Day 281 | 19 October 2015 | City Walk in Bhopal | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • 1.Meeting-veteran-leaders-at-start-point,-Bhagwan-Jhoole-Lal-Visarjan-Ghat,-Bairagarh,-Bhopal,-MP
  • Reception at Sant Hirdram Nagar Bairagarh
  • Participation of school children was the high point of the day - Bairagarh
  • Sri M at the Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Saheb - Sant Hirdram Nagar - Bhopal
  • At the Mahavir Jain Mandir -Sant Nagar Bhopal
  • Blessing from the Jain Muni Mahavir Jain Sansthan - Sant Nagar
  • At the samadhi of Sant Hirdram Sahib - Bhopal
  • Sri M in prayer at the church attached to the Christ Memorial Higher Secondary School - Bairaghar
  • Sri M's address at the Christ Memorial School Bairagarh - Bhopal
  • Greetings from the Scientific Community of Bhopal
  • Reception at Lalghati Chouraha
  • Inside the Nandishwar Dweep Jinalaya jain Nagar- Bhopal
  • Satsang at Gufa Mandir - end point of the day
  • Lighting the lamp at the Chief Minister's residence - Bhopal
  • Sri M with Sri Shivraj Singh Chauhan - Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
  • Sri M & the CM are all ears listening to Ms kalapini Komkali in concert - Bhopal
  • Captivating performance - Ms Kalapini Komkali
  • Hearty welcome by the CM of Madhya Pradesh
  • Sri M flanked by Sri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Mrs Sadhana Singh & Ms Yashodhara Raje Scindia - Bhopal
  • The atmosphere was electric as Sri M addressed the gathering at CM's residence-Bhopal
  • Sri M performs dhara on the Shiv Ling - Gufa Mandir Bhopal
Walk of Hope is in Bhopal city today, the second day of the padyaatra (Journey on foot) in the city. Tomorrow, they will leave the capital city. The day saw them walking from Bhagwan Jhoole Ghat to Gufa Mandir, both well known land marks.

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The day was once again marked by considerable participation from school children, with more than 1500 of them participating in the padyaatra at one point or the other. Community leaders were there at the flag off and walked with Sri M for a few hours. They left the congested and central areas of the city yesterday and today, they started walking towards the border. On the way, they stopped and visited Sri Guru Singh Sahib Gurudwara, Digamar Jain Sant Nivas, Mahavir Jain Mandir, Christ Memorial Higher Secondary School and Gufa Mandir. At Christ Memorial Higher Secondary School, Sri M addressed a gathering of about 500 school children, teachers and staff. “Namaskaar”. “I will not speak about much this yaatra (journey) because all of you are seated here in the hot sun. Yes, you will get your vitamin D but that is no reason for you to sit in the sun like this. I will speak briefly and complete the introduction of the yaatra in a few sentences”. “One of you said that a yaatra like this is happening for the first time. That is partially true because there are many people who have done such yaatras before. Yes, it might be that people have not done it continuously from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, but padyaatras similar to this have been done earlier. Adi Shankaracharya travelled in all directions of India - North, South, East and West. He was from Kerala. I think that if he had not done what he did, India would have been Buddhist nation now - I will not speculate on whether the result would have been good or bad - it is as it is. He spread India’s sanskriti (cultural heritage) in all the four directions and established the four dhaams (centres).” “After that, it was Swami Vivekananda’s turn. He was a parivraajaka (spiritual wanderer) until the time he went to America and returned. Before that, nobody knew him and he travelled incognito all over India, just like Shankaracharya. He reached South India towards the end of his journey. As you know, there is a confluence of oceans at the southernmost part of India where the Indian Ocean, The Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea meet. When he reached the place, he saw a rock across the ocean. He swam across and meditated there on the rock for two hours. In his meditation, he realized what his life’s mission was and how he had to move forward towards it. This place is Kanyakumari.” “12th January is the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. So, we started on 12th January from Swami Vivekananda rock in Kanyakumari. Now, having completed 5 states - Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat - we have reached Madhya Pradesh.” “Not only in India, but in other countries too ‘someone’ walked. This is a Catholic Mission school, so how could I forget Him. Many hundreds of years ago in Jerusalem, there was a parivraajaka (Wanderer). I call him a parivraajaka because he has said, ‘Snakes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’ Someone asked Swami Vivekananda what he thought of Jesus Christ and he said that if Jesus Christ were born in India, he would have been regarded as an Avataara (a reincarnation of God). He said that Jesus would be taken as God himself, why only a parivraajaka.” “We were in a church a few moments ago and Father read The Sermon on the Mount for us. From this, I think two things are important. The first one is ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’. It does not say Blessed are the Christians, Muslims, Jews or the Hindus. It says ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God’. Those who try to establish peace are children of God.” “The second one is, ‘Lay treasures in your heart where thieves do not break in and steal.’. What is this treasure? It is love, peace and harmony.” “This is the ancient tradition of India. In Jainism (which is very old), it started along with the Vedas and it starts with ‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharma’, non-violence is the greatest religion. Jesus Christ had said: ‘Bless them that curse you, do good to them, that hate you’. It is true that he said this in Aramaic in Jerusalem. The same thing has been said thousands of years ago in India.” “When Arjuna asks Lord Krishna who is the greatest of devotees, who among the yogis is the greatest and dearest to him, Lord Krishna replies that the one who has the welfare of all living beings in his heart is the greatest devotee, the greatest human being and dearest to him.” “Sometimes we forget this. When people forget this, then the fire of violence burns and you know all that happens. India is a nation that has welcomed people from all over the world with open arms. They became a part of us, a fabric of this nation and they live with us. We have to continue living in this way because we eat the food that this land produces, we drink the water of its rivers and when we die, our ashes will become one with the land.” “It is my attempt through this padyaatra to not let people forget that we are all one. If we live together as one, India will become strong. And, that is very much required right now. Why? Because the world is looking at us. The message of oneness, of peace and of harmony has to go from India. With this, we have set out. We still have to walk 3800 kilometres. We will reach Srinagar in April 2016. Till then, we will keep walking no matter what - be there rain or sun - we will walk. With God’s grace, everything has gone well until now.” “I will end with this one last thought - the response from Madhya Pradesh has been wonderful. People seem to have worked very hard to make this possible. I think the response will get better, it will only get better. Madhya Bharat is the heart of India. If things are like this here, I am sure they will be better as we go along.” “I know you cannot walk with us physically but please keep us in your minds and hearts so that we may succeed. I thank the management of the school, the staff, the teachers and students. I am sorry that you had to sit in the sun for some time.” “Thank you and Namaskaar.” “Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaanti.” Continuing on the walk, there were many receptions on the way. This made the pace somewhat slow, taking them a good 5 hours to cover 10 kilometres. At Gufa Mandir, Sri M addressed locals very briefly and spoke about Walk of Hope, its objectives and its mission. Following this, they returned to their resting place and gathered again at the Chief Minister, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s residence in the evening for a Satsang. The Satsang was attended by leading officers of the Madhya Pradesh Government. Before Sri M’s Satsang, Ms. Kalapini Komkali - daughter and disciple of well-known musician Sri Kumar Gandharva – rendered melodious bhajans that enthralled the audience. The Chief Minister’s short and insightful welcome speech had everyone thinking. Sri M’s Satsang followed this speech. There was a grand evening tea after the Satsang and all the padyaatris experienced the opulence and grandeur of the high office. They went back to the resting place and retired for the day. Sri M’s address at Chief Minister’s Residence: “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 Om Shaanti, Shaanti, Shaanti” “Respected Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Smt. Sadhana Singh Chauhan, Shri Kailash Joshi, ex-chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Arch Bishop Shri Canaleo and Jnani Dilip Singh ji, Gundecha Bandhu, seated in the last rows, my dear padyaatris and all the dignitaries present - my Namaskaars and Salaam to you. Saalam to my Muslim brothers. Wahe Guru to my Sikh brothers. I thank you all for coming here.” “I have a small problem, I am from South India and if I make any mistakes in my Hindi, please do forgive me. I will speak in Hindi only. It is our national language. This yaatra started from Kanyakumari on 12thJanuary. After covering some 4000 kilometres on foot, we have now reached Madhya Pradesh. We will reach Srinagar in April 2016. This is our aim. I will not speak a lot about the yaatra - you have read about it in our literature, and you have just seen our video. I will speak on how this yaatra originated. I do not consider this a lecture. I consider this a Satsang. This is not a lecture. I wanted to say many things but the respected Chief Minister has already spoken about most of them.” “I am not sure if you know or you do not know this, I was born in a Muslim family in Kerala. Four generations ago, we migrated to the South, in the service of the Maharaja of Travancore. My forefathers were personal bodyguards to the Maharaja.” “An incident occurred when I was very young - maybe 8 or 9 years of age - a great yogi from the Nath Tradition placed his hands on my head. Now consider this: a great yogi who lived in the Himalayas came all the way to Thiruvanthapuram and kept his hands on my head. From then on, my life changed.” “I went to school, then I went to college, I did most things that everyone else did. But one thing that changed was that every night I used to get up and meditate. And, this was just because he had placed his hands on my head. He had asked me if I remembered anything when he kept his hand on my head. I had replied saying - No, I do not remember anything. He had his hands on my head for 5 or 10 minutes. I could never forget his eyes, I used to see them in the night or when I was meditating. Meditation used to happen on its own. There was some sort of bliss near the naabhi (navel) and I used to meditate on that.” “When I was 19, to tell you the truth, I ran away from home. I felt that I was a bird trapped in some cage. Yes, the cage was made of gold. I had most things I wanted in the material world. But a cage is a cage, be it gold or iron. I went to the Himalayas, wandered here and there, and finally reached Vyas Guha where I met Maheshwarnath Babaji. I said to him that I will not leave your feet now. I said I will live with you, I will move with you and I will die with you. He laughed and said, ‘dekha jayega’ - we will see. This is my life.” “I stayed with him for three and a half years in the Himalayas. I followed him wherever he went. He had no ashram, banner, organisation, flag - nothing. He did not even have slippers on his feet. He was a bare foot yogi, he was a parivraajaka, he wandered from place to place. He never used to stay at a place for more than a few days. He felt that if one stays in a place for a long time, roots grow into the place and one will not be able to leave. I also used to travel with him.” “Whatever knowledge or devotion I have are because of his blessings alone. Even now, it’s only his grace and blessings. I have not been able to attain anything more than what he gave me. He sent me away saying that Sanyaas (renunciation of the world) is not for you, your path lies somewhere else, you have work to do.” “One day, he told me that if you meditate for 30 years for 10 hours each day in a cave, and when you leave your cave and you are not able to hear the cry of a hungry child in a neighbouring house, then, all your meditation has gone to utter waste. It has been for nothing! This had settled deeply into my heart. And then, one day he told me, you will walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. I said to him, I do not want to do that, I want to walk behind you. He said to me, I will not be in this body then, I will have taken Samaadhi. He told me that I would have to go on this walk.” “This was in my mind for many years. We do go with smaller groups for pilgrimages - we go to Badri, we go to Kedar, we go to many other places. But we have not done such a long and extended yaatra. We did not think of it as we had not done it before. We did not even think it was possible. A few years ago, it came to me that I had done whatever Babaji had said to me but this was the only thing left. I was getting old - my age is 66 years now - I felt that if this is not done now, it will not be possible anymore so I decided that we have to do it. I did not know how this would come about.” “Three years ago, I told my good friend that I would walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. He said to me that he would walk with me. Slowly, in two years, many people came forward. We have been walking no matter what. I think the inspiration has come from Maheshwarnath Babaji and from nowhere else. I don’t think that I am capable enough to do this work. I think that the inspiration and the energy for it is coming from somewhere else, something other than me. With this background, I can now address something spiritual.” “The respected Chief Minister just said in his speech that people in Japan are materially very rich but it has one of the highest suicide rates. Now, it is this way. All of us seek happiness, but we do not always attain that happiness. Yes, we do get a little of it now and then. For example, when I heard your songs, I felt joy in my heart. When we do not have money, we think that if we have more money we will be happy. When we have money we think that if we have some more money we will be happy. When we have lots of money, the income tax department is behind you and then there is no happiness at all. Like this, it goes on and on in life.” “Kabir Das said that the state of man is like the musk deer. The musk deer produces musk in a particular season. A fragrance emanates from a pouch under its tail, and wafts all around. The poor deer searches for the source of the fragrance but can never find it. It searches high and low for it but cannot find it. It pushes its nose into thorny bushes searching for this fragrance; it’s nose bleeds, but still cannot find it. The musk deer does not realize that the fragrance it seeks comes from itself and not from outside.” “The state of human beings is also like this. The happiness we seek outside does not exist in the external world. The direction of our search is wrong. If it is sought inside, one will find the spark of the all pervading Supreme Being that resides in the heart of each and every one of us. The nature of this spark is happiness and bliss. This is called Nivritti Marg. The outgoing path is Pravritti Marg and the path going inwards is Nivritti Marg. When we reach that place, we find out that a spark of the Divine is in each and every one of us.” “If that is so, each and every one of us is a moving, walking temple of God. This is my experience. This padyaatra is a manifestation of my experience. I have only one aim: I say to people that live together no matter who you are; no matter what your religion or ideology is, no matter what your beliefs or ideas are; you are a human being, first and foremost. Being a human, you are all one. Live with peace and in harmony with each other.” “Three thousand years ago, it was said in the Vedas, ‘Ekam Sat vipraah bahuda vadanti’ (The Truth is one but the wise know it by many names.). This is nothing new in India; this is our tradition. India is a nation that has welcomed people from all over the world with open arms. They have come here and have become one of us, they now live with us as one. We never said to anyone: you are from a different religion, do not come here. On the other hand, we welcomed everyone with open arms. For thousands of years, Indians have been living together united.” “Sometimes, we forget this. And, when we forget, you all know what happens. There is violence and, as a result, there is pain and suffering.” “When Arjuna asked Lord Krishna who the greatest yogi, who the greatest devotee his, Lord Krishna says ‘Sarva bhuta hiteh ratah’- the one who has the welfare of all living beings in his heart is the greatest yogi. None of this means that you change your clothes and sit in a cave. It means do good to others. It means live together in peace and harmony. Understand that the Supreme Being resides in you, and in everybody else’s heart. Worship that Supreme Being through service to others. This is the greatest religion. There is no greater religion than that.” “I know that you cannot walk with us. But please remain with us in your hearts and minds. Pray for us, pray that this yaatra be a success, pray that we reach Srinagar.” “This message of peace - of oneness and harmony - has to go from India. There used to be a time when people from all over the world used to come to India to attain spiritual wisdom and now where do we go to attain knowledge? We go to Harvard. I have a dream that India will reach a position wherein people will come here once more to attain peace, harmony and knowledge. This is my dream. If we all work together, this is possible. I do not want to say anything more - like I said before - my walk is my talk. With this, I conclude now.” “Thank you.” “Om Shaanti, Shaanti, Shaanti.” “Hari Om Tat Sat.”

CM of Madhya Pradesh's speech felicitating the Walk of Hope

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