Her story is almost perfection itself. Or at least one that most accurately reflects how we mortals struggle and strive against adversity. Then when we least expect it we accomplish that once insurmountable task that had risen up in front of us.
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In turn we are rewarded or we find the true meaning of just how precious the goals that come to challenge us truly are. Hopefully we learn and grow stronger. Understand just a little better what we must do in order to reach up and draw ourselves closer to our own perfection.
Last year Kaneenika in her first attempt at 3100 miles made it to 3014 miles.
A result that some might call a defeat. But in the peculiar divine world of the Self Transcendence Race it was another kind of victory. One that does not step up onto a visible podium, but instead shines brightly in the summit of the heart.
When we meet this morning I joke with Kaneenika that tomorrow she will not be here
“It is true.”
“It is always very inspiring and encouraging to get messages from people. Quite often I get messages from people I don’t even know. It reminds me that people really follow this race and appreciate what we are doing here.”
“It is so special. When I read these messages they are like a joy pill and a pain killer in one. Also an energy boost. It is so nice to know that people have so much oneness. I am so grateful.”
“This race may look like an individual sport but we have all these supporters and all these helpers. They just carry us along. The race wouldn’t be possible without the helpers and everybody around the world who follows the race. All those who send good wishes and pray for us. That is the beauty of this race.”
“When I was a new disciple. I was watching the race for the first time. I was here in New York for the summer. At the time Rupantar asked me if I would think about this race. But I couldn’t think anything. It was so beyond.”
“Then he told me that Sri Chinmoy once said that when we are doing races like this. Something good happens somewhere else. So I believe that something like that is happening. I don’t believe that Sri Chinmoy created this race just for us to go around and around. That it is really for humanity to make progress.”
Later at the finish line she shares another story. One that took place when she was really having a tough time.
“I was running on the far side of the course and I met a girl who was running in the opposite direction. Then she smiled at me and said you are amazing. I didn’t know her and I didn’t even know if she even knew about the race. So I just smiled back at her out of my misery. And it felt good.”
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She says that she then came upon a mother walking with her little girl. “I smiled at them and they smiled back at me. I thought wow. I am feeling much better than I felt before.”
Just after this she came back into the camp and noticed a banner with Sri Chinmoy’s smiling face on it. Also on it was the aphorism
Just one smile
The beauty of the universe.
The last morning
For so many it has been home
On the surface there is so little here. A few tables and chairs
Yet in a way that I cannot express it is more like a holy place and not just a little corner of the sidewalk
Volody going about his morning tasks
The van arrives
Rupantar records his last video
Kaneenika tells Rijuta the story of how by coincidence she finished last night with 27 miles more to run
She will finish around 2pm
Start Day 52
A beautiful morning in Queens
Kaneenika ran 55 miles yesterday
Just 27 more miles to run
The Enthusiasm Awakeners honor her
She has experienced so much these past 52 days
Her team of Akbota, Irina, and Tanya have tirelessly been by her side.
She is an incredible champion athlete
The end of this road is so near
“The last day always makes me a little sad.”
Beside the fence
Surasa completed 51 miles
She finished the day with 2972 miles
She wants to make it to at least 3000 miles before the end of the day
She thanks the Enthusiasm Awakeners for all their support
She has had her own great team of support
A remarkable athlete
Surasa the great
“You will all be back next year?……..Right?”
Baladev did 51 miles. He now has 2763 miles
Beside the fence
Sopan did 42 miles.
He now has 2658 miles
Yuri doing his daily lap
Ananda-Lahari did 42 miles
He now has 2565 miles
He will keep moving forward until midnight
“I bow and I bow and I bow to all of you.”
From a distance
Stutisheel did 46 miles
The cooking crew has arrived
He has 2560 miles and performs one last play with Vishakretu
A bit of true green
The Enthusiasm Awakeners celebrate their own great offering of transcendence
Uddipan and Nipura have been serving at the race for almost the entire 52 days
“What stands out for me is the shear length of the race. We have been here for 5 weeks and even that seems like a really long time. It just astounds me how the runners can keep on going for 18 hours every day. Then get up the next morning and do it again.”
“I know this is not an original thought. But it has really hit me hard this year. Just seeing them do it. Particularly through the really bad heat wave which lasted nearly 2 weeks. I am just in full admiration for the runners.”
Nipura: “I like to come and make everything nice for the runners. To present the food so that they will want to eat it. And just really be with the runners. It gives me so much joy. What I have picked up this year is the amount of joy that comes from this race. But it is actually here. Whenever the runners go by and we clap they have these huge big smiles on their faces. They are really truly full of joy.”
“Sometimes I don’t see the big smiles on their faces. Sometimes I see the gritted teeth and determination. But underneath all that there is joy. It is more a thing you feel than a thing that you talk about, but I get a sense of satisfaction from the runners as they go around and around.”
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Nirjharini and Karnayati
The 4 who have finished the race so far
Uddipan and Nipura read the Daily Poem
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I always say that beauty is soul-deep. Beauty in the outer world is the total transformation of one’s human nature. Beauty in the inner world is the perfect realisation of one’s divine Reality.