Day 267 | 5 October 2015 | From Indore to Dewas | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • The possessions of a modern Indian family - Dewas
  • Crossing the bridge over River Kshipra- Dewas
  • Inside the Kallika Mata Mandir on the Kshipriver - Dewas
  • Reception at the Panchayat Office - Sukalya Kshipra Dewas
  • Sri M meeting students of the Prestige Public School AB Road
  • Reception outside Chamunda Complex - Dewas
  • Garlanding the Vivekanand statue inside the Sayyaji Dwar - Dewas
  • 8.Niches-for-lamps-&-a-wicket-gate!-legacies-of-a-bygone-era!,-Dewas,-MP
  • 9.Windows-with-exquisite-woodwork,-Dewas
  • Along MG Road - Dewas
  • Along JP Marg Dewas
  • A yellow floral carpet for Sri M
  • Reception at Kothi Marg Dewas
  • 14.The-walk-is-engaging-the-attention-of-everyone!!,-Dewas,-MP
  • Traditional welcome at the Sri Narayankuti Ashram Dewas
  • Sri M offering flowers at the Padukas of Sri Vishnuthirthji Maharaj Sri Narayankuti Ashram
  • Sri M in worship at the Shiv Mandir - Sri Narayankuti Ashram
  • Satsang at the Sri Narayankuti Ashram- Dewas
Walk of Hope covered 16 kilometres from Indore to Dewas, moving through the village of Kshipra and the highway #58 through the day. Sri M continued to be greeted by people from many different communities; everyday more than a dozen or so groups welcome him and the padyaatris and join in. This has become the norm in Madhya Pradesh. Awareness of the Walk has been quite incomparable and the best they have seen in any state so far. Today was no different - they were greeted at least a dozen and more times.

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The Yaatra reached Dewas quite early and walked along the city. They were first greeted by officers of the Panchayat Office. They later visited the Kali Mandir. About 200 students of Prestige Public School greeted them and walked with them for a while. After many more receptions, they reached the Sri Narayan Kuti Ashram of Dewas. Sri Narayan Kuti Sanyas Ashram was founded by Sri Vishnu Tirthji Maharaj in 1951. The Ashram follows the Shaktipat tradition and is situated at the foothills of Chamunda and Tulja Bhavani Hills. Here, a welcome party of 100 or so was awaiting them. The padyaatris used the opportunity to visit the hilltop Devi Temple, situated right next to the ashram. In the evening,they gathered in the ashram premises for the Satsang. There were about 400 people present. “Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāramvyāptamyenacarācaram Tatpadam darśitam yena tasmai śr īgurave namah (Which) pervades the entire unbroken form of the circle (of creation), moving and unmoving. To that beautiful and benevolent Guru through whom that state was revealed (to me), salutations. Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwara Gurur Sakshat Parabrahma Tasmai Shree Guruvey Namaha The Guru is Brahma (The creator), Lord Vishnu(The preserver, and Lord Shiva (the destroyer) To that very Guru I bow, for He is the Supreme Being, right before my eyes. Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu May the entire universe be happy” “First of all my namaskaars to all of you. I prostrate at the feet of Vishnu Tirtha. I thank all of you for coming here to listen to me and I welcome you. I am from South India and I am sure there will be a few mistakes here and there in my Hindi and I apologise for the same.” “This is an ashram, so we will not talk about the Yaatra (Journey). That is why we did not show the film. The film shows us starting out from Kanyakumari and all the things that happened from then on. I would like to say this much that we started from Kanyakumari and we will go to Kashmir. We will cover 8000 kilometres and we will reach Srinagar in May or April of 2016. Till Dewas, we have done around 3800 kilometres. We walk whether there is rain, snow or sun. In Kashmir, there will be snow but we will walk.” “This padyaatra that we have embarked on comes from my inner spiritual experience. I am not doing this to stand or fight in elections, let me say that to you right now. This Yaatra is to take my inner spiritual experience to people. In my experience - be it a man or a woman, no matter what the religion or ideology - that person is a human being. In the heart of a human being, resides a spark of the Supreme Being. If that is so, then every human being is a moving temple of God. Seva, service of human beings is the worship of God.That is why the worship of God is the service of human beings. What Swami Vivekananda said is Atmano Mokshartham, Jagat hitayacha (For the salvation of the individual self and the welfare of the world). The one who reaches that state of Atmano Mokshartham (Liberation of the individual self), loves everyone because there is no other, there is no separation. Only when there is separation, questions of this and that arise.” “Many people are walking with us towards this aim. Sometimes there are 100, sometimes there are 500. People join us and leave us after some time. But, there is a core group that is walking with me. There are 70 to 80 people walking with me and they are from all parts of India. A few are from outside India. They speak many languages. Some speak only English.” “What is within us, that which we call Aatman cannot be described in any language. As the Upanishads say ‘Yad vaachaanabhyuditam yena vaagabhyudyate’. It is That which words cannot describe. Our aim is that as we walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, there should also be an inner journey. Yes, the outer journey is there. People ask me how I am able to walk. They say that your hair has become white, how are you able to do such a thing. I tell them that this is because of Yoga Shakti.” “They ask me - In this age of airplanes, why are you walking. From ages past, when saints and sages had to share a message with people, they walked from place to place. In Vedas, it is said Sam gachhadhwam Sam vadadhwam Sam Vo Manasi Janatam. It means, let us walk together, let us study together, with our minds put together,may we attain knowledge.” “The inner journey is that we meet many people, we face many situations. Sometimes, there is praise, sometimes there is blame, sometimes it is hot, sometimes it is cold. To keep the mind calm in all situations - such a one can be called a yogi. It is not that with praise someone becomes happy and with blame there is depression. One cannot be a yogi like that. A yogi is stitha-pragnya (equipoised). Sometimes, one has to stop and see where one is. Those who blame are sometimes better than those who praise. With blame, one sometimes finds what is not right in oneself and there is the possibility of improvement. With praise, this is not possible. If someone says that you are God for a hundred days, you might start believing that you are God on the hundred and first day - this is the problem of praise.” “The Aatman that is inside us is not affected by outer situations. The one who has reached That does not seek happiness outside. It is not that he seeks pain; pain comes and goes. Happiness also comes and goes. They are one and the same. That which is inside is Anantam Aanandam - Joy that does not end. Yes, to go towards That one has to do a yaatra. Just as we are going from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, we have to travel in this body from Kanyakumari to Srinagar. Srinagar, because when one reaches that place, then one starts experiencing Joy.” “On our way to Srinagar,we have to cross Varanasi. We will go to Varanasi. There is also a Varanasi here (pointing to the center of his forehead). The coming together of Ida and Pingala is called Varanasi. Where is the heart? The heart is in the centre. This Madhya Pradesh is the centre, we are walking through it right now.” “The Joy of that Aatman is such that once it is experienced, there is no outer experience that can give comparable joy. That is why saints and sages sit quietly. Why is this called Jagat? Because it is that which moves. Why does it move? Because we seek happiness. Everyone seeks happiness. There is no one who does not seek happiness. Even the one who commits suicide is seeking happiness, he or she thinks that if I end this bodily existence, then there will be no further pain. That is a movement away from pain, it is a search for happiness. Every person, every living being seeks happiness.” “You will not find it outside, this much I can tell you. You cannot find it through senses. Yes, sometimes you will get it. If you like ice-cream, you will be happy momentarily from eating it but soon you will have a throat-ache and there goes that happiness. That which we are seeking is happiness. The Yogi finds it and, after finding it, he need not journey anymore.” “Prahlad ji is here so I will not speak a lot on Kabir Das. He knows much more than me about Kabir Das. I will, however, share his doha on the Kasturi mriga, the musk deer. I have seen many musk deer in the himalayas. These days, their numbers have come down because they kill the deer for their musk. If I see a perfume that has musk in it, I don’t use that. They can extract it without killing them too, but man’s greed is such that he cannot be patient.” “So, the musk deer has a pouch near it’s tail which produces musk, and in a particular season the fragrance emanates from the deer. The poor creature goes about searching for the source of the fragrance everywhere not knowing that the source is itself. It searches in thorny bushes, it’s nose bleeds and yet it does not stop looking. It does not understand where the fragrance comes from. Kabir Das ji says that this is the condition of human beings. He says that there is a pouch of Kasturi in the heart of human beings and this happiness we feel that comes from the outside, actually comes from the inside. When one experiences happiness through the senses, a little bit of the happiness is released from that central reservoir. If one is able to reach that inner reservoir, then imagine what one’s life would be. Such a one does not need anything from anyone.” “What will one take from someone when one reaches That? Yes, when one is hungry, he may take some food.When one reaches That, one has only to give. He is ready to give to everyone. But, one must be ready to receive. Who is ready to receive? When you take small bits of iron next to a magnet, they too become magnetised. But if there is rust on the iron bits, they won’t be attracted. To remove rust is sadhana. Rest happens from the inside.” “When I was 9 years old, when Maheshwarnath Babaji placed his hands on my head. Then my world turned upside down, my mind changed. As it is said in the Gita, in the fifteenth chapter, Urdhvamoolamadhah Shaakham - the tree with roots that are up in the air and the branches are down below. Downwards, upside down. The human body is like that, its branches are down and its roots are up. If anything happens here (pointing towards his head), then it’s effects are felt everywhere. I then had to do sadhana. I have done lots of sadhana and I have suffered. I have suffered so much that, at one point of time, I felt that I should commit suicide; maybe next time, I will get a better body. With Guru’s grace, after doing sadhana for many years, something happened. What happened was that I had a darshan (glimpse) of that all pervading Supreme Being that resides within everyone’s heart.” “How is one to do darshan of one’s own self? It is like the eye seeing itself, how can that be done? When one sees, then one knows that one has the power of sight. Just so, the darshan of That is a different thing all together. There is nowhere It is not. Upanishads say that Isha Vasyam Idam Sarvam, there is not one place where It is not. Then, what is one to do? Sit quietly. Sit peacefully. Let the mind be quiet. Let all the running around in the mind settle. Then one will understand what That is. It is in every being. To reach That is not such a difficult thing, people think that one has to run away to a cave or some other place to have a darshan, it is not so. But, yes, one has to fix his or her mind and attention on That.” “The whole day, our minds are on this or that. If you can fix your mind on That for two hours a day - leave two hours, five minutes, ten minutes - then I say to you that it is a guarantee that you will reach That. Guru’s grace is also needed. You will have darshan of That when the desire is so strong that you will not want anything else. When such a time comes, you will have darshan of it.” “Look at the Kathopanishad. Nachiketa goes to Yama’s abode and has to wait for three days. Yama grants him three boons. The last boon Nachiketa asks for is the way to overcome death. He says to Yama Deva - some say there is nothing after death, some say there is something after death, how does one overcome death, what is the way to be amrita. Amrita means in Sanskrit that which does not die; the place, reaching where, one does not die. Yama Deva says that this question you asked is particularly difficult, do not ask this of me. Ask for horses and chariots, elephants, kingdoms, sons and daughters, wives and dancing girls, music and gold. Nachiketa said, I do not want anything else; if this is so difficult, then I want this and nothing else.” “When sadhakas (spiritual aspirants) are like that, then one can reach the other shore. What happens usually? One goes to a guru and says I want moksha. The guru says that it is a difficult thing, it is not possible for you, take a BMW and go. The sadhaka says okay, and off he goes with the BMW. How many people will say that I do not want the BMW, keep it to yourself, I want That? When one is like that, then Guru’s grace will be there.” “This yaatra of ours - the outer journey and the inner journey - we hope to attain. This is our aim. We are sitting in this ashram. There are many disciples of Vishnu Tirthaji here, you must know all of these things. Sometimes, what happens is that we forget this. My aim is to not let people forget what the real thing is. And, also to not let people forget that we, as human beings, are all one.” “It is all right if you cannot walk with me. The second yaatra, the internal yaatra I spoke of, do that yaatra. You can do it here, in Dewas. To talk less and work more is a good thing. I sometimes tell people that my walk is my talk. When you set out on the spiritual yaatra, you will face many situations - there will be sun and snow, there will be rain and wind, sometimes there will be thorns and walking will be difficult - but the one who is ready to walk will reach there. Such a one will understand that the Truth is One, the nature of that is Bliss and one need not seek it anywhere outside.” “Thank you and namaaskar.” “I will request that we sit for five minutes. Chant the Pranava (Om) three times and sit quietly with me for five minutes. The joy one finds in these five minutes, one does not find in the fifteen minutes of Satsang.” “Hari Om Tat Sat.” “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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