June 24… Do The Right Thing

“You feel you are at the forefront of something significant happening.  You don’t know exactly what it is but it feels like a kind of miracle offered to the world.  Guru is achieving something for the world through the runners.”

Pradeep has been visiting the race for the past few days.  He ran the race in both 2011 and 2012 so he has a deep personal connection and understanding of the 3100 mile race. “It makes you feel humble and grateful to be part of it.”

“It inspires people and it transforms the runners.  It transforms the helpers and all that creates its own spinoff.”

“One of the things I felt after the race was much more courage to do the right thing.”

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“In the normal world we feel that we are physical beings and every now and then we have a spiritual experience.  So we experience the body and sometimes we experience love, happiness, or joy.  But in this race there comes a point where you realize that it is the other way around.  We are joy.  We are this infinite energy.  That gives you such a deep understanding of yourself and of life.”

“It also gives you the courage to do what is necessary in other fields.  That is whey the race is so beautiful for the runners.  You feel Guru so strongly here.”

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“When you meditate sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  But here after a while you feel a presence which is just cradling you.”

“Everything has its own right time.  Sometimes there are possibilities in your life and they need time in order to blossom.”

It has been 4 years since Pradeep last ran the race.  When asked if he might ever consider running again. “I do.”

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The soul only whispers to us
To do the right thing
And become the right person.

Everybody had a good day yesterday.

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The quiet time

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Vajra has just finished cleaning the course.

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Rupantar showing off the view from webcam that is on all day.

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The girls

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Janos

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Ashprihanal has just got out of the van

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Taking pictures

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Everybody stretch

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Start Day 6

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Atmavir has been solid every day.

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H ran 72 miles and has 377 miles

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By the school

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Vasu did the most miles yesterday with 73.  He has 370 miles

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By the fence

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Yuri did 68 miles

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He has 360 miles

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Heading to camp

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Ananda-Lahari had another good day with 65 miles.  He has 357 miles.

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Between the cracks

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Ashprihanal ran 71 miles.

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He and Sopan performed a skit.

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Perhaps his next destination

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The Enthusiasm Awakeners appreciated it very much

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A little bird told me

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Tech stuff

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“Ok nice joke, but it isn’t funny.  Who moved the ladder?”

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Volodymyr did 61 miles

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He has 332 miles

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Shadows

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Clover

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Surasa did 62 miles

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She has 325 miles

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Coming through camp

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Little things so easily missed

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Kaneenika did 60 miles

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She has 316 miles

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She is doing well

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Sopan did 60 miles and has 307 miles

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An apple a day

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Shamita did 60 miles

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Has a very good helper

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Running with the girls

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Coming through camp

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A little yellow

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Baladev did 59 miles yesterday

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He has 296 miles

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Stutisheel did 62 miles.

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Putting on some sun screen

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He has 263 miles

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By the turn

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“She is amazing (Surasa).  I just love all the girls who are doing this.  I predict that in a few years this race will have more girls than boys.  I don’t think that men can endure all the hardships that women can.”

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Snehashila is also pretty amazing.  She only started running when she moved to Queens at age 50.  Now at age 91 and just a few steps away from 92 she walks the quite a few blocks from her home every morning in order to visit.

“I am pulled here.  There isn’t a thing that I can do about it.  I want to come.  I want to give the runners a little bit of joy.  I want to smile at them.  I think that I am giving them a little bit of my energy.”

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“If I were younger I would be doing this race.”

“I love it.  This is one of my favorite things and the 2 mile race on Saturday.  I never miss that one either.”

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Akbota and the Prayer of the Day

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Enthusiasm Awakeners

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Always remember the joy you get
When you do the right thing.
This joy will give you
The inspiration, aspiration
And determination
To continue doing the right thing.

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