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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Completing a march of oSri-M-Profile-Closever 2,800 km as part of the Kanyakumari-Kashmir Walk of Hope, social reformer and spiritual guide Sri M will enter Pune on Wednesday, July 01, 2015.

On his arrival, he will be welcomed by Mr. Girish Bapat (Guardian Minister, Pune District), Mr. Dattaji Dhankawde (Mayor, Pune Municipal Corporation), Mr. Aba Bagul (Deputy Mayor, Pune Municipal Corporation), Mr. Anil Shirole (MP), Mr. Ulhas Pawar (MLA), Mr. Vijayji Kale (MLA), Mr. Abhay Chhajed (City & District Congress President), Mr. Ramesh Bodake (Former chairperson of the PMC standing committee), Mr. Suresh Kamble (Vice President, Khadki Cantonment Board), Mr. Yogesh Tilekar (MLA).

Sri M, who started his 7,500 km walk on January 12 from Kanyakumari, will visit German Bakery where a terrorist bomb blast killed 17 people and injured 60, on February 13, 2010. He will lead a day-long fast – Nirahar Satyagraha – at Shaniwar Wada on Sunday which will be joined by thousands of people from all walks of life and across the country. It is being observed to pay homage to people who were victims of terrorism and violence and to focus on non-violence and communal harmony.

Sri M believes that we need to sometimes pause and reflect on the way we lead our lives. We need to walk away from non-conviction, misplaced faith leading to terrorism and violence carried out in the name of religion or otherwise. In India, or anywhere else in the world, Sri M believes we can make a difference. We are the architects of our lives and our society.

This ‘Walk of Hope’ as it has been christened brings together citizens and well-wishers from all religions, economic backgrounds and vocations to raise awareness and restore a national sentiment of oneness – ‘fit enough to be bequeathed to our future generations’.

‘Sri M’ as he is more popularly known, is a ‘living yogi’ in the tradition of Himalayan masters as we know them. His books have enhanced the understanding of Vedic culture by those who are in the quest of an evolved soul. Born to Muslim Parents he is a living example of a sincere disciple to his Guru Maheshwarnath Babaji and what a Guru embodies as guide to all his disciples. Sri M now 66 years was born in Kerala and since childhood has been gifted with a sense of belonging to the ways of Himalayan Yogi’s spiritual pathway. An evolved soul and primarily a human being, undertakes this padayatra as per wishes of his Guru to propagate the central idea of there being only one religion – ‘Humanity’.

In year 2000, he established Manav Ekta Mission which aims to propagate, a core message of ‘equality’ and ‘oneness’ among all that he professes through various books, seminars and camps. This ‘Walk of Hope’ is an outreach programme to society and in his own words he says … “when you walk you have the ability to see everything and connect with everyone around you”.

The Walk of Hope has so far covered over 2800 kms and had an eventful flag off on January 12, 2015 in Kanyakumari near the Swami Vivekananda rock memorial, which was attended by eminent persons from all walks of life. Former Indian ambassador to the U.S. Dr Karan Singh, Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, M. N. Venkatachalliah, Ex-Chief Justice of India and representatives from Central Ministries like Home Affairs, Youth & Sports, All India Institute of Medical Sciences – Department of Community Medicine and others.

The journey so far and throughout to Srinagar would involve visits to places of worship, including those of Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Jews, Sikhs and Zoroastrians  along the route. More than 150 walkers accompany Sri M every day and a Satsang – congregation of truthful people, marks the end of day celebration of life open to all local persons from all communities.