Day 246 | 14 September 2015 | Panchmahal to Godhra | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Welcoming the padayatris at the Zakaria Masjid - Timba Road
  • Armed protection for the Walk of Hope - Timba Road
  • WOH 246 - The mercury is soaring and the clothes dripping and drooping - Dakor to Tuwa
  • A hearty welcome from the Sikh community at Tuwa - Godhra
  • 'The future is all ears ' - Tuwa, Godhra
  • Reception at the APMC -Timba Road
  • Sri M shares the dais with a ' mini Mahatma' - Timba Road
  • Satsang at the APMC Yard - Timba Road
  • 'Snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug' - the baby with her granny - Timba Road
Walk of Hope travelled 14 kilometres today from Panchmahal to the outskirts of Godhra. It took them a while to cover the relatively short distance. The soaring mercury was enervating. Many groups had gathered at points to welcome Sri M. The padayatra passed through the small town of Timba, but apart from that, the road was open and empty through the walk.

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A group of clerics welcomed them at the Zakaria Masjid. They joined in and walked with them for some time. Sri M and the yatris reached the APMC yard where a group of about 250 students had gathered and were waiting for them. Sri M addressed this group. The day progressed rather slowly after this and they trudged along on the open highway. They reached Tuwa and were welcomed by members of the Sikh community. At their halting point for the day, a group of around 150 students were awaiting Sri M. He very briefly addressed them and spoke to them about the padayatra and its objectives. After this, the padayatris retired for the rest of the day. Sri M's address at the APMC yard went thus: “My Namaskars to the officials from the Government, the Zila Parishad and the Panchayat and all the people who are seated here. And also to my friends, my dear padayatris who have decided to walk with me from Kanyakumari to Kashmir – my namaskars to them along with my salaam and good morning to all.” “I would like to start this with a shloka from the Vedas. It is about happiness and the world. And this shloka is a prayer to God with whose grace we are leading happy lives in this world. Since it is about India’s cultural heritage, it is written in Sanskrit. The prayer is: Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih” “The meaning is - may there be no sorrow in this world and in the entire universe. Please understand that just because it is in Sanskrit, it is not a religious prayer. Sanskrit is a very ancient Indian language. A number of texts have been written in this language. The words - Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu – ‘let the entire universe be happy’ appear in these texts. This is a very ancient prayer. We have taken this as our foundation and have started this walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. I know that all people in India - whether they are Hindus, Muslims, Christians or Jews - understand this very well but sometimes, it is forgotten. And, you know very well what happens when this message is forgotten! We live together when there is peace and happiness but this peace is broken sometimes! And, we start all over again like how our Muslim brethren say – Phir vapas Bismillah!” “I would like to state that we belong to this society - whatever be our religion or ideology. I am from Kerala, there is one section in Kerala which does not believe in God at all. They are called Communists - we have people like this too. They too want peace and happiness. So, my request and my prayer is – let every person recognise that everyone is first a human being and then we can think of other things like religion, faith, ideologies, etc. Whatever be our colour or our form - man or woman - we are all human beings, right? We are all born from mothers’ wombs; nobody drops from the skies!” “I don’t have to make you understand this. I would like to say something to our Muslim brothers here: when they offer their morning prayers – what the prayer says is - God is the greatest of all and I am just His messenger. What does this mean? I was also born from a mother’s womb, I am also like all of you. People go to Mecca and circumambulate; nobody does this in Medina, right? Why? Even such great people always thought of themselves as human beings first. I will tell you a story. Once, in Medina, the Prophet and others were having a discussion while a Jew’s funeral procession passed by. He immediately stood up. After the procession passed, they asked him – why did you stand up? This was a Jew who died. He replied – Is a Jew not a man, a human being? What do you think?” “India’s message from thousands of years is that we are One. The Upanishads say - Ekam Sat, Viprah Bahuda Vadanti – there is only one truth; people call it by various names. If we understand this and lead our lives, we can live in peace, harmony and with humanity in India. This land is such that only this land can welcome all with open arms - they will never close their doors on them. Nowadays, we have to take visa and then enter, earlier, this was also not there. We have to ensure that we maintain peace and harmony in such a land; mistakes do happen, sometimes. We need to leave them behind and move forward. Forgetting and forgiving mistakes and moving ahead is a very big thing indeed. Jesus Christ said – bless them who curse you; bless them. This is not easy. But, if we start moving in that direction and maintain peace and harmony in India, India also becomes strong. It is very important that India becomes strong because then we can tell the whole world that this is a place where we all live together in peace. This message goes out from this land. This is what I feel.” “So, we have children sitting here; and our Deputy Collector, when he introduced me said that I am called Sri M but my real name is Mumtaz Ali. Yes, I was born in a Muslim family, my passport and my PAN card have the same name. I have not changed it. I am a man with a family. I am not a Swamiji or a Sanyasi. I have two children who are now married. So, I am a little free now and have now become a Sanyasi. So, M denotes the first letter of my name. Secondly, I had a Guru whose name was Maheshwarnath Babaji. He was from the Nath sampradaya – tradition. I met him when I was young and also after I had wandered in the Himalayas for a long time. And when I met him, I held on to his feet and I told him that I will not leave him and he replied – Let’s see. Once, he had taken me to Ajmer to learn the Sufi traditions. I lived there for 6 to 7 months because, at that time, I did not know much about the Sufi culture. Later, when Babaji came to take me from there, I went to meet the Sheikh to say goodbye. He called me in. And said, look, whatever be the situation, do not leave this Guru. He is not what you think he is. He is a great man; I cannot express in words what he is. This is because when any Pir, Sheikh, Swami, Mahant or Babaji reach a certain level, they become One, they do not have a second. This is Manav Ekta – One Humanity. They call this Rahat in Arabic – The One Being. In Sanskrit, what do they call it? Advaith. So, when he gave me diksha, he called me Madhukarnath, because in Nath sampraday, every name has to be affixed with a Nath. So even here, the first letter is M. But what is the greatest here? When we say Manav or Man, the first letter is M. So, now it will be good if you call me M because nobody will know the difference as to who he is – which community he belongs to.” “How is a human being known? He is known only through his character. Not from his name. The name can be anything. A person may be known by a name Abdul Rehman and if there is no peace in his heart, what is the use? We have a friend, Shantakumar. He is a big rowdy in Trivandrum! The name does not mean anything. His character shows what he is. In the Gita, when Arjuna asked Krishna, who is the biggest Yogi of all? Krishna said – Sarva bhoota hiteh rataha - the one who thinks of the welfare of all beings is the one who I would call the biggest Yogi. I am not saying that his name should be this or he should be like this.” “I would like to tell you and make the children here understand, very soon, they will grow up and become responsible citizens of India; so the children from Panchmahal will one day travel and be known across the world. So, I would like to sow the seeds of Manav Ekta in their hearts so that when they grow up and somebody tells them that you are different; they will know that the name may be different, may be from a different religion and all these but we are still One. This is what they should say. This is the reason I am walking with this message from Kanyakumari to Srinagar, Kashmir. This is not a Rath yatra. We walk. Every day, we walk about 20 Km - whether it is in the hot sun or in the rain and we don’t stop. We have done about 3700 Km till now and we have another 4500 left up to Srinagar. This too will be possible with God’s grace. This is what I feel.” “Wherever we go, people understand our message and say we support you. This is only because everybody wants to live together in peace and harmony. Sometimes, this is forgotten but only for a while. So, whatever may have happened - errors do happen - leave them behind. Move ahead with peace in your heart because reconciliation is better than confrontation. I would not like to say anything else. I would only like to say one thing; this is not a spiritual Satsang; otherwise, I would have spoken about many other things. I only want to sow the seeds of unity and One humanity. I have full faith that, if not today, tomorrow this seed will be a very big tree under whose shade Indians can rest. And, on that tree will bloom such flowers and such fruits that when there is a wind, the fragrance will spread across the world.” “Thank you.” “Namaskaar.” “Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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