Guiding Light of The Month

In this immense heroic struggle, in this sublime struggle of love against hatred, of justice against injustice, of obedience to Thy supreme law against revolt, may I gradually be able to make humanity worthy of a still sublimer peace in which, all internal dissensions having ceased, the whole effort of man may be united for the attainment of a more and more perfect and integral realisation of Thy divine Will and Thy progressive ideal. - The Mother

Along the Way… The November 2014 Walk

It was indeed a pleasant sight to see more than 20 people gathered at the Labrador Park by 8 a.m. to start our monthly walk on a cool and pleasant day.

Just a stone’s throw away from apartments, busy wharfs, offices and shopping centres, the Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk provides a wide variety of habitats to explore – mudflat, mangroves, coastal forest, rocky shore, park land -there is a myriad of experiences which was waiting to thrill and enrich our senses as we embarked on this walk. The places to be seen and enjoyed were just too many to see in a matter of an hour and half. Having experienced the Bukit Chermin Boardwalk last year to enjoy the expansive waters of Keppel Harbour and multi-million dollar luxurious waterfront apartments, this occasion we ventured out first to the Berlayer Creek mangrove, still alive in Singapore despite habitat destruction all around.

We commenced the walk along the Promenade that overlooks Sentosa Island, first crossing Dragon’s Teeth Gate, a symbolic replica of the original rock outcrop that used to serve as the gateway to Singapore’s western entrance, acting as a navigational guide to sailors centuries ago.

Progressing along the boardwalk, we traversed through two look-out points perched over the creek, to observe the surrounding mangroves and get closer to the rich biodiversity. Some kids in our group were overwhelmed with joy to see a monitor lizard and a small snake roaming around in the mangrove forest.

We experienced the fascinating connection between the landscape and historical journey back to the 1870s and marvelled how Labrador had transformed from a thick coastal forest and mangroves to what it is today - a tranquil nature reserve with relics of Singapore’s World War II past- a machine gun post, a gun bunker, remnants of an old fort and a display of a quick firing cannon. Thereafter west rolled through Singapore’s only coastal cliff vegetation to enjoy a spectacular view of Singapore’s offshore islands from the lookout deck. We went down the cliff and into the park to soak in the breath-taking view of the South China Sea and passing cruise and cargo ships.

Mother Nature was in Her Full Glory!

While all of us were engrossed in Prayers and Meditation in the well laid out place in the Park itself, children in our group enjoyed the nearby banyan tree swings to their hearts’ content.

Our hosts Upali and Ritesh had made an excellent altar and a sumptuous fusion of North and South Indian dishes for brunch. Our heartfelt thanks to them.

Please visit our Sri Aurobindo Society’s Facebook page to see more photos of the walk/meditation and the altar arrangements.

-          S. Ramanathan

I was at Labrador Park with the other Society members on the 2nd of November for the monthly walk. The weather was very nice. Not too hot. Not too cold. I reached the park at around 8a.m. We started off with a simple warm-up and then walked through the park.
When we were walking on the boardwalk, we spotted a snake on the handrail. Upon seeing and hearing us, it jumped back into the grass. It was hard to see it after that as it camouflaged well, but we managed to find it, and took many pictures.
After the walk, we headed to a shelter where the prayers were going to take place. Behind the shelter, there was a huge tree with many vines hanging on it. My friends and I climbed the trees and swung from the vines. We had great fun.
We soon had to stop playing so that we could eat. There was all sorts of food - Idli, rice, noodles, to name a few. And they were delicious. After eating, we continued playing on the tree.
Soon, it was time to go back home. I was sad as I was having such a great time and didn’t want to leave. I hope that I can go to Labrador Park again and I look forward to the next walk.

-          Priyanka Patel

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