I'm joining Service Space because ... it's a space that nurtures values worthy of strengthening, not just for ourselves, but also for the ones coming after us
A good day to me is when ... I have the awareness of what wants to emerge from my core, and the wisdom to let it come the way it will
My hero in life is ...my grandmother for living a life of strong laddership
My favorite book is ...Gora
One thing I'm grateful for is ... an awesome world where everyone is my teacher of something
Jul 16, 2020, 3 smiles Last week's Awakin reading We Were Made for These Times invited us to reflect on the stories we want to amplify based on the world we want to live in. The comments in response were truly exquisite. Ambika shared a remarkable story of a time she hired an autorickshaw whose driver was of a different religion than hers. Let me share an incident that I participated in: It was a rainy day, very late iin to the night. Was standing at a bus stop waiting for some mode of transport. It is an auto stand too. Most of the drivers belonged to a particular minority religious community.They are looked at with suspicion by the large majority. I went up to one of the auto's and asked if he would take me to my destination. It was evident that I did not belong to his religion by the looks of me. He ... Read Full Story
Mar 10, 2020, 1 comments, 14 smiles One of the quiet features of Awakin Readings are the weekly translations, used in circles around the globe. Just Hindi and Spanish have 500 translations! There's a rotating crew of about a dozen very dedicated volunteers just for those two languages. German, Gujarati, and Turkish are among the various other languages. Romanian started recently and already has 82 translations, courtesy of Marius coming on board recently. And newest in the list is French! Olivier, Jasky and likely the "French Gang" have just started spreading inspiration in French ... ...
Aug 08, 2019, 3 smiles This is a recent radio program I heard about The Boiling River. The story is of an American geoscientist with Peruvian roots, Andres Ruzo. He heard from his grandfather incredible stories about a "boiling river." When he became a geoscientist, he wanted to find it and everyone believed it to be a myth. He persisted, and went to find it with the help of a shaman. He found that he was getting terrible insect bites while no one else in his group was being targeted in that way. The shaman said, "Oh yes, the jungle is protecting itself against you. It's because of the knowledge you bring -- people with that knowledge have hurt the jungle in the past." He joined the shaman in a ceremony to connect with the jungle in a different way. The next day, he had no insect bites! He ended up finding the boiling river and it ... Read Full Story
Jul 16, 2019, 2 comments, 11 smiles I was in Tagore's heartland last weekend on my second visit to Shantiniketan (translates to "Abode of Peace"). This is where Tagore setup an international university called Vishva Bharati (which translates to "Global India") in 1921 using his Nobel prize money received in 1913. There are many things of note here. Tagore rebelled against education that was confined within walls. A hallmark of the classes here is that they are often held in open air under the trees. Tagore and Gandhi both had a low opinion about the British model of education that arose from industrialization and employed a factory and batching model. Santinketan has given India two of its Nobel laureates -- Tagore for Literature in 1913 and Amartya Sen for Economics in 1998. Here is Sen reminiscing on what education was like here in his formative years: .. it was mainly in Tagore’s school that my educational attitudes were formed. This ... Read Full Story
Dec 25, 2018, 1 comments, 1 smiles For some Christmas cheer, here is an article on the Stanford Police Department drawn from my dissertation research. The Good Samaritan and the Police Department that Insourced Compassion Jesus echoed the teaching of his scriptures, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” After a little silence, a listener asked, “Who should be my neighbor?” Jesus responded with the following story. A Jew…
Aug 14, 2018, 2 comments, 3 smiles Last Sunday, a Chinese lady at the Palo Alto farmer's market stopped me and shared about an upcoming play. I was surprised to read the content -- they were touching stories about values from Japan and India, including one from the Lotus Sutra. I attended the performance today and was touched. It is in Chinese with English subtitles. A humble offering presented with deep messages and conviction. The next one is on Aug 18, Sat, in Berkeley at the Jewish Community Center of the Easy Bay, 1414 Walnut St, and it is open to the public with free admission. Here are some quick pics I took of the flyer:
Jul 22, 2018, 10 comments, 14 smiles Just returned from a vacation in India where I felt my roots had been watered. While many things beyond the reach of enumeration led to that feeling, three interactions stood out for their common thread. As an engineer, I have always wanted to make the world a better place. Usually, and perhaps erroneously, I would assume this meant "doing something." And yet, there are times in one's life when one cannot "do" anything. The three interactions on this trip helped me go deep into doing and being, and the dance between them. A meal of love Perhaps as old as I am is a term of endearment my aunt uniquely used for me. Every time I've heard her call me in that way, I have always been connected to her in love. The interregnum between the last time I saw her (three years back) and this time has been punctuated with devastating personal ... Read Full Story
Jul 15, 2018, 2 comments, 8 smiles Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and Homo Deus, shares his experience with Vipassana. Many gems in it. Like the sign of something being real is whether it suffers, "In a war, nations don't suffer. Soldiers do. Civilians do." He calls nations unreal - a fiction.
Jun 07, 2018, 1 comments, 3 smiles A wonderful story on KQED about Voluntary Action by moms in the tenderloin district of San Francisco: Creating a Safe Passage for Kids in San Francisco's Gritty Tenderloin | The California Dream | The California Report | KQED News The Tenderloin is notorious for drug use and sales on its streets. But it's also one of the few affordable neighborhoods left in one of the nationâs most e