Recollections on Sri Chinmoy: How Guru opened the 2004 Marathon
- I remember, in 2004, at the start of the 2004 marathon, I was standing very close to Guru when he offered the opening meditation. He stood on a small, slightly raised wooden platform, with his arms crossed over his chest, his knees a little bent. It was a little chilly, so I think he wore an overcoat. His eyes were half open when he started meditating. Then his eyes started rolling up and up and began flickering. He entered into a deep state of meditation, a trance, I can't really fathom. He nodded slightly from time to time and rocked a little bit back and forth. I was standing practically right in front of him, just a few feet away!
I looked at him meditating, and I felt myself enter into some kind of altered state of consciousness. I mean, sometimes when I looked at him, he seemed to be wearing a turban. But then I blinked my eyes and I noticed that no, his head was completely bare. Also, from time to time, I would see through Guru, I would see the trees and cars directly behind him. Then I would blink my eyes and his body regained its normal solidity and reality. It was the kind of meditation that goes beyond almost anything I had ever experienced.
And the thing was, the more deeply he entered into this state, the more humble he became! It seemed like he just became a little child, surfing and skipping over the waves of some infinite ocean. And at other times, his whole human personality seemed to disappear completely. He became the infinite ocean itself, just a vast rolling plane of undifferentiated consciousness, vast and extended.
Then he nodded a little and asked one of his attendants a simple question, like if someone was here and the guard answered yes. And Guru folded his hands and very, very seriously and soulfully gave the following prayer:
Is a unique
In the physical-body-world.
He said it very softly, so that only the people who were very close to him could hear.
Then I think he smiled and began clapping and we all started running. It was a difficult marathon for me, but I finished in pretty good time. But I will never forget that opening meditation.
- Thank you Mahiruha, for sharing another wonderful story and experience!
"And the thing was, the more deeply he entered into this state, the more humble he became! It seemed like he just became a little child, surfing and skipping over the waves of some infinite ocean. And at other times, his whole human personality seemed to disappear completely. He became the infinite ocean itself, just a vast rolling plane of undifferentiated consciousness, vast and extended." - what a description!
I might read out this post at the end of our Center meditation tonight, it is so fitting and inspiring. Last Sunday was the "famous", quite hilly Heidelberg Halfmarathon with 3500 international runners (http://sashalbmarathon.tsg78-hd.de/) where 12 disciples - 6 boys, 6 girls - participated under our team name (and one incognito). Samalya from Berlin placed 2nd overall(!!!!)and 1st for his age group, surprising disciples and organisers alike, Agnikana placed 6th for the girls, and our first girls team of Agnikana, Keertivati and Ankurika placed 7th (the boys teams were nowhere, because Samalya was the only fast runner).
So I am trying to inspire people already now to consider visiting Heidelberg and Pujaloy on the last weekend of April in 2014 to join in the fun of the Heidelberg Half-marathon world (Pujaloy will be open longer so people can run and meditate)! We might also have a music group to support the runners. The route is extremely scenic (and quite challenging), passing by Pujaloy, the castle, and also along the Philosopher`s path, where you can easily imagine a statue in the future ...
Here a link to the results
and some photos of our here:
this is the route:
Congratulations again to all the 10 day and 6 day heroes! And thank you for all the inspiring reports about it!