Day 263 | 1 October 2015 | From Lebad to Betma | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Reception at Khatabillod
  • About to cross over from Dhar to Indore
  • WOH Day 263 - gearing up for a hectic day - Indore
  • Satsang at breakfast point - Medhvada
  • Sri M tries out a swanky Geep - Khar
  • Reception at Medhvada - Indore
  • Sri M coming out of the dargah of Hazrat Bale Sayyad Rahmatullah Aleh - Medhvada
  • A warm welcome at Betma - Indore
  • Sri M meets school children of Betma - Indore
  • 10.We-had-the-Bharat-Mata-riding-ahead-of-us-in-a-Geep!!,-Betma,-Indore,-MP
  • A tableaux of unity - Betma
  • 12.A-floral-deluge-at-Betma,-Indore,-MP
  • Barriers of religion do not exist here - Betma
  • 14.Padayatris-had-to-work-overtime-helping-Sir-with-the-garlands!!,-Betma,-Indore,-MP
  • Sri M inside the Gurudwara Betma Sahib - Indore
  • Satsang at endpoint-Betma
Walk of Hope covered 18 kilometres from Lebad to Betma today. The now seasoned padyaatris walked through the villages of Katabillod, Medhvada and Khar before reaching Betma. They have crossed over into Indore district and shall be at the gates of Indore tomorrow. There is a lot of awareness of Walk of Hope in Madhya Pradesh. People from many communities, from different sections of the society have been joining them and walking with themeveryday.

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The walkers visited a Devi Temple just outside Medhvada. This was also their breakfast spot for the day. Sri M and the padyaatris visited and offered prayers at the Dargah of Hazrat Bale Sayyad Rahmatullah Aleh in Medhvada. The welcome reception into Betma was extraordinary. From the time they entered the town up till their halting place, people had lined up or had gathered in small groups to welcome Sri M and the padyaatra. As they entered the town, there were at least 400 to 500 school children in neat lines on either side of the road. They welcomed the Yaatris by showering petals, which seems to have become the norm in MP. After this, there were a dozen or more smaller groups who, again showered flowers as they walked by. There were yet more school children lining up the narrow streets. In all, there must have been at least 3000 people who participated today. The vanguard today was very special. There were three troupes of musicians, on drums and pipes. There was a open jeep with young people dressed in clothes of different faiths; they were holding hands to symbolise the unity of all religions. There were people carrying drumfull of petals, carpeting the road in yellow. Without doubt, this has been one of the most spectacular welcome celebrations they have had so far. The padyaatra finally reached the Gurudwara Betma Sahib where everyone congregated. There were about 500 or 550 of us. We went off to our resting place and retired for the day. Sri M addressed the gathering and his address went thus, “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. “My namaskaar to all of you, and since we are in the Gurudwara now, Jo bole so nihaal.. Sat sri akaal’. And, our Muslim brethren are also present here. My asalaam alaikum to them. I do not have much to say. After walking in the hot sun for 18 Kms, words do not come very easily. I thank you all for giving us such a warm welcome. Every place we go, we feel that the reception is very good. And, we also feel that we have not experienced a welcome such as this. I am not saying this to please you. I am telling you the truth.” “Our padyaatra departed from Kanyakumari on 12th January. Kanyakumari is a confluence of three oceans. This is why we thought it would be the best place as Maanav Ekta is very well represented by the confluence of the three oceans, because we are talking about Sangam (Unity). We are talking about uniting people. Secondly, somebody had spoken about Maanav Ekta a hundred years ago. He wandered around the whole of India and returned to Kanyakumari. He swam across to a big rock near the shore, sat and meditated there. After this, he realized what was required to be done for the country. Do you know who this was? Swami Vivekanand. 12th Jan was his 150th birth anniversary.” “So, we thought we could start from this point. Now, we have walked through Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and have entered Madhya Pradesh after crossing Gujarat. Just as the heart is the center of the body, Madhya Pradesh is Bhaarat’s heart. We have done 3700 Kms on foot now. I am not walking alone. I have many people here who have walked with me from Kanyakumari. We travel 18 to 20 Kms every day. We still have 4000 Kms to be covered. Our aim is to reach Srinagar in April 2016. Whether we will reach or not is dependent on God’s Grace. The grace has been flowing till now. I do not see any reason for His Grace not to flow. Hence, we will reach Srinagar. This aim is nothing very new in India’s culture. 3000 years ago, the Vedas said: Ekam sat, vipra bahuda vadanti.” “And it is said In the Gita, the Upanishads and in all spiritual scriptures, that in every human being’s heart resides a spark of the Divine. And, like how worship happens in the temple, in the same way, the indweller in the heart is also worshipped through seva. Serving this indweller is possible through love and compassion. That means that every being is like a walking and moving temple or mosque. And, this is why I greet everyone with Pranaams. I have a wish to serve everybody. I know that all of you know about Maanav Ekta.” “I am saying this in a Gurudwara.All of you know the great things Guru Nanak said and did. From the Rig Veda to all the saints in Bhaarat have said the same thing. It’s just that we forget this sometimes. You know what happens when we forget this. People get angry, it spreads like wild fire. Vision becomes very narrow, violence breaks out and there is sorrow and pain. We have to think about the pain and grief we will experience if a similar incident occurs in our homes. When this happens, the pain that our parents, our brothers and sisters’ experience will be the same pain that the others’ go through.” “And like what Kabir Das said, Jaati na poocho saadhu ki, pooch lijiye gyaan Mol karo talwar ki padi rehen do miyaan. There are Sants, there are Pirs, bow down to them. The kind of change that happens due to their presence will spread peace and harmony. Only if I have peace and happiness in my mind, I can share it with others. How will I give it if I don’t have it within me? First, we should set our houses in order and then we can look at others outside. This is the aim with which we have left on the Yaatra (Journey).I feel very happy when I say this - wherever we go, we go to small villages, we go to big cities, we go to temples, mosques, gurudwaras and all places of worship. It’s very important that we nurture this environment. And if we live in harmony, then Bhaarat becomes strong. It is crucial that Bhaarat becomes strong. If we live united, nobody can unsettle us. So, we are human beings and Bhaarat vaasi and human beings first.” “And, I have a dream that in 10 or 20 years, Bhaarat’s glory will touch such heights that people from all over the world will come here to gain knowledge. And, people from the entire planet will come to listen to this message of love, peace and harmony. This is my dream.” “So, we are walking with this message. From here, we go to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana – from Pathankot, we go to Jammu and then to Srinagar. I have one request of you all. When you pray to God, please pray for us too, that this journey for Maanav Ekta is successful. If you pray for us, we will succeed.”

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

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

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