- The Legend of The Walking Man -
It is said in some cultures, still in touch with their primal
source, a man does not truly enter manhood until he is 52 years
The man who was to become The Walking Man came to this planet –
earth, in the middle of the year, in the middle of the 20th
century. On 27 July 2002, in the early afternoon the sea at the
coast off Virginia Beach, in North America gave life to The
Walking Man. This dynamic was assisted with the help of a young
teenager who is the niece of The Walking Man. It was she who
pulled him from the sea. This transition to manhood actually took
three days. It was a painful three days, but The Walking Man
endured without the help of drugs to alter his state. Some say
“pain is life”, if that is so, The Walking Man was very much
alive. The Walking Man did actually crawl before he could walk,
bringing another metaphor to the fore. When a nurse discovered
him in a chair, instead of his assigned bed, it is said she
quipped, “I hope you can get back into your bed.” His response in
the high octave voice caused by the neck brace he was to wear for
almost a year was, “Don’t you worry about me. I will be fine.”
the legend goes, The Walking Man then asked about an apparatus in
the corner of the room. To which the hospital!
nurse then responded, “It’s a walker, and you can use it…If you
can get to it.”
Later that evening at around 6:15 pm, which
happened to be the exact time of his actual earthly birth 52
years earlier minus a month and a day, the Legend of The Walking
Man was born as he used the walking apparatus to move around the
ward of the hospital. At various times of the day and night, The
Walking Man was seen walking the floor, and eventually without
the aid of the apparatus, the grounds of the hospital. Within ten
days he was released to contemplate a complex operation to
correct and stabilize the spinal cord injury he sustained.
stayed for a while with his sister – the mother of the niece who
pulled him from the sea – and her husband. He was there until he
was again hospitalized for evaluation of the injury and possible
surgery to cut his neck open to put a series of cables and cages
and screws and bolts into his neck in an effort to stabilize the
vertebrae and, they claimed, to assure a proper recovery.
This evaluation took place at the specialized Veteran’s hospital.
The hospital with two entire wards dedicated to this type of
injury. Yes, The Walking Man did serve his country of origin
honorably during war time.
At this hospital The Walking Man heard
stories of inspiration as well as tragedy. He grew stronger; he
progressed. He was told in detail the operation and its
ramifications. A decision needed to be made as hospital beds were
scarce and about to be fewer as a military action was taking
place in a foreign land in the name of God and Freedom, someone
said. A compromise was made to release him for six months and
then reevaluate his progress at that time.
The Walking Man was released to a friend who was living in a very
fortunate situation with her young daughter. At their abode he
could use a pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, and gym facilities. He could
walk to neighborhood stores and best of all he was in a nurturing
The six month evaluation did take place, and his
decision was not to be cut and fitted with modern
experimentations. His logic was simple: Since he came from no
movement to 93% mobility and strength, it was possible to go even
further. And he did. As fate would have it, he even recovered enough to take a job in
his chosen field of communications. He moved close enough to the
job to walk to and from work everyday. This move transferred him
from one loving and nurturing situation with two people to the
loving and nurturing situation of seven others, in a house of
purpose and nurturing.
Fate and destiny was to step in again just as the contracted job
was coming to completion. A colleague from overseas, after seven
years of attempts to bring the skills of The Walking Man to his
charges, was successful in procuring the necessary funding for
the workshop. Thus, The Walking Man made his way to South Africa
in the first leg of a journey scheduled to take him around the
world in 18 months; A journey of healing and discovery. He
quickly got his affairs in order and began the journey by going
through Paris, France. His observations and time in Paris has
already been recorded. His work in Cape Town, South Africa has
also been recorded and posted on the modern Internet. Even the
first part of his Indian journey has been somewhat recorded and,
no doubt, will continue to be posted for all eternity to
experience. What follows is the beginning account of The Walking
Man after he received this name on the main road to Auroville, A
This is how it is believed to have happened:
The Walking Man, like so many others, came to Auroville quite by
accident. In point of fact, he had never heard of Auroville in
Tamil Nadu, Southern India, until later in the day of his early
morning arrival by airplane to Madras/Chenni. Be that as it may,
he was delivered to the New Creation Guest House in the dead of
the night. Somehow arrangements were made for his accommodations
though he had no booking/reservations for a room. It was the peak
of high season for the developing City that was about to
celebrate several very important occasions. The first being the
125th Earth-day celebration of the visionary for Auroville: One
who passed from this plane in 1973 - Maria Al Faso, known to all
as The Mother. This event was to be followed in a week’s time by
the occasion of Auroville’s 36th birthday and, a day following,
the occasion of the first manifestation of what is know as the
Supramental Light-Force in the Earthatmosphere, which had its
manifestation on 29 February 1956! Depending on how one counts these things, it would be the 12th
occasion and the 13th manifestation. If one were to follow basic
tenets of numerology, we could see Auroville is in a 9 personal
year (a year of cleansing – clearing out of stuff to make way for
the new blessings)… And this for a city with a 9 destiny –
complete. Given its key number of 1, this was a very special time
for The Walking Man to appear in the city.
Ostensibly, The Walking Man was in the area to amplify his healing, which brought
him to a native masseuse. One day while lounging outside the
masseuse’s Parlour – sipping from a coconut, two men who were
riding by on a motor bike stopped for a word with the masseuse.
It was a quick conversation which ended in the men waving to The
Walking Man as they continued down the main road to Auroville.
The masseuse translated the Tamil language conversation she had
just had by saying, “they wanted to know who you were because
they said they saw that man walking. They called you The Walking Man.”
It is true The Walking Man came to India by airplane, and since
being in India has taxied, Timpoed, bussed, yak-carted, bicycled,
scootered, motorcycled and been four-wheeled driven. But his main
way of getting around is by walking. As such, he moves at a pace
through places making observations others are just too speedy to
see; He is stopped on the road and talks to folks others do not
It is also true The Walking Man is almost forced to walk, given
the nature of his injury and the design of his recovery program,
a program that seems to unfold daily. After a week, or so, of
being in the area, and making commitments to a theatre troupe, an
African man on a mission, and to himself… The Walking Man had
settled into this routine:
The Walking Man’s Pathways – Daily…Weekly…
- Light incense – remove cape from jar of flax seed mixture
and replace with cloth secured rubber band, place on magnet belt.
- Sweep room and patio.
- Soak feet with Candie’s Crystals after quick wash.
- Write either in Journal or Life’s Partner book.
- Lay back on bed as feet air dry and let thoughts run a
natural cascading pattern through his waking consciousness.
He usually wakes up around 1am to go to the toilet. Before going
back to sleep he does twenty-five push-ups, and drinks water. If
he should wake anytime during the night he drinks water and does
the push-ups – slowly. Most of the time, he will also do
additional writing in the Journal at these additional wake-up
- Wakes up around 5:30am. No alarm clock necessary. Takes
- Lay in bed becoming aware of and talking to every part of
his body, beginning with the toes, then moving upward.
- Drinks mixture of flax seed, which has become gelatinous
The exception is Sunday mornings when he immediately rises,
dresses, and walks to the Matrimandir – where he meditates in the
inner chamber for an hour or two, then walks back.
- Breakfast of Curd with banana or prunes - Apple on
Sundays. Hot tea.
- Stretch and exercise
- Sweep room and patio
- Walk through town or village en route to morning
business: Post Office, clinic for Blood Pressure check.
- Walk to Matrimandir gardens to write, contemplate.
- Walk to Visitors Center for rehearsal.
- Home and night routine
- Morning routine.
- Walk to beach via main road.
- Spend time in the surf.
- Walk from Beach via back road
- Go to African man’s home for work on Auroville
International African Zone and dinner.
- Home and night routine.
- Morning routine includes Yoga with area doctor
- Meet African American elder and go to Matrimandir for
inner chamber meditation.
- Visitor’s Center for rehearsal.
- Home and night routine.
- Morning routine
- Walk to Bay of Bengal via back road
- Spend time in the surf.
- Walk from beach via main road
- Home and write
- Night routine
- Morning routine
- Walk to Visitor’s Center, stopping by library and Post
Office on the way.
- Home and night routine
- Morning routine – no schedule for the day.
This routine gives The Walking Man points of reference – this is
to say, things can change day to day; moment to moment, but the
outline these movements suggest seem sound enough in his healing
and growth process to keep him interested and moving through this
portion of his life journey. It is the movement (or motion); the
breathing and stretching; the listening and writing; the swimming
and pacing on the wet sand of the shore; the receiving and
giving…Indeed, the walking…that teaches him the lessons of this
renewed life, he is so very fortunate to live.
(To Be Continued)