Day 163| 23 June 2015 | Gondavale to Phaltan | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Sri M being received at Kolki, Phaltan
  • The peppy Lejim dancers lead the Walk to the town center, Phaltan
  • The lejim dancers take over the town - Phaltan
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  • Ceremonial welcome to Sri M on arrival, Phaltan
  • A collective Arathi for Sri M - Phaltan, Satara
  • Watching the WoH videos at the Mangal Karyalay Phaltan
  • Sri M in satsang, shortly after arrival, in Phaltan
  • 'Compassion personified',- Phaltan
  • The evening the padayatris took over the community kitchen - Phaltan
The padayatris reached Phaltanafter walking 3 kms. On the outskirts of town at Kolki, 150 people, including 50 children dancing with ‘lezims’ and leading the procession, received them. Dark rain clouds hung low but luckily, it did not rain until they reached the venue, Anant Mangal Karyalaya, around 11.30 a.m. Greeted by many more, almost 400 people were present to hear Sri M speak at the Satsang.

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The Satsang began with the traditional opening prayers… “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. Lokasamastasukinohbhavantu May the entire universe be happy” “Namaskars to all of you, especially to those who are from Phaltan and all who have welcomed us here. You just saw the videos on Walk of Hope. We started on the 12th of January from Kanyakumari, and we have reached Phaltan after covering about 2600 kilometers. We have been resting for a few days but now it is time to move ahead. I did not start alone; there are many people with me. For the last two days, we were at the Shri Brahmachaitanya Gondavalekar Maharaj Samadhi Mandir in Gondavale. It is a very peaceful place, full of devotion, bhajans and kirtans. Our people liked it so much that they stayed there for two days.Generally, we stay at one place for one night and move forward.” “We still have to cover 5000 kilometers. Understand that this is a padayatra and not a rathyatra. We will go to Pune, Alandi, Nashik and then to Gujarat. From there, we will go to Madhya Pradesh - MP is very big, then Uttar Pradesh and then north, to Kashmir. In April of 2016, we will reach Kashmir. With God’s grace, and your grace, we will reach there. It is only God’s grace that when we walk, it does not rain. It rains either before or after the walk. This morning, I saw dark rain clouds gather and thought to myself, how will we walk? In half an hour, it cleared and we were able to walk. Like this, with God’s support, with everyone’s support, we are walking.” “What I am saying to you is nothing new, it is very old. In the heart of every being sits the Supreme Being. You can call that Being Him as well as Her. There is no person in whose heart this Being is not there. The Sufis call it ‘Khuda’s Noor’. Different people call it by different names.” “Sometimes we forget this. Our yatra is so that people do not forget this. Sometimes, through anger, or through selfishness, or for a number of other reasons, this is forgotten. Mother, father, child, women - they can all be seen in the other’s house also. The same pain that is felt in our homes will also be felt by others. It should be understood that if we stay together like this, then India will be very strong and this message of peace will spread everywhere.” “It has been said in the Vedas 3000 years ago, Sarve Bhavantu sukinah..,Loka Samasta sukinoh bhavantu.. Maharashtra is the land of saints. What I am saying to you has been said by all the great saints. Sometimes we forget, and to help us remember, I am walking. This is Manav Ekta Mission, and nothing else. This is not my theory; this is not any political theory, nor any philosophy. This is my experience. Because of Maheshwarnath Babajis’ hand on my head, his grace, I understood this through experience.” “As has been said in Bhagavat Gita, Sarva Bhuta hiteh ratah - the one who has the welfare of all beings in his heart and lives in that manner, is my greatest devotee. Wherever people invite us, we go. If doors do not open, we try ringing the bell first. Maheswarnath Babaji used to say that if someone does not come, try the bell, there is no harm in trying.” “What happens is that because of ego, because of selfishness, we do many things. If this ego is removed, then one can move on the path of spirituality. Remember that when your feet and my feet touch the ground, we are planting seeds of Oneness, and a day will come when these seeds will become large and strong trees. Then, the fragrance will spread in all directions. This is our hope. This is the Walk of Hope.” “I know that all of you cannot come with me to Srinagar. If you can walk with us for some time – for a day, for half an hour, for ten minutes – please do so. If you cannot walk, walk somewhere else in this spirit. If you cannot do that, walk with us in your mind, pray for us.” “There are two yatras - this external yatra and an inneryatra. The inner yatra is the purification of the mind. If that happens, one will reach Himalaya. In Nath tradition, which I belong to, Himalaya is the Sahasrara Chakra and Varanasi - where Varuna and Asi come together - is the Ajna chakra. If you cannot walk with us, walk internally, so that you get a glimpse of that Supreme Being.” “Lastly, for the children who led us here, I would like to say to you that you are the future of India. Do not forget that a man came to your town once and said that we are all One, remember this. If someone comes along one day and says that you are different, say to them, that is okay, but we are all One. Do not forget this.” “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.” After this, the padayatris had lunch and rested. Marking a first on Walk of Hope, the evening saw them come together to prepare a special four-course meal using bags of rice, wheat, vegetables, fruits, spices and assorted goods. Preparations in the kitchen had the ‘roti-crew’ seated in the centre making rotis, about six a minute, surrounded by vats of rice, sambar and curries in various corners, while others gathered in the hall to listen to bhajans for an hour. Dinner followed and the yatris retired, ending a day that was short and eventful.

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