Day 172| 2 July 2015 | Day of Rest in Pune | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Watering a sapling inside the sprawling campus of MIT Loni
  • Sri M with the dignitaries inside the Saint Gautama Kutir - MIT Loni
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  • The dignitaries on the dais - MIT Loni
  • Sri M felicitated by Prof Viswanath Karad - MIT, Loni
  • Inaugurating the Bharatiya Sanskriti - A Centre for Learning & experiencing Divine Knowledge - MIT, Loni
  • Addressing the gathering, with a colorful Puneri Pagdi included -MIT Loni
  • The august audience listening to Sri M - MIT Loni, Pune
Walk of Hope was in Pune and, although a day of rest for the padayatris, it was a packed day. In the morning Sri M was taken around the sprawling MIT, Loni campus. Varkaris greeted him with their catchy, foot-tapping bhajans. After planting a sapling, he spent a few moments in the 'Gautama Kutir,' one of the kutirs created for the Saptarishis on the campus, with the other dignitaries.

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A gathering of 3000 people, including students, teachers and campus staff were present for the event. Prof. Dr. Vishvanath Karad honoured Sri M. Later, he inaugurated the renaming of the campus as Bharatiya Sanskrutik Dnyana Darshan, a center for learning and experiencing Divine Knowledge. Sri M briefly spoke to those gathered about Walk of Hope; it’s origin and purpose. A number of dignitaries were present on the occasion. Amongst them were Sri Balasaheb Purandare, a well-known historian of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Sri Hridaynath Mangeshkar, a famous musician from the Marathi film industry. The next few hours, after lunch, were spent by the padayatris in rest and leisure. About 300 people attended the evening Satsang held in the Raj Kapoor Memorial hall, part of the Raj Kapoor museum on the MIT Loni campus. Sri M’s address: “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. Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu - May the entire universe be happy” “Is this a Hindi Satsang or an English Satsang? Ok - we shall mix both. There are some people who do not understand Hindi. In the morning, I spoke about the padayatra because it was a function for the opening of the ‘Sanskriti Bhavan’. They told me that this is a Satsang, so there will be no talk of the padayatra.” “You watched the film about Raj Kapoor. Actually, the film we saw was also a kind of walk because it brought up old memories. I grew up in the Raj Kapoor era and remember seeing many films when I was young. I was one of the lucky few who, even though born and bought up in Kerala, knew Hindi. So, I have seen many Raj Kapoor films. These days, I can’t stand sitting in the dark for two hours in a cinema hall, I feel that time can be utilized for doing something better. In that age, young people used to sit and watch films and I would also watch along with them.” “This spiritual journey is a journey in which one has to walk with much courage because there are many disadvantages to be faced to achieve the one ultimate advantage. Why? Because leaving pravritti marg - of going outwards, one comes to Nivritti marg – of going inwards. This is a movement that has to do with introversion. When this journey starts, there is always a clash between extroversion and introversion. In a thousand people, one thinks of this; in the thousand who think about it, one walks the path; and among the thousand that walk the path, one reaches - these are not my words, these are the words of Lord Krishna.” “Very few people think of getting out of the cage. Why? Because in the cage, one gets food, one gets water, one gets all kinds of luxuries. One finds rest there and sometimes, the cage is a golden one. When one begins to think about freedom, it is the first step on this journey.” “I will tell you a story now. There was once a Maharaja in Patiala who later came to be known as Tapasviji Maharaja. He was initially the ruler of Patiala. One day, he thought of expanding his territory because Patiala was fairly small. In that age, one had to take permission for these things from the Mughal Emperor in Delhi. At that time, the Emperor was Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Emperor, who lived in the Red Fort in Delhi. The Maharaja went to Delhi and had to wait a few days because one does not get a meeting with the Mughal Emperor just like that. He waited. After a few days, the Maharaja got an appointment and told the ageing Emperor his wish. The Emperor said that he understood his desire but wanted to ask him two questions before he gave his consent.” “The first was that if a Pathan general was sent to assist him and if this Pathan general laid claim to the newly annexed territory, would he, the Maharaja of Patiala, have the strength to face and fight the Pathan? And the second was, would his happiness increase if Patiala expanded? The Emperor continued, ‘Look out of the window, under the tree sits a Fakir who sits with a kamandalu’. The Maharaja looked and saw the Fakir, someone who lived personifying that Sufi saying Faqr Fakhri - poverty is my pride. There sat the Fakir, smiling, his face wreathed in joy as he sat looking up and saying something to himself. The Maharaja wondered, this Fakir has nothing to eat, he has a begging bowl in his hand, and thenfrom where does he get this joy? Why does he look so happy? I am the Maharaja of Patiala and yet I want more.” “The Emperor asked the Maharaja to decide who was more happy - the Mughal Emperor who was the supreme ruler of India, or the Fakir with the begging bowl? If, after that, he still wanted the Emperors' help, it would be given. The story is that the Maharaja left and did not come back to Bahadur Shah Zafar. He did not go back to Patiala. Nobody knows where he went. In time, because the Maharaja did not come back, the brother of the Maharaja became the next ruler of Patiala.” “After many years, the new Maharaja wanted to go on a pilgrimage and visited the char dham. He left with a large retinue and reached Rishikesh. Someone told him that the journey was dangerous, it was a difficult path and it would be best to get the blessings of a saint before proceeding. There was a great being who lived in a cave near Lakshman Jhoola. So the Maharaja, with all his army, went to the cave to seek his blessings.” “He said, Maharaj, I am going to Badrinath, I want your blessings. The Maharaj blessed him saying, tatha-aastu- may it be so. When the saint said that, the Maharaja of Patiala felt his voice was familiar. He looked into the eyes of the saint and knew it was his own brother. He told him, you did not come back so I had to become the Maharaja, please come back to Patiala with me, come back home. The saint asked him, what did you just call me when you came here? He said, ‘Maharaj, I am going to Badrinath, I want your blessings’. The saint said, you called me Maharaj, I am the emperor of the whole world, why would I go back to Patiala?” “So, the one who sets out to be the King of the whole world has to set out on the spiritual path. To be a King, one has to start with being the smallest possible person. One does not reach there, does not become a King, only with paraphernalia. A lot of work has to be done. One does not reach Sattvaguna by inactivity. To get to Sattvaguna from Tamoguna, one has to go through Rajoguna. When Swami Vivekananda established the Ramakrishna Mission, he told his brother monks, you cannot meditate for 24 hours a day. If you are in a room 24 hours a day, that means you are not meditating, you are sleeping, you are in Tamoguna. There has to be activity, the kind of activity where someone else is benefitted. The one who has nothing to eat, give him food; the one that is without knowledge, give him knowledge; the one that is in pain, alleviate his pain. Only through daridra Narayana seva, will your mind be purified. You may wear a sadhu’s garb, but the mind will be purified only with seva. When the mind is purified, only then will your spiritual life move forward. One can never be lazy and call himself spiritual, laziness is not a substitute for a spiritual life.” “I have a friend who says to me that, after lunch, he meditates for two hours. If one goes to his room and listens at the door one can hear the sound of snoring! This is not it. The one who sets out on the path of Sadhana has to learn how to purify his mind. The best way to do this is to serve others. Otherwise, one can do sadhana and nothing will happen. Maheshwarnath Babaji told me both are needed. He told me to go from place to place and share this with people. Many people have come with me on this padayatra leaving all behind, leaving their work behind. I tell them, you have not left anything, you have just left one activity for another. So, this yatra is a spiritual yatra.” “Nothing else is needed in this, but faith. Moko Kahan Dhoonde re bandhe, mai to hoon vishvaas mein, where will you search for this? Na mandir mein na masjid main Na Kaabe Kailas mein - this is it. Those who think a lot and are engrossed in the many philosophies never get it, because they get stuck in the endless cycle of question and answers. When one question is answered, two more come up. I am not saying that one should not ask questions. I am saying that one should understand that questions are endless, that in this Sadhana, what one is seeking cannot be grasped with one’s limited mind.” “You see how it is, these days scientists don’t understand what the smallest building block is. In Newtonian physics everything was certain - for an action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, so on and so forth. With leaps in science and the coming of quantum physics, no one knows anything for sure, and there is a lot of uncertainty. Is the smallest building block a particle or a wave? Even subtler than this is what is being sought; it is subtler than the subtlest. It cannot be grasped by our limited senses.” “With our limited thinking, with our limited senses, understanding this is not possible. I will give you an example. We see the sun everyday - every morning the sun ‘rises’ and in the evening, it ‘sets’. A high school child will tell you that the sun neither rises nor sets. If seeing is believing, then it should be that the sun rises and it sets. Take sound and the ears. One hears a bell and, after a while, one thinks that the sound is finished. But it is not so. Ask a scientist, he will tell you that the sound never dies, a sound wave goes on and on. Our ears can hear only a limited frequency. If it is more or less than that frequency, we do not have the capacity and will be unable to hear it. There is something called the ‘dog whistle’, only a dog can hear it and not us, because it is of a different frequency. Based on these - the eye and the ear - we spend our lives. The senses give limited and wrong information. It is not that we should not use our senses in our day to day lives, but that they should be used for practical purposes. One should understand that they are very limited. On this path, they are of limited use. To understand it, intelligence is needed for sure.” “We think that we only have the five senses. Based on the inputs we get from the five senses, we make up our so-called rational framework. Based on this framework, we lead our lives. If one says something, you will say, I am not able to believe this because it does not conform to my rational framework. The rational framework built with limited information will be of a limited design because the data is such. What is one to do in this case when one only has these senses? When one has to get to where one cannot reach with the senses? Are there other instruments of perception as well? For thousands of years, the Rishis, the Yogis, the great Saints have said, Yes! There are other instruments of perception available to humans. Like the jnanaindriya, the one that is called trikuti or ajna chakra, there are many indriyas (senses) that are available but are not used, they have not been activated.” “If these are activated, there will be much greater perception because there is so much more data available. When a framework is built with this additional data, the framework itself will be much more vast. To activate these instruments one needs music and devotion, they cannot be activated by the senses alone. What can one use the senses for? To listen to good music that arouses devotion in oneself. When this happens and the mind is very quiet, when there is no anxiety or stress, then one gets ‘It’. Sometimes, even with movie songs, the mind is quieted. The song maybe sad - people sit with a peg of whiskey and listen to sad songs and get pleasure from it - why is that? Sound and music are such that it takes one to a different place.” “Sama Veda is the most important Veda because in Krishna’s Mahima, he says that of all the Vedas, he is Sama Veda - this is because the root of all Indian music lies in this Veda. The Supreme Lord can be described only through poetry, music or sound, because it takes one further. There are many Varkaris here, I say they are God because they go on singing.” “Prahlad Tipaniya, the great Kabir singer, is here and whenever I listen to him, my mind is lifted. He is sitting at the back - even when he is called to the front, he does not come in front.” “There is something said in the Keno Upanishad. It so happened that Vayu, Agni and Indra felt they had accomplished much, their egos were thus bloated, and they considered themselves to be supreme gods. The Para Brahma, who is called God, saw this and felt something should be done. He took the form of a Yaksha and went to where they were. Agni went to confront the Yaksha and said, I am Agni, the one who can reduce anything in this universe to ashes. The Yaksha took a blade of grass and said, burn this. Try as Agni did, he was unable to burn that blade of grass. Agni went back and reported that this was beyond his understanding. Next, it was Vayu's turn to confront the Yaksha. He said, I am Vayu, the one who can destroy worlds because of my power. The Yaksha presented the same blade of grass and, try as Vayu did with all his might, the blade did not move. Vayu had, until then, considered himself all powerful, capable of anything, and he went back, confused.” “Then, Indra, the king of the Devas, set out, and the Yaksha disappeared. Why? Because it is said that It cannot be grasped by the five senses!” “The three were discussing who the Yaksha might be when Parvati, the beautiful daughter of the Himalayas, arrived. She told them the Yaksha was none other than the Para Brahma who sits within your heart. It only took the form of the Yaksha because they got too egotistical about their powers, all of which comes from Him and subsides into Him.” “See, what is said in the Upanishads - Yan manasa na mannute, the one that the mind cannot reach but because of which the mind is. I can see you all with my eyes but I cannot see the eye itself. I can see it in a mirror but the eye cannot look at itself in the reverse direction. How do I know that it is the eye - because I can see you all, that is it’s proof. Actually, this is proof of the Brahman. How does one know that Brahman exists? Because all this exists. Ok, leave this alone, this becomes Vedanta”. “With this understanding, one must move forward, doing your karma and working for the welfare of others with Sarva bhuta hite ratah. One must understand that reaching God is easy but not in the way you think.The way is through bhakti, through Devotion. The mind should be purified this way. The one who is of superior intelligence understands this early. The one who is of mediocre intelligence thinks that he or she will catch Him that way or this way. What is needed is a single small experience of the Supreme. If one has even that one small experience, then one will be safe, in happiness and in misery. You may think, how is misery possible when one is happy? It is like eating chocolates, eat too many and you suffer. Worldly happiness is like that. When that antaryami (indweller) is experienced, then that same antaryami is seen in everyone’s heart. The other may not know but you will know. If you say to me it is not so, I will say to you that I know it, that the antaryami that sits in mine also sits in your heart.” “When a Guru is there and he says something, when he instructs someone, he does so to ensure that the sadhana is done in a good way, with discipline. The student may feel that there is a lot of suffering in this - why is he giving me this? It is only because of love that the Guru gives the disciple something. That is the only emotion in play here - love. It is to help you become all right quickly. It is much better to get one slap from the guru than a hundred from the world - one slap and everything is finished. What will one do if one does not get a slap from the Guru? So, this is the spiritual journey. I wanted to say this to all of you. If you do not come on the padayatra, that is okay. But do not forget the aim of the yatra. Move forward with your sadhana, listening to bhajans and kirtans and keep the yatra going on. Think of these things every day for a few moments. In everything, God is not far away. He is close to you. If you do not open the door, how will he come in? Open the door!” “If looking at me, talking to me, listening to me, made you feel better, then you can come with me if you wish.There is a beautiful song of Mohd. Rafi - Koi Jab Raha Na Paye, Mere Sangh Tab Aaye, Pag Pag Deep Jalaye - when there is nobody, come with me.” “This is my friendship and this is my love.” “Namaskaar” “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”

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