Saturday, May 17, 2008

24 Hour Bike Relay

"When we are running, we are reminded of our birthless and deathless journey along Eternity's Road. Then, while we are cycling, we are reminding ourselves of evolution, of how the world is evolving in cycles. When we think of our planet, we think of a wheel turning; our life also is evolving like a wheel. So cycling reminds us of the process of evolution and of how everything goes in cycles.

Once upon a time, in the hoary past, we lived in an era of truth. Now we are living in an era of falsehood. There was a time when truth reigned supreme, but now we see at every moment and every place that falsehood is reigning supreme. Our goal is to bring back again the golden age in which truth will be our inner guide and will reign supreme. So cycling reminds us of evolution, inner and outer."
By Sri Chinmoy from:
The 24-Hour Pepsi-Cola bicycle marathon in 1979 was the third year that Sri Chinmoy led a team into the event. It was held in Central Park in New York over the Memorial day weekend.

He would complete 160 miles. By now his focus was on running, which he had begun in earnest the previous June.

Just two months prior to this bike relay he had run his second marathon in a time of 3:55:07

Comments made by Sri Chinmoy in 1978 on the eve of that race.
"Here you are showing in boundless measure your physical capacity, your perseverance. Of all the qualities, perseverance stands foremost, not only in the spiritual life but also in the outer life. People start practising Yoga but they do not persevere: they do not pursue their journey. For two or three years they practise and then they give up. Here, if you can have perseverance for twenty-four hours, then you wil reach your goal. Spirituality, needless to say, demands much more perseverance."

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