The following 'Journey to the Unknown' is a poem I wrote in 2002 and had as a birthday Prasad at Aspiration-Ground. Guru had me read it out and he seemed to really enjoy it. I gave it to all the runners on my birthday this year in July as well.
It was really inspired by the race itself as I would go there daily to help the runners. Even now those of us who are lucky enough to witness this amazing creation of Guru's and those who are in touch with all the coverage and photos, etc. can bask in the power and glory of such a uniquely spiritual epic event.
I ran the race two years after writing this and I must say I still feel the impact of such a difficult and rewarding achievement. All the runners who have ever finished or even attempted this race deserve special accolades as they inspire us all to dream of and try to reach our seemingly impossible goals.
Journey to the Unknown
A 3,100 mile orbit of concrete, automobiles and local humanity,
Lightly spiced with a hint of nature
And fed by the Grace of God,
Supported with the efforts of friends
Who sympathize with the pain,
And the challenges
Facing at every moment
This handful of Hero-Warriors.
Running, walking, struggling
To the beat of their own
In this perpetually moving Epic adventure,
These Ultimate Survivors
Of obstacles unimaginable
Are proving to humanity
With their unparalleled perseverance,
And unswerving Faith,
That the impossible can be done,
And the Universal Energy
Can be unleashed,
To raise our standards
And lift our minds
Beyond the limits of our broken bodies
And faithless thoughts,
To reveal the Beauty and the Power
Of life's long and arduous
Journey to the Unknown.