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… October Walk Review (walk no 398)

Uncle Kashyap used to say that Gardens By the Bay is a treasure trove - once you visit this place you will be addicted to it. Therefore there were no two opinions when it was suggested that the October walk be held in his cherished venue.
A small group of enthusiastic walkers assembled near the Magnificent Bull Statue at 8 am sharp (Memories keep flooding to me that Uncle Kashyap would always make it a point to be at the walk venues two minutes early). Another group of around 13 people ventured out straight away to jog/explore the Wonderful Wizard of OZ in Flower Dome.
Ably guided by Praveen with the warming up exercises, the group, after reaching our favourite “Planet” spot ( a hefty seven tons bronze sculpture of a baby floating in the air), set out to explore different territory this occasion. Alok volunteered to take us through the adjacent Marina Bay Sands. It was indeed a walk with a difference – an unforgettable experience. This is the first occasion when substantial portion of the walk was inside an air conditioned mall. Crossing the Dragon Fly Bridge over the ECP into Marina Bay Sands (MBS), travelling the ups and downs of the escalators marvelling at the ambience of F&B Celebrity restaurants, engaging in vertical climb (Just only lifts!) soaring up to the 57th Floor to enjoy the panoramic view of Singapore shorelines, coming down to the fourth storey for viewing the Singapore Floating Platform and our Nation’s Pride Singapore Merlion, not to miss the luxury fashion brands shops catering to the exclusive elite of market and the Sampan rides along the canal at the Shoppes at MBS, we had feast for our eyes throughout. As Praveen remarked it was good that we came in very early in the day without our spouses when the grandiose shops were still not open for business, lest we should have burnt a big hole in our wallets.
Thereafter we came back to the Gardens by the Bay to enjoy the Heritage Gardens. We were overwhelmed with joy upon coming to know that many of the inscriptions depicting the diverse history and Singapore culture told through fascinating story of plants in the four themed garden were contributions by Uncle Kashyap’s eldest daughter Savita.
Rounding up our walk with a visit to Sun Pavilion, home of a large collection of cacti, we reluctantly bade adieu to the Gardens by the Bay and reached the host’s premises. True to the Kashyap tradition, we were warmly welcomed by the entire Family. Musical performance followed our meditation and reading of prayers. Ramni and Praveen with their kirtans and bhajans ably assisted by unle Kashyap’s Music teacher and our K V Rao on the tabla were indeed a treat to our ears. The pinnacle of course is the lovely rendition of the song “What makes you Beautiful” by our little Deepika captivating the entire audience. I am sure Uncle Kashyap would have felt proud that the October brunch Sangeeth tradition is kept alive and humming.
As usual, we were all treated to a sumptuous brunch by the Kashyap Family.
It was a worthwhile day spent in the Park which Uncle held dear to his heart and in the Kashyap Nivas where lived and loved.
-          S. Ramanathan

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