Day 165 | 25 June 2015 | Phaltan to Surawadi | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • 'Plantains anyone?' - at Phaltan, famous for its fresh fruits and vegetables
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  • 2.A-Leisurely-browse-through-the-day
  • This one packs quite a wallop - at the blacksmiths at Phaltan
    3.This-girls-packs-quite-a-wallop!!,-at-the-blacksmith
  • The Nimbalkar royal burial grounds on the outskirts of Phaltan
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  • Reception at breakfast opoint - Vadajal
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  • An affectionate pat - Surawadi, Satara
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  • WOH Day 165, Phaltan to Surawadi on the Pune highway
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  • Weeding the groundnut crop - enroute to Surawadi, Satara
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  • Sri M felicitated before the Satsang at Anant mangal Karyalay - Phaltan
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  • Third Satsang in 3 days at the Anant Mangal Karyalay - Phaltan
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  • An image of Sant Jnaneswar being presented to Sri M - Phaltan
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Walk of Hope left Phaltan and, touching the village of Nimbhore en-route, reached Surawadi—covering a distance of 17 kilometers in about 5 hours. The land was green interspersed with dryer, rocky areas. Rain threatened early in the morning but the clouds soon vanished, leaving the sun a distant, yellow orb. The yatris stopped for breakfast two hours into the walk and then a couple of times for water along the way. After many restful days, they regained their stride, reaching Surawadi fairly quickly at 10.30 am.

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In the evening, the padayatris gathered at Anant Mangal Karyalaya for a bhajan session for about 30 minutes followed by the Satsang. There were about 400 people in attendance by the time Sri M started. Sri M addressed the gathering thus, “Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram vyāptam yena carācaram Tatpadam darśitam yena tasmai 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 Om Sri Gurubhyo Namaha” “This is a Satsang so I will not speak about the padayatra because you have seen everything about it in the film. But I will say that we started from Kanyakumari on the 12th of January—the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. We have covered about 2600 kilometers and reached your town. I am not saying this out of pride but out of happiness. With us there are many people, from all over, from big cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, from small places and also from abroad, like Dubai, US and even Lithuania. We are walking with the message of Manav Ekta, with the hope that this message reaches the hearts of many people. With the grace of God and Guru, we will reach Srinagar in April of 2016. This is the external yatra.” “With this, there is also an internal yatra which has started, which anyone can do, even if they are not walking with us. I got my Guru’s blessing for this yatra. Because of him, I have had some experiences and because of these experiences, many others and I are walking on this padayatra. I know that all of you cannot walk with us; you have work to do. But, keep this internal yatra going on, keep doing your sadhana. This is not a complicated thing; it is a very simple thing. Think about how you live, watch how you live—do you live simply? Do not commit violence in any way whatsoever. Try to do what would make others happy. This is because in the heart of every being is a spark of the Supreme Being.” “This is also why every human being is a walking temple of God. If you think and live in this way, yama-niyama will be followed automatically. If you take anyone who comes before you to be a God, there is no way you will be able to do him or her any harm. There are many sadhanas. Look at Bhagavat Gita, there are eighteen chapters and each one is considered a Yoga. Look at the first one; it is Arjuna Vishada Yoga - the suffering of Arjuna, the uncertainty of Arjuna, the confusion of Arjuna. Where he is standing is where we are all standing in our lives. The first part starts from there because generally, unless there is suffering, one does not call on God. When there is suffering, one calls out for God in pain. Arjuna Vishada Yoga is for all of us, we are all Arjuna.” “Like this, there is Jnana Yoga, Sankhya Yoga and so on. I would like to say something about pain and suffering. Each and every being on this earth is in search of something - you all know what it is. What is this that they are looking for? All of them, without exception, are in search of happiness. If someone takes on some suffering, he takes it on with the expectation of happiness at the end of it. We are all in search of happiness and bliss. Unfortunately, we do not reach it. We think that if our bank balance is this much, we will be happy. When bank balance increases, the income tax department comes after you - but not happiness. I have spoken to thousands and thousands of people and have not met one who does not have anxiety about this. In this world, there is nothing that will give you the happiness and bliss you are looking for. Yes, there is happiness in small measures. But, like eating an ice cream, it will get over very soon.” “What Vedas call Anantam Anandam - endless bliss, can never be found in the outside world. Then, why do humans seek it so fervently? There has to be some reason. Kabir Das lived in Varanasi and was a disciple of the great saint Ramanand Maharaj, from whom he took the Ram Mantra. This is a beautiful story about Kabir Das, a weaver from the Muslim community, who wondered how he would ever get a mantra from that great saint,Ramanand Maharaj. He thought this way because he had no ego, he was a very simple person. One day he went to the ghat one early morning and lay down there, knowing that the Saint came to bathe in the Ganga there. While climbing the steps, Ramanand Maharaj stumbled and said ‘Ram Ram’. Kabir Das was very happy, he said, ‘I have got the mantra; I have got my diksha’. And with this,he kept doing his sadhana. “Kabir Das said that the state of man is like that of the musk deer—the Kasturi mriga that lives in the Himalayas. There are many of them in Uttarkashi but their numbers have come down drastically. People kill them for profit. It is such that in Kali Yuga if there is profit in killing, people will kill. There is a small pouch under the tail of the musk deer. In this pouch, musk is produced and during a particular season, this musk emanates a fragrance that spreads everywhere. The musk deer goes around looking for its source, it wanders thrusting its snout into thorny bushes and it bleeds, not knowing that the fragrance is not coming from any outward place, but from within it. Kabir says that the condition of Man is such.” “A spark of the Supreme Being sits as the Antaryami, indweller, in all beings. Its very nature is of happiness and bliss. Everyone goes around looking for this everywhere outside. Just like the deer bleeds, we suffer. Kabir asks that we leave this outward looking Pravritti Marg and turn and come inside to Nivritti Marg. Pravritti Marg is needed, but in a good and right way. If one seeks that Anantam Anandam, one has to change the direction of looking, because it is not to be found outside. When one goes inside, one will get darshan of that Supreme Being.” “Maharashtra is a land of saints. Look at Sant Gnaneshwar. He is called Mauli. The essence of what he says is the same as what I am saying. He says that if you find that Antaryami, you will not be able to harm anyone.” “You do pranams to everyone. When people come and do pranams to me, I feel that it should be reverse and I should also do pranams to them. But they get afraid, worrying about what will happen. Nothing will happen.” “Until this spark of the Supreme Being is found, we are all in vishada. It is not that the external yatra is easy. It is very difficult. Every evening, I have to apply oil on my feet. In this internal yatra, there is no need to apply oil; you can proceed with it while living in this world, in your home. But, the pravritti should be good. When pain and suffering come, do not run from it. Face it. Facing it, do your sadhana and you will reach there. You don’t have to learn Sanskrit or anything to get there.” “There are many Avadhootas who reached the highest, but did not know how to even read. How did they get there? By good Karmas, by Dhyana, by God’s Grace and most importantly, with Guru’s Grace. If, when I was nine years old, Maheshwarnath Babaji had not blessed me by placing his hands on my head, I do not know where I would have been, it all started from there. If you read my autobiography, it is all there, I won’t speak on it because it will take time.” “I will now tell you something. Ved Vyasa had finished his work on the Vedas - he is called ‘Vyasa’, or the arranger of the Vedas. He had worked on the Brahmasutras—the greatest aspect of the Vedas. Shankaracharaya wrote a commentary on Vedas and also on the Brahmasutras. The Bhagavat Gita was also from Veda Vyasa, it is called the Vedanta because he put it in the last part of the Vedas. After all this work, he was sitting when Narada came to him and said to him, you have finished all these works, yet you are sad, why?” “Veda Vyasa then said that something seems to be missing and he is not satisfied. Narada told him to write the Bhagavat, the story of the Great Lord, right from Matsya avatar onwards. So, he wrote that in the form of short stories. Everyone cannot read Brahmasutra or the Upanishads but everyone reads the Bhagavat. The Bhagavat Saptah is held everywhere. They understand these stories in small villages, stories that are loved by everyone, adults and children alike. If one goes to a class to teach and asks, what do you want - a lecture or a story - everyone will say that they want a story. This story telling is our tradition.” “I want to tell you a story from the Bhagavat—about happiness and suffering. Preparing to leave for Dwaraka after the Kurukshetra war, Lord Sri Krishna went to bid farewell to everyone. He embraced those who were of his age and prostrated before those who were elder. Krishna, who we consider a Poorna Avatara, was prostrating at the feet of elders! What do we do? If one becomes a superintendent, one does not even look towards those who are in a lower post.” “He went to Kunti, the senior most elder. He said to her, I am going to Dwaraka, ask me any boon, I will give you anything you ask for. Saying this, he did his pranams. There is a beautiful dialogue between Kunti and Krishna after this. She said to him – Stop this drama of yours, I know who you are, I know your secret. I know that you started this Kurukshetra war and you won it for us, we are not worthy yet you did this for us. I know that you go to those who have nothing; we have everything yet you did this for us. You want to give me a boon? Then I will ask and you will have to grant me this wish - let all the suffering of this world come onto my head.” “Krishna was shaken. Wondering, he asked why she was asking for a boon like this. She said, I want this because when there is pain and suffering, only then does one seek God. And I know it only too well that when I call you, you will give me darshan. So, when there is suffering, I will keep calling you and you will keep coming. I am ready to do anything for your darshan. Lord Krishna said, Tathaasthu,and it was done.” “Here, they come and say, give me a promotion, I do not have this, I do not have that. Here is a great lady who did not want anything but a darshan of the Lord and was ready to give up anything for that. Please do not pray like her because when the Lord starts doing something, you will tremble and run away. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa went to Kali and said, take away everything. Please do not pray like that. Only a great bhakta who thinks ONLY of a darshan of the Lord can pray like that.” “Is there not a chance for others too? Yes, there is. First, it should be understood that the happiness one seeks is not to be found anywhere outside. Then, one should think of the Supreme Lord as much as possible. If there is the grace of Guru, and you have a sadhana marg, do that sadhana. If you have a mantra, do your sadhana properly. Do not change your sadhana. If one is to find water, one does not go around digging a few feet at many places. To find water, one must dig deep at one place.” “People come to me and say that I have been doing Sadhana for 30 years, nothing has happened. I ask them, what have you been doing. They say a Guru Maharaj gave me a mantra. I ask them how long did you do that, they say I did it for a few weeks, then I got bored so I went to another Guruji and he gave me pranayama and I did it for a few months and left it, next I went to another Guruji in Buddh Vihar and I got ‘Mani Padme Hum’ from him. I did it for six months and left that. I do not know what to do.” “It does not work like this. We have come back from Gondavale. Some things are very simple for which you don’t need diksha from anyone. You can take the diksha in front of the live samadhi in Gondavale - ‘Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram’. What does diksha mean? Diksha is not something which one whispers in your ear in the dark. It is not magic but that which can change your mind if it finds a permanent place there. If the mantra you get goes on continually, that is Diksha.” “In your daily life, do good work. Do not harm any other. What happens in anger? The other’s house does not burn down when one is angry, your own house will burn down. Do not commit violence. Do not be greedy about something that belongs to someone else. People who lie all the time, 24 hours a day, want the Ultimate Truth - is that possible?” “If you live like this, I will consider that you have gone to Kailash. Because, I am from the Nath tradition - my Guru, Maheshwarnath Babaji, named me ‘Madhukarnath’. In our tradition, the Sahasrara Chakra is Kailash, Varanasi is the Ajna chakra where Varuna and Asi meet, the temple is the heart and Shakti is in the Muladhara. So, it is not required to go here and there. Have this determination - that everyday - I will sit for half an hour and do my sadhana. In that time, don’t let anything disturb you, think that you will not open the door if someone knocks. Make this your priority. What am I to say more than this?” “I bless all of you. We need your blessings to succeed in this padayatra. As we have come to Maharashtra, the land of Saints, the air has become very cool. It is not the outer air; it is the air of Saints and great Yogis. Even in this town, they told me, they saw four or five temples and samadhis. We will go to Pune and then to that beautiful place, Alandi. Like this, we will reach Nashik.”

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