Day 186 | 16 July 2015 | Hiware Bazar to Ahmednagar | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • 1.Loose-stones-conspire-to-keep-this-house-together-without-danger,-Hiwre-Bazar,-Ahmednagar,-Maharashtra
  • Ready to leave for school - Ahmednagar
  • 3.Wow,-this-bronzed-lady-has-balance,-poise-and-a-baby-in-tow,--Hiwre-Bazar,-Ahmednagar,-Maharashtra
  • WOH Day 186 - enroute from Hiware Bazar ro Ahmednagar
  • At the Hazrat Sayyad Karim Shahwali Dargah - Nimgav
  • Breakfast under a magnificent setting - Dargah Nimgav
  • A touching gesture - a villager contributing his mite to the initiative - Nimgav
  • Deputy Collector of Ahmednagar Mr Kadam receives the padaytra on arrival - Ahmednagar
  • Civic reception at Kinetic Chowk
  • Along the streets of Ahmednagar with the Deputy Collector - Ahmednagar
  • Reception at Ahmednagar
  • Sri M gets the honorary Pheta on arrival at destination point - Ahmednagar
  • Sri M offering prayers at the samadhi of the Jain Muni Sri Anandshri Maharaj - Ahmednagar
  • Sri M at the exhibits in the museum -Sri Anandshri Maharaj Mandap - Ahmednagar
  • Sri M in satsang at the Sri Anandshri Maharaj Mandap- Ahmednagar
It was another pleasant walk for the yatris as they travelled from Hiware Bazar to Ahmednagar—covering about 17 kilometers in 6 hours. 17-19 Kilometers is their latest average with 25 or more seeming too much and anything less than 15 feeling insubstantial.

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The morning was cool as they walked fast and made good distance reaching a magnificent banyan tree covering a wide circle of at-least 150 meters by breakfast time. The yatris stopped at the Hazrat Sayyad Karim Shahwali Dargah located under its shade. Sri M and the padayatris offered prayers and breakfast soon followed. Reaching Ahmednagar half an hour before noon, they were received by the District Collector, Mr. Kadam, at the city border and greeted by a group of 20 or 30 people a few moments later. The padayatra did not enter the city but stopped at the border. Sri M was gifted the traditional Marathi Pheta on arrival at the destination, Mangal Karyalaya, and everyone rested for some time after lunch. In the evening, Sri M and a few padayatris visited the Samadhi of Jain Muni Sri Anandshri Maharaj and offered prayers. About 300 people gathered at Sri Anandshri Maharaj Mandap located nearby for the evening Satsang. Sri M’s address began thus with his customary invocations: Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāramvyāptamyenacarācaram| Tatpadamdarśitamyenatasmaiśrīguravenamah|| (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 GururDevoMaheshwara GururSakshatParabrahmaTasmai Shree GuruveyNamaha 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. “Lokasamastasukhinohbhavantu – “May the entire universe be happy”. “Namaskar to all of you. Collector sahib is here. The mukhiya of this institution is also here. Namaskaar to both of you, and all of you who are in front of me, those of you who are with me on the padayatra and those of you who are from Ahmednagar. I would like to thank all of you for your welcome. You must have read the flyer; it contains information about the padayatra so not much needs to be said on that. This is a Jain sansthan. As we have been walking, whenever we see someone on a padayatra, most times it is either a Jain muni or a Jain nun.” “We crossed Pandharpur from Alandi and reached Ahmednagar. Yesterday also we came across a Jain muni. I am happy that we are here. The message we have come with is what has also been said in the Jain dharma, ‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharma’ - Non-violence is the ultimate dharma - this has to be understood and lived by. We have walked 2800 kilometers till here. We walk 20 to 25 kilometersdaily; it has become less these days. We still have to cover 5000 Kilometers. It is not a great thing, with God’s grace it will be done. If God is with us, it will be done.” Ask thepadayatriswho have been walking with me and they will tell you that it does not feel nice to rest even for one day. They are walking everyday with happiness because this message is good. In April of 2016, we will reach Srinagar. If it is God’s will, we will reach there. “This Maharashtra is the land of saints. Wherever you go, there is a samadhi. There is the great Tukaram and then, there is Jnaneshwar. Our message is not a new one. We have not set out with anything new. It has been said three thousand years ago in the Vedas, ‘Ekam sat viprahbahudavadanti‘ - the Truth is one but the wise call it by many names.In India, for thousands of years, Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Christians, Buddhists, and everyone else has lived in peace and harmony.” “In India, for the longest time, whoever one is, one can live in peace. So, this message is not new. However, sometimes, this is forgotten due to many reasons, out of selfishness, out of anger, because of vested interests.” “Our work is to not let people forget that we are all human beings. This is our only message. For this, we have started from Kanyakumari and we will reach Srinagar. Wherever we have gone, no one has asked where we are from and who we are. People, who have taken one look at us, know that we are Indian, and they know it is enough. This work is not a separate work, it is not my work, it is your work too. Warkaris are moving temples because whosoever moves taking the God’s name is God himself.” “This spiritual life is not in running away but in service. Only through service can one purify one’s mind and move towards the divine. It is a common misconception that God can be approached if you run away from life. MaheshwarnathBabaji, who was my Guru, said to me that you can meditate for 20 years in a cave for 20 hours a day but when you leave the cave, if you do not hear someone’s cry, all your sadhana has been for nothing. When one becomes a yogi, one’s heart becomes soft; it does not become a stone. He understands and feels the pain of others; he works to remove the pain of others.” “It has been said in the Bible about Old wine in new bottles - what we are saying is nothing new, it too is old wine in new bottle. This bottle (speaking of himself) is not so new, it is getting old now. In Bhagwat Gita, when Arjuna asks, who is the greatest devotee, the greatest Yogi and the one who is closest to you? Lord Krishna says only three things - the one who is ‘SamniyamIndriyagraamam’- the one who has control over his senses. It is not that one should not use his or her senses - they should be used. It is only that one should have control over them rather than being controlled by them. All Sadhana is to control the senses. Such Yogis are called the greatest devotees. When one does not eat food and fast, what is that? It is called an ‘Upa-Vasa’ - being close to the That (pointing up, ‘Upa’ means that which is higher). Like that the Yogis fast in many ways.” “Secondly, ‘Sarvatrasamabuddhayah’- the one who keeps his mind calm in all situations. We should look at our minds. When someone says that we are great or we are doing well, we are very happy. If someone says we are an idiot and know nothing, we get depressed. This is our life; most people spend their lives like this. In this age, the most widely sold medicine is for depression. When the conscience is not clear then we speak ill of others. It is said in the Gita that the yogi is one who faces praise and blame with an equal mind. What is the difference really? When the Atman is inside, what can one really do to you?” “Also, sometimes, the one who criticizes you is most often someone who is speaking the truth. The one who praises you excessively might be someone who wants something from you. There is that old LataMangeshkar song –‘MithiMithi baton se bachnazara’. It is not to ask you to not say nice things, but to understand these things in the right perspective.” “When there is pain, one runs away from it. They reach out for the bottle, or watch TV. One does everything to get away from it because one has not learnt how to face pain. When there is happiness, one accepts it with gladness but when there is pain, one runs away from it. When there is pain, it must be faced. No great work is done without pain. You can ask those who have been walking with us - some have knee problems, some regularly have pain in their leg, yet they keep moving forward. A Yogi is not made by the clothes he wears but by his actions.” “And thirdly, Lord Krishna said, ‘Sarvabhootahiteratah’ - - the one who has the welfare of all human beings in his heart, I consider him my greatest devotee. This is my message, do not harm anyone, do what you can to remove someone’s pain. You cannot do everything but do not have hatred towards anyone in your heart. Understand that all human beings are the same; they are one. The Supreme Being is the same and is everywhere.” “A few days ago, a Muslim brother told me that nowhere has it been said so. I told him that it is said in the Quran, ‘wherever you look, there I am’ - this itself means that Allah is all pervading. Only the language is different - one is in Arabic, other is in Sanskrit. I am from Kerala. It is not that Malayalam is the best. There is Marathi, there is Gujarati, and so many other languages are there. Now, we will go to Gujarat and they will speak in Gujarati. They will also give us dal mixed with sugar. In different places, the ways are different. Our peace should not be disturbed because of this.” “If India is to be made strong, do not think of the differences in states or religions, but think of the nation and its inhabitants as Indians. It is my experience that a spark of the Supreme Being is in the heart of every being. If it is so, then every human being is a walking temple. When one serves human beings, one is serving God. When Swami Vivekananda started the Ramakrishna Mission, many of his fellow Guru-bhais said that nowhere has Ramakrishna told us to do this, instead he told us that we could reach God through Bhakti.” “Swami Vivekananda said it is not so. He said, ‘I know better than you on this, please remember the time when we went with Mathura Babu to Devgarh to have a darshan of the Jyotirlinga. Remember at that time there was a drought and there was no food and no water, the situation of the people was very bad, many were dying. When the palki of Ramakrishna reached, what did he do? - he got out and sat there. He said, "I will not move forward if you do not help these people, get these people food, water and medicines and then onlywe can go on.’ Swami Vivekananda told them to remember this incident.” “Through DaridraNarayanaSeva- to serve someone who is poor is to serve Narayana himself - one’s mind will be purified. When one’s mind is purified, meditation will come by itself and one can move towards the Supreme and have darshan. If we live together, understanding thatthe Supreme Being sitsin the heart of every being, there will be peace and happiness. This way India will become strong and united. No one will be able to threaten a strong India.” “Please walk with us if you can. One can easily walk for 10 Kilometers. If you cannot do that, then serve another. If you do that, then we will think that you are with us, we will think that you are walking with us on this padayatra. It is not that everyone has to walk; you can support us too. I am a married man; my wife is taking care of the home, she is supporting me. Support us in some way. To sit in one’s home and do work is no less.” “This is the message and the goal of ManavEkta Mission. We have no other agenda. We are only walking for the welfare of all human beings.” “I want to say this last thing to you - if there is no peace in one’s mind and heart, one cannot share peace with another. It should come from within. If there is peace inside, then one’s home will be at peace. If one’s home is at peace, one’s neighbourhood will be at peace. If one’s neighbourhood is at peace, one’s village will be at peace. The whole nation will be at peace this way.” I conclude here. “Om SarveBhavantuSukhinah SarveSantuNir-Aamayaah SarveBhadraanniPashyantu MaaKashcid-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” Thank you. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. Namsakaar and Salaam! The yatris retired for the day after Satsang.

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