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…Apr 2016 Morning Walk - A Review

When Kiran Krishnamurthy suggested Upper Seletar Reservoir as the walk venue for April, I was very apprehensive about the turn out, since not many Soceitians, having been used to the walks in the East and West parts of Singapore, knew the existence of this place. However I was pleasantly surprised to see nearly 20 people turn up for the walk on a bright sunny day.
Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, I was told, has a rich history of nearly a hundred years and is one of the four reservoirs that bound Singapore’s nature reserves. It is therefore not a mystery to find the vast expanse of water not spoilt by human interference and remain pristine clear.
After the usual warm up exercise led by Saurab, all of us, young and old, set out to climbing up the majestic “Rocket Tower” (A five Storey Tower having nearly 100 steps) with all eagerness. What a sight to behold! A stunning 360º panoramic view it was - vast sheet of water one side, lush green vegetation on the other side, golf course on the third and Singapore Zoo on the fourth - Divine Experience indeed. With great reluctance, we started climbing down to explore the other areas of the Reservoir before the Sun’s rays become intense.
We took a leisurely stroll admiring the serenity of the reservoir, followed by walk along the road covered by the over-arching rain tree branches forming a natural tunnel. Along the way we spotted many long tailed macaques looking curiously at us. Our Saurab had a pleasant shock, when, unknown to him a beautiful rainbow coloured macaw flew from nowhere and sat on the back of his shoulder. The young in us were very thrilled and vied with one another to hold the macaws in their hands and shoulders.
“In the very depths of your being, deep within your breast, the Divine Presence is always there, luminous and peaceful, full of love and wisdom. It is there so that you may unite with it and it may transform you into a luminous and radiant consciousness.
Together you and I shall try to silence all the external noise on the surface of your being, so that in silence and peace you may unite with this inner glory.
Then that day will become the day of your new birth.”
- The Mother (CWM Vol. 17, p. 372)

True – It is indeed a unique place for those who wish to escape from the concrete world we find ourselves surrounded by and soak in the magical glow of a quiet, relaxing place for contemplation.
Feeling exhausted after the walk, we reached the host’s place and were warmly welcomed by our ever cheerful Mr. Krishnamurthy. We had a sumptuous treat first for our ears when Mr. Krishnamurthy led us to spiritual ecstasy by his lecture on Sri Aurobindo’ s insight into  Ishavashya Upanishad and thereafter for our gastronomical tastes by Swati by her delicious home cooked food. Little Deepika with her Elsa Tiara celebrated her birthday month and exuded so much joy showing the guests around her new home.
Thank you Kiran and Swati for unearthing a hidden gem (Upper Seletar Reservoir) as the walk venue. May your new home bring you every joy your hearts wish for!

Ramanathan.

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