Another intimate satsang at breakfast point - Navadapanth
Garlanding the Gandhiji Statue - Global International School Simhasa
Sri M gets another hand at the charkha - Global International School - Simhasa
Along the flower-strewn stretch at Jawahar Tekri - Indore
Hearty welcome from the Dawoodi Bora brothers - Nurani Nagar
A collage of faiths - Sirpur Talab
Traditional welcome as the padaytra approaches Indore city
garlanding the statue of freedom fighter Chandrasekhar Azad - Chandan nagar
Satsang at Endpoint - Chandannagar
WOH Day 264 - Reception at Galonda Village - Dhar
Sri M's Chai pe Charcha is becoming a common feature of the MP Walk
Walk of Hope reached the city of Indore from Machal, covering about 17 kilometres. The padayatra passed through many small villages, towns and townships today—including Galonda, Kalarya, Sriram Talawali, Navadapanth, Simhasa, Jawahar Tekri and Sirpur Talab. There were many receptions today and, every half an hour or so, the villagers and city folk gathered in small groups and welcomed Walk of Hope into their areas. Along the way, Sri M had a few spontaneous and close interactions with the local people who had joined in. The padayatra stopped at the Global International School of Simhasa for a short break, where Sri M also garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
The welcome parties celebrate the arrival of Walk of Hope into their precincts by raining flowers on the padayatris and laying flowers on the path.
This continues to be the norm these last few days. The many, many receptions from groups - ranging in size from 50 to 100 people each - were no different. The group arrived at the halting place, Chandan Nagar, around noon and here Sri M was welcomed with a traditional headgear and the usual garlands. He addressed the gathering of about 300 people in the square.
Afterwards, the group left for the resting place, a lodge in Indore city after this and rested for the day.
His short address at Chandan Nagar, Indore went thus:
“Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
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 Namaskaars and Dhanyavaad to all of you. And to our Muslim brethren, my Salaam.”
“My mother tongue is Malayalam, I am from Kerala. But I think my Hindi is comprehensible. So, I will speak in Hindi. This Yaatra (Journey) started on 12th January from Kanyakumari. The yaatra started from Kanyakumari because this place is a Sangam (confluence) of three oceans. This is a journey of Maanav Ekta (One Humanity). This Sangam is very necessary. This Sangam is extremely essential for Bhaarat as well as the world.”
“And the second reason is - Swami Vivekanand attempted and did a lot of work for Maanav Ekta - it’s his 150th birth anniversary on 12th January. This is another reason why we started from Kanyakumari. Tamil Nadu to Kerala, Kerala to Karnataka, Karnataka to Maharashtra, we have now come to Madhya Pradesh through Gujarat. We have done more than 3700 Km till now. We have another 4000 Km left. From here to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Pathankot and from here, we will reach Srinagar. And the 3700 Km, we have walked on foot. This is not a Yaatra in vehicles. Every morning, we start walking at 5.30 am and walk at least 18 to 20 Km. There are more than 70 people walking with me from Kanyakumari. And wherever we go, people join us – sometimes 200, sometimes 300 or 500. In Mysore, we had a 1000 people walking with us. After 3 days, they return. Some people remain with us. Walking thus, the Yaatra has reached this point.”
“Whenever we reach any state, we feel that we have got a very good response. We feel we have been received very well. But when we arrived in Madhya Pradesh, we felt that we have had a very warm welcome. Secondly, we have not received one better than this anywhere else. One reason could be that Madhya Pradesh is the heart of Bhaarat. Second could be that the people here already know about Maanav Ekta. We just have to remind people that they should not forget this. The foundation of Oneness has to be kept alive all the time. Maanav (Mankind) is One. Whatever be the name or religion like the movie Amar, Akbar, Anthony. Whether one is Amar, Akbar or Anthony, he is human first. This should be the thought. This is our aim. This is not anything new. This country’s culture which is 4000 years old has said that Mankind is One. All the saints and holy men in Bhaarat have only stated this”.
“Kabir Das, who lived in Varanasi, said: Jaati na poocho saadhu ki, pooch lijiye gyaan
Mol karo talwar ki padi rehen do miyaan. This is our sanskriti (heritage). We know and understand this. What happens is that we forget it, sometimes. And, we know what the outcome is when we forget this. There is an outbreak of violence, it spreads like wildfire, and people forget even to think. We should never let this happen. If we discard this and move ahead, we can make Bhaarat strong. It is extremely essential for us to make India strong as I feel that the message of peace, harmony and goodwill will extend from here. So, the whole world is looking at us.”
“There was a time when people from different directions would come here to gain knowledge. There were big universities like Takshashila and Nalanda. Why do we go to Harvard to attain knowledge? I have a dream that there will be a time, 10 to 20 years from now, when people will come to Bhaarat once again. And our message of peace will spread across the whole world the way it was cited in the Vedas 3000 years ago – Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu. This peace and happiness is for everybody in the world. We have taken up this Yaatra to remind people -lest people forget - to make them understand, this Yaatra is for that.”
“Everybody calls me Sri M. I was born in a Muslim family in Kerala and I was named Mumtaz Ali Khan. I went to Himalayas -when I was 19, I ran away from home - my Guru Maheswarnath Baba ji is from the Nath sampradaya (Nath Tradition). When he initiated me into the Nath sampradaya, he named me Madhukarnath. Now, that was M and this is also M. And more than anything, Maanav or Manushya (humanity or mankind) that also starts with the letter M. When somebody calls me M, I feel very happy. Because I am a human being. I can say this. There is no religion or caste in this. Just a human being. Then somebody added a Sri to this. I am not calling myself Sri. Just M. So, this M has appeared before you with the message that we should live united.”
“I am hoping that this happiness and joy I see in you will never wane. I am walking with this belief. We will live united and the world has a lot to learn from Bhaarat. This will happen only if we live together in harmony. Then, nobody can shake us. Please think about this. I will leave in a day or two. I am sowing the seeds and leaving. This should stay in your minds. In 20 or 24 years, this will be a very big tree and Bhaarat vaasi (Indians) will all sit united under this tree and enjoy a cup of tea or sherbet.”
“I would not like to say anything more. Walking in the hot sun since morning, we need to stretch our legs. This is what I feel. I am 66 years old. If I rest for half an hour, I will be fine. I thank you again and with my Namaskaar and Salaam, I will close this.”