Day 257 | 25 September 2015 | From Jhabua to Bhuradabra | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH Day 257 walk from Jhabua to Bhuradabra
  • Reception at Sankat Mochan Mahadev Temple - Devasiri
  • Inside the Sankat Mochan Mahadev Temple - Devasiri
  • Inside the Srimad Bhagawat Goushala - Bhuradabra
  • Sri M feeding the cattle at the Goushala - Bhuradabra
  • 6.Sir-using-all-his-charms-to-wangle-a-rattle-from-a-child,-Bhuradabra,-Jhabua,-MP
  • 7.Sir-with-a-bow-&-arrow-which-is-used-for-hunting-by-tribals-in-Jhabua,-Bhuradabra,-MP
  • Jhabua town - where time plays hide-and-seek with you
  • 9.The-quaint-arches-of-Jhabua-set-you-back-a-few-decades,-but-the-girl
  • Sri M with Ms Aruna Gupta - Collector of Jhabua
Today’s Walk covered a distance of 19 Kms from Jhabua to the village of Bhuradabra. The walk continued along state highway # 56—passing through villages of Gadawad, Mohanpura, Pipaldela, Chappari, Kalidevi, Samarpada and Racchawa—before reaching their destination. From the number of villages they walked through, it may seem that they were walking through highly populated lands but it is not so. As they reached the Vindhya range, habitations are clustered around the few roads passing through the vast and empty hill locked lands. These are primarily agricultural villages. Houses here are beautiful, they are mud-walled with red-terracotta roof, while two or three houses share a large well and there is a shed for wood and cattle close by.

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These are vast open lands, untouched and inaccessible to people. The only people who can stay here are the natives, who understand the lands and are one with it. They usually have large wheat fields and, at this time of the year, the wheat is in full flourish. It is quite a sight to see golden wheat swaying gently in the breeze in quiet open lands. Mesmerising and alluring. In the distance, the land is uncultivated. Little grows except for an occasional tree or wildflowers here and there. This is what they encountered where there was no habitation. The walk, until they reach Indore, is going to be quite a delight. Understandably, walking in such areas is what theyhave enjoyed the most. Many small groups awaited Sri M’s arrival on the way, with garlands and hands full of petals. They garlanded Sri M and rained the petals on all the padayatris. Most of the people joined them and stayed with them till the end. In the last hour, there were at least 500 people walking on an empty road in the middle of lonely lands, quite an odd sight. The tribal people are very good at singing—with men and women singing together—men leading the song and women filling in with the chorus, blending in perfect unison. When the voices blend naturally, it is pure magic that these tribals weave! A small group carried on singing for 7 hours without a break. The yatris walked, as if enchanted by a siren song, and did not feel the time pass by. The padayatris reached the Bhuradabra Goshala at around 11.00 am and left for the Jhabua Palace to rest. After lunch and some sleep, they gathered again in the evening at the Bhuradabra Goshala for a Satsang. The Satsang was attended by around 200 local men and women apart from the 100 odd padayatris. The sun had set and it was fairly dark when Sri M started his talk. His address went thus: “First of all my Namaskaar to all; my namsakaar also to the Collector Sahab and the Tehsildaar Sahab who are present here and my gratitude and namaskaaar to the young men who have been with us for the last two days.” “I will talk to you about small matters only as people are of the opinion that the spiritual journey or the spiritual path can be traversed only by those who have studied a lot; it is not so. It is easier for those who are simple, like you are, to behold God than those who study a lot. The knowledgeable ones have great difficulty in this regard as they begin to reason as to how this or that can come about. So, I will tell you simple things as there are children also among us.” “Although I can speak in Hindi, my vocabulary is not very good. So please excuse me if I make mistakes. I am from South India where Malayalam is spoken, which you may not have heard. Malayalam comprises 40% Sanskrit that is why it is not too difficult for us to learn other Indian languages; every Indian language has a little Sanskrit in it.” “Now I am going to tell you a story which is about Bhakti (devotion) because I believe that to attain True knowledge, Bhakti (devotion) and Bhaav (attitude of devotion) are necessary. Nobody can gain true knowledge by reading books. So the story is about Bhakti which you should hear as a story but after hearing it, pay a little attention to what arises in your minds.” “I am telling you of a time long gone past; it is not of present times. In a village like yours, there was a mother and her little son, even younger than this boy sitting over there. The mother realised that her son needed to go to school….do children in your village go to school? They should go. So, the mother decided that her son must go to school but in those days there were no government schools. There were only Gurukuls where Gurus used to reside and children had to go thereto learn from them.” “However, there was no Gurukul near their village but the mother had a great desire that her son should be educated. After searching a lot, she found a Gurukul far away from the village where she felt that her son would get good education. So she went and talked to the Guru and expressed her wish to send her child to his Gurukul. The Guru agreed and asked her to bring her son, wondering how the boy would commute to the Gurukul alone as it was located about 4 Km from their village, across a big deep and dense forest.” “How could the boy go through such a forest all alone? The mother could not have accompanied the child to school every day as she needed to work in fields and homes to manage their livelihood.” (Humorously says ‘he has started singing’ with reference to a baby in the audience who has begun wailing…’bhajans have not yet started beta (my child)’…laughs…’will take place later’…advises the mother to take the baby outside and return later and counsels someone accompanying the mother to tell the lady about what was spoken). “So there was this problem of how to send the son to the Gurukul through the dense forest. The little boy, thinking that he would be frightened in the dense forest, asked his mother as to how he would travel through it every day and wondered if his mother would be able to accompany him every time. The mother said that she would not be able to go with him daily but that she would go with him the first day, after which he would have to go alone.To ease his fears, she told himthat whenever he heard wild animals or other fearful soundsin the jungle and was afraid, he should call out to a little dark skinned-boy who lived in the forest and wore a peacock feather in his hair, named Krishna. If he called him he would surely come; and the boy would not be fearful anymore.” “The son had full faith in what his mother had advised him and agreed to do as told and go to the Gurukul. If we were in his place, we would have had doubts whether such a dark-skinned boy even existed, leave alone agree to pass through such a fearful and dense jungle every day!” “So, the next day, when the boy reached the middle of the dense forest on his way to the Gurukul, and heard the fearsome sounds of wild animals, he was overtaken by fear for his safety. Remembering what his mother had said and shutting his eyes tight, he called out loudly ‘Krishna, Krishna, where are you, help me, I am so frightened.” “Soon, a little dark-skinned boy appeared and assured the boy that he, Krishna, would accompany him across the jungle and that he should not be afraid. He added that as there was still much time to reach the Gurukul, it would nice if they played for a while. So they played a game of marbles, sang songs, shared the boy’s tiffin and rested for some time before our boy went on to the Gurukul.” “At the Gurukul, he did not share his experience with anyone. But on reaching home, he told his mother that what she had told him about the little dark-skinned boy was true. He told her that in the middle of the jungle, he was very afraid so he called out to Krishna as she had advised and Krishna had indeed appeared and played with him and accompanied him to the Gurukul.” “The mother thought to herself that ‘my son has such faith in me that he has believed every word I said to him. Whether Krishna appeared or not I am not sure’ and she left it that, thinking that it was enough that her son was happily going to the Gurukul, which itself was a big achievement. This went on for many days.” “One day, it was the birthday of the Guru and all the students of the Gurukul decided to bring presents for him, something like a dakshina (offering). This boy told his mother about the decision and conveyed his wish to also take a present for his Guru.” (Somebody’s phone rings and Sir asks it to be switched off and adds humorously that otherwise they might hear a flute playing, everyone laughs). “The mother lamented that she had hardly anything worthy of giving to his Guru; buton the boy’s insistence, the mother who owned a cow – just think that in those days, even people who owned nothing, owned a cow – milked it and poured some of the milk in a small vessel and gave it to the boy to present it to his Guru. She instructed him to bring the vessel back, after presenting the milk to his Guru as she had only that one small vessel.” “The boy left for the Gurukul with the milk and on reaching the dense forest, called out to his friend. Krishna came and played with him for a while and then asked him where he was taking the vessel full of milk. The boy told Krishna that as it was his Guru’s birthday, he was taking the milk to him as a present. So Krishna asked if the milk was good enough to be presented and drank some of it to taste it. The boy, worried that the milk was too little and would be rendered unworthy of being presented if Krishna drank from the vessel, tried to stop him from drinking it.” “Krishna informed him that he had already tasted some of the milk and assured the boy that he should not worry about its worthiness and should present it to his Guru nevertheless. So the boy reached the Gurukul and joined the queue to hand-over his present to the Guru.” “When his turn came, he saluted the Guru and told him that he had brought a little milk in the vessel as a present for him and informed that the vessel should be returned to him after the milk had been poured out. On hearing this all present made fun of him, stating that big presents had been brought for their Guru and this boy had brought just a little milk in a little vessel which he wanted to be returned to him.” “Anyway, the Guru asked someone to pour out the milk into a bowl from the Aashramand return the boy’s vessel to him. So the story goes that when the milk was poured out into the bowl, the boy’s vessel was filled with milk again. Again the milk was poured out and again the small vessel filled up. Soon all the bowls of the Aashram were filled with milk but the boy’s vessel did not empty!” “The Guru began to wonder if there was some magic at play, so he asked the boy where he had got the vessel. The boy informed him that his mother had given him the vessel and he had brought it from his home. Not convinced, the Guru kept enquiring about the source of the vessel and asked the boy to tell him the truth.” “The boy then told his Guru that he had a friend in the forest who was dark-skinned, wore a peacock feather in his hair and sometimes played very melodious tunes on his flute. This friend of his drank a portion of the milk and handed the vessel to him to give the milk to you. The Guru enquired why he had brought milk that had already been tasted by someone else. The boy replied that his friend insisted on tasting the milk and that he (the boy) felt that it was because his friend had had a portion of it, that the vessel remained filled always.” “The Guru did not believe a word of what the boy said, asserting that it was some kind of a magic and that he had never seen anyone in the jungle fitting the description given by the boy, though he had passed through it many times himself; and if indeed there was such a person in the forest, the boy should take him to him to verify the facts of the matter. The Guru further warned that the boy would not be allowed to attend school from the next day, if he was not able to show him the person of the forest.” “So the boy took his Guru and some others to the forest and called out to his friend to come and show himself to his Guru as otherwise he would not be able to attend the Gurukul from the next day. Nobody came out, but a voice was heard saying that he, Krishna could not reveal himself to the boy’s Guru and the others who had accompanied him as they did not deserve it. He said, ‘As it is only you have the necessary merit, I show myself to you and talk to you’.” “What have you understood from this story? The Guru was a jnyani (a learned man), whereas the boy was ignorant, all he had was faith; Truth and faith. If both these things are there, seeing God might still be difficult, but you’ll be able to do anything in this world. All you need is faith. One should have the faith that we can do it;that we won’t give up. If we don’t succeed the first time, we can put in greater effort and try again.” “If you have faith that inside you resides a spark of the all-pervading Divine – in the heart of every human being resides the all-pervadingGod in the form of a soul – in that spark, lies all the power that’s there in God. But we don’t know this because we don’t believe in it. But if we can believe in it and think, then we can do anything.Never say that I’m too small to try something. You might be small but even in your heart resides the same spark of the Divine that’s there in others. You need to believe in this. Never let go of this.” “If you keep this faith, you can do many great things. This is possible only with seva (service). We have set out on this padayatra(journey on foot) – it’s for Manav Ekta (unity of humanity). Wherever we go, in villages and towns, we ask people to live together in harmony; because we’re all one. We aren’t different because in all our hearts resides a spark of the all-pervading Divine. What does that mean? That It exists in me and in all the people standing here and inside you. It means that all of us are walking temples of God. So how does one pray in this temple? It happens through service; through service, brotherhood, peace and love.” “The mind of the one who serves becomes pure. When the mind becomes pure, God reveals Himself. I have come here only to explain this to you. Now to access this spark that’s inside you, the easiest way is through bhakti (devotion) and bhaav(attitude of devotion); not by reading thousands of books. By reading books, one gets confused. One describes God a certain way and the other describes him in another way. However you pray to God, with form or without – however you imagine him to be –you’ll see Him as you imagined Him to be. So you need to serve every living being.Dhyan (meditation), bhajan( singing of hymns), keertan (singing of devotional songs) and seva (service),all four of these together.” “Now, you’ve built a Goshala (cow shelter) here and you do service. The same way, everyone should serve. You have a cow at home that gives you milk, but think that the cow is also a part of the Divine. There’s nothing in the world in which God doesnot exist. So, every living thing is a temple of God. And you can offer prayers to it through service. The way we offer prayers at a temple by doing aaratis (waving of lamps), we can offer prayers to a living being through service. The kind of faith that was there in the child, if you can serve with the same faith, you’ll definitely see God. Do I need to say more?“ “To explain this Bhakti(devotion), I’ll tell you another story. The Bhaagvat has short stories, with all of Vedanta in it.Because you can’t read Vedanta….who’ll read the Upanishads? The great intellectuals read it. But when you read the Bhaagvat, you find all of Vedanta in its short stories. So here’s another story. It’s about bhakti.” “Once upon a time, it’s said that Bhagvaan Krishna went to visit his friend Udhava. He didn’t find Udhava at home, just his wife. Seeing Bhagvaan before her, she didn’t know what to do. The Lord had come home and she didn’t know what to feed Him and what to do. She washed His feet and made Him sit. She went in and looked for something to offer Him. There were a few bananas so she brought them for Him. She brought 20 to 25 bananas. She stood in front of Him and got completely lost in Bhagvaan’s form.” “She had so much bhakti that she couldn’t see anything else except the Lord. Gazing at the Lord’s face, she started peeling the bananas and giving them to Him. He was eating with great relish, saying how nice the bananas were. A little later when Udhava returned, he was shocked to see what was happening; his wife was so lost looking at the Lord that she was feeding Him the banana peels instead of the bananas. She had so much bhaktifor Krishna that she couldn’t pay attention to what she was doing. And Krishna Bhagvaan was comfortably eating it like a cow, enjoying it.” “Udhava came running in and asked his wife what she was doing, feeding the Lord banana peels instead of the flesh of the bananas. She apologised profusely and begged for forgiveness. So Udhava sent her away and began to feed the Lord instead. He sat beside the Lord and started feeding bananas to Him. The Lord ate a few bananas and said thatit was enough. He praised the bananas but added that their peels were much tastier. This is bhakti, it’s not part of our mind; it’s beyond it.” “Our mind is too small for it. We can’t grasp God with it; bhakti is beyond the mind. To go beyond it, you just need two things, faith and purity of the mind. The best way to purify the mind is through seva (service); service to every living thing.” “When Arjuna asked Bhagvaan Krishna in the Bhaagvad Gitaa whom he considered his greatest devotee, adding that he would believe anything Krishna said. Krishna replied, sarva-bhuta-hiteratah, which means the one who thinks of the welfare of every living being, ‘I consider him to be my greatest disciple’.” “You must have understood two things from these stories, one that you need to have faith and trust in God. If you have this you can do anything. Don’t think that: oh I live in a small village; it’s not so. Someone who used to make chai( tea) once upon a time is today our Prime Minister. Nothing is impossible if you have faith. Don’t leave this faith, believe in God.” “Secondly, service is important. When you do service you don’t think about yourself, you think about others. With this kind of service, the mind becomes pure and then by doing bhajan, keertan and jap (chanting), one can see God. So think about this and when we leave this place – we will leave here sometime soon and we’ll keep walking ahead – keep in mind that someone whom people called Sri M visited you once. I’m just like you, I’m married, I have two children; I’m not a sanyasi….and he said two things: one, bhakti and faith in God and in each other. If you have faith in each other, you can work together. This is what we call Manav Ekta. If you can work together, India will become strong. If India becomes strong, everyone will benefit from it.” “And second, that you will serve others as much as you can. Just remember these two things and I’ll consider my Yatra (journey) to have succeeded. Today, I’m sowing a small seed in your hearts. You work in the fields; you know that when you sow a seed, it doesn’t become a tree in a day. It takes time. So, don’t forget this. Water it; think about this with bhakti and bhaav. Then, there will come a day when it’ll become a big tree and we’ll take shelter in its shade. The shade will be of brotherhood, oneness and peace. And it’ll have beautiful fruits and flowers.People from all over the world will come to this land to see this India and gain knowledge from it. This is my dream. If we all think alike, then this dream might come true. I know you all can’t walk with me but it made me very happy today that you walked along with us, singing bhajan and kirtan. We walked 18 to 19 km and I didn’t feel it at all. Because we were listening to Ram naam as we walked.” “What does that mean? That Ram naam has so much Shakti (strength) that we can walk for thousands of kilometres. The truth is that I’m more than 60 and I’m walking because of my faith and trust in God; so remember this. You might not walk with us, but please do pray for us that our walk, which is for the benefit of everyone, succeeds. In your minds, whenever you go to a temple, just pray for us.” “I promise that when this walk reaches Kashmir and ends at Srinagar in 2016, we will visit you all again. We will sit together again and chat and, in one year, these little children will be a little older.” “Namaskaar, thank you.”


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  1. Nice to notice that people of Bhuradabra have touched Sri M and elicited a promised visit next year! Blessed folks.

  2. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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