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Rivers Are Dying. What Can I Do?

Jul 06, 2017, 11 smiles In a recent email thread, we saw an inspiring film around river going dry. (Coming soon to Karmatube.) It really raises the question, what can we do? How do we not lose hope? Of course, you hear good news like 66 million trees planted in 12 hours in Madhya Pradesh this week. But the problem seems so much bigger: India has been losing its forests (in spite of many tree planting efforts) for a long time. Tamil Nadu was hit by a drought last and this year of such severity not seen in 140 years. Most important rivers of the country have been in a bad shape for a long time. Yamuna being the worst example. Water bodies in almost every state of the country have been disappearing Not just in India, but around the world, farmers and farming itself have been dying For most people in the world, Nature has lost its meaning These aren't just environmental issues, ... Read Full Story

Researching 21 Days Kindness Challenge!

Dec 03, 2015, 2 comments, 13 smiles This is the message Maria got from one of her research participants :).  Maria had taken '21 days kindness challenge' as her research topic for the final year thesis work in her masters programme. She worked with 30 boys in her program. It has been so heart warming to hear her stories and reflection from these boys. Here are some of the reflections.  Here is a beautiful picture of Maria and the 30 heros!   

This Article Appeared In Times Of ...

Nov 25, 2015, 3 comments, 25 smiles This article appeared in Times of India after Nipun's talk at the Rotary Club of Chennai yesterday. He is now in Hyderabad getting ready for 3 talks (including an Awakin) and 2 circles for today (that's right in 1 day!) Pavi had recently shared this about Nipun, which is quite appropriate: "He is one of the most quietly contagious forces for good I know and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon."  

Arun Dada And Meera Ba On Simplicity

Jan 15, 2015, 19 smiles I happened to be with Arun Dada and Meera Ba recently, where we were speaking about the experience of the 21 day Simple Living Challenge. They were happy to know about the challenge and share their good wishes with the KindSpring community.  Considering they live extremely simple lives, we thought we'd ask them some questions about it. Question: Why should we live a simple life? Arun Dada: As your needs increase, your mind has more and more fodder to get engaged with. The longer your mind dwells in the mundane, the higher its chance to get entangled and lose the open and free sky it needs to rest in its true nature. Meera Ba: There is a beautiful saying, “The more you have the less you are. The less you have the more you are.” Either you flourish or the material around you flourishes. The more you possess outside the less opportunities you have to ... Read Full Story

Finding Those Three Magical Words

Oct 29, 2014, 4 comments, 15 smiles Two weeks ago, a few of us visited an elderly Gandhian couple in Baroda -- Arun Dada and Mira Ba. Now in their 80s, their entire life has been rooted in generosity. As students of Vinoba, they have never put a price tag on their labor. Their presence speaks to a life-long practice of equanimity, trust and compassion. And so do their stories. "Nine years ago, we were gifted this house," Arun Dada told us. The week they moved in, they discovered that their neighbor was a drunkard, prone to fits of violence. Just a couple days after their move, they noticed that their front-yard was filled with food items and alcohol. It turned out that the neighbor also ran a catering business, and thought he could use Arun Dada's front yard for storage space. Arun Dada naturally protested. "Sir, this is our home now, we don't drink or take non-vegetarian food, and ... Read Full Story

Story On Arun Dada In Times Of India

Aug 15, 2014, 1 comments, 6 smiles One of our friends Aparna has recently joined the Times of India in Vadodara and is sharing inspiring stories. Today on independence day special, she's covered a story on our friends -- Arun dada and Meera ba.   VADODARA: When kids of his age played with their friends in the courtyards of their homes, this octogenarian spent his childhood in a jail in Bhavnagar in 1930s. Now 81, Arun Bhatt used to stay in the jail with his parents, Atmaram Bhatt and Durga Bhatt, who were freedom fighters. Being a child, he was allowed to stay with his parents in the jail and the time he spent with them left an indelible mark on Arun's mind. When he grew up, Arun dada, as he is fondly called, went on to join the Bhoodan Movement launched by freedom fighter, Vinoba Bhave. Having completed his schooling at Gandhi Sevagram Nayi Talim Sangh, Arun always wanted to ... Read Full Story

Karma Kitchen Launches In Baroda!

Mar 29, 2014, 4 comments, 14 smiles With Manjeet's intention and initiative we hosted the first Karma Kitchen in Baroda -- last Sunday. We were offered a beautiful cafe whose manager, Jigneshbhai, was in Singapore for 3 years and would regularly hangout at Annalaxmi (a pay forward restaurant). He loved that space but wasn't sure if something like this could work in India. He had doubts but he also wanted to experiment. So he joined us. It was powerful to see that he was the first volunteer to offer a zero bill to the first guest. There were lot of stories, that we're compiling but just wanted to send across our gratitude to the whole ecosystem that keeps such possibilities alive.  

Free Hugs In Baroda :)

Jun 22, 2013, 4 comments, 16 smiles Science of touch tells us how it can be preventive medicine, let alone the many fascinating experiments ... students who received a supportive touch on the back or arm from a teacher were nearly twice as likely to volunteer in class as those who did not. A sympathetic touch from a doctor leaves people with the impression that the visit lasted twice as long, compared with estimates from people who were untouched.  And even NBA basketball teams whose players touch each other more win more games! To put it into practice, bunch of us went out to a park in Baroda and offered free hugs. Below are the photos of what happened next ...    

Hard Hands, Soft Soul

Dec 29, 2012, 21 smiles About 20 of us recently stayed in a remote tribal village, and were profoundly humbled by the generosity of the locals, despite having so little.  The woman of the household had taken a personal vow of sacrifice till the next full moon; and incidentally, today was full moon and she was to release the vow by walking to a distant temple.  However, they also hold this idea that "guest is god", so she opted to serve all of us and chose to continue her vow till the next full moon when she would have time to walk to the temple.  One after another, their silent kindness was unending and touching.  As I was helping her cook, she comments on how I've got soft hands.  Having worked with many villages before, I know how difficult a woman life on the farm is -- her hands were indeed rough.  I replied, "My hands might be soft but it is your soul that is soft."  Deeply grateful for the time together with kindred spirits.  (Photo below by Colleen, who isn't in the photo.).