Day 29…A Rainbow Opportunity (July 16 )

The conversation I had yesterday with Sergey has continued to touch and inspire me in ways that I had not predicted.  Some others have mentioned to me as well that Sergey’s heart felt clarity and genuine appreciation for his little running family has inspired them as well.  I am not surprised.

We know of course that the runners are exceptional athletes but Sergey was able to simply and honestly bring forward and to show just how good they are as people as well.  That each runners embodies unique and beautiful qualities that when observed with a oneness spirit can then help to bring forward each runners own divine aspects.

Illustrating most clearly what happens when we are somehow able to discard the superficiality of most of our day to day lives.  When we  endeavor to conquer our own impossible task, as they all are doing, then what is the very best within us then has to come forward as well.  Of course the darker parts of our nature are also exposed, but in so doing they are cast into the light and transformed.  Within this great adventure is where perhaps the core of self transcendence finds its base and then is able to rise above and beyond.

I mention to Vasu today that Sergey had said many nice things about his heart.  That he made everyone feel like they were part of a family.  “Its true, we are a family.  We do the same things as people do in families.  This is because we are children of the Supreme.  We are his golden children.  He is our father.”

“Every runner is unique and we each bring here our qualities.  These qualities are for everybody and they can share them with everyone else.”

I ask Vasu if he feels that he is being helped by these qualities of others.  “Maybe much more inwardly.”

“Yesterday for example Yuri reminded me about being more in the heart.”  They also talked about the significance of the Daily Prayer.  The ones which Sri Chinmoy wrote on each day of the race back in 2006 and 2007.  Yuri suggested to Vasu that he give more significance to them each and every day.

“This helped me so much.  I ran and told that day’s prayer to another runner and we repeated it together.  It gave me energy, it gave me peace, and it gave me more connection.  I felt I could move easier after reciting the prayer.  It helped me so so much.”

Vasu feels that if Sri Chinmoy wrote the prayer on that day then it would continue to inspire the runners on that same day each year.

“Every day good.  Every day is special.  Some days you may have less laps but every day is still unique.  We need to take each day as it comes and be grateful for this day.  Because each day gives us a new opportunity. As Sri Chinmoy said a rainbow opportunity.”

The world’s
Has at once won
God’s Compassion-Eye
God’s Protection-Heart.

Sri Chinmoy

July 15th, 2006

The Board at the start of Day 29



A stomach bug seems to have gathered up a few more people.  Yolanda is not feeling well this morning and did not have a good day yesterday




Nidhruvi not feeling well

Kaneenika and Harita

Smarana had slightly better day yesterday

Who is not well is the main conversation

Getting taped

Nirbhasa also had a better day yesterday


Nearly time

Start Day 29

A pleasant bright day

Vasu did the most miles yesterday with 63 and 116 laps

He now has 1870 miles a distance that would take him from his home in St Petersburg to Madrid in Spain

He was so happy to receive a fresh coconut

Good feet and great heart

The prayer he memorized yesterday

A truly remarkable individual


Nirbhasa did 58 miles 106 laps

He now has 1789 miles

Telling jokes with Smarana

Getting some shoe help from Alan

Looking much better

A bit of green

Kaneenika had a great day with 62 miles 114 laps

She now has 1760 miles

About to take her break

Running very well

“Let me know if this is too close.”

Harita did 59 miles 109 laps


Working on shoes

coming off a break

She now has 1676 miles


Smarana did 34 miles 63 laps

He now has 1673 miles


telling jokes


Yolanda did 53 miles 97 laps

She now has 1669 miles

She is getting lots of help

She is taking antibiotics and more rest

A bit of green

Sergey did 52 miles 95 laps

He now has 1564 miles


Andrey did 55 miles 102 laps

He now has 1556 miles


Nidhruvi did 52 miles 95 laps



She now has 1494 miles


Ananda-Lahari did 41 miles 75 laps

He is bothered by the bug as well

Alan updates the board

Mario helping with the medical situation


Paramita providing some nursing help

Joke of the day

Edy doing his weekend laps

Bipin and Rupantar talking it over.  Rupantar calls it, “A bump in the road.”

Free puppies

“I hope she doesn’t mean us.”

“These seats in the lounges of most of these discount airlines are just terrible.”

Paree reads the Daily Prayer

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poem paree

Paree has sung with the Enthusiasm Awakeners since their very beginning.  I am curious what the answer is to finding Enthusiasm.  “I think you actually have to find love for whatever it is that you are doing.  Then enthusiasm seems to be a natural by product of love.”

“If you culture that love if you deepen that love and nurture that love then enthusiasm will happen automatically.”

Enthusiasm Awakeners

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Opportunity is a rainbow in our heart-sky.

Sri Chinmoy, Opportunity, Jharna-Kala Card Co., 1998

6 thoughts on “Day 29…A Rainbow Opportunity (July 16 )”

  1. I just love the happiness rocks. “Happiness rocks”, I guess! Thank you for the incredible interviews. We are all learning so much, as the race progresses. What a boon for our summer days and nights. Gratitude.

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