Guiding Light of The Month

In this immense heroic struggle, in this sublime struggle of love against hatred, of justice against injustice, of obedience to Thy supreme law against revolt, may I gradually be able to make humanity worthy of a still sublimer peace in which, all internal dissensions having ceased, the whole effort of man may be united for the attainment of a more and more perfect and integral realisation of Thy divine Will and Thy progressive ideal. - The Mother

Along the way...August 2016 Morning Walk - Review

The venue for this walk was Mac Ritchie Reservoir.

Mention Mac Ritchie to any Singaporean and the talk will certainly turn to cross-country runs, nature trails and the Treetop Walk. Anchored by Singapore’s largest reservoir - part of a water catchment system that captures rain water - the park and nature reserve at the very heart of Singapore is a popular destination for runners, water sports enthusiasts, and of course, nature lovers.
There were 8 of us assembled at around 8am. With Mr Ramanathan leading the warming up exercises, we paid our salutations to Surya Bhagavan with Sri Aurobindo’s mantra. “Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Aurobindaya Sharanam mama.” This is the mantra for Peace, Protection, Purity, Perfection and Progress. It means "Om, I offer my obeisance to the Divine Personality of Sri Aurobindo."

At 8am the whole place was bursting with energy. The people in Singapore really go to great lengths to keep their physical fitness topping high! Interacting with a person doing yoga kind of exercises, we learnt that that person walks and jogs 10 miles around the reservoir and does yoga stretches with his friends four times a week!

What discipline! Just amazing and inspiring!

The path we chose was very stony and rugged! Ramanathan’s force of speed took his friends to the finishing line in no time. My friend Manjula and Prithi and I had a very interesting conversation with our eyes fixed on the ground to avoid any breakage of bones. We could finish only half the distance before returning to the meeting point.

At our host’s, Mr KV Rao and Shailja’s 17th floor, Mandale Heights home, every beautiful display kept me absorbed!

The whole atmosphere was reverberating with joy and the variety of food was very delightful!
Our Sincere thanks to Raos’ family for the beautiful self-forgetting experience!

-        Jayalakshmi

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