Guiding Light of The Month

Like a flame that burns in silence, like a perfume that rises straight upward without wavering, my love goes to Thee; and like the child who does not reason and has no care, I trust myself to Thee that Thy Will may be done, that Thy Light may manifest, Thy Peace radiate, Thy Love cover the world. - The Mother

Along the Way… January 2015 - A Walk to remember

On the morning of the 4th of January 2015, the first Sunday of the month as well as the New Year, a dozen enthusiastic and energetic members of the Sri Aurobindo Society, Singapore, gathered near the Turtle Museum at the Chinese Garden to begin their monthly group walks. This tradition is unique to the Society in Singapore and has been occurring regularly for the past 40 years since its inception.

We began at 8am with a few routine warm up exercises followed by chanting OM together.  This simple task of chanting OM in the early morning sunlight against a backdrop of the garden's tranquillity and greenery was in itself refreshing and invigorating. True to its name the garden exemplified Chinese landscaping, its architecture and culture. The Bonsai Garden, The Twin Pagodas, The Japanese Garden, The Turtle Museum and the stone bridges all captivated us . The meandering paths through a plethora of flora and fauna made it a perfect paradise for joggers, picnic goers and casual strollers. We even spotted a monitor lizard that is said to be a descendant of dinosaurs! For those who haven’t visited the park I strongly encourage you to do so and maybe even try climbing the Chinese Pagoda or kayaking at lakeside.

Apart from exercise, the walk was also an excellent opportunity to meet new people, engage in interesting conversation and make new friends. After about two hours we moved to Kiruthika akka's house, this month's hostess where the fun and gaiety continued all the way until noon. After meditation and prayer, we were treated to a sumptuous brunch which was definitely the highlight of the day. From pizza and pasta to idlis and sambhar rice I can say we were spoilt for choice, a delicious choice at that!

All in all it was a good beginning to the New Year and I look forward to participating in future SAS walks! A big thank you to Ramanathan Uncle for coordinating the walk, Kiruthika akka and family for hosting the brunch and to all those who attended and made the day a spiritual and fun experience.
-          Kavya Ashok
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The first month of the 2015 is allocated to the famous nature park, The Chinese and The Japanese Gardens situated on the small islands of Jurong East connected by a majestic arched bridge. Strolling along the architectural and cultural replica of buildings and statues, we got transported to the cultural world of China and Japan. The main characteristic of these gardens was an integration of splendid architectural features of historical importance with natural environment.
This park is accessible via the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). We assembled at a commonly decided location and walked in small groups observing the various places of interest all. For our first time guests, Debiprasad and Premsheela from Delhi Ashram, it was like a short but complete view of cultural China and Japanese environment.
The brunch was hosted at Kiruthika's place in Bukit Batok and the entire family of three generations equally contributed to the arrangements and sumptuous brunch consisting of Indian and western recipes. After the Prayers and Meditation session, we were very much attracted to watch and understand the different technical innovations executed by Sophia and Anjali under their father's guidance while eating our brunch.
The gathering resembled a huge joint family and all were busy sharing and talking to one another    affectionately. We all eagerly wait for this monthly occasion that energizes and closely bonds us together as members of Sri Aurobindo Society, Singapore.

- Sundari

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