“My first race was a new experience (2011) and I had this child attitude. Everything was interesting and exciting. So I was discovering limits and speed, and things like that. My second race was a little competitive. I was discovering new athletic sides to my character. In my third race I was mostly inside myself. Working it out and figuring out stuff. Somehow it has all combined.”
“In this race I think I still have this child attitude. To push limits. To discover what is beyond my present capacity. I think I have got a little drop of wisdom. How to accept my limitations and incapacities. To also understand that even if I have one it is a temporary thing. And actually it doesn’t depend on me. And the capacities as well. It all depends on the one who owns all that.”
“Also it was an interesting game.”
He describes how for the Supreme it must be boring at times if we don’t push and test what we have and who we really are. If we live a life that doesn’t explore and challenge and transcend then as spiritual people there is no way for the divine in us to appreciate his creation. “There is no game for him.”
He says that when we really test ourselves, “I feel it is a little more fun for him.”
He describes how it is not enough, at least for him, to remain complacent or take for granted anything about being part of the 3100. As a runner his first task is to aspire and strive here at the race at all times, and cheerfully accept whatever number of laps that you complete each day.
“Then when we achieve something we are playing with him in his his own game.”
I suggest that he means don’t take anything for granted.. “Yes, fight for that. It is okay. Compete it is fine.”
There are many extraordinary things about Sarvagata Ukrainskyi and what he has in fact achieved here over these past 43 days. Sometime tomorrow he will have completed the great journey and win the race by more than 100 miles. He has led the field here since day 5 and in the long interval since has not looked back or anywhere else for that matter other than towards the once distant finish line. When he indeed does cross the line tomorrow he will in his 4th attempt also set a new personal best. Likely moving as well from 5th to 4th place overall.
There is a tremendous irony in what he has achieved if not excelled at each summer he has come here to run. Throughout most of the year training is secondary to almost every other part of his busy and dedicated life. Where I suspect every other runner here has looked at the starting line with some trepidation and concern that they have not trained and prepared enough he does not.
Instead he has learned, and once again proves, that if he listens to his body and more importantly listens to the divine whispers of his heart he will endure and he will succeed.
There is no other runner I have ever seen here who has been able to accomplish so much by preparing so little. Yet he still knows that the race for him is not just about muscles and strength and determination. It is also about giving, and being happy and content to receive little or nothing in return.
That surrendering within is to not give up. It is to accept gratefully whatever experience every part of your being needs to have. And if there is something else that separates Sarvagata from all the other fine athletes who have been his family for the past 44 days is this unequivocal understanding. That tomorrow is just one more finish line to cross before reaching all the other timeless goals still ahead, leading to his perfection.
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In 1973 a horse named Secretariat was attempting to complete the triple crown at Belmont race track. He was a favorite of course but what Secretariat did that day was something we don’t expect to see. He didn’t just run a great race he also ran into the record books and set a time that has yet to be surpassed.
The records in horse racing have not climbed as they have in human competition because Horses don’t look at records but only try to beat the horse who runs beside it.
In 1973 Secretariat ran with such speed and conviction that everyone who saw that race were thrilled and surprised. He won by 31 lengths
*Note: Jockey Ron Turcotte at no time during the race used his whip to encourage the horse to go faster.
“It was a hot day, but it was beautiful. He was the best ride you ever wanted to have. He is the greatest horse that ever lived, and he was so generous and gentle and did everything I asked of him. Whenever he was right, no horse could beat him.”*
Satisfaction is not only
At the finish line
At the starting line.
Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 16, Agni Press, 1999