“Thank you everybody for being here. This race wasn’t easy at all for me. I had some really difficult times. The Doctors didn’t know what to do with me and they were deciding at one time if I could even continue the race or not. But then Aparajita appears and he started to sing Sri Chinmoy’s songs to me. And they went straight into my heart. And from there a feeling of devotion, joy, and happiness started to come from within me, and it flooded my entire being completely. It was then that I understood that everything in my life was going to be really good.”
Now here I am happy and joyful. Standing right in front of you. Thank you Sri Chinmoy, thank you Supreme.”
51 days and a few hours ago, Yuri Trostenyuk started off on a long difficult quest to reach this little spot of concrete upon which he now stands. The fact that it is exactly the same spot he started from long ago is one of life’s great cosmic ironies. That you endure and suffer through so much to end up right back where you started from.
Yet for Yuri and also for Nidhruvi, who will arrive here in just a few hours more, there is no sense of futility or meaninglessness. It is true that nothing outwardly has changed around them at all. But all who do this race do not come here for what they see but only for what they will become. For their true goal exists only in heartfelt depths of their own beings. This is why they have taken their lives on the 3100 mile, great and impossible journey.
It is an epic trek, one that has changed and transformed them in ways they have yet to completely to be aware of and understand. Their self transcendence will gradually reveal itself, to both of these first time runners, just as it has for all who have been here also this and year and all those who have made this race the center of their lives for the past 17 summers.
For these chosen few, have not only taken part in what has to be the most difficult sport of all time, but as well been simultaneously part of a divine inner pilgrimage. One in which there is never failure. The accurate measurements of time and distance are not ultimately at all what this race is all about. The suffering, the pain, the fatigue, the mental conflicts, and all the other foibles and failures of humanity are all here but are also irrelevant. Self Transcendence is to reveal only who and what we are within. To bring us back the unmeasurable distance to our own glowing divinity within.
“In his first finish I would have to say that this man smiled more times and waved more hands of joy than any runner in the history of this race. He is a quiet and unassuming man. He is a plumber with 2 kids and a wife back in Vinnitsa Ukraine. But this was his dream to be here.” Sahishnu
Dedication to Stutisheel
My Lord Supreme wants me
Straight towards Him.