Day 271 | 9 October 2015 | From Ujjain to Lunyakhedi | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Reception at Maksi Guest House - Ujjain
  • WOH Day 271-along the Jain Mandir Road
  • Reception at the Jama Masjid Chowk - Maksi
  • Inside the Jama Masjid Maksi
  • Martial display to the tune of rumbling drums - Maksi
  • 6.The-electricity-meter-on-the-wall-rolls-back-the-years!!,-Maksi,-Ujjjain,-MP
  • In the premises of the ancient Parshavnath Jain Mandir - Maksi
  • Sri M inside the Parshavnath Jain Mandir - Maksi
  • 9.All-dressed-up-to-go-out!,-a-Maksi-household,-Ujjain,-MP
  • Sri M just about to enter the Sri Markandeswar Shrine, Maksi
  • In the serene setting of the Kabir Ashram - Lunakhedi
  • 12.Satsang-in-a-truly--rural-setting,-Lunakhedi,-Ujjain,-MP
Starting a little away from the village of Maksi on the outskirts of Ujjain, the walkers passed through town and resumed walking on the highway. They covered a distance of 19 Km, walking from Ujjain to Lunyakhedi.

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Along the way, they stopped at Jama Masjid Chowk where there was a large reception. The people led the walkers to Jama Masjid and Sri M and the padayaatris prayed here. They kept walking through the narrow streets of the old and small town and soon reached the ancient Parshvanath Jain Mandir. The temple is being re-constructed and houses 36 beautiful statues of deities, each in its own separate sanctum apart from the main deity in the main temple. The walkers reached Padmashri Prahlad Tipanya ji’s Kabir Ashram in Lunyakhedi soon after. The simple setting of the ashram houses a school for children who would not have seen a school otherwise. Unable to afford a formal education, Padmashri Prahlad Tipanya’s school takes care of these children in an environment which is warm and caring. The ashram also has the residence of Padmashri Prahlad Tipaniya. The padyaatris were accorded a very warm welcom at his house. Following lunch and some rest, they gathered at 4.30 pm in the courtyard for a night long session of Bhajans. Padmashri Prahlad Tipanya’s team started off the evening and this was followed by Sri M’s Satsang. After the Satsang, many groups of folk singers from surrounding villages, each presented their own and unique style of singing bhajans with a local flavour. The Kabir bhajans went on till 4.00 am in the morning. This is the last day of activity before a 5 day break from 10thto the 14th of October 2015, after which the walk will resume on 15th. Sri M’s addressed a group of about 400 people: “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. Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu May the entire universe be happy” “First of all my namaskaars to all of you. My special thanks to Prahlad Tipanya ji for bringing all of us together. My namaskaars to the spiritual teachers who are here. Specially, our Sudhir Bhai. I went to his Seva Dham Ashram yesterday, and what excellent work they are doing! My namaskaars to all of you.” “My Hindi is not very good, I am from the South and I will try my best to speak without making too many errors. In Kerala, we speak Malayalam.” “I do not want to speak about the padyaatra (Journey on foot). We have reached Madhya Pradesh now. Madhya Pradesh is the centre, it is the heart. I want to tell you what is being done here is not worldly, it is something else. It is spiritual work. Our yaatra is also spiritual. I want to share my spiritual experience. You said I should get a Nobel Prize. I have no wish for a Nobel Prize. I want people to live together in peace, that is all. Maanav Ekta (Unity of humanity) is our only message.” “It is because of this message that we have gathered here in Prahlad Tipanya ji’s house and are having this Satsang. I will not speak anymore about this padyaatra. I will now speak on my first yaatra. My first yaatra was a spiritual yaatra. I will speak a few words on that. First of all, I would like to tell you why people call me Sri M. I do not call myself Sri M, I call myself only M. Others call me Sri M.” “Like Kabir Saheb lived in a Muslim family, just so I, this body here, was born in Thiruvananthapuram. Varanasi is the land of Bholenath and Thiruvananthapuram is the land of Narayana - so I was born there in a Muslim family. Later, when I reached my Guru Maheshwarnath Babaji’s feet and with his blessings, he gave me the name Madhukarnath when he initiated me into the Nath Tradition. My parents gave me the name of Mumtaz Ali. Now, the first letter of Madhukarnath is ‘M’, the first letter of Mumtaz is also ‘M’. But the most important thing is that the first letter of Maanav (human being) is also ‘M’. I consider myself a Maanav - a human being more than anything else. That is why I consider myself M. With respect, people do not call me M, they call me Sri M. I liked that more than Mister M so I retainedthe name Sri M.” “I will now speak about the story of my life. Many of you may not have not read my autobiography. If you have some time, please read it. I was the only son in my family, and I have two sisters. My parents had many expectations from me – we had a family business and they wanted me to take care of the business. I don’t understand this sometimes: people have money and they want more and more money. I was just like any other boy when I was young. Yes, there was one difference. I loved to be in solitude, I loved looking up at the sky. I would look up at the sky and my family members would ask me what I was looking at. I used to say - nothing, I am looking at the sky. When I used to look at the clouds, I felt that they were snow-covered mountains.” “Now there were no mountains where I stayed, so where did that come from? Perhaps, it was an impression from my last birth. I always used to like solitude. Now see how I have to walk with so many people, I have to sit with so many people. I do not like all of this. But this is Babaji’s aadesh (command), I will tell you that later. Babaji has put this work on a nalaayak (Incapable person), but he has given this work so I will do it even if I die.” “When I was young, we used to play in the garden behind my house. We had a small open garden where children used to play. As the night fell, they all went away and I was left alone. I was alone. I was looking at the sky. I was sitting quietly and looking at the sky as usual. At the other end of the garden - as far as that window is - there used to be a Jackfruit tree. Suddenly, I felt that someone was standing there under the Jackfruit tree. Now, the boundary wall is very low so I thought that he had jumped the wall and come in. But the thing was I had never seen anyone like that before. He was very tall and fair, he had matted hair, a mala of rudraksha (literally means the eye of Rudra, a form of Shiva and is a seed from a tree) beads and a kamandalu (a traditional water pot) in his hands, he was shirtless and he was standing there. I thought that he was a beggar who had come for alms. I had never seen or imagined such a person before.” “He beckoned to me and called me towards him. Now, if you see someone like that, what will you do - you will run away, right? I was afraid, I wondered how should I go to him. But, I went to him. I walked slowly towards him. He looked at me, placed his hand on my head and asked me - but first I would like to tell you that those eyes had such love, love that I will not find anywhere else. He asked me, did you remember anything?” “You must be wondering how I could understand Hindi in Kerala. It is like this --400 years ago, our family moved South in the service of the Maharaja and until the time of my parents, we spoke Urdu. In Kerala, Hindi is compulsory in schools. So I was able to understand him. I said to him - No I do not remember anything. He then said - when the time comes you will remember everything. After this, he said ‘go back, go home’. So, I started walking back home. Halfway through I felt that I should look back so see him, to see where he was going, but I could not look back. I felt as if someone was pushing my legs forward. When I reached the house, my mother was standing in the kitchen, I wanted to tell her what had happened but it was strange that I could not say a word about this. I could talk about everything else but not this. I did not share this experience with anyone till I was 25 years old.” “After this experience, meditation started on its own. For two days, I sat up and meditated. My family started asking me what I was doing so I meditated while lying down. I started to feel a light in my navel that spread to my body and I felt great joy. This became my meditation. No one had taught me anything. This went on till the time I was 19 years of age. During this time, I got the opportunity to learn many things. Wherever there were saints and sages, either I went there or they came to me and I got their teachings and their blessings. There were Bhaktas, Sufis and Vedantins. There were many such people who blessed me and I think that it is because of their blessings that I am where I am today.” “After I gave my college exams, I felt as if I was in a cage. There is that old Mohammed. Rafi song -Pinjere Ke Panchi Re…, I felt like that. The cage was made of gold, it is true. But a cage is a cage, be it of gold or of brass. That is why whenever I go to a house that has caged birds, I release them when no one is looking. I can understand what it is like to be caged. So, one day, I ran away just like that. The children who are here - don’t run away because parents experience a lot of pain. I ran away from home. I wandered here and there. I did have money with me, money was not a problem when I was growing up. Wandering here and there, I reached Haridwar.” “By the time I reached Haridwar, I had twelve and a half rupees. I felt that if I keep this money then what of my faith in God. I felt that if I had faith then what use was this money. So, I gave that money away to the sadhus who were there. I then took a bath in the cool water of the Ganges and put on the clothes of a sadhu. A train used to go to Rishikesh, so I went to Rishikesh. I stayed here and there, I spent some time in Vashisth Guha, and finally reached Badrinath. In Badrinath, I don’t know if you know or not, the priests are from Kerala. The Rawaljis are from Kerala. Adi Shankaracharya made the system in such a way. The Rawaljis are Namboodiri Brahmins from Kerala. I did not know what to do. So, I went to Rawalji and spoke to him in our language.” “He said to me, what you are doing is fine for now, you are a young man, why have you come here? Spend a few days here and then go back. When I heard this, I felt a lot of pain that even he was saying such a thing. I had heard that there is a place called Mana, it is the last village in India. There is a border after that and then Tibet. I thought that there must be some yogi, some Buddhists there. So, I went there. I knew that I was looking for something but I did not know what I was looking for. I was looking for a Guru but I did not know who, why or how.” “I went there and found some caves there but there was nobody in the caves. Someone had put a door on a cave, locked it and went away. What Rawalji had said to me - all this is of no use, go back - this was repeating in my head. So, I returned from there. By then, it was dark. From the top, I saw the river Alaknanda, what a roar it makes - if any of you have gone there, you know what it is like. This thought flashed through my mind - I will not attain moksha (liberation) in this life; it maybe that when I come next time in a new body, maybe something may happen. I thought that I should give the body to Alaknanda. It was a very strong thought. I was standing there for a few moments. I thought it will end in 2 minutes. I then felt that I should come back to the river after meditating for a few minutes.” “I had seen Vyas Guha on my way up, I decided to go there. When I went there, I could see a light inside the cave. I went into the cave, Babaji stood up. When I saw him, it flashed that this is the same Babaji who I met under the Jackfruit tree, all those years ago. The first thing he said to me was, ‘wandering here and there you have come back’. I told him that I had now found him, I would never leave him again. He said -we will see. He always said that. He taught me that I should always greet a person with Alak Niranajan when I met somebody and then Aadesh. This aadesh has always remained in my life. I live by this aadesh. If it is His aadesh, I will adhere to it. If it is Babaji’s aadesh, I will always do it. This aadesh is the essence of the Nath Tradition.” “I wandered here and there for three and a half years. I know such places that the tourists do not know. Yes, the Garhwali people know them but the tourists do not know such places. They go to Kedar and Badri and come back. There are many caves, many places there. I wandered here and there with Babaji. He was a parivraajaka (wanderer), he never stayed at one place for more than three days. He did not have a banner or an organisation, he did not even have slippers. I walked behind him like a dog walks behind his master - these days it is not so, the dog is in front and the master runs behind the dog.” “Whatever I have attained - if it has happened; whatever purification that has happened - if it has happened; whatever spiritual experience I have had has been because of Babaji’s grace. All knowledge that I have – whatever I know of Upanishads and the Gita — is because of Babaji and the time spent with him. In those three and a half years, he did some kind of operation and put all the knowledge in my head. When I understood what a beautiful life that was - wandering here and there in the mountains, clear water and air, food in the ashram whenever one wanted, forests and open lands - what more could one want. It was then, when I was living in bliss, that Babaji told me to go back.” “I asked him: why, why are you sending me back to the world? He then reminded me of the time when he had asked me what I felt I was to him. I had told him that I was his dog. He had said to me, do not wag your tail too much.” “So, I agreed. What Babaji says, that will be done. He told me to put my Kundalams (earrings) in the Ganga, to cut my hair - by then I had matted hair - to go to Delhi and to get some clothes. He said that if you go like this, your mother will have a heart attack and will live no more. I went back home and there was some crying and drama. I had been away for three and a half years. They thought that I had died. As per Babaji’s aadesh, I lived at home. I used to visit him for one or two months every year. When he had something new to teach me, he taught me. So, I lived like that. Till 36 years of age, I was away from marriage. He did tell me to marry. I felt that if I marry then, I will be stuck in the world. But, it was Babajis’ aadesh so that also happened.” “He told me that I will give you a signal and only after that, you will have to start teaching. After that signal, Satsangs will start. I used to go to listen to other’s Satsangs. I had to keep quiet if anyone said something that was not right. I spent a lot of time like that. I think I spent 40 years like that, keeping quiet.” “On the inside, there was always a lot of joy. I kept hearing the Word, I kept hearing Sitar music. I kept quiet thinking that I was not yet ready. I was married, I had children and I was working at that time. One day I went to Mohan Kumar’s shop who is a jeweller - is he here or not - when I went there, he told me that one of your old friends had come and he said you have been to the Himalayas. He asked me if I will talk about my journey. At that time, I did not have any signal from Babaji so I did not know what to do. That night I had a beautiful dream. In it, Babaji was wearing the uniform of a railway guard and in his hand he had that railway signalling light. I laughed at that because he wore the cap on top of his jata (matted hair) and he had no slippers but the rest of the uniform was okay. On the train was written ‘Satsang’ on a banner. He was blowing the whistle and was waving the green light. In Nath Tradition, we keep a whistle around the neck.” “So, I felt that it was a signal. I went to Mohan Kumar ji and said I would speak. He said that we have a Satsang on Saturday, please come. I thought that there would be five or ten people. When I went there I found out that there were a hundred people. I had never spoken in public before and I did not know what to say. So, I started with Om Sri Gurubhyo Namaha. I remembered Babaji and I related my journey and my time in the Himalayas. When it finished, they asked me if I will do it again next week. I told them that that it was not possible and we could do it a week after that. After that, such a big circus started and I got stuck in it. This is Babaji’s aadesh, it is going on.” “Whatever I say is from my own experience and from what Babaji has said to me, I have nothing else. He taught me one or two things. He told me how to do sadhana. The second thing he told me that you can do how much sadhana you want but if you do not have love in your heart then you have gained nothing. He said Atmano Mokshartham jagat hitaya cha. - the welfare of the world and the liberation of the spirit go hand in hand. He told me that if you meditate for 30 years, for 12 hours a day, and if you do not hear the cry of a child in the neighbourhood, then all that meditation is a waste. His words had seeped into me in such a way that I have modelled my life on this.” “He said: outwardly nobody should know who you are. He said that nobody should know you are a sadhu. When I go out - I go out of the country once a year - I go to the USA, to England, then I wear clothes that people normally wear. I wear suits and go. If I wear normal clothes, only then it is possible to sit with people and talk to them. If I wear something else and become a jatadhari (One with matted hair) then they will not even come near me. They will place me on an altar. With this way of living, I can sit with people and have a cup of tea with them. This is my life.” “I am seeing one thing that the teachings and sayings of Kabir Sahib match. They are very close to what we are saying. So, I have a lot of love for Prahlad ji because when that message comes through love, devotion and music, then one automatically hears the Anahata (Unstruck). It is true. In Kabir Sahib’s songs, there is reference to many things - Meru Danda, Nabhi - so on and so forth. These things are not figurative. It is something very real. When one goes deep into meditation and when all words from the outside cease, then one hears the anahata from the inside. From my experience, let me tell you, it is like hearing the heart beat initially. Then it finishes, than it becomes like the pitter-patter on the roof during rain. When that starts than the so-ham has started. When that starts, there is no need to do so-hum or hum-sa, the mind will directly go up.” “The meru danda is the central channel along the spine. I tell those who are walking with me that you are walking from here (meaning mooladhara– the root chakra) to here (meaning sahasraara – the crown chakra). Along the way, we pass through Varanasi. Varanasi is where Varuna and Asi meet. It is here (pointing towards his forehead). When I hear Kabir Sahib’s doha, I feel that he is saying the same thing.” ‘Jaati na poocho saadhu ki, pooch lijiye gyaan, Mol karo talwar ki padi rehen do miyaan’ and ‘Jo ghat prem na sanchare, So ghat jaanu masaan’.Some people say to me that we will attain moksha by doing pranayama. The bellows of the blacksmith also breathe in and out, it is of no use if there is no love. What Kabir Sahib has said is through his experience. Two things are needed for that. One is sadhana and the other is the service of human beings. If these two things are there and the grace of the guru is there - there are some things that happens only because of Guru Kripa (Guru’s Grace), people do not even turn towards these things if there is no grace – then, sooner or later, one will understand who one is. One will understand if one is this (pointing towards his body) or one is something else. How many times this has come and gone - Paani kera bud buda, as maanas ki jaat dekhat hi chhup jaayega, jyon tara parbhat - The water keeps on flowing, we are no more than bubbles in it, some are colourful, some are big and some small but all will go. The flowing river is paramatma (The Supreme being) and its music one can hear inside.” “With this, I conclude now because we will listen to the outer music now.” “Salaam, Namaskar, Thank you.”

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