Day 440 | 26 March 2016 | From Lily Resorts to Police Academy | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH Day 440 - Lily resorts to Police Academy - Jalandhar
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  • Sri M , his tea and friends are inseparable - Jalandhar
  • Amritsar-Jammu-Srinagar - here we come.
  • Reception at Jalandhar Cantonment - Punjab
  • The school band leads the Yatra Ram Mandi Chowk - Jalandhar
  • Nearing the Punjab Armed Police Campus - Jalandhar
  • Reception at Punjab Armed Police Campus - Jalandhar
  • The sylvan environs of the Punjab Armed Police Campus - Jalandhar
  • Ace hoopsters at the Punjab Armed Police Campus - Jalandhar
  • 'Truly out of the world'- DAV Public School - Jalandhar
  • A colorful welcome at DAV Public School - Jalandhar
  • Setting free the Balloons of Hope - Jalandhar
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  • ADGP Sanjiv Kalra welcomes Sri M - Punjab Armed Police Training Centre - Jalandhar
  • Sri M addressing the trainees - Punjab Armed Police Training Center - Jalandhar
  • A traditional welcome for Sri M at DAV Public School - Punjab Armed Police Campus
  • Lighting a lamp in front of the idol of Sakyamuni - DAV Public School
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  • Drama or real life - DAV Public School - PAP Campus
  • 'Yoga is fun' - students of DAV Public School - PAP Campus
  • Satsang before a full house - DAV Public School - PAP Campus
  • Electric Bhangda to round off the proceedings - DAV Public School
The walk entered the oldest city of Punjab and one of the oldest cities in India, Jalandhar. The capital of Punjab before Chandigarh took over, Jalandhar dates back to Harappan times as evidenced by excavations in the area. An extremely prosperous area due to abundant water, fertile soil and industrious people, Jalandhar is also the city with the maximum number of hospitals in Asia. Called the Sports city, it is the home of the sports goods industry in India.

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After a grand and colourful reception at the DAV Public School by children, Sri M addressed trainee police personnel at the Punjab Armed Police Training Centre. Additional DGP Sanjiv Kalra requested Sri M to shed light on the aspect of humaneness as every policeman takes a lifetime to understand it. Sri M addressed the police personnel and gave them details of the yatra (journey), the logistics, distance covered, the reason for starting the walk at Kanyakumari on 12th January etc. Speaking further he said, "I'm 67, but I tell people that's only my physical age. If I think I am old, I am old. It's not like that. The soul is eternal. If one lives centered in the soul, you can't tell his age because the mind, the body and prana (life energy) are always fresh. So, when people say that our yatra is so long - 8000 km - I tell them, Guru Nanak Ji walked much more. He went to Sri Lanka, Mecca, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan. Compared to that, we aren't doing much at all. We even have highways these days.” “The question that comes to mind is how can this happen? I would say that if you make up your mind, you get in touch with your soul. It is my experience and my belief that a spark of the all-pervading divine is in every heart. This means we're all walking Temples, Mosques, Gurdwaras and Churches because the same essence of God is inside each person. You can only worship this God through service, not through aratis”. "We tell people that you won't find another place like India anywhere else in the world. Yes, people go out to work in other countries, that's okay. But it's difficult to find a country with a culture like that of India. Look at the many languages we have. In other countries, they have just one language. We have so many languages, religions. We've welcomed all religions in our country. The biggest industrialist in our country is a Parsi. Manav Ekta isn't something new in our country, it's part of our ancient culture. Then, why are we walking? We're walking because this unity seems to be breaking at times. We want to do whatever we can. Our yatra isn't curative, it's preventive." "This is the external yatra. Besides this, we also need an internal yatra. The Additional DG said a very interesting thing. Only if there's peace inside, can there be peace outside? See, if there's no police officer manning the traffic light, people usually skip it. It's difficult to control it. It can't all be controlled through law and order because it's external. However, if they understand not to make a mistake, no one will overtake. That's why the state of mind is more important. Look at me, I'm walking. There are many situations we must face, many difficulties, but my mind is calm. I'm not boasting." "We think that if we have more money, we'll be happy. But some other troubles begin. Some people think I'm a bachelor now, if I get married I'll be happy. I am married. Till we die we are in search of this peace. There's a deer called 'Kasturi Mriga' in the Himalayas. In one season, it produces Kasturi (musk) in a pouch under its tail. Kasturi is very fragrant. The deer looks all over for the source of this fragrance. It doesn't know where it's coming from. It doesn't know that the sweet smell is coming from a pouch under its own tail. Kabir Das said human beings are just like this. They look outside.” “Imagine, there's a sadhu sitting under a tree who has nothing. He has a begging bowl in hand and people come to see him in expensive cars. With folded hands, they ask him for boons. What are they asking for? They're asking for peace and happiness. If that isn't there, everything is useless. When human beings understand this, the Nivritti Marg begins. One has to work, or we won't survive. But the ultimate happiness we seek we won't find it there. The eternal happiness we seek cannot be found there. First, understand that it exists inside, and sit quietly. Automatically in a few minutes, the mind will become quiet. There's no technique to it. First, one needs to believe that there's something inside me that is a spark of the divine whose very quality is peace and happiness. Those, whose mind is quiet, will automatically do good to others and spread this peace. People come to me and say, ‘We had many questions before we came to you, I can't remember anything now’. It's because my mind is quiet. It's not that I have some capacity, it's because when your mind becomes quiet, the other person automatically feels it. Like a magnet, if you bring a piece of iron next to it, for a little while, even the iron becomes a magnet. The attempt should be to make those pieces of iron magnetic, permanently. That's called sadhana. For this, you don't need to change your clothes, name or sit in a cave. I have come to tell people that you can be a householder and, through spiritual enquiry, go further towards your spiritual goal. You could belong to any religion, it's okay. But you need to follow the yamas and niyamas. Speak the truth, don't say one thing and do another - that's all that's needed. If you do this, your mind will become quiet. And, if every action comes from this peace, even the action will become peaceful. We are explaining this to people and walking. I believe that the seeds we're sowing in the minds of the young, they need to be nurtured and the responsibility lies in the hands of teachers and parents." "Sometimes, when we are talking about peace, the mind becomes quiet. Anyway, I told Anna Hazare that people are calling me mad for walking like this. He did not say I'm not mad, he just said this work can only be done by a mad person. We're walking with this. I know you can't walk with us to Srinagar, but if you join your minds with ours, then this yatra will succeed right here in Jalandhar before reaching Srinagar." Sri M then introduced himself and explained why he prefers to be called M as M stands for Manav and above everything else, he's a human being. With that, he concluded his talk. Commandant of the Police Training Centre, Sri Pawan Kumar Uppal IPS, while offering the vote of thanks, asked everyone to laugh continuously for two minutes and many of the padayatris (travellers on foot) obliged gleefully. The evening program at the DAV Public School witnessed one of the 'standouts' of the Padayatra. The students and teachers of the school attempted a dramatic presentation of Sri M's autobiography and came out with flying colours. To see all the characters of the book come alive was a special moment for all those who had read the book, bringing tears of joy to many eyes. Many were left wondering how many hours they would have worked, to bring such perfection in execution, attending even to minor details. Sri M congratulated the participants, even mentioning that the Sri M in the drama looked better than the original! He then addressed the gathering, one of the biggest to date, comprising students, teachers, parents and police personnel including Sri B L Meena, IPS, DIG (Administration), Punjab Armed Police. Sri M chanted: “Om SarveBhavantuSukhinah SarveSantuNir-Aamayaah SarveBhadraanniPashyantu MaaKashcid-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.” He thanked all present at Police DAV Public School before starting his speech and said, "I would also like to thank you for the drama based on my life. Because it was a play, it was a little dramatised but I really appreciate the effort that was put into it and the wonderful way in which it was presented. Thank you very much. I think the ‘Sri M’ character was much better than me." Sri M went on to give a few details about the yatra and said, "This was about the external yatra where people are walking with us. You have watched the film, read the flyers, so I don't want to go into it. I want to give you the main reason behind this yatra. You won't find another country like India anywhere in the world. No one can compete or argue with this fact. This is because the biggest example of unity in diversity is India. We have so many languages, so many religions, so many dialects, and yet if you call and ask someone who they are, they will tell you they are Indians. It is our ancient tradition to keep everyone together. Anyone who's come to India has been welcomed with open arms. The objective of this yatra is to maintain this unity. Sometimes, it breaks and becomes a raging fire that can't be doused even by pouring water. That's why we wanted to do a yatra to ensure this never happens.” “This is a preventive yatra, not a curative yatra. It will take time. Sometimes, I feel like we should have done this 10-20 years ago. I'm 67 years now, I'm walking. When people see me, they don't think I'm looking tired or anything. This is because I do yoga. The energy is always limitless. Through this walk, we meet people and ask them to keep India united and strong. There are many forces that try to break it but we won't let that happen. Because firstly, we are human beings and then, we are Indians. Also, we have to keep this nation safe and protected because I believe that India is the spiritual Guru of the entire world. Whatever it is, needs to go from India, nothing is going to come from outside.” “What I just said, is our external yatra. Along with this, I also tell those who are walking with me that there's an internal yatra that each of us should do. What is that? We must inculcate the attitude of Seva. Like Swami Vivekananda said, "Atamano Mokshartha Jagat Hitayacha" - liberation of the soul and welfare of the world need to go hand in hand.” “When Arjuna asks Krishna who the best yogi is, The Bhagavad Gita - which I consider one of the greatest religious texts - is on record saying that it is the one who has the welfare of mankind at heart, 'Sarva bhoota hite rataha'. This is our sanskruti; we have to keep it alive and never forget it. Because it's only through seva that the mind gets purified. This is my experience because Maheshwarth Babaji put his hand on my head, I understood the little I know. This is also my experience that the spark of the all-pervading divine exists in all hearts, especially in a human being where it's visible. This means we're walking temples of God. The only way to serve this God is through service not by doing arati. When we work, we think we're doing something for others. The truth is, he's doing something for us. Progress in our spiritual path can only come through seva. This is the message we're sharing everywhere and we want to plant this seed of Manav Ekta in all hearts, especially in children. Because, in future, they are the ones who will make India great. In 10-20 years I don't think there will be any country to compete with India. I'm not talking about the economy, that's also important but I'm talking about spirituality. When there were big universities like Nalanda, Takshashila, people would come from all over the world to learn about spirituality and meditation. People go to Harvard now. I hope there will come a time when people will come to India from all over the world for this ancient wisdom. This is my vision and not just my dream. So, I think it will come true with Babaji's grace." "We entered Punjab through Sirhind and after taking blessings at Fatehgarh Sahib, we're moving ahead. If we see the sacrifices of all the Gurus, what we're doing is nothing. But still, little things can make a huge difference. Rome wasn't built in a day. Every drop makes an ocean. We might be a small drop but I assure you it's a powerful drop because it'll become a huge ocean one day. It'll be the Indian ocean of Manav Ekta, Peace and Harmony. The main reason behind this is Babaji." “I should introduce myself. You must wonder what sort of a name this M is. There are names like Amar, Akbar and Anthony. My life is such that I was born in an immigrant family in Kerala. Peshawar in today’s Pakistan, is from there we went to Kerala in the service of the King of Travancore. So for five generations we spent time there, inter-marrying with Hyderabadis. I am an Indian, but I'll also say that I'm a Keralite with pride because I can speak and write Malayalam. My mother and father also spoke Malayalam. When I was born, according to their tradition, they gave me the name of Mumtaz Ali Khan. I say there's nothing in a name”. “When I turned 19, I felt like I was locked in a cage. It was a golden cage. There was no dearth of anything. But a cage, whether it is made of gold or wood, is still a cage. I wanted to break the cage and fly like a bird. I am talking to students, so please don't imitate me. Stay at home and study. I joke sometimes and say that while some Khans went to Bollywood, I went to the Himalayas. In the Himalayas, I met Maheshwarnath Babaji whom I had met as a child for 5-10 minutes. Offering myself at his feet, I said to him, 'Babaji I'll never leave you. I will always be with you'. He replied saying, ‘We'll see’. Then, I stayed with him for three and a half years. Whatever I know today is with his blessing. So, then he asked me to go back and work.” “I wanted to be a Sanyasi, but Babaji asked me to get married, work, and live a normal life. I wear kundalas in my ear but besides that there's nothing else. When Babaji initiated me, he gave me the name Madhukarnath. We add Nath in the Nath Sampradaya. So the first letter of Mumtaz is M, the first letter of Madhukarnath is M. But most importantly, I consider myself a human being. It's with Babaji's blessings that I began to experience this. M is for Manav, Manushya in Sanskrit. I consider everyone M. If I'm M, and you're all human beings then we're all Manavs, M. There's no difference between you and me, I'm a Manav, you're a Manav, so we're all Ms. This is what I tell everyone. People ask me how I'm walking at the age of 67, where I get the energy from. Though I must tell you that we have people who are 80-years-old walking with us. Commodore Ravindranath, is 80, he celebrated his birthday here on the walk. He walks with the tri-colour in hand, without ever letting his hand droop. Where does this energy come from? I say it comes from belief and inspiration. If you believe in something, it'll definitely happen.” “I am in a school so I would like to share a story with the children. This is a story of the origin of faith and how faith can be such a powerful factor. The very belief in God and the Supreme Being is based on faith. It's a very old story. There lived a mother who had an only son. She was very poor. She had to wash utensils in somebody else's house to make a living but she was particular that her son should go to a school or a gurukul. So she took him to a school which was very far away from home. They had to pass through a very thick forest to reach the school. She went to the Upadhyay, the Guru and told him, please teach my son something. I don't have money. It was a time when the Gurus never accepted money. So he said, "No problem, your son looks quite intelligent. We'll look after him". So he began to study there. But there was one problem, on the way from home to school was a thick jungle. The boy would get scared, for there could be wild animals. To help the child get rid of his fear, the mother told him a story. She said, 'Inside the jungle lives a little boy your age. He is a little dark, he plays the flute sometimes and wears a little peacock feather on his hair occasionally. His name is Krishna. So when crossing the jungle alone, close your eyes and call out his name, tell him that you are scared and you want him by your side'.” “So this boy went into the jungle alone, for the mother couldn't go with him because she had work. When he heard the lion roar, he called out to Krishna, asking him to come and a little boy appeared with a flute in hand. They became friends and started meeting every day. They would play games together, play the flute, share stories, talk, with great joy. He would drop him to the end of the jungle and leave. One day, it was the Guru’s birthday. So, for his birthday, all the students decided to bring presents. The little boy asked the mother what he could take for the Guru. The mother said, 'we have nothing to give. But I have a little bowl and we have a cow anyway, I'll get some milk. Take it for him'. Everyone came with big presents in hand. He had a small bowl. The other students began to laugh seeing his bowl of milk. When he gave the bowl to his Guru, he asked him to return the bowl after taking the milk.” “What had happened in the meanwhile was that as he passed the jungle on the way to school, he got scared as usual and called for Krishna. He told Krishna that he was in a bit of a hurry as it was his Guru’s birthday and he was taking him some milk as a present. Krishna asked him to give him some of it. He put his finger into the milk, licked some and returned it to him. So when the boy asked his teacher to return the bowl, all the kids began to laugh at him. The Guru asked someone to bring another vessel to pour the milk into and return the bowl. When he poured the milk and returned it to the boy, he told them that there was still some milk left in it. As they kept pouring, all the utensils in the gurukul were filled with milk. The guru asked him if his mother had taught him some magic and wondered where the milk was coming from?” “The boy explained that he has a friend in the jungle whose name was Krishna. He dipped his finger in the milk and returned it to him. The Guru thought he was lying and asked him to take him to the jungle and introduce him to this friend. The boy took him to the jungle and called out to Krishna. He never came. Just a voice was heard. It said, 'You were ready to see me because your mind was pure. That's why I met you everyday. The others aren't ready to see me yet. When they're ready, I'll meet them'.” “Sometimes, we study so much that our head becomes heavy with the weight of it. The heart is not open for Bhakti. Simple people only know Bhakti. Because Bhakti is the best thing. We are walking with this Bhakti in our heart. People ask me how we are walking. If there's Bhakti in the heart, nothing seems difficult. Even the Gita says, on hearing the name of 'Paramananda Madhavam, panghum langhayathe girim'. The one who cannot walk climbs the mountain, all the walkers limp a little but we are ready to climb mountains. I was saying this as an example to students that there might be many difficulties on the path but know this in your heart that the all-pervading almighty resides inside you. Close your eyes and bow your heads, all work will happen smoothly and you move ahead. This is all I want to say.” “Namaskar, Sat Sri Akal, Salaam, Good Evening."

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