Day 49… To Describe God (August 4)

The worlds beyond the worlds we see.   Today while closely watching Ushika before we were to do our interview, it occurred to me just how impossible it is to understand what the runners are really experiencing.  You can probe with questions, you can try and empathize.  Yet no matter how far the wings of your imagination spreads wide you can never really and truly understand.

My first question is a request for him to sum up his experience.  He tells me that the morning prayer on July 10th expressed it best for him.

You can see
You can
feel God. But
to describe God
is an impossible

Guru Sri Chinmoy
July 10th, 2007

“At one point the day after we got the prayer I thought that this exactly describes the race.  You can see the race, you can feel the race, but it is an impossible task to describe the race.  You can only live and do it.”

Over the past few weeks he has generously shared many of his experiences.  Talked about gratitude, grace, and patience.  Now he says one of the qualities he is working with is the quality of imagination.  “I was using it a lot.”

He says that Suprabha used to imagine that she was not running on concrete but that she was playing in a beautiful garden. “This has become for me very vivid and very powerful.”

There have been more than a few very hard days and on those occasions he says he has pictured the epic battle the Mahabharta and powerful poems written by Sri Chinmoy like the Absolute. He has seen himself in a divine chariot slicing through ignorance night.

3100 miles east from Salzburg

He says that recently during the lunar eclipse his condition was very poor which he describes as brutal.  “It was so hard so difficult.”  At the same time he imagined 2 chariots flying above him clearing the way.

At other times he describes the feeling of being attacked by the bubble gum monster.  He describes a force that made him feel lethargic and lacking motivation.  “It is exactly like in a cartoon when the character steps into a huge mass of sticky bubble gum.  Hands, feet, everything is bound and like in a cartoon every step is so difficult to move.”

Sri Chinmoy Ultraphoto

“In this case it came to my mind that my problem was probably coming from my own vital.  So I started chanting purity.  Imagining the Supreme’s presence there, and within a few steps it became much easier.  Within one lap the bubblegum monster was gone.”

Ushika who has just 148 more miles to go is planning on taking each day now as it comes.  “The finish line is calling.  But you can’t save any steps.  You have to run each one of them.  I am happily looking forward to the finish line.   But I have to stay here, in each lap, and in each moment.”

The Board at the Start of Day 49… *Totals may not be accurate… The Magic Number is 2,860*

Camp early

Vajra without Kobi


Emptying water

William arrives

Setting up counting tables


William at his table


Smarana gets a drink



Ananda-Lahari arrives

Start of Day 49

First steps

There will be showers early

Ushika did 60 miles

He starts the day with 2952

There are creams for skin

Always going

Always work on the feet

Not pretty

Max a very good helper

Sri Chinmoy Ultra photo

The goal will be reached on Monday


Medur and Aharan ran the 2 mile race

Surasa did 59 miles

Sri Chinmoy ultra photo

She now has 2886 miles

214 miles to go


Databir and Alan

Kaneenika did 60 miles

Sri Chinmoy Ultra photo

She has 2866 miles

With Leelavatee

The rain is over

The goal in sight


Cooks and counters

Sopan did 60 miles

He now has 2863 miles


Number 1 dog race supporter

William did 58 miles

He now has 2724 miles

Telling a joke

With Alan


Smarana did 57 miles

He now has 2715 miles

Great runner


“Wow, it is day 49 already.”

Ananda-Lahari did 89 miles.  This is the most miles he has run on a single day here than in any day he has run the race going back 14 years

It was an awesome performance

Working on his shoes

He now has 2640 miles


Ushika reaches 3,000 miles around 8:37

“If you think this is awkward then you just don’t know squirrels.”

Vaibhava reads the Daily Poem

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Poem Vaibhava


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You can see
You can
feel God. But
to describe God
is an impossible

Guru Sri Chinmoy
July 10th, 2007

One response to “Day 49… To Describe God (August 4)”

  1. Awesome insights from Ushika– never underestimate your imagination! Grateful am I.

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