Thursday, October 9, 2014
युवक, पर्यटन व करिअर!
एके दिवशी माझ्या मनात विचार आला कि संपूर्ण भारतातल्या विविध शाळा, महाविद्यालयामध्ये जाऊन विद्यार्थ्याबरोबर संवाद करायचा, त्यांना समाजसेवेसाठी प्रेरित करायचे, आणि खरा भारत समजून घ्याचा. त्यासाठी मी भारतातील खेडे आणि महाविद्यालयांना भेट देण्याचे ठरविले. कारण जगातील सर्वात जास्त युवक भारतात आहे आणि ते मला महाविद्यालयात भेटणार होते, खेड्यांना भेट देण्याचे कारण असे कि भारतातील सर्वात जास्त लोक खेडेगावात राहतात. मी हा प्रवास बाईकवरून करायचे ठरविले. पण मला माझ्या घरून बाईक मिळाली नाही, उलट प्रचंड विरोध झाला. माझ्याकडे तर पुरेसे पैसे सुद्धा नव्हते. मी माझ्या अनेक मित्रांना बाईक देण्यासाठी विनंती केली, पण कोणीही दिली नाही. शेवटी बाईकवरून जाण्याचे रद्द होते कि काय असे वाटू लागले, पण मी माझ्या विचारावर ठाम होतो. एके दिवशी माझ्या मित्राचा पुण्याहून फोन आला, मी त्यावेळी चेन्नई ला होतो. बाईक नसल्यामुळे यात्रा रद्द होण्याची चिंन्हे आहेत असे मी त्याला सांगितले. तो म्हणाला मी बाईक देतो. मी फोन खाली ठेवला, तत्काळ मधून रेल्वे चे टिकेट काढले, पुण्याला आलो, त्याच्या घरी जाऊन बाईक घेतली, ५०० रु एका मित्राकडून उसने घेतले आणि निघालो. कसलेही प्लानिंग नव्हते, तयारी नव्हती, पैसे नव्हते, तरीही प्रवासाला सुरवात केली. माझ्या आणखी काही मित्रांना माझ्या भारत यात्रेविषयी समजले आणि त्यांनी एकत्र येऊन संपूर्ण यात्रेत येणार्या पेट्रोल च्या खर्चाची तरतूद केली. दररोज एका महाविद्यालाला भेट देऊन विद्यार्थ्याशी संवाद साधायचा व खेडेगावात जाऊन मुक्काम करायचा असे ठरविले होते. त्यामुळे खर्च कमी येणार होता आणि मलाही एक वेगळा अनुभव येणार होता. सकाळ झाली कि प्रवासाला सुरवात करायची आणि संध्याकाळी पाचच्या सुमारास कुठल्याही गावात जायचे, लोकांशी संवाद साधायचा आणि मंदिरात, शाळेच्या मैदानात, पोलीस स्टेशन जवळ मुक्काम करायचा. जेवण मिळाले तर करायचे नाहीतर उपवास करायचा. असा साधारण उपक्रम असायचा. मी १०८ दिवसात, संपूर्ण २८ राज्यामधून २१००० पेक्षा जास्त प्रवास केला, यामध्ये २०० खेड्यांना भेट दिली, ८० विविध महाविद्यालामध्ये व काही शाळामध्ये मिळून १०६ व्याख्याने दिली, व साधारण ६५०० युवकांना भेटलो, त्याचबरोबर चर्चा केली. या यात्रेमध्ये अनेक चांगले व शिकवण देणारे अनुभव आले, मला विचार करायला, स्वतःबरोबर राहायला वेळ मिळाला, अनेक लोकांना भेटण्याची संधी मिळाली.
या यात्रेमधून मला अनुभवायला मिळाले कि, " जर आपल्याकडे स्वप्न असेल, ते स्वप्न पूर्ण करण्यासाठी काहीही करण्याची आपली तयारी असेल, प्रामाणिकपणे आपण त्या स्वप्नांचा पाठपुरावा करत असू तर आपण या जगात काहीही करू शकतो".
आपली स्वप्ने पूर्ण करण्यासाठी लागणारी उर्जा पर्यटनातून निश्चितपणे मिळते असा माझा अनुभव आहे. पर्यटन हे सर्वांगीण विकासासाठी अत्यंत महत्वाचे साधन आहे. युवकांमध्ये प्रचंड शारीरिक क्षमता असते. उर्जा असते. या उर्जेचा योग्य वापर करून जीवनात यशस्वी होणे सहज शक्य असते. पण योग्य वेळी योग्य मार्ग मिळाला पाहिजे. आपणाला पाहिजे ते करण्यासाठी योग्य निर्णय घेणे अत्यंत आवश्यक असते. असा योग्य निर्णय घेण्या अगोदर पर्यटन किवा भ्रमंती करणे अत्यंत महत्वाचे ठरते. मानसाला हवी असलेली अनेक प्रश्नाची उत्तरे फिरताना मिळू शकतात.
भ्रमंती करताना माणूस अनेक ठिकाणे बघतो, अनेक व्यक्तींना भेटतो, त्यातून आजूबाजूची परिस्थिती समजते. माणसाचे मन फिरताना अत्यंत क्रियाशील बनते. विविध प्रसंगांना सामोरे जावे लागते. त्यातून प्रसंगावधान येते, चातुर्य वाढते. ज्ञानामध्ये भर पडते, व माणूस सक्रीय बनतो.
आपण इतिहासात बघितले तर अनेक थोर लोकांनी प्रवास केलेला आहे, व त्यामुळे ते आयुष्यात प्रचंड यशस्वी झालेले आहे. सक्रीय राजकारणात येण्यागोदर महात्मा गांधीनी संपूर्ण भारत प्रवास केला होता. स्वामी विवेकानंदानी संपूर्ण भारत प्रवास पायी चालत केला होता. समर्थ रामदास व अनेक संत महात्म्यांनी प्रवासाचे महत्व वर्नन केले आहे. त्यांनी प्रवास केला म्हणून ते झाले, मोठे होते म्हणून त्यांनी प्रवास केला नाही. प्रवासाशिवाय माणूस मोठा होऊ शकत नाही हे सत्य आहे. प्रवासामुळे माणसाला आपल्या अंतर्गत शक्तींची जाणीव होते. प्रवासातील अनेक प्रसंगातून खरे शिक्षण मिळते. ज्यांना खरेखुरे जीवन जगायचे असेल त्यांनी भरपूर प्रवास करावा असे माझे मत आहे. प्रवासासारखा गुरु नाही, कारण प्रवासासारखे ज्ञान कोणीही देऊ शकत नाही. सर्वात श्रेष्ट ज्ञान हे अनुभवातून येते, व अनुभव घेण्यासाठी फिरावे लागते.
ज्यांना कोणाला जीवनात प्रचंड यशस्वी व्हायचे असेल त्यांनी खूप प्रवास करावा. पूर्वी आपल्या शिक्षण पद्धतीमध्ये प्रवास होता. शिक्षण पूर्ण झाल्यावर प्रत्येक शिष्याला गुरु प्रवासासाठी पाठवत असत. त्या प्रवासाला यात्रा अशी संज्ञा होती. त्या काळात शिष्य विविध तीर्थ क्षेत्रांना भेट देत असे. अनेक विद्वान लोकांबरोबर चर्चा करत असे. विविध प्रकारचे अनुभव घेऊन शिष्य परिपक्व होत असे.
भारतात सध्या युवकांची संख्या खूप आहे. आपला देश हा युवा देश आहे. युवा या शब्दाला उलटे वाचले तर वायू हा शब्द तयार होतो. युवा हा वायू प्रमाणे सारखा फिरत राहिला पाहिजे. ज्ञान मिळवण्यासाठी व मिळवलेले ज्ञान इतरांना देण्यासाठी युवकांनी पर्यटन केले पाहिजे. प्रत्येक युवकाने आयुष्यातील किमान एक वर्ष प्रवासासाठी दिले पाहिजे.
तरुणांना फिरायला व इतरांना फिरवायला खूप आवडते, या फिरण्यावर निट लक्ष केंद्रित केले तर या क्षेत्रात उत्तम करिअर सुद्धा करता येते याची माहिती तरुणांनी घ्यावी. नाहीतर आयुष्यभर फक्त रिकामे फिरत राहावे लागते. पर्यटन हे जगातील सर्वात वेगाने वाढणारे क्षेत्र आहे. या क्षेत्रात कुशल मनुष्य बलाची अत्यंत आवश्यकता आहे, पण अजूनही तरुणांना या क्षेत्रातील करिअर विषयी कमी माहिती आहे.
जागतिक स्तरावर पर्यटन क्षेत्रात युवकांसाठी अनेक संधी आहेत. या क्षेत्रात काम करण्यासाठी ठराविक ठिकाणी अभ्यास क्रमाची सोय आहे. महागडे अभ्यास क्रम करणे शक्य नसल्यास प्रत्यक्ष अनुभव घेणे उत्तम ठरते. कारण शेवटी पदव्यापेक्षा अनुभव महत्वाचा असतो. कुठल्याही पर्यटन क्षेत्रात काम करणाऱ्या संस्थेमध्ये काम करणे शक्य आहे. पर्यटकांना मार्गदर्शन करणे, त्यांना हव्या असणाऱ्या पूरक सुविधा पुरविणे, यासारखी अनेक कामे करणे शक्य आहे. पर्यटन क्षेत्रात स्वतंत्र व्यवसाय करण्यासाठी अनेक संधी आहेत. कमी भांडवलामध्ये सुधा आपण हा व्यवसाय उत्तम चालवू शकतो. पर्यटन हे सेवा क्षेत्रामध्ये येते. येथे उत्तम सेवा देणे अपेक्षित असते.
ज्यांना अभ्यासाची व फिरण्याची आवड आहे, त्यांनी या क्षेत्रात येणे अत्यंत महत्वाचे आहे. संवाद कौशल्य उत्तम असेल, विविध भाषा शिकण्याची तयारी असेल, व नेहमी नवीन गोष्ठी करणे आवडत असेल तर पर्यटन हे एक उत्तम करिअर आहे .
पर्यटन हा अत्यंत विशाल विषय आहे. यामध्ये इतिहास, भूगोल, साहित्य, कला, संस्कृती, विज्ञान, वास्तुरचना शास्त्र, मूर्ती शास्त्र, प्राचीन वास्तू यासारख्या अनेक विषयांचा संबंध येतो. त्यामुळे ज्या कोणाला जीवनाचा चौफेर आनंद घ्यायचा असेल त्यांनी पर्यटन करावे.
मानवी जीवन हा एक प्रवास आहे, आपण सर्व जन प्रवासी आहोत. एका ठराविक वेळेपासून आपण हा प्रवास सुरु केला आहे व एका ठराविक टप्यावर आपणाला थांबायचे आहे, प्रवास अनंत आहे, कधीही न थांबणारा आहे. या आयुष्याचा प्रवास सुंदर करणे व त्याचा आनंद घेणे आपल्या हातात आहे, हा जीवन प्रवास उत्तम होण्यासाठी सदैव चालत राहणे हा उत्तम उपाय आहे. हा जीवन प्रवास समजून घेतला तर जीवन अत्यंत आनंदी होईल. माझ्या अत्यंत आवडत्या कवितेतील काही ओळी जीवन जगण्यासाठी अत्यंत महत्व पूर्ण संदेश देतात.
धरती चलती, तारे चलते
अम्बर चलता रहता है
किरणों का उपहार बाटने
सूरज रोज निकालता है
पाव मिले चलने के खातिर
पाव पसारे मत बैठो
जीवन में कुछ करना है तो
हिम्मत हारे मत बैठो
आगे आगे बढ़ाना है तो
मन को मरे मत बैठो.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
I visited Jodhpur fort and left the city at 5.30 pm. I started driving towards Jaisalmer. It was around 6.30 pm so I was searching a place to stay. I saw a board Rameshwar Ashram and went there. There was a young Sadhu and few old people. I asked permission to stay there and they agreed. They said you can stay here, this is lord shiva’s temple, and we are also visitor. The sadhu talked with me very nicely. It was around 8 pm, there was Bhajan program. Some people came from the villages; there was an old lady who came from nearby village. She must be a retired teacher, around sixty. I met all of them and started discussion. The lady called me and asked about my cast. It was so funny. I gave all the details, she asked identity proofs, I showed PAN, driving license etc. she was not satisfied, she called Mukhiya of the village, he was also an old person, he asked me about the cast. I told that I am Hindu and my sub caste is Maratha, I am Kshatriya. Then the lady started discussion with him in their language. I realized that, it is not safe and good to stay in the temple. I told them if you have any problem I can go and stay in jungle also.
The lady said, yes, its better you go from here; she must be looking for their safety. I took all the documents from them, and moved from the place. The sadhu was requesting to have food, but the lady was telling him that don’t request, let him go. I left around 9.30 pm. I don’t know why, but tears came in my eyes.
There was total darkness, it was full moon day, but there were clouds in the sky. After one hour there was full light of the moon. I parked my vehicle near the road, and slept on the bike. I used to sleep on bike many times in a Jungle. Some people were walking on the road, they saw me and increased their speed and finally started running. I understood their problem, (It was a full moon day, and there is a superstition in villages that ghosts can appear on this day) and decided to move from there. I went to a Dhaba and asked for stay, he asked 200 rupees to stay on terrace. I was not having that much budget, so I drove till 11.30 and got a place to stay at a road side Dhaba.
One day I stayed at a temple in the evening. Later people misunderstood me as a terrorist, I had to leave the temple around 10 pm.
I was searching a place to stay in the night. I asked so many places/dhaba and hotels but it was not in my budget. Finally I went to a Dhaba around 11 pm in the night; the owner gave permission to stay there without taking any charges. it was Rajasthani Pure vegetarian dhaba.
Few people were sitting there. We talked for around half an hour, they asked many things about my bike Yatra. One person asked me about the dinner; I said no, I can’t have dinner today, because it is too late. He said wait for some time I will make food for you. He also promised that there is only vegetarian food.
He was handicapped, his both legs were just hanging, so he was crawling with his palms. We were sitting outside near the road and the kitchen was around 50 feet.
He started crawling, went to toilet (most dirty toilet at Dhaba, open air), came out, directly went in Kitchen, did not washed his hand. The kitchen was in open area and everything was visible. He took the material and started making a Roti for me.
I was looking at him; I decided to not have dinner in any situation. He made two roti, came back and sat with me. He ordered the food for me. I said no, I am not feeling hungry and don’t want to eat, because it is too late. He said, friend I made food especially for you, I will not allow you to sleep without having food. You have to take dinner. The plate came in front of me; I was not ready to eat the food. The person requested again and again. He said don’t give money, but have the food, you have not taken food, you are driving the bike, you should take food. His love was something different; he was not treating me as a common visitor. I closed my eyes, the whole scene repeated in front of my eyes, he went to toilet, directly to the kitchen and made roti.
I started thinking, a thought came in my mind, I saw this scene so I am not ready to have the food. The cause is not his dirtiness; the cause is my eyes and mind. It might have been happening in other restaurants also. And anyway it was hot food so obviously it was hygienic. So I looked the situation as a training session and had food. I was eating because of his love. The person was really happy. He was just looking towards me. I had one chapati and returned remaining food, because it was so spicy. I paid for it.
Friday, June 27, 2014
I was driving very slowly; it was a narrow ghat road. So there was no chance to overtaking. One bus was there in front of me and I wanted to overtake the bus, because it was going very slowly. The driver was not giving side. There were so many sharp turns and deep vally to one side. I tried to overtake the bus, I was driving parallel to the bus, and I saw a Jeep coming very fast, he applied the brake and stopped the jeep, it was impossible to avoid the accident. I also used brakes with full power. We managed to stop our vehicles; there was only half feet distance between the Jeep and my bike. One Indica was following the jeep, Indica driver could not use the brakes properly, he banged on the jeep and we heard big sound. People in jeep and Indica started shouting, screaming. Suddenly I took my bike to other side of the road. Indica’s both the headlights had gone. Front side was damaged badly. Luckily nothing happened to any traveler.
If I would not have taken my bike outside, I would have gone in the deep vally.
I was very silent, peaceful and calm on that time. No fear no thought, tension, nothing. I enjoyed the peace. I was with Mr. Death for two minutes; these two minutes were one of the memorable times in my life.
I took some photographs of the jeep and the indica.
Both the drivers came to me and started shouting. Actually it was not my mistake, but they saw vehicle number and started asking money to repair the Indica. He said expenses will be more than five thousand, at least give two thousand. They were asking my camera. Their voice and anger was increasing, I was silent and peaceful. I was just smiling. One of them took bike’s key, was getting ready for fighting. I realized this incidence will cross the limits and within few minutes they will start fighting. I started shouting very badly, I increased my voice double to them. I said, both of you are drivers; it’s your mistake till that I am listening to you. Do you think I am alone in this area? You just touch me and see what happens. I am not mad to travel without anything. I am well prepared.
They became silent, kept quit and said, ok we will compromise, give us two thousand rupees and go. I was not having money; I had only 500 rupees and was ready to give them. But they wanted more. So they asked me to come down and talk with the Indica owner. The Jeep driver went because his customers were shouting at him. So I went with Indica driver. I drove in first gear for ten kilometers, gears were not changing.
When we were going down, the indica driver informed to the owner of the car. When I arrived at the railway station so many Muslim youngsters were standing there. The owner was a Muslim person. I got down, went in the group and said, Namaste! I introduced myself and told the incidence, the driver was also agreed what I told to them. Some seniors said that, it is not your mistake at all, why you came with him. Sorry for your inconvenience. I said your driver was not listening to me. Till that the owner asked for some money, another person shouted at him and said, how you can ask money? It’s not his mistake. Finally they said, you can go for your next journey. I had to repair the bike, because the gears were not changing. I went to a Garage and repaired it.
This yatra is miracle; I have got many strange experiences. Sometime there are difficult tests. I never believed on God before the Yatra, but now I have started experiencing it.
I am enjoying his blessings and moving as per his guidance. Some time I become quit, enjoys silence, sometime I talk continuously for whole days, sometime I stay in temple, jungle, village and sometime I enjoy luxurious stays In A/c. Sometime I eat only cucumbers, in a day sometime I get food for five times in a day. Sometime I tried to behave against his will and experienced strange things. E.g. once I went to visit Chamunda temple and my bike got punctured, but there was service station just one kilometer ahead. Once I drove after seven pm, bike slept twice on stones but nothing happened to me, till that I continued and my bike felt in the soil. There was only soil for five feets, whole bike was hiding in the soil, I took away some soil and picked up the bike. Once I was driving after 2.30 pm without lunch, and I slept on bike, my bike stopped at the road side in the sand.
So many times I stays anywhere, I get proper vegetarian food and all facilities. I don’t know how it happens. Some time I am getting challenging experiences to become strong. But its required. It is helping to develop my self confidence and faith on the greatest power. The power is within us. But to know the power we must know ourselves.
I have just written some small incidents, can’t write the higher ones. I don’t know how it is happening, but I have to believe because I am experiencing it. Its enjoyment, an experience!
I have taken this concept for the Yatra. Near about 70 percent people lives in villages. If we want to know our country we should visit villages, their condition, lifestyle etc. we can see the real Bharat in villages till today. We can see love, traditions, happiness, humanity, and such values in villages. I decided to visit villages to know the real nation and the real situation/condition of our nation. We think that everything is fine in villages, because we believe on media and Government reports. They never tell real information. If two villages are developed in a district they will show and claim that most of the district villages are developed, there are no problems, but the situation is exactly opposite.
I choose colleges because most of the youngsters are in college campus, not in classrooms. Only sincere, silent, peaceful, disciplined youngster sits in a classroom who finds jobs after their education. They are victims of the education system. I was interested to meet with the youth who sits in campus instead of classrooms. I met them, really they are very active, and they know this education system cannot do anything for them, so they choose informal way of education. They learn from each other, they complete journals and practical’s by sharing each other’s journal. They never fail in exams, they learn life skills, they lives life happily, and they enjoys the life.
These students can do something for the nation, but they should get proper guidance on proper time.
As per my opinion only twenty percent students likes to sit in classrooms in villages and in cities also. Others attend classes because of pressure from family, and compulsion.
I met such students and interacted with them. They wants to do something different, but don’t know what to do? I talked with them about the service to the nation, entrepreneurship, choosing the career/Swa-dharma, etc.
We had very nice discussions, they used to come and meet me, my bike Yatra was a main attraction for them.
I was travelling in Rajasthan; I left from Bikaner around 3 pm. And was in search of a village where I can stay for the night. I came across the Bhairav temple in Toliyasar.
I went there, parked my bike and went in the temple. Because of the strange dressing all people were looking at me. I talked with some people and enquired about the food and stay. One person was very attractive, his mustaches and beard was very special. He came to me and we started talking about my journey. We became best friends within some time. He requested me to have dinner with him. I went to his house and had nice dinner. His mother and wife made food for me. We talked till 11.30 pm on different topics.
Tolaram is very different personality. His thoughts, hobbies are totally different. He was working in a company in the city. He thought to start own business, came back to his village and started a small shop in front of the temple. He sales puja material, but one can get anything at his shop, mobile recharge vouchers, all puja material, grocery, biscuits, stationary, pan, cigarette everything. He says if a person doesn’t get something in any other shop they come to me. He is very popular in the village.
He says that he wants to do his own business. As per his opinion he will be a very rich person within five to ten years. He says before five years he was not having house to stay, he built a nice house within five years.
I liked his discipline, he smokes only once in a day. If he gets chance to smoke at 11 pm, then only he smokes otherwise he keeps the same cigarette for next day and waits till 11 pm. That day we were talking so he avoided smoking.
He said that He wants to start different businesses in the village. He wants to start dairy in the village. He wants to purchase so many cows. His one wish was very strange! He said I want to keep hundreds of cows at my home. I will feed them only different types of grains. Then I will collect the cow dung, wash it, and will collect the grain from the dung. I will wash it properly and grind it. My ultimate wish is to have the roti made from such grains, said Tolaram. He has so many strange and unbelievable ideas like this!
Very nice personality!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Driving is a great Sadhana if one practices it properly. I experienced this during my bike journey across the nation for 108 days. During my Yog training Dr. Samprasad Vinod taught me to enjoy everything! If we involve our mind and body in the work it becomes Sadhana. I did lots of experiments while driving and I got the results. I used to do Savasan meditation in the morning every day. I used to keep my mind cool and calm while driving. I gave my hundred percent on driving and I started getting great enjoy from it. I learnt so many things while driving. Someone has said that practice makes man perfect. It is very important what we practicing. If we practice good things we can become perfect in that. I practiced driving perfectly and learnt following things.
Alertness- one should be alert while driving, but we never remain alert because there are so many things to disturb us. We see different boards, vehicles, cars, people, some time beautiful girls (In the case of youngsters) and our alertness goes away. We start thinking on different topics. I think driving is the best way to practice alertness. Because our mind runs very fast when we sit, but when we drive our body also runs fast. Mind is already active and it gets new subjects in every second to become more active.
If we can see all the things and remains with us it is called alertness. We should see all the things but we should not go with it.
Awareness- we should be aware about driving. If we can practice alertness and remains aware we can feel the difference in sound, speed and such things.
Focus of mind- I practiced to focus my mind on driving and I became successful in that. I was able to focus my mind for at least five hours every day.
Mind and body relation- if we can have synchronization between our mind and body we can achieve so many things.
There are so many advantages of conscious driving; so I think it is a great Sadhana for those who love it.
I stayed with Adiwasi people, in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. That day I slept at 8 pm and woke up early at 3. 40 am. I was planning to leave from the place, but the old person requested me to stay there. He wanted to take photographs and was not ready till yet. When he saw my camera, he said, “Mera Phatuva Nikalo”. He wanted to take photographs with his wife, so he requested me to wait. It was 5.30 in the morning the old person started preparation, and became ready till 6.30 am. He cut his mustache, shaved the beard, wore good cloths, wore some ancient jewelry, took a weapon in his hand. When he came out of the Hut, I couldn’t recognize him.
He called his wife also. I took so many photographs. Both of they became very happy, and said, first time In our life somebody took our photographs!
It was really nice experience for me. on Maharashtra and MP border I had lunch with them. I met them in the afternoon and they requested me to have food with them. I sat in a hut, one person served me. There were two chapati, subji, chuttny in my plate. When I looked at the chapati I was shocked, it was to huge, double than biggest Bhakri, I never seen such a big and thin chapati till that day. I requested them to serve only half chapati, it was enough for me. One old lady sat in front of me, she was having three chapati’s in her plate. She started eating, I was just looking towards her, and she finished one chapati within few minutes. I ate the food, it was too spicy, and the lady cleaned her nose in front of me. I felt like omitting, but there was no chance to escape. I finished food and left from the place.
Sharma guruji is one of the most knowledgeable person I have ever seen. When Dr. Ashok Belkhode suggested to meet him. I went in Kalashram, guruji was resting in the afternoon. He met me in the evening and suggested to stay there. I talked with him for some time and stayed there. We talked on different topics. He asked the purpose of my Yatra. He talked on education system, cast system, ancient Bharatiya sociology, importance of our culture, arts etc. we spent around 7 hours in discussion.
He said our education system is teaching and implementing two things on students. One they make the students sit in the class and teach to do adjustment. Students sits more than six hours in every school, they don’t get chance to become active, to show their talent, they only sits in the classroom for first twenty years of life. After that they don’t want to do physical work, they search jobs which will make them sit. Another thing is they learn adjustment in the schools. There have continuous classes and there is a break only for two minutes. If mathematics class is going on after two minutes Marathi subject will start. So students have to change their mindset within two minutes. If they enjoys math within two minutes they have to accept new thing against their will.
Our education system is like jail. Observe the happiness when students go out from the school. Education should give happiness, enjoyment and satisfaction with knowledge. Till today we are making clerks, managers and producing best brains for multinational companies. After completing education people don’t want to serve the country, they go outside and work for others.
He explained the facts about cast system, what is cast system, how it was formed, what was the purpose, how society was connected to each other etc. after listening to him I thought on these topics and now convinced that, we should know our own culture and the country called Bharat.
I arrived at Anantnag around 6 pm, whole city was closed. No one was there without army and few people. Only one market was open, I asked there for accommodation, they suggested going to Martland. I went there around 7 pm; all the doors of the temple were closed. Someone suggested to go at a Gurudwara, it was around seven kilometer away. I drove for two kilometers and asked address to one person, he suggested to stay at Martland temple. Again I came back and requested to police. They checked my luggage and gave permission to stay. I went inside, met to Pujari, he gave a bed in a hall. I asked about food, but they said, everything is closed, its not possible to get food. I was so hungry, there was no food from morning. I just sat there and started thinking about the day. I was thinking about the food, but it was not possible. After some time a middle age lady came there. She looked at me and asked, Beta, Khana khaya hai kya?
I said, No Mataji. I am going to do fast today.
She said Beta, come to my home for dinner.
I said, it’s ok Mataji, I will manage without food.
She said, If you want to stay here, you have to take dinner at my home.
I went to Dharmashala and became fresh, prepared to sleep, did not go to her home for dinner. She came again and called me, I went with her. She requested me to sit in the kitchen. She served me hot and fresh food. She made special Kundru subji for me. It was really tasty food, and I never had such food in my life. She served the food with love, she treated me just like her own Son. Nobody fed me like her. She said you are my son, whatever you need ask me. i was thinking that we knows each other from just one hour and how she is dealing with me. I became a family member. It was a great experience to experience the mothers love.
In Kurukshetra, I was finding accommodation facilities. There were so many Dharmashala’s. I visited few of them.
I went in Jogi Samaj Dharmashala. Few old people were sitting together and smoking Ganja with a common huge Chillam. I asked them for accommodation, they asked about my caste. I said Kshatriya, one of them said that you cannot stay here. This is only for Jogi samaj.
All they were retired from different departments like Police, army, Railway etc. they were experienced and knowledgeable. They checked my identity proofs, they came to know about my Yatra and gave permission.
I talked with them on several issues, I interviewed them. All they were around 80-88.
I asked them, all of you have seen Bharat before and after independence, what you would like to tell about the nation before and after 1947.
One of them replied, Beta, Bharat was independent before 1947. In that time general public was independent, country was not. People were happy and satisfied. Now our country is independent, but people are not. Don’t misunderstand us, we are not supporting British raj, but this was reality.
British were punctual, there was justice for common people, there was strict discipline and bad punishments for gunda’s, they were not corrupt, they were ruling best. But they were outsiders, we wanted freedom, we got it. But we got only one piece of the nation. Our country broke into pieces, we got one peace and we are saying Bharat got freedom. Do you call it freedom?
You call it because you are taught like that, your mind made like that. You will say what this old person is saying, but truth will be always bitter only. You are taught that only because of Mahatma Gandhi country got freedom, but the reality is so many freedom fighters fought so we got freedom, only because of Mahatma Gandhi our country is broken. You are getting wrong education, wrong information. But what one can do? This is Kaliyug, such things gets publicity very fast. Kalay tasmai namah!
These old people talked on different topics, they talked like I am going to change the problems, they were looking towards me, they were hopeful. One of them said, Beta, you will be successful in your mission. Our blessings will be with you. Serve the nation, and tell them realities.
I was not having money to have food in the train. I just closed my eyes and sat quietly. One Marwadi family was sitting in front of me. They noticed that I did not had food from yesterday. One of them asked me, I said that I am pure vegetarian so I never take food in the train. They gave me home made food, and said we are Marwadi, pure vegetarian, please have a food.
I arrived in Pune on 5th March, 2010.and got the bike from Sunil Mane. It was not in good condition; around seven thousand rupees were required for repairing. I met to different people on 5th 6th and 7th March, most of them opposed and laughed at me. One of my friends Vipul Shaha’s supported fully and helped me. His father said, we wanted to contribute for this noble cause. On 8th March Umesh Sardar called me for lunch, and asked in detail about the Yatra. I told everything. He said we will look for sponsorship, but I opposed because I did not wanted sponsorship from anyone. On the same day Parag Potdar, a senior reporter called me, made a nice story and published in Lokmat on next day. I met to Shri Hemant joshi sir in the evening; he liked the project and wanted to help for it. Next day he called me in his office. He managed petrol expenses of the Yatra without any expectation. My friend Viraj Nikam took responsibility of repairing the bike. I met to Shri Mahesh Jivane in the evening at 10 pm. He gave very important tips for the Yatra and asked me to take photographs. I replied I am not having a camera. He managed a new camera for the Yatra. I met to Shri Babasaheb Purandare on 9th March; he blessed me and asked from where are you starting this yatra? I replied it’s not decided, and then he said come to my home, have milk and start the Yatra, let “Mata Bhavani bless you and give a great success.
I arrived at Hisar and went to a dharmashala, the manager asked for 100 rupees I gave the money and saw the room; it was too dirty, so I said I can’t stay there. He was very strange person; he started doing comments on me and was not ready to give the money. I requested but he returned only 45 rupees to me. A thought came in my mind, why I am suffering and finding good places to stay. I will stay in a Jungle or in a village. That day I wanted to wash my cloths and take proper rest so I was in the town.
I visited Hotel Pritam palace just for fun. It is a standard hotel, but the rooms are costly. The Manager showed me some rooms and showed the tariff card. My financial budget was too low so I decided to find some other hotel. As I was leaving the hotel, the owner came inside.
He asked me that, are you unsatisfied about the hotel? I told him about my journey and said that the rooms are not affordable for me. He requested me to sit, he enquired about my Yatra. He said, please stay in my hotel, and give whatever you want. I stayed there, the room was really nice. That day I washed all the cloths in the night and had nice sleep for four hours. I paid 100 rupees as a rent.
It was too hot day in the month of March, I was travelling through Gujrat. Time was around 11 am, I did not want to drive, because of hit. I was finding a place to take rest for three hours. I saw a Hanuman temple and decided to stay there in the afternoon. I had not taken bath in the morning so did pranam from outside, but a thought came in my mind, if our mind is pure, we can go inside also. I could not take bath because, i couldn't find good facilities. So I decided to go inside the temple. I entered in the temple and saw an old Sadhu, with huge Jata (hairs), mustache and beard. His body was very weak, only bones. He was smoking Ganja. He must be more than 80. I thought, what a bad person, became old but not have simple sense, smoking in temple. I wanted to move from there and stay at another place for the rest.
Suddenly he asked me, from where are you coming, where are you going?
It was really difficult and highly philosophical question! I thought for awhile and answered simply, I am from Pune, traveling on bike to serve the nation. He asked another question, Do you have aim? Kya tumhare pas lakshya hai?. And he went on talking, he did not gave a chance to speak. He gave very important tips for my Yatra. He said find the truth!. Everyday all touches the truth, but find it where is the truth. People lies when saying truth always win. They do corruption and remind each other truth always wins. Go and find the truth, if you find it tell me where is truth? Think what truth is, why it is necessary and how it will win.
He was shouting at me sometime, his intention was the young generation. He said, when we were young we fought for freedom, but have we got freedom? No till today we are not independent. Just politicians changed, white went and black are ruling us. White were good as compare to the black. Today’s politicians are black but they think and listen to white only. They are ruled by foreigners till today. See how they behaves in the parliament, strange than mad people in the prison. They are smugglers, Gunda’s , dacoits, killers and raping to the nation. They are taking our nation backwards. They are madarchot, raping their own mother; they can’t understand the difference between their sisters. They are selling their sisters also. See the today’s picture and condition of our motherland. These bahanchod politicians will destroy the nation. They are mad, uneducated, not having sense, not having decision making power. They are sinner!
He said to me, you are also sinner, I said no Babaji, I am not, I have not done any bad things in my life. He said why you are lying. To whom you give your vote, you also helped to select these gunda’s , you knows the condition of motherland, what are you doing to change it. Eunuchs are better than you, at least they claps and asks for money. You are begging for justice, you are demanding good things in the nation, you are expecting good things in the nation and for that you are serving just for one year. It is not enough, fight against this sinners and make your mother happy. How you can see that someone is raping your mother?
Fight, “ladhane se hak milta hai, mangne se bhik milta hai” . You have to fight against your own brothers, against your own family, because they are troubling your mother. Think what I am saying.
He was just going on; he said I am angry at your generation, not you. At least you are doing something, do it, you will come back. When you will return from this journey, return as a fire, give light as a sun, otherwise don’t return. Don’t show your mouth to the motherland, you are not able to live in this nation. I am not disturbing you, but think on my thoughts, and take a right decision.
Sometime he was very soft, sometime more than fire. After half an hour he said, go and think for some time. He gave food to me. There was some rice in a plate for him; he cut it into six same pieces, because we were six people there including him. He distributed the rice to everyone and ate one piece, and then I realized the secret of his weak body. If a group of people comes there at the time of his lunch, what will happen? He may get a food just like a Prasad.
I went and took rest for half an hour, came back to the temple, and wanted to move. He again ordered sit down. I sat, I was not having courage to say no. he talked for some time and said; now I will give you a very powerful mantra. Suddenly my mind changed. Till now he was ok, but when he spoke about mantra I became negative. Actually it was my perception. My mind disturbed, I started thinking what I will do with mantra? And he said you have to chant this mantra everyday at least three to eleven times. Then I thought I don’t want this mantra. I wanted to tell him, Babji I don’t want any mantra; just give your blessings, it’s enough for me.
He said, sit quietly, actually I was not talking anything, I was just thinking negatively about the mantra. For ten to fifteen minutes both of we were silent. Nobody spoke anything. Later I thought what is the problem to listen the mantra? Chanting is next thing. I sat quietly, kept quit, and became thought less, peaceful. And suddenly the Sadhu said, “Mere desh ko sukhi karana hai, mai kya karu”? This is the mantra for you. Chant it every day you will get the answer in this journey. Follow the answer you will become happy and will get whatever you want. Do it regularly, and he said, now go! You will be successful in this journey, but remember its nothing to make your nation happy.
I was returning to Bhopal from Sanchi. There is a hilly area on the way. So many monkeys were running here and there, few dogs were chasing them. Because of the fear all monkeys were running very fast. Suddenly one monkey directly came in front of my bike and the front side of the gear (Rod) stuck in his body. He was pulled with the bike for some time and little part of the flesh came out. All this happened within a minute only.
I felt pity and stopped my vehicle; I wanted to give water to the monkey. Suddenly the monkey jumped towards me and started running behind my bike. I started bike and drove fast. Within that time one dog started following to the monkey. The monkey turned back and with full power attacked on the dog and the dog ran away.
A thought came in my mind if the monkey would have used his full power at the beginning, the accident could have been avoided.
Generally we give our best in critical situations only, we never use our full potential at the beginning.
I visited Anandvan, had Zunka Bhakri for lunch and visited different departments in the Ashram. I met to Sadhanatai Amte, she asked few questions about the yatra. I explained the purpose. She was reading a newspaper, she read something about politics and started discussion on politics. She said, if you want to see the change in the country, politics should be changed. We should have young people in the politics. She talked about ten minutes with me. She told about Baba Amte’s Bharat Jodo Abhiyan, and blessed me for the venture.
What is God?
The question was in my mind before starting my bike Yatra across the Bharat. I got answer that all the positive thoughts within us, best people around us, self confidence and pure vision is the God. All good qualities, satisfaction, great joy, utmost state of real happiness is the God. God is also the supernatural power in this universe.
During my bike Yatra I never became unsatisfied, never got angry, I never became tired, never got fatigue, never felt bad, never experienced any negative thing, even I enjoyed all negative things happened to me.
I was extremely happy during this period, I enjoyed everything and as per my understanding this is the experience of God! I have not seen God, but I am sure I have experienced the God!
I visited a small village in MP, as I was roaming in the village, one person called me and said loudly, “Dhokri ko Zada Laga, Davai de do”. I could not understood what he was saying, but I went there, he showed an old lady and said, bimar hai davai de do. I saw the patient, she was not serious. I gave a tablet from my first aid box and told them that I am not a doctor.
It was around six in the evening. he thought that I am a doctor. Because there was a bag on my bike and I had a little good cloths than them.
They misunderstood me as a Doctor.
Some children were playing with the roti in the hand that was their dinner. Only roti with a green chilly, even the people who were talking with me were having Bhakri in their hand. No plates, no glass nothing. Only roti and green chilly was the menu of their dinner.
They asked me about my food, I said I had it just now. It was their tradition to share the food if someone comes at the time of dinner. I tasted little Bhakri. I was finding a place to stay. They requested me to stay there. I was also finding a place to stay. I stayed there, he gave a Khat (Choupai) to sleep. I enjoyed the night with the Adiwasi villagers.