Day 221 | 20 August 2015 | Sanskar Vidyalaya on NH 8 to Bhagwan Dada Mandir, Kamrej | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH Day 221 was along NH8 - the arterial road connecting Mumbai with Ahmedabad
  • The day's first tea break at Hotel Prince Inn, where we stayed the previous night ! - Surat
  • Wide roads with neatly laid out medians - NH8 Gujarat
  • Chimney stacks, Power pylons and a tinted sunrise - welcome to industrialisation - Surat
  • 5.When-will-India
  • Benevolence flows from unexpected quarters - Kadodara, Surat
  • Gujarat's Minister for Education, Sri Nanubhai Vanani joins the walk -Kamrej
  • A floral welcome shower on arrival at Dada Bhagwan Mandir -Kamrej
  • Reception at Dada Bhagwan Mandir - Kamrej
  • Sri M addresses the school community of Kamrej on arrival - Dada Bhagwan Mandir
  • Sri M performing Aarati at the Sri Krishna Shrine - Dada Bhagwan Mandir
Walking on the major Mumbai – Ahmedabad highway in heavy traffic, Walk of Hope reached Surat city today. Surat is a large industrial town near the Arabian Sea and the padayatris saw all the telltale signs of industrialization as they entered the city.

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They had walked 18 kms and the day was full of activities—with a grand welcome function, a talk in the morning as well as in the evening.Gujarat’s Minister for Education, Sri Nanubhai Vanani, joined the padayatra in the morning and walked for two hours. They arrived at Dada Bhagwan Mandir around 11.00 am, where a large welcome reception was organised. Hundreds of school children lined up the walkway leading up to the temple auditorium; they showered flower petals and chanted slogans as they walked past. There were about 2000 people in attendance, most of them school children. Each of the padayatris was welcomed with a garland. After this, Sri M addressed the gathering thus: Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih Om, May All become Happy, May All be Free from Illness. May All See what is Auspicious, May no one Suffer. Om Peace, Peace, Peace. Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu - May the entire universe be happy Sri M started the address introducing a couple of the padayatris to the gathering—the 80 year ‘young’ Commodore Ravindranath, from the Indian Navy who walks ahead of everybody else, holding the flag of Manav Ekta high and Dr. Ajai Kumar Singh, an IPS officer who retired as the Director General of Police, Karnataka, the coordinators who make the walk possible… He continued, “Respected dignitaries from the city of Surat, fellow padayatris & all of you, students of the school, Principal, teachers and the people who have been walking with us in Gujarat.” “I would like to share with you that when we entered Gujarat from Maharashtra, our respected Prime Minister, who is from your state, called me on the phone & welcomed me to Gujarat.” (Loud applause) “I would not like to talk much. I have walked 17 km and this body, 66 years old, needs some rest. I just want to tell you that we left Kanyakumari on 12th January, we have walked close to 3400 km and we still have to walk another 4500 km. This is not a rath yatra. We are walking all the way. We will reach Srinagar in April 2016.” (Applause) “We call this the ‘Walk of Hope’ and this is from Manav Ekta Mission. We call this ‘Walk of Hope’ since, along the route while we meet people, we hand over the seeds of Manav Ekta (human oneness) wherever we go. We tell them that you need to tend to these seeds in your heart and help them grow. Sowing the seeds is our job but growing the trees of Manav Ekta is in your hands. The flowers and fruits from the trees are to be enjoyed by all of you. You are children; students and future citizens of the country, this is your duty. With this message, we walk. “ “The message of Manav Ekta is not new to the country; this has always been a part of our culture. Three thousand years ago, the Rig Veda said, Ekam sat, viprah bahuda vadanti – The Truth is One, the wise call it by many names. In India, the truth is that religion is not separate from us; it is a part of our daily lives. Manav Ekta – human oneness and spiritual experience is one and the same. Krishna says that the greatest yogis are the ones who believe Sarva bhute hiteh ratah – one who has the welfare of all beings at heart, one who believes that the Sarvavyapi (the Supreme) is in every being. This appears in the 12th chapter of the Bhagavat Gita - Bhakti Yog. We Indians know this but we sometimes forget it. Our job is to remind people that they should not forget this message.” “Wherever we go, we reiterate that, in all our hearts, there is a divine being. We may look different, the religion or ideology may be different but deep down, we are all One and we have the Antaryami - the indweller in our hearts. We should not forget that we are all One humanity. We Indians should be united; We should live as One and make India strong. This is very important. The message of Oneness should go from here to the entire world. Whatever problems we are faced with can be resolved through a dialogue and there is no need for violence. We have the saying Ahimso parama dharma - Non-violence is the highest religion. Ahimsa is not something small. Only when there is no fear, we have Ahimsa. I have come to share this message with you all. I am only sowing the seeds now. Twenty years from now, there may be big trees and when the wind blows, the sweet aroma of the flowers of peace and harmony will spread everywhere and you will enjoy the fruits of these trees. I have come only to spread this message of human Oneness. Please remember that a man had come here and spoken to you about this.” “Thank you” “Please repeat after me…. ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.” The children repeated the slogan and the entire auditorium echoed with the unified voices. Following this, the walkers rested for a while and gathered again in the evening for a Satsang. Sri M spoke thus: “Brahmaanandam Parama-Sukhadam Kevalam Jnaana-Muurtim Dvandva-Atiitam Gagana-Sadrsham Tat-Tvam-Asy[i]-Aadi-Lakssyam | Ekam NityamVimalam-Acalam Sarva-Dhii Saakssi-Bhuutam Bhaava-Atiitam Tri-Gunna-Rahitam Sad Gurum-Tam Namaami (Salutations to the Satguru) Who is the Bliss of Brahman, Who is the Bestower of Supreme Joy, Who is thevAbsolute, Who is the Embodiment of Knowledge, Who is Beyond Duality, Who is Boundless and Infinite Like the Sky, Who is Indicated by Maha Vakyas Like Tat-Tvam-Asi (That-Thou-Art). 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” “I will speak in Hindi, I do not know Gujarati. I was asking why are we here, what are we here for, what interests us? Please think about this - a Fakir is sitting under a tree and has no possessions; he has a begging bowl and has torn clothes. From morning till evening, he sits there and a queue forms and people ask him for many things. Have you ever thought about this? He has nothing yet people who have many things go to him and ask him for this or that - why do they do that? People come in a Mercedes, a BMW, car, motorcycles, rickshaws, walking and ask him for many things. What does he have to give to them? What is that attraction that makes people go to him and ask him for things?” “People usually go and ask him for things - they ask him for more money in the bank, they ask that their daughter be married - all that is fine. Every person has a different hope or want. Please forgive me that I did not speak about the padayatra, this is a Satsang, I will speak about the padayatra towards the end. This padayatra is not only an outward movement; it is also something spiritual. This Satsang is also about finding inner peace. If one has no inner peace, there can be no outer peace. If there is violence inside, there will be violence on the outside.” “So, people go to the fakir with many hopes and desires. Shirdi Sai Baba once said, when people come to me and ask for various things I give what they ask for; I pray for them. He said that whatever I can give, I will give. He did not say – it will be so. He only used to say Ram Ram; or, Allah Malik Hai. Sometimes, what has to happen happens.Sometimes, it does not happen. This Fakir – who has the experience of Paramatma, who is connected to the Supreme – sometimes he gives that which is good, sometimes he gives that what is seen as bad.” “Sai Baba said that I give what they ask for hoping that they will ask for what I really want to give to them. If you see, in this world, one’s whole life - if you examine it, life is very small - one has so many hopes and desires. Everyone wants one thing, be it man or woman, what is this one thing? Why do we do all the things we do? What are we really running after? This is the common factor. This thing that everyone wants is happiness. When one is young, one has lots of energy and does everything possible for a few minutes for happiness.As time goes by, one goes through many experiences - one gets older, one has children - and still one wonders, where is this happiness I have been seeking all my life? From where am I to get it? There is no one who is not searching for happiness.” “Can this happiness be found or not? Yes, it is found in small quantities.Here or there. But, generally, it is not found. As soon as one wakes up, one wonders when the next happy moment will come, how the day will go. With this thought, they wake up and with this, they go to sleep. Yes, one gets this happiness for ten minutes, for a day or two. Then, one is afraid to lose it. The moment one is afraid to lose it, there is misery.” “This is not to say that you run away from this world, there is nowhere to go. You can run nowhere. Once, near a cave in Lakshman Jhoola, a young sanyasi came to me and said that he wanted to meditate in a cave far away from people. After two days he came to me. I asked him, what happened, since he had gone to meditate in a cave. He said that it was okay the first day, and then the second day, a strange form came in front of him.It was someone who had come to spray an anti-mosquito spray. You can’t even hide in caves these days!” “We spend our entire life searching for this peace and this happiness.It is found in this world but in very small quantities. Searching thus, it all ends, and one goes into the ground. In this short life, the unending happiness we are searching for is not to be found.” “There was a saint from Benaras, the saint Kabir. He used to tell a story. There is a musk deer that lives in the Himalayas and, in a particular season, a very beautiful fragrance emanatesfrom a pouch under its stomach. The deer also smells it but does not know that it comes from itself. He goes here and there searching for it but never finds it. He searches in thorny bushes, its nose bleeds - but still does not give up looking for the fragrance that emanates from its own self.” “Like the musk deer, what we search for is not to be found outside. The spark of the Supreme Being which resides inside - it’s very quality is that of happiness. It is also called Sat Chit Ananda. It is that which is the Truth, That which stays; the body is here today and not there tomorrow; the world is here today and not there tomorrow, relations are there today and not there tomorrow, everything comes and goes, there is one thing that does not go -Atman or Truth is that which is always there and does not change. What has been called IshaVasyam Idam Sarvam – a spark of that exists within all of us.” “When one starts looking for that, then the happiness that is permanent can be found. When That is found, then it will be understood, through experience, that a spark of It is there in all beings. It does not mean that one will come back with matted hair, with strange clothes. A Yogi is one who, instead of Pravritti Marg is looking for happiness through Nivritti Marg. There are many yogis, saints and sages who have searched and are searching this way. They are not foolish. While the world is after small doses of happiness, they are after the greatest happiness possible.” “But worldly man is such that he has a wife, he has children, he has responsibilities. It does not mean that That cannot be found because of them. Maheshwarnath Babaji has sent me to show that this is possible—living in the world, moving forward in the spiritual field and attaining That is possible. Because of that, I have been picked up from that place of peace and placed in this world.” “If you have read my autobiography, I was born in Kerala in a Muslim family. When I was 8 or 9 years old, one day, I was playing in the garden behind my house under the jackfruit tree when I saw someone beckoning me. I went to him and he placed his hand over my head. He asked me something strange; he asked me if I remembered anything. I said, I do not remember anything. He said that when the time comes I would remember everything. After this, he said, go back and I went back. He left after that and I do not know where he went. This was not a vision but was a reality.” “When I was 19 years old and had finished college, I felt that I was in a cage. I wanted to break free and get away. This is how I felt. I had everything I wanted—understand that the cage was made of gold. But a cage is a cage—be it of iron, silver or of gold. I broke the cage and ran away. I am not giving this example to young people here; do not do this. I ran away and kept wandering here and there and reached Badrinath to meet the same Babaji. When he kept his hand on my head, I knew that this was the same Babaji who had met me when I was 9 years old. He said, ‘Wandering here and there, you have come back’. I said to him, ‘Babaji I will not leave you.’ He laughed and replied, ‘We will see’.” “I wandered here and there with him for three and half years. I did the practices he gave me to do. The shastras he taught me, I learnt. If there is anything inside this, it is because of Babaji alone. It has been given by him and is nothing else. After three years, he said, go back. I asked him, why. I said to him that there is rest and peace here, why should I leave this. He said that you have some work, so go. He told me that he had thought that after experiencing the Self, I would like to help people.But, he continued, it looked like I did not care about them. I told him it was not so. So, I came back, married, had children, and worked like everyone else. I kept quiet until the time Babaji told me it was time.” “After many years, a green signal came -Babaji had taken samadhi by then - and I knew that I had to start, so I started. We used to have Satsang with 5 people. After that, this circus has come. Actually, it is best to have Satsang with 4 or 5 people. But that is not possible now, there are so many people.” “This yatra that I am on is also because of Babaji. He told me one day that I will have to walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. Once more, I told him ‘No, I won’t do it. I am someone who likes to stay in solitude, I don’t like to mix with people that much.’ But, he said, you have to go. I told him, ‘I will not go’. I told him, ‘I will go wherever you take me in the Himalayas but I will not go, especially with that many people.’ “He reminded me of the time when, a year ago, he had asked me what I felt I was to him. And I had told him that I thought I was his dog. He then said that it might be so and that I should not wag my tail too much.” “He reminded me of this and asked me why I was wagging my tail. So, I said, Aadesh. “This was in my mind and, for many years, I could not do it. Now, my age is 66. A few years ago, I felt that if this were not done now, it would never be done. So, three years ago, things started falling in place;people came forward and then, I realized that this was Babaji’s plan and not mine. “As you already know, we have been walking from Kanyakumari. We started on 12th January from the Vivekananda Memorial and we have walked all the way. There are about 60 to 70 people walking with me every day. Wherever we go, people from the town or village walk with us. Please don’t think that this is only for a social cause; this walk is about spiritual oneness.This has been my experience that in every being’s heart, there resides the Paramatma - Supreme Lord; call it by whatever name and we are all walking temples. If we are all walking temples, why will we want to break another temple? When we are living on this earth, we need to live happily.” “With this message of my experience, we are walking. We have now come to Gujarat and we have walked close to 3400 km. We still have another 4500 km to go and will reach Srinagar in April 2015. This is our objective; the rest will happen with God’s grace. Wherever we go, we have the same message. That Manav Ekta is not a new thing. At least in India, we know that this is not a new thing. Three thousand years ago, our scriptures said the Truth is only One. Advaita does not mean ‘Only I am Brahman’ and everything around us is not. Advaita means that there is only One but we may see it in different forms.” (Pointing to a picture), “A form that appears at one time does go away but the truth remains the same. This truth is the only God. Names may change, it may be Akbar, Anthony or Amar but we cannot say that there is no jiva – Life, in them. This jiva is the paramatma. There is no change in the ‘inner’. We are walking only to ensure that people do not forget this message from India’s ancient sanskrithi – culture. “We know this but sometimes we forget. We forget because of many reasons – anger, instigation and so on. We are walking only to make people understand that we should not forget that we are all One. Even if you do not believe in God, it does not matter. How does it matter to God whether you believe in Him or not? And non-believers are also nothing new. Even during the days of the Ramayan, if you read Valmiki’s Ramayan, you will know that we had people called Charvakas - they did not believe in God. When Rama was leaving for the forest, a few Charvaka Rishis had come to meet him and they tried to persuade him not to go to the forest. And Rama says, ‘How can I not go? When they have asked me to go, I have to go.’ The Charvakas believe that ‘you have come to the world - eat, drink and leave’. All this is fine, but if you have been born from a mother’s womb; all of us are born from a mother’s womb and at the end, we go to the earth; We are all the same and not any different. If one is different, he will drop from the heavens on to the earth! Everybody comes from the mother’s womb and has to go back into this very earth. And, in between, why do we have to fight? Only to talk about this, I am walking; this has been my experience; it’s not an opinion. Nobody can change this. Only to spread this message, we have attempted this padayatra. And walking is not easy. This is very difficult. And many people are walking with this. They have left their jobs and other duties and are walking with me – only because they believe that all Humanity is One.” “Before we talk to others about it, we should have peace in our hearts and minds. If we do not have peace in our minds, how can we talk about it to others? This peace will come when we stop walking on the path of pravritti (outwards or external) and start going on the nivritti marg (internal path). When we are able to control and pull our senses inward, then we will be able to find the essence of the divine within us. Then, nobody can disturb you. Then, nobody can tempt you with anything. This is masti- intoxication. That’s why when the Sufis dance, they say they are in mast. And you know about the Avadhoots, people think they are mad. They think we are mad. Actually, they are not mad. They see people running after happiness, after things in the world. But, they know that the Supreme Lord dwells deep within and they have that ananda or joy in their hearts. Anantam Anandam Brahman is what is said in the scriptures—happiness that does not end. This is not very difficult to find. Please start giving it a thought. If you can, sit and meditate on this for 15 minutes every day; even to do this, people do not have time. People come and tell me, I do a lot of meditation, I do my kriya but there is no effect. I ask them how much time they spend on this and they tell me – 10 or 15 minutes. If you have all sorts of activities and do this as a hobby in between, how will you reach anywhere? But it is still better than not doing anything.” "Over and above this, I do not want to say anything else. Just remember that inside every living thing, there exists the paramatma as the antaryami (Supreme as the indweller) and that we are all walking and living temples. If we can just remember this, we don’t have to do anything else. And wherever you go, please talk to people about this and discuss this with them. If you do this, I will consider the padayatra a success." “I would like to thank all of you, our MLA who is also here – thank you all for the grand welcome you have given us and also for listening to me so patiently. Now, I would like to invite a few people who are walking with us to share their experiences of the Walk. You will understand from their perspective too.” “Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.” Two padayatris were called upon by Sri M, and they shared their experiences. Thus, the Satsang ended. After this, Sri M performed the Arati at the temple and the walkers retired to their resting place.


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  1. Bhajalal bhakthan says:

    എല്ലാ പദയാത്രികർക്കും എന്റെ ഓണാശംസകൾ

  2. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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