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In Reality There Is Only One State

In reality there is only one state,
When distorted by self-identification it is called a person,
When coloured with the sense of being, it is the witness,
When colourless and limitless, it is called the Supreme.

Sri Nisargadatta
I Am That

Happiness Alone Is The Cause For Love

sri_ramana_maharshi…happiness alone is the cause for love, in order to gain that happiness which is one’s nature and which is experienced in the state of deep sleep where there is no mind, one should know one’s self.

Sri Ramana Maharshi
From: Who Am I?

The Stars Are Alive And Nights Like These, Were Born To Be, Sanctified By You And Me


Starry Night, 30.X.10. Acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20″. Painting by Haryaksha Gregor Knauer

During the recent British Ultra Fest at Radley College there were a few nights I was on the night shift. As the lighting levels were low I was afforded a view of  clear skies several times. The night sky represents, for me, at least to some extent, the unknown. Looking at Haryaksha’s work I felt the intensity of his sky packed with living stars and at the same time in the Saguaros, physical processes of life – again a collection of unknown (to me) yet living dynamic processes.
The backdrop to this is that I am reading a lot of Sri Aurobindo at the moment and in particular his writings about the veil of ignorance we live behind, our perception of ourselves and forces around us.

Thank you Haryaksha.


From: The Pan Within by The Waterboys

Put your face in my window
breathe a night full of treasures
The wind is delicious
sweet and wild with the promise of pleasure
The stars are alive
and nights like these
Were born to be
sanctified by you and me
Lovers, thieves, fools and pretenders
and all we gotta do is surrender…

Cat and Dolphin Communicating

Cat meets dolphin – a non-analytical approach.

Prasna Upanishad – Excerpt

And in dreams the mind beholds its own immensity. What has been seen is seen again, and what has been heard is heard again. What has been felt in different places or faraway regions returns to the mind again. Seen and unseen, heard and unheard, felt and not felt, the mind sees all, since the mind is all.

Juan Mascaró – Translations from the Upanishads

The Ultra Running Network

I have been developing several ultrarunning websites over the years most notably and provides news in three main categories – multiday races, 24 hour races and international ultramarathons.
Ultrarunning World focuses on UK news and UK runners in races around the world and is also the home of Ultrarunning World magazine.

There are other sites that form what I have come to call the Ultra Running Network (URN) and these include the original domain Multiday which is a collection of multiday race reports. The original site was unfortunately lost.

There is also a smaller site, which has Stage Races as its focus.

Ashton Court

Bristol is not a flat city. Built on the banks of the tidal river Avon, there have been people here since the Old Stone Age – some 60,000 years ago there were people living near here and to get almost anywhere in the city, apart from a north-easterly direction is going to involve some hills.
There are a few races that take advantage of some flat land – the recent 5k around the harbour and the Towpath series and of course my beloved Bath to Bristol cycleway, the BBC. Mostly though its hills that slope down to the river. Heading west the river passes through the Avon Gorge on its way to the Bristol Channel underneath the spectacular suspension bridge, an icon in the landscape. The bridge lies just to the east of the Downs which are a high point which everyone has to climb from somewhere to reach except for those lucky few people who live on the east side.
Its around here that I come to run if I am not heading out on the BBC, a loop around the downs and then over the Clifton Suspension Bridge and up to Ashton Court. There is a Golf course through which a bridle path has been made which goes up to the southern boundary of the grounds near a quarry and then passing around the quarry and re-entering the park one can run along bike trails through the woods.

In September there is a 10 km race here, the Ashton Court 10 km and the grounds are a pleasure to absorb.
Heading home via the Downs I was feeling stronger than I had for some time and as my weight is about 180 lbs – a little lighter than normal.
This was a two hour run yesterday and even though there were two hills that I attacked and subsequently felt, I was happy with how it went and look forward to developing this base over the summer.

Solstice Run 2009

staple_hill_img_04371Disappointed at not being able to get to new York for the 3100 this year. That’s life I guess.
Haven’t really done much running since October. There were the two mile races in Canada and the Ottawa Hyperthermic Half and a few runs here and there but not much really until the last week or so in Vancouver. Now I’m back in Bristol but not in as good a shape as Mark. Last week I made it to Warmley on the Bristol to Bath Cyclepath (BBC) – about 16 miles and I felt close to my limit there.
Yesterday went to Bitton and back which is 20 miles and again felt close to the edge and was tired for the rest of the day but happy to have done 20 and not feeling any semi-injuries. Today was a rest day – I seem to be running pretty much every other day at the moment. As I get back out there everyday I will start to record the mileage again.
With the first summer off for 6 years I will be enjoying shorter runs and indeed have been up on the Downs looking at the Welsh hills to the West along the Clifton Gorge. I havent planned anything yet but there is a 6 day in Sweden not to far away and also would like to be in good shape to run the Self-Transcendence 24 hour in Tooting Bec in October but, as I said, nothings planned yet.

The Barry 40 2009

The 2009 Barry 40 Mile Race

It has been a long road to Jenner Park for me and this year Mark Collinson mentioned that he would be going and we could make some arrangement together. So fresh from my Hypothermic Half Marathon in Ottawa, I agreed that it would be a great opportunity. Continue reading

The Mythos of Bali

It has been several years since I have managed to go on a Christmas trip and Prabhakar has just sent me a link to some photos he took while he was in Bali.
Balinese dancer.

I was fortunate enough to go to Bali a few years ago and these images remind me of how life on this Indonesian island still maintains its dignity and compassion. Prabhakar portrays a timelessness in the culture of this little country that has a similar size population to that of Wales, a culture that communicates through music and dance.
Bali has a Hindu minority that is nevertheless visible and integrated into the consciousness of the people. Shrines are everywhere and burning incense and rice offerings are familiar aspects of day to day life. From this devotional grounding has developed a rich culture.
Music is central to Sri Chinmoy, who visited a few times, and I am sure that this trip brought back a lot of memories for his students who have returned to Bali and which remains a natural environment conducive to connecting with the deeper rhythms that move in and through us on our journey. Thanks for the photos.

Checkout Prabhakar’s website for his Balinese gallery.
Wikipedia – Bali