Day 387 | 2 February 2016 | From Gurudwara Guru ka taal to Surkuti | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Inside Gurudwara Guru ka taal Agra
  • After darshan at the Gurduwara ka taal - Agra
  • WOH Day 387 Gurudwara Guru ka taal to Surkuti - Agra
  • The last few kilometers in the historic city of Agra
  • 5.A-telling-warning-to-us-all!,-Sur-Sarovar-Bird-Sanctuary,-Surkuti,-UP
  • 6.After-the-tumult-of-Agra,-a-walk-in-the-sanctuary!,-Surkuti,-UP
  • 7.Sri-M-garlands-a-visually-impaired-student-of-the-Surdas-Smarak-Blind-School,-Surkuti,-UP
  • 8.Reception-at-Surdas-Smarak-Blind-School,-Surkuti,-UP
  • Tribute from a Sadhu - Surkuti
  • Satsang at Surdas Smarak Blind School - Surkuti
  • WOH Agra team hands over charge to WOH team Delhi - Surkuti
  • 12.Statue-of-Blind-poet-saint-Surdas,-Surkuti,-UP
The morning had a busy start. Sri M addressed students numbering 4000 at the St Peter's College at 9.00 am. He followed it up with another address at Agra College.

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Sri M visited the Gurudwara Guru ka taal, after which the walk started. The walk passed Sikandra –the tomb of Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great. A little away, the yatris found Mariam's tomb—the tomb of Akbar's queen—in a dilapidated condition. Half way into the walk, it was a delight to see the Delhi team of coordinators, most of who have been walking off and on with the Padayatra, join the walk. The last stretch of the walk was through the picturesque Sur Sarovar bird sanctuary. Situated near Runkata, and said to be the birth place of the famous blind poet-saint Surdas, the sanctuary charmed everyone with its greenery around the magnificent lake. The campus houses a park, a wildlife movie theater and a bird interpretation centre. One of the signages read 'when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned, the last fish has been caught, we realize that we cannot eat money', very thought provoking indeed! The walk ended at Surdas Netrahin Vidyalay or the school for the visually impaired, aptly named after the blind poet-saint. It was touching to see the students being gently guided by the younger of the yatris as they garlanded the seniors. The felicitation function started off with a music program by students. Sri M addressed the students, staff and villagers of Surkuti in a scenic setting on the banks of the Yamuna. Sri M thanked all present and said, "We are here at the Surdas Institute and when I see you all, I'm happy and sad at the same time. You children must think that you can't see but there are people among us whose eyes are open but still can't see anything. Our mind is blind. It is my belief and experience that we are all one, there's no difference. But, despite our eyes being open, many of us still can't see that we are one.” “This yatra started from Kanyakumari on 12th January 2016. When we reached Kanpur, UP, we had spent a year walking. I haven't walked the last two days because of fever, I had to rest, that's why I got here early. But our padayatris around 60 to 70 of them have been walking with me right from Kanyakumari. This is not a 'rathayatra'. We are here now and we will walk through Mathura, Vrindavan and go towards Delhi. As we are moving out of Agra, I'm very happy that we have stopped at Surdas Ji's place. I would like to tell you that this yatra is for Manav Ekta but the really journey of Manav Ekta starts from the heart. The one whose heart is open doesn't just think about himself, he thinks about others too. If you listen to Surdas ji's bhajans and dohas, you'll notice that a real human being is one who thinks about others before himself. In The Bhagavat Gita, Arjuna asks Krishna who according to him is the best Yogi or Bhakt and – in the 12th Chapter called the Bhakti Yoga – Krishna replies, 'Sarva Bhoota Hite Rataa' meaning‘The one who has the welfare or all human beings in his heart is the best Yogi and Bhakt’. We must keep this in mind. The people sitting in front of me who are blind, don't think that you can't achieve greatness or do great things. I'll give you a concrete example. The ex-Chief Commissioner for the Disabled, Prasanna Kumar Pincha, retired last year. It is a very important job. When he travels, there are vehicles in front with sirens and he is visually impaired. The Government entrusted him with such an important job. Now, he is working with the Human Rights commission. What I'm trying to say is we need to open our hearts, it is not enough if we just open our eyes. We must think that we are one with everyone. That is the objective of this yatra”. Sri M then went on to explain the objectives of the yatra and the need for peace and harmony. The address was followed by the ceremonial hand over of the yatra from the Agra team of organizers to the Delhi team. Sri M thanked and congratulated the Agra team for their splendid work. There was a sumptuous lunch awaiting the padayatris thereafter.

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