Day 41…To Achieve Happiness (July 26 )

I don’t exactly know, just how many times a day, I am struck by the realization of just how difficult a task the 8 runners at the 3100 actually have.   It comes almost like a flash of light or the sound of a big gong being struck a particularly powerful resonating blow.  It seems to be tied generally when I start to feel a little weary or a little sorry for myself.  Boom/ Flash, your task is nothing when compared to theirs.

I am genuinely in awe of all the runners of course but somehow Vasu was designed without complexity, with maximum sweetness, and a kind singular focus on transcending himself here like it is nearly impossible to believe.  Which is of course his 8th year in a row.

Asked why he loves the race, “you don’t know why you love it.  For everything.  For good consciousness, good people, you do the right things, and everything is good.”

2 days ago Vasu had one of his worst days ever with just 49 miles.   Yesterday he improved to 59 miles, and if I am correct at the speed we are running at this morning his total for day 41 will be very high indeed.  He is passing everybody and I am huffing and puffing like an old steam engine.

“A week ago I could not run.  I don’t know why, maybe heat, maybe my mind, maybe something else.” 2 days ago however Dr.Kausal came and started working with Vasu to help increase his speed.  Between a very painful massage and some remedies clearly something has worked.

“Yesterday in the evening I started to run a little bit faster.  Today, this morning I am very grateful for his help.  I hope everything will be good.”

“I am trying to feel more gratitude, and peace, and purity, and discipline.”  Vasu hopes to continue some of his spiritual practices when he goes home.  He wants to continue to make progress.

“I think it is good not just for me, but it is also good for the world, and humanity.  Here is a very special place.  I think it works for all the world.”

The Board at the Start of Day 41

Camp early





Rupantar congratulates Ushika who did 62 miles



The boys


Start of Day 41

A good morning

Ashprihanal has 2634 miles

He ran 40 miles his lowest of the race

Having some fun


Sahishnu making ice bags

Nirbhasa has 2556 miles

He ran 46 miles

A little shoe issue

Working it out with Yahva

Nirbhasa makes 2600


photo by Garima

Still moving


Launa preparing a footbath

Ananda-lahari has 2510 miles

He ran 53 miles

The magic number is 2384



Vasu has 2493 miles

He ran 59 miles

Vasu makes 2500 miles

photo by Garima

With Nikolai



Smarana has 2444 miles

He ran 51 miles

A minor shoe issue

With Vladamir

Doing well



Harita has 2427 miles

She did 59 miles

With Launa

Doing well



Todor has 2387…. the magic number is 2384

He ran the most with 63 miles or 115 laps

With Todor

Doing well


The amusing garden

Ushika has 2100 miles

He ran 62 miles

A good day





“Man, that was just way too much breakfast.  Let’s flip a coin to see who has to carry out the trash.”

Poem of the Day held by Launa and Suhasini

My soul
Is the Earth-discoverer.
My heart
Is the Heaven-discoverer.

Sri Chinmoy

July 26th, 2006

Enthusiasm Awakeners

How to achieve happiness?
Not by giving, not by talking,
But by being.

3 Comments to “Day 41…To Achieve Happiness (July 26 )”

  1. Hridayinee Williams says:

    Superb video Utpal, gratitude!!! I loved EVERYTHING about today’s video… The music, the interview with Vasu, the joke telling, the aphorism. Thank you thank you. 🙂

  2. Purnakama says:

    Gabriel’s Oboe!!!!!

    Probably one of my top 5 non Guru pieces of music. Perfect for this interview!
    Vasu’s simplicity and humility never cease to shine through:)
    And it was nice for Todor and Ushika to have that experience of being top dog’s for a day:)

    Way to go!

  3. Kamaneeya says:

    Vasu, such a divine warrior!
    Very inspiring is his inner strength and dedication.

    Well done everybody and thank you for inspiration and your oneness heart.

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