Day 237 | 5 September 2015 | Hathijan Circle to Rani Shakti Bhavan | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Sri KK Patel, founder of Nirma carries the WOH banner - Ahmedabad
  • The stark reality of the haves and the have-nots - Ahmedabad
  • Civic reception at Jashoda Chowkidi - Ahmedabad
  • Gujarat Law Minister Sri Pradeep Singh Jadeja joins the padaytra - Ahmedabad
  • A rose-petals shower on Janmashtami day for Sri M - Ahmedabad
  • Senior bureaucrat Sri V Thiruppugazh IAS joins the padayatra - Ahmedabad
  • Dancers and drummers accompany and entertain the Walk - Ahmedabad
  • 8.Padayatra-viewed-from-one-of-the-famed-DRTS-buses-of-Ahmedabad
  • Sri M offers worship at the Swami Narayan temple Maninagar - Ahmedabad
  • Sri M during the reception at Swami Narayan temple - Maninagar
  • From darkness to light - inside an Islamic religious school - Ahmedabad
  • WOH 237 - A caparisoned elephant also joins in ! - Shahibaug
  • Reception at the day's destination - Rani Shakti Bhavan
  • Members of the Bala Gokula line up to greet Sri M - Rani Shakti Bhavan
  • A baby Krishna with his magic flute has Sri M on his knees - Rani Shakti Bhavan
  • Satsang at the magnificent JB Auditorium ATIRA
After two days of rest, Sri M and the padayatris started their walk again. Today’s walk was in Ahmedabad city and they covered 15 kilometers from Hathijan Circle to Rani Shakti Bhavan.The day was filled with events and saw participation from many people.

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The city walk was quite a grand event where they walked accompanied by a troupe of musicians and dancers in bright green and red traditional Gujarati costumes. They even had an elephant leading them for the last few kilometers! The day also marked Krishna Janmashtami. Krishna Janmashtami is an annual celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Sri M and the procession of walkers started out from the outer reaches of the city and proceeded inwards. Along the way,many people from the city joined them. Prominent citizens who walked with them today included Sri Karsanbhai K Patel, founder of Nirma, Gujarat Law Minister Sri Pradeep Singh Jadeja and senior bureaucrat Sri V Thiruppugazh, IAS. Our first reception was at Jasoda Chokdi, where Sri M was greeted by a group of people. Troupes of performers dressed in bright colors joined them and led the march and the walk became the cynosure of all eyes; thanks to them! The next stop was at the Swami Narayan temple of Ahmedabad city. Sri M was received here by the pontiff and senior members of the temple. He, along with many padayatris, offered prayers at the temple. The open temple ground also served as the breakfaststop for the day. After half an hour, they continued onwards into the city. It was hot and humid by this time and the walk became less pleasant on congested roads. The walkers reached Rani Shakti Bhavan, their halting point, and were received there by a large welcome party. Little children, members from Bala Gokula were also present here; it was quite an adorable sight to see them queuing up to meet Sri M. A little boy dressed as Krishna, complete with a flute, was another centre of attraction. After lunch and rest for some time, the padayatris gathered again at the JB Auditorium, ATIRA for the evening Satsang. The Satsang saw attendance from about 600 people. The auditorium was filled to capacity by the time Sri M started his address. His hour-long address went thus: “Om SarveBhavantuSukhinah SarveSantuNir-Aamayaah SarveBhadraanniPashyantu MaaKashcid-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” “Will this be in English or Hindi?” (Audience replies - Hindi). “We will mix it a little bit, it will be in Hinglish. My namaskars to all of you. Special thanks to the person who sang the invocation. Also, thanks to the organisers who made this possible. I am not taking your names individually – a big thank you to all of you. This padayatra that we have set out on - when I find it tough I shall switch to English - I shall not speak about it too much,I will tell you why we have set out with it, what the inspiration for it is, where the seeds lie. After I speak on these things, I shall speak about the padayatra.” “First, I would like to speak a little bit on myself. What you saw on the video - I am not that. The actor that you see on the projector, he is not that in real life. This is the great play of maya that we are something on the inside and appear something on the outside. This whole world is like this, it is like a video being projected, actors come on this stage and leave. The essence of these characters is one.” “This effort that is being made, the inspiration for that comes from my own inner experience. All this outer effort comes from that. It is an expression of this inner experience. This is not for any political gains; I do not want any votes, and I do not want a party ticket. Yes, people do padayatras for these. That is also okay, it is what they have decided to do, and it is their work. That is not our work.” “I set out on the spiritual path as a seeker from a very young age. When, at the age of 9, my guru Maheshwarnath Babaji placed his hands on my head, a new world opened. I say to all of you that the potential of this new world opening lies within everyone, be it a man or a woman, a Hindu or a Muslim, a Christian or a Sikh - anyone - everyone has the seed of this world within him or her.” “This yatra is our second point. Our first message is to tell people that you may be different on the outside but if you go deeper inside, then the essence of all human beings is the same - it is called the Atman,Sufis call it Noor. Not only Sufis, Guru Nanak also called it Noor. Although it lies hidden deep within, it does not manifest outwardly. For it to appear, we have to change the way we live. When the transformation happens, then our yatra will be successful. It will not finish in Kashmir.” “Whenever we go, I tell people to walk towards the antaryami. This is our greatest effort. Wherever we go, we plant these seeds. You know when a seed is planted it takes time to grow, it may not grow today or tomorrow, but one day it will surely become a tree. For a seed to grow it needs water, one has to look after it. Sometimes, it has to be saved from animals; it takes a lot of devotion and care. When one moves forward like this, slowly a day will come - it may be in this life or the next - that one will reach Srinagar.” (Makes a gesture placing his hand on the crown of his head). “This Srinagar is that place where the Atman, the Paramatman, is there in its full glory. When this is experienced, that is the end of the yatra. This outer yatra will finish when we reach Kashmir in April of 2016 but this inner yatra will only end when we experience that.” “I say to whomever I meet - change the way you live. One may change things in the outer world but that will have a very limited effect.This is not to say that things should not be changed on the outside. Only when there is change from the inside, from within, can there be any real and lasting change.” “First, peace should be there in one’s house - between mother andfather, between children, between husband and wife. If peace is not there in the family and if you speak about peace outside, then that will be a great hypocrisy. Most of all there should be peace within one’s mind and heart. If you look at your own life, look at how many conflicts and contradictions there are from morning till evening. When these conflicts subside and there is peace in the mind than there will be nothing to say. Sit close to such a person and have a cup of tea – you will feel at peace yourself, your mind will be at peace. The moment you go home you may lose this peace, but there are some people who can take with them such peace when they go back home.” “I know that you cannot come on this yatra with us. If all of us walk,then how can we improve anything? And, this padayatra is not an easy thing. People are walking with me, it is a different thing. There are people who are walking with me from Kanyakumari to Srinagar, they have left everything and are walking with me. They only have faith and nothing else; they are walking with that faith. It is a great thing. But, those who are not walking with me, they have a greater responsibility. You should stay home and start this spiritual journey.If you do that, then I feel that our yatra will be successful.” [A lady from the front row asks in a very audible voice] “How are we to start this journey?” Sri M responds – “I will speak about that in a few moments. I will come to that. For that, patience is also required. So, please listen for some time. I don’t mean this in a bad way. This yatra, as I said, starts with yourself. The one who understands his Atman, the one who understands his mind understands the outer worldalso. There is a saying among the Sufis, Man arafa nafsahu faqad arafa Rabbahu. It means to understand your Nafs first and then you will understand the Rab. It means that when you are living here, you cannot live alone. Man is not made to live alone; he is made to live in society, only one in a thousand can live alone. When you live among people, they influence you. You may not do what they are doing for some time, but then you will do what they are doing, again in a few days.” “That is why there is a need for Satsang. If Satsang is not there, then there will be Dursanga. That is why Satsang is needed. Satsang does not mean sitting and listening to my lectures, it is not that. It means that those who are walking on this path, there may be 10 or 20 or 4 or 5 of you, may gather and sit down somewhere and think about these things.Think how one should start this journey, that is the first step. It will not happen if one sits alone in the cave. Babaji said that you can sit in a cave and meditate for 15 years and, after 15 years, say that you don’t have anger, or jealousy and I am peaceful. Babaji said, in the cave, who is it against that you will be angry or jealous? When you get out from your cave and get on a bus, than you will find if you have anger or not when someone steps on your foot, more so if that person is wearing a stiletto shoe! That is why someone who is a yogi has to live in the world, only that way can it be tested if he has something or not. There is no other way. One may feel that one has become peaceful but that can only be found out when it is put to test.” “If you read The Gita, then Lord Krishna - call him Lord Krishna or Ved Vyas - has given good advice in this context. Wherever I go, I speak on this chapter first. They sometimes think why I am going to the 12th chapter straight away. This 12th chapter is called Bhakti Yoga. Without thisbhakti, without devotion, one can do all sorts of asanas for hours at an end but nothing is going to happen. This devotion does not come from outside, it comes from within. Nobody can give it from outside.” “There are very few chapters that start with Arjuna uvacha. The 12th chapter is one such chapter. Most chapters start with Bhagavan uvacha. This one starts with Arjuna uvacha.” (Pointing to the lady who had asked the question)” Like you asked – Arjuna uvacha; Arjun is asking Lord Krishna a question - he asks Lord Krishna that people say the devotees who pray to the Lord in the formless aspect are the greatest, yet others who pray to the Lord with form are the greatest - who according to you is your dearest devotee, the greatest yogi, what are his or her qualities?” “So, Lord Krishna says that those who pray to the Lord in the formless aspect are great devotees, and those who pray to the Lord with form are also great devotees. The object to which they pray is not important. But, the qualities of the devotee are important. The devotee who has these three qualities is dearest to me and also the greatest yogi: He says that when we live in this world, we live by name and form. If I see you, how will I recognise you? I will recognise you by name andby form. If someone takes the name of Dr. Chandrakant Pandav, then I will remember his form. If I see his form, I will recall his name. Name and form are by which everyone lives; yes, there maybe some exceptions to that. There are great Rishis and Yogis who can dowithout them. There are those who say that they live without name and form and I say okay to them. What do we usually do in the morning whenwe wake up? We look at our face in the mirror, we fix our hair, and we see how many wrinkles we have. This anti-wrinkle industry is such a big business these days. We look at how many grey hairs we have. If we worship our forms so much, then how else will we worship the Lord?” “Lord Krishna says that you may pray to the Lord with form or without form. That is not so important. But, these three qualities should be there:First quality, He says, is Samniyam-yendriya-graamam- the one who has control over his senses or at least tries to control his senses is my dearest devotee and the greatest yogi. Normally, what happens? The mind runsafter sense objects. The mind should be such that we should be able to command its movement. If it is to go towards sense objects, it should go towards the objects of senses.If it is not meant to go after sense objects, it will not go towards them. This control must be there. The one who begins to control his senses is Lord Krishna’s dearest devotee and the greatest yogi.” “Second, the one who is Sarvatra sama buddhaya - this means one who remains calm in all situations. It won’t happen if one sits in that pose, it won’t happen by itself. One should practice; only with practice will it happen. Now, how do air hostesses smile on the airplane? They practice a lot. If you see them, one moment they are smiling, and the next moment you will see they are not. They have learnt how to smile at will, they have done that only through practice.” ‘Sarvatra sama buddhaya means shitoshna sukha-dukha-dah, be it cold or hot, be there happiness or sorrow, the one who attempts to keep his mind calm; and tulya-ninda-stutirmauni, the one whose mind is calm in praise and blame, who regards both equally, such a Yogi is greatest and dearest to Me. See, how this world works - you do some work and some people say that you have done a wonderful job, others say that it is terrible, he has gone mad, why is he walking like a mad man in the rain? What am I to do? Am I to get depressed when they say negative things? Or, am I toget elated when they say positive things? No. The mind remains neutral.Neither should the mind go up in praise nor should it go down in blame. With such a mind, if it is developed, there will be happiness.This happiness is an inner quality, it is something that is inside, it is not to be found on the outside.” “Have you ever seen a fakir? He sits under a tree with torn clothes and with a begging bowl. People line up in front of him, they come in a Mercedes, they come in BMWs. What is it that they are looking for? What is it that those who have everything think will make them happy which they want from this fakir who is dressed in rags and who has nothing? One goes to a fakir for peace and happiness. One goes to a fakir for that ultimate happiness which they do not have.Yes, they also go for other things - some people ask for their son’s promotion, others ask for a son or a daughter, so on and so forth - all this is fine. Shirdi Sai Baba used to say that people come to him and ask for these things and he gives it to them if it is possible. He never used to say that it will be so, he used to say Ram Ram or Allah Malik. He said that I give them these things so that a time will come when they will ask for that which I really want to give. This thing that is there on the inside, search for that.” “Tulya-ninda-stutir mauni. This age is such that when someone praises you,you are happy and when someone criticises you, you go into depression.Then, you need some anti-depressants, that is one of the medicines that sells most these days. If someone says that you are great, you believe you are great. And if someone says you are mad, you believe that!” “I met Anna Hazare and I told him that people call me mad for what I am doing. He said that it is very good, only if one is mad can any work be done. It should be understood that the one who criticises you helps you. The one who praises you does not really help you. Why? With criticism, one may find out if indeed there is any defect. There are such people who have become professional praisers these days. You will find many such people. They will keep on saying -you are great, you are great. If you call someone God for a hundred days, that person will start believing he is God. Mithi Mithi Baaton Se Bachna Zara, there is that old Lata Mangeshkar song. One should not be affected by praise or blame, or by criticism. Forthat, one should know where one stands. For this, one needs conscience. One should study oneself in all situations, only then is it possible.” “There are great yogis who say let all burdens, let all unhappiness befall me. Please, do not say that because none of us have the capacity for that. In Bhagavat, there is the story of Kunti who does not want anything apart from the darshan of the Lord. Please understand that if you do not sacrifice anything, you will not attain anything.The story goes like this - Lord Krishna, after the Kurukshetra war, is going back to Dwaraka. So, he is wishing farewell to everyone. He embraces those who are of His age. He prostrates to those who are His elders - can you imagine the Lord, who is considered to be a poorna-avatara, doing pranaams? He goes to Kunti and does pranaams to her. He says to her, I am going to Dwaraka, if there is a wish, ask a boon of me and I shall grant it.” “There is a nice dialogue between them. She says to him, stop this drama, I know who you are, you started this Kurukshetra war, you won it for us, I know you. You said you will grant me a boon and whatever I ask for, will you grant it to me? The Lord said, Yes, I will give what you ask. Kunti says, let all sorrows in the world fall on my head. Even Lord Krishna is shocked at this and is unable to say anything for a moment. He asks her why she had asked for such a boon. She replies - It is only when one is unhappy that one calls the Lord. When one is happy, one does not call the Lord. One usually shows a laddoo and says thank you. When one is not happy, one implores and repeatedly calls for the Lord. She says, that if I call you then, I know that you will come; I will have darshan after darshan of you. That is why I ask for all sorrows to befall me. After thinking for a couple of minutes, the Lord says Tathaasthu–‘May it be so’ and leaves. He is speechless and unable to say anything else.” “Babaji used to say to me, if someone calls you an idiot, why do you get angry? Go look in the mirror - you might be an idiot! When one understands this, then the anger will lessen. There will be fewer conflicts. His life will run peacefully and there will be happiness. This peace will come from within, not from outside. One cannot really change anything on the outside. One will experience peaceon the inside.” “The third quality is, Sarva Bhuta Hite Ratah - the one who has the welfare of all beings in his heart is My dearest devotee and the greatest yogi. So, this is how it is.One must open oneself and see how one is on the inside.Who I am on the inside; and how I react to situations. If one does this, then no one can call another person bad. Kabir says - Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye Jo Mann Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye. This Mujh means this entity that one calls ‘Me’ and ‘I’ -there is no one better than me, I am the best, I did that, so on and so forth. If this ‘I’ leaves oneself, then much can be done. I will tell you a story - our padayatris have heard this many times – please listen to this once more.I keep on repeating this because it is a good story. It is a story about this ‘me’.“ (Commenting on people coughing one after the other) “This cough that you hear has a very telepathic effect, see how one after the other you are coughing.If one starts, the other starts also.This is because our minds are one, they are not really different.” “Anyway, coming back to the story. On this yatra, we meet many people from many places. People react and act in different ways. They talk in different ways. We come to know of their nature when we seethem like this. One will see these things only when one does a yatra like this. One cannot see human nature in this way if one sits at one’s home. What one sees on television is not real. I hope there are no people from television companies here. They telecast what they do on TV so that we believe in what they want us to believe. That is not reality, reality is something else!” “When we were in Karnataka they have many Maths and they are called Lingaya tMaths. So a Swamiji who was the head of a Math told me this story when we had gone there. We had a small Satsang for our padayatris and he said, I also want to join. I was a little scared of him being there. At the end, I asked him if he wanted to say anything and he said I want to tell you a small story if you permit me. This is the story he told us. It is a very interesting story because it is so much to the point.” “There was a once a great sculptor who made beautiful sculptures. One day, he had gone to a temple to make an image. The priest there was a great astrologer. He said, the sculptures are good but within three weeks you are going to die, what are you going to do about that? The sculptor said - this is very funny, you are a great astrologer and you say I am going to die, how can you help me. Please do something to help me. The priest responded - go back to your workshop and make many replicas ofyourself, you are a very good sculptor and it will be difficult to find out which is the original and which is the duplicate. Especially those yama-dhootas who come on buffaloes are a little weak inthe head, so they will not be able to find out. So, go back and make many statues of yourself. The sculptor did exactly as he was told. He made sculptures of himself and the yama-dhootas came, looked around and went back, empty handed.” “They went to Yama and told him that they could not find out which of the statues was real, so they had to come back. Yama said that nothing can be done now becausenthe time had passed. Anyway, he said, do not worry, after three months this sculptors’ time to die is coming again, go back and do as I say.Yama was very wise. He told his yama-dhootas, I know making out the real from the apparent is very difficult. Do this when you go there - just praise the statues - ‘oh! how wonderful these statues are’,‘how lifelike these eyes are’, ‘how real this nose looks’, so on and so forth.” “The priest told the sculptor that three months from now your death approaches again. The sculptor decided to apply the same strategy again. The yamadhootas came and did as they were told. For two minutes, the man could control himself and then he shouted ‘I made them all’.The yama-dhootas said, your time is up, come.” “This ‘me’ is what Kabir Das calls ‘mujh’. A way should be found to remove this ‘mujh’, how is that to be done? It will not go by itself.One will have to work for that. One will have to see it from inside and then, one will have to work to remove it. This work is service. When Swami Vivekananda started the Ramakrishna Mission, he said to the monks there - you cannot meditate for 24 hours a day, so go and serve people - feed those who are hungry, help those who are suffering. Serve those who are downtrodden.This he called Daridra Narayana Seva. He said Atmano mokshartham jagat hitaya cha- think of liberation but also think of the welfare of the world.” “To serve another human being, one does not need an organisation. Youcan serve another human being in any number of ways. If there is someone who is hungry at your door, you can feed him. That is seva. Feeding someone is the best form of seva. Also, it is better than giving money. If you give someone money, they will always want more. Give someone a thousand rupees, he will ask for ten more. But one can only eat so much. After he is full, he will say - that is all, thank you. The blessings that come from the satisfaction when one is fed will go up. If one says that he is feeding people to get moksha, that is fine. There is no one who does not have any aim.” “So, in this way, one should bring peace in one’s mind and life. When this happens, there will be peace in one’s home. From one’s home, peace will spread to one’s neighbourhood and, in this way, it will spread to the world. Manav Ekta is possible only in this way. For this,we started on 12th of January. I was seeing in the video that, after Kerala, Gujarat is looking greenest. This is called GG - Green Gujarat. Where there is no greenery, it is the responsibility of the citizens to bring greenery again. To plant a tree and to take care of it is like taking care of a child. Plants and trees are something living; they are not inanimate physical objects. If there are trees, if there is greenery - then the home will be good, the neighbourhood will be good and the state will be good.” “Live this way and meditate. Find time to meditate. I have a friend who says that he meditates regularly. I asked him when, and he told me that I do no meditation in the morning, I do not meditate in the evening. I meditate in the afternoon - after food. If one goes and listens at the door to his room, one will hear his dhyan - one can hear snoring as loud as a tractor.” “So, meditation on the inside and service on the outside - live this way. Then, you will understand that a spark of the Supreme Being resides within the heart of every being. If one finds That, how will anyone commit an act of violence against another? The name maybe Amar, Akbar or Antony, but what of that? Everyone is born of the mother’s womb and ultimately goes into this earth. Then,why have so much of problems when we are alive? If we live together, then India will become strong. Start from your home. India is such a land where we have been living as one forthousands of years. The Rishis and Munis have been speaking about it. I am just saying - do not forget this and let this not beforgotten. Wherever we go, be it temple, church or dargah, we say to people - do not forget that we are one.” “There are people from the Sikh community here. From Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh, they said the same thing. Guru Nanak was such that he was ready to sacrifice himself in the service of others. Near the Gurudwara in Amritsar, he used to work for the Nawab as a storekeeper. His task was to distribute provisions - grains. On his first day,he started his work. He started counting - one, two, three, etc. When he came to thirteen, he could not stop giving (Thirteen in hindi,‘tera’, means yours). He felt that none of this was his, all of it belonged to Him alone. He kept giving. When the mind is like that then, one is a sant. Everyone cannot be a sant. Do how much it is possible for you. If you are a householder, you cannot give so much. It is okay. Give what is possible. When you start small, someday you will reach big.When one finds, through experience, that peace cannot be found from outside things, all of it will drop one day. Till then serve and meditate on Atmano Mokshartha, jagat hitaya cha.” “We are doing this yatra so we have to leave at 5.30 in the morning. Many of our padayatris wake up at 4.00 in the morning. They do their morning routine, then do yoga and, afterwards, walk. I feel that they will not be able to do it in their homes. It is good that they do it here till they reach Srinagar I feel that 60 to 70 yogis will come back.To get people together is our work. It is my prayer that, if you cannot walk with us, please support us in your minds. And, do not leave the path of your spiritual journey. When one finds joy through spiritual experiences, know that you have reached Srinagar like us. This is our message; with this, we are walking. It is our prayer that when you ask something from God, pray for us also. Pray for our success. I have faith that we will succeed.” “I would like to add that we were welcomed to Gujarat in a very pleasant way. Those who looked a little tired till Gujarat are looking strong now.They take Athiti Devo Bhava very seriously here. My weight has increased by a kilo.” “My prayer is that everyone’s mind may move towards the spiritual, towards peace. Like we eat food, like that may we have spiritual food also.I do not want to say anything else. I feel that all of you are with me. Right?”

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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