Day 36… Patience Light (July 22)

For all those hungry for instant gratification the Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is not for you.  This morning when I proclaim to Ushika the obvious, that this is his 36th day on the course.  He says, “Wow, what a journey.”

One thing in addition, that is also obvious about Ushika’s race is that he is running stronger now, after running more than 2,000 miles, than he did earlier in the race.  Early on for a short period he struggled to make the quota.  “Physically to do this is not possible.  But even the physical here has to bow to consciousness.  This is the reason I can do that.”

Ushika tells me that one of the helpers of the race was leaving to go to Europe  and he wanted to run a lap with him.  “He was all in his heart.  Almost crying totally touched by the experience of the race.  Ushika, you know what.  I feel in my heart that you can increase your mileage.  Your body may be tired but I feel that you can do more now. He has a oneness heart.  That is what I feel.” After this conversation he ran 65 miles, his best since day one. He said the inspiration did not come from the outer plane.

Photo by Jowan

He then tells me that over the bunk in the van where he rests is a picture of a spider web and a poem written by Sri Chinmoy

Spider, my spider,
You build your home
With patience-light.
Against the speedy time
You and your confidence-fight.
You teach the world
What patience can do:
Build perfection’s kingdom
pure and true.

Sri Chinmoy, Animal Kingdom, Agni Press, 1973

“When I saw that picture and the quote I was totally shocked.  In a positive way.  It happened 2 or 3 weeks into the race that I saw it.  I realized then that patience is the topic of my race.  It is such a powerful quality.  It has definitely added to the experience I am having here.  For me it is the main quality of my race and my learning process.”

“This is the first race that I could exercise this quality by the Supreme’s grace.

The 2137 miles he could have run east from his home in Salzburg

Ushika feels that as a child he was very impatient.  When he became a student of Sri Chinmoy he felt he acquired some degree of patience. This he could use in his business dealings but felt he didn’t have it with himself.

“In many of my other races things went wrong because of my impatience.  In this race patience is an outer blessing because the race is so big.  I have been able, right from the beginning, to have patience.  The first 10 days of the race I was far behind with mileage, but I never felt that I had to push it, to get to the 109 laps.”

Ushika says also that the arrival of his first helper Patanga made a huge difference in his race.  “Then I was able to do the required mileage.”

Yesterday the rain was quite heavy.  “In the rain you need a lot of patience.”  He also describes that he was having a problem lifting his legs high enough.  “I had my third fall, and I tripped most powerfully a few times.  So I sorted out the parts of the track where I run, I walk, and I go slow.  This worked for yesterday’s rain.”

The Board at the Start of Day 36 … *Note totals may not be accurate.  Magic number is 2086 *

Heavy thundershowers late in the day

Early morning showers

William arrives

Kobi with Vajra in the dry medical tent


Konstantin helps Aharan this morning

Surasa arrives

Vajra leaves

Kaneenika picked up by Savita

Vasu surprised greeting

The girls

Nearly time

The start of Day 36

Light rain comes and goes

Vasu did 67 miles

He now has 2418 miles

He leads Kobi by 61 miles


Kobi ran 64 miles

Kobi has 2357 miles

Receiving the morning mail

Day 36


Ushika did 64 miles

He has 2137 miles

The big yearly handball tournament took place yesterday on the corner

He and Smarana tell a joke


Sopan did 60 miles

He now has 2118 miles and is 19 miles behind Ushika and 15 miles ahead of Surasa

Having fun with Smarana


Surasa ran 60 miles

She now has 2103 miles

With Vasuprada


Kaneenika ran 61 miles

She now has 2069 miles

The results of last night’s wind and rain

Working on her feet with Leelavatee

Back on the road


William did 57 miles

He starts the day with 1991 miles

Late in the morning he will establish an age group record for 2000 miles

Team Sichel

Then on for another long long day


Sahishnu gets ready to update the boards

Smarana did 54 miles

He starts the day with 1984 miles

Spending time with Sopan



Ananda-Lahari did 60 miles

He now has 1932 miles



Drying shoes

Sahishnu and his weekend wrap up

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“Come on Bob.  Please don’t be mad.  I didn’t say you were short I said that you were small.  Let’s just finish breakfast.”

Poem of the Day read by Vasuprada

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vasuprada poem

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The success-road
Is paved
With patience and perseverance.

2 thoughts on “Day 36… Patience Light (July 22)”

  1. So much wisdom every day uttered with such sincerity and humility.
    Go, great warriors!

  2. Thank you Utpal – thank you runners – thanks also to Vajra, Aharan and all the helpers

    everything is amazing, selfgiving, transforming – gratitude, gratitude, gratitude !!!!

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