Guiding Light of The Month

OH, let Light be poured on all the earth and Peace inhabit every heart. . . Almost all know only the material life heavy, inert, conservative, obscure; their vital forces are so tied to this physical form of existence that, even when left to themselves and outside the body, they are still solely occupied with these material contingencies that are yet so harassing and painful. . . - The Mother

Along the Way… August 2015 Morning Walk – A Review

A rejuvenating walk at the Botanical Gardens

Lately we have had fine weather in Singapore. On 2nd August 2015, it was a beautiful morning speckled with sunshine and clouds. We reached the assigned meeting point as scheduled and waited with Mrs and Mr Krishnamurthy for the other participants to join us at the entrance of the Botanical Gardens. After waiting long enough, we decided to proceed with the walk. The lush greenery and verdant hues beckoned us and the birds and crickets sang their merry songs excitedly.

Exercise is good for the body and mind. However, a brisk morning walk in cool and fresh environment amidst trees, flowers and birds is the best. The sights and sounds of nature invigorate the senses and provide manna for the soul.

It was motivating to see walkers of all ages and sizes, Tai-chi groups practising their moves – some with swords and fans, dogs with their owners bustle by on the walking tracks. I noticed one little dog dressed in a ’T-shirt and shorts’ to accompany his master on his morning run. This sight was hilarious! We walked around the Swan Lake admiring the swans, fish and turtles in the water. We saw gurgling water fountains, waterfalls, fragrant flowers and lilies in bloom.

The highlight of our walk was a stroll through the National Orchid Gardens which allowed free admission to celebrate the 50th birthday of Singapore. This garden is located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Three hectares of carefully landscaped slopes provide a setting for over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, with about 600 species and hybrids on display. We visited the Burkill Hall, Tan Hoon Siang Mist house, VIP Orchid Garden and Cool House, admiring the design concept which presents the display of plants in four separate colour zones over most of its areas.

Once the walk was over, Mrs Shailaja and Mr K.V Rao together with Anuvrat and Auropriya welcomed all the Society members at their residence with enthusiasm. In the warm ambience of their home, the meditation session was serene and peaceful. A very sumptuous home-cooked brunch was especially pleasing to the palate and was enjoyed by one and all.

We convey our gratitude to the hosts for their whole-hearted hospitality. May the Mother continue to shower her blessings on the SAS family for times to come!

-          Anju Aditya

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