Guiding Light of The Month

O LORD, Thou art my refuge and my blessing, my strength, my health, my hope, and my courage. Thou art supreme Peace, unalloyed Joy, perfect Serenity. My whole being prostrates before Thee in a gratitude beyond measure and a ceaseless worship; and that worship goes up from my heart and my mind towards Thee like the pure smoke of incense of the perfumes of India. - The Mother

Sunday walk at Bukit Timah Nature reserve - my reflections

Fifteen of us, including the babies, Anjali and Sophia, duly assembled at the Visitors’ Centre and went through a very effective warming up session, led by Jayanthy.

This time, we took the South View Path leading to the 163-metres summit. The first plant that we encountered was the heritage tree, Artocarpus, one that must be hundred years old, having a trunk circumference of at least 6 metres. The next tree we saw was Terentang. It is explained that the ear-lobe design of its leaves is unique, helping them to fall and decompose close to the trunk, in order to supply maximum nutrients to the tree.

As we progressed deep into the jungle path, tall trees and their deep roots nestled in between other plants of various kinds. This was an experience that brought before me nature’s mute adoration for the Mother Divine! The ‘COBRAS’ of the roots of the giant trees criss-crossing everywhere, though an obstacle in our path also served as steps, if only we knew how to use them. Obstacles can indeed become a vital force in the progression of our spiritual journey.

Nature’s harmony and how it accommodates everything else around it is amazing. Vegetation of innumerable varieties in heights and types grow very close together in harmony. Amazing!

In such a state of exhilaration, I arrived at our dear hosts, Mr Rajah and his beloved wife Gnanambigai’s residence. It was a momentous occasion also as Mr Rajah’s entire family was gathered to celebrate his 80th Birthday.

After prayers and meditation, and a delicious lunch lovingly prepared and arranged, we bade adieu to Mr and Mrs Rajah with both full hearts and stomachs. Thank you Mr Rajah and Gnanambigai!
- Jayalakshmi

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