Day 255 | 23 September 2015 | Towards Jhabua | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH Day 255 -the terrain is also changing, ever so slowly - Jhabua
  • Lively interaction with villagers at break point -Jher Jhabua
  • Receptions galore enroute Jhabua
  • Reception by Brahmakumaris - Jhabua
  • A short satsang at the Brahmakumari Mandali - Jhabua
  • Entering the city of Jhabua - MP
  • Reception at the Catholic Mission School - Jhabua
  • Sri M addressing the community of Jhabua at the Catholic Mission School premises
  • Sri M inside the Catholic Cathedral - Jhabua
  • Srim with Yuvraj Kamlendra Singh in the Royal Deities sanctorum - Jhabua palace
  • Yuvraj Sri Kamendra Singh of Jhabua welcomes Sri M - Jhabua Palace
Walk of Hope covered 18 kilometers today in about 7 hours and reached Jhabua city. Jhabua was the capital of a princely state of the British India. The Rajas of Jhabua belonged to the Rathore dynasty. After India's independence in 1947, its rulers acceded to India, and Jhabua became a part of the newly created Madhya Bharat state, which in 1956 was merged into Madhya Pradesh. Chandrasekhar Azad, the freedom fighter, spent his early life in Jhabua district.

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Sri M and Walk of Hope was greeted by atleast twenty small groups of people who showered the padayatris with flowers and joined the walk. Dressed in their traditional attires, many from the tribal communitysang, danced and walked with the yatris. It was a spectacular sight to behold. This tribal belt has a strong presence of the Bhil community. These Adivasis form the largest tribal group in India. They are listed as Adivasis in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. In the feudal and colonial times, the ruling Rajputs in various capacities employed many Bhils. Many were warriors inthe armies. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, many Bhils now form the community of settled farmers, while there is a significant minority who are landless agricultural labourers. Their subsidiary occupation largely remains hunting and gathering. As the padayatra reached the city, there were about 400 walkers and the small town stood still as the group passed through it. The city has an old feel to it - mud brick homes line the streets, a network of wires covers the sky, shopkeepers vie for space with the road, and the traffic is chaotic and loud. The yatriwalked on the narrow city roads and reached the Jhabua Palace, half an hour before noon. This was the place of rest today. After lunch, and some rest, they gathered at the palace gardens in the evening for the Satsang. The Satsang was attended by about 600 people. As always, Sri M started with prayers for the well being of all - “Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu 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” “First of all, I would like to thank all of you, and my Salaams to all of you. I will not speak about the Yatra today. Yesterday I told you about it. Much has been said about it in the newspapers; you saw the video just now, and there is also a poster ten times my size, behind me. So, I will not say much on it. I will say this much: we started on the 12th January from Kanyakumari and will reach Srinagar in the April of 2016. It will take us 500 days to cover 7500 kilometers and today is the 255th day. We have covered half the distance and half of it still remains. As it is said, Insha Allah, i.e. with God’s grace we will do it.” “This is a spiritual Satsang -it is about the spiritual journey; this too is a kind of yatra. I feel that it should be the most important yatra in one’s life. The outer experiences reflect this inner journey. Please listen to this. Sanskrit has nothing do with religion, some people think that if the language changes, then it has something to do with religion, but it is not so. Sanskrit is a very old language and much has been written in this language. Scientific texts have been written in Sanskrit including the poetry of Kalidasa. Many mantras on ways to attain knowledge have been written in Sanskrit. In the Rig Veda, it has been said:Ekam sat, viprah bahuda vadanti. This means that the Truth is One but wise call it by different names. I did not say this, this was said three thousand years ago.” “I will tell you a story. This story started from the Jain religion many thousand years ago, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa then adapted this - you all know him, he was the guru of the great Swami Vivekananda. In Turkey, there was a great Sufi - his name was Jalaluddin Rumi, he wrote the Masnawi. This story became a part of its text too. There is a religious message, a spiritual message and a societal message in it.” “The story goes like this, once there were three blind men who went to see an elephant; mind you, they were three blind men. The first one caught hold of the foot and said that an elephant is like a big pillar, it moves sometimes, and people be warned not to go too close to it because it can fall on your head. The second one caught hold of the trunk and said that the elephant is like a rubber hose, it moves sometimes, its texture is like a rubbery hose and, sometimes, there is the sound of air blowing through it. The third one caught its tail and said this is like a broom, it moves to and fro and if you go near it, you get whacked.” “So, the three of them had an argument about the elephant’s definition and soon, they started fighting. At that point, someone who could ‘see’ came along and asked them what the fight was about, and why they were fighting. On hearing their versions, he said to them: what you all are saying is correct, each and every one of you is correct and, at the same time, what the elephant ‘Is’ is beyond your definition; it is beyond your grasp and it cannot be defined. This is called the Parabrahman in the Vedas. A person perceives ‘It’ the way he approaches it. It is beyond the comprehension of this ordinary mind that is limited to the five senses. If ‘It’ is all pervading, how can we approach it? If it is right here, how is it to be sought?” “Kabir Das too has said something about this. But before that, I want to tell you something. In this world, everyone is looking for just one thing. What is this that all seek? It is happiness. It does not matter where the person is from, be he or she from India, America or United Kingdom, each and every one of us is looking for happiness. The one who commits suicide is also looking for happiness.He thinks that if he dies, then this sadness will go away.This movement away from sadness is the search for happiness. He thinks that his pain is unbearable, so he will commit suicide and in doing so be rid of the pain.” “But, do we really get this happiness? Do we really get this happiness that we seek? Yes, we do get it, we get it for ten minutes or for a year and then, it is gone. We keep on seeking this way until our time is up. If no one looked for happiness, our lives would stop. This Jagat - this movement - is only because we are seeking happiness.If one has ten of fifteen lakhs, then one thinks that he is happy. Let one or two month pass, then he will want another ten lakhs. When he has a crore, he will want one more. Like this, he keeps on seeking. This happiness is not to be found from any outer thing and we keep on seeking it in outer things till the day we die. This Anantam Anandam, as it is called, cannot be found from anything.” “A fakir sits under a tree, his clothes are torn, he has nothing and he sits there with a begging bowl. What has he to give? Yet, people go to him in Mercedes and BMWs and ask him for things. What are they asking him for? What can he give?” “I want to tell you another story in between, stories are a good way of communicating. Listening to stories one gets the big things just like that.” “In Patiala, there was a Maharaja. Many years later, he came to be known as Tapasviji Maharaj. He wanted to expand the territories of Patiala. In those days, if anyone wanted to do this sort of thing, he had to go to the Emperor in Delhi and take his permission. So, he went to Delhi and took an appointment with the Emperor at the Red Fort. He went to Bahadur Shah Zafar, who was the last Emperor, and told him what he wanted. The Emperor said: I understand and I will help you, but come with me and see this fakir who is sitting there under the tree, who says fakr-u-fakiri. Now, see who is happier, see his face and see my face - which do you think is more happy and peaceful. Think on this, then come back to me tomorrow and I will help you.” “The Maharaja had already experienced the happiness that the world had to offer. He did not go back, he went to Haridwar. From Haridwar, nobody knows where he went. People say he went to the Himalayas and found a guru, took Upadesa (teaching) from him and attained that ultimate happiness.” “Many years passed and the Maharaja did not return. His brother took over the kingdom and one day, he set out on a pilgrimage to Badrinath. When he reached Haridwar, someone told him to take the blessings of a saint because the journey would be difficult - the journey is difficult even now, so imagine what it would have been then. The person said there is a great Yogi Maharaj in a cave near Haridwar and one must take his blessings. So, he went to the cave and found the Yogi sitting there. He offered pranams and said, Maharaj, give me your blessings. The Maharaj said, Tathastu - may it be so. When he heard the voice, he understood that this was his brother.He said to his brother, you have been missing for many years.Since you were not there, I had to take over the kingship.Please come back and take charge of the kingdom now. The Maharaja asked: what did you address me aswhen you came here? His brother answered, I called you Maharaj. To this Yogi Maharaj said: I am now the Maharaj, the king of the whole universe, what will I do with your little land? So this is it!” “One does not have to always do Tapasya like TapasvijiMaharaj. One must understand that in the heart of every being resides the spark of the Supreme Being. When one finds that, then one experiences happiness and peace. I am not speaking this from an intellectual point of view; I am speaking this from personal experience.” “Let’s go back to the story of our Kabir Das. In the Himalayas, there are the musk deer, and in a particular season, a fragrance emanates from a pouch beneath their bellies. A musk deer does not know where this fragrance comes from and he goes about looking for it. He looks for it in thorny bushes and his nose bleeds yet he does not stop looking. Kabir Das says that this is the condition of human beings wherein we seek this happiness outside. Do not think that this happiness is only for a Sanyasi or Yogi, it is not so. It is for everyone!” “Understand first of all that the source is within all of us. And then, whatever Sadhana you may have to do - be it Dhyana, Japa or anything else - practice it. Understand that the practice is a path to reach ‘That’. (Referring to a child making a lot of noise in the background, he said, we are all like that child, when we do not get what we want, we make a lot of noise.) “Anyway, this is the teaching, the essence of Vedanta and of the Sufi teachings. If one has to go towards ‘That’, then two things are required. One is Sadhana and the second is service. Atmano Mokshartha jagat hitaya cha -think of the liberation of your soul but also think of the welfare of the world. The mind of the one who serves becomes pure in a very short time.” “In chapter 12 of the Bhagavat Gita, known as Bhakti Yoga, Arjuna asks Lord Krishna: I am ready to accept what you say; who according to you is the greatest devotee and dearest to you? Krishna says: It does not matter how he worships me, any mode of worship is okay. But, there have to be three qualities, these qualities are most important. The first one is Samniyam-yendriya-graamam- the one who has control over his senses - I am not saying this, this is from the Gita. A Samniyami is one whose mind controls the senses and not the other way round. Usually what happens is that the mind follows the senses. This does not mean that the senses are not to be used, it is not so. This means that the senses will do what the mind says. This means that if one knows that eating something five or six times a day is not good for health, then your mind should have enough control not to eat five or six times. If your mind says eat once, then you eat only once.” “The second quality is, Sarvatra sama buddhaya - one who can remain calm in any situation - be it happiness or be it sadness, be it cold or hot. Tuliya Ninda stutir mauni - the one who can keep the mind calm in praise or blame. What does this mean? When people say everyday that you are a great Yogi, you are a great person, then what happens? Suppose if someone calls you God for a hundred days, you begin to think that maybe you are God. This is what happens. There are many such Gods these days!” “When somebody praises us, we are on cloud nine; when we are criticized, then we feel depressed. Babaji used to tell me that if someone calls you a fool, go look in the mirror foryou might actually be a fool. Criticism gives us the chance to evaluate ourselves. There is that old song, Mithi mithi baton se bachana jara, duniyan ki baton me jadoo bhara. The one who criticises us shows us the correct way sometimes. These days, if someone criticises us, then we get what the psychologists call depression. We have to be stable in happiness and suffering. When a little pain comes to us, we are not ready to face it. We sit in front of TV to forget it for some time. When one faces pain, then one will understand how it is to be dealt with!” “The third attribute is the most important –Sarva bhute hite’ rataha: the one who thinks of the welfare of all human beings is the greatest Yogi and dearest to me.” “We should do whatever possible of these three things. No one can do it hundred percent; do whatever is possible and do a little bit of Sadhana. If one does this, then there will be peace of mind in a few days. This peace is not to be found anywhere else. When there is peace, then there is inspiration from inside to do something. This walk is also based on that. I am someone who likes to remain in solitude.Why is it that I am meeting so many people? I am able to meet them because there is peace inside, and because I want to share the peace, there is harmony inside. In this sharing, everyone is equal for me; it cannot be that one person is different from the other.” “Wherever we go, we share this message with people. You also join us if you can. I do not want to say anything more. Please think on this.” “We will sit together for a few minutes now.” “Thank you.” “Namaskaar and Salaam.” “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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