I'm joining Service Space because ... It helps me continuously find the intersections where selfishness meets selflessness.
A good day to me is when ... I can remain equanimous
My hero in life is ...Vinoba Bhave
My favorite book is ...Finite and Infinite Games
One thing I'm grateful for is ... is how my life has turned out in spite of my interference.
Dec 25, 2019, 2 comments, 18 smiles "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans", sang the Beatles. Could we meet life face to face without our business getting in the way? It seems that all the different year-end gatherings of Service Space are an attempt to answer that question. Each Service Space event chooses a core aspect of life to explore if we can be fully alive to that aspect for at least a few days. On December 16th and 17th at Anahad, Hyderabad, we chose love. In December 2015, Anahad was one of the ideas presented at the Startup Service event at ESI, Sughad. This was a time when even the name Anahad was not yet conceived. Abid and Shabbar, who had presented the idea, carried home all the inspiration from that event (with extra luggage :) and created a farm-based community in record time. Ever since, they had a strong intention of ... Read Full Story
Apr 27, 2017, 1 comments, 8 smiles Robert M. Pirsig, Author of 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,' Dies at 88. Reading Prisig was a rite of passage for many of us at 19. I read him couple of more times before 25. I read his only other book Lila too. What I really valued was his struggle. It felt honest and he gave everything to face it. Every generation needs someone who dares to give oneself to a quest and I had Prisig. May he be born in the East to inspire another generation. Much gratitude to him.
Mar 14, 2017, 9 comments, 42 smiles From high school until I finished college and left home, my mom had a nickname for me in our language, Tamil: Suduthanni (Boiling Water). I was ambitious, impatient and type A++. I used to finish my homework at school between classes so that I don't have to go home from school and take care of all the really important things along the way. I always wanted everything NOW or sometimes, Yesterday. Growing up in the really hot south India, during the scorching summer vacations, I used to roam around all day under the sun going from one activity to 'nother. If I had had a solar panel for a hat, I could have supplied power to my entire neighborhood (my mom: the whole summer is on your head, Ragu!). Pacing through a terribly successful career in which I did not last more than 2 years in any company I worked for ... Read Full Story
Jun 23, 2015, 5 comments, 7 smiles “Peedampalli Vaidyar” (the healer of Peedampalli) as he was known, was a reputed healer. His real name was Sri.Vellingiri. He had learned the art of healing from his father. His father had learned from his father. And he from his father. And he from his father. And he... well, per available records, Sri. Vellingiri was the fifth generation healer of his family. There still is a street named Vaidyar st in Peedampalli. Like all his ancestors, he too concentrated on healing and did not bother about his family’s security. He never worked for money and simply did not bother. When one of his wealthy patients offered a piece of real estate in the middle of Coimbatore city. Sri.Vellingiri simply laughed and said, “What will I do with it?” and did not accept it. Its value today would be a million dollars. In time, one of the daughters got married and ... Read Full Story
May 05, 2014, 1 comments, 9 smiles On Earth Day this year, Wiser Earth shut down. I remember being in the Silicon Valley when it started, and it held a lot of promise for environmental organizations with a great intent, star power of Paul Hawken, and a great budget. Looking at their time-line, and its many numbers, I was thinking that perhaps what they needed was a heart-line. :) Then, I found myself pondering about the heart-line of the movement we call ServiceSpace (found this blog from 5 years ago) ...
Dec 11, 2013, 3 comments, 15 smiles Several years ago, the ServiceSpace eco-system embraced three creative constraints: 1) Be Volunteer Run 2) Do Not Fundraise 3) Focus on Small Things In countless presentations, conversations, blogs and emails, many ServiceSpace volunteers have mentioned these rules with a bit of description never exceeding a few seconds. Most of the time spent by the volunteers has been towards being an example of these rules and sharing those stories. This has resulted in a lot of bits of wisdom which I felt could be integrated into one theme and hence this article. Be Volunteer Run: Don't Hire, Don't Fire. Create Choiceful Relationships. It is true that being volunteer run eliminates all the difficulties associated with having paid employees of which the most visible benefit is the lack of pay. Most people get this. The same people also worry about loss of control, quality and efficiency in being volunteer run, which indicates that they don’t get many other ... Read Full Story
Jun 22, 2013, 1 comments, 7 smiles At the most populated time in human history, I find myself and many others suffering like orphans. Ours seems to be the age of orphans and the whole world looks like an orphanage. We sure have access to information about our origins but we have ignored them and have forgotten that we have ignored them. I want to find my tribe, my land, my culture, my soil, my seed and my root. Trusting the darkness, I want to bury myself within all of them well protected from any external influence and lie dormant. That environment will do whatever quantum vibrations needed to stir up my dharma and coax me to jut outside the soil, greeting the sun, the wind and the scientist with inbuilt resilience; with a surety of knowing my destiny and this time trusting the external environment too. And rain or shine, accept everything and always continue to keep leafing, branching, flowering, fruiting with no worry for the future; always favoring abundance and in rapture burst countless seeds and conquer any fear of death. It is then that I would cease to be an orphan - not only when I can name my origin but when I can name my offspring as well.
Mar 14, 2013, 2 comments, 1 smiles Shared by Rev.Heng Sure: A personal reflection written by Bhikkhu Bodhi, one of the senior Western Buddhist monastics, and published as a lead article in Parabola. Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu! Bridging the Spiritual and the Mundane