Day 212 | 11 August 2015 | Nana Pondha to Koparli | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Crossing the bridge over Kolak River - Vapi
  • One of the greenest stretches by far - Sukhala, Vapi
  • 3.The-flyer-has-done-it,-caught-his-imagination!!,-Sukhala,-Vapi,-Gujarat
  • Fresh fruits at breakfast, thanks to a satsangi - Vapi
  • 5.A-floral-welcome-to-Sir-at-breakfast-point,-Sukhala,-Vapi,-Gujarat
  • Sri M at the Satya Sai Mandir - Sukhala
  • Sukala school students line up to greet the padayatris - Vapi
  • Sri M is all appreciation for the elderly lady's resolve to earn her daily bread through work - Vapi
  • 'Strike a pose'- Ambheti, Vapi
  • 10.A-very-common-domestic-scene-which-has-all-but-disappeared-from-our-households!!,-Koprali,-Vapi,-Gujarat
  • The kindergarten erupts in joyous laughter - Koprali
  • Sri M at the Koprali Swetambar Jain Mandir - Koprali
  • Sri M given a traditional welcome at Koprali - the day's halting point, Vapi
  • 14.Satsang-at-the-Jain-Community-Hall,-Koprali,-Vapi,-Gujarat
Leaving Nana Pundha, Walk of Hope covered 18 kilometres today passing through Sukhala and Ambheti before reaching Koparli. Crossing the Kola river, they reached the national highway #9, a lush green after recent rains. Walking quietly they reached Sukhala, a small village and were greeted by a group of about 40 members of the local community and 300 school children who welcomed Sri M with a garland and showered flowers on the padayatris.

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Here, Sri M and the yatris visited the Satya Sai Mandir and spent a few moments in prayer. Right after, they were welcomed warmly to a Satsangi's home and served breakfast.The padayatra continued, walking on the winding highway, moving through tiny villages and reached Koparli around 11. This was the halting point for the day, where an elaborate welcome party awaited them. A troupe of musicians with traditional Gujarati musical instruments, ladies dressed in colourful saris and excited children made up the larger part of the welcome party. Sri M and the padayatris visited the Koparli Shwetambar Mandir where the large local Jain community had made all arrangements. Later, they assembled at the Jain Community hall where Sri M addressed the crowd and spoke on Jainism, meditation practices and Walk of Hope. The talk lasted for half an hour and was followed by a lavish lunch. After lunch, the yatris went to the resting place and retired for the day. Sri M’s address: “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” “I thank you all for organizing this and welcoming us here. My pranams to those who are on the dias - I do not know all your names. I also welcome my brothers and sisters who are in front of me. It looks as if that we are doing this yatra for a social cause. But, this yatra is an outward manifestation of my inner spiritual experience. Something was said just now about the Jain religion. I do not know much about Jain religion. I only know that we have been welcomed very warmly by the Jains.” “We started on 12th January this year from Kanyakumari. We have covered more than 3300 kilometres now - this is not a ratha yatra, we have covered this distance on foot, this is a padayatra. I am not alone, there are many people with us. As we walk, who do we see walking? We see Jain Munis. We do not see anybody else walking. Everyone else we see in cars, buses and so on. People have been walking for many, many years here. Nobody knows when it started. The greatest principle of this religion is Ahimsa Parama Dharma - non violence is the greatest religion.” “Non-violence is not only physical non-injury to other beings but has a deeper significance. It means not harming anyone through thought, action or word. The Digambars are the symbol of peace, of harmony. When the impurities are removed from the mind and it becomes clean, that is the mind of a Digambar. ‘Digambar’ means beyond the four directions, it means that North, South, East, West - all are one for such a being. When one reaches that place, whether one is shwetambar or digambar, one reaches his goal, that is my feeling.” “For that one has to keep his mind clean. For the mind to be clean one has to be very careful not to hurt another through thought, action or words. One must consider if one’s actions cause injury to other beings or not.” “Once I went to New York - I keep going there sometimes, I travel very often, sometimes I travel in a car, sometimes a plane - and they told me to speak on the Jain religion. I told them that I did not know a lot, I knew about Ahimsa Paramo Dharma. I knew about their practices. I also know that from the time of Adinath, many Tirthankars have come who have said the same thing, with very few differences, in a different way. They said that in our philosophy, that which helps us meditate is very important.” “When you look at a picture of a Tirthankar you will see flowers with petals on many points on the body. They are what are known as Chakras in yoga and are mentioned in such places as Ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga yoga is a set of practices through which one’s mind can be purified and one can reach Kaivalya, Nirvana or Moksha.” “If you take a child and forcefully place him in a room and give him food through a small opening in the door, he will not eat the food. He will want to escape and be free. This desire for freedom is in-built in every being, it is not needed from outside. This is there in all beings. It is there from the time the child is in a mother’s womb - what happens there? A child is inside and then breaks free.” “It is said that this universe is like a mother’s womb and one will remain here until his mind is purified. Until the time one’s mind is purified, this womb will keep you protected, will keep you safe. After it’s work is done, after the mind has been purified, the same womb will set you free. The outside is what is called Nirvana.” “Nirvana is not an easy thing to attain. To reach it, one must go through many lifetimes. Please do not ask me to prove this, I cannot. You take what you will out of this. This is my experience. I know that I have crossed many lifetimes. For this one has to do many good deeds, one has to purify one’s mind. To do that, one has to do as much good as possible as long as one lives.” “This body that is here will die one day. Until that happens what does one have to do? One has to keep his body in a good state. Someday, this body will go, it has to go, everybody goes one day.” “This body is now 66 years old. I am doing this because of my Guru, Maheshwarnath Babaji, he told me to do this and I said, what you say I will do. He was from the Nath Tradition. You may be surprised to know that the origin of the Nath Tradition is from Adinath. That is why every person who belongs to this tradition has ‘Nath’ as his name. My Babaji had the name of Maheshwarnath and I was given the name Madhukarnath. That is why I am called M. With some respect I am called Sri M and also Mister M sometimes. I like being called M, I think that is enough.” “Now we have come here, we have covered some 3300 kilometres. We still have to cover 5000 kilometres to reach Srinagar. Many times people ask me, where do you get the energy from? I tell them that I do not take any special food, what they give me to eat, I eat. Sometimes those who are much younger than me get tired and I say to them, do not be tired. When our minds are very quiet and peaceful, when there are no movements, then what energy is required is accessible, it is given through this whole universe. Whenever you start to do something for the sake of another, the energy will come.” “It is a sad thing that we only do these for ourselves. If you do for others, you will experience such energy that you did not know exists. A spark of the all pervading, all knowing Being is reflected in one’s heart when there is no desire or anger in one’s heart, when there is no attachment, when one is free. One who is free may appear to be the body but one is really not the body alone. If one is like that, then many good works can be done.” “We have been to a place called Rajchandra Ashram. Rajchandra was a great yogi. His works on the Jain Religion and philosophy were great, his Atma Siddhi is a great work. He mainly wrote on the tenet, Ahimsa Paramo Dharma. He was a Raja Yogi. Raja Yoga is not a new thing, it is very old. In it one has to follow yama-niyamas. In it, the greatest that one has to follow are Ahimsa, non-violence and Aparigraha, simplicity - one who can live a simple life and not complicate it. Such a one can move forward on this path. “The next step is Pranaam. When the mind is very agitated then if one closes one’s eyes and watches one’s breath, one will see that the breath is also agitated, it is fast and shallow. When one is angry one is almost panting. When one is listening to good music then one breathes deeply. Rishis and Munis said that if the breath is changing with the mind, then the mind can also be changed with the breath. From that came the practice of Pranayama.” “If one just watches one’s breath, it will automatically become calm and deep without any effort. This watchfulness, this mindfulness is required. Breath is such an important thing, we can remain without food for five to ten days, we can remain without water for two days or three may be, but without breathing we cannot live for even two minutes. When the breath goes then one can do nothing. It is such an important thing but not enough attention is paid to it. Yogis say, pay attention to it - when it goes inside, know that it is going inside and pay attention to it, when it goes out, know that it is going out and pay attention to it, be mindful of this all the time. Slowly, by itself, there comes a state of calmness. When one is calm, one knows where one comes from, where one is going and how to get out of these cycles.” “One has to practice a lot to attain this. There is no secrecy about this.” “But our habits are such that we are unable to practice. For example, we usually eat very heavy food two or three times a day and as a result are low on energy all the time. If one eats light and finishes food before sunset then there is lots of energy to work. This way, when one sleeps there is deep sleep. When one sits with eyes closed the spine should be straight, we have been sitting with supports for far too long and because of this we cannot sit up straight. And, the clothes should be loose and not tight. If one is alone, it is better to be without clothes.” “Sitting in padmasana or sukhasana , repeat Om, the Pranava. If you see statues in temples, if you look at pictures of yogis, you see them sitting in Padmasana. Sitting in Padmasana, locking one’s legs, one can direct the blood flow upwards. Sitting in this posture breathing calmly, hold the breath briefly - not very long, but for a short time, a time that is comfortable - and repeat OM. Do this for five to ten minutes. An image of God is not needed for this.” “When the mind is purified and when one is quiet, then the spark of the Supreme Being will be seen reflected in one’s heart, one will see a flowering within one’s heart. One will experience bliss. It is not only in knowing but in experiencing. When that bliss is experienced, one will not be violent.” “One will know that the religion may be different, the caste or creed may be different, one may come from different places, ideologies maybe different, but, first and foremost, one is a human being with a spark of the Supreme in the heart. This experience is the origin and the message of this padayatra.” “Outwardly, in the world, it is much better to remain united and strong, to stand together. If we fight, then India cannot be strong. If we have to be strong, if India has to be strong, we have to stand united. And all beings will come here again and again to attain knowledge, this is my feeling. Right now we go out to attain knowledge. There was a time when people came to Takshashila to attain knowledge. There will come a time again, when people will come here once more, to attain knowledge. Such an age is to come.” “People do all kinds of work, we are doing this work. We go to all places of worship, we go to Jain temples, we go to Hindu temples, we go to Mosques, we go to Churches, we go to any place where God is worshipped - with or without form. It has been said in Rig Vedas Ekam Sat, viprah bahuda vadanti - the truth is one but the wise call it by different names. For this we have been walking and if we had not been walking like this, how would we have met you?” “This is my prayer - I know that many of you have work and cannot come with us - if you can walk with us in your heart, if knowing that good work is being done you can walk with us with your heart, support us in your mind and heart, then this padayatra will be successful. Talk about it, talk about it with your friends, with your family; talk about it in places where you go. If this happens, only then will this yatra be a success. We may go to Kashmir and come back but this yatra will not be a success without you. With this, in five years, ten years or twenty years, the seeds that have been planted will become great trees and will bear fruits and flowers; when the wind blows there will be beautiful fragrance of peace and harmony and it will spread the world over. This is my hope and prayer.” “Thank you and Namaskaar.”


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  1. Hope your many prayers, seeps deep in our hearts … Pranams !

  2. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Jai Gurudeva.. Jai Kriya Babaji… Jai Maheshwaranath… Jai Madukaranath

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