Guiding Light of The Month

O Lord, how ardently do I call and implore Thy love! Grant that my aspiration may be intense enough to awaken the same aspiration everywhere: oh, may good- ness, justice and peace reign as supreme masters, may ignorant egoism be overcome, darkness be suddenly illu- minated by Thy pure Light; may the blind see, the deaf hear, may Thy law be proclaimed in every place and, in a constantly progressive union, in an ever more perfect harmony, may all, like one single being, stretch out their arms towards Thee to identify themselves with Thee and manifest Thee upon earth. - The Mother

Along the Way… The September 2014 Walk

It was 7th of September and it was drizzling when we started off from our house to join the Walk in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. We prayed very hard that the weather remained pleasant and that the rain should not disrupt the morning walk in the park, which all of us await eagerly every month.

As usual, the familiar smiling faces at greeted us at the Park. It is this starting of the walk that really makes it a day. The most awaited walk in the park with a group of people who we feel are our own and to loot the beauty of the ever-giving Nature that is surrounding us, which we often take for granted.

Every park that we walk through has its own uniqueness and Bishan-Ang Mio Park is no exception. The park is situated on both the sides of the road, unlike other parks, which normally spread on one side of the road.

We started off with a warming up exercise led by Saurab. Then we had a pleasant surprise with Jayanthy joining us, all the way from New Delhi. The exercise prepared us to walk through the park and all 15 of us started off on our journey through the park. Yes, the word journey really makes sense, as we walked through the park.  Other than enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature, we went into a nostalgic mood of cherishing the memories of the past.

Walking along with Uncle Krishnamurthy, we exchanged the experiences of our past - how we came to Singapore and how the life has been all through. Cherishing the memories and sharing with the people who appreciate our very presence is in itself very refreshing.

A few photos were taken before the start of the walk, at the starting point, on the bridge. This was the very place we all decided to meet at 9.45am after the walk.

Along the way, we came across two groups of elderly people who were silently walking in a line and exercising. There were other families with young children. Couples were also at the Park, spending together the lovely moments in the morning.

Walking in the park not only gives us the agility, but mentally it is refreshing as well. It has helped to strengthen the family bond. This is very clear when we see the happy families, and couples walking in the park sharing those moments of joy.

The peculiar nature of the park, which is divided by a road and surrounded by tall buildings, is unique in the sense that it sends us a strong signal not to forget Mother Nature.

When Uncle Krishnamurthy told me that his granddaughter was going to chant the shlokas from the Srimad Bhagvad Geeta, I was excited and curious to know how the young children in this age can chant the shlokas from the Srimad Bhagvad Geeta and she was excellent at the recitation.

I cannot resist writing that after the walk, we met sharp at 9.45am back at the meeting place on the small bridge over the canal, where we had taken our photographs. It is this self-discipline and the bonding with each other that will make our journey through life very pleasant. Meeting people from different backgrounds, but having the same Ultimate Goal reminds me of the shlokafrom the Srimad Bhagvad Geeta (Shloka no 15 , Chaprer 15): Sarvasya Caham Hrdi Sannivisto……… meaning (The Lord) I reside in the hearts of the Living beings.

How we benefit physically and spiritually, while enjoying the beauty of the Mother Nature, basking in the gentle rays of morning Sun!

With that pleasant mood, we made our way to Uncle Krishnamurthy’s place, who, with his wife and family, was the host for the brunch on that day. All members of the family greeted us with a warm welcome and they were pleased to have all of us at their place for the splendid brunch, which was no less than a lunch.

Uncle Krishnamurthy’s grand-daughter was excellent and absolutely flawless when she chanted the shlokas from the Srimad Bhagvad Geeta. Kudos to her and her parents as well as to her grandparents for her excellent recitation!

Here is looking forward to the refreshing walk of the month in October.

- Kiran Sule

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