Day 8…Inner and Outer Go Together (June 24)

Sopan is running the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race for the 8th time.  He is now just 37 and it was as a 24 year old in 2005 that he set the record for being the youngest competitor to complete the race.

This morning on day 8 he says it takes at least a couple of weeks to get into the rhythm and flow of the race.  “The body always takes time to adjust.  We are constantly pounding on the hard surface here.  You cover a lot of ground which makes it extreme.  It takes time to get used to that.”

Sopan likes to give talks about his experiences at the races over the years.  “I like to talk about Self-transcendence.  How outer self transcendence helps to inspire us to transcend ourselves inwardly.  Also our inner self transcendence helps us to outwardly transcend ourselves.  They go together.”

“This race is a perfect representation of how the inner and outer go together.”  When asked if it is possible to transcend yourself when you are in pain and tired.  “Absolutely, this is the best time.”

Asked how he can stay remain positive and motivated.  “I just try and stay in the moment and enjoy the moment.  Not think too much about tomorrow.  Just enjoy the race and enjoy being here.”

The board at the start of Day 8

Jumagul ready to count

William’s birthday card for William on display

Aharan getting the food table prepared

Kobi getting a little body work done to him by Vajra

Rupantar fact checking for his daily video

William with shoes

Kaneenika has arrived


Ushika making an adjustment

Yolanda and head stand

Vasu arrives

Nearly time

To the starting line

Start Day 8

The day starts off overcast and misting

Kobi put in a tremendous effort yesterday and ran 79 miles

He now leads the race with 531 miles

A truly great effort for a first timer


Vasu did 71 miles

He now has 525 miles.  6 less than Kobi

Alexei working on Vasu’s shoes


Smarana did 63 miles

He now has 450 miles

Things are going well



Surasa did 63 miles

She now has 439 miles

Enjoying a stretch

With Vishvarupani

When a chocolate drink tastes O so good

Green grass

Sopan did 60 miles

He now has 439 miles

Leaving camp


William did 62 miles

He now has 432 miles

Very consistent

And a picture for all the sponsors who help support his efforts here at the longest race in the world

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William joke

In camp


Ananda-Lahari did 58 miles

He now has 429 miles

Watch dog


Kaneenika did 59 miles

She now has 422 miles

With Dipali

Martina her helper

The long road


Yolanda did 60 miles

She now has 412 miles

Miles of smiles

Very strong now

Green leaves

Ushika did 57 miles

He now has 411 miles

Not far off the pace


Sahishnu’s weekly wrap up

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Poem of the Day read by Martina

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Poem Martina

Dog delight

Enthusiasm Awakeners

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Challenge we must
The outer world and the inner world
For our self-transcendence.

2 Comments to “Day 8…Inner and Outer Go Together (June 24)”

  1. Baridhi says:

    Great interview with Sopan. One of the rare ones.

  2. Jadranka says:

    Thanks Utpal for the interview with Sopan.
    Years ago when Guru gave concert in Sophia (it was 8000 people plus 2000 disciples) he pointed out that Bulgaria is country with the closest vibration to Sri Aurobindo ashram! Sudahota visited Bulgarian Joy Days few times, too.

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