I'm joining Service Space because ... It inspires me to become the Service space wherever I am
A good day to me is when ... My mind, body and soul work in sync to bring smile on someone's face
My hero in life is ...Many lives many masters, Brian Weiss
My favorite book is ...My parents
One thing I'm grateful for is ... My parents
Apr 11, 2019, 5 comments, 18 smiles Every week my Awakin begins on a Friday and ends on a Tuesday. I am not an Awakin Circle host, so, on Wednesday I sit in silence!! The journey that I take every week is translating the weekly reading. Now, the job looks pretty simple, looking for appropriate words and putting it out. But over the years, I have realized that until I internalize the words, try to go to depths of what is being said, and establish oneness with the core thought of the author, I cannot translate. So, a first few readings is just to understand meaning of words, then the actual “going through” begins. This process has brought me joy, insights and transformations beyond sitting an hour. As the passage becomes alive in me, wherever I go or whatever I do, I am reminiscing it in my heart and mind trying to grasp the essence. This creates a space ... Read Full Story
Mar 14, 2019, 1 comments, 12 smiles We are fine until we have someone close who has it…cancer?diabetes?HIV? no something that’s far more stigmatic. Disability. We think oh that means the blind or the deaf and dumb or people with no hands or legs or both or mentally challenged!! Our understanding ends here till we find out law has categorized 21 types of disabilities. That includes all that we know plus many more. Now another statistical fact is every 1 in 15 people is a person with disability. These statistical facts though relevant are not so important as is our acceptance, understanding and compassion towards it. We all have a sympathetic approach when we are eye to eye with the blind. But when one engages in deep looking within, we find out how uncomfortable we become in mind and body when we are with or around anyone with disability. Our swift action to help/support shows that discomfort. ... Read Full Story
Dec 11, 2017, 2 comments, 7 smiles As a kid i was enrolled to learn Indian classical music and I didn’t fare very well there. But the notes made something in me come alive and since then I have had interest in listening/understanding music and poetry with all my heart. Somewhere along life’s busy path it became limited to becoming an avid car listener. My love to drive and music married each other and I would constantly look for “good” music. This music came alive in full flow during the the bhav yatra. My goal oriented mind had little clue how this yatra would shape up and whether there’s any meaning to it or will it remain a downright foolish adventure (as a dear friend put it!). Last couple of years have seen many magical moments supposedly understood as result of this trip. One of them is the musical connection that has brought in abundance of ... Read Full Story
Jul 05, 2017, 4 comments, 10 smiles Whenever I go for interactions with various communities, I have a bag full of goodies from Smile Cards to heart pins. And now I also include copies of "How We Give" by Suchi (which is transcription of a talk she gave at a lecture organized by one of the Awakin Hyderabad attendees):
May 01, 2017, 2 comments, 15 smiles Recently Po was admitted to hospital for kidney stone pain. As there was no special room available and admission was required he was given a sharing room with one more patient. This was an old lady suffering from cancer. Around 3 am. She started talking loudly mostly questions like “when will she go home”? “ why is she made a prisoner here”? “ who is behind all this happening in her life”? “why is she suffering, if she has been good person throughout”? and so on...The nurses and attendants quickly came in tried to pacify her with answers and coaxing her to sleep and bringing her to awareness of there is another patient who may be getting disturbed. For a while she became quiet and again the drama continued. This went on till late morning. Then she fell silent and slept off. When she was resting we were chatting with her ... Read Full Story
Mar 19, 2017, 2 comments, 16 smiles [Below is the video of the touching story that David Bullon Patton shared on our second community night. Like all his sharings throughout the Gandhi 3.0 retreat, this also had a serene depth that went straight to the heart! Thanks, David, for your example! You remind us of the inexhaustible store of tender virtues that reside in all our hearts.] Ten years ago, I decided that maybe it was time for me to leave this beautiful, peaceful country that is Costa Rica and to step out of my comfort zone. I felt like I've spent most of my life in places where I could speak the language and where I understood the culture. Now, for my personal growth, perhaps it was time to do something else. So I came to India. If you look at a map of the globe, Costa Rica is almost exactly on the opposite side of the world as ... Read Full Story
Mar 08, 2016, 17 comments, 38 smiles Some of you know Neerad as Po, for his impressions of Kung-Fu Panda's inner peace and other matching personality traits. :) Some know the songs he would sing to honor birthdays and anniversaries, or the bicycle pilgrimage he recently undertook to empower rural farmers, or his anchoring of retreats like Startup Service, or his abundant laughs and jolly nature, or his hugs. :) Some might know his history as well: Neerad was working at a big MNC with 300 people working under him; one fine day, he was given a mandate to layoff more than a hundred of them. “It was completely inhumane, but that somehow didn’t matter in the hierarchy.” It forced him to ask deeper questions, like “What is the DNA of an institution where ‘work is love made visible’?” “How can work environments be seen as a space for transformation?” “What are the personal practices that we can cultivate so we can be ... Read Full Story
Jun 29, 2015, 6 smiles When you are 100% positive there are underlying patterns within you that do not allow this positivity to hold on. This is what I observed as throbbing of negative nerve. When everything is going well you are surrounded by doubt, fear or depression without reason. There’s nothing to explain this syndrome. But you surely know that from positivity you are slowly moving towards negative thought process. That’s when you ride on this negative nerve and go from “surreal” to “sadial”(feeling pulled down or depressed). Then the whole fault finding exercise with others and self begin, the underlying idea is to somehow prove that you are feeling upset because of a reason. Some days ago I was going through this phase and I felt too depressed for no reason or some reason whatsoever, that’s when I was reminded of two things: First one: We are so engaged in self cherishing and constantly wish ... Read Full Story
May 20, 2014, 6 smiles Language of love As I cross the boarder of Maharashtra and enter Karnataka state the language changed. All sign boards became alien. As i drove, I had to ask for directions to a place, i stop by at a small village and ask a shopkeeper with fear in my mind that neither of us will understand what the other is saying, I do a silent prayer for help and with all gestures and few words tried explaining my bit. The guy smiles at first...nods his head in "no" to what i said but then looking at my pained face comes out of the shop and starts to show me the way. Where he points to right and says 'straight" and makes sure i understood it. One conversation that took away my fear that language will be a barrier in my Bhav yatra. I immediately got the universal message, we can also show paths through language of love.
Dec 27, 2013, 2 comments, 12 smiles We currently run a campus to corporate program for engineering students of a college. This Christmas day was a working day for us. So we introduced this bunch of enthusiastic budding engineers to Random Acts of Kindness. Without much planning we decided to go with the flow, we gathered at college canteen and rolled out “smile, have a nice day, free chai, free hugs” and other posters took off to a nearby signal. In the beginning there were all sorts of questions – will they look at us, will they smile back, what will they think of us, etc. The magic of smiles, hugs, laughter and blessings unfolded within the next two hours. These engineers were having their first taste of “inner engineering”.