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… December Walk Reviews (walk no 400)

It was a beautiful cool and windy morning when we all assembled at Punggol Point for our penultimate walk of 2018 at Coney Island. It was also a very special walk as it marked our 400th walk uninterrupted over the many years we have been organizing it.
With all the fast development happening in Singapore, it affected our arrival at the meeting point slightly, as the original Punggol Road was closed to traffic and those driving had to take a new road to get there delaying them by 10 -15 mins. No problems with those taking the bus and taxi there as the bus routes were changed and the taxi drivers probably knew about it. How quickly change is happening here in Singapore but Punggol Point and Coney Island still look the same as before, preserving some of the memories we have of the place.
We started off with a decent sized group of walkers of around 17 and more joined later on making it close to 25. It was indeed gratifying for our walk commander, Uncle Ramanathan to see this given the great effort he puts into making sure these walks happen. We did some warmups led by Uncle Sheel and took the mandatory pictures and wefies.
As we headed out onto Coney Island, we were ably led by our walk leaders of the day, Ananya and Deepika who showed us the way to walk along the various paths. I remember Coney Island also known as Pulau Serangoon as a youth when we had to canoe from Pulau Ubin to this deserted island for a quick rest stop and then canoe back. Nothing here then but white sands to lay on and trees to give us the much needed shade from the harsh sun. Over the years, it has been transformed into a park where people can walk, run or cycle onto it through two bridges on either side of the island linking it to Singapore.
During the walk, Venkat interviewed Uncle Krishnamurthy about his experience with the walks, as he had been in Singapore since Walk No. 16 I believe and recorded it for all of us to hear. Something truly great to listen to his experiences and definitely one for our archives.
It was a good and interesting walk in the nature and we returned back to Punggol Point to assemble again for organizing the transportation to Ritesh and Upali's place for meditation and brunch.
The atmosphere was befitting a 400th walk. We had our normal meditation and announcements but also had added special items like a poem recitation by Kiran Sule's sister, mantrams from Sudha who was visiting from Pondicherry, Jayshree, Uncle Krishnamurthy and Uncle Ramanathan, ending with the Om Choir lead by Preethi.  Of course, not forgetting the sumptuous brunch arranged by the hosts, Ritesh and Upali for all of us.
All in all a wonderful 400th walk and we have to thank the participants on this walk and especially the hosts Ritesh and Upali for making it such a memorable one for all of us. Looking forward to our walks in 2019. Wishing one and all a happy and prosperous New Year ahead.
- Sanjay Mehta
This year’s December walk, was the 400th walk of the Sri Aurobindo Society Singapore. Despite it being the beginning of the school holidays, many people turned up for the walk. The walk started at Punggol Settlement. The weather was perfect with a breezy atmosphere during our warm up exercises. It was a great start to the 400th walk.
My sister, Deepika and I were very energetic as we were assigned leaders for the walk. Deepika led the way along the boardwalk towards Coney Island.  While taking pictures of the surroundings, I was enjoying the view of the South China Sea. Behind us, our grandfather, Mr. C. Krishnamurthy, was giving an account on his experiences on his first walk after he arrived in Singapore in 1980. This was recorded by Mr. S. Venkat and was circulated in our SAS WhatsApp group.


We entered Coney Island through the West Entrance . We took a group photo before entering the Island.
Deepika decided to take the path towards Beach Area A. The path was sandy, rocky and lined with Casuarina trees.  It was a breathtaking sight to see the sunlight filter through the trees.           

We arrived at Beach Area A, and took a few minutes to take a break and enjoy the view of Pulau Ubin.

After we admired the scenery, we thought of going to the Promenade to see the other end of Coney Island and we were greeted by the sight of huge ships. As I saw the beauty of nature and the calm sea, love for it engulfed over me. Coney island was so huge that we could have got lost. Luckily none of us got marooned on the Island.

We then headed back to our hosts’ house for meditation. There was a special offering to commemorate the 400th walk which was followed by a scrumptious brunch.

The 400th walk was a very special walk that I will always remember.
- Ananya Kiran


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