About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... its good for me, its good for you, and its fun :-)

A good day to me is when ... I get to serve, sit, exercise, hug, listen, and love

My hero in life is ...Dr. V; and many of my friends!

My favorite book is ...The Great Disciples of Buddha; Autobiography of a Yogi

One thing I'm grateful for is ... I have a great idea about doing something beautiful

Nuggets From Shabnam Virmani's Call

Nov 25, 2018, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Shabnam Virmani. Shabnam Virmani is a documentary filmmaker, former journalist, feminist, and singer of Kabir folk songs. In 2003, stung by the religious riots of Gujarat, India in 2002, she set out in quest of the 15th century mystic poet/saint Kabir, exploring how his poetry intersects with ideas of identity, religion, nationalism, harmony, and impermanence. She “ventur[ed] into diverse socio-cultural, religious and musical landscapes, meeting with people who sing, love, quote, revere and make meaning of Kabir” in their lives. In 2009, following six years of journey, Shabnam and the Kabir Project team offered to the world a set of 4 musical documentary films, and several music CDs and books of translated poetry, for reflection and healing. In her quest, the magic of Kabir’s song and poetry began to slowly seep within, and to hold up a transformational mirror to ... Read Full Story

Shabnam Virmani: Transcending Identity Through Poetry

Nov 21, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Shabnam Virmani: Transcending Identity Through Poetry Reflection questions: How has particular music or poetry helped shake you out of a sense of fixed identity and into a vibrant, open place of "not knowing"? What about the work or the artistic experience cracked you open?

Nuggets From Melanie Joy's Call

Nov 21, 2018, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Melanie Joy. Like many of us, Dr. Melanie Joy, a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor, and vegan activist, grew up without giving too much mind to a behavior that most human beings share: eating animals, and eating some animals rather than others. Have you ever wondered why you can eat a turkey bowl of chili, or hot dog but still love your cat or feel your heart melt at the sight of a baby lamb? This is the question that, after a serious bout of illness causing a stark turnaround in attitude toward eating meat, led Dr. Joy on a nearly two-decades-long quest for an answer. That answer culminated in a now increasingly popular term and concept: carnism. Also arose one of the main motivations of Dr. Joy’s work: raising awareness. “Simply becoming aware […] allows us to reclaim our rationality and ... Read Full Story

Melanie Joy: Beyond Carnism

Nov 14, 2018, 1 comments This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Melanie Joy: Beyond CarnismReflection questions: What practices and behaviors in your life have become so normalized in society that you might have lost awareness of their violent or uncompassionate origins or effects?

Nuggets From Sandra Waddock's Call

Sep 29, 2018, 3 comments, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Sandra Waddock. An intellectual shaman takes on the three roles of the traditional indigenous shaman: healer, connector, and sense-maker -- helping make sense of the world in the interest of the greater good. This label not only describes those management professionals whom Sandra Waddock has interviewed for her book, Intellectual Shamans: Management Academics Making a Difference, but is also an apt description of her own role as an academic. Sandra Waddock is the Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carrol School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and Professor of Management at Boston College’s Carrol School of Management. With thirteen published books and nearly 150 papers, she shares her gift to push an agenda of change, responsibility and sustainability. She advises us to be ordinary difference-makers and actors for our common good, helping us heal old narratives and make sense of our world so ... Read Full Story

Sandra Waddock: Intellectual Shaman

Sep 26, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sandra Waddock: Intellectual ShamanReflection questions: Our guest this week has studied individuals who change the world. Key to success, she has found, is not heroism or charisma, but what she calls pragmatic vision, or a willingness to take multiple small steps toward desirable system change, rather than attempting to implement a grand vision all at once, and then "letting go" to allow nascent institutions and changes to have a life of their own. What small steps might you make in furtherance of a pragmatic vision?

Nuggets From Emma Slade's Call

Sep 08, 2018, 6 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Emma Slade. How does a jet-setting financial analyst from London end up a Buddhist nun in Bhutan? Emma Slade is a yoga and meditation teacher and author who left a successful career in finance in her 30s to find peace and meaning in the mountains of Bhutan. Unusual for a mother of a now 12-year-old boy, she was ordained a Buddhist nun in Bhutan in 2014 after rigorous training – the first (and still the only) Western woman to have achieved this in Bhutan. She currently runs an acclaimed charity to benefit special needs children in rural Bhutan. Slade left a career in global finance in 1997 when, while traveling for business in Indonesia, she was held hostage at gunpoint by armed men in her five-star hotel room. "Once I had recovered enough to see my life clearly, I felt ... Read Full Story

Emma Slade: Banking To Monasticism To Compassion In

Sep 05, 2018, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Emma Slade: Banking To Monasticism To Compassion In ActionReflection questions: What are some pivotal inflection points in your life, where your heart pulled your life and career in a different connection? How are you able to direct compassion to action?

Preeta's Fuji Declaration

Jul 27, 2018, 10 smiles Preeta spoke in Japan on co-creating harmony and balance in the world by uncovering the feminine energy. Lots of great thoughts elegantly and vulnerably woven together in this 5-minute talk (with audio slighly out of sync) :-)

Prahlad Tipanya Retreat At Banyan Grove

Jul 17, 2018, 6 comments, 14 smiles On any given day in India, hundreds and thousands show up to hear him sing and speak. When he gives a TED performance, literally the biggest name in Bollywood shows up to introduce him. Whether it is five minutes on a national stage or a few hours on an evening performance, two things remain true: Prahlad-ji remains unchanged, and the audience is left wanting more. Much like the 15th century saint Kabir who inspired Prahlad-ji’s journey, he has a way of getting to the heart of the matter instantly with the incisiveness and clarity, even as it’s offered humbly with love. In chatting before the retreat began, he says to me, “Rahul-ji, the work of the Sufi saints and saints of all traditions and eras has been to break down boundaries and bring people together. Through transcending differences we’re able to approach Oneness-- but to reach it we must concentrate our minds. ... Read Full Story