Day 295 | 2 November 2015 | From Pithara to Gadarwara | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Prayers at the Sanadaya Sanskrit Vidyalay - Pithara
    1.Started-off-with-prayers-at-the-Sanadaya-Sanskrit-Vidyalay,-Pithara,-Gadarwara,-MP
  • 2.Many-shades-of-green!!,-Kamti,-Narsinghpura,-MP
  • Reception at Pipariya Road - Gadarwara
    3.Reception-at-Pipariya-Road,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • 4.Glad-to-note-that-this-teeny-weeny-home-has-a-fridge-&-TV!,-Pipariya-Road,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • 5.Like-the-antlers-of-an-antelope,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • WOH Day 295 - Kamti to Damrughati - overwhelming support from the local community enroute
    6.WOH-Day-295,-we-walked-from-Kamti-to-Damrughati-&-people-overwhelmed-us-with-flowers,-food-&-drink!!!,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • 'Installed exactly a year before the padayatra began - Gadarwara
    7.Installed-exactly-a-year-before-we-started-the-Padayatra!!,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • One of the many receptions enroute - Sri Govind Singh Patel MLA looks on - Gadarwara
    8.One-of-the-many-receptions-on-the-way,-Sri-Govind-Singh-Patel,-MLA-looks-on-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri M at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir - Gadarwara
    9.Sir-at-the-Sankat-Mochan-Hanuman-Mandir,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpura,-MP
  • Sri M gets a sweet welcome from a tiny tot - Gadarwara
    10.Sir-gets-a-sweet-welcome-from-a-tiny-tot,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • 11.A-lesson-how-severe-physical-challenge-need-not-diminish-human-spirit,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri M in prayer inside the Choti Masjid - Lakhadkot
    12.In-prayer-inside-the-Choti-Mazjid,-Lakhadkot,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • At the Sridev Shanthinaath Jain Mandir Jawahar Ganj - Gadarwara
    13.At-the-Sridev-Santhinath-Jain-Mandir,-Jawahar-Ganj,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Inside the Sridev Santhinath Jain Mandir - Jawahar Ganj
    14.Inside-the-Sridev-Santhinath-Jain-Mandir,-Jawahar-Ganj,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Along the commercial centre of Gadarwara - Narsinghpur
    15.Along-the-commercial-area-of-Gadarwara-where-heritage-buildings-jostle-with-new-ones,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Warm welcome by the Dawoodi Bohra brethren - Gadarwara
    16.Warm-welcome-by-our-Dawoodi-Bora-brethren,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri M at the Nirankari Sadh Sangat Shakha - Gadarwara
    17.Sir-at-the-Nirankari-Sadh-Sangat-Shakha,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • The Baoli Akhada Dargah shrine - Osho Rajneesh used to frequent - Gadarwara
    18.The-Baoli-Akhada-Darga-&-shrine--Osho-Rajneesh-used-to-frequent,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
Walk of Hope covered 12 Kilometres today from Pithara to Gadarwara.The day was filled with many receptions and activities. The padyaatris (travellers on foot) started a few kilometres before Gadarwara, a city in Narsingpur district, passing through the village of Kamti before reaching their destination. The city is at the cross-roads of many pilgrimage routes and itself has many places of worship. The most prominent are the Badi Mata Temple, Bijasen Devi Temple, Sridev Shantinaath Jain Mandir and the Damru Ghaati Shiva temple. The city receives thousands of devotees every year, especially on festivals such as Mahashivaratri. Gadarwara is also the home of Osho and attracts tourists and pilgrims to his small ashram and places associated with his early life.

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This city is also home to the Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Station with its proximity to a large coal mine 15 km away.The day started at the Sanadaya Sanskrit Vidyalaya of Pithara where students recited Sanskrit verses in the presence of Sri M and the padyaatris. He interacted with them and had words of admiration for the tradition that has been kept alive over hundreds of years. They were quite close to Gadarwara and had only passed through one small village. Consequently, there were many people and a lot of traffic. The walk was somewhat exacting since the roads were narrow. There were many receptions today. Every few kilometres, groups of about 40 to 50 received them and joined them for a few kilometres. Today was also a day of many visits. They visited Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir, Chhoti Masjid, Sridev Shantinaath Jain Mandir, Nirankari Sadh Sangat Shaakha and Baoli Akhaara Dargah. There is a story behind each of these places, many of them on the theme of Maanav Ekta (One Humanity). The Baoli Akhaara Dargah is a small shrine where a Sufi saint and a Hindu saint resided next to each other. It is also the place where Osho Rajneesh spent time in his younger days. Sridev Shantinaath Jain Mandir is a small but impressive and unique temple, where the interiors are completely inlaid with decorative pieces of glass. The temple is very old and is said to be renovated a hundred years ago. The glass work for this small 30 x 30 foot temple took ten years. The intricate patterns, the paintings, the ceilings and walls are all laid with geometrically perfect bits and pieces of glass. They stopped after the long day just outside Gadarwara and retired to their resting place. They gathered again in the evening for the Satsang.The hour long satsang was attended by about 400 people: “Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram vyāptam yena carācaram Tatpadam darśitam yena tasmai śrī gurave 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” “My ‘namaskaar’ to all, specially to the MLA who is sitting here and has been walking with us for the past two days, thank you; and my thanks and ‘namaskaar’ to the ‘Satya Sai Bhajan Mandali’ who sang such beautiful ‘bhajans’.” “I will speak a little about the ‘yaatra’ (journey) and then have an ‘adhyatmik satsang’ (a spiritual discourse) which is a good thing to have. Our ‘yaatra’ (journey) began from Kanyakumari on 12th January, 2015.” “Please forgive me if I make any mistakes while speaking in Hindi. I am from the South. I live in Madanapalle which is in Andhra Pradesh, but my origins are in Kerala. Till now, I have managed to speak in acceptable Hindi.” “We started our journey from Kanyakumari on 12th January as it is the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and we felt that Swami Vivekananda had, for the first time, done a lot of work for ‘Maanav Ekta’ (unity of humanity).” “We started from Kanyakumari also because firstly, a Swami Vivekananda ‘Kendra’ (centre) is constructed there and secondly, because it is the confluence of three seas. So we thought that a place, which is the confluence of three seas, was a good place to start a journey for the confluence of human beings.” “Our journey, after commencing from Kanyakumari which is in Tamil Nadu, passed through Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat before entering Madhya ‘Bhaarat’ at Jhabua. Till now we have walked over 4000 km. This is a ‘padyaatra’ (journey on foot) and not a ‘rathyaatra’ (a vehicle borne journey). We walk about 18 to 20 km every day. I am not alone, there are 60 to 70 others who are walking with me from the beginning.Sometimes, when we meet people on the way, they too join us so our numbers increase to 200, 300 or even 500. In Mysore, there were a thousand who walked with us; so, the number does vary but the core group which remains constant is made up of 60 to 70 people. This core group comprises representatives of every state of ‘Bhaarat’, it’s not as if they belong to only one place. Some foreigners too have joined us…those who wished to come.” “We still have to walk another 3200 km or so before we reach Srinagar in April or May 2016.That is our aim, the rest is God’s Grace which is with us till now. I acknowledge that the response we have received in Madhya Pradesh has been very good. The response has improved on an incremental scale, from one state to the other. Madhya Pradesh is the heart of ‘Bhaarat’; so if we have such a response here, I am sure that our journey will be successful.” “At Varanasi, we will bow our heads to ‘Bhole Naath’ (another name for Lord Shiva) and move on our journey and reach Srinagar.” “This is a ‘yaatra’ of ‘Maanav Ekta’ which is not a new concept, it is ‘Bhaarat’s’ culture. Two thousand years ago, it was declared in the Vedas that the Truth is one but the wise call it by different names -‘ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti’. It is not as if we are saying it for the first time. So, I am not speaking about anything new. It’s just that, you may be aware – sometimes, we forget that we are one, that we are creations of ‘Bhagwaan’ (God).” “We are all born of a mother’s womb. There is no one who has fallen from somewhere. Knowing this, we still forget it sometimes and what is the effect of this forgetfulness? A small fire of hatred lights up and soon takes the shape of a conflagration, which cannot be put off by any means. Even water fails to douse the flames of hatred.So it is our aim to help everyone remember our cultural heritage of unity which we forget occasionally. So wherever we go, be it small villages or large cities, we make them sit and contemplate on the fact that we are one, we are not separate.” “If violence takes place in a neighbour’s home, the pain they feel will be no different from that we will feel if the violence were to involve our household.Every home has its women, children, mothers and fathers; it is not as if they do not exist everywhere. So, this is both our aim and our message.” “As I had said earlier, any work that we do begins with the energy within each of us. So how did it happen that I started on this journey? If I explain the reason to you, you will understand the spiritual significance of this journey.” “In this ‘sansaar’ (world), every man, every ‘manushya’ (man) searches for only one thing. What does he seek? You tell me. He searches for happiness. Why do we desire peace? It is for happiness. We search for peace and happiness and in this search– his name could be Amar, it could be Anthony, it could be Akbar - their search is for the same thing.But ponder over it awhile; do we ever get this happiness? If it could be found, then our ‘yaatra’ (journey) of life would be over. The journey of life is perpetuated by our constant search for happiness. If we get one, we search for more. If we accumulate 10 crore in the bank, the Income Tax people come after you and we look for 20 crore. It never stops, we keep on searching.” “Sometimes, it appears that if one marries, he will be happy. On getting married, one does feel happy for a little while but soon, something or the other starts off. I am saying this because, in this world, we never attain 100% happiness. We do feel happy at times. Seeing a child laugh, we feel happy; seeing someone enjoying a meal, we feel happy; on seeing beautiful flowers, we feel happy and exclaim ‘Aha, what a lovely flower’.” “A little bit of happiness we do feel. But whenever we feel happy, misery is sitting close by, behind the wall. Observe it a little; it is in everything. If we have had a tasty meal, we eat a little more because we found it ‘so tasty’. If we find it to be very delicious, we eat even more and then what happens? We have to run to the doctor.” “Why? Because in this world, we cannot find true happiness; such a commodity does not exist. Of course, one can find bits of happy moments; we are just sitting down, that is happiness; we just heard some ‘bhajans’ that too is happiness. But for how long does it last? How many days does it last? And in the end, after searching all over, we lie down on the ground, which all have to do. Is there anyone who does not have to?” “We sleep every day; it appears to me that this sleep is a small death. When we get up in the morning we are alive again. But one death is such from which we cannot awaken, it comes to every man. After a life time’s search, he enters the final sleep. It appears to me that in that sleep there may be some happiness.One does not know because no one talks about it. This is the condition.” “The question then arises whether happiness can be found at all and, if so, what is the benefit of being born as a human? Why has God created us? Is it to give us misery? It can’t be so. To illustrate man’s condition,Kabir Das who lived in Banaras composed a beautiful couplet about the ‘kasturi mriga’ (musk deer).” “The ‘kasturi mriga’ can still be found in the Himalayas, though in small numbers now. It is a kind of deer which has a small sack under its tail in which ‘kasturi’ (musk) is produced once a year. The ‘kasturi’ gives out a beautiful fragrance and the deer does not realise that the scent emanates from the sack under its own tail. It searches all over the jungle for it, hoping to find it somewhere. It thrusts its snout in thorny bushes resulting in injuries to it and begins to bleed, not realising that the sweet smell it is searching for all over is emanating from under its own tail.” “Kabir Das said that man’s condition is similar. The happiness that we search for, is the ‘ansh’ (part), the ‘jeevatma’ (living being) of the ‘Paramatman’ (Supreme Soul) which resides in the hearts of all living entities;‘Shuddha Brahma Paraatpara Raam’ (Sri Rama, Who is of the Nature of Pure Brahman and Who is Superior to the Best) who resides within us; it’s intrinsic nature is ‘aanand’ (bliss), ‘parmaanand’ (Supreme bliss). That is why the Vedas named ‘It’ ‘Satchidaanand’ (literally - existence, consciousness and bliss. Also – Pure absolute bliss); It is within us.” “When man searches for happiness in the outside world - it is alright to search for it - he searches for it at the wrong place. If we can get hold of the mind and turn it within, we will understand that the source of all happiness lies within our own hearts. Then we find true happiness.And he who finds it and experiences that bliss is called the one who has ‘seen’ the soul. Why? Because he experiences such joy that he does not have to look for it outside. If he finds it, it is alright. If he doesn’t, then too it is fine. Why? Because the source of all joy, the ‘gomukh’ (cow’s mouth) of happiness is within our hearts like the source of the Ganges is the ‘gomukh’ in the Himalayas.” “Whether it is a woman or a man, this source of happiness is in everyone’s heart. It’s not as if some are devoid of it. Whether they are dark skinned or fair skinned; whether they are short or tall, it exists in everyone’s heart. When it is found, it is known as the ‘nivriti maarg’ (path of turning within) and our inclination to enjoy worldly pleasures is termed the ‘pravriti maarg’ (path of worldly enjoyment).” “It is not possible to follow the ‘nivriti maarg’ 24 hours while living in this world; we have to follow the ‘pravriti maarg’ too. So how can we follow both paths? Swami Vivekananda had said that there is a way to do it;‘atmano mokshartham jagat hitaaya cha,’ - make effort for one's own salvation and for the welfare of the world. If a person can do both, he has lived a life of fulfillment, nothing more needs to be done.” “Our Rishis have chosen many paths for us to attain that spiritual experience which occurs in the heart. The Rishis, Mahatmas and Saints have shown many paths; ‘bhakti’ (devotion) is one; the path of knowledge is another; karma yoga is one more. What is karma yoga? ‘jagat hitaaya cha’. (welfare of the world).” “All karma (actions) cannot be karma yoga. Only that karma which is performed for the good of others is karma yoga. What I do for myself, I do out of compulsion. Only that karma is considered good which is for the benefit of others.” “In the Gita too, Lord Krishna declared that the greatest yogi, the greatest devotee is he who ‘sarva-bhuta hite’ ratah’, ‘thinks of the welfare of all living entities’. So, for this, we need two, three things. It is not as if the person who sets out on the spiritual path cannot live in this world or cannot do any work, it’s not so.“ “When he does any work, it is not for his own self, he does it for others. And, work that we do for others will always turn out to be perfect. When we work for ourselves then the possibility of making mistakes cannot be ruled out. I am an example of such a person. I am a householder. I too have children who are now married so I have set out on this journey as I no longer have any responsibility towards them.” “I too live by working. I cannot ask for ‘bhiksha’ (alms) as I am a householder, not a sanyaasi, but it does not mean that my connection with my soul ever breaks, it remains unbroken. I say that everyone can live in this manner. It’s not as if it can’t be. It is difficult to be a ‘sanyaasi’ in ‘kali yuga’, one cannot live this way. Of course, there are a few who can renounce this world. Not everyone can do it.” “So, ‘bhakti’, ‘jnana yoga’ and ‘karma’ and four, five such paths can be followed to attain spiritual fulfilment and we can live our lives by performing karma at the same time. First, I will relate to you a story about ‘bhakti’, (path of devotion) which is a great path to salvation as the ‘jnana maarg’ (the path of knowledge) is very difficult to follow in ‘kali yuga’.” “We think that we are living in ‘kali yuga’ and imagine ourselves to be the most intelligent. Whenever the Bhaagawat is begun, we start by saying that people in ‘kali yuga’ lack intelligence but we are convinced that we are the most intelligent ever. But the path of ‘bhakti’ is open to all; one does not have to be a great ‘jnani’ (a knowledgeable person), no need to read a great deal. One should indulge in good work and remember God.” “For this, one needs faith, firm faith. With faith, everything can be done. There is nothing that cannot be done with faith. I will tell you a small story about this aspect.” “A mother had a son who was very young and she wanted him to be educated in a ‘Gurukul’ but the problem was there was none close by, it was a little far. Also, she needed to find a Guru who would not need a ‘dakshina’ (compensation in kind) as she was very poor, with hardly any belongings. She was looking for a Guru who would undertake her son’s responsibility with love.” “She did find such a Gurukul but one had to travel through a dense forest to reach there. The mother accompanied her son to the ‘Gurukul’ on the first day so the child was not afraid of passing through the jungle. But, on the second day, he asked his mother as to how he could walk through the jungle which was dense and dark - fearful sounds of wild animals could be heard in it and it was very frightening. How could he go through it alone? So, just to convince him to go to the ‘Gurukul’ on his own, the mother told him that whenever he was frightened by the sounds of wild animals in the jungle, he should call out to a small dark-skinned boy who lived in the jungle, who wore a peacock feather in his hair sometimes, held a flute in his hand, and was named Krishna. I am not sure whether the mother herself believed in what she told her son but she told him to call out to the boy nevertheless. This was not Vrindaavan, it is about another place.” “So, she asked him to close his eyes whenever he was frightened and call out to Krishna who would immediately respond. Thus, she assured her son. So the child agreed that he would do as she had told him. On the second day, when the boy was going through the forest and heard the sounds of wild animals which terrified him, he remembered his mother’s words. He shut his eyes tight and shouted loudly, ‘Krishna’ three times. Soon, a small boy with a flute in his hand appeared before him and asked what the matter was. So the child told him that he had to go far to the ‘Gurukul’ but was frightened to walk through the jungle alone. Krishna said that there was still time so he invited the boy to play marbles with him, after which he would accompany him to his destination. Hearing this, the boy was very happy.” “On hearing such a story, the educated lot among us will dismiss what I have said as a mere story without any substance. Anyway, the process was repeated every day. On returning home, the boy would tell his mother about Krishna helping him cross the jungle but the mother would laugh it off, thinking that her little son had believed her story and was only giving vent to his imagination. So many days went by in this way.” “One day, it was the Guru’s… “ (Sri M interrupts his talk on seeing the Guru of a local ‘Gurukul’ and says that he had not seen him earlier. Sri M went on to inform that in the morning when they had visited him and Guru ji did not recognise Sri M as he had expected a Swami. Only when Sri M said that they should move on now, did he realise that he was interacting with Sri M). “One day… what was I saying? (On being reminded by the audience), it was the Guru ji’s birthday for which everyone who had money took big presents for him. Our boy informed his mother that he too wanted to take a gift for his Guru on his birthday. The mother said that she had nothing to give but remembered that she had a small bowl and a cow - in those days, even the poorest of poor owned a cow.” “So the mother milked the cow and filling the bowl with the milk, asked her son to give it to his Guru as a birthday gift and to tell the Guru ji that that was all they had. When the boy reached the ‘Gurukul’, there was a long queue of students, waiting to hand over their gifts to the Guru. When they saw the boy with the small bowl filled with milk, they mocked him.” “But, before that, on the way to the ‘Gurukul’, while passing through the jungle, the boy called out to Krishna out of habit rather than fear. On seeing him, Krishna asked the boy where he was taking the bowl of milk. So the boy told Krishna that he was taking it as a gift for his Guru on his birthday. Krishna asked the boy to hand over the bowl to him but the boy refused. But Krishna persisted and taking the bowl from the boy’s hands, took a sip of the milk. Then, after playing for a while as usual, the boy went on to the ‘Gurukul’.” “When his turn came, the boy handed over the bowl of milk to his Guru and requested him to pour out the milk and return the bowl to him as his mother did not have another. All the other students laughed at him saying that he wanted the little bowl also to be returned. The Guru ji asked one of the students to get a vessel to pour out the milk. When the milk was poured out and the bowl returned to the boy, he looked at it and said there still was milk in it. So the Guru asked it to be poured out again. This went on for some time and the four or five vessels of the ‘Gurukul’ were completely filled with milk. The Guru ji then wondered as to how the small bowl could not be emptied. Was it some kind of magic the boy’s mother practiced?” “The boy replied that neither his mother nor he knew any magic. Guru ji queried how then it was possible for the little bowl to produce so much milk. The boy replied that he had a friend named Krishna, a little dark-skinned boy who lived in the jungle, played the flute and wore a peacock feather in his hair. ‘He had touched the bowl when I was passing through the forest, he may know some magical spells. I do not know any’.” “Not believing the boy, the Guru ji, asked him to take him to the jungle and show him his friend named Krishna. So the Guru ji, along with other teachers and students accompanied the little boy to the jungle. The boy was worried about what would happen if Krishna did not show up. So he called out loudly to Krishna, urging him to come out quickly as his companions were eager to see him, or ‘I will be called a liar, if not mad’,he said.” “Krishna did not come but there was a voice from afar, from the sky, an ‘aakaashwani’. The voice declared that Krishna could show himself to the little boy whose ‘bhakti’ was very deep but the others with him neither had that kind of devotion nor were their minds so pure that Krishna should appear to them. ‘You and I are friends, our relationship is different’.” “This is ‘bhakti’; a true devotee is willing to sacrifice all for a mere glimpse of the Almighty. Generally, people wonder what happens after they see God, that is the reason why most people cannot see him. Once you have seen God, who resides in your hearts, everything that you desire will come to you.” “Jesus Christ said in the Bible, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of the Lord and the rest shall be added unto you’. Everything happens. Sometimes, God plays with man to test him to see whether he has devotion or not and we all fail to pass the test and return to worldly matters and our devotion abandons us. To illustrate it further, let me tell you another story. Just as the ‘Bhaagawat’ is, stories help in our understanding these matters easily.” “One day, Lord Krishna suggested to Uddhav that they go on a short walk. Knowing Krishna well, Uddhav agreed to accompany him on the condition that He would not indulge in any pranks. As they went along, Lord Krishna requested Uddhav to look for water or something to drink as He was very thirsty. Uddhav searched and soon spotted a big villa, belonging to a landlord. He went in and informed its occupants that his friend, who was waiting outside, was very thirsty and enquired if they could have some water to drink. The landlord said, ‘atithi devo bhava’ (a guest is God like) and asked Uddhav to bring his friend in.” “Krishna and Uddhav were invited into the villa and welcomed by serving the best of sherbets. Lord Krishna partook of the offering and was full of praise for it, remarking that he had never had such sherbet in his life before. Thanking the landlord they came out of the villa and at the gate, Krishna, lifting both his hands, blessed the landlord with even greater wealth and worldly possessions.” “As they moved on, Uddhav thought that all was well as Krishna, who was very unpredictable and whose mind was very inscrutable, had not played any trick till then. After just a little while, Krishna again said that He was feeling very thirsty. Uddhav replied, ‘Lord, I am convinced that you are upto some prank; else why would you be thirsty again when you have had your fill of the best of sherbets just a few moments ago?’” “Krishna again asked Uddhav to go look for water and bring it to Him anyway. Uddhav looked around and saw a little hut in the distance which was occupied by a yogi. Near the hut, a cow was tethered andUddhav could also spot a small Shivaling nearby. So Uddhav went upto the yogi and requested him to serve a drink to his friend who was standing outside and was very thirsty.” “The yogi replied that they had arrived at a very inopportune moment as the little water that he had had, had just been used up for the ‘abhishek’ (ritualistic purification) of the Lord. Anyway, as he had a cow he could offer its milk to his friend. The yogi then went up to the cow and stroking it with great affection milked it and offered the milk to Lord Krishna.” “Lord Krishna had the milk and declared that he had never before had such tasty milk in all his life. Hearing this Uddhav thought that matters were still normal, no prank had been played. On leaving the premises, Krishna raised his hands and said, ‘Let the yogi’s cow die this instant, I am taking charge of its soul’ – meaning that the body would be left behind and the soul occupying it would merge with Krishna.” “Hearing this,Uddhav was very upset and asked Krishna as to what kind of justice was being meted out to the yogi, who had just served him with some milk from the cow, ‘How can you say that the cow should die and you are taking possession of its soul. Is this your idea of justice?’” “Krishna responded, ‘Uddhav, you have been with me for many years but have not understood me. Your idea of justice and my idea of it are not always in accord with each other’. Uddhav asked his friend to explain it to him as he did not understand what had just happened and was saddened by the events.” “Krishna then explained that the landlord they had been to still entertained very strong desires for worldly comforts; more houses to build; more money to earn; whereas the yogi had no attachments whatsoever, no desires. He only owned one thing and that was his cow, which he adored very much with the result that between him and the Lord there was only the cow and nothing else. If He removed the cow, the yogi would become one with Him instantly. That was why it was necessary that He remove the cow from between them. It was difficult for Uddhav to understand this.” “What is meant here is that a true devotee is tested by God in many ways and only if he passes in all the tests, He moves the devotee closer, not otherwise and He is not in any hurry.” “Now, I will tell you yet another story followed by the reason for our undertaking this ‘yaatra’ (journey), before ending this discourse.” “You all know that after the battle at Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna returned to Dwarka. Before leaving for Dwarka he bid farewell to all; embracing those who were of his age and bowing to those who were elder. Please note that Lord Krishna who is considered to be a ‘poorna avatar’ (complete manifestation) is bowing to His elders! We hesitate to bow to anyone wondering why we should do it at all.” “When He came to Kunti,Krishna bowed to her and stated that as He was leaving for Dwarka, she could ask Him for a boon, which He promised to grant to her. Kunti replied, ‘Please stop this playacting, O ‘Bhagwaan’. This drama of yours has gone on for too long. I know who you are. First, you arranged the battle of Kurukshetra and then stood by our side to make us win and now you say you are headed for Dwarka. In reality, you neither go anywhere nor do you come anywhere as you are omnipresent. All this play of yours I know. But I adore your beautiful form which I love to witness so my prayer to you is…’ “Everyone cannot do what Kunti is about to ask the Lord. So don’t get carried away thinking that if Kunti could do it, why not me. Only a highly advanced devotee can do such a thing.” “Kunti said, ‘O Lord, bring upon me all the miseries of the world’. Just think what she is asking for! ‘Bring upon me all the miseries of the world’. The Lord asked her why she asked for such a boon. Kunti replied, ‘We remember you only when we are miserable. No one remembers you when they are happy. So, with all the miseries upon me, I will constantly remember you and you will always respond by appearing before me and I will be blessed with your presence. So what will happen is, I will witness You continuously. What else do I want? Grant me this boon.” Krishna raised His hands and said “Thathaastu” (So be it).” “So faith is a powerful tool; with it, we can achieve anything. It is only with faith that we can experience the indwelling, all-pervading God. In reality, it is very simple but very difficult to achieve. This is the faith that Maheshwar Nath Baba ji imparted to me when he placed his hand on my head.” “As was stated in the introduction at the beginning - yes, I was born in a Muslim family and met Maheshwarnaath Baba ji at the age of 9. He kept his hand on my head and some changes took place in me. At the age of 19, I ran away from home. Those among you, who are 19, please do not follow my example.” “At the age of 19, I ran away to the Himalayas, leaving my parents behind. I ran away because they would not have let me go otherwise. There I met Maheshwarnath Baba ji again. He was from the ‘Naath Sampradaya’ (Naath Tradition). That is why he initiated me and gave me the name of Madhukarnath. I spent three-and-a-half years with him after which he asked me to return home.” “Then on, I used to visit him once a year till he attained Samadhi (left his body) in 1984. It is he, who with his grace and compassion, awakened that level of ‘bhakti’ in my heart with which I began to experience the presence of a part of the omnipresent Lord in my heart. If He is present in my heart, then he should also be present in every human’s heart. It’s not as if He is present in my heart as a special case, which means that He should be present in every human heart, whether it is a man or a woman. If He is present… it is my experience that He is definitely present.” “So, if that is a fact, then every human is a walking moving temple. This temple cannot be worshipped with ‘aarti’ (waving of lamps). It can be accomplished only with ‘seva’ (service). ‘Aarti’ to the Lord is done in temples but the God who resides within us can only be worshipped with ‘seva’.” “Swami Vivekananda said to serve those who possessed nothing, who were Daridra Narayan’ (God in the form of a poor human being). If this attitude of service awakens in the hearts of all, then no one will ever experience any difficulties and all will live in harmony.If the omnipresent God is present in every heart, then all are one, all humans are one and this is ‘MaanavEkta’ (unity of humanity). It is my experience and it is to share the experience of unity with others that I have set out on this journey.I have no other aim. So, I request you to first understand that we are humans and second, that we are citizens of ‘Bhaarat’.” “It is my understanding that the message of peace, goodwill and ‘Maanav Ekta’ will spread to the rest of the world from this ‘Bhaarat Bhumi’ (Indian subcontinent). It is my dream that a day will come when the people of the world will come to us to acquire knowledge and learn about goodwill, ‘Maanav Ekta’ and peace. India will once again acquire the status of a world Guru. It is my dream.” “So, I implore you all to first think of yourselves as ‘Maanav’ and secondly as ‘Bhaaratwaasis’. In ‘Bhaarat’ we are all one, not separate; we are all ‘Bhaaratwaasis’. And, whenever you close your eyes and contemplate, think that the in-dwelling God resides in your hearts. With or without form is your personal belief. Whatever form you visualise God in, He will appear to you in the same form.” “I do not wish to say any more than this. I think, in whatever I have said, I have said nothing wrong. From my talk, you would have understood that our ‘yaatra’ (journey) is for ‘Maanav Ekta’. We leave from here tomorrow, but please keep in mind that someone whom people referred to as Sri M - M (pronouncing it phonetically ‘Ma’) means ‘Maanav’ (audience applauds), ‘Manushya’ (another word for human) – came here. Secondly, Baba ji gave me the name of Madhukar Nath which also starts with ‘M’ and my parents named me Mumtaz Ali Khan which is also ‘M’ (the audience applauds).” “So, we have come here with the message of unity. Please remember it always. The seeds of ‘Maanav Ekta’ should be sown in the hearts of the children sitting here. After some years, it will grow into a large tree under whose shade we ‘Bhaaratwasis’ will rest, knowing that we are all one. Beautiful flowers will blossom on the tree and, when the wind blows, their fragrance will spread to the rest of the world. It is a dream. I do not wish to say any more. Please say ‘Bhaarat Mata ki jai’ with me once, ‘Namaskaar’.(The audience complies and applauds).

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