Day 335 | 12 December 2015 | Short Walk in Jayapura Village | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Satsang at the Sait Kishorilal Jalan Memorial School - Dagmagpur
  • Village walk to Jayapura - Varanasi
  • 3.Dressed-like-a-chilly-pepper-in-the-fields!!,-Jayapura,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Miles and miles of farmland - Jayapura
  • WOH - Day 335- the padayaatra enters Jayapura - PM Narendra Modi's adopted Model Village
  • End of the walk for the day - Jayapura
  • Warm reception at Jayapura
  • Satsang at Jayapura - PM Narendra Modi's adopted Model Village
After breakfast, the group moved to Sait Kishorilal Jalan Memorial School where Sri M addressed the children and staff. But before the address, the children who were already seated in rows chanted their morning prayers, read out the thought for the day by Vivekananda and sang a few songs. After a brief introduction of Sri M, he addressed the students:

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“What do I say? I normally don't prepare, just speak depending on who I am addressing, the occasion, etc. I think I will speak about what prompted me to take up the walk. I am from Thiruvananthapuram, famous for the ancient temple of Vishnu depicted lying on Anantha or Seshnag. Vishnu is also called Padmanabha or the one with a lotus coming out of his 'nabhi' or navel. Thiru means Sri. Thus the name Thiruvananthapuram means 'city of Lord Vishnu'. Kalady where Adi Shankara was born, is not too far from there. He travelled the length and breadth of the country and established four Mutts, all at a very young age. It is said he attained samadhi when he was around 32 years. I would like to believe that he is still alive, still working for the good of the world.” “Around 400 years back, my forefathers came down to the South to become bodyguards to the then Maharaja of Thiruvananthapuram. Ours was a Muslim family and my name was Mumtaz Ali Khan. But, as I finished my 10th, I dropped the 'Khan' from my name. When my Guru Maheshwarnath Baba ji initiated me into the Nath Sampradaya, he gave me the name Madhukarnath. Interestingly, both names start with letter 'M'. But, more importantly, the word for man i.e. Maanav or Manushya also starts with 'M'. I would like to be called M. People call me Sri M out of respect and I think it is fine, better than Mr M.” “We started the walk on January 12 2015 from Kanyakumari. There also there is a 'sangam' or confluence just as we are looking for a sangam of beliefs, religions, castes, creeds. The second reason is that Swami Vivekananda meditated on the rock at Kanyakumari before he drew up his master plan for India. The third reason is that it is such a beautiful place. We have already walked 4900 km and have 2100 more to cover. I am 67 years old but mentally, I am your age.” “From here, we will be moving to Varanasi. In May 2016, in the first week, we hope to reach Lal Chowk in Srinagar and plant the tricolour there. The Maanav Ekta we propose is nothing new, only, it is often forgotten. Our effort is to urge people not to forget. It is a unifying yaatra (journey), a kind of yoga. As Swami Vivekananda used to say often, ‘Atmano Moksharth Jagath Hithaya cha’. (Search for liberation while working for the world’s welfare). Once we are able to pass this message all over our country, Bhaarat will become strong and no one will dare attack us.” “You may be studying The Bhagavad Gita. In some places, only after reading it you get food! In the 12th Chapter of the Gita, Sri Krishna tells Arjuna about the qualities he looks for in a perfect Bhakta or Yogi. One is that he should have his 'Indriyas' or sense organs more or less within his control. The second is that he should be able to treat both 'sukha' and 'dukha' or pleasure and pain with equanimity. The third, he should have the welfare of all beings in his heart. Thus, as Swami Vivekananda used to say, to take care of the needs of the poor is 'daridra Narayan seva'. This is also one of the fundamental reasons behind the yaatra.(journey)” “The reason I am sowing these seeds in your heart is that some time in the future it will grow into a big tree, it will flower, have good fruits, and when the wind blows, its fragrance will spread all across the world from India and all of us will live under its shade in peace.” Sri M closed his speech asking the students to keep this message in mind, tell others, their neighbours, villagers, and that way the walk would become a success. What followed was quite an unexpected sound of a guitar being strummed by a student from Sikkim who had put the message of Walk of Hope into a Nepali song and sang it with abandon. A few girls then recited the 1st Chapter of The Bhagavad Gita. After that refreshing interaction with the school children, the padyaatris (travellers on foot) went back to Surabhi Sansthan for their last lunch there before moving to Varanasi. The padyaatris then crossed the Pipapul or Pontoon bridge over the Ganga to reach Jayapura, the start point of the walk and place of Satsang in the afternoon. Sri M told the villagers how they had changed the route to visit their village as the Prime Minister is a good friend. Sri M said he’s happy that good work has been done there. He also stressed on the fact that he and the Walk have no party or any such affiliations. Talking about the objective of the padyaatra, he said, that we must not allow India to be broken into pieces as we are all Maanav, human beings first. He completed his talk saying that he is sure that this Asha Yatra (Walk of Hope), would be a success. After the talk the padyaatris were transported to Agricultural Research Institute, Adalpura just a few kilometers away from Varanasi.

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