The full scripts of each of our lives are impossible to predict. Seldom if not not ever do we ever really know just what will happen next. The great scribe of life no doubt knows but it cannot be revealed to us until the moment passes and the page is turned. I had made an assumption that after a 5 years absence Stutisheel would unlikely ever run in the Self-Transcendence race again. I was wrong.
He has been running now for 6 days and in that time he has accumulated 352 miles. When asked if ever had any doubts that he would ever return again and run the race he laughs. For him it was absurd to imagine that he would not come to back and perch himself every morning at 6am on the starting line. It was just a matter of all the right bureaucratic planets to lining up. Whenever that took place he would be able to return to New York and run this race for the 13th time.
I am clearly not a great prognosticator. At this point, I would now hazard to guess that his Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race days are far from over.
The history of his life and his family are so closely intertwined with the race that at age 51 he has a lot of races yet to be run. His is an inspirational life with a message that has reached out to many far and wide promoting tirelessly self-transcendence.
Some precious moments
The Board at the start of Day 7
The counting table
Peterson and Garima
Rupantar prepares to video
Harita and Harashita
Stutisheel talking to his daughter Alakananda
Start Day 7
Andrea is in first place
He ran 68 miles yesterday
He has 441 miles and leads Vasu by 32 miles
It’s Vera’s birthday today
Vasu did 51 miles
He has 409 miles
He leads Wei Ming by 11 miles
Sahishnu and Vasu
Wei Ming did 63 miles
He has 398 miles
He has 398 miles and leads Harita by 20 miles
Sahishnu checking results
Harita did 61 miles
She has 378 miles
She is in 4th position
With some of her crew
Ananda-Lahari did 56 miles
He has 364 miles
Marina congratulates Vera on her birthday
Takasumi had a good day with 59 miles
He now has 354 miles
“Just let me know when a runner comes.”
That our hearts do not believe
3 responses to “Day 7: We Are So Fortunate”
Thank you Utpal for all your reports, everything is so inspiring, and all the runners are special in their own way.
The Enthusiasm Awakeners Group is really missing, Parvati and girls have brought so much joy and inspiration over years to everybody. Hope to see them next year.
Utpal, you keep the whole world in touch with the Race. Thank you so much for such tremendous Service!