I'm joining Service Space because ... I want to serve..
A good day to me is when ... when i see people around me smiling
My hero in life is ...a person who enjoy life in its ordinariness.
My favorite book is ...First and last Freedom by J. Krishnamurti
One thing I'm grateful for is ... life in totality
Feb 23, 2017, 4 comments, 26 smiles [On Day 2 of the Gandhi 3.0 retreat, Sheetal Sanghvi spoke "briefly but deeply" about his personal journey. Some volunteers, who were moved by that talk, offer this lightly edited transcript to share the inspiration forward.] My early years were ones with lot of spiritual inclinations. I grew up in a family with a strong interest in pilgrimages, visiting saints, attending holy talks. We would have guests all the time. We were a family of 8 and but we always cooked for 15 -- not knowing which extra 7 will show up. My father had limited resources but he build a house because he wanted to host pilgrims. He built it slightly out the city and built 6 rooms. Yet he kept all of us in just 2 rooms -- so that 4 rooms will always be available for guests. I grew up in that atmosphere. Today, in many ways, I feel like a story of Chinese ... Read Full Story
Aug 15, 2016, 3 comments, 11 smiles Nine of us from various parts of world reunited in the field of love to share our life, our learnings and a lot of laughter after a hiatus of 4 weeks, which was the last online circle in our ongoing 2 concurrent summer Laddership Circles. As always Audrey welcomed all of us with a sparkling eyes and deep smile within. The moment we all logged in, her large smile welcome -- and trademark "Hellooooo!" -- set the ball rolling in getting us deeply connected and sharing love and life in the ensuing 90 minutes. A 2-minute silence kicked off the circle, and we had a long check in, where everybody shared their "ReLoveUtion" (as Joserra calls it :)) in their life and local community. Joserra, with deepening stillness and flowing kindness had a very eventful month in Burgos, Spain. ReLoveUtion manifested in holding Awakin Circles in prison to few Karma Kitchens and ... Read Full Story
Jun 17, 2016, 7 comments, 21 smiles Thirteen of us from USA, Australia, Vietnam, and India came together for Week 1 of our online Laddership Circle -- in what is one of the two concurrent circles this summer! We had a vibrant crew of fellows and volunteers sharing their wisdom and holding space for each other's deep inquiry. Audrey welcome us with a warm, deep smile and a virtual hug. Birju appreciated everyone's presence, and with deep gratitude for the space, gave some context to the laddership circle and its evolution. It started 18 months back with a very simple idea of holding space for people, who want to deepen their journey by going within and holding inquiry with their edges. What we are inside is manifested on the outside, and observing our external worlds and tracking all their roots inside us is to journey in the spirit of inquiry. The circle supports each other in unseen ways ... Read Full Story
Feb 08, 2016, 1 comments, 17 smiles Some of you might've read Savji-bhai's story in Nipun-bhai's India update. In brief, he is a very wealthy but community oriented diamond merchant in Surat. At our retreat in December, he raised the question of whether love and profit can co-exist and by the end, he enthusiastically told us that his question had disappeared. He remembered one of his most cherished memories -- of connecting with his father, and then facilitating all his thousands of staff to reconnect with their fathers, on the same day at the same train station -- and wondered why he wasn't doing more of that, in everyday moments. In the short time since retreat, many ripples have already emerged. In place of Tulsi plants as gift, their companies are now giving out thousands of Smile Decks (in Gujarati) to all their staff. A local Karma Kitchen is starting this month. 21-Day Challenges on various kinds are ... Read Full Story
Dec 09, 2015, 17 smiles [We held an incredible retreat with Surat. By the end of 1.5 days, most of us were in tears, feeling a surge of inner transformation that will inevitably ripple to our community. Below is a beautiful recap that Mihir shared from his breakout.] Was fortunate to participate in and explore the topic of ‘Business + Inner Transformation’ in one of the break-out sessions at the recent MBL retreat here in Surat. As we went deeper into this topic, awareness dawned upon us about the edges to this aspect of life. Sharing the reflections here… Merriam-Webster says the meaning of ‘business’ is ‘purposeful activity’. It also says that this is its ‘archaic’ meaning. Conditioned as we are, we were not looking at ‘business’ like that, rather in the context of a means to earn a livelihood, and knowingly or unknowingly, to fulfil many other motives of the mind such as the craving for ... Read Full Story
Nov 18, 2015, 10 smiles Very inspired to read this letter of forgiveness, from a man who lost his wife in the Paris attacks ... Friday night, you took an exceptional life - the love of my life, the mother of my son - but you will not have my hatred. I don't know who you are and I don't want to know, you are dead souls. If this God, for whom you kill blindly, made us in his image, every bullet in the body of my wife would have been one more wound in his heart. So, no, I will not grant you the gift of my hatred. You're asking for it, but responding to hatred with anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You lost. I saw her ... Read Full Story
Sep 01, 2015, 1 comments, 9 smiles In his Saanen Talks of 1966, J. Krishnamurti offered a few thoughts, which seems to define our idea of Laddership ... How can you live in this world and yet be innocent? First, be innocent and then you will live in this world, not the other way round. Be vulnerable, be tremendously vulnerable. You do not even understand what it means to be innocent; if you are innocent, you can live in this world, in another world, in any world. But if you are not innocent you try to compromise with this world and then all hell is let loose. But learn about this sense of innocency. Don't try to get it. It is not the word. It is that state when you have no pretension's, no masks, no conflict. Be in that state and then you can live in this world. Then you can go to the office; you can do ... Read Full Story
Jan 19, 2014, 9 smiles The ripples are spreading at Fountain Head School in Surat ...from our blog: Searching for a kindness idea? Pick one from our tree -- Grade 6 Kindness tree. Students are maintaining a kindness journal, wherein they reflect about thoughts and questions and are encouraged to try out kind acts. The students who have done the best kind acts are nominated to be displayed on our tree.