Guiding Light of The Month

WHY all this noise, all this movement, this vain and futile agitation; why this whirlwind carrying men away like a swarm of flies caught in a storm? How sad is the sight of all that wasted energy, all those useless efforts! When will they stop dancing like puppets on a string, pulled they know not by whom or what? When will they find time to sit quietly and go within, to recollect themselves and open that inner door which screens from them Thy priceless treasures, Thy infinite boons? - The Mother

Along the Way… April Walk Review (walk no 392)


The starting point of this month’s walk at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park was located a short distance away from Bright hill columbarium. Visitors were pouring in that Sunday to the complex because of the Qingming festival. On this day, members of the Chinese community visit the gravesites of their ancestors to clean them and make ritual offerings. As expected, this resulted in a lot of traffic along Sin Ming Avenue. Having successfully gathered at the meeting point, we commenced with the warmup and proceeded on with the walk.
Redeveloped at a cost of approximately $76 million, the park has become a beautiful green space for the community with numerous playing spaces, ponds, gardens and cafes. Evidently, it was a popular spot among residents in the area. The most prominent feature of the park is the Kallang river, which meanders along the park flanked by green riverbanks. It was converted at a great cost from a concrete canal to a beautiful river as part of the redevelopment.

Walking along the western section of the park, we caught up with fellow regulars at the walk as well as two guests visiting from Pondicherry. There were numerous cyclists and runners all around us, as well as families enjoying a day out on Easter Sunday. Admittedly, I did not converse much with anyone else, choosing to be with my thoughts and walking mindfully instead. This was indeed a pleasant experience as I took in the various scenes that presented themselves before me, be it couples running, siblings playing or groups of senior citizens partaking in group exercises. I even got to observe various features of the park that I would have otherwise missed had I been deep in conversation with someone else. I noticed large sculptures in the distance, lotus ponds hidden away from the main walking and cycling paths and park benches with no legs that looked like deck chairs along a swimming pool. It was definitely a refreshing experience to walk around with a stream of thoughts and observations acting as my companion

Having walked through both sections of the park and crossing marymount road back to the western section, we ended our walk promptly at 9:50am just like Mr Ramanathan wanted us to. We were soon joined at the meeting point by a couple of our younger members like Anjali, Sophia and Anushna who had chosen not to walk and opted to move around on a skateboard, inline skates and a scooter, respectively.
We were joined by the remaining members at Mr Krishnamurthy’s residence, most notably by Mr Shashi Lal Kashyap who had been unable to attend previous walks & brunches. Mr Ramanathan and Mr Krishnamurthy chanted Bhu Suktham before the closing meditation, with Mr Krishnamurthy making sure to patiently explain the profound meaning behind the verses that were chanted. This was followed by a sumptuous brunch that was prepared by Jayalakshmi aunty. The brunch was enjoyed by everyone.

Pranav Venkat

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