Guiding Light of The Month

All is light, all is love, ignorance and egoism are but vain phantoms, they can be dissolved. And over all things spreads Thy sovereign peace, Thy fecund calmness. - The Mother

Along the Way… The December 2014 Walk

The nature walk along Bedok Reservoir park on 7th December 2014

The Word's senseless beauty mirrors God's Delight
That rapture's smile is secret everywhere:
It flows in the wind's breath, in the tree's sap,
Its hued magnificence blooms in leaves and flowers.
-          Savitri Book II Canto 4

The Singapore Sri Aurobindo Society has been organizing, on the first Sunday of the month, Nature walks since 40 years uninterruptedly in the various beautiful Nature parks and reserves perfectly maintained by the pro environment and Nature lovers here, in Singapore. Physical fitness is given high importance for Sadhana in Sri Aurobindo's integral Yoga. Mother says:

"Physical culture is the process of infusing consciousness into the cells of the body. One may or may not know it, but it is a fact. When we concentrate to make our muscles move according to our will, when we endeavour to make our limbs more supple, to give them an agility, or a force, or a resistance, or a plasticity which they do not naturally possess, we infuse into the cells of the body a consciousness which was not there before, thus turning it into an increasingly homogeneous and receptive instrument, which progresses in and by its activities. This is the primary importance of physical culture."

The nature walk prepares the body and by observing Nature's beauty our emotional vital being too gets tuned for silent meditation and the psychic opening. After the brunch we proceed to the host's place where a beautiful alter is arranged and sumptuous brunch awaits. This helps in collective interaction and bonding between the members of the society and the exchange of thoughts.

This month there were around twenty persons participating in the beautiful Bedok reservoir walk and more than thirty joined us at the brunch and meditation. We all assembled at the Car park adjacent to the Aquarius condominium and took the circular itinerary of approximately four to five kilometres along the reservoir filled to the brim with water.  The park, with its foliage of beautiful trees and carpet of verdure during this monsoon season along the water reservoir with ripples dancing in the wind reminds us of the narratives from Divine Mother when she used to go for similar walks with Pavitrada and Udarda along the Ashram Lake estate and plantation. During one of such walks, The Mother said, emphasising upon the importance of flower gardens in the Lake estate of Ashram :

“Since flowers are the manifestation of the psychic in the vegetal kingdom, love of flowers would mean that one is drawn by the psychic vibration and consequently by the psychic in one's own self. When you are receptive to the psychic vibration, that puts you in a more intimate contact with the psychic in your own self. Perhaps the beauty of flowers too is a means used by Nature to awaken in human beings the attraction for the psychic."

Anand and Sheetal hosted this significant and symbolising event for the first time. Their enthusiasm and hospitality with welcoming gestures in serving the brunch is most remarkable. A video co-authored by Anand Venkat in Tamil and English 'An offering to The Mother and the Ashram' was shown during the starting and ending meditation sessions. After brunch the quarterly committee meeting was held with Venkatesh's participation via video conferencing, a good intermixture of technology bringing people together.

We must also thank Singapore Parks management for such perfect upkeep of the Nature Reserves and Parks that provide us this rarest facility to be transported to Nature in the buzzing metropolitan city and fulfil the physical fitness needs and simultaneously enhancing the sense of love for Nature and the environment.

-          Sundari

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