Cahit’s race1

In the five-mile race that Cahit Yeter organised today in the Bronx, Carlos was encouraging me and I was begging him to go a little faster so he would get a prize. In the race, the disciples were encouraging me all the time, singing, O grant me the fastest speed. But the people watching the race were laughing at my speed.

After killing myself for some time, I saw no life inside my body. Then I saw Anne Alaimo 400 metres ahead of me. First I passed Chameli, then Anne, Godavari and Chandra. Then I passed Chetana long after them. But Sarama was beyond my reach.

During the race, at least fifteen people recognised me.

  1. RB 825. 28 April 1985

Patience replaces capacity1

When I see my disciples running now, many times they are 600 metres or one mile ahead of me. But I used to be right behind them or even ahead of them.

They have to admire how much patience I have. When you lose capacity, you have to give credit to your patience.

  1. RB 826. 28 April 1985

Maybe he doesn’t understand English1

Yesterday I was running in Flushing Meadow Park near our 1,000-mile race. Two men were also running. One of them saw the poster about the race and said to me, “Why are you not also competing?”

I just smiled at him.

Then the other man said, “Maybe he doesn’t understand English.”

  1. RB 827. 4 May 1985

Coming from behind1

The day before yesterday I was running behind John in the 1,000-mile race. I said, “I will never be able to pass him.”

But then I went ahead of him. I also went ahead of Trishul two times. I said to myself, “Can you believe it? Never did I think I would be able to pass these two excellent runners! I will give both of them very nice gifts.”

Of course, Trishul had been running for four days. He is planning to complete the 1,000-mile race. And John had also run more than 200 miles by that time.

  1. RB 828. 4 May 1985

He walks faster than I run1

Still I have not been able to pass Kirit while running in the 1,000-mile race. Sometimes he walks, and then I say, “This is the time when I will pass him.” But he walks faster than I run.

  1. RB 829. 4 May 1985

A birthday run1

The other day was Yury’s birthday. He had completed 23 years, so he walked and ran 23 miles at the 1,000-mile race. Now I think he has become an invalid.

His mother came yesterday to Annam Brahma. She got an orange as prasad and asked her son if she had to preserve the seeds because the orange was sacred.

  1. RB 830. 4 May 1985

A rare smile1

So many times I have seen Bob Wise walking in the 1,000-mile race. Previously he never smiled at me. But today, on the fifth day of the race, he smiled at me and started clapping.

  1. RB 831. 5 May 1985

Running and running1

Today in the 1,000-mile race, so many times I got joy from passing Trishul. I was forgetting that he had already done 300 miles.

  1. RB 832. 5 May 1985

Good morning!1

Today at five o’clock in the afternoon, Bob Wise, the walker in our 1,000-mile race, looked at me and said, “Good morning!”

I told him also, “Good morning.”

  1. RB 833. 10 May 1985

I am nearing 751

This morning at a quarter to seven, I was walking on 150th Street. I saw an elderly man get up on a bike with difficulty. As soon as he saw me, he got off the bike. He had only covered 20 metres.

He said to me, “You are running and I am cycling. I am 75. How old are you?”

I said, “I am nearing 75.”

He was so happy to hear that.

  1. RB 834. 14 May 1985

Walking ferociously1

I had an experience near Queens Boulevard at four o’clock this morning. Just near the top of the hill a respectable-looking lady was waiting for the bus. She saw me coming towards her, from about 20 metres away. I was walking so ferociously that she got frightened and ran away. I felt sorry, so I called out to her, “Don’t be afraid of me!” Then she came back to the bus stop.

  1. RB 835. 15 May 1985

The Queens fitness Guru1

The end of the 1,000-mile race was on the 6:30 news last night on television. When they mentioned my name they had trouble with “Sri”; they said, “Sir.” They called me “Sir Chinmoy, the Queens Fitness Guru.”

  1. RB 836. 17 May 1985

Struggling towards 1,000 miles1

Originally I wanted to run seven miles every day during the 1,000-mile race. I felt that if I tried to do 13 miles, I would not be able to continue. But at the end of the race I had completed 208 miles — an average of 13 miles a day for the 16 days of the race.

Three people completed the full distance: 1,000 miles! Here is the proof that there are a few things the mind cannot understand — when the soul operates through the heart or through the vital. To run 1,000 miles is beyond the comprehension of the mind; the mind cannot imagine it!

Perhaps now people will be inspired to sponsor 1,000-mile races.

By the first week of August I do hope to complete my 1,000 miles. I am going on, going on. God knows if I can do it!

  1. RB 837. 17 May 1985

Nayak’s soul preceded him1

The day before yesterday I was at the 800 metre point on the 1,000-mile course, near the circle, walking. It was in the morning. All of a sudden Nayak’s soul appeared for blessings. I thought, “Nayak didn’t inform me he was coming to New York. Usually he informs me.” But it was not actually Nayak, but only his soul, which appeared so vividly.

Then a few hours later I saw Nayak himself standing at the same spot, near the circle. He had come to New York quite suddenly on business.

  1. RB 838. 18 May 1985

My imagination gets frightened1

I have run a little over 200 miles during the 1,000-mile race, but already I am blessing my forefathers that I have promised to run 1,000 miles. Even my imagination gets frightened!

But I am sincerely proud of those who have completed the race. Look at Trishul! The race ended just yesterday, and already he is here at the meditation, enjoying his spiritual life.

  1. RB 839. 18 May 1985