Day 193 | 23 July 2015 | Nirmal Pimpri to Shirdi | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • The padaytra seem to grow in terms of participation since the past few days - Ashtagav Phata
    1.It-was-some-sort-of-a-reunion-between-many-members-of-the-Satsang-family,-with-the-padayatra-growing-in-length-&-breadth!!,-Ashtagav-Phata,-Rahata,-Maharashtra
  • Nearing Shirdi, the excitement and enthusiasm is palpable -Rahata
    2.This-board-spurred-the-Padayatris-no-end,-it-was-as-though-they-were-on-roller-skates!!!,-Rahata,-Ahmadnagar,-Maharashtra
  • Ceremonial welcome at Rahata town
    3.Ceremonial-welcome-at-Rahata-town,-Ahmadnagar,-Maharashtra
  • 4.Enter-at-your-risk,-this-hutment-resembles-one-of-the-
  • Steaming Poha anyone - enroute from Rahata
    5.Steamng-Poha-anyone!!,-a-wayside-eatery-at-Rahata,-Ahmadnagar,-Maharashtra
  • A house fashioned out of mud, loose brick and a thatch - Rahata
    6.A-house-fashioned-out-of-mud,-loose-brick-and-a-thatch!!,-Rahata,-Ahmadnagar,-Maharashtra
  • 7.The-Upasini-Maharaj-Ashram-at-Sakuri-had-an-unusual-bunch-of-visitors-today!!,-this-look-would-tell!!,-Sakuri,-Rahata,-Ahmadnagar,-Maharashtra
  • Sri M in prayer at the Upasini Maharaj Ashram
    8.Sir-in-prayer-at-the-Upasini-Maharaj-Ashram,-Sakuri,-Rahata,-Ahmadnagar
  • Sri M at the sleeping quarters of the late Upasini Maharaj
    9.Sir-at-the-room-where-late-Upasini-Maharaj-used-to-sleep,-Sakuri,-Rahata,-Ahmadnagar
  • Sri M greets the nonagenarian Head Priestess of the Upasini Maharaj Ashram
    10.Sir-greets-the-nonagenarian-Head-Priestess-of-the-Upasini-Maharaj-Ashram,-Sakuri,-Ahmadnagar,-Maharashtra
  • Sri M welcomed inside the Upasini Maharaj Ashram - Sakuri
    11.Sir-welcomed-inside-the-Upasini-Maharaj-Ashram,-Sakuri,-Ahmadnagar,-Maharashtra
  • Entering the holy town of Shirdi
    12.We-enter-the-holy-town-of-Shirdi,-Ahmadnagar,-Maharashtra
  • Reception at Shirdi with the largest garland ever received - Ahmednagar
    13.Reception-at-Shirdi-with-probably-the-LARGEST-GARLAND-todate!!,-Ahmadnagar,-Maharashtra
  • The Khandoba temple at Shirdi where the priest addressed Baba Sai for the first time - Ahmmednagar
    14.The-Khandoba-temple,-Shridi-where-the-priest-called-Baba-
Walk of Hope covered the distance from Nirmal Pimpri to the sacred pilgrimage town of Shirdi. The ranks swell as many, many new and old padayatris continue to join. As it has been for the last few days, the padayatris walked at an increased pace and covered much distance in little time—passing through small villages like Rahata and Sakori.

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Sri M was received with traditional honours in Rahata where they enjoyed a short break. Their breakfast point was the Samadhi Temple of Upasni Maharaj in Sakori. The authorities accorded Sri M and Walk of Hope a warm welcome and reception and then, provided a guided tour of the campus. Upasni Maharaj, born Kashinath Govindrao Upasni, was considered by his disciples to be a satguru. He is said to have received God-realization from Sai Baba of Shirdi. Upasni Maharaj was the principal teacher of Meher Baba. Sri M was greeted and welcomed by the temple authorities. They later had breakfast and spent some time in the temple. Walking on, they reached Shirdi at half past eleven and walked to the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple—their halting point. Here too, Sri M was received with honours. They later moved to The Sai Baba Sansthan Dharamshala, which was their place of stay for the next couple of nights. Shirdi is best known as the late 19th century home of the saint, ShirdiSai Baba. ShirdiSai Baba was a spiritual master who was and is regarded by his devotees as a saint, fakir, and satguru. He was revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees, and during as well as after his life, it remained uncertain if he was a Hindu or a Muslim himself. This however was of no consequence to Sai Baba himself. Sai Baba stressed the importance of surrender to the guidance of the true Satguru or Murshid, who, having undergone the path to divine consciousness, will lead the disciple through the jungle of spiritual training. One of his well-known epigrams, Sabka Malik Ek - One God governs all - is associated with Hinduism, Islam and Sufism. He also said, ‘Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered’. He always uttered the words Allah Malik - God is King.

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