Guiding Light of The Month

Tell me, wilt Thou grant me the marvellous power to give birth to this dawn in expectant hearts, to awaken the consciousness of men to Thy sublime presence, and in this bare and sorrowful world awaken a little of Thy true Paradise? What happiness, what riches, what terrestrial powers can equal this wonderful gift! - The Mother

Along the Way… July 2017 Walk Review (walk no 383)

The morning walk in July, even though at a known place, it was a different experience. Sanjay had arranged the walk at Tampines Eco garden. We all gathered up at Sanjay’s block, looking forward to the new place where we would be enjoying the walk. It was a bright sunny day and we, as usual with a beaming face, full of energy and expecting to meet our colleagues along with Mr Ramanathan who is always our inspiration, set off for the walk. The Morning walk on the first Sunday of the month does give a splendid experience every time that can best be experienced rather than putting in words.
The walk was on different trails---diversified trail, forest trail and marshy trail. We started the walk, getting soaked in the Sunlight. Sanjay was leading us and he was quite keen to get our attention at the various boards that displayed the information on the flora and fauna that we could look forward to in those trails.As we had just started off, we saw a big water monitor lizard in the middle of the path basking in the Sun. A bit dazzled by a group of people approaching her, that is we all, the poor animal decided to move out of our way and loitered around the marshy area. That moment, the beautiful verse from Savitri came to my mind. This is the very last verse of Canto V of Book 1 before Ashwapathy embarks on his journey to the various worlds.
A Voyager upon uncharted routes
Fronting the viewless danger of the Unknown
Adventuring across enormous realms,
He broke into another Space and Time.
We continued our walk, getting soaked in the bright Sun and playing hide and seek with the shadow till we reached a place that looked quite like out of the way of the path.
It was a raised portion with nice greenery and surrounded by tall trees. Sanjay asked us to have a look at the place. It was wonderful. That place looked as if very few people had entered. As we entered, we could hear the musical chirping of the birds. A place, where we see the nature calling us and asking us to rob the Divine beauty. As we stood there a while, that place looked perfect for meditation. Another piece of verse from Savitri I remembered and that was the ending verse of the first Canto of Book 1.
All sprang to their unvarying daily acts
The thousand peoples of the soil and the tree
Obeyed the unforeseeing instant’s urge
And, leader here with his uncertain mind
Alone who stares at the future’s covered face,
Man lifted up the burden of his fate.
As we walked around the trails, we all did not know how the time passed, till we arrived at Sanjay’s house. We all were received with a very warm welcome by Sanjay and his family. After quenching our thirst with some cold drinks, especially water with mint leaves, we all gathered and started with the meditation. A beautiful heavenly music was played along with Mother’s inspiring words.
Later on everybody enjoyed as the Birthday Boys’ and Girls’ birthdays were read out along with the Anniversaries. The brunch was no less than a lunch and was splendid with a variety of Guajarati dishes. The cake and the sweets were fabulous. With all the sweet memories, we left one by one, looking forward to the walk of the next month and also to the wonderful activities of the centre in the coming weeks.

-          Kiranchandra Vasant Sule

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