July 6… Deep Within

“Circumstances have brought me over for the entirety of the race.”

Nirbhasa, who is currently living in Iceland,  is a welcome presence at the 3100 mile race this year. Just as he was last year when he was actually running here for the first time.  Which, to no ones surprise, he completed in 51 days and 12 hours.

He has so much energy and enthusiasm that when you are around him you can so easily see, how, when all of this is focused on running, or for anything that matter, he can get the job done.

“I am trying to make sure that I am here every day.  A couple of times a week I am counting.  I also try and run some laps with all the runners.”

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“It is really something.  When you step onto the course it is like getting on the subway tracks and connecting to the third rail.  The one that contains all the electricity.”

Nirbhasa describes that when he is on the course he has moments when the very powerful experience of last year comes back to him.  “You are on the course for 52 days.  It really sears itself into you.  It becomes part of your life.”

He hasn’t been running multi day races for that long a period.  He feels as though his soul compelled him to take part.

“For a long time I was looking at the 3100 mile race.  It was always something I always admired and  I got tremendous inspiration from the runners.  It was not necessarily something I was going to do.”

“Even when I did my first 10 day race.  There is an unofficial qualifying standard in that race for people to move on and do the 3100 mile race.  You have to do 60 miles every day.  In my first 10 day race I was hoovering around that standard.”  He was worrying he says what might happen if he did manage to do the 60 mile a day average.

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“Because there is definitely part of my makeup.  That if you are qualified to do the 3100 than probably you should do it.”

“I think it is like most things in life.  Or most things in the spiritual life, or at least with me.  You are always start by doing it wrong.  You start doing a long race and you try and do it with the physical.  So then you run into all kinds of walls.  The only way you can get around all this is by going deep within.”

“Surrendering to the highest part of your being.  You realize that you have got to a place where your physical capacity just isn’t enough.  You need something else.”

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“What is interesting when you get to that point.  Almost everything drops off.  Your injuries become more manageable. Tiredness and all that becomes much more of a sweet experience.”

As we are moving along we are passing through a throng of people who have just left an Eid Mubarak gathering on a nearby field.  It also too place last year.

By this time the race had become more of a heart experience, more of a soul experience.  Referring to the crowds blocking the course, “All these things I could really appreciate.  All these experiences that cropped up during the course of the race.   You feel them so much more.  You feel the essence of them so much more.”

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Surrender-sweetness,
Gratitude-fullness,
Every day I need.

The board

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The van arrives

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Nirbhasa is counting this morning

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Yuri drops off his laundry

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A poem

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Janos and Misha looking at the lap sheets

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Moving the empty water jugs.

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Rupantar doing his daily video

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The girls

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Stutisheel checking the lap sheet

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Start Day 18

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First steps

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It is going to be hot

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Vasu had another really good day with 72 miles

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He now has 1227 miles

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He is 36 miles ahead of Atmavir

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Coming into camp

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Early light

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Atmavir ran 68 miles

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He has 1191 miles

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Hard to see

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Yuri did 66 miles

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He has 1167 miles

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Ashprihanal and Stutisheel

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Ashprihanal did 65 miles

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He now has 1122 miles.  Across the street in the sports field a large group has gathered for Eid Mubarak.

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Surasa

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Surasa did 64 miles she now has 1103 miles

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With Vasavi

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Legs

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Happiness

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Kaneenika did 62 miles

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She has 1080 miles

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She has completed 1000 miles in 15 days and 12 hours

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Coming into camp

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With Akbota

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Shamita

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Shamita did 60 miles

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She has 1049 miles

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Coming into camp

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Stutisheel did 63 miles

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He has 1018 miles

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He does a play with Ashprihanal

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Stops for a friend

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Baladev

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Baladev did 59 miles.  His best day since the first

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He has 969 miles

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Be happy

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Misha prepares small bags of ice for the runners

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Ananda-Lahari did 59 miles

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He has 968 miles

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Along the service road

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Sopan did 46 miles.  He has 966 miles

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Volodymyr did 34 miles

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He now has 875 miles and the best massage

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Service road

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Nirjarini and the morning snack

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“I feel we have been coming regularly each summer for the past 21 years.”  Daulot and Stota are at the race this morning and they have just offered everyone ice cream in honor of Stota’s birthday.

Daulot says, “we come back for our birthdays but we are really thrilled about being here for the race.”

Stota, “This really feels like home for me on my birthday.  Guru showered us with so much love and compassion.  I have had many many happy moments and also very happy moments yet to come in the future.  Very soulful. ”

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“It is unfathomable.  At the same time they have so much joy.  It is amazing to me that they can be so self giving to us individuals as well as their own inner journey.”

Daulot, “From the outside it can appear if you don’t interact with the runners.  That they can seem so serious, and so focused.  You could believe that you might disturb their concentration.  But they will sometimes yell at your from across the street, Hey, see you later.  Have a good night.”

“I can’t believe that they can put out that much energy.  Just to acknowledge our presence.  That is the most amazing thing about their self giving.”

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Daulot Stota

Daulot and Stota read the Daily Prayer

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Prayer Daulot and Stota

Enthusiasm Awakeners

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Parvati

We may not see the Beyond,
But we do have the capacity
To feel the Beyond
Deep within us.

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