By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, Word For Peaceá
Humanity is oneŚtranscending religious, racial, geographical, cultural and ideological differences. á
An initiative for peace and harmony by Manav Ekta Mission, Walk of Hope is a walkathon or padayatra for peace and harmony covering 7,500 kms from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.
Led by the founder of Manav Ekta Mission, It is a catalyst to raise awareness and understanding of the diverse ethnic groups, to live together peacefully and shun ethnic violence and crimes against humanity. It is guided by the belief that different religions lead Man to the same goal.
The journey spans 500 days through 11 Indian states, bringing together citizens from all walks of life. Traversing the varied landscape of India, it seeks a significantly restored nationŚfit enough to be bequeathed to our future generations.áIt advocates that the people can combat violence, incitements and provocations by bringing in a clear understanding of our common root of existence and ultimate goal. Raising awareness towards this great cause of peace and harmony is a collective responsibility. The Manav Ekta Mission has undertaken an arduous journey by walking 7,500 kilometers, from the southern-most tip of India till the north in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Walkĺs main objective is inter-faith harmony in addition to equality for all, sustainable living, women empowerment, community health and education & youth development.
A diverse assembly of responsible citizens, who foresee a united and inclusive India for themselves and the future generations, are accompanying Sri M in this walk. The padayatra covers 15-20 kms a day and halts in the evening at a per-determined village or town en-route. The evening is spent meeting with the local populaceŚwhich includes meaningful dialogues, inter-faith prayers, eating together and, finally, resting overnight at their homes.
The Walk of Hope has so far covered 4500 kms in about eleven months through the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, Maharasthra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and now Uttar Pradesh. It has visited many places of worship, including those of Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Jews, Sikhs and Parsis along the route, where we prayed for peace and communal harmony. The participants have also met with various religious and political heads in this quest, requesting their cooperation and support.
Various ministries, organizations and eminent personalities have patronized the Walk, to name a few, the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (Ministry of Home Affairs), Department of Youth Affairs (Ministry of Youth and Sports), Department of Community Medicine (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament and Ex-Ambassador of India to the United States of America and Mr. M. N. Venkatachalliah, Ex-Chief Justice of India.
The Walk of Hope is an exercise to restore the innate spirituality of the beings Ś rekindling true faith and rejuvenating the spirit of hope, love, peace, harmony and oneness. The source of all life is one. So uniting human beings is the priority. One must start with the country first, naturally. Everyone, together, must work for this countryĺs well being to heal its soul, so that the nation can progress for the sake of the future generations. Therefore, the citizens must walk together carrying a message of true faith, to restore the spirit of hope, love, peace, harmony and oneness.
Sri M ľ spiritual guide, social reformer and educationist ľ was born into a Muslim family on November 6, 1949 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. His transformational journey, from a young boy to a living yogi, is a fascinating story symbolized by single-minded discipline and dedication. He traveled to the Himalayas at the age of 19, meeting saints and sages, eventually gaining his spiritual fulfillment under the guidance of Maheshwarnath Babaji.
He is married and has two children. His autobiography, Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master ľ A Yogiĺs Autobiography (Magenta Press, ISBN-13: 9788191009606), is a bestseller. An autobiographical account of a yogi and his journey towards understanding his master, Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master is Sri M’s story. Sri M began his life in a Muslim household. His life was turned around as the Master came to him in childhood and asked if he remembered anything. In time, he met the Master again in the Himalayas and remembered his past. This book teaches his students about his journey, the journey of a 19 year old who went in search of a guru. This is the story of how he was initiated into the Nath tradition and how he has come to understand his life’s mission.