixed up with religion, it becomes something else. When someone says that you are not a human but something else, please try to think about what is happening.” “For this alone, we have started from Kanyakumari. We started on 12th ofJanuary 2015. Kanyakumari is the ‘sangama’ of three oceans. We thought that it symbolises the coming together of people so we started from there. It is the land’s end, there is nothing beyond that place -they call it the Zero Point. So, we thought that from this Zero Point,we would start with zero egos. Walking all the way, we have reached your small town. We decided to walk through small villages and townsrather than through cities. We are covering the whole of Maharashtrabut we are not going through Mumbai. We are going to Pune because Alandi is close by - without seeing Mauli, how will we go forward?” “We have done 2500 Kilometers; we still have to do 5000 kilometers more. I am telling you all this because you are all teachers.Please share this in your classes. We think that in April of 2016, we will reach Srinagar. Kashmir is a part of India; there is no doubt about that. We will reach there next year.” “We are all humans but we forget this for many reasons - in anger, inselfishness, because someone tells us that we are different, sometimes because of politics, sometimes because of small things. And when this happens, you all know what happens in India. Violence breaks out and we roll back for some time. Then once again, we have to start from square one.” “How will we become strong? It is not that India is a land of Hindus.India is a land that belongs to everyone. The Arabs call it ‘al-Hind’. It is the land of all those who stay here. We forget this many times. To ensure that people do not forget this is the only reason we are walking. I am not doing this for any other reason. I am not standing for elections or want to be in politics – if I wanted to, I could have done that long ago.” “My only aim is to tell people that we, as human, are one. All of us have come from a mother’s womb and in time, all of us will go into this earth. Then, how are we different? It is people who create the differences. So, this is why this padayatra is going on.” “21st June has been declared as the International Yoga day. There are many controversies surrounding this. Some people say that we will not do yoga. The Muslims pray 5 times a day – there are a lot of Yogic practices in the prayer. Now, if these practices are called Yoga, what difference does it make? I ask people this. Not only this, you go to Britain or America, if someone has a heart problem and goes to the doctor, he is advised, along with medicines to do some yoga. If the doctor says, do yoga, will you give up your life saying that I will not do yoga because of religion?” “Yoga is not a religious thing. I am speaking on this because on 21st, Yoga day is being observed. They, from The Hindu, interviewed me on this.There was so much fight about this that I thought that I should not have given the interview. One says that this is mine, another says it is mine - what a waste of time. Yoga means to come together. From the spiritual point of view, it is to bring together the Paramatma and the Jiva. Leave this alone for a minute. Yoga is to live with aproper, integrated mind. That is all it is, nothing more.” “In Yoga, the most important textbook is the Patanjali Yogasutras. According to Patanjali, Yoga is Chitta Vritti Nirodha - to remove the imbalances of the mind. To live with a calm mind is Yoga. If the mind is peaceful, then it is not needed. But, I think that many people need it. I say to people, adopt what is good and leave what is not,there is nothing wrong with that.” “There are two parts of this yatra we are on. 60 to 70 people have been walking with me since the beginning, in the beginning, there was a lot of pain but now they are okay. We face many challenges every day. I am 66 years old. I am able to walk everyday, 20 to 25 kilometers,because of Yoga. I have been practicing since I was 12 years old. I practice everyday for thirty to forty minutes. I believe that eighty percent of my energy, I get from Yoga. Yoga is not only the physical exercise - it also includes things like yama-niyamas. Yama –niyama means practical rules and regulations - for example, do not eat much or too little. Whosoever practices a balance in all things practices yama - niyamas.” “This videographer in front of me, when I see him, I am reminded of the days when I ran away to the Himalayas. He is 19 years old. He knows that he will get breakfast and there is a place to rest. When I was in the Himalayas, I never knew where the next meal would come from. I was just wandering here and there like a Parivrajaka. When he reaches Himalayas, he will be 20 years old.” “This walk we are on is for this purpose only - live together, do not commit violence, maintain good relations. When there is violence,consider that the other house also has mothers and children. The pain that we feel, they also feel. In India, compassion and non-violence are two great things. The Jains say Ahmisa Paramo Dharma– non-violence is the greatest dharma.” “In Bhagavat Gita - yes, Krishna instructed Arjuna to fight because that was Arjuna’s dharma, not because it was personal but because the situation was such and he was a Kshatriya. If you look at Bhagavat Gita, if you go deep, non-violence has been stressed upon. In Bhakti Yoga, when Arjuna asks, Krishna says three characteristics are required to qualify as the greatest Bhakta.” “The first one is Samniyam Indriyam Gramam - the one who has the capacity to control his senses is the greatest devotee, the greatest yogi. I am saying this because sometimes our senses overtake us. On this, Tulsidas says,Kaam Krodh Madh Lobh ki, jo lou mann me khan tou lou pandit murkho, Tulsi ek saman. he also included himself. It is not that the indriyas have to be done away with. They have to be controlled. Not the mind being controlled by the senses butthe mind controlling the senses.” “Every chapter of the Bhagavat Gita is called a Yoga. The second characteristic is called Sarvatra Sama Buddhaya - one who can keep his mind calmin any situation is the greatest devotee, the greatest yogi. If one says that you are great, suddenly you are on cloud nine. But, if,someone says that you are an idiot, you know nothing, you become depressed. The most sold medicine in the world right now is anti-depressants. It is a reflection of modern civilization. The one who can keep the mind calm in heat and in cold - if it becomes hundred percent, one is a stitha-prajna - the one who attempts it is the greatest yogi. Do not depend on what others say.The one who criticizes is better than one who praises. The one who criticizes is God in human form. He or she is saying that there is something wrong, what is wrong with that? Anyone can praise, what isthere in that? After praising you, they will want something. The one who criticizes, may criticize in anger but there might be something toit. There is that old Lata Mangeshkar song, ‘Mithi Mithi Baaton Se Bachna Zara, Duniya Ke Logon Mein Jadoo Bhara’. Babaji used to say to me that if someone calls you an idiot, go look in the mirror, you maybe an idiot.” “And third, Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, the one who has Sarva Bhuta hiteh ratah- one who thinks of the welfare of all beings is the greatest devotee. This is my experience, and this is no theory. The all-pervading Lord, call it by any name you want. This experience of mine is that there is a spark of that Supreme Lord in all beings as the antaryami. We can lie to everyone but not to Him. Before we think, He knows what we think.” “I want to share my experiences, there is no other goal.To live in peace, to live together, to not forget that we are all humans - this is my aim for this padayatra. If we live like this then, India will be strong. When India is strong, then the whole world will also become strong. There was a time when people from all over the world came to India to learn. Now, it is so that we have to go outside to learn. I believe that there will come a time again, soon, when people will come from all over the world to learn from us.” “Like Swami Vivekananda said Atmano Mokshartha Jagat hitaya cha - strive for the liberation of the soul but think of the welfare of the world also.Without thinking of the welfare of the world, nothing can move forward,even your meditation will not be as you desire it to be. If you saythat you will do whatever you want to do and then think that you will meditate for some time and reach the Supreme, it is not possible.” “I have come here to explain this - how can I explain this to you, you are all teachers. I have come here to ask you to share these things with your students. Tell them that there came a mad man walking all the way from Kanyakumari with a hundred people who walked a thousand kilometers for Manav Ekta. Tell them that if India is to be strong, then we have to stand united. If you require, we will share with you copies of these videos. These children are future citizens of India.If these seeds are sown in the hearts of these children now, we believe that in time, when they grow up, there will be beautiful treesand fragrant flowers. We believe that India is a great garden; it is a flower garden where there are many types of flowers. There will come atime when all these flowers will spread the fragrance all around. I do not want to say anything more than this.” “I thank all of you that you sat here patiently listening to me. Please share this with your children.” “My Namaskars and Salaam to you.” “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.” The padayatris returned to their boarding house, had dinner and retired on a drizzling, chilly night.

One Comment

Got something to say ? Leave a Comment

  1. A God given chance to the humanity for reviving and recovering the only meaning of life that is Hope. A dream come true wonder for the exhausted souls like me. My prayers for the safe and pleasant completion of the great walk. Thanks to all participants.

Leave a Comment

Let us know your thoughts on this.