Day 296 | 3 November 2015 | From Kaudiya to Panari | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • A potter creating shapes magically- Narsinghpur
    1.A-potter-weaving-his-magic-at-his-wheel,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri M offering prayers at the Hanuman shrine - Koudiya village
    2.Sir-offering-prayers-at-the-Hanuman-shrine,-Koudiya-village,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Saying it with garlands at daybreak - Koudiya village
    3.Saying-it-with-garlands-at-daybreak,-Koudiya-village,-Gadarwara,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Robust singing that had Sri M asking for an encore - Narsinghpur
    4.Sir-was-so-impressed-with-their-robust-singing-that-he-wants-to-hear-them-more,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • WOH Day 296 - Koudiya to Panari - another scenic route
    5.WOH-Day-296,-Koudiya-to-Panari,-another-scenic-walk,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • It was as if the entire village of Koudiya was accompanying the padayatris - Narsinghpur
    6.It-looked-as-if-the-whole-of-Koudiya-village-was-accompanying-us-at-the-break-of-dawn!!,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • An honor to be led by this gentleman - Bohani
    7.It-was-an-honour-being-led-by-a-physically-challenged-gentleman!,-Bohani,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri M at the Sridev Radha Krishna Mandir - Bohani
    8.Sir-at-the-Sridev-Radha-Krishna-Mandir,-Bohani,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • 9.In-this-school-going-kid-rests-the-responsibility-of-lifting-this-family-to-better-standards-of-living,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri Sanjay Sharma MLA Tendukheda joins the padayatra - Bohani
    10.Sri-Sanjay-Sharma,-MLA,-Tendukheda,-joins-the-Padayatra,-Bohani,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • 11.He-has-his-work-cut-out!,-shovelling-loads-&-loads-of-crushed-sugarcane,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri M offering worship at the Shiva shrine - Baranjh
    12.Sir-offers-worship-at-the-Shiva-shrine,-Baranjh,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • 13.One-of-the-many-receptions-en-route,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri M performs aarati at the Hanuman temple -Pargawa
    14.Sir-performs-Arati-at-the-Hanuman-temple,-Pargawa,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • 15.Come-on,-sleepy-eyes,-Wake-up!!,-Panari,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri M offering worship at the Siva temple - Panari
    16.Sir-offering-worship-at-the-Siva-temple,-Panari,-Narsinghpur,-MP
  • Sri M addresses the students of Gayatri Vidya Mandir School - Koudiya
    17.Sir-addresses-students-of-Gayatri-Vidya-Mandir-School,-Koudiya,-Narsinghpur,-MP
Walk of Hope covered 15 kilometres from Kaudiya village to Panari today. The day was short yet interspersed by strains of music. About 200 to 250 people from the Kaudiya village joined the yaatra (journey) for a few hours. These people represent a particular style of folk music and dance. The main premise of the performance is a story from folklore or a legend performed by one or two people. The ensemble consisted of a few single-string instruments, a few drums and many singers. The dancers are adept and perform on musical instruments too. Everyone else from their village also joined in the chorus. Their performance spanned about 4 hours. Having experienced local music from across the five states already traversed, the yaatris (travellers) found this music very unique. Sri M and the padyaatris (travellers on foot) enjoyed the music so much that the performers were invited for the next major public programme.

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The short scenic walk took the Walk through the villages of Bohani, Baranjh and Pargawa. Like yesterday, they visited many shrines and temples today. They visited the Hanuman shrine of Kaudiya, SridevRadha, KrishnaMandir, Shiva shrine of Baranjh, Hanuman temple of Pargawa and Siva temple of Panari. At each place, Sri M and the padyaatris offered prayers. They continued walking through small hamlets surrounded on all sides by sugarcane crops—now full grown and ready for harvest. Here and there they come across large sugar factories with a hundred and even two-hundred feet structures. They saw many home industries making jaggery and its sweet fragrance hung light in the air as they walked past. Homes were old-styled and pretty, children played in the courtyards and men and women were seen working in the fields. Sri Sanjay Sharma, MLA of Tendukheda, joined the walk and was with the padyaatra for some time. There were also quite a few receptions as the Walk proceeded on its journey. The walkers reached their halting point and were transported to the Gayatri Vidya Mandir School of Koudiya. Here, Sri M addressed about 200 students. (As the audio is unclear and there’s a lot of background noise, a few parts of the talk are not transcribed verbatim) “Namaskaar and I thank the people who escorted us up to here in this area. I don’t know your names but I thank all of you.. I am from the South, so if there is any error in my diction, please forgive me.” “So, this Yaatra began on 12th January. You mentioned that it started from Gandhi Mandap, but no, it was not so. It started from the Vivekananda statue. Of course, we did go to Gandhi Mandap. Because of Vivekananda, we started from Kanyakumari. This is a padyaatra. Kanyakumari is a confluence of three oceans. (Addressing the children) Which are the three oceans? Do you know? Yes, Kanyakumari is a confluence of three oceans. One, the Bay of Bengal, second, the Indian Ocean and third, the Arabian Sea. (He translated all the three in Hindi). This is the Sangam (confluence) of these three.” “What is the purpose of our padyaatra? Like the rivers Ganga and other rivers merge with the oceans and become one with them, in the same way - as Indians whatever be our religions if we unite together in the ocean, then there is no way to differentiate between us and set us apart. There is only one kind and that is Bhaaratiya (Indian). I know that all of you know this. But sometimes, it is forgotten. But I am walking with the aim that this message of unity should not be forgotten. Only with this intent, I am on this Yaatra.” “As you can see, I am now 66 years old. How do you say 66 in Hindi? Fine. At this age of 66, I am walking from Kanyakumari and have walked close to 4200 Km. We still have 3200 Km ahead of us. Looking at me, do I look the least bit tired? (The children says – No) Now, with me, there are older people walking. Now, this gentleman is 80 years old. His job in the Indian Navy was to fly helicopter sorties from a ship. He is retired now. Though being 80 years old, he too is walking from Kanyakumari up to here. Whenever I ask if he will walk up to Srinagar, he says – yes, I will. So, there are friends like this and we are all walking together.” “Just reflect on this – where is this Vishwaas (faith) coming from? Where is the root coming from with which we are walking like this? It comes from this deep-rooted Vishwaas. (Audio unclear). So, if your minds have this firm faith that you would like to attain something, then with God’s grace, you will definitely do it. God’s grace is always there but we need Vishwaas. If we have even a little trust and confidence that things will happen, you can do anything! Sometimes, in the journey of life,… even life is a Yaatra like the one we are on right now. We come across different situations at various stages where we are challenged. You should have faith. Never accept failure. You should move ahead.” “Just reflect on this – where is this Vishwaas (faith) coming from? Where is the root coming from with which we are walking like this? It comes from this deep-rooted Vishwaas. (Audio unclear). So, if your minds have this firm faith that you would like to attain something, then with God’s grace, you will definitely do it. God’s grace is always there but we need Vishwaas. If we have even a little trust and confidence that things will happen, you can do anything! Sometimes, in the journey of life, even life is a Yaatra like the one we are on right now. We come across different situations at various stages where we are challenged. You should have faith. Never accept failure. You should move ahead.” “Sri Ram built a bridge to go to Sri Lanka. He built one with the help of an army of ‘Vaanar’s (Sanskrit word for people staying in forests). What did Hanuman do? He said ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and jumped over the ocean to Sri Lanka. He was a disciple of Sri Ram. How did he do this? Only through the Vishwaas he had in Sri Ram (Loud applause from audience). So, if this Vishwaas remains, then you can also do it. Take Ram’s name and get on with your work. This is our secret.” “I have been in the Himalayas with my Guru, Sri Maheshwarnath Baba ji. He placed his hand on my hand and I had this experience in my heart that the all-pervading Supreme Being resides in our hearts as an indweller and in all your hearts. It is not possible that he resides only in my heart. He is in all your hearts too.” “So, when Bhagwaan is in our hearts, then that Infinite Energy which God has also becomes ours. But if we do not have deep trust, we cannot experience that. So, this Vishwaas I have is that I am a Maanav (human being), a Bhaaratwaasi and I would like to make India strong. I have this dream. If we live united and do good work together, then what happens? Bhaarat becomes strong. It is very important that Bhaarat becomes strong. (Audio unclear). “Why? Because it’s only from Bhaarat that the message of peace, harmony and unity can spread to the rest of the world. So to achieve this objective, it is everybody’s responsibility to stay united.” “I have another story about Vishwaas.... (Words not audible). I enjoy talking to children a lot. Because their minds are still open. The seeds we sow now will become successful when they grow up. (Some words are not audible) With this Vishwaas, if we sow these seeds of Maanav Ekta, then, one day, when there is a breeze, the sweet fragrance of the flowers from this tree will extend to the whole world. In the future, this can happen only through you. I know that you cannot walk the entire distance with us. But you can walk with us with your minds. If this is done, our journey will be completed successfully, even before we reach Kashmir.” (Continuing where he left off) “When Vibheeshan wanted to cross the ocean, somebody gave him a... (directing his question to people around him) what do they call that? All right, a ‘patr’ (message on a scroll), with a mantra on it, saying that it was a Maha Mantra and if you have this, you don’t need a boat to navigate, you can cross the ocean on your feet. All right, with faith, he started off. Halfway through, the thought came to him, what is this thing which has such amazing strength? What is this maha mantra through which I am actually walking on water. Let me open the scroll and see. He opened it only to see two words – Ram, Ram. Oh, It’s just this. And, there it ended! So, Vishwaas has such great strength.” “So, have firm faith, do good things... (audio not clear). This is my request to you. This is the aim with which we are doing this padyaatra. We will definitely go to Kashmir. Our aim is to reach Srinagar in May 2016. I do not have anything more to say.” (Loud applause) “Om Shaanti, Shaanti, Shaanti.” “Please join me in proclaiming ‘Bhaarat Mata ki Jai’.” (The gathering joins him and the Satsang concludes).

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