Sri M, the spiritual guide, social reformer and educationist visited Nirma University on September 10, 2015. Sri M had come to the city of Ahmedabad as a part of the ‘Walk of Hope’: a Padayatra for peace and harmony by the Manav Ekta Mission. The Walk is covering 7500 kms from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, through 11 states, taking close to 500 days and effectively touching 10 million fellow human beings, as it culminates in Kashmir. The Walk is aimed to achieve peace and harmony and strives to make India a better place.
The programme began with the welcome of Sri M by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, the president of the University, followed by the invocation of Goddess Saravati through the hymn sung by the students of Nirma Vidyavihar. The evening also witnessed classical bhajans and soul-stirring traditional dance performance by the young students of Nirma Vidyavihar. The performances were followed by a beautiful and heart-touching video of the Walk of Hope 240 day journey and its stops at the various cities during its course.
Sri M delivered an inspiring talk on ‘Leadership’. Sitting on a traditional seat on the stage talked about the objective of the Walk. He stated that this long journey is a part of the Padyatra, or what is named the ‘Walk of Hope’ taken up by him and his ardent followers to bring the human beings together. He stated that the teachers should be learning oriented and the teachers and the students need to take up the task of teaching as a joint endeavour. He stressed on ‘living life transparently’. He told the audience that believes in and preaches that there is a divine self in each one of us manifested through our deeds, worship and devotion. He said that one must manifest this divinity through working for others. He discussed about the intricacies and power of the Sanskrit language. Citing examples from his life and that of his Gurus, he delivered a very powerful talk. He shared various anecdotes and quoted examples from the lives of Dr A.P.J. Kalam, Swami Vivekanad and Sri Ramakrishna Paramhans He focused on the quality of togetherness and giving more than taking. He cited the example of Guru Nanakji and how he misinterpreted the word 13 or ‘terah’ (Hindi for ‘your’). He also preached about the importance of ego or a sense of self, and how a false sense of ego can lead to total destruction.
At the end of the talk, Sri M rejuvenated the audience as all present during the occasion repeated the slogan, ‘We are with you to unite human beings and make this country strong and peaceful.’
The programme was also graced by the presence of Dr Jayanti S. Ravi, Commissioner of Rural Development and Secretary (Rural Development), Panchayat, Rural Housing and Rural Development Department, Gandhinagar; Shri Hirenbhai K Patel, Managing Director, Nirma Limited; Dr Anup K. Singh, Director General, Nirma University; Shri K.K. Patel, COO and VP (I/c), Nirma University; Shri D. P. Chhaya, Director (A&GA), NU; Dr Somayajullu Garimella, Director, Institute of Management; Mrs Sumitara Raghvan, Principal Nirma Vidyvihar besides various ardent followers of Sri M. from different places.