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... April 2015 Morning Walk No. 356 – A Review



(Lower Peirce Reservoir, Singapore - Pictures by Kiran) 

The location chosen for the morning walk on 5th April was just right for the kind of natural beauty that we strive to look for, amidst the concrete blocks that we normally see in Singapore. That was Lower Peirce Reservoir.

The Lower Peirce Reservoir, Singapore's second-oldest reservoir, was built by impounding the upper reaches of the Kallang River and was commissioned in 1912. The forest that lines its banks is considered a mature secondary rainforest and is still dotted with numerous rubber trees and oil palms – visible reminders of a past when vast areas of Singapore were covered with plantations. The reservoir was renamed the Peirce Reservoir in recognition of Robert Peirce, who was the Municipal Engineer of Singapore from 1901 to 1916. It only acquired its current name in 1975, after the Upper Peirce Reservoir was built.

Next to the reservoir are a few semi-detached bungalows and there is a road that separates them. As such there are a few entrances to the reservoir. However as the car park stated in the location was very prominent, it helped all of us to get together at the meeting point, albeit a bit late. 

It was a pleasant morning. The lush greenery along the side of the reservoir and the tranquil atmosphere was just nice for all of us to fall in love with the place and fully enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. 

Just before we started off, we saw a group of elderly people exercising in the pleasant weather. After the warming up session, we started off for a good start. We were quite amazed to see the board walk that appeared to be just a few feet above the water. As we moved along the board walk, the feeling was that we were walking on water, with the greenery on one side and the water on the other. You can also see the interpretative boards on the flora and fauna found in the forest, bum rest, scenic view and picnic points located along the boardwalk. 

Along the way, there were good directional signs and informative boards, describing the birds and reptiles that were the habitats. There are some majestic trees which are over 100 years old in the forest. Some other interesting plants that you can spot here include pitcher plants and the Nibong Palm. The common wildlife that resides in this reservoir includes Long-tailed Macaques, Oriental Whip Snakes and the occasional White-bellied Sea Eagle flying above the reservoir. Freshwater species such as Snakeheads can also be found in the waters of the reservoir.

 

As I was walking along the timber boarding, I heard some holy hymns and naturally my feet took that way. As I walked along the boardwalk, I heard a powerful chanting of mantras (hymns) by Mr Krishnamurthy and Mr Ramanathan. It was such a lovely experience, hearing the chanting of the Mantras in the tranquil atmosphere, amidst the lush greenery. Hearing, chanting, remembering, obeying, worshipping, praying, serving, rendering friendship and surrendering to the Lord are nine great activities, as described in Srimad Bhagvad Geeta. We had the pleasure of hearing the holy mantras in that wonderful atmosphere. The power of the mantras, as described by Mr Krishnamurthy was to invoke different Gods, including Varuna. And Lo!  Obviously, without surprise, it did happen. As we were about to finish the walk, there was heavy downpour. We just managed to come to the shed at the exit and there were a few lucky ones, who totally got drenched. 

We waited for a while for the intensity of the downpour to reduce, and then we started off to Mr Krishnamurthy’s house, where we all were given a warm welcome by all the members of Mr Krishnamurthy’s family. Needless to say, the brunch was excellent, with the taste of the idlis, vadas and the halwa still lingering on the taste buds. The first Sunday walk of the month reminds us of the walk of life. There is love and peace in Nature. Just enjoy it, being in The service of the Lord.

 Looking forward to the Lovely and Lively Sunday walk in May.

-          Kiran
Acknowledgement: Thanks to NParks web site for some descriptions mentioned in this write up. 

The Walk, from the eyes of a child…. 

The morning walk for this month was on April 5th. It was at the Lower Peirce Reservoir. We walked along many trails. Some of the trails that we walked along were - Lower Peirce trail, Bamboo trial, and Hevea trail.  We had a wonderful time walking among the reservoir's trees, plants, and bushes. After a while it started to rain heavily and we had to look for shelter. We waited for the rain to stop but it did not. So we split ourselves into groups. We got to the hosts' house for a nice meditation and brunch.  

-       Ananya

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