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 :)

To Safai Vidyalaya And ESI With Love: Gramya Manthan

Feb 07, 2019, 8 smiles Beginning from where we left and from where it begins - gratitude. Gratitude is heart's intuitive ability to acknowledge the beauty that one is surrounded with in whatever forms, and ways, through whatever means. Imagine a space where an individual receives gratitude for being who she/he is - why? Because every time one brings a unique lens through which the world can be perceived, it's a blessing to the rest of the world. Hence, the gratitude. Imagine a space where the act of sewa is expressed as an act of being rather than doing. A space where people's inner distinctions are as much in sink and interconnected as their deeds. A space where conversations and reflections are cherished and encouraged. What transpires when young energies fueled with rigour are received by such a space? A spiritual correspondence takes place where - values, inherent to human nature, are recognized and radiated. We, ... Read Full Story

Gandhian Sculptor Kanti Kaka- Life Is A Game

Jan 08, 2019, 8 comments, 19 smiles Kanti Patel, world-renowned Gandhian sculptor, passed away today. He is most known for the bronze statue of Gandhi in Union Square, New York -- but his spirit touched so many of us. "Do you fear death?" Jayeshbhai once asked him. And his response was, "Death is my noble friend." Then, he quoted Sankaracharya: " अङ्गं गलितं पलितं मुण्डं दशनविहीनं जातं तुण्डम् । वृद्धो याति गृहीत्वा दण्डं तदपि न मुञ्चत्याशापिण्डम् ॥ (Rough translation: If we don't mature into the wisdom of letting go, old age becomes a great burden. Then, only death can save us. Whenever I close my eyes, however, I see my dear friend death.") More than 70 years back, Kanti Dada spent few days with Gandhi-ji and made a live sketch of him. As he was working on the sketch, Gandhi-ji was holding a meeting in Wardha ashram with national leaders, and Kanti-Dada muttered that presence of so many people was ... Read Full Story

Celebrating Birthday :)

Nov 21, 2018, 7 smiles Today morning, Two elderly people (who earn by ragpicking) were going for their day long job to collect rag for their earning. On asking how much would they earn, they responded 100 rupees in total (for both for whole day). Jayesh bhai invited our family from Gramshree to contribute 5/10 rupees and collected 200 rupees and gifted to these elderly people. They were joyous receiving not just money, but dignity of being identified and loved, so did all the family members of Gramshree. They also shared that, with this offering for next two days they won't have to go for the ragpicking. JB took this opportunity to wish Anandi baa On her birthday, who seeds love and compassion! Later in Leelapur village 250+ elderly women went through eye check up and received glasses and a sari as a token of love. When they would have headache, not realising it’s because of week eyesight, they would take pill and forget. Now they won’t have to do the same. The joy on faces with glasses (through shining eyes) is a gift in itself :)

Blessed Simplicity: Vasant Dada

Oct 14, 2018, 4 comments, 14 smiles This week, I had an opportunity to meet Vasant dada after about two years. Every time I meet him, he leaves a deep impression on me. Vasant Dada lives on natural vegan diet grown in his own farm and , is sustaining himself on this diet since last 45+ years. Vasant dada wears clothes spun by himself and every time Jayesh bhai visits him, he gifts clothes hand spun and woven by himself to Jayesh bhai. For last couple of years Jayesh bhai sends this clothes across oceans to dear brother Pancho in the spirit of Jai Jagat. Vasant dada and his brother Kanti dada dedicated their lives in the spirit of trusteeship. Both were part of Vinoba's Bhudan movement and were Shanti Sainiks (peace soldiers). They gifted acres of land across Gujarat, in the campus Vasant dada stays, he gave 1 acre land to a trust that runs free medical ... Read Full Story

Pollination And Cross Pollination: Samanvay Retreat @

Sep 21, 2018, 1 comments, 9 smiles 15+ NGOs, from across the country, whose founders/key members have been part of Maitri Space’ were sent an invitation to send two/three members from their eco-system. The invitation read: “When five unconscious sticks come together, the bunch becomes stronger; we can only guess the potential of five alive consciences coming together. At our Maitri space, we have a privilege of knowing many such organisations who brought together many such individual consciences and are together serving society while being the change. To take a step further, in the spirit of “moved to serve”, we are inviting 2/3 members from ten- twelve such organisations or groups who are serving together! We don’t know what would emerge from this gathering named “समन्वय” (samanvay) but we know that this gathering for sure shall deepen our spirit of Maitri. Some of the intended outcomes are to know each other well, to learn from strengths of different NGOs, to ... Read Full Story

Naahak Milan (Less-Agenda Gathering)

Aug 09, 2018, 1 comments, 5 smiles Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram completed 101 years, Gandhiji (founder of Ashram) left Sabarmati in 1930 to never return back while nurturing every nook and corner of Ashram for 12 years with the spirit of universal good. Post Gandhiji came many known (Ishwarbhai Patel) and less known servant ladders (Shri Parikshitlal Majumdar and Shri Thakarbapa) who invisibly laddered and lived virtues as old as hills. The cultivated space attracts many visitors, volunteers or guests coming to Sabarmati Ashram and primarily through countless spontaneous trips with Jayesh Bhai, either to a small village, a pilgrimage or just a Maitri gathering in Sughad. There is a magic in spontaneity, trusting the universe and not selecting who is coming and who is not, every soul who crosses your path is the right one with a message for you in the right time. After several experiments in Gandhi Ashram, from time to time we long ... Read Full Story

Maitri Space In The Month Of June

Jul 01, 2018, 1 comments, 10 smiles At the Gandhi Ashram here, we've had an ongoing stream of celebrations, retreats, traveling visitors and local community events that are building the field. We can feel all your support here, as kindred on this path of nonviolence and love ... World Environment Day: More than 50 preprimary school teachers along with ESI family members went on to pick plastic. They all collected more than 100 kg of waste stored in five bags, to be gifted to rag picker sisters. To collect 20 kg of waste one needs to bend at least a 1000 times, Jayesh bhai offered his tribute to mother earth saying it was an opportunity for all of us to bow with gratitude, for its the mother earth that is holding us with immense love. 17 June:101st year of Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram: This year Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram turned 101 years. In words of Gandhiji "The object of this Ashram ... Read Full Story

Types Of Leader/laddership : Awakin Ahmedabad :)

Jun 06, 2018, 5 comments, 21 smiles What an incredible Awakin evening it was in Ahmedabad! The Awakin reading was around leadership and we witnessed laddership at multiple layers... We hear so often that many guests plan their week's around Wednesdays and for sure Neil (who runs Awaz De )and Meghna and Madhu would plan every travel in such a way that they are present at Wednesday. Ever since the beginning of Awakin Ahmedabad, it was the first time when core anchors weren't physically present. Even Aarti ben who without failure visits Meghna's home to cook for last ten years, had to attend an urgent important program. Neil was traveling and our gracious host Meghna is outstation with her mother and Reva. Knowing both and Aarti ben won't be able to make to 6th June Awakin, it was to be announced that it will be canceled. As it was shared, Bhaumik, Rimpi and Chirag stepped up. They decided on ... Read Full Story

Laddering Love

Jun 04, 2018, 10 smiles Viranti dada (80+ years) is a monk who stays in Kabir Ashram where he nurtures plants,trees and noble intentions with immense love. Whenever he feels like meeting Jayesh bhai (another gardener at our Maitri Space), he walks down to ESI without any announcement even he has a cellphone. And every time he visits ESI, he finds Jayesh bhai as if he knows of Viranti Dada's visit as well. In one such visit during Gandhi 3.0 retreat, Viranti Dada shared his graceful presence, only this time with Jayesh bhai (JB) we had many others including Uncle Bruce. JB introduced Dada and shared about the heart to heart connection they have. He also spoke about the magnanimous generosity Viranti dada has, in the farm /Ashram he would climb trees to fetch fruits so that he can share with visitors. Once he fell down from the tree and broke his arm, yet he ... Read Full Story

An Ordinary Day !

Apr 10, 2018, 7 smiles On an any ordinary day at Maitri Space(ESI, Sughad), orientations on sanitation best practices, awareness about health and hygiene, value based education etc. are hosted for pre-primary school teachers. More than 10000 such teachers from across the state of Gujarat spent one day to few months staying at the campus. I must have witnessed multiple groups engaging in various activities beyond their scheduled sessions at the campus ranging from morning chanting (prabhat pheri), yoga, gardening, cleaning/washing and casual interaction with Jayesh bhai and other members at ESI. In one such recent interaction, celebrating the spirit of Master - in Hindi : Maa Sthar (Maa in Hindi means mother and sthar - level; Master - one who is of the level of mother) someone offered ice creams for Anganwadi teachers as they are masters of many children in their villages. It was a sight to witness how they were sharing all ... Read Full Story