Group with Sri M at Retreat 2017

Retreat 2017 Group Photo


WoH Introduction Video Clip

The introductory short film intends to convey the concept and objectives of Walk of Hope (WOH) to the target audience. Shot at the picturesque Hesaraghatta in the outskirts of Bangalore, the film will be used for varied purposes—to introduce WOH to the volunteers and organisers, as a curtain raiser at press conferences related to WOH, to be disseminated across social media platforms and be prominently featured on WOH and Manav Ekta Mission websites. Currently in English, the film will be dubbed further into Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi.
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Sufiana Qawaali


I happen to come across this old Qawaali (a style of devotional music now associated particularly with Sufis). I had heard it before but it suddenly brought me to alert. I decided to share it with you, my friends and since many don’t know this language, I found a translation. Hope you find a string of your heart touched too.

Italic Case : Original Lyrics

Normal Case : Translated

Chadhta Suraj

huye naamwar benishan kaise kaise
Look how the world forgot even the famous people

Zamin kha gayee naujawan kaise kaise
Once who were heroes look now they are in graves, as if the grave has eaten them

aaj jawaani par itranewale kal pacthhtayega
Today Oh Man Proud of your youth tomorrow you will repent,

aaj jawaani par itranewale kal pacthhtayega
Today Oh Man Proud of your youth tomorrow you will repent,

chadhta suraj dhire dhire dhalta hain dhal jayega

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Nature of Things


monks at the river

Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung.

The other monk asked him, “Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it’s nature is to sting?”

“Because,” the monk replied, “to save it is my nature.”

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The Sower and the Reaper


The Sower

One day, as the reaper went about his daily business of reaping what someone else had sown, he saw a man off in the far distance. Hoping against hope that today might be that long awaited special day, he said a silent prayer and took off running in the man’s direction, dropping his sickle as he went. He never noticed that the plants were getting smaller and less mature along the way. He was too caught up in the moment and the hope that he had that today would be the day that he had waited for all his life. After what seemed like an eternity, the reaper finally reached the man and as he caught his breath he saw for the first time what the other man had been doing all this time. He would reach into a large sack at his side and pull out what appeared to…

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A meeting point in Bangalore

On 6th Nov ’13, Sri M inaugurated a small Kutiya at the Sarva Dharma Kendra, for him to stay and meet people, when in Bangalore.


This is one of the first structures to come up here. In the near future, it will have places of worship for all the major religions in India, along with a central meditation hall and a library.

In January of 2011, together with Dr. Karan Singh and Justice M. N. Venkatachalaiah, Sri M had laid the foundation stone for the first Sarva Dharma Kendra located at Somanahalli on Kanakapura Road, Bangalore.

Sri M has envisioned more such Kendras at different places across India to be meeting places for people from different faiths, to help facilitate inter-faith harmony and peaceful co-existence.


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