Day 204 | 3 August 2015 | Mahiravani to Trimbakeshwar | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Busybee Mom has just enough time to learn about the details of Walk of Hope - Mahiravani
  • 2.This-kirana-merchant-has-opened-his-shop-only-to-see-our-Padayatra-stream-by!!,-Mahiravni,-Nashik,-Maharashtra
  • 3.WOH-Day-203,-the-walkers-in-front-are-cock-a-hoop-as-Sir-cracks-one-of-his-patented-one-liners,-Mahiravni,-Nashik,-Maharashtra
  • Taking rain-water harvesting seriously - Nashik
  • With the hill ranges on the horizon, one knows Trimbakeshwar is near - Nashik
  • Copious rains have made the job much easier with recharged water-bodies - Nashik
  • Paddy fields ! - Nashik
  • Sri M in satsang immediately after the Walk - Trimbakeshwar
  • The Temple at the beautiful Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan - Nashik
  • View from the Brahmagiri hills
  • 11.Now-we-know-what-
  • The cave in Brahmagiri hills where Gorakhnath is supposed to have meditated for 12 years - Trimbakeswar
  • Entrance to the Gorakhnath Guha - Trimbakeswar
  • The 3 caves dedicated to Godavari, Ganga and Ganesha - Brahmagiri hills
  • The idol of Godavari Mata with the river trickling off a snout - Brahmagiri
  • The cave with the Ganesha idol - Brahmagiri Hills
  • Rama kund where Sri Ram is supposed to have lived during his forest exile -Brahmagiri
  • Vessels galore at a brightly-lit wayside shop - Trimbakeshwar
Walk of Hope passed through the villages of Talegaon, Satpur, Vadholi, Anjaneri and Pegalwadi before reaching Trimbakeshwar. They covered 15 spectacular kilometers as they moved away from urban areas, journeying through areas surrounded by hills with their pinnacles lost in misty clouds.

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Anjaneri is said to be the birthplace of Hanuman, named after his mother, Anjana Devi. Reaching Trayambak, there was a public Satsang with Sri M after which the yatris went to the Gajanan Maharaj Samadhi Ashram and retired for the day. Later, some padayatris visited the Goraknath cave where Goraknath is said to have meditated for 12 years. Sri M's address went thus: “Trayambakeshwar symbolises three eyes, the one with the three eyes. The deity of the Maha-Mrityunjaya mantra is here. When one does the japa Om Tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam, one does sankalpa of this shiva linga. I will not speak much, I will only speak about the mantra.” “It is thought that if one is sick, doing this mantra will help them heal; when one goes on a long journey, one will be safe from accidents if they do this mantra. I am going to tell you what this mantra really means.” “Trayambakam Yajamahe means: I worship that Trayambak which has three eyes. Every human being has this trayambak. You can see that a human being has only two eyes but there is more to it. What we yogis call "jnana drishti" is the third eye. It is what is known as the Ajna Chakra, here - between the two eyes.” “When these two eyes close, we understand that what we see with these two eyes is not actually real, these things of the world are there today and not there tomorrow. We do not want to believe this but it is so - this body is there for 60 years, trees rise and fall, buildings rise and fall, everything comes and goes - what remains of Rome but two or three pillars! When this third eye opens, there are experiences because of which death does not come close. This does not mean that the body will not die - the body will go one day. When THAT is experienced, one will not know death. One will see the world in a different way. The inner realms of the outer appearances will be seen. When this happens, the fear of death will leave you. It will be understood that what is inside you is a spark of the Supreme Being, it is never born and it never dies. If one has such an experience, then what is there to fear? The fear of death leaves, it will come when it does. That is why this Trayambak has so much importance.” “The mantra goes - I pray to that Deity, that Yogi, that God, that Saint whose Ajna chakra is open, the one who sees deeper things, that Ajna chakra I worship.” “Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam. What is the quality of that? It is the fragrance of anantam-anandam- endless bliss. The fragrance not made in any incense factory; the fragrance of love, the fragrance of bliss, the fragrance of oneness. When that fragrance comes, then one finds nourishment also. When one has that experience, then one finds endless nourishment. If you do not eat for 4 days you will be starving, but this is different, this does not depend on hunger, this nourishment is independent and is always there.” “Urvārukam-iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāat-like a ripe pumpkin falling off the creeper, which has no connection with it anymore, so liberate me from this identity. There is this M, there is that P, there is S, there is JC - there are so many identities. Let these identities drop and there is that one entity. This does not mean we will never die. This means that the essence of what we are will never die.” “So, this is the mantra. We are in the place of Trayambak. This is my prayer to you, that the time you spend here, do not WhatsApp or Facebook for a few moments. Visit the temple and spend time doing japa. Meditate for some time. You will find the essence of this place. This is my prayer to you. You can go to the temple, there is a large courtyard and there is lots of place to sit.” Trayambak is a pilgrimage site;home to the ancient Tryambakeshwar temple dedicated to the god Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Jyoti means 'radiance' and lingam the 'mark or sign' of Shiva. Jyotir Lingam thus means The Radiant Sign of The Almighty. Kusavarta, a kunda or pond in the temple premises, is the source of the Godavari, the longest river in peninsular India. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Brahma,Vishnu and Rudra. All other Jyotirlingas have Shiva as the main deity. The yatris rested at the Gajanan Maharaj Samadhi Ashram - a busy place with hundreds of people arriving and departing - administered by the largest temple trust in the Vidarbha region. Gajanan Maharaj was a 20th century saint revered by thousands and devotees still throng his Samadhi for blessings. The early life history of Gajanan Maharaj is obscure, his birth date being unknown. He took Samadhi in 1910 and his devotees believe he was an incarnation of Lord Ganesha and Lord Dattatreya.

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  1. J Sethuraman says:

    In Triyambak, the explanation to Mahaa mrityunjaya mantra is welcome. The third eye is ‘Gnanadhrishti and is also agnja sakra.
    Narmadha river is a sacred river and the program “Walk of Hope” passes through this place.Let us liberate ourselves like the ‘urvaaruga miva bandhannath muksheeya maamraath”.

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