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… January 2016 Morning Walk – A Review

The first walk for the Golden Year 2016 hosted by Kirthika and Adrian was held at Bukit Timah Natue Reserve on 3rd January 2016. Despite the possibility of a wet weather, ten of us including two children gathered at the car park eagerly looking forward to the walk, as the Reserve is a home to thousands of species of plants, some very visible and some not so visible to an untrained eye.

 (Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Photos by Ramanathan)

Instead of taking one of the tracks to the top of the Bukit Timah hill, we had to explore a different route, due to some work that was happening in the Nature Reserve. Adrian led the way forward through some parts of the old rail track leading towards one of the Quarries. Due to the rains for the past few days, we expected the track to be slightly muddy. Fellow trackers returning to the base, warned us of muddy tracks ahead, and we plodded on with care hoping to save our shoes from the mud. The greenery surrounding us was refreshing and at the same time beautiful and they kept re-inforcing the fact that we need to protect and sustain the forest, if we want to experience the joy of being with nature. 

(Bukit Timah Nature reserve. Photos by Rama)

We reached the Quarry after making a short and difficult climb towards one of the old railway bridges. The view at the Quarry Site was breadth taking, like you see in some old Chinese paintings.  We spent a few minutes at the spot, enjoying the view and also took some group photos, after which we started the return journey. I took the return journey to the hosts' home through Hill View road which had broad side walks with lots of greenery. Some of us took another track, back to where we started. 

We reached the hosts home at about 10.10 am and met some of our fellow members who had come directly to the home for the collective meditation. We started the meditation shortly after 10.30 am. It was a simple and meaningful session with some beautiful prayers being read by some of those celebrating their birthdays in January. We had a good brunch with lots of variety. We would like to thank Adrian, Kirthika, their two children, together with Kirthika's parents Mr and Mrs Ramanathan for hosting the walk and the meditation followed by the brunch.

Best Wishes for the New Year!!
-         Ramachandran

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