Yesterday 54 year old Volodymyr Hlushchuk on his first day in the Self Transcendence 3100 mile ran 74 miles. He has been waiting for this opportunity for more than a decade and he is grateful and glad that it has at last arrived.
“For many years I have been looking forward to taking part in this race.” It was back in 2004 that he had first applied but was turned down. “After that I submitted my application many many more times.”
Volodymyr gradually realized that as much as he thought he was ready each time he applied he wasn’t. “I needed to grow a little more.”
This year he says he simply surrendered and didn’t even apply. However it was not unnoticed that he did a personal best in the 10 day race just 6 weeks earlier with 643 miles. After which he was taking it easy and simply preparing himself for next years 10 day race. “Then all of a sudden they invited me to the race.”
To his surprise he suddenly felt, ” I am not ready.”
The race director told him though that he thought that he was ready. Volodymyr took this very seriously, as if his late spiritual teacher, Sri Chinmoy was requesting this of him in and through the race director. “I realized then that I must run.”
Still he was surrendered and inwardly asked for help from his late teacher asking for him to please run in and through him.
He laughs as he describes this experience now on his 2nd day. “Basically Guru is running in and through me.” Beaming with joy he adds, “I don’t know how this is happening.”
When asked what his goals might be he says that he is only trying to find happiness at every moment. “To see Guru in front of me.”
So far he feels as though he is being guided along very directly. Knowing spontaneously when to run and when to rest. “Through my soul he is showing me how to orchestrate all this.
“With this approach no matter how far Guru wants me to run I am happy. I feel good and everything is good. Therefore I have no plans in the mileage or in what place I may get.”
Translation courtesy of Lyalya
The heart needs happiness
At every moment
So it can move forward,
And fly upward.