There are now but 5 champions left upon the great stage of the 3100 mile race. 6 others have already completed the grand mission that was set out for them here to do. Now they, like us, are but spectators to this magnificent impossibility adventure, swiftly drawing down to a close on this the final day.
Today these runners will perform their final acts. They will take all the steps and turns that they can and that they must do in order to achieve their absolute best. Something that they have not neglected over other days but now upon this the very last, each and every moment here is so sweet and and yet so fleeting. It will lead them, either to a glorious finish line, or they will simply tread on until the unyielding hands of time simply forbid that they step forward any further.
All here will perform what they can and what they must before the curtain falls at midnight and sweeps to a close this the 14th running of the Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race.
Today Dharbhasana will defy both his skeptics and his own self doubt. He will prove that as powerful as pain and injury are the heart is infinitely stronger. The sweet inspiration that whispered softly to him to come and challenge impossibility will now roar in delight that he has found victory by simply letting victory itself carry him there.
Surasa last night reached a goal on an unyielding day that reluctantly gave her 2700 miles. For many days she knew already that the grander vision would not be realized. At least not here and now. She will run on today simply because their is time left and she came here but to run. As long and as hard as she possibly could.
Both Baladev and Ananda-Lahari have seen their journey end here before they could reach the ultimate finish line. Today grace has not favored them with this honor for reasons we will never know. But they have been blessed in other ways that are secret and sacred only to them. Divinity does not neglect those like them who ran so hard for so long. We may not see how they were blessed. We are only able to be aware of their indomitable courage to go on and on. That if we ever forget what it is, “to never give up,” than we only have to look at the sacrifice and courage that they continually offered up here for 52 days.
Purna-Samarpan has found his satisfaction in a different goal. He starts the final day with just 25 miles more to go in order to reach 2700 miles. It is not the goal that he first set out to reach but it is what has been offered to him. In about 6 hours later he will accept it with grace and with gratitude. picture by Alakananda