|WHEN:||May 24, 2017, 6.30PM|
|WHAT:||When Sheetal and his wife Khushmita inherited his family's 15-room ancestral home in Pune, they decided to share their home with the entire community -- by turning it into an ashram. It was while attending an Awakin circle at the original home in Santa Clara where these gatherings first began, that Sheetal had this "aha" moment: "A community of noble friends can also be spiritual teachers to each other!" This realization planted the seeds of what was to manifest as The Urban Ashram.
The Urban Ashram, an urban oasis in the heart of the city of Pune, is a space to dedicated to the work of inner transformation. The Urban Ashram is a space where community gathers regularly for yoga, Wednesdays, inspiring talks by incredible pilgrims, giftivism projects such as a book library and hand crafted Wisdom Crafts, Laughter Yoga, inspirational movie nights as well as musical Satsangs by traveling artists among other activities -- with seven other homes in Pune also hosting Awakin Circles. Sheetal also anchors on-line music offering called Maitri Tunes.
Sheetal and Khushmita live and work at the Urban Ashram, opening their home and hearts each day to everyone. They also spend part of each year in Ahmedabad where they serve as anchors of the ServiceSpace community in India called Moved By Love. Moved by Love is a portal dedicated to small acts of transformative service. Through online and local projects, we aim to cultivate decentralized communities of practice that ignite our fundamental generosity, and thus catalyzing both inner and outer transformation. Together, the Moved By Love volunteer team has hosted over 100 retreats and planted seeds for so many beautiful ripples through projects including Seva Cafe, Wisdom Crafts, Pay-It-Forward Rickshaw, Karma Kitchens, and more!
RSVP to join in on May 24th in Mill Hill to hear more about Sheetal and Khushmita's journey "From Pune with Love" :)
The flow for the evening:
6.30pm - Sit in collective silence
7:30pm - Sheetal and Khushmita share reflections and stories from their personal service journeys
8:00pm - Q&A and circle of sharing with the group
8:45pm - Home-cooked vegetarian dinner
The evening is offered in the spirit of service, there is no charge for attending the gathering.
After you submit your RSVP, you will be emailed follow-up details a few days prior to the gathering.
Sheetal Sanghvi remembers starting his spiritual enquiry early on in his life when he lost his father at the age of 9. The incident left a deep impact on him, and he started seeking answers to life's bigger questions.
When he accepted a scholarship to study at a management school in Chicago in early 2003, his family expected him to finish his studies and come back to participate in his family business back home in India. Destiny, however, had other plans for him and through a series of serendipitous events, his journey carried him to lead a life rooted in service. In his own words, Sheetal describes life as "nothing but a giant pay-it-forward carnival".
At this stage of his journey he is paying special attention to the practice of forgiving -- forgiving others, and forgiving oneself.
"The pilgrimage can be a long journey," Sheetal says, "so we need good tools in our backpack. These tools are the spiritual practices of the ages."
"Today there are three billion people who don't have enough food to eat," he says. "And well-meaning people and organizations work to raise money to buy them food. But there are five billion of us who have been blessed with enough to eat, and much more. What if all of us would share some of our extra food with those who need it? Could we could eliminate world hunger?"
"Imagine a world of sharing -- if each of us, everywhere, chose to share a little of what we have on any level, no matter how humble, with each other? What would the world be like? This is the conversation I would like to have."
|WHERE:||Mill Hill, North West London|