About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I believe that this is an authentic way to live

A good day to me is when ... I remain anchored and am fully aware of all the things I have to be grateful for

My hero in life is ...anyone who lives life simply, with humility and awareness

My favorite book is ...The Tao of Pooh, A Search in Secret India, Good Omens, Questioning Krishnamurti

One thing I'm grateful for is ... the fact that the world is bound by kindness and love

Galway Kinnell On Reteaching A Thing Its Loveliness

Sep 08, 2017, 1 comments, 10 smiles "The bud stands for all things, even for those things that don't flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on the brow of the flower, and retell it in words and in touch, it is lovely until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing" -- Galway Kinnell

On A Village Visit, Palm Leaf Baskets And Salvation!

Aug 17, 2017, 1 comments, 4 smiles I spent August 15th at a village called Alangadu in Sirkazhi, a town in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu in the south of India. It was my first visit to a village and I went there with a family friend and my mother. Sowmya, the family friend, hails from this village and has been supporting several village activities focused on improving the lives of the village folk, especially the women and other under-privileged residents. An important local partner in these activities is an organization called CIKS (http://www.ciks.org) so the local CIKS anchor, Shuba, accompanied us to the village. The visit was truly a remarkable experience for me and I’m still percolating impressions and conversations. Like anyplace I go to, the trees, plants, birds and animals (humans included) were a source of much wonder. The village name ‘Alangadu’ translates to a ‘Forest of Banyan trees’ but needless to say, there’s no Banyan ... Read Full Story

"We Can Think Of Our Awareness ...

Jul 26, 2017, 6 smiles "We can think of our awareness of needs as a foothold for compassion. As we develop our awareness, the foothold grows to a perch, to a resting place, to a field" from Thom Bond's 2017 Compassion Course. Just love this image of living in the field of compassion; instead of the field of anger (or hurt or the million small indignities one can populate life with)

On The Commons Or 'Poromboke' (in Tamizh) Land

Jun 22, 2017, 5 smiles A very well-articulated article in The Hindu talks about the commons in India today. Worth reading!   A teenager lives in a small tribal village close to Bandipur. She had created a new step in her dance. This is an extract of the dialogue between her professor and her. “Do you know that it is something new you have created?” ‘Yes.’ “Do you want to be known as the one who created the step?” ‘It is ok.’ (She does not care either way.) “If your classmate passes it off as her innovation, would you mind?” ‘No.’ “Would you fight with her?” ‘Why should I?’ “If she had created a new step, would you pass it off as yours?” ‘Why should I?’ Was especially thrilled to see a quote from Kuthambai Siddhar echoing similar nirguni themes as Rumi or Kabir. He sings, "What would the one who has realised Infinite Space do with certificates of ownership?'' ("Vetta veli thanil meyyenrirupporkku pattayam edukkadi?" ... Read Full Story

There Is A Fable About Flies ...

Jun 12, 2017, 1 comments, 11 smiles There is a fable about flies and moths. The flies made a claim to the king of moths -- We too have wings, we fly, we're just like you. Give us the status of a moth! So the Shah of Moths said, "Ok, go search for the light." The job of a moth is to search for light. The flies took off. In 15 min, they surveyed the village and came back. They reported a light here, a lamp there, a fire here, a pyre there...They buzzed around and settled down. The flies asked the king to announce the decision. The King said, "What decision?" "When your moths return, we'll know if we won or they did", the flies said. The king said, "Poor lads, the decision is already made." The flies said, "What?". The King said, "You idiots! Those who've found the light -- why do they need to ... Read Full Story

'The Value Of Victory, Four Cowries. ...

Jun 12, 2017, 4 smiles 'The value of victory, four cowries. The value of surrender, a diamond' -- from 'Had Anhad' (Bounded-Boundless), Journeys with Ram and Kabir. Never tire of fishing for wisdom from the Kabir project films of Shabnam Virmani :)