Day 47: Grateful For Everything

“It was the first year I ran in the race. When I reached 2700 miles, I was passing the counting table and people were congratulating me.”  Suprabha ( a fellow runner ) was also there and she also congratulated him.

Of all the support and encouragement offered at that moment Ananda-Lahari says he was basically not receptive.  His response, “it’s just numbers.”

Suprabha he says was puzzled by his response.  She said, “Isn’t it amazing that Sri Chinmoy comes here every day to play music.”

It was at this moment he says that he realized just how fortunate he was.  The significance of his spiritual teacher making a daily appearance to encourage and inspire him and the other runners was suddenly made clear to him.

Sri Chinmoy Ultra Photo

“I was so exhausted and tired I couldn’t feel what was going on here.  For me it was a lesson on how good it is to feel grateful for everything at every moment. But if I cannot do this then I have to work on it.  For me it was a really good lesson.”

“The second lesson was I was really exhausted.  I was really tired on the last day of the race.  I will get there somehow.”

Sri Chinmoy Ultra Photo

It was at this moment he says when time literally stopped.  At this moment Suprabha passed and asked, “how are you?”

His response he said was just to complain about all his ailments.  Suprabha said to him, “don’t think about it.”  Then she just ran away.

Somehow he says he was jolted out of his misery.  “I could run again and also time started running.  So I am running at my fastest speed.  I entered into my pain and I could just run.”

The board at the start of day 47

clock

Camp

Takasumi

Full moon

Vajra and Nisanga

Stutisheel

Wei Ming

Vasu and Vajra

Harita

Start Day 47

Wei Ming did 59 miles

He now has 2927 miles

Vasu jokingly encourages him to get up and run.

With Crystal

With a mounted picture that had been given to him

The inscription on the back

With a colleague and his wife from military school

Day 47

Flower

Gentlemen

photo by Garima

Snacks have arrived

Vasu ran 62 miles

He now has 2870 miles

Flower

Bipin

Surudhuni and Sumanas

Harita ran 60 miles

She now has 2809 miles

With Samahita

With Sveta

A visit from Yolanda

Flower

Nina and Surudhuni

Small talk

Takasumi did 60 miles

He now has 2750 miles

With Nina

Day 47

Flower

Sahishnu with mail

Bahula and Yolanda

Sutushti

Stutisheel did 37 miles

He now has 2533 miles

Camp

Flower

Moon

Sri Chinmoy Ultra Photo

Vajra

Opportunity, I am so grateful to you. I am so grateful to you because you do not care for my strength or weakness. You care only for my receptivity.
Sri Chinmoy, Opportunity, Jharna-Kala Card Co., 1998

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