Day 218 | 17 August 2015 | Batha to Navsari city | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Three is company - Navsari
    9.Three-is-company!!!,-Navsari,-Gujarat
  • 1.The-Sun-&-the-Sari-give-her-stunning-camouflage!!,-Navsari,-Gujarat
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  • 3.Clay-pots,-clay-pots,-freshly-baked-clay-pots!!,-Navsari-Road,-Gujarat
  • WOH Day 218 - Everyone is prepared for the impending wet spell - Navsari
    4.WOH-Day-218,-we-knew-we-were-in-for-a-wet-spell!,-Bhata-to-Navsari,--Gujarat
  • It would be just a matter of time before the downpour pays us a visit - Navsari Road
    5.Whew!,-it-is-only-a-matter-of-time-before-we-get-wet!!,-Navsari-Road,-Gujarat
  • 6.What-are-these-guys-upto!,-both-senior-&-junior-seem-to-think-aloud!,-Navsari,-Gujarat
  • Just enough protection from the impending cloudburst - Navsari
    7.Just-enough-protection-from-the-impending-cloudburst!,-Navsari,-Gujarat
  • The rain comes in torrents - Navsari
    8.We-get-it-in-torrents!!,-Navsari,-Gujarat
  • 'From Darkness to Light ' - At the Naran Lala College - Navsari
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  • Sri M in satsang at the Naran Lala College - Navsari
    11.Satsang-at-the-Naran-Lala-College,-Navsari,-Gujarat
Unlike yesterday, Walk of Hope did not pass through any villages but walked the entire day on the Navsari road. This highway was mostly empty and the padyatris hardly encountered anyone else during the walk.

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Maybe the impending rain ensured that they did not venture outdoors today but the padayatra continued on schedule. The clouds gave way soon to torrential rain – for the padayatris, walking in the downpour facing the stormy winds was difficult but not without an element of fun. The rains did subside every now and then and the sun would peek through, intermittently. These intervening moments were hot, sultry and stuffy. A few minutes later, the rain came again to douse the heat. A cricket team from Batha, wearing team colours, also joined them and walked till the halting point. Against all rainy odds and brief sunny spells, the padayatris reached the day’s destination at Navsari city after 11.00 am. The city bore a deserted look as the yatris walked in; they proceeded towards the Naran Lala College and reached there in half an hour. Sri M and the padayatris were greeted and welcomed by about 200 students and teachers. Everyone squeezed into the college sports hall where Sri M addressed the gathering shortly. Sri M's address to the students: “Om Saha Nau-Avatu | Saha Nau Bhunaktu | Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai | Tejasvi Nau-Adhiitam-Astu Maa Vidvissaavahai | Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih || Om, May God Protect us Both (the Teacher and the Student), May God Nourish us Both, May we Work Together with Energy and Vigour, May our Study be Enlightening and not give rise to Hostility, Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.” “I will talk in Hindi and English because I do not know Gujarati, all I know is ‘Khem Cho’, if anyone asks me that, I say ‘Maja ma’, apart from that I do not know anything. First of all, I would like to thank Ms. Deepa Patel who sang the beautiful prayer, then I thank the Chairman, Sri Mahesh M. Kansara who felicitated me and invited me to the school; and I thank Dr. Dinubhaiji Naik,the Director.” “I will share with you two or three things. You must have heard in many places where there is worship or prayer, this invocation Om Saha Nav Vavatu..... is chanted. For you, for the school, for the students and for the teachers, this is a very important prayer. Not precisely a prayer, this is a statement; such is this age when someone speaks in Sanskrit, it has to be translated; what to do. If Sanskriti has to be there, Sanskrit has to be there.” “In Saha Nav Vavatu.....one word is repeated, it is saha - it means you and me - both of us together. If anything has to be learnt then the student and teacher, the guru and the disciple have to co-operate. The Guru does not know everything; there is no Guru like that. And, there is no student who knows everything. In every stage of life, there is something that we must learn.” “The one who stops learning becomes old when he is 18 years old because his mind is closed, because he is not open to learning anything new. I am 66 years old; at 66 years of age, I am doing this padayatra. People tell me that you are doing this at 66, you are old. You tell me, am I looking tired? We have done 17 kilometres in rain today - do I look tired?” (‘No’ was the resounding response) “There is some tiredness but I don’t show it. I might be 66 years old but the age of the mind is the same as yours, there is not much difference. Why? Because it is open to new knowledge, it is open to learning.” “Why am I saying this to you? Because you are the future citizens of India. I can speak on the padayatra but I am speaking on these things, because this is very important; consider this to be a padayatra. Life is like a padayatra too, you have to walk, you cannot zoom in a car, you have to go step by step.” “The meaning of Saha Nav Vavatu... means - let you and me be protected. Protected from what? Protected from distraction, protected from physical harm, protected from clashes. If anything has to be learnt, then one must know that one is secure. If one has to study, one has to be certain that the roof will not fall on his head. There should be no fear of safety.” “Saha Nau Bhunaktu - you know nourishment, there are many diet fads in this age. I want to say - don’t get stuck to these fads and eat only when you are hungry. In Gujarat, you get really good food. As soon as we came to Gujarat, I feel that in 4 or 5 days I have gained at least one kilo. Now, we are going to Surat, there is a joke about it - Surat ma janam, Kashi ma maran. So, this means that may both of us be nourished. Nourishment not only means of the body but also of the mind. The mind also needs and consumes food.” “Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai- may the vitality in us be good. “Tejasvi Nau Adhiitam Astu- may the spiritual flame burn brightl. And Maa Vidvissaavahai - may we not fight amongst ourselves. This does not always happen physically, on the outside. It happens on the inside also. Suppose, there is a teacher you do not like, you cannot just say that to the teacher; and whatever that teacher says, you do not listen to that. This is called fighting in the mind.” “There is another shloka in Rig Veda, Sangacchadhwam – Let us walk together, Samvadadhwam - study together, Sam vo manasvi janatam - with minds together attain knowledge.” “This padayatra for Manav Ekta is a physical manifestation of all of this. It is based on my own spiritual experience. It is not only a social thing. Whenever there is any social change, it is based on an inner experience. Otherwise, the change does not last.” “If it is understood that in the heart of every being there is the spark of the Supreme Being, then every human being is a walking, moving temple of God. What this also means is if one knows this spark within, then the qualities of That are also there within - so one realises one is not this limited being but is, in fact, unlimited and has unlimited potential.” “You are the future citizens and you can do anything you wish to. But, there has to be a feeling of love. When you do something with love for another, then the nation will become stronger. People will live together, there will be peace and there will be harmony.” “I know that Indians know these things. This is nothing new. This has been said thousands of years ago. But, we forget it sometimes. We forget it in anger, in selfishness. We are instigated sometimes.” “To not let this be forgotten - that we are all one - we are walking. We walk in sun, we walk in rain. Today, it rained very heavily. A team of cricketers who were walking with us told me that it never rains and I told them that it was going to rain very heavily, and it came soon. We got wet but it was nice for the trees. It was quite nice actually.” “We walk to share this- that we are all one, we are all human beings. All of us are born from the mother’s womb and in the end go into this ground. If there are differences, those can be sorted out through dialogue, there is no need for violence. Mahatma Gandhi, by just using non-violence, drove out the ruling Britishers, who were here for two hundred years.” “Only through non-violence can something be sorted out. If one gets angry and commits an act of violence, then nothing can work out. If one can control anger, then that energy can be used for creative purposes. This should be learnt.” “For this, we are walking. We are here to tell people to live with kindness, live with love in your hearts, live with compassion. The land of India is such. Why do you have to spoil it with violence? I am saying this, especially to you.” “This is there in the Kathopanishad, Utthista Jagrate… - Awake up and stop not till the goal is reached. Keep this in your mind.” “Before I conclude, I want to say this, Kabir has said this - Jaati na pucho saadhu ki, puch lijiye gyaan…, this is my personal experience. Whatever I am saying to you is because of the grace of my Guru, Maheshwarnath Babaji. When he placed his hand on my head, then there were some changes in my brain and I became mad. Know that if there is no madness, no great work can be done. I said to Anna Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi that people call me mad; he told me that only if one is mad, then can some work be done.” “Being mad is being different from what people usually are. Only those who are mad can do something. I know you cannot walk with me. But please walk with us in your mind. How can you do that? When you go back home, talk about these things, share this with your friends and family; this is how this will spread. If you do this, this yatra will be successful.” “Till now, we have done close to 3400 kilometres. We still have to walk 4500 kilometres before we reach Srinagar in April 2016. With your wishes and blessings, I am sure we will reach there. I am confident we will reach there. I salute those who are walking with me; they are walking with us and bearing so much. I do not want to say anything more. Think about the things I spoke about. Have debates on these things in your class. I conclude this now.” “Namaskaar and Salaam.” After this address, the yatris settled into the classrooms and retired for the day.

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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