About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I am moved by love, moved by the love of so many visible and invisible forces working relentlessly to serve each other... and Service Space is a place that provides a pollination platform to these forces while facilitating heart to heart connections !

A good day to me is when ... whenever I am fully present with friends, family, strangers, beings and surrounding, when I practice Guna Darshnam (observe and absorb virtues) and that brings immense goodness :)

My hero in life is ..._/\_

My favorite book is ...Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Siddhartha, Books by Vinoba Bhave i.e. Moved by love, Sun our friend, Geeta by Vinoba

One thing I'm grateful for is ... Life :) It's beautiful :)

Dustbins Of Love : Dil Ka Dubba

Dec 10, 2017, 5 comments, 8 smiles Yesterday was Imam Saheb's death anniversary, he came with Gandhiji from South Africa renouncing his established business and decided to settle in Sabarmati Ashram serving for the freedom movement. To give homage to Imam saheb, remembering the incredible work he did for communal harmony and for promoting Khadi, Jayesh bhai along with other residents of Gandhi Ashram visited Imam Manzil and also went to his graveyard and offered prayers and flowers. On the way back Jayesh bhai met an old friend Dil Khush bhai, hisbname literally means happy heart. Jayesh bhai asked DilKhush to come with him and have a cup of tea, and they visited the tea stall opposite Gandhi Ashram. Dil Khush' profession is to mend old tin cans into dustbins and even in the process he uses the waste tin sheets to make dust pans. His love to make best out of waste could be the core of his ... Read Full Story

Resurgence Gandhi Ashrams

Dec 02, 2017, 3 comments, 15 smiles To express gratitude to lineage, after 12 years Harijan Sevak Sangh (founded by Gandhiji in 1932) hosted an all India Gandhian Constructive workers conference at Kingsway camp Gandhi Ashram Delhi on 25-26 Nov. Chairman of HSS Sankar Sanyal (Dada) and founder of global interfaith WASH alliance, Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji put in immense efforts bringing diverse background of people including Vice President of India, senior government officials, ministers, grass root workers and leaders of different religions with an intention to convey the message of love and peace. To support the noble intentions, a team of 20 Karyakartas (servants) from Safai Vidyalaya, Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram went to Delhi four days in advance lovingly laddered by Jayesh bhai. At Kingsway camp campus, Safai Sadhak Ishwarbhai had built a toilet garden in 1960s to spread the message of importance of sanitation. However, it was it wasn't in a very good shape. The organizers of the ... Read Full Story

Nanu Maa : Alipta And Aatmiya

Nov 22, 2017, 4 comments, 9 smiles Nanu Maa, an elderly women whose generosity reaches far and wide since years experienced by many known and unknown brothers and sisters. Recently, she fell sick and learning about her poor health, Jayesh bhai rushed to her with few of us to ensure her well beings and needs. Witnessing the interaction, I felt it to be a sheer exchange of blessings. She was bed ridden for few days and even after that she ensured all the visitors receive water and are seated properly. She shared how she was inspired few years back with her limited resources she offered food to two children and how universe responded to her with abundance by receiving a pension she was expected from government but had forgotten. Ever since that incident she eats only after feeding children. Many of us know how generously she offered her home to Jayeshbhai, Virenbhai and Anar ben so that after ... Read Full Story

Gandhi's Birthday: Jai Jagat And Love Jagat!

Oct 03, 2017, 1 comments, 9 smiles Today we celebrated the spirit of universal goodness "Gandhijis birthday" at Sabarmati Ashram in a very auspicious and sacred way. The day started with prayers from the younger generation, it built up with heartful insights and visits from elders (like Arun-bhai Dave, Ashram trustee Amrut Dada, and ex-chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Sudarshan Iyengar), and it concluded with a blessing ceremony of our newly built Jai Jagat (Homage to One World!) amphitheater. All throughout the day, we all felt unending waves of happiness. The joy on Ajeet Dada (Ashram trustee) who was born and brought up in the ashram was overflowing and immersing all of us in it. For the Jai Jagat amphitheater inauguration, children of the Ashram School offered two performances. More than 80% of them were first-time performers -- although no one could tell, after witnessing their exuberant talent show, complete with singing, dancing, acting and speeches. Nimo-bhai nurtured the latent ... Read Full Story

Be The Broom To Be The Change !

Sep 15, 2017, 8 smiles Ishwarbhai used to share recipe of a wonderful parenthood - "father's resolve (Dridhta) and mother's compassionate love (Mamta) ", shared Vasudhabaa, mother of Jayesh bhai and noble life companion of Ishwar dada on remembering him on his birth anniversary on 13 Sep. On birth anniversary of Ishwardada, 250 family members from across eco system got together in the spirit of giving tribute to him. At 9 AM in the morning, elders of the family such as Vasudha baa, Ajeet Dada, Maffat Dada, Kanchan Dada and Dhiru Mama (all 72+ years) were requested to share their learning and reflections from Ishwarbhai. Sharing a glimpse of the nuggets of wisdom showered on us: Vasudha Baa I studied and grew up in Mumbai, for me accommodating in a village was not an easy task. In the beginning it was even more difficult for me to make peace with toilets, in every conversation Ishwarbhai will bring in ... Read Full Story

Nattu Bhai (brother) Blossomed

Aug 29, 2017, 6 comments, 20 smiles Another reflection from Gandhi Ashram team's response at Najupura village impacted by recent floods in Gujarat. Nattu Bhai is barber in Najupur village. His demeanor is such that anyone who would connect with him will have a smile on his face. Taking him for granted villagers used to make fun of him for no reason. Anyone from outside will go near him, he would mumble few English words without any context and people would laugh at him.His lovingly limited vocabulary contains few words such as - okay, thank you, fine and thirty two ! Jayesh bhai being Jayesh bhai built a special bond with Nattu Bhai. Nattu also felt a special affinity for Jayesh bhai and declared himself as his Personal Secretary in the village, to which Jayesh bhai renamed - Prem Sahyogi (loving facilitator). Nattu would follow Jayesh bhai wherever he would go. Most of the villagers, who were used to mock ... Read Full Story

Circles And Stories - Noble Intentions In Action

Aug 21, 2017, 2 comments, 11 smiles When I was a child I heard the story from Indian epic Ramayana. When Rama and all his team had to cross the ocean and monkeys were assisting in building the bridge. There were few squirrels who were also running around and were immersing themselves in water , would come back to land and roll around covering their bodies with sand and would go back to the water washing sand and carrying small pebbles. The monkeys felt disturbed with the movements of the squirrels and asked them what nonsense they think they were doing ? Squirrels responded - we are also assisting in making of the bridge. Monkeys laughed and told 1 don't you see we are throwing in big stones , what are you doing, Go away from our paths and let us work. Indifferent to rebukes of scolding of monkeys squirrels kept doing following their heart's calling. Towards the ... Read Full Story

21 Days Kindness Challenge - A Reflection Of Arti

Jun 07, 2017, 1 comments, 6 smiles One of the ripple of moved by love retreat hosted for TCSers between April 8-9-10 at Maitri Space was to engage in a 21 days kindness challenge ! Little did we know that one circle will lead to so many circles and acts of kindness, including providing service of deep listening to an auto driver inspiring him to not to commit suicide as exerienced and shared by one of the participant Arti Krishnan on her 5th days kindness challenge. Arti, an incredible mother, a black belt (in six sigma ;) ) took account of each act day of kindness challenge... What a enriching experience it has been and continues to amaze every day!!! Heartfelt "Thank you" to Kishanbhai, Hardik and Aanchal for conceiving and making this a reality for all of us.... While Day 1 (Compliment 2 people today) and Day 2 (Pay forward a surprise treat) were easily accomplished, Day 3 (Gift your favorite book) ... Read Full Story

Love Jagat :)

Apr 19, 2017, 10 smiles Inside you there's an artist you don't know about... Rumi Who would know it better than Dhani baa (90+ years), who worked at Baal Mandir (children temple) founded by Madam Montessori at Gandhi Ashram, under the same roof studied rather played Jayesh bhai and Ajeet Dada (75+ years) both trustees of Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram. Right adjacent to heArt center at Gandhi Ashram, foundation of Jai Jagat aka Love Jagat ampthi-theater was laid by children of Ashram Shala School and children of  construction workers with blessings and love of every individual with noble intentions present (visibly or invisibly).  Dhani baa's boundless joy was surpassing all the boundaries and touching every heArt.  The heArt doesn't have a boundary and the picture below depicts, one can't define how heart is made up also :) If put in order it can be made of even chappals/shoes/sandals or even humans :) When you want to capture every moment and you get captured ... Read Full Story

Law Of Love And Children - Gandhiji

Mar 05, 2017, 2 comments, 15 smiles "The law of Love could be best understood and learned through little children - Mahatma Gandhi"  Little did we know the context of this powerful quote. While doing some research came across the speech delivered by Gandhiji in 1931 at Montessori training college, London where Dr Montessori was also an attendant. Later, in 1940 Madam Montessori visited Ahmedabad, India and laid down the foundation of Bal Mandir - a temple of children, at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, starting first Montessori school in Gujarat. Currently this sacred space is operating as heArt center, providing platform to children from nearby localities and slums to cultivate and realize the hidden potential in various art forms. The following is the text of Gandhiji's Speech, which was published in the weekly newspaper, Young India , on November 19, 1931. Madame, Dr. Montessori, you have overwhelmed me with your words. It is perfectly true, I must admit it in all humility, that however indifferently ... Read Full Story