WOH Day 207 - The incredibly beautiful landscape that welcomed the padayatris left everyone overwhelmed.
Kudos to the truckers who manage their wheels on this terrain - Nashik
Rain playing hide and seek with the Walk - Peth Road
CM of Maharashtra-Devendra Fadnavis in step with Walk of Hope-Nashik
Maharashtra CM with Girish Mahajan , watching the WoH videos at the Sahastra Reshmi Nashik Engineering Cluster-Nashik
Sri M addressing the august audience
CM Fadnavis was emphatic in his support for the Walk of Hope
The last day of Walk of Hope in Maharashtra saw the padayatra moving close to the Maharashtra – Gujarat border. It was an 82 day journey in Maharashtra covering Kolhapur, Sangli, Solapur, Akkalkot, Pandharpur, Miraj, Satara, Pune, Jejuri, Alandi, Ahmednagar, Ranjangon, Ralegansiddhi, Nashik and Trimbakeshwar.
They also saw a change of season in the 82 days – peak summer to the onset and the midst of monsoons! The terrain and how it shaped the daily lives of people, the urban and the rural – it has been an experience indeed!
The last three weeks – they are constantly with rain and wind, winding their way in the hills, everyday over slopes – climbing and descending. The walk has been tough in the hilly areas, in the slush! They also feel the companionship of these mountains, older than the Himalayas! With no trace of habitation or the modern world except the black road cutting through and the occasional automobile whizzing past, they walked in silence in the green hills.
The Padayatra reached Karanjali and halted for the day. Returning to Nashik, they lunched and rested for some time before gathering again to meet the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sri Devendra Fadnavis.
There were about 200 people present in the Akash auditorium, mostly padayatris, the press and local dignitaries.
Sri Devendra Fadnavis praised the endeavour as a valuable contribution for national development, showering praise on Sri M for his grit, determination and stamina - “This should set an example for the youth in terms of commitment and patriotism,” he said.
Sri M then addressed the gathering:
“Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram vyāptam yena carācaram
Tatpadam darśitam yena tasmai śrī guravenamah
(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”
“First of all I welcome The Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sri Devendra Fadnavis and Honourable Minister, Sri Girish Mahajan. I do not want to say much because you have seen the film and those of you who are on the padayatra know everything. I want to say that we have walked close to 3200 kilometres from Kanyakumari till here and we feel that the response is very positive. Everywhere we go, no matter who it is, no matter what religion, what ideology they belong to, people co-operate with us. They say that it is a good thing you are doing and we support you. They say that it is about time someone did something like this.”
“What we are doing is part of our very ancient culture, this is nothing new; 3000 years ago it has been said in the Vedas Ekam sat, viprah bahuda vadanti - the Truth is one but the wise call it by many names. With this message it is our hope that we will reach Srinagar in April 2016. It is in God’s hands, especially because we are going to walk in Kashmir, we are hoping that the things will be all right.”
“Everyone knows that a spark of the Supreme Being is in the heart of everyone. But sometimes, we forget this. We forget this because of many reasons - sometimes in anger, sometimes in selfishness. We are walking to not let people forget that we are all One. It may be that we come from different religions, from different ideologies, but please understand that we are all human, and in the heart of every human being sits the Supreme Being.”
“With this message alone we are walking. As you have seen in the video, we have gone to every place of worship we have encountered on the way. When we go to Punjab, we will stay in Gurudwaras. They have said, our Langar is open, please come. If we stay together, then India will be strong. If India is not strong, it will be a great loss for the world. If people from all religions come together then India will be strong. Now we are going to Gujarat. It is nice that we are going after taking darshan of Trayambakeshwar.”
“I know that all of you cannot walk, you have work. But please walk with us in your minds, in your hearts. If that is done, I feel our yatra will be successful. I do not want to say anything more.”
CM of Maharsashtra's speech felicitating the Walk of Hope, Aug 6, 2015