Day 468| 23 April 2016 | From Kalika Dham to Raghunath Mandir | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH Day 468 - Kalika Dham to Raghunath Mandir Jammu
  • Around General Zorowar Singh Chowk Jammu
  • Inside the Sri Nageswar Parswanath Jain Mandir Jammu
  • Sri M inside the Gurudwara Baba Fatehsinghji Jammu
  • At the altar of the biggest church in Jammu - the St Mary's Garrison Church
  • Sri M in prayer inside St Mary's Garrison Church Jammu
  • One of the Pakistani US made tanks captured by our daring jawans - Jammu
  • Performing Ararti at the Raghunath Mandir
  • 9.The-wondrous-Quartz-Shivaling-in-the-Nataraj-Shrine-inside-the-Raghunath-Mandir,-Jammu,-J&K
  • Satsang at Yashokaran park
  • The giant Shivaling inside the Ranbireshwar Mandir Jammu
  • Performing Aarati at the Ranbireshwar Mandir Jammu
The day’s Walk took the yatris through the roads of Jammu where they got to visit a Jain Mandir, Gurudwara, Church and a temple.

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They were warmly received at all these places of worship. Gurudwara Baba Fatehsinghji was built in 1984 in the name of Sahibzada Fatehsingh, the fourth and last son of Guru Gobindsingh. He along with his elder brother were martyred in their early teens, which is part of the glorious legends of Sikhism. Sri M was felicitated and the yatris had darshan, accompanied by melodious chanting in the background by a venerable Sardarni, another first on the padayatra. St Mary's Garrison Church is the biggest Church in Jammu and the its priest greeted Sri M and his brood with enthusiasm. He praised the effort of the Manav Ekta Mission and highlighted its relevance in the current times. As at the Gurudwara, yatris were treated to tea and snacks here. The walk ended in the city centre at the 156 year old Raghunath Temple. Consisting of seven shrines, each with a tower of its own, it is the largest temple complex in Northern India. The inner walls of the main temple are covered with gold sheet on three sides. There are many galleries with lakhs of saligrams. The surrounding Temples are dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses connected with the epic Ramayana. This temple has one of the richest collections of ancient texts and manuscripts in its library. The main sanctuary is dedicated to Lord Vishnu's eighth incarnation and Dogras' (Jammu Royal family) patron deity, Sri Rama. The saligrams and the near transparent quartz Shivling made the temple unique among the hundreds of Shivalayas visited during the walk. This spot has seen demonstration of contrasting facets of mankind, its unity and bigotry. Here, during the last century, the Maharaja of Jammu, Sri Ranbir Singh got great works in Persian and Arabic translated to Sanskrit. Unfortunately, the temple also saw carnage when terrorists indiscriminately opened fire, killing devotees in 2002. The evening Satsang was at Yasho Karan Park, adjacent to the Ranbireshwar Temple – the biggest Siva temple in North India. Built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883 AD, it also has one central lingam seven and a half feet in height and twelve Shiva lingams of crystal measuring from 15 cm to 38 cm and galleries with thousands of Shiva lingams fixed on stone slabs. The Yasho Karan park also lent an inspiring ambience for the evening to unfold with Bhajans, speeches and Sri M's Satsang. Sri M thanked everyone for welcoming the Walk to Jammu. He then narrated the story of the three blind men to explain that there's a truth that cannot be defined by one's limited senses. He quoted 'Isha vasyam idam sarvam' to explain how this truth is all-pervading, something that isn't merely belief but a reality for him. Attributing the root of this understanding and change to Sri Maheshwarnath Babaji, he said it's with his Guru's blessings and orders that he decided to undertake the walk. Speaking further, he said, "There are many young people here, they are the ones who put in all the hard work to make this walk possible. I think Babaji is behind each of them. Otherwise, I don't think this Walk would have been possible. In two years, they completed the recce and informed me that it's possible. On 12th January 2015, we started the Walk from Kanyakumari". He then explained the significance of the date and the reason for choosing Kanyakumari as the starting point. "In each and every person, there's a soul – one that's called a 'noor' in Sufi terminology. This means all human beings are walking temples of God. One can worship these temples only through service, not by performing Arati. With this in mind, we decided to walk for Manav Ekta so that the unity of this country doesn't break. I am not saying our yatra will fix everything, we are only sowing seeds, especially in the minds of the young", he said. He also stressed on the need to nurture these seeds that will grow into tall trees one day. He mentioned how the Walk has been received so well by people everywhere as it's the need of the hour and talking of his experience at one of the villages, he said, "The people of the village introduced themselves as Kabir Panthis. So I told them that I belong to Manav Panthi. They quoted Kabir Das's Doha, 'Ja dadh prem na sanchari, jo dadh praan smashaan, jaise khaal lohaar ki, saans let bin praan'. We are also explaining the same thing to people – that if there's no love in one’s heart, there's no point. In a democracy, there is bound to be difference of opinion but there is nothing that cannot be solved by discussion." Sri M pointed out how Salaam and Prasadam are different words from different religions that mean peace – the basic precept of every religion – and that communal riots are just acts of people with vested interests. He asked everyone to consider humanity as the biggest religion. He pointed out that it's because of ego that one cannot put these basic principles into practise and narrated the story of the sculptor who is whisked away by Yamadhootas because of his soul ego and said, "Sometimes, this ego even comes out in the name of peace. We have to make an effort to constantly watch the mind and keep it under our control. The one who knows his pulse/soul knows himself. This is my message. I know you cannot walk with us, perhaps we'll reach Srinagar. People are warning us from going further. But wherever we go, we will talk of peace and harmony. If there are problems, discuss with love, not through violence". Sri M then introduced himself and his name which stands for Manushya, a human being above all else.

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