Day 18… I am Playing A Game Here (July 5)

Late this morning Andrey Andreev will complete 1000 miles here at the Self Transcendence race.  It is an incredible achievement since prior to this moment the furthest he has ever run before is 627 miles.  The people in camp will bring out a box of small brass bells which will be rung vigorously.  There will be shouts of appreciation, photos will be taken, but Andrey cannot stop for long.  He still has a long long way left to go.

All the runners are under the watch of a fearsome schedule, particularly those who have dropped below the rate they need to finish.  For them they have the arduous additional responsibility of gaining back miles in order to reach the goal.  Andrey started out needing to do 109 laps a day.  Now because of some low mileage days he needs 111 laps which he was able to do yesterday.

When we speak this morning he tells me he feels amazing.  When we talked last he mentioned that he was working on staying happy more.  I asked how that was working out for him.  “Hmmmmm, maybe not completely.”

“I am trying to be happy by sleeping more (jokes).  I am keeping my eye on my miles in order to beat the deadline.  This doesn’t allow me to be completely happy because so far I am a little behind the deadline.”

“I like everything about the race.  I like the place itself.”

“Although I don’t know exactly all the rules of the game, I still like to play the game.  I like everything that  surrounds this race.  I like people and I like to communicate with people during the day and during the evening.”

“I like how the people around us are watching us.  They are comparing their own day to day lives with our routines.  How they allow us to enter into their lives.  They are becoming our friends.”

“I have found out here that I am not on good terms with the sun.  So when it is really hot I cannot run.  This is a new experience for me.  I am trying to establish some relationship to the sun.”

“As for spiritual experiences I have so far only had one.  I am hoping that I will have many more.  Because I found that I had many more during the intensity of the 10 day race.  So I thought I would be having many more here.”

At this point we are coming upon the little alcove where Sri Chinmoy used to practice playing musical instruments, and now the Enthusiasm Awakeners still sing each morning.  “Their performance is always amazing.  I am really impressed how devoted they are to coming and singing each day.  That spot inspires me to focus more.”

Life is a game that is played
By the heart’s tears
And the soul’s smiles.

The Board at the beginning of Day 18

Yuri and Suhasini

Joke on the fence

Alan cutting apples

Yolanda arrives

Getting ready

Kaneenika and Harita

Clock

Ananda-Lahari

Sergey and Andre

Smarana

Nirbhasa

Nidhruvi

Vasu

Girls

Andre

Vasu

Kaneenika

Boys

Nirbhasa checking the daily race results

Vasu and the sun

Start Day 18

Beautiful day

Vasu did 67 miles 123 laps

With Stitisheel

Doing a skit together

He now has 1157 miles

Flower

Nirbhasa did 64 miles 117 laps

He now has 1111 miles

Flower

Kaneenika did 65 miles 119 laps

With Nidhruvi

A very special gift from Jumagul and Kaneenika for Akbota

She now has 1069 miles

Flower

Smarana did 62 miles 113 laps

With Nirbhasa

He now has 1049 miles

Flower

Sergey did 60 miles 110 laps

Taking a break

He now has 1034 miles

Flower

Harita had 59 miles and her 3rd straight day of 109 laps

coming through camp

With Nidhruvi

Feet

Getting some help

She now has 1030 miles

Counter

Flower

Yolanda did 59 miles 109 laps

She now has 1021 miles

Doing well

Mario working on Yolanda’s feet

Flower

Andrey did 60 miles 111 laps

Taking a break

He now has 976 miles

Flower

Nidhruvi did 50 miles

She has 921 miles

Telling jokes with Harita

Feet

Helper Devarupi

Flower

Ananda-Lahari did 46 miles

Getting some help from Mario

He now has 897 miles

Flower

Swamiji

Camp

“I don’t mind sitting on the bench by I find it hurts my lower back.”

It is Horst’s birthday and he is leaving today

Joey’s rock

Elena reads the Daily Prayer

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Poem

Elena tells me, “This is my last day here. I am going home.  I love everything here it is like my home.  People are working hard it is so amazing.  There is so much running every day.  To have so much strength and power to do it every day.  It is very very inspiring.”

“I want to run this race it is my dream.”

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elena

Enthusiasm Awakeners

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parvati

With a positive mind
And a positive heart
We are all expected
To play the game
Of world-harmony.

2 Comments to “Day 18… I am Playing A Game Here (July 5)”

  1. Olga LaRusso says:

    Do you see Kaneenika? Know – this is Harita 🙂
    “Humor is my only savior”! Thanks)))))))))))))))))))

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