Guiding Light of The Month

O Lord, how ardently do I call and implore Thy love! Grant that my aspiration may be intense enough to awaken the same aspiration everywhere: oh, may good- ness, justice and peace reign as supreme masters, may ignorant egoism be overcome, darkness be suddenly illu- minated by Thy pure Light; may the blind see, the deaf hear, may Thy law be proclaimed in every place and, in a constantly progressive union, in an ever more perfect harmony, may all, like one single being, stretch out their arms towards Thee to identify themselves with Thee and manifest Thee upon earth. - The Mother

Along the Way… March Walk Review (walk no 391)

When SMRT announced that train services in East-West Line would start much later (only @ 8 am on Sunday the 4th Mar) than the usual starting time of 6 am, I became worried as to how I (being a West Singapore resident) would reach the Walk Venue in Pasir Ris in the East Singapore on time. Fortunately Mr Sule (North West Resident) volunteered to drive an additional 20kms to give me a lift so that I could reach on time.

The group assembled for the walk was a modest 6 when our Pranav guided us through the warm up exercises and slowly swelled to 15 by the time we finished the walk. Pasir Ris has undergone major changes since the last time I had a walk here.

One important thing I noticed was how a cycle shop which was having roaring business on weekends in the past charging $ 5 per hour for cycle rental could not withstand the new economy onslaughts from OFO, MOBIKE etc which now charge only around $1 per hour. OLD has to give way for the NEW for sure.

A pleasant climate lured us to walk at a leisurely pace, enjoying the sea in front of us and the dense growth of trees behind us.

We chanced upon one notice board warning us to beware of wild boars in the jungle vicinity leading us to wonder whether we are encroaching animal space or they are encroaching ours. This prompted words to flow out of Mr Sule from the Epic Poem Savitri which I am immensely happy to reproduce below.

            “Sun belts of Knowledge, Moon belts of delight
            Stretched out in an ecstasy of widenesses
            Beyond our indigent corporeal range.
            There he could enter, there a while abide.
            A voyager upon unchartered routes
            Fronting the viewless danger of the Unknown
            Adventuring across enormous realms
            He broke into another Space and Time” (Book 1 Canto 5)

Otters frolicking in the sea and also in the stream located within the mangrove wetland are a treat to watch. Our youngest member, 9 month old Dhvani, joined our monthly walk for the first time and enthralled us with her Dhvani (sound) for some moments during our walk.

Pasir Ris Park has grown much bigger thanks to park connectors seamlessly integrating with the park and even after nearly 1 ½ hours walk we could not cover all places of interest. Lest we missed our time for the Meditation, we cut short our walk and headed to Anand K. Venkat’s home to be warmly welcomed by the hosts.

After our usual Meditation and the Reading of Mother’s Prayers, Mr. Sambrant Director (Education) Sri Aurobindo Society Pondicherry who was on a business trip to Singapore happily shared with us some interesting anecdotes about Rupantar programme (an initiative that targets areas in Education with innovative solutions to transform an entire state education system in India) and how this programme which was started on a modest scale in Uttar Pradesh India has now grown astronomically.

Their programme known as Zero Investment Innovations for Education Initiatives (ZIIEI) works with governments, thought leaders and institutions to transform education, guided by the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother to improve effectiveness and infrastructure to gear up more than 400,000 teachers to come up with innovations that require zero or minimal monetary investment.

He was all praise for Singapore Education System with whom he is collaborating for improvement of the ZIIEI programme. I could see many of our younger members brought up in Singapore Education System smile with their heads held high.

Thereafter, K.V. Rao shared with us his experiences on his recent trip to Pondicherry to be part of Auroville’s 50th Birthday celebrations.

His narration as how more than 5000 members assembled in the wee hours of 28th Feb at Auroville auditorium observing pin-drop silence during the festivities resonated with the spirit of the Aurobindo Movement.

March born Society Members led by Rishab celebrated their birthdays by cutting a yummy cake and we all were treated to a sumptuous brunch thereafter.
A Sunday well spent following the long tradition (since the year 1985) of Singapore Sri Aurobindo Society.

Looking forward to the April Walk to be hosted by our dearest Mr Krishnamurthy.

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