Day 40…Our Spirituality Is Real (July 26)

This morning Vasu passed one of his last great milestones before he reaches his finish line early next week.  A handful of people were there ringing small shiny bells and there were enthusiastic shouts and hoorays for him after he completed 2700 miles.  He didn’t slow down or pause for a picture.  He will only stop when he reaches the finish line.

It will be his 7th straight finish and most likely he will once again be this years champion.  When I ask him this morning if he is having a good day he replies with absolute sincerity, “Every day is a good day.”

Vasu says that for him, even though it is so enticingly close, he cannot yet see the finish line but he feels it calling to him.  “I try to be happy every day.”

Photo by Jowan

Kobi runs very fast right from the beginning each day.  “He runs fast and he inspires me to also run faster.  It is good very good.”

Tomorrow the Enthusiasm Awakeners will be celebrating their anniversary.  “They are very important to us.  In the morning we are a little bit sleepy, we have no energy for running.  But when the Enthusiasm Awakeners come and we feel how they feed us inwardly and we become happy.  We increase our speed.”

photo by Jowan

“I am very grateful to Sri Chinmoy for creating this group, and to all the girls who participate.  It is very very nice.  I am very grateful.”

Vasu says that his focus for this race has been the importance of spirituality and music.  “They have given me the energy to run this race.  I think they are also very good for our regular lives.  Without spirituality we cannot do this race.  We cannot run.  We cannot be happy.”

“When we are sleepy or our consciousness low we can pray and meditate and listen to music and then become full of energy.  Our spirituality is real.  It elevates us to another level in our consciousness.  It is also very useful in our regular lives.”

The Board at the Start of Day 40 *Note totals may not be accurate…Magic number is 2,324*

Early

Paramartha sets out counting tables

Kobi and Vajra

William arrives

Perfection Surprise is today’s sponsor

Aharan and Vajra

Surasa arrives

Konstantin chipping ice

Ananda-Hari

Smarana and Ushika

Vasu arrives

Nearly time

Start of Day 40

It will be a humid day

Vasu ran 67 miles

Yesterday he completed 2693 miles and now he finishes 2700 miles

A very good person

Doing so well

Flower

Breakfast

Kobi did 64 miles

He now has 2616 miles

An amazing athlete

Covering new ground each day

With Eli and Liron

Flower

Ushika did 62 miles

He now has 2395 miles

With Max his helper

Flower

Sopan had his 3rd day of 58 miles 107 laps

He now has 2354 miles.  30 miles over the magic number

He is well on track

A great day

Green

Surasa did 60 miles

She now has 2345 miles 21 miles ahead of the magic number

With Vasuprada

Green

Kaneenika did 61 miles

Past the field

 

She now has 2314 miles, just 10 miles off the magic number

With helper Leelavatee

“Who is that?”

Enjoying her morning mail

Flower

William did 59 miles

He now has 2221 miles

His goal now is to reach 3,000 miles

Telling a joke

Alan says he needs to do 108 laps to make the 3000

Day 40

Smarana did 51 miles

He now has 2207 miles

The journey continues

Flower

 

Ananda-Hari did 46 miles

He now has 2118 miles

Flower

Swamiji

Flower

“Honestly, I just can’t take my eyes off these runners.”

Ghost in the puddle

Poem of the Day read by Guzel

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Enthusiasm Awakeners preview for Tomorrow

Enthusiasm Awakeners

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Real spirituality
Is something
That we must embody,
Reveal and manifest.

One Comments to “Day 40…Our Spirituality Is Real (July 26)”

  1. Hridayinee says:

    Yes Vasu is Sooo right… the Enthusiasm Awakeners are really so important to the runners every morning… they help with energizing and waking them up with music as they run their first few laps around. I wish them a very joyful anniversary tomorrow. Wow Vasu…2700 miles! Amazing!!

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