About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I have always been drawn to the idea of serving. I have been a karma yogi all my life and would like to keep that a practice in professional arena as well

A good day to me is when ... I learn something from any mistake and take it as a learning. When my attitude is forgiving and when I can remember the higher truth of life in most of things I do as opposed to I my me mine attitude

My hero in life is ...Yogananda and many more

My favorite book is ...Life!!

One thing I'm grateful for is ... To have found like minded souls and have the guidance in life to follow truth

Long Arcs Of Time

Aug 09, 2018, 9 smiles [At last night's Awakin Santa Clara, Somik shared this powerful story, prompted by the passage, Stop The War.] I really appreciated this passage; in particular, how skillfully the author shifted the focus from the external war to the internal war. That's where the entire juice is. What really struck me in the passage was the way he said, "The way to transcend the war is through developing understanding." I was asking myself, "Well, what is that understanding?" In my own life, I find that whenever I've been at war, the only thing that's helped me move forward is to get very clear about what's real and what's not real. I find that this whole world in our heads is full of constructs that have no reality, and yet that pretty much shapes our decision making. At the same time, our bodies are receptacles of wisdom. We are only now discovering that there are 10 million ... Read Full Story

Sacred Imperfection, A Talk By Bonnie Rose

Jun 21, 2018, 1 comments, 11 smiles [Below is the transcript of a talk that Rev. Bonnie Rose delivered at our Awakin Circle in Santa Clara last night.] I think I am going to speak about 'Sacred Imperfection' today. I was sitting here meditating, thinking why did I pick something so hard? :) It occurred to me that my whole life, particularly as a minister, there's been a lot of pressure to be a certain way my whole life. I've been trying to get it right and finally be perfect enough to be a really good minister. And what I've discovered in the last couple of years as I've grown more and meditated more deeply -- also through a lot of the values that I've practiced because of ServiceSpace -- that a lot of the secret of my success is failure. Which is odd. It's a paradox. And actually getting it wrong is as good as getting it right ... Read Full Story

A Laugh With This Being

May 02, 2018, 2 comments, 15 smiles [A powerful story shared by Nisha at last week's Awakin Circle in Santa Clara, where the weekly passage (read by Donna!) was on 'Recycling Karmic Trash'.] Hi, my name is Nisha. An example that comes to mind for me is we were at a two-day community retreat in London. (We're visiting from London, and this is our first time to be at the Awakin Circle here. It's quite a blessing to be here). So, part of that day-long retreat was that everyone got a gift bag that volunteers had put together, and each person had to go out into the streets and find a homeless person to give this bag. Now Anil, who's my husband, drives to work and he couldn't find a homeless person. On my commute to work, there were loads of homeless people. So I took this bag and went off to work. But, I just couldn't find any ... Read Full Story

What My Son Told Me In Vegas

Mar 31, 2018, 1 comments, 10 smiles [An open-hearted share at this Wednesday's Awakin Circle.] Hello, my name is Manny, and this is my first time here. I have meditated in silence at various places, but the energy here is different. Thank you. When I heard this week's passage on wonder, my mind went to something I often wonder about -- what would it be like to be in someone else's shoes? I want to share a story about it, that planted that question deep within myself. Before I started meditating, I was pretty much a zero compassion guy. I had anger, frustration, zero patience with people. I mean I would just get angry without notice. I remember, we were on vacation in Vegas, eating at a restaurant with my kids. One thing after another, I got really angry at the hostess. I was hungry, cranky and so many reasons, but I got so angry that we ... Read Full Story

Two Stories Of Kindness I Won't Forget

Feb 12, 2018, 2 comments, 15 smiles [Beautiful story that was shared recently at our local Awakin Circle.] Hi, my name is Arvind. This is my second time joining this circle, but before speaking on the topic, I just want to say that I came in here feel very heavy hearted and right now, I'm feeling very light hearted. I don't know how that happened, but thank you. So, I don't know if this is spiritual activism or not, but here are two stories I won't forget. One I received, and another I offered. I remember, on second day in the United States, more than 20 years ago, I was driving out. Now, I thought, "If I get lost, I can just stop a tea shop or somewhere and figure it out. Like how we do in India." So I didn't do any homework. And here, all roads look alike. No GPS. I have a little baby in the back, ... Read Full Story

What *Really* Breaks Your Heart?

Feb 09, 2018, 2 comments, 15 smiles [Last Wednesday's beautiful opening by our former summer intern!] Hi, my name is Priya. When I first read the passage, I wanted to make sure that it was something that a 21 year old could kind of speak to all of you who have been through much more than I have. As I was reading the article, sitting with my mom and my siblings in the living room, I decided to read it out loud. I kept nodding along even vocally saying like, yeah, that really makes sense. It was really resonating. But then, when I went upstairs later, my Dad and I started talking about it article and we ended up kind of disagreeing about what the article means. What breaks your heart? There are so many injustices in the world, whether it's about education system or universal healthcare foreign policy or whatever it is -- so many things that break ... Read Full Story

In The Kitchen With My Granddaughters

Jan 12, 2018, 1 comments, 12 smiles [Below is a touching story that Linda shared about her granddaughters and the topic of "spiritual partnership" at Wednesday's Awakin Circle in Santa Clara.] One day, I was in the kitchen, and our granddaughters were visiting us. They were pretty young, maybe 10 and 12, or maybe 8 and 10. They're sitting in the kitchen, and I'm making some food. I think I was making a smoothie. But I was in a hurry, and I had gotten caught in a frightened part of myself that was impatient and trying to get things done quick. I'm just running around the kitchen trying to get everything done. So my granddaughters are sitting in the kitchen, and I could see out of the corner of my eye that they're whispering to each other. Then, the older one says, "Grandma, I think you're in a frightened part of your personality right now." It made me laugh so hard that ... Read Full Story

Bonding Before Anything

Dec 21, 2017, 1 comments, 5 smiles [Below is another sweet share from a recent Awakin Circle, from our soulful friend, Astrid, who was visiting from Chile.] When I was in fourth grade, I had an amazing lesson with a horse. I really wanted to learn how to ride. There was a horse standing by the tree and it was the gardener's horse. And I was asking him to teach me how to ride. But he wouldn't teach me, so I hung out with a horse. I started lifting the horses' legs and arms, and pulling the hair the tail laying down underneath the horse, leaning on the horse until I felt really ready to sit on its back. I went up to the gardener and said, "I'm ready for the lesson." He said, "Get on the horse. Find a way to get on the horse. Then, take the reins. Loosen the reins to walk, pull to stop. Pull left to ... Read Full Story

How Much Is A Dollar Worth?

Dec 19, 2017, 2 comments, 10 smiles [At last Wednesday's Awakin Circle in Santa Clara, the poetic passage, What You Missed That Day You Were Absent In Fourth Grade, prompted so many rich stories of memorable teachers in our lives. In particular, Shobhit recounted this sweet story of an impressionable childhood lesson from his mother -- on the price and pricelessness of money, candy, and integrity.] I'm reminded of a time when I didn't know what money is, and my first lesson in the nuances of its value. :) So of course I knew what money is, but I didn't know whether $1 was bigger, or 50 cents was bigger, or if 25 cents was bigger. :) My mom would sometimes give us small change -- around 25 cents -- and outside the school there was a small stall where they sold candies. There, 25 cents could buy you a lot of candies! :) One day, as I was taking ... Read Full Story

That One Person

Dec 11, 2017, 1 comments, 11 smiles [I'm always humbled by the illuminating snapshots of life that surface during each Awakin Circle. Last Wednesday, on the coattails of Preeta's beautiful opening, Kozo shared this powerful story about his friend's encounter at a local pharmacy.] One day, I got a call from a friend. He's this guy from Hawaii, and he lives in Puerto Rico now. He had lost his job, and he was going through a rough patch in life. His daughter had anorexia and almost died. Puerto Rico itself is in shambles right now. And because he had lost his job, he started working at a pharmacy or drugstore chain down there, called Longs or CVS, or something like that. He was working at this little drugstore, just doing clerk work, ringing up and bagging people's purchases. He's an educated man, and it was way below his qualifications and pay scale. One day, this woman came in. She was ... Read Full Story