I'm joining Service Space because ... it reminds me that i am but a drop in this vast ocean of love and service, and that every drop counts!
A good day to me is when ... i've managed to be still
My hero in life is ...nature
My favorite book is ...most children's books recommended on Cubs :)
One thing I'm grateful for is ... is that i am here where i should be, i'm doing what i should be doing, and i'm learning just all that i need to :)
Mar 11, 2019, 6 comments, 29 smiles [In a Laddership Circle last month, a dozen of us had a thoughtful-provoking dialogue around the topic of scale and ripples, where Naren shared this stunning story below!] My dad was visiting us in the U.S. from India, and on the cold, winter mornings, he takes a walk. He's been a walker all his life. He's now 86 years old, and still gets up at 4:30AM and walks two miles. So he walks, and because it's cold, he walks in the mall. One time, he saw that there was a desk at the mall, where volunteers sit down to help. They simply see a board which says: "May I help you?" For him, it was a new concept, coming from India for the first time. Something resonates in him. That was almost 20 years ago. As soon as he returns to India, he makes a small cardboard sign, which says: "May I help you?" ... Read Full Story
Apr 25, 2017, 4 comments, 5 smiles [Below is an excerpt of a poem by Shantideva, that I have found to be quite inspiring. --Meghna] May any spiritual energy thus generated By my devotion to the enlightened ones Be dedicated to dispelling the misery Of living beings without exception. As long as diseases afflict living beings May I be the doctor, the medicine And also the nurse Who restores them to health. May I fall as rain to increase The harvests that must feed living beings And in ages of dire famine May I myself serve as food and drink. May I be an unending treasury For those desperate and forlorn. May I manifest as what they require And wish to have near them. My body, every possession And all goodness, past, present and future Without remorse I dedicate To the well-being of the world Suffering is transcended by total surrender And the mind attains to nirvana. As one day all must be given up, Why not dedicate it now to universal happiness? My bodily powers I dedicate To the well-being of all ... Read Full Story
Feb 06, 2017, 1 comments, 21 smiles Today I happened to be a Fly on the Wall with Jayesh Bhai and many guests that came to see him this afternoon. One of the interactions that touched me was a conversation between Narayan Kaka (an 84 year old Gandhian who had been serving in the Gandhi Ashram since his young days) and Jayesh Bhai. Narayan Kaka who had been serving in the Ashram for decades, now lives next to Kanti Dada. When his tenure was over and was not able to serve the Ashram; him along with his wife and 6 daughters decided to move into another place so that the Ashram space can be used for someone dedicated to serve. All of Narayan Kaka's daughters are PHD's, MPhil, MA, MBA etc. Him and his wife have done extensive labor in their prime years to educate their daughters. While none of them wants to marry, they give Narayan Kaka hope ... Read Full Story
Jan 08, 2017, 7 comments, 20 smiles We just had an inspiring feature on two of our local MBL projects, that is now going viral across India (as we get also get inundated with requests). Many months ago, the History Channel had found us on the web and reached out for a feature -- and they did a heartfelt job. Most media folks confuse the gift economy but this crew really were touched and did a great job ... (full write-up here).
Nov 21, 2016, 1 comments, 17 smiles We are beaming wide smiles on reading this beautiful note from someone who received heart pins through WisdomCrafts a few days ago. She wished to celebrate her 24th birthday (on November 24th) by pinning hearts to all who crossed paths with her. It is so beautiful to see the kindness rippling out through her while the gifts just act as tools to connect hearts :)) "My heart-felt gratitude to you, and the team for sending such a lovely package to me! Everything was beyond perfect! The badges were incredible, and I loved the additional thoughtful gifts of the heart pendant chain, key chains, and such a beautiful pillowcase. My favorite though was the hand-made greeting card! I am a big fan of hand-written notes, and nothing could have made me more happier! Thank you so much again! :) As for the pins themselves, I cannot tell you how magical it has been to ... Read Full Story
Oct 30, 2016, 6 comments, 22 smiles [Below is the transcript of a beautiful Awakin Ahmedabad Circle we had couple weeks ago -- with our kindred pilgrim, Zilong Wang! So so grateful.] Q: We are so honored to have at this Awakin Circle, among so many of us who have been following your pilgrimage online. Welcome! Zilong: Thank you.These days, I feel like my center of gravity is more in the underworld, so I'll share from that place. Before going there, just to get the logistics of it -- I'm on an open-ended pilgrimage, maybe 2 or 3 years or it might end tomorrow, to go around the world. Mostly by bicycle, heading back east to China, where I grew up till the age of 17. The initial calling is to be in service of the ecological and spiritual awakening that's so alive for our generation. The idea of the pilgrimage came in early 2015, as an answer to a call I had ... Read Full Story
Mar 12, 2016, 4 comments, 31 smiles I'm reminded of a blog that I read almost five years ago, that opened up doors of deep imagination and connection for me personally. What struck me most in it was this particular quote: "Sow the seeds and trust". A few weeks ago, Khush and I were sharing about the journey of Moved By Love (MBL) and all the visible and invisible ripples that have germinated in the process. From Seva Cafe's to Smile Campaigns to spreading kindness in creative ways, we have witnessed a connection of hearts across the world. A big part of MBL are also the monthly retreats that continue to inspire each one in it and around it. From the volunteers to the participants, to the space, to the caretakers of the space. Each time a new group comes together, a new field of ripples just unravels out in space. Each one's cups of gratitude is constantly ... Read Full Story
Jul 08, 2015, 15 smiles Our Awakin Circle in Ahmedabad was really beautiful. Based on Lynne Twist's reading, we had some beautiful insights on money and its natural flow. Neil opened with a beautiful story of a Day Care system, where when money was used as an incentive to solve a problem, it made problems worse. And that the situation then shifted from Trust to Transaction. He also shared about the times when people did not have insurances, and how the community was your real insurance, where each one contributed into the well being of the other. A few others also shared about their journey and stories with finances and how each one is trying to shift that conversation into an alternate currency, beyond money. Avni shared about how she would want to shift her contribution from large corporations towards small artisans, by traveling to their communities and supporting their art and buying from them while ... Read Full Story
Nov 16, 2014, 1 comments, 23 smiles On our way home for Diwali this year our 3.5 year old daughter became an instrument of a very deep understanding within our hearts. Due to the recent Hurricanes in India, one in Vishakhapatnam called 'Hood Hood' and the other in Ahmedabad called "Gur-ipun" the country was really on an high alert. :) So our flight from Ahmedabad to Raipur got stuck at Nagpur. After an hour of hovering in the sky and 3 hours of wait at the airport we managed to get a road ride home. We were waiting for our ride outside the airport and i sat down at a side pavement. Reva decided to sit further behind me on a higher seating area right next to a local policeman, who was busy taking a break with his colleague. She, very casually opened her little pink Hannah Montana tiffin box and offered her snacks to the policemen before ... Read Full Story