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… July Walk Review (walk no 395)

Nestled in the midst of Pasir Ris housing estate, the lush greenery of Pasir Ris town park welcomed us on the morning of 1st of July.  While we waited for more members to join us at the starting point, I marvelled at the location of the park that was accessible by public transport and seemed to serve as a popular spot for social interactions for nearby residents.  At the park’s center is a large pond and one could observe a number of fishing enthusiasts waiting for their catch. 
Once all members were gathered we commenced the walk by heading towards Pasir Ris Park via the Pasir Ris Park connector.  Along the way the group broke up with some preferring to take a run while others a brisk walk. 

At the end of the park connector we headed to the west side of Pasir Ris Park and walked along the beach.  While the beach on the surface looked litter-free, the number of ships that were anchored along the coast made me wonder whether the quality of the water was fit to swim or even just wet your feet. Perhaps that is the reason we saw families preferring to camp, jog, or cycle along the beach rather than take a swim in the water.

There was a varied conversation going around in the group.  We spoke about the environment and the usage of plastic in our daily life.  With countries like New Zealand and even India banning plastic, Singapore seemed way behind in implementing measures to reduce the usage of plastic in our day-to-day activities.  Another group was reminiscing about a camping trip that had taken place a couple of years ago at Pasir Ris as a part of the Integral Education Programme with children and adults enjoying the activities despite the sudden downpour.

We slowed down a bit to spot some of nature’s wonders around us like a unique flower that looked like a Magnolia but had a smaller flower within. The trees were lined with some mushrooms and
this made a good spot to take some nature pictures.

Pasir Ris park has quite a few observation points for nature enthusiasts to enjoy the  flora and fauna. We climbed the Look-out tower to spot some birds and spotted two yellow birds that Kiruthika identified as Orioles.  

No walk at Pasir Ris is complete without seeing the Mangrove forest.  The mangrove boardwalk leads off to a small pier overlooking the mangrove-lined Sungei Tampines. Children tried to identify some of the marine life and spotted a monitor lizard.

At the end of the walk, it was ascertained that this walk had a record number of attendees of 35 members. We then headed towards the hosts’- Ami, Sanjay, and Aakash’s - residence for meditation and prayers. The prayer session was followed by a small birthday celebration for all July-born members and we were all treated to a delicious brunch prepared by the family which was much enjoyed by everyone present.

---- Swati Kiran   

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