Day 224 | 23 August 2015 | Kim to Ankleshwar | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • The Walk of Hope is on the road before the break of dawn - Kamrej
    1.We-hit-the-road-early-today,-with-only-the-blinding-headlights-to-offer-us-light!!,-Kamrej,-Surat,-Gujarat
  • A literal 'mobile super market ' - Kosamba
    2.This-guy-is--one-mobile-supermarket!!,-Kosamba,-Surat,-Gujarat
  • WOH Day 224from Kim to Ankhleshwar - Bharuch
    3.WOH-Day-224,-Kim-to-Ankhleshwar,-Bharuch,-Gujarat
  • Reception at Kharod- Surat
    4.Reception-at-Kharod,-Surat,-Gujarat
  • Sri M in satsang at the College of Education - Kharod
    5.Sir-in-Satsang-at-the-College-of-Education,-Kharod,-Surat,-Gujarat
  • Sri M in conversation with Sri Ahmed Patel MP, Rajya Sabha
    6.Sir-in-conversation-with-Sri-Ahmedbhai-Patel,-MP,-Rajyasabha
  • Sri Ahmed Patel MP joins the padayatra - Kharod
    7.Sri-Ahmedbhai-Patel-joins-the-Padayatra,-Kharod,-Surat,-Gujarat
  • The fragrance of unconditional friendship- Surat
    8.Offer-of-fragrant-friendship,-Kharod,-Surat,-Gujarat
  • The heavily industrialised zone of Panoli -Surat
    9.Highly-industrialized-&-heavily-motored-are-these-parts-of-Gujarat,-Panoli,-Surat
  • Civic reception as the padayatra entered Ankhleswar - Bharuch
    10.Civic-reception-as-we-entered-Ankhleswar,-Bharuch,-Gujarat
  • Satsang at the Patel Samaj Wadi - Bharuch
    11.Satsang-at-the-Patel-Samaj-Wadi,-Bharuch,-Gujarat
Today’s walk covered 18 kms from Palod Kim to Ankleshwar on the Surat–Ahmedabad highway. Leaving while pitch dark, they moved at a quick pace as the sun rose. After a reception en-route by a group of about 40 people who joined in as well, Sri M and the walkers reached the College of Education, Kharod.

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Being a Sunday, the college was closed but around150 students and teachers had assembled. Sri Ahmed Patel, Rajya Sabha MP also joined them and Sri M interacted with him briefly. He later joined the padayatra and participated in the Walk for sometime. The college authorities and students welcomed Sri M and the padayatris and led them to their auditorium where Sri M addressed the gathering. Sri M’s address: “Before I start, I would like to chant a couple of lines in Sanskrit. This is not about our ‘yatra’ or journey. This is something all of us understand but since it is in Sanskrit, people think it belongs to a particular religion. It is not so. Sanskrit is an ancient language. Om - that which pervades the entire universe, Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah – May all be happy, Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah – May all be healthy and free from any illness, Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu – May whatever you see be good and auspicious, MaaKashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet – May nobody suffer. And along with this, there is another one – Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu – Let the entire universe be happy. So, through my understanding and experience, I believe that all religions are in existence only to take one to happiness and see that nobody is troubled. Having said this, I would like to thank all of you—Secretary of the trust, the dignitaries here, staff members and students of the College and the people who are walking with me from Kanyakumari to know what ‘truth’ is, for being here. My salaam and namaskaar to all of you.” “Let me first introduce myself and then talk about the padayatra. I was born in1949 in Trivandrum. My parents were Muslim and when I was born, I was given the name ‘Mumtaz Ali’. The first letter of my name is M and before anything else, I think my relationship with all of you would be that of a human being than anything else. ‘Manav’ (Human) and the word ‘Manushya’ (mankind) with the letter M. So, people started addressing me as ‘M’. With respect, people started calling me Sri M, you can call me ‘Janaab M’ too. But ‘Mr. M’ does not sound good, so I prefer the name ‘Sri M’ which people call me. I was born in a Muslim household but I wanted to study the ancient culture of India.” “On this search, I left home and reached the Himalayas. There, I stayed with the Yogis and then, I traveled and stayed with the Sufis. I went to Nizamuddin and studied over there. Like this, I closely studied all religions that are practiced in India. Through this, I understood and this has been my experience that the Supreme Truth is not something that one can grasp through one’s intellect and come up with a definition. Each one practices it as per their religious precincts, be it any religion. This is not wrong. The religion or the framework is one’s choice, a personal choice. There is no need to change it. However, we need to understand that all of us belong to this world, to this universe and we are humans first. In reality, all of us are born through a mother’s womb; there’s nobody here who drops from heaven suddenly. From birth to death, in this small drama of life, do we need all this fighting and violence? Is it required? No religion says it is better than the other. Every Satsang ends with the words Shanti, shanti shantihi. You know the meaning of Shanti. When a Muslim greets another, what does he say – Salaam aleikum. In Jewish, what do they say – Shalom. All mean the same. We say ‘peace’ and then what do we do… fight amongst ourselves.” “I have been thinking about this for a long time. There were discussions with my Guru, Babaji many times, over a long period of time. He said you have experienced this; you need to walk and make people understand that my religion is mine but the other’s religion is not different from mine. And no fights! No violence; Speak the truth. In Sanskrit, God’s highest state is known by the word ‘Sat’ – Truth or that which is ‘Satya’ or only Truth. And, in Islam, if you study the history of Islam, before Paigambar left the earth, who did people know him as? Of course, his name was Mohammed, but what did he stand for? People used to say: ‘He is a person who always speaks the truth and never lies’. He never spoke the untruth. In a way, whatever they say will always be the truth. So, their first name becomes Ajnabi…. Isn’t this so? So, when we tell a Hindu, Muslim, Christian or a Parsi to contemplate on truth, it is very difficult. This is a very deep thing. But, if we can practice it by speaking the truth; and practice it in our daily lives, then we can reach That Truth.” “Love and compassion are things that can take you to the Truth. In the Bhagavat Gita, Krishna describes who is the best seeker or yogi in Sanskrit. Sarva Bhute hiteh ratah – when one thinks of the welfare of all beings in one’s heart, and one wishes and does only good to others, they are the ones who is closest to Me. I am not saying this. This appears in the 12th Chapter of the Gita. Whenever anybody starts reading the Quran – how does it start – Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim – In the name of God, the most Graceful and Most Compassionate. If we believe in God, then some of His qualities should be in us also. If you believe that a small part of the Supreme is in each human being, then all of us are One. There is no difference. We do not come from different factories. We come from the same place and we go back to the same place." “So, our aim, our objective is to make people understand in a country like India. We have such an ancient culture, more than 3000 years old. The Rig Veda, says Ekam Sat, Viprah bahuda vadanti – The Truth is One, the wise call it by many names. If there is the Only One in different bodies, then there is only One Humanity. There is no need for violence. In case there is violence, we need to think. Like we have mothers and sons in our house, we have them in the others’ homes too. Suffering in our house would also mean suffering in another. We should think along these lines, that we are residents of this country, so we are Indians first. We have to turn India into jannat – heaven. One person cannot do anything. India is a land of many people from many religions. India is like a big garden – here, all kinds of flowers bloom; not just one. In case we stay united, when the breeze blows, the aroma unfolds everywhere from this garden.” “So, with the aim of spreading this message to people in every village, to every town, we started this walk. Till now, though it was in my mind, I did not have the courage to undertake this. I then thought, now I am 66 years old, we have to do it now. People asked me – you are 66, how will you walk? I said, God’s Grace would take care of it. So, with this aim of Manav Ekta … call it Manav Ekta or Religious Unity, it is the same, we started this walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. I am not alone on the Walk. There are many people walking with us. You saw the films; we go to all places of worship. Everywhere we go, be it a temple, a church or a dargah, people agree with us and tell us we are doing a good thing. People understand that there is good sense in this. I am not alone. No human is alone. Khuda is always with us. I want to tell you a story – a very good story.” “You all know that Paigambar Mohammad had to leave Mecca when they were being chased by attackers, and he had only Omar with him. While they were escaping, they came across a big desert and found a small cave there. They were very tired and Mohammad said they should hide in the cave. There was a small entrance and they went in. After a while, Omar heard the sound of horses and said, ‘We cannot escape now.’ Mohammad asked – why do you say that? Omar replied they will surely look for us in the cave and we are alone here while they are so many. How will we fight them?’ Mohammed replied – we are not alone. Just stay quiet for a while. They heard the horses come to the entrance;the pursuers speak amongst themselves and then retreat. After a while, they came to the entrance cautiously. Omar asked - what happened? Why did they not come in? The Prophet pointed to the entrance. A dense cobweb covered the entrance! A spider had woven a cobweb in the short while after they had entered the cave and before their attackers came. They had seen undisturbed cobwebs and had decided amongst themselves that the two were not hiding in the cave. Mohammad showed this to Omar and said, ‘We are never alone, God is always with us’.” “This is the trust and with this trust, we left our starting point, to extend the message of ‘One Humanity’ to all whom we come across. We left Kanyakumari on 12th January. Why Kanyakumari? Because it is the confluence of oceans –where three oceans meet. 12th January is also the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. From Tamil Nadu, we reached Kerala, then Karnataka and then Maharashtra. From Maharashtra, we entered Gujarat. We have now covered 3400 kms. We still have 4500 kms to go to reach Srinagar, which we estimate to reach in April 2016. This is not a Rath Yatra. This is a padayatra. We do not know if we will reach or not; It is left to God – Insha Allah. Wherever we have gone, through small villages and so on, people have said that we are walking for a good cause and the message is a good one. In some places, people told us to walk carefully; and there may be some danger. But there is no such fear. We have had very good hospitality in Gujarat. Up to Maharashtra, I had some fitness issues. Since I entered Gujarat, I have put on more than a kilo. Athithi Devo Bhava – the guest is really treated well here.” “I would like to thank you all and I take leave of you with Namaskaar and salaam.” Following this, Sri M and the padayatris had a quick breakfast and continued on their journey. As they entered Ankleshwar, they were greeted by a group of about 100 people who joined them. Walking onwards to the Patel Samaj Wadi, they halted and rested for some time after lunch. Gathering again at the same place, along with about 150 locals, they attended the evening Satsang. Satsang with Sri M: “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. Lokasamastasukinohbhavantu - May the entire universe be happy” “Today we have come here to your place. By ‘we’, I do not mean myself… I mean the I and padayatris who are with us. First, I would like to thank Sri Chandresh Bhai Devani, President of the Ankleshwar Industries Association, Sri Harish Joshiji, President of Bharatiya Vichar Manch, and all of you, respected citizens of this city and my beloved padayatris, who have been walking with me from Kanyakumari. My greetings and my salaams to all of you and I thank you for being here.” “Nowadays, on the padayatra, I speak in Hindi but I may use a couple of English words in between. Please forgive me if I make any mistakes. I have been given the subject ‘Indian spirituality – Only Way for Global Brotherhood’ as the topic. Generally, when I go to any Satsang, I am not given any subject. But today, I have been given one and it is a very good subject. This thought has been coming to my mind for a very long time;this Adhyatmik Chinta – the Indian spiritual essence that the sadhus have been practicing – is not anything new. The vision of seeing the entire universe as One. This seed has been a part of Indian ethos for a long time. Just think, 3000 years ago, the Rig Veda said Ekam Sat, Viprah bahuda vadanti. Till now nobody else has said this, and its meaning is – The Truth is One, the Wise call it by many names. And, when the Vedas say Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu–they don’t refer to a particular place – like only our country. Loka samasta,… Let the entire universe be happy is what it says; this is the message of the Vedas.” “A hundred years ago, Swami Vivekananda,had said something when he was in the Chicago Parliament of Religions. Why I am saying this, you will know later. You all know that Swami Vivekananda was one of the main disciples of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Sri Ramakrishna did not get involved in worldly affairs – he used to be in the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and Vivekanandaji, Shivanandaji, Premanandaji, who were all young boys at that time, used to sit and talk to him. They became sanyasis afterwards. During these talks, they learnt a lot from him. There was no formal teaching. When somebody asked Swamiji to say a few words about his Guru, Swamiji said after a long pause… ‘A speck of dust from those blessed feet could have created a thousand Vivekanandas.’This was what he said.” (Applause from the audience) ”I am standing here in front of you. Only when my Guru Maheshwarnath Babaji placed his hands on my head, something happened – not sure if what has happened is right or if it is something mad. But what I have become is only due to this. If you can, please substitute Maheshwarnath Babaji in the place of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and me in the place of Swami Vivekananda. This is the only way it can be expressed.” “Sometimes, I wonder how it all came about. He did not have too many people around him. He did not have an organization, nor did he have any banner like the one we are walking with – Manav Ekta Mission. He did not have anything. He used to wear a piece of white cloth waist down and never wore slippers or padukas. He was a jatadhari. We used to wander about like this – he in front and I behind him –like a man and his dog. Usually, the dog walks in front but I used to walk behind him.In the three and half years I was with him, we met a number of yogis – Mouni Baba and others. And, each one used to express their surprise that Babaji had taken a disciple. These are all connections from past life. You cannot have Moksha (Liberation)in one birth. Moksha is very difficult to attain. Work keeps happening in each life and in case, somebody starts on his or her spiritual journey very early in life, it means that it is the fruits of what has already happened in their previous birth. This is how it is.” “Once, when I was wandering with Babaji in the Himalayas, he suddenly told me ‘You should now go back ’. I said, ‘Why should I go back, I want to stay here by the flowing waters of the Ganga, the air is fresh and there is no other agenda.’Babaji said in reply – In three and half years, I thought you would become a yogi but you have become so selfish that you do not want to share your experience with others. You had once told me that you were like my dog… didn’t you? Once he had asked me ‘What do you think of yourself’? I had replied that I am like your dog. And he had replied, ‘All right, but do not wag your tail too much!’And I could only say Aadesh. In our Nathsampradaya, it means that whatever is said will be followed.” “Till he went into Samadhi in 1984, I kept meeting him once or twice a year. So, it all began when I was less than 10 years old in Trivandrum and see where we have reached. And then, when I was 19 years old, I felt I was trapped in a cage. It was a very beautiful cage; how does it matter if it is a golden cage or an iron one, it was still a cage.So if there are some birds caged, please do not take me there because I will let them out!" “This way, when I opened my wings and flew, I reached Babaji at VyasGuha.You have read my autobiography, it’s all written there. After that, whatever he taught me has been the biggest thing in the Indian ethos – that through spiritual experience, we learn that we are not the limited men and women we think we are in these bodies… there is a very big link between the Paramatma, the Supreme Being, and the Jivatma, the individual being, in each of us. Vedanta says Tat TvamAsi – You are That. An essence of the all pervading Supreme Being resides in every being’s heart. This was my first learning. Man or woman, dark or fair, Indian or American, truth is in every being’s heart. It is not as if anybody is special. Everyone is born from a mother’s womb… and we go back to the same earth. In between, we do some drama and then leave. Kabir says –Pani kera budbuda, aise manush ki jaat, ek din chip jayega jyo tara parbhaat. A man’s life is like bubbles in the water – it’s like star light. It comes and,one day,it’s gone in a twinkle.” “So, in this life here, we have come to understand that the all-pervading Supreme Lord resides in our heart. In case we focus on this, we do not have to search for the Lord anywhere else. He is right there in our heart. Because of this, every living being, every human being is a walking and moving temple of the Lord. In the same way that we worship in the temple, we need to serve our fellow beings. This is what Vedanta says. Swami Viveknanda said – Serve the poor and the needy. He called this Daridra Narayana Seva – serving the Lord in these forms. Service to others purifies one. He did not say meditate or study the scriptures. All this is fine – it can be done but he said serve people in need. Of course, spending time in bhajans and other ways is better than doing nothing.” “This attitude of service, so beautifully expressed by one who belongs to this region – Narasi Mehta – who has sung Vaishnava Janato… par dukkhe upkar kare toye man abhi… Serve but not with egoistic pride that ‘I have done this’. Nobody does anything - the Lord does everything – we are just instruments. If we live with this understanding slowly, India’s population will start living the essence of spirituality. To learn this, people from all over the world would come to places like Takshashila and Nalanda, many people came. Now, there are people who have not even heard these names. There were so many people who came to the Yogis to live and learn in Gurukuls; so many people came from other countries. You may not know this but the theorem which Pythagoras wrote, when somebody asked him how he came to have such wisdom, he replied that he had been to Kashmir and the Brahmins there told him about it. There were times like that. Now, people go to places like Harvard. We need to develop and nurture the spiritual essence. Development is fine; money should come; we should all work; all this should be there. But we if we forget the spiritual essence, the root of all this, then the results will not be good. And to move towards this, we don’t need to take sanyas. I am standing in front of you; I am not a sanyasi! Sanyas is a very big word – I am not saying that. This is not required. The common man – people like you and me, we can also walk towards that, we can work towards this. Difficulties will be there. In married life, a man’s ego is cut automatically. Usually, there are big Satsangs at home; in every household. When somebody tells you to keep food on the stove, heat it and eat it, your ego is cut down automatically. It is good. We have to worship our wives who are actually doing good to us.” “So, this is my dream and I am sure that these days will come back too but for this, we need to do all our daily activities but without forgetting our spiritual roots. When times like this come back, then people from all over the world will come here again to get this knowledge. It has already started; we will move forward now. To spread this message and help people understand this, I have started this padayatra. If we move forward and, along with this, if we carry on our daily activities along with seva, with the attitude of service, then people from the rest of the world will understand this. For this, we need to set an example that whatever be one’s religion, whatever be one’s ideology, whatever be one’s belief – one thing we should not forget is that we are all human and what can be transformed through love and compassion can never happen through violence. What can the traffic police do? They switch on red lights to control the traffic. But when the police are not there, many jump the red light. Why? We need to do this with our minds and hearts. It should come from inside. If we do not experience this spiritual essence in our hearts, how will we teach this to others? It has to start here, in our country, in our homes and in our neighbourhood! What I am telling you is something very important. Please think about it. In India, we do not have a paucity of spiritual knowledge, techniques for sadhana, etc. Just do this…please read the Bhagavat Gita. There are so many translations in Gujarati. There are many translations in English too. Today’s world is such that if Sanskrit is spoken, it’s like a foreign language. When I was visiting a foreign country, I started the Satsang with Sahana vavatu, sahano… They thought I was addressing them and saying something in Sanskrit. I told them that since it is in Sanskrit, it does not mean that it belongs to any particular religion. This is an ancient and illustrious language.” “So, if we think on these lines and when the spiritual roots and seeds start growing in our hearts, then together, we can do a lot of things. India will then become strong and nobody can shake it. If we think about how we can become powerful, it is not through weapons. We need weapons only to protect ourselves but the country becomes strong only through spiritual knowledge. This knowledge’s strength cannot be destroyed by anybody. And people will come from all over the world to learn this knowledge. What I am telling you now is guaranteed. It will take time. When you sow seeds, they do not become trees the next day. A lot of work needs to be done to maintain it and, after 2 – 3 years, we see that the tree grows well. Time is required. But we need to think and contemplate this. What you call global brotherhood – India as a country and the entire world will do this. But first, we have to work together to make this happen in India. For this, we need to set aside things like religion. We should first say that we are Indians and we belong to all humanity. Man or woman – we will remain united. Whatever differences we have, we will resolve through dialogue and not resort to violence. If we can decide this in our minds, it will be good.” “I told you about the Gita. I am going to give you an example from the Gita again. What I have just told you, this was said in the Gita thousands of years ago. This is nothing new. Jesus Christ had said – Old wine in new bottles. The 12th chapter in the Gita is named ‘Bhakti Yoga’. The Gita has 18 Chapters and this is the 12th one. When Arjuna asks Lord Krishna – Who is your greatest devotee? Who do you think is the best Yogi amongst all? What are his characteristics? Please help me understand. Krishna says a number of things but there are three lines that sum it up; the yogi should have three things. What are those?” “One –Sanniyam indriyam gramam, you should have control over your senses. When there is violence, it does not happen because of one’s beliefs, it happens because of anger; he uses faith as an excuse. Anger comes from the senses. So, if someone is able to control their senses; senses are required. If one’s eyes cannot see, how will I see where you are seated? But my eyes should be such that when I tell my eyes to look here, they should look here and if I tell them to look there, they should look there. Control over the senses, we should have them in our power. Mind should be controlled. So, the Lord said, a person like this is a very big yogi and a devotee.” “Two – one who has equanimity in all circumstances. In any situation, whether it is happiness or unhappiness, sheetoshna sukha dukkheshu, whether it is in the heat or in the cold, at all times, the mind should be still. Such a person, I think is a very big Yogi. What happens normally? There are two things that have a major impact on us. If somebody says that one is a big yogi, then one is on the top of the world or in heaven! If someone says that you are a mad man, then one sinks to the depths! Nowadays, drugs for depression are the ones that are selling the most in medical shops because people’s opinions make one depressed, make one happy and everything else. But if our joy is centered in the greatest of all happiness in our inner being – once we understand this, then people’s opinions do not matter. There is a word in English – Fool. If you do not know English, then it is all right. There is no impact. We create a meaning here because we understand the language. Our yogis have done a lot of study in these things.” “So, when a person sees happiness and unhappiness as one, there is no excessive joy and no unnecessary fear of unhappiness.There is an old song –Sukh hai ek chhanv, Dhalti aati hai jati hai, Dukh toh apna sathi hai. Sorrow is my friend. If you make friends with grief and sorrow, then nobody can do anything to you. This does not mean that when you are going on the road somewhere, you invite sorrow to be with you. It means when it comes – life is like that and grief keeps visiting. We think when we are so happy why does this sorrow have to come again and again? If you buy a new vehicle and you are driving happily, suddenly, there is a flat tire. All these things happen. If we face these with a still, steady mind, a person who can do this is a mouni – the silent one. A mouni can face these as one. In reality, one who criticizes you should be treated with more respect. Because he is showing you the mirror and that your reflection is like this. Babaji used to say – at one time during my sadhana, I used to sit down for my meditation and sometimes, one person’s image used to keep coming up. This was because he used to trouble me a lot during my childhood. The image used to come up in the ajna chakra when I sat for meditation. I told Babaji that this is happening, what do I do now? He told me – even when he does not come, bring up the image on your own, imagine that you are offering flowers at his feet and worship him with the prayer that the God in him has appeared in this form to teach you a lesson. Within three days, it was over. The Lord said, a person like this, I consider the biggest Yogi and I consider such a person closest to me.” “The third one – With this aim, we are on this padayatra. Sarva bhute hiteh ratah – This is the Gita. It talks about the welfare of all beings. Those who see the divine in all beings and serve that divine, I consider him my closest devotee.” “This is India’s biggest treasure. If we have to teach it to others, we have to first learn and practice it ourselves. Nowadays, this is not in fashion. Everything else is done but this is not in vogue – out of fashion. It is fearful to even talk about God nowadays. This is the situation today. For thousands of years, Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, Atharva Veda, Upanishad, Brahma Sutra, all are there. But the essence of which I was talking about – however extensively you study the Vedas, finally, you will only realize that Paramatma– that a small part of that Supreme Being is in each one of us and in every being. So look at it with love. This message will spread across the world if we start finding it in ourselves and we will then learn to live together. We do not need to change our religion.” “So, with this message, keeping our country in our hearts and minds, we started this journey from Kanyakumari on 12th January 2015. Kanyakumari is the confluence of three oceans. And, it has a strong connection with Swami Vivekananda. A hundred years ago, he spoke about One Humanity. I consider him a major proponent of ‘Manav Ekta’. He had addressed the audience in America as ‘sisters and brothers of America’. He made everybody his brothers and sisters. This is why we thought we would start on Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary which was on 12th January. We garlanded his statue on Vivekananda Rock and began our journey. Everyday, we walk 20 to 25 kms – Tamil Nadu to Kerala, Karnataka to Maharashtra – you watched the film. We are now walking in Gujarat for the last 15 days. Everywhere we go, I have come to understand that everybody thinks on the same lines. It is not that nobody thinks about it; you go to small villages, many people say ‘you are doing something good, we too think the same.’ I tell them, talk about it and also work towards it. They tell us‘You have come here with this message, we are very grateful.’ And, as per their way and their rituals, they welcome us.” “Till now, we have walked 3400 Kms. Now, Joshiji asked me if there were any health problems while I walked. I told him I am all right with God’s grace and also the fact that I have been practicing Yogasanas since I was ten years of age and am still doing it – even if I have 30 minutes I do it. With this, my food intake is controlled. It is very difficult to control this in Gujarat! In the last two weeks in Gujarat, Athithi devo bhava is taken very seriously. The food is very tasty. So, control on food, Yogasana and God’s grace keeps me going. I am now 66 years old. We have many people walking with us. Our eldest padayatri is now 80 years old. He has been walking from Kanyakumari. He used to fly helicopter sorties on INS Vikrant. Now, he is walking in the front with the flag. He is from Kerala. And our youngest padayatri is the one with the video camera. He is 18 years old. He will be 19 by the time we reach Srinagar.” “So our journey proceeds… women and men are there. It is not that women form the majority but many are there. We also have people from outside India. Some people have gone to renew their visas. I go to the USA every year, there are Satsangs organized there. Many people come to listen.” “We still have to walk 4500 to 5000 Kms. Our objective is that we reach Kashmir in April 2016. During the Walk, many people warned us that we should be careful etc. When we trust in God, whom do we fear? It is said in the Kathopinashad, which was also Swami Vivekananda’s favourite quote, Uttishthata Jagrata Prapya Varan Ni bodhata. Awake, Arise and do not stop till you reach your goal. Keep going. You cannot walk with us till the end, but my request is that you walk for a short distance. If this is also not possible, please walk with us in your hearts. Please have this in your prayers that the journey should be successful and that you are with us. This will be the biggest support. When all of your support is with us, then the journey will be successful and I can give you 100% guarantee that this will be so. This should happen across the entire country. I am not doing this for myself. I am doing this for everybody – for all Indians and for the entire world. I look on all Humanity as One. And, where is the foundation for this? Vedanta. When India remains strong, we can share this with people in other countries. This is our aim, our prayer. More than this, I do not have anything else to say.” “My Namaskaars to all of you once again. Thank you, Salaam, Hari Om.” “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. Hari Om Tat Sat”

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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