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 :)

Types Of Leader/laddership : Awakin Ahmedabad :)

Jun 06, 2018, 3 comments, 15 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, 6 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

Dustbins Of Love : Dil Ka Dubba

Dec 10, 2017, 4 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