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Nuggets From Carl Safina's Call Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Feb 12 2020 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Carl Safina. Dr. Carl Safina is an ecologist who has been named among the Audubon magazine’s “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century.” He is a gifted author who has dedicated his lyrical, non-fiction writing to exploring how we are changing the natural world and what the changes mean for human and non-human beings. In the natural environment, Safina sees the spiritual. The first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, Carl is the founder of Safina Center, a nonprofit nature conservation and environmental organization which advances the case for life on Earth by creating an original blend of science, art, and literature. His most recent TED Talk “What are animals thinking and feeling?” received a million views in its first month. Author of several best-selling books, he hosted the 10-part PBS television series “Saving the Ocean”. Below ... Read Full Story

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Paul R. Fleischman: The Wonder Of The Universe Posted by Rahul Brown, Feb 12 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Paul R. Fleischman: The Wonder Of The UniverseReflection questions: Our guest has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his unique contributions to psychiatry and religion. He points to our sense of wonder as the apparatus by which we experience the intelligence of the universe within. "The wonder of the universe is wondering in us,” he writes. Has your own sense of wonder dulled or been enhanced over the years? When do you experience its presence most keenly?

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Nanabhai Bhatt’s Encounter With Gandhi Posted by Jignasha Pandya, Feb 12 2020 ... As narrated by Arun dada when he had met Nanabhai in Bhavnagar. Shri Nrusinhprasad Kalidas Bhatt (Nanabhai Bhatt) was the founder of Gram Dakshinamurti and Lokbharti an educational experiment started in 1930 that went on to become an important point in the history of Indian education. Nanabhai was inspired by Gandhi and so in 1930’s when India was suffering from both caste divide and British rule, against the wish of his spiritual teacher and of upper caste parents, Nanabhai gave admission to children of untouchables in his residential hostel. Nanabhai however had some differences with Gandhi on his ideas of value based education (nai talim). So, he once went to meet Gandhi to discuss this. He noticed that before after ending a sentence instead of a full point Gandhi would utter the word of God (Ram). While Gandhi was externally in a conversation, internally he was in a constant state of prayer. After being a witness to that moment Nanabhai’s doubts dissolved, never to come back.

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Planting Posted by Ameeta Martin, Feb 11 2020 Latest issue of 'KindSpring Weekly' newsletter is themed Spotlight On Kindness: Planting Kindness Seeds. Just as we all sit in the shade of good deeds or "trees" planted by those who came before us, we are responsible for sowing good seeds for future generations to come. As the stories below illustrate, these seeds of generosity and altruism are present from infancy and are spread far and wide by ordinary people just trying to help the person right in front of them each day. - Ameeta

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Welcome Home !!! Posted by Kishan Laddha, Feb 08 2020 Welcome home !!! “आप मेरे घर चलिये “, come to my home, she invited with grace! We were at the bank of Narmada, waiting for a boatman to take us across to Kabirvad. But we got late and there could be no boat for return journey. We were spending time at the banks and there this group of children came running, their school got over and they were to go home across the river. The same boat that we were thinking to go, which we couldn’t, the children settled in, as this boat will take them home. In our conversation, they learnt that we intended to go to the other side but can’t, understanding our intentions the elder girl offered us - “come to my home, welcome home!!!” I was jaw dropped, she doesn’t know anything about us, not even our names (we didn’t even exchange our names) and with her magnanimous heart ... Read Full Story

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