I must change my life only
in God’s own Way.
Poem of the Day
Written by Sri Chinmoy
With but a few exceptions, none of the runners here is running so quickly that most people, even in pretty average condition, could not keep up with them for the length of at least one city block. There are times of the day when they might pick it up, but for the most part every body here runs pretty slow. When dealing with time nothing moves quickly. Though as the final days slip away into oblivion our perception of time can be skewed. The striking enormity of the distance they are running and the super human effort to accomplish it however never changes.
What is miraculous is how much that can be accomplished and transformed in ourselves simply by being diligent and persevering. Harnessing ourselves to a, never give up attitude, and trying to eliminate the distractions in our lives that serve no genuine purpose. Instead, imagine how better we would feel and be if we just started focusing on the tasks that will give us inner satisfaction and fulfillment.
Over the summer I have heard lots of stories from others who have found inspiration from what the 11 runners have done here this summer. For some it is simply reevaluating their priorities. Get more exercise, eat less and better, and maybe just trying to reexamine their goals, both outwardly and within. Finding out what taking little steps can do to improve our own lives.
“Yeah, step by step.” Purna-Samarpan. “Don’t overstretch.” Pushkar. I had asked Pushkar and Purna-Samarpan to recite the above poem and before you know it they offered some commentary on it. “Yeah, one step at a time, and also accept whatever is given to you. Be patient.”
When I mention that there are very few days left, Purna-Samarpan jokes. “Yeah, we paid for 52 days so we are staying until the end.” He adds more seriously that while Pushkar will finish likely in 2 days, he himself has almost 200 more miles to go in order to reach 2700. “It sounds little in comparison to what we have run already but still, it won’t come easy. It is coming to an end and it is a good feeling.”
Pushkar jokes, that now they will need to become really spiritual in the last few days. “No joking and kidding any more,” and laughs hilariously. “I have a crying eye and a smiling eye. Crying eye, is that it will be over, and no more running. No more divine progress running. Smiling eye, is that you have reached the finish line and you can get a little rest. You are so happy delighted.”
Purna-Samarpan describes that for him as soon as the race is over, that life afterward takes some adjustment getting used to it again. “In the beginning it is a little bit plain, also a little bit dull or something. It changes obviously. It is not so easy to readjust. It takes some time to get back into your rhythm.”
“Here you run because you run.”
“Tonight we will finish 7 weeks of running.”
Pushkar, “just after Asprihanal finished, I got a very happy feeling, that I am still not finished. That I can still continue running. I got such joy that I can continue to run. I got the feeling, that I would love to run for eternity. Up to the moon and back, whatever. This was quite special. Running for eternity, eternity, and eternity.