For those interested in simplifying their lives, at least temporarily. Running for 18 hours a days for 52 days may exemplify a stripped down, superbly focused lifestyle that is hard to beat.
Yes it is brutally hard and unrelenting. But once you are immersed in this world wholeheartedly the rest of the clutter and superficial enticements that constantly nag us tend to disappear. Or at least in theory that is the case.
50 year old Vasu Duzhiy who is running the race for the 5th time however is in another league altogether when it comes to his steadfast devotion to the race.
Each of the runners over the years have come here have brought remarkable skills and qualities. But in all honesty I have never met anyone whose life has been so stripped of external distractions and problems quite like Vasu.
As he starts day 34 he has 1000 miles left to go and 19 days in which to do it.
Because he has run so well up till now he only has to run 52 miles a day in order to make it. But for more than a week his blister has been hobbling him physically. True to his sweet nature however he remains unrelentingly cheerful.
Moments after we start our little run together he has just memorized the Daily Poem. One which Sri Chinmoy composed on this day in 2007. He recites it for me in both English and Russian.
At the moment he is running well but says he had a bad morning (which means he could only walk slowly). “To be happy helps me so much. This is our medicine.”
I ask though, when it is hurting so much how can he still be happy. “I think Guru does it. I try to be in his consciousness. I try to pray. I try to sing. I try to meditate. I also speak with other runners. This also helps because everybody has some problems. If we speak or joke it helps.”
“I think it is good. We are one family.”
When asked if he is looking forward to the end. He smiles and says, “I hope that I can finish. Do it for Guru’s victory.”
“Everyday I get many letters and it helps me so much.” Vasu says that one person is sending him a poem about smiling every day. “It is so nice.”
He feels that since he first started running the race 5 years ago more people are now interested in the 3100.
And a comment that could only come from Vasu. “I am grateful for my blister because many disciples have shown their kind hearts and inspired me to run. We are a big family.”
I must never lose
contact with my
and His Forgiveness-
Guru Sri Chinmoy
July 22nd, 2007