I'm joining Service Space because ... to grow, to learn, to love, to give, and to receive.
A good day to me is when ... I feel oneness with all beings.
My hero in life is ...
My favorite book is ...A fine balance
One thing I'm grateful for is ... life..just to be alive and breathing.
Jun 18, 2014, 1 comments, 9 smiles The 'Blue Samurais', the name given to Japanese sports fans, got down to cleaning the stadium after their team lost their World Cup opener against Ivory Coast. What a beautiful way to grieve a loss or celebrate a victory!
Jun 14, 2014, 2 comments, 9 smiles Below is the image that Matthew Fox shared at last Wednesday's Awakin Circle. It was taken from Voyager I spacecraft as it exited our solar system. As Carl Sagan puts it: "That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines. Every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician. Every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended on a sunbeam. The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the ... Read Full Story
Aug 27, 2013, 1 comments, 14 smiles Anyone familiar with Karma Kitchen knows that the guests come in to the restaurant and leave as different people, but the people who experience the biggest dose of love, generosity, and transformation are the volunteers. After 5-6 hours of serving, sharing, gifting, and smiling, one cannot help but be transformed. This note from a volunteer at KK Berkeley sums it all: "It was such a beautiful experience for me. Coming onboard from almost "didn't make it", I was just pumped to meet the fellow "Karmic Kindlers" and sharing the experience hand in hand with all. Ever so hard I try, there is nothing that I can keep a finger on that went the wrong way. I was greeted with the biggest hug as I walked in at 9:17 a.m. and I parted with the warmest of them, and to supplement any teeny tiny dearth of love, there were hugs and smiles along the way. I was overwhelmed with love and smiles for the biggest stretch of time in my life. I had walked into acquaintances, I went back with tons of heartening stories and the best of friends. I cannot wait to be there again, and for what it's worth - I'm just a call away :)" Giving is receiving, indeed!
Jul 28, 2013, 40 comments, 25 smiles Two years ago Anupam and Theresa went out on their first date. The restaurant they'd originally planned to go to was closed, as were a couple of others they checked with. Serendipity directed them to the doorstep of a restaurant where Anupam had once volunteered -- Karma Kitchen. By the end of their meal, in a profound context of pay-it-forward generosity, Theresa was elevated -- and moved to tears when a volunteer gifted her a small "Smile" keychain with a note that said, "We can do no great things; only small things with great love." Sure enough, a second date followed, and many more. :) Today, they came again, at the grand reopening of Karma Kitchen in Berkeley. Unbeknownst to Teresa, Anupam had already been in touch with the coordinators to ask if they would assist him with a very special surprise. He didn't have to ask twice :) Conspiracies of love are what ... Read Full Story
Jul 10, 2013, 1 comments, 12 smiles We just had a Karma Kitchen Berkeley call yesterday. With Keith's enthusiastic leadership, and engagement from many local volunteers, we are hoping to bring back KK-Berkeley by the end of the month! Almost all KK volunteers report feeling a sense of unison and connection, although they never know every one on the crew. That's interesting vis-a-vis this new finding today about choir singers ... when you sing with a group, you are certainly synchronizing your words -- but it turns out that almost instantaneously the heart beats of all singers start to synchronize too! "Its a beautiful way to feel. You are not alone but with others who feel the same way," Bjorn Vickhoff said of his research. Maybe that happens while serving too? :)
Jan 14, 2013, 12 smiles I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped out of my door this morning. I was tagged with some lunch, a grapefruit, and a sweet note in a card. Definitely set the tone for the day (and the week). Thank you, Universe.
Oct 29, 2012, 8 comments, 8 smiles What would you do if Masanobu Fukuoka was at your doorstep? My cousin, Shri, narrated to me this incident in the life of Dr. Narayan Reddy, who is a well known organic farmer in Bangalore. In the 1970s, when Dr. Reddy was taking to organic farming he had heard about Fukuoka and studied his technique of farming. Soon Fukuoka became an inspiration for Dr. Reddy. But there was no way he could travel to Japan to meet this inspirational figure in his life. In recalling this incident with Shri, Dr. Reddy shared "There was no way I could go to Japan to meet Fukuoka. So, I just sent a prayer to God that I would like to meet him once and left it at that". Much later, Fukuoka was in Calcutta, India attending a conference (or something like that). He was also scheduled to go to Pondicherry on his tour in India. On his journey ... Read Full Story
Sep 15, 2012, 1 comments, 11 smiles On a recent Wednesday, I was speaking to a guest and he had a question - 'What is ServiceSpace?'. Its very hard to describe an ecosystem, because if you just describe the forest, its too vague and if you just describe a fruit tree its too narrow. And if you try to articulate all the rich inter-connections below the surface, it'd impossible to ever finish. :) Nonetheless, I tried but also honestly told him its hard to capture it in a sound-byte. Rather remarkably, he got it and explained it back to me: "I visited a big event in Seattle once, and everyone had parked the car farther so that late-comers could get the nearest spot. It totally confused me, at first, and this gathering, and ServiceSpace, is just like that." Couldn't have said it better myself. :)
Jun 19, 2012, 4 smiles A stanza from my current read, Gandhi's autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, "For a bowl of water give a goodly meal; For a kindly greeting bow thou down with zeal; For a simple penny pay thou back with gold; If thy life be rescued, life do not withhold. Thus the words and actions of the wise regard; Every little service tenfold they reward. But the truly noble know all men as one. And return with gladness good for evil done."