Day 201 | 31 July 2015 | Day of Rest in Nashik | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • 1.Sir-in-Satsang-during-Gurupoornima-Celebrations-at-Nashik,-Maharashtra
  • Blood donation initiative underway durung the Public Satsang at the Dadasaheb Gaikwad Auditorium - Nashik
    2.Blood-donation-during-the-Public-Satsang-at-the-Dadasaheb-Gaikwad-Auditorium,-Nashik,-Maharashtra
  • Sri M in satsang at the Dad Saheb Gaikwad Auditorium - Nashik
    3.Sir-in-Satsang-at-the-Dada-Saheb-Gaikwad-Auditorium,-Nashik,-Maharashtra
  • An intimate satsang on Guru Purnima, with Pandit Kanta Prasad Mishra
    4.An-intimate-Satsang-on-Gurupoornima,-Pandit-Kanta-Prasad-Mishra-looks-on,-Nashik,-Maharashtra
  • Pandit Mishra felicitating Sri M - Guru Purnima
    5.Pandit-Mishra-honours-Sir-with-a-shawl,-Gurupoornima,-Nashik,-Maharashtra
  • 7.The-Dhuni-blazing,-Gurupoornima-under-way-in-Nashik,-Maharashtra
  • Ladles of ghee being added as fuel to the Dhuni - Guru Purnima
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  • Sri M, the blazing Dhuni and mellifluous music all come together at the Guru Purnima -Nashik
    9.Sir,-the-blazing-Dhuni-&-mellifluous-music,-a-heady-combination-for-all-assembled,-Nashik,-Maharashtra
  • The Dhuni Trishul Chimta and Guru - from the Nath Guru Purnima
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  • Sri M lights the Dhuni on Guru Purnima
    6.Sir-lights-the-Dhuni-on-Gurupoornima-day,-Nashik,-Maharashtra
Walk of Hope is in Nashik city. While it was a rest day, it also marked the special occasion of Guru Purnima. In the morning, a thousand or so people gathered in the morning at Dadasaheb Gaikwad Auditorium in the city centre. A blood donation drive was also organised and many donated their blood before the Satsang.

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Sri M addressed those present: “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” “I will speak in Hindi, not in English. First of all, my namaskars to all of you. Bhaiyaji Joshi is here; namaskars to him and his associates. This is Guru Purnima. Therefore, I will speak mostly on the connection between the Guru and the disciple. It is called Guru Purnima because the real guru is like a full moon. It is so because cool light emanates from him, not the fiery light that comes from the sun. It is said somewhere that when moon-beams fall on calm waters, go deep and touch oysters, pearls are created. I do not know if this is a scientific truth or not. This is how it is with the Guru.” “I do not feel that I was qualified in any way to be a yogi. When Maheshwarnath Babaji blessed me by keeping his hand on my head, something happened. I cannot explain it to you; this boy, who ran away at the age of 19 to the Himalayas, when he came back after 3 years, he was not the same, there were many changes in his brain and in his mind. One cannot go back after experiences like that, one can only go forward.” “I got such a Guru. I am not talking about Sri Guru Babaji, I am talking about this life of mine, I am talking about Maheswarnath Babaji. I spent time with him; I learnt from him, I listened to what he said with attention, I practiced what he told me to do. With this, I feel, that there were some experiences. I do not know if you believe me but it is so.” “WhenI was 9 years old, Babaji met me, and he kept his hand on my head and blessed me. He asked me, do you remember anything. I said I do not. He said that it is okay and I will remember when it is time. Then, when I was 19 years old and wandered here and there and finally reached Vyas Guha - he was there. He stood up and, when I looked at his eyes, I felt that these were the eyes that I saw when I was 9 years old. I could not say anything. I just stood there.” “The first thing he said was, Ghoom Phir Ke Pahunch Gaye (after your wanderings here and there, you have finally reached.) I said, Babaji, I am now here, I will not leave your feet. He smiled and said, Dekha Jayega (we will see). Like that, I wandered with him. He walked in front of me and I walked behind him. There was no banner, no publicity - it’s published in today’s newspaper that we are walking on this padayatra. He did not have a flag. He walked alone and I walked behind him. Never once did I walk in front of him. I understood that he was an ideal guide.” “Once we were in Uttarkashi and we were sitting there by the Ganges, we were having an informal satsang - not like this with microphones - he asked me suddenly, what do you think of yourself? I said that I think of myself as your dog. He then said that is fine, but do not wag your tail too much. I said, I wouldn’t wag my tail, only when you say it should, it will wag. So, after 4 or 5 days, he said that you would have to do this work of spreading the message about India’s samskaras, ancient philosophy and culture. I said vehemently ‘Babaji, I cannot do this work.’”. “I did not even know the sadhus who came to meet him. I told him that I liked to stay in solitude. He then reminded me of the words I had said earlier that I was his dog. I replied ‘Okay, I will do what you say’. He said a time would come when you will walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. I said that I would remain in the Himalayas with you; I have no interest in doing that. He said I had to do it. I replied Aadesh. He said many people would walk with you. At this,I was shocked! I said I would walk alone; I cannot walk with many people. He replied‘what you say will not happen, what I say is going to happen, you will have to endure it’. I responded saying okay, may it be so.” “So, many years passed. I wondered who would come with me. Three years ago, I was with a very good friend of mine; he is here with us, he’s sitting somewhere; he does not speak a lot. I told him I am going to walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. He did not ask any questions; he said, I will come with you. Like this, many people came forward and said, I will walk with you. They have full freedom to go whenever they want. But if one walks, it must be understood that there will be difficulties and those difficulties will have to be faced. If one walks, one has the blessing of Babaji. It is like this.” “Many people who joined at the beginning are walking till now. We started from Kanyakumari on 12th January because this is the sangam of three oceans and also it was the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. We went to Vivekananda rock where he meditated and found his life’s mission; we garlanded his statue and started from there. I believe that if we have blessings of these great Gurus, we will reach Srinagar. Many people have said that there are such dangers in walking this way. I say to them, let there be danger, we have to walk. So, we will walk. Walking slowly, we will reach Srinagar. I will not say anymore about this yatra.” “I will speak about the relationship between me and Babaji—the guru-disciple relationship. First of all, do not think that you are like me and I am like Babaji. There is no comparison between Babaji and I, he was incomparable, I can never reach that place. And, the kind of disciple I was to him, I feel it is very difficult. What he used to do, I used to do. If he had told me to jump in the river, I would have jumped in the river; I was ready. This cannot be with everyone. People think! It is okay. Think as much as you want! But I did not think. This is the thing about me, I am mad.” “Only when one is mad, can some work be done in this world. The world does not affect someone who is mad. Look at a mad person on the railway station. Does it matter to him if you praise him or blame him or give him money? He is lost in his madness. If one drinks of, what we call Ram Ras, even once, then the person does not remain normal anymore. If there are more of such people in this world, it will be a better place. So, we are inviting you all to be a part of this madness. There was a Sufi who said, Akal ke madrase…. This surrender is not easy, only after one contemplates, does this kind of surrender happen.” “Surrender is not that which happens when one fails in the exam and runs away; if so, one comes back very quickly. Or they go away somewhere and then ask for a money order to be sent. This is not sanyas. Sanyas is not leaving the world; not changing the dress. Read the Bhagavat Gita and find out what sanyas is. Stay in the world and do your work. Serve others. I know many such people who have served their whole lives, they have spent a lifetime in service. I say to you to think about these things.” “I will share one or two experiences that I had with Babaji and then end my talk. What I am about to tell you is not there in my autobiography. It will come in my next book. Just because I am sharing these experiences now, please do not think you do not have to read it. Please pick it up and read it.” “There are one or two things - do not think that such beings as Maheshwarnath Babaji do not know about you. They know everything about you. They know very well if you have or have not surrendered. One should tell the truth. It is better to say I hate you when you are really feeling that rather than say I love you, that is much better because it is the truth.” “It was his belief that his photograph should not be taken. He knew I was a painter - I like to paint but what to do, I get no time now - he told me that do not take my picture nor paint my image. I told him once — there is a photo booth in Rishikesh, please have a picture taken. He refused. I then hit upon an idea - my mind did not work very well at that time and I had spent only 2 years with him - that I should get a photographer from Lakshman Jhoola to take Babaji’s picture. If you go to Lakshman Jhoola, you will see many photographers standing there; they take your picture and give it to you in 2 hours, even now one can find them there. So, I became friends with a Gharwali boy and told him that we have to take my Babaji’s photograph.” “I gave him details of where and how the picture should be taken - where Shivanand Swami used to stay - not the ashram, but the kutiya at the other side of the ghat. I told him that, in the evening, we would be there for the Satsang. It will be easy to spot him, he is tall and fair, he will stand out. I told him that he should come in a boat from the opposite direction. ‘When you come there, you should not smile at me or show any sign of recognition - do not show in any way that you know me. Just go there, take a picture quietly and leave.’; these were the instructions I gave him.” “So, I went there that evening. I was thinking that Babaji would know and cancel the Satsang. But that did not happen. We went and sat at the ghat and Babaji started talking. That day, we were talking about Kathopanishad. I was waiting and waiting and it became dark. I told him, Babaji it has become dark. He said, it was dark yesterday also. But I did not see the photographer. After some time, when it got even darker, Babaji said to me –‘Let us leave, your photographer friend will not come’. I prostrated before him, I said, I am sorry Babaji, I will not repeat this mistake again. So, Babaji said, ‘It is okay, but that photographer will not come, so you can sit for some time.” “We sat there for some more time and he gave me a beautiful lecture on photography. He explained to me what a photo is. He told me that when light falls on an object, when it is reflected and captured, that is a photo. He told me that even if the photographer friend came to me and tried to take the photograph, he would not be able to do so. He then asked me, what if I have the capacity to ensure that the light that falls on me is not reflected back - how will a photograph be taken then? I said, yes Babaji, a photograph cannot be taken in such a case. He then told me, close your eyes for an instant and open them again. And when I did that, I saw a black shadow for a split second, just a black silhouette.” “Still, my curiosity was not exhausted. I went to the photographer the next day. The moment he saw me, he did namaskar and said, do not do this again. I asked him what happened and he narrated to me the happenings of the previous day. He said that he started in a bus but halfway here, the bus had a flat tire; so he got down and started walking, saw an Ambassador car coming towards him and asked them to take him with them. They agreed. They started again but soon, the car’s axle broke - it was the first time the axle had broken down in his life, the driver said. At this point, the photographer thought, there must be something else to it and took the next bus back.” “Like this many years passed. I live in Madanapalle, it is a small village in Andhra Pradesh; it is three hours away from Bangalore. Many years had passed. Babaji had taken samadhi. I thought that we do not have Babaji’s picture. I thought there must have been a reason then why he said no picture of his should be taken. Now, there should be no harm. So, I fixed a paper and started painting with Indian ink. I really liked it. It was the month of May and it was summer. It was hot; I felt it would be good if the painting gets some sun. I thought I would keep it in the veranda, eat something and have a nap while it gets dry. I did that.” “I woke up suddenly; it was raining very heavily. I thought how is this possible; it never rained in the month of May in Madanapalle. And, not only rain, there was heavy thunder and dark clouds. I went running downstairs and found that the picture was completely washed out. I do not know if you will believe this or not - the rain stopped in ten minutes and the sky was clear again!” “When I started writing the autobiography, I felt that I had mentioned Maheshwarnath Babaji everywhere but there wasn’t any picture that could be published. The book would go to so many people - how did he look, they would ask. So, I sat down with an artist in the school and we made a picture. It is the one you see here - he wasn’t blue, he was quite fair. We made the picture and sent it to the publisher. Everyday, I had the doubt that something would happen and the picture would not be printed. But, nothing happened. I asked the publisher if the picture came and he said, it had. I was very happy, I felt that it had finally been sanctioned.” “When one is with a Guru, one should know that the Guru knows better about you than you know yourself. Sometimes, I saw that even before I had a thought, he knew. Everyone is not like this. This is the Kali-Yuga. One should be very careful, there are more gurus than shishyas. But, there are such gurus still.” “When Babaji took samadhi, I told him, please have some marking there, so people will know there is a samadhi. He said there are so many museums in this world, and one more is not needed. I know where it is but no one else does. There are such yogis who do not care about name and fame in this world, they do not even think of it. They are like magnets, if a piece of iron goes near it, it automatically becomes a magnet. But, before that, the accumulated rust of ages must be removed. If that does not happen, it won’t do any good to remain near the magnet. All our sadhana is to remove this rust. The instructions of the guru are only to remove the rust.” “The easiest path is the path of service. Many think, while in tamoguna, that they are in sattvaguna. But, it is not so. To get to sattvaguna from tamoguna, one has to go through rajoguna. Rajoguna is activity - movement. Sadhana is to rouse one up from sleep. Swami Vivekananda used to say Arise, awake! Shushupti and Turiya are not one; they are different. That is why the way we live is very important. When one lives for another, when one serves another, then one will move towards sattvaguna. Spiritual life is not a license for a lazy life. Work should be done on the outside and on the inside.” “It is my experience - this has been said in Bhagavat Gita - Arjuna asks Lord Krishna in the 12th chapter, who is your greatest devotee. Lord Krishna mentions three qualifications for that. The first one is Samniyam-yendriya-graamam - the one who has control over his senses. Normally, our mind is such that it runs after the sense organs. There has to be control so that the senses remain under the control of the mind.” “The second one is Sarvathra Sama Buddhayaha - the one who is even minded in all situations. Thulya Nindaa Sthuthir Mounee Santhushto Yena Kena Chith- in praise or in blame, one remains the same. The world is such that if someone says good things about one, one is very happy. However, if someone criticises one, there is depression and anti-depressant tablets are needed. A Yogi is one who does not listen to opinions. He knows what he is. All worries can be dropped and one can live freely in this world.” “And, actually, the one who criticises you is doing you some good. There is that Lata Mangeshkar song Mithi mithi baato se bachna zaraa…. The one who criticises may actually be saying a truth. Babaji used to say to me that if someone calls you an idiot, why do you get offended? Have a look in the mirror, you may be an idiot.” “So, this balance of mind is needed. Happiness and sadness, praise and blame should be considered as the same’. “And thirdly, Sarva Bhuta hite ratah - One should have the welfare of all beings in his heart, not only human beings but all beings. If one understands this deeply, then I do not feel that anyone would consciously hurt another being for his food.” “If one lives his life following these three things, then one can live in happiness. Happiness is an inner thing; it does not depend on the outer. There is the Fakir who sits under a tree, who has no possessions, who sits with torn clothes and has a begging bowl. What do people go to him for? He hasThat. He is close to the paramatma. I will tell you a small story and end this.” “There was a yogi by the name of Tapasviji Maharaj. He was the Maharaja of Patiala. Once, he wanted to expand his kingdom. In those days, if one wanted to do something like that, one had to take permission from the Mughal emperor in Delhi. So, he went to Delhi and met Bahadur Shah Zafar, he was the last Mughal emperor. He said, I need your permission; I need your help to expand my kingdom. The emperor asked him two things – firstly, if I send a Pathan general with you and he takes over the conquered area, will you be able to face him? Secondly, here is a Fakir sitting under the tree in the courtyard - go and have a look at him - and then tell me who is happier. The Fakir or the Emperor… whose face shows more happiness? He saw and he felt that the Fakir was happier. He left and did not come back. No one knew where he had gone.” “Many years later, the next maharaja of Patiala set out on a pilgrimage of Badrinath with his retinue. On his way, he was told in Rishikesh to take the blessings of a yogi who sat near Lakshman Jhoola. They went there and found a yogi with matted hair sitting in a cave. They told the yogi why they were there and the yogi said Tathaastu - may it be so. As soon as he spoke, the maharaja felt that it was his brother. He said to the yogi, please come back brother and resume your rule, take the kingdom, I have taken your place only because we did not know where you were. The yogi said, what did you just call me now? His brother said - Maharaj. The yogi added, when I am the Maharaj of the entire universe, what will I do with a small kingdom of Patiala?” “This whole universe, this is in the heart of every being. What does this mean? This means that every person, be it a man or a woman, is a walking temple. What does this mean? This means that just as we worship in the temple, just so we should also worship human beings and that is through service. If one does that, one’s mind will be purified and one will progress on the spiritual path.” “Three thousand years ago it has been said in the Vedas - Ekam Sat, viprah bahuda vadanati - the truth is One but the wise call it by many names. If this is understood, then India will become strong. It is very important that India be strong. If you all stand together,then India will be strong. A day will come when people will come, like they did in the ancient times, for knowledge and wisdom to India. This is my message. I do not want to say anything more.” “I thank all of you. Namaskar.” “Jai Hind!” There was an early lunch and, in the evening, the padayatris gathered at Vishvas Gardens on the outskirts of Nashik city for the main Guru Purnima program. There were more than 500 who had come together for the occasion. The setting for the program was in a large covered space by the Godavari River, now overflowing due to heavy rains. Even as they sat down, rains started and there was a nip in the air. They huddled close together not for warmth but because they wanted to be as close to Sri M as possible – this being such a special occasion. It was a different thing that there was a loud speaker and one could hear very clearly even if one sat at the rear. Sri M addressed the gathering thus: “Ekam Nityam Vimalam-Acalam Sarva-Dhii Saakssi-Bhuutam Bhaava-Atiitam Tri-Gunna-Rahitam Sad Gurum-Tam Namaami (Salutations to the Satguru) Who is One without the Second, Who is Eternal, Who is Stainless and Pure, Who is Immovable, Who is the Witness of the Intelligence of All Beings, Who is Beyond the States of the Mind, Who is Free from the Three Gunas; Salutations to that Satguru. Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu - May the entire universe be happy” “So, English or Hindi? First of all, namaskars to all of you. You all have come here to Nashik for Gurupurnima. We usually have our Gurupurnima in Madanapalle but, sometimes, it happens here or there. This time, the padayatra is going on so we thought we will have Gurupurnima in Nashik; it is the place of Panchavati, Trimbakeshwar is on our right. Trimbakeshwar is the place of Trayambak. When we say that mantra Om Traymbakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam - that Trayambak is in Trayambakeshwar.” “I thought that Kanta Prasad Mishra will sing and we will listen to him. But, they have told me to sit here and speak. So, I will say a few words and then, we will listen to him. He has come from Benares and is our good friend. I think of everyone as my friend. All these in front of me are my friends. I am not ready to call anyone my disciple because this is kali yuga and there are more gurus than disciples.” “What my Guru told me, I will share that with you. My guru, Maheshwarnath Babaji, taught me one thing - to keep alive the knowledge that he gave me. It is said in the Vedanta that when one gets Brahma saakshaatkaar, one will not need to go after any other knowledge. This is assumed by many that after that, there is nothing to be known. It is not so. I do not know anything about architecture, about micro biology, etc., one will have to talk to experts.” “Once a brahmachari went to Ramana Maharishi. Ramana Maharishi was alive then. So, he went there and by himself assumed the practice of silence and kept silence for three days. For three days, he did not eat food because he was not speaking and nobody offered him food. He got very angry the fourth day. He wrote on a paper, it has been three days since I am here, I see that you are feeding monkeys, but nobody has asked me about my hunger, I am in silence. He handed this paper to Ramana Maharishi. Ramana Maharishi used to break his silence only now and then. He said, how am I to know that you are in silence, if you asked for food you would have had it, and secondly, this hall does not have CCTV, if you wanted food you should have asked.” “This means that one should be ready to learn anytime. When the mind is developed, one should be ready to learn anytime. When the mind is developed, there is space to learn. When there is space, there is the chance of something being added. Otherwise, how can it be added?” “Do not worry - I do not know what you are thinking, sit in peace and happiness. You will feel you are safe that I have said these things….” “Actually, you are not safe.” (Everybody breaks into rapturous laughter) “That is why, as my friends know, sometimes they are thinking red but say it is white. When the mind is quiet, there is only the ‘One-mind’. We are different because our mind is enmeshed in desire. Take that away and there will be no difference between you and me. It does not mean that this ‘one-mind’ knows everything. Yes, this is there that the yogi has such concentration and one-pointedness that if something has to be learnt, he learns in two minutes.” “Second, it is Guru Purnima - do not accept anyone as a Guru, just like that. Let some time pass, let two or three years go, do not accept him that soon. Why? What criteria is there to accept him as a Guru? Some people accept Gurus on very arbitrary ideas - because his nose is long, for example. Sometimes the Guru may not be that graceful. You all know that Mandukya Maharishi wrote the Mandukya Upanishad. How would the face of Mandukya look - you all can picture that.” “Do not go for this outer attraction. If you do that, then you will not be able to walk on the spiritual path, on the inner path. That is why, spend two or three years before you accept him as your Guru.” “You all know about Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. He is considered a great avatar. Swami Vivekananda was his prime disciple. I do not need to say anything about him. Sri Ramakrishna loved Swami Vivekananda so much yet Swami Vivekananda tested him so much. The guru used to say that I do not touch money; I am unable to touch money. So, once Narendra - Swami Vivekananda was known by that name then - tested him, even I cannot do this. To test him, if he told the truth or not, he placed a coin under Sri Ramakrishna’s mattress.” “So, Sri Ramakrishna came and laid down on the mattress. He got up because he could not sleep, wandered around and laid down again. He got up again and wandered again for some more time. After doing this a few times, he summoned Narendra and said to him, maybe someone kept money under the mattress, go check. Swami Vivekananda fell at his feet in tears and said he was sorry and would never make such a mistake again. Sri Ramakrishna said it’s fine while adding that he had not committed any mistake.” “That is why, do some seva first for two or three years. By seva, it does not mean that you press my feet or do any such sort of thing - there will be nothing of my feet left if you do something like that all the time! This is not seva. Seva is to do your sadhana. Seva is to listen to what he says intently. Seva is to bring change in your life. This is Guru Seva. It is easy pressing feet. It is difficult to practice yama-niyama and other disciplines”. “It is not to say that one should not press the guru’s feet. If there is pain, do that also. But do not think that by holding on to his feet, all your sins will be washed away. That is not going to happen. If that were so, what is the function of the Guru? If one is such that he is in evil company - in dursangha - all the time and commits evil acts, thinking he is free to do whatever he pleases to do, and then he comes to a guru and holds on to his feet, the fruits of his action will not go away, they will still remain. What the Guru says he will have to do, only then will itwork out.” “For the Guru, nobody is bad or good. To him, all are equal. I was talking about Maheswarnath Babaji. He gave many directions about the future. He once told me that when my autobiography comes out, many people will come to me. I told him, what can I do sitting with so many people. And second, what is the use of so many people coming to me. Sometimes, such people who have committed many evil actswill come. There are very few who are good. What am I to do when such people come? They will touch my feet, what am I to do?” “Babaji said, look Madhu, why would anyone go to a doctor if he does not have a disease? Only one who has disease goes to the doctor. That is why, the one who has disease, make them yours first. Later on, when the good ones come, they will become okay on their own.That is what he said.” “I consider all of you as One. I may be in the middle but we are all one. We should all walk each other home, holding each others’ hands.” “There should be no competition - that I am closer than you to the Guru, that is nonsense. Also, this is a body. It will be here for 20 or 25 years more; I am not calculating, please, but this is a body. After some time it will go, then what will you do?” “If you listen to the teachings and live your life in a particular way, a time will come - it is not necessary that it be in this life - when you will become like me. It does not mean that you will have a long nose.” (Laughter). “The way our mind is - you will also reach that state, that is our message.” “I pray on this Guru Purnima, for everyone who is here, that you reach that place where we need to reach with the grace of Sri Guru Babaji. This is my prayer on this Guru Purnima. There is no other prayer.” “That is why, live in togetherness, live a certain way and do your practices. If you do this, then you will become a yogi.” “You will think that I reached this stage in one life. It is not so. It has taken many lives to reach such a state. Please follow the teachings. Who knows if someone is here whose last life this is? Do not be discouraged even if there are still 100 more births to go. Keep this in your mind, that I may reach That which is the Ultimate in this life! This is what Guru Seva means. If you do this hundred percent, then you will go forward with much power. The more purposefully you do it, the more you will advance. Grace is there, if there was no grace you would not be here.” “There is the blessing of Maheshwarnath Babaji, there is the grace of God. I am only a spokesman; that is all. I am empty, that is why you can listen to me well. If you fill a flute with dirt, there will be no music. If the flute is empty, then music comes of it. Keep this in your mind - I am zero, I am the smallest of the small - bring down the ego. All rest will be okay.” “Serve as much as you can. If you meet someone who you think is spiritual, serve him well for some time. And, see if he is asking you for a cheque or not. If he is, then search for someone else. A spiritual guru is not there to take; he is there to give. There is nothing that he needs - sometimes he has a house and a family, sometimes he is alone - that varies from Guru to Guru. But, he needs nothing from you.” “There is no demand from you but this - faith and patience. Like, it has been written in Shirdi. If this is there, then one need not stand in Shirshasan for ten hours. Of course, you can do it if you wish to but it is not needed.” “The change that is there in the mind happens because of sincerity, because of one-pointedness, because one leads a pure life, because of the practice of disciplines and because one lives a certain way.” “This is my message for Guru Purnima - wherever you are, in whatever birth you are - I pray that the hand of Maheswarnath Babaji be there on your head. And, the blessings of Sri Guru Babaji be there on you.” “I conclude this now. We will listen to Kanta Prasad Mishra, he has come all the way from Benares. I do not want to say anything else. If there has been some mistake, please forgive.” “Namaskar and thank you.” When the Satsang ended, the air was palpable with a different kind of energy—all sat enveloped in peace. Then, Sri Kanta Prasad Mishra sang devotional songs for about an hour or so. Sri Kanta Prasad Mishra is a highly acclaimed Hindustani classical singer. He, accompanied by his retinue including his son, mesmerised the crowd with a scintillating performance. The dhuni was lit later by Sri M. He had a chimta and the trishul- emblems of the Nath Tradition - those of the Nath order carry these. All devotees lined up and, one by one, prostrated before their Guru and received his blessings. Dinner soon followed. Everyone left gradually. The padayatris went to their resting spot. Others left to catch buses, trains, and flights back to their destination.

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Jai Mahaavataar Baabaaji… Jai Maheshwaranath… Jai Raghavendra… Jai Vanakhindi Mahaaraaj… Jai Maheshwaranath… Jai Krupaanandji Mahaaraj… Jai Tapasviji Mahaaraj…Jai Madhukaranaath … Jai GuruDeva Datta.. Jai Sarva SantaJana…

  2. J Sethuraman says:

    Great experience to join Sri M and walk along with him on the mission “Walk of Hope”. This is fully blessed by His Master Sri Maheswaranath Babaji and the hierarchy of Nath padhdhathi. On Guru Poornima day, his discourse is aptly fitted to the occasion.
    How much one learns from a Master?
    How we learn and grow – आचार्यात् पादमादत्ते
    one fourth from the teacher, one fourth from own intelligence,
    one fourth from classmates, and one fourth only with time.

    Aachaaryaat paadamaadatte, paadam shishyah swamedhayaa |
    Paadam sa-brahmachaaribhyah, paadam kaalakramenathu ||

    आचार्यात् पादमादत्ते पादं शिष्यः स्वमेधया ।
    सब्रह्मचारिभ्यः पादं पादं कालक्रमेण च ॥

    This sloka opens up many facets, related to learning and teaching – be it regular schools or spiritual learning. modern education system, student-teacher Guru- sishya) relationship, undue blame on teacher or students for below expectation results.

    let us look at each of the four parts. one learns from four sources – teacher, self, others, and with time (i.e. experience).

    this doesn’t mean it is exactly one-fourth from each. that may depend upon individual case – how good the teacher, classmates, own intelligence or environment is.

    just like to grow a tree a gardener, good seed, fertile soil and time are needed, so too to learn one needs a teacher, own intelligence, co-students and time (patience, experience).

    My salutation to Sri M. My wish is to visit the school run by Satsang Foundation at Madapalle and give a demo of simple experiments and receive the blessings of my maanaseka Guru Sri. M.

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