A pleasant dawn formed the ideal backdrop for the group of 70 walkers who started at 6.00 am from Technopark Club House, Kazhakootam. With the padayatris getting acquainted with the pace and the daily pattern, the group accomplished an optimum level of walking today—covering 20.5 kilometers in less than 6 hours.
In the morning, after covering 9.5 kms, with minor stops at Thonakkal Devi Kshetram Temple and other places where Sri M was accorded warm receptions by the public, the team stopped at the CSI Church, Mangalapuram, Thonakkal. A heart warming welcome by 75 children from an orphanage and a message from the Church’s priest awaited the group. After breakfast, there was a photo shoot with the children.
At 9.00 am, the group stopped for a mini break at a local teashop, where Sri M had a cup of tea and also offered tea to all the sadhus present.Walking on, the group reached Attingal by 10.45 am to another rousing welcome by the locals. Along the way, the group came across the Walkathon ‘Run Kerala Run’ being organized in connection with the National Games being hosted by Kerala.
There was also another group of locals greeting Sri M and the group along the route. By 11.30 am, the team reached the Sree Krishna Temple, Attingal, the culminating point for the day. A coach was then organized to take the group to the place of stay—Sivagiri—about 18 kms away from the Krishna Temple.
The Sivagiri Mutt, built in 1904, is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill near Varkala. It’s the final resting place or Samadhi of the social reformer and sage, Sree Narayana Guru. Known for his concept of 'One Caste, One Religion, One God’, Gurudevan, as his followers knew him, led a reform movement in Kerala, rejecting casteism and promoting new values of spiritual freedom and social equality. The Sivagiri Mutt is also the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an organization of his disciples and saints, established by the Guru to propagate the oneness of humanity.
After lunch and rest, the group boarded the coach again to the Sree Krishna Temple, Attingal for the evening satsang. The venue was filled to capacity with around 500 people. The audience took part in the bhajans from 6.00 to 6.30 pm.
Sri M began his talk at 6.30 pm by introducing the concept of Walk of Hope to the people and urging them to join the Walk, adding that the walk will bring about a transformation in all those who walk. As befitting the venue, he spoke about Bhakti Yoga, which he considers one of the most important chapters of the Bhagwad Gita.
It appears in the 12th chapter of the Gita—only when the ‘Arjuna’ in each individual is ‘readied’ for it. Bhakti brings about total surrender and transforms the individual.Sri M then moved on to elaborate on Kunti’s prayer. Kunti’s prayer is a part of the Bhagawatam—when Sri Krishna returns to Dwaraka and bids goodbye to each of the Pandavas and those present. When he approaches Kunti, her prayer goes thus: ‘Let all the world’s sufferings and calamities come to me; let me suffer as that is when you will appear before us, giving us your darshan’. Sri M said, it’s only in suffering that one thinks of God. He added that the Walk is tough and there would be suffering along the way. This suffering should be given unto God as an offering.
He ended the poignant satsang with the reverberations of OM, silence and meditation. The group then proceeded back to Sivagiri by coach and retired after dinner at 8.00 pm.