A mobile orchestra announces the Walk of Hope's arrival in Sehore
Sri M at the Mankameshwar Mandir - Sehore
Greetings from the Sikh bretheren of Sehore
One of the many receptions along the road at Englishpura - Sehore
Reception near Englishpura Masjid - Sehore
Satsang at Englishpura - Sehore
Sri M waiting for the Satsang proceedings to begin -Englishpura
The short 12 kilometre walk from Napalakhedi to Sehore took Walk of Hope a few minutes more than 5 hours. The padyaatra moved at a slow pace because of receptions—as is the norm now. People from various communities joined the walk, especially from the Muslim and the Sikh communities of Sehore.
Children from various schools also participated today. Some walked with them, while some were part of receptions. The Satsang was at a school and it was attended by about 500 children.
On reaching Sehore, people—especially from the Sikh and Muslim communities—welcomed Sri M with garlands and flowers, and walked with him and the Yaatris for some time.
Finishing the walk half an hour after noon, the walkers went to their resting place and retired for the day.
“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.
Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu - May the entire universe be happy
Om Shaanti, Shaanti, Shaanti”
“My namaskaars to all of you. If there are any Muslim brothers here, my salaam to you. If there are any Sikh brothers, Wahe Guru to you. Before I start, I want to say that I am from South India and if there is a problem in my Hindi, please forgive me. Till now, it has been okay. if I have a difficulty, I will use Sanskrit. And,even then, if it does not work out, I will use English.”
“In English, there is a saying, ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’. It means direct information is better. I am not walking alone. 60 to 70 people from many different states are walking with me. You can see some people from outside India are also walking with me. When we go to a place, others come and join me. If you see at a given time, 100, 200, 500 people walk with us. 60 to 70 people are walking with me from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, they are here with us continuously. They are from all parts of India - from North, South, East and West.”
“This yaatra started on January 12, 2015 from Kanyakumari. Why did we start from Kanyakumari? First I will tell you that. Kanyakumari is the confluence of three seas - the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. It is the ‘Zero’ point of India, there is nothing but the ocean after that. We started from Kanyakumari, its first letter is ‘K’ and Kashmir’s fist letter is also ‘K’ - so it is a K to K padyaatra.”
“The second thing is that 12thJanuary is also the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, you may also know that. More than a hundred years ago, the kind of spiritual work he did, that amount of work a hundred men cannot do in a hundred years. He did that much work in a few years; he took Samadhi when he was 39 years old. In Kanyakumari, he meditated on a rock that is called the Swami Vivekananda Rock. Now there is a memorial there. There used to be nothing there earlier, it was just a rock. After he travelled far and wide in India, he came to Kanyakumari, swam across to the rock, sat there and meditated for two hours. There, he found out his life mission. He got clarity about his life mission there. That is why we also felt that if we start from such a place, our yaatra will also succeed and meet its goal.”
“You may also know that Kanyakumari is in Tamil Nadu. From there, we went to Kerala. A thousand years ago, someone also wandered all over India. He was from Kerala too. I am not like him at all. Does anyone know who he was? He was Shankaracharya. He went to Kedar, Badri, he travelled East, West, North and South, and he travelled all over India. I think that if he had not done that yaatra, we would have been a Buddhist nation. It was the most powerful religion at that time. I don’t know if that was good or bad, but it was as it was. He established four mathas (Centres) - Sringeri, Badri, Dwaraka and Puri. Because of this move, Hindu Sanskriti (culture) still stands today.”
“From there, we came to Karnataka. From there, we came to Maharashtra, to Gujarat and finally to Madhya Pradesh. We entered Madhya Pradesh through Jhabua. We walk an average of 18 to 20 kilometres. From our rough estimate, we have walked 4000 kilometres. Even we are taken aback and in awe when we look back on the journey and the distance covered. Sometimes, we fall sick. Sometimes, we are tired.Sometimes in the rain or in the sun, we keep walking.”
“We have reached Madhya Bhaarat (Centre of India). Still another 3500 Km are left. We will reach Rewa and then enter Uttar Pradesh. We will visit Varanasi, Mathura, Vrindavan, Agra and go to Delhi from there. In Varanasi, the padyaatra will stay for 6 days. Benares Hindu University will celebrate its 100th year, there is the centenary celebration. We have tied up with them. People are also coming from UNESCO. So, all three together will do something there. There is a five day program there. We will clean The Ganga also. In Delhi, there is a 12 day program. In Varanasi, I think the Prime Minister will also come. We will start the Ganga cleaning program. It will happen, it will take time, but it will happen. It will take about 10 years. From there, we will go to Haryana, from there to Punjab, to Pathankot and from there, to Jammu. We will reach Srinagar in April 2016.”
“Now, I will tell you why. Because we are all human beings, we are all one. If we stay together as one, then India will stay together as one. If we stay together, then no one can do anything. This message has to go from India. This message that we are One Humanity has to go from India.”
“Second, we are Bhaarat Vaasis. We eat the food that this land produces. We drink the water of its rivers and finally, we go into this land. How can we be different? We, as human beings and as citizens of this country, are all One. This is nothing new to India. Three thousand years ago, it was said in the Rig Veda: ‘Ekam Sat, viprah bahudaa vadanti’ - The Truth is One but the wise call it by different names. I know that you all know this.”
“My work, our work, in this padyaatra is to go from village to village, from city to city and meet people and say these things to them. Especially, we meet young people. You children are the future of India. If we can plant these seeds in your hearts, India will become very strong. We should keep the old Sanskriti that we have inherited.”
“We have set out to tell people not to forget this. People know these things but when they forget, violence breaks out. When there is violence, there is a lot of pain. Just as there are mothers, daughters, sons, fathers in our family, similarly there are mothers, daughters, sons and fathers in the other’s family. The pain that is felt in one’s home is also felt in another’s home. Violence only brings pain and nothing else.”
“We are doing this as a prevention. Prevention is always better than cure. We want to plant these seeds in your heart. When seeds are planted, it takes time for the seeds to become trees. I have a dream that, in ten to twenty years, these seeds that we are sowing will become a huge tree. Under this tree will rest thousands and thousands of people. This tree will be so strong that no one from outside will be able to do anything to shake us.”
“A day will come when - this is my dream - people from all over the world will come to India to attain knowledge. I cannot do this alone, we have to do it together. There will come a time when such centres of learning will emerge that no one will need to go to Harvard. We have to bring India back to such glory. It is in your hands. I have come here just for that. I have come here with these hopes. This is why it is called Walk of Hope.”
“Before I end this, I want to tell you something else. If you have notice, they call me Sri M. I was born in a Muslim family - you cannot believe it? It is so. When I was 9 years old, my Guru, Maheshwarnath Babaji placed his hand on my hand and I read the Vedas and the Upanishads. Don’t ask how it happened, it happened.”
“When I was 19 years of age, I ran away to the Himalayas. I felt as if I was a bird in a cage. A cage is a cage, be it of gold or iron. Please do not call me to any house where caged birds are kept, I will release them. I know what it is to be caged! Yes, you feed them food and teach them how to talk but inside the cage. And also, please do not run away, I am not telling you to do that.”
“I wandered here and there in the Himalayas with my Guru for three and half years. Even now, I know such places in the Himalayas that are not in the tourists’s circuits. They are very beautiful places but they are hidden. Babaji said go back and work, so I had to come back and work, and I got stuck in this circus. Babaji told me not to take Sanyaas (renunciation). I was very happy there. Babaji sent me back. I am married. He told me to work. So, I am working towards bringing people of Bhaarat together.”
“Oh ! How did my name M came about? When I was born my parents named me Mumtaz Ali, the first letter of that is M. When my guru initiated me into Nath Tradition, he gave me the name Madhukarnath. The first letter of that is also M. And, the most important thing, is that I consider myself a Maanav, a human being. The first letter of that is also M. To give some respect, people started calling me Sri M. I like that more than Mister M. I sit in front of you. I have completed what I had to say.”
“Will you repeat Bharaat Maata Ki Jai with me? Okay, let’s do it three times.”
(Sri M and then the students repeat it three times with great zest.)
“Namaskaar, Salaam, Wahe Guru.”