Day 325 | 2 December 2015 | From Misargawan to Deotalab | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • A 'Gopala and Gopalika' of Jorha - rewa
  • Reception at Dubgara - Rewa
  • WOH Day 325 - Misargawan to Deotalab along NH 135 - Rewa
  • A short satsang at Chandeh - Rewa
  • Traditional welcome at Raghunathganj - Rewa
  • A day of multiple satsangs - this one is at Raghunathganj
  • Satsang at Puliya Duwan attended by the school students of Rameswar purab School
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  • Shower of flower petals all the way - right up to the Siva Temple - Deo Talab
  • Sri M offering dhara inside the Siva Temple - Deo Talab
  • Final satsang of the day - against the backdrop of the ancient Siva Temple
As the sun rose on yet another day, hiding behind cotton clouds sprinkled across the sky, the Padyaatris (travellers on foot) grabbed a quick bite of Poha and Kachori at Johra, served by the local villagers.

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After this sumptuous start, the walk stopped at Raghunathganj where Sri M addressed the villagers. He stressed the importance of undertaking a Padyaatra (Journey on foot),as it enabled contact with small yet important villages. Explaining why the Yatra goes into villages, he said the seeds of Maanav Ekta (Oneness of Humanity) have to be sown in villages first. As thousands of years ago, all towns and cities were villages. And it’s what happens in villages that finally reach the cities. Right in the middle of his speech, a village lady calmly approached and offered flowers to Sri M, in all innocence. It’s moments like these that make the walk in Madhya Pradesh special, every single day. Sri M's address at Paliya Duwan and Sarayi Sengar emphasised the need for Maanav Ekta at a time when India is feeling the threat of terrorism and it had to be rooted out at any cost. A toddler's cry prompted him to narrate the incident at Uttar Kashi when Babaji told him that any ascetic practice was useless unless it made one more sensitive to the sorrows of humans. Since the audience at all Satsangs had a huge gathering of school children and youth, Sri M reminded them that they were the future of this nation and that great things were expected of them. At Deotalab, a celebrity graced the walk. No ordinary celebrity, it was 75 year old Sri Ram Kishan Gupta who had walked with Sri Vinoba Bhave, along the same route to Varanasi as a ten year old. At the ancient Siva temple at Deotalab, Sri M addressed a gathering of hundreds of school children. “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” “Firstly I offer my pranams to Parama Shiva (The Supreme Lord) by saying Om Namah Shivaaya, as we have reached Shivji’s temple. And I thank all of you for welcoming us to this temple and to your village. Regarding the Padyaatra, you can read the notice and you perhaps already know a little about the yaatra (Journey), so I won’t say much. There are two or three reasons for this, one of the reasons is that we’ve been walking since morning and we need to rest a little. I will keep walking but I have so many Padyaatris with me who are walking, and nothing stops us. We keep walking.” “I would like to say that this Yaatra is about Maanav Ekta, it started from Kanyakumari on 12th January this year. How many months is it till today? We walk around 15 -18 -20 Km per day and we go to small villages like yours and big towns. We’ve already covered more than 4,800 Km. This is a Padyaatra. And, we are yet to cover 3,000 Kms. The objective of this Padyaatra is that we reach Lal Chowk, Kashmir in May of 2016 with our National flag in hand.” “This yaatra is for Oneness, Peace, Inter religious harmony and unity. Anyone can participate in this. We don’t look at religion, region, nothing at all. People from all over can walk with us. People from all states are walking with us. Even foreigners are walking with us because we believe in ‘Loka samasta sukinoh bhavantu’, which is written in the Vedas. But, we have to start this here in India first. Good things start at home and then spread to other nations. That’s why this Maanav Ekta Mission’s Yaatra has come to your village; next we’ll go to Uttar Pradesh, to Varanasi and then we will go ahead. I’m happy that before going to Kashi Viswanath in Varanasi, we have paid our respects to Shivji here.” “It’s something worth thinking about – when the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) happened, it wasn’t nectar that came first, it was poison. It’s called Halahal poison, a great poison. Nectar came after. So, whenever there’s a manthan or churning, a little poison might come from it. This is our churning and there is only one who can take the poison, Har Har Mahadev, Shiva Shankar, no one else. Just like after the manthan, when the poison came pouring out, Shiva swallowed it just so the poison didn’t spread across the world. But it went down his throat and stopped there. His throat turned blue and since then, he’s called Neelkanth. That’s why today we’re saved from the poison and left with the sweet nectar that came after.” “Each of us has tasted that sweet nectar even if it’s in small quantities. We don’t want that poison to re-enter. It’s to tell people of the nectar of Maanav Ekta, that we’re walking. However, the Sanskriti or culture of this country is Maanav Ekta. I’m not saying anything new. Just that, sometimes, we forget this. I’ve come to explain this to people so they don’t forget that we’re human beings first. And, we are Indians. We will live together and we won’t let anyone break our unity. This is our only objective, nothing else. This is our message that we Indians live together – whatever be our religion, name – we live together and make India strong. Because it’s from India the message of peace and harmony will spread all over the world. It has to go from here, nowhere else. We’ve come with this message.” “Especially, students must understand this – that in future, they are the custodians of this nectar of Maanav Ekta to be spread to everyone. They need to believe that they will unify India and not let it break. To explain this to you, we are doing this yaatra and I will not say more than this.” “Remember that someone visited you with this message and spoke about Maanav Ekta. Always remember this. Maintain this at home and, automatically, it will spread to your neighbourhood. We are proud to be Bhaarat-Waasis (Indians) and we believe in Maanav Ekta, Peace and Harmony. That is all I would like to say to you.” "Thank you, namaaskar. Please repeat Bharat Mata Ki Jai ( May Mother India be victorious) after me!"

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