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21 Day Pilgrim Challenge!

Feb 09, 2018, 7 comments, 39 smiles At the Gandhi 3.0 retreat, we had a small "Secret Service" team, whose job was to figure out unsuspecting acts of kindness to make people's days. It's hard to determine the extent to which it made others smile, :) but it certainly made them incredibly happy to pour so much love into the smallest of things! Two days after the retreat, a final assignment arrived -- Zilong! In gratitude for the deep inspiration he keeps sharing, we wondered if we could offer him a blessing for his journey ahead. But for someone who travels like a pilgrim and lives out of his back-pack, what can we possibly give? Few of us started brainstorming, and quickly an idea emerged: 21-Day Zilong Challenge! We came up with 21 qualities about Zilong that inspires us (that was easy!), wrote a description of each, and crafted a hand-made diary. All who sign up would embark on ... Read Full Story

A T-Shirt That Became My Teacher

Feb 21, 2017, 9 comments, 29 smiles [A day prior to the start Gandhi 3.0 retreat, Ari Nessel spoke during a beautiful community night at Ahmedabad's Seva Cafe. So many of us were very moved by that talk, and some volunteers offer this lightly edited transcription, to share the inspiration forward.] Many years ago, I was on a meditation retreat and we had a great manager who was serving the retreat. He just had a sweet smile the whole 10 days that I was there. During the retreat I had shared that I really liked his shirt. He had this shirt which read: "Be Happy." Later, I learned that this young man traveled from retreat center to retreat center, sometimes meditating and sometimes serving. "What happens when you need some food or money," I asked him. With a casual confidence, he replied, "Oh, it usually works out. I take odd jobs here and there. Usually someone offers me something. ... Read Full Story

Mumbai Local Trains Have A Reputation ...

Apr 02, 2013, 3 comments, 12 smiles Mumbai local trains have a reputation for being one of the harshest environments you can find. Ofcourse, I was incredibly surprised to find the gentleman in the photo going from passenger to passenger, offering free, chilled drinking water. As he approached me, he saw the sweat on my face and offered me some to drink. On inquiring, I found out that he's 70 years old and has been doing this for ages! I had to sneak to the side and take his picture without him knowing - since he wouldn't allow me to capture him. "It's not me who's doing all this", he says, "I'm just the instrument." :)