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
Aug 14, 2018, 1 comments, 2 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, 7 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
Feb 20, 2018, 13 smiles For our weekly Awakin readings, we typically get five language translations each week: English, German, Hindi, Gujarati, and Spanish. Few weeks ago, Aslinur added a six language: Turkish. And as of this week, Ashima's circle in Bucarest has now become our seventh language: Romanian.
Jan 25, 2018, 3 comments, 18 smiles My 6-year old daughter Samani was sad that a friend had spoken a little harshly to her. After the sadness lingered over two days, we tried talking her out of it, but it didn't work. Finally, I had this conversation with her. Me: Are you feeling sad? She: Yes. Me: Would you like to stop feeling sad? She: Yes. Me: Then you will have to let it go. She: How? Pause... Suddenly, I remembered a conversation with my professor. Me: Ok -- you will have to repeat what I say, and then the sadness will disappear. Will you? She: Yes. Me: "I am feeling sad." She: "I am feeling sad." Me: Actually, I am having the thought "sad". She: Actually, I am having the thought "sad". [Her expression partially changes from sadness to one of curiosity] Me: Actually, the thought "sad" is having me! She: Actually, the thought "sad" is having me! [Her expression fully changes to curiosity and astomnishment] Me: It is eating me up! ... Read Full Story
Jan 19, 2018, 1 comments, 2 smiles Deeply moved to hear this last night. A Former Neo-Nazi Explains Why Hate Drew Him In â And How He Got Out : NPR Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help extremists disengage.
Jan 11, 2018, 19 smiles Some weeks back, we were with friends who had their own beeswax candle making set. We made a Buddha candle using a mold. It was so beautiful that for the longest time, I resisted burning it. Finally, in the last two weeks of December (last year) during some periods of solitude, I felt the irony of attachment to the Buddha's image and lit the candle just before going to bed. When I woke up, a strange sight awaited me. The Buddha's face was partially intact from the front. When I looked from the top, here is what I saw: After burning, the candle had hollowed out embodying an emptiness that had merged with the fullness of everything. All that's left now is a shell that allows the play of emptiness and fullness to be somewhat relatable. What a blessing to have this reminder of impermanence. This is the first time in my life that a candle has delivered such a deep teaching!
Dec 20, 2017, 1 comments, 8 smiles My friend Raghu Arur recently shared a gem about Swami Prabuddhananda, the head monk of the Vedanta Society in San Francisco who passed away in 2014. I have interacted with Swami P and was always struck by his powerful presence and wisdom. This story was shared directly by Swami P's acolyte with Raghu. This young monk-in-training found himself with a huge work burden and finally reached a point where he expressed his frustration to Swami P. "I came here to be a monk, but instead, I find myself being a glorified maintenance engineer." Swami P responded simply to him, "Aren't we all glorified maintenance engineers?" The profundity of that comment struck me. It feels spot on -- for any field of work that we may pick, legal, software, non-profit, etc., the moment we start caring, we become glorified maintenance engineers! The acolyte found that response truly freeing and he stopped fighting with the nature of things.