I'm joining Service Space because ... of the community of noble friends who serve and share with love and honesty.
A good day to me is when ... I've kept my head-hands-heart aligned
My hero in life is ...Nipun :)
My favorite book is ...Talks on Gita by Vinoba Bhave
One thing I'm grateful for is ... having the support of family, friends, teachers, mentors and wonderful strangers :)
Aug 12, 2018, 2 comments, 20 smiles Since last month, I've been working full-time in a school at Auroville, co-learning with 10-12 year old children. It's been very enriching to witness how sponteously children express love, generosity, gratitude and joy. This video was created as part of the weekly Kindness Circles that Shaalini and I have been holding for more than a year. We sang this song for the team at a local farm, which had gifted thousands of mangoes to the community and neighboring villages and everyone was deeply touched. We also shared the story of Rev. Heng Sure's 3-steps-and-a-bow with the children and they were amazed. :)
Oct 17, 2017, 6 comments, 20 smiles Here's a sweet video of children doing random acts of kindness in Auroville. We all gathered to spread hugs and smiles at the community cooperative store (PTDC), which is part of a series of experiments to manifest 'Gift Economy'. Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The dream is to realise human unity. As of today, there are over 2,700 members from 50+ countries living here and doing their bit to make the dream come true. Shaalini, Simran and I have been living here since October 2016 and it's been a wonderful adventure :-) It was great to have Nipun here last year and give a talk. Many ServiceSpace / MovedByLove friends have also been visiting. It's been beautiful to see the communities coming together. As Jayeshbhai would say, in the spirit of Love Jagat :-)
Jul 04, 2017, 1 comments, 7 smiles For the last year, few of us have been meeting (online) every week to dialogue on a particular aspect of practicing values in our lives. Parag and Mihir quietly started this and now it has blossomed into Awakin Dialogues! Prior to each circle, everyone meditates remotely for an hour. Then we meet virtually for 90 minutes, which starts with a quick check-in circle, followed by a reading and dialogue (as described by David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti). It invariably leads to awakening of some collective intelligence. Sometimes we'll have guest speakers, like when Somik joined as the circle reflected on his piece on deep counting. Last week, our reading was Field of Blessings -- an excerpt from Heng Sure and Heng Chau's Highway Dharma Letters -- with these three seed questions: Can you share a personal experience of returning to the “Field of Blessings” after going adrift? How do you relate to “trying to ... Read Full Story
Dec 19, 2016, 2 comments, 14 smiles Just completed an amazing Startup Service retreat. Held lots of important questions, built on some innovative frameworks and gave wings to many labor-of-love project intentions, and ultimately, we were moved by love. Here's a video that captures some beautiful moments. It was made by a few secret volunteers who stayed up late at night and surprised us all by screening it on the last day of the retreat.
Jul 18, 2015, 2 comments, 9 smiles As I was diving deeper to understand and articulate my relationship with money before the Money + Transformation Call, felt a lot of gratitude for Jacob Needleman and his work around Money and the Meaning of Life. Exploring further on how can money be a tool for inner transformation, sharing a few excerpts from his work: “Authentic human existence requires the co-presence of two worlds, the inner and the outer. To exist in one world alone is not to exist at all. What, after all, is the point of physical survival without this inner contact? What is the point of eating, sleeping, and reproducing without our being conscious of ourselves?” “To use money as an instrument for the spiritual search, first create the space in your life for doing things which are absolutely unmotivated by money, which has to do with self-knowledge and spiritual work and serving others in the way they ... Read Full Story
Feb 19, 2015, 11 smiles “Chitta shuddha tari, shatru mitra hoti. Vyaghra he na khaati, sarp taya.” When the ‘mind’ (chitta) is pure, even your enemy will become a friend. Neither will a lion eat you nor will a snake bite you. Compassionate first meeting I can feel the vibrations of love and compassion by just remembering the time spent with Dwarkoji. It was December 2014, Swara and I were in Sarnath for a gathering on ‘Business Beyond Self-Interest’ and on the way back we planned to visit Bodhgaya for a day to meet Dwarkoji. What started as a humble “Namaste” on meeting him for the first time, ended up being a 4-hour session full of powerful stories, deep insights, smiles, tears, surprising truths, contemplative pauses, simple lessons and a lot more… the conversation was just flowing naturally and the three of us connected very deeply. I had known about Dwarkoji through the film on Samanvaya Ashram made by ... Read Full Story
Sep 23, 2014, 1 comments, 8 smiles This evening Michelle Long (of BALLE) is hosting a circle of sharing at her home in Bellingham (near Seattle) with various ServiceSpace friends like Yoo-mi and Mark Dubois. Below is the description of the theme around which we intend to share. If you feel called to share your thoughts / experience around it, would love to hear them. Leading with Love to Find Our Middle Path In the first teaching that Gautama Buddha delivered after his awakening, he describes the middle path as a way of moderation between the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification. In life, we all face situations when we are caught between two extremes. E.g. We value the purity of relationships in a gift ecology, yet at various levels we transact and deal with money that is part of a debt-based financial system. We support a local economy but to visit another country, take a flight run by ... Read Full Story
Jun 11, 2014, 11 comments, 20 smiles Landed in San Francisco on Monday night and was welcomed at the airport with love and big smiles from Birju and Sunaina. Several people I met yesterday were surprised that this was my first visit to US and wondered why I’ve never visited before. That got me thinking too and I realized that while I’ve had a few possibilities to visit the US earlier for work or holiday, this was the first time when I felt there was a lot of love from so many people calling me here. So last month when I received the invitation from Michelle Long to be a part of BALLE's Annual Conference in Oakland, I accepted it wholeheartedly. I'm also delighted to represent the MovedByLove community at the conference and share stories from a Startup Service event where we had created a space for igniting startups with the spirit of love. In the last few years ... Read Full Story
Apr 22, 2014, 5 smiles Our friend, Divyanshu from 21Fools, wrote this beautiful reflection on the goodness that prevails ... While I was served the hot Dosa, a Broom Seller who was carrying all the brooms on his cycle was passing by with his small daughter who was sitting on the cycle while he was walking with it. The Dosa guy asked the ‘Jhaduwale Bhaiya’ – Idli khayega? The guy stopped and said yes. The wife took almost 6-10 idlis from the container and started frying it with Masala and asked the ‘Jhaduwale Bhaiya’ to give her a carry bag or some container in which he can carry the food to home. The broom seller unfortunately didn’t have any. I opened up my bag, took a carry bag out and handed over to the women making the Dosa. After the broom seller left with his dinner, I asked the man who was making Dosa for his wife – Why didn’t you ask for at least half the money? The guy replied, "Sir, If he would have something to give back he would have given it to me himself."
Mar 29, 2014, 2 comments, 6 smiles In reading Nipun's questions on technology, I started adding a few thoughts in the comments, but as I kept on writing, it turned rather long. So here it is. :) Adding a few more questions I deeply care about: -- What is the sanctity of 'friends and connections' on online social networks that thrives on human ego (Facebook) and greed (LinkedIn), and are started by corporations who care the most about valuations and maximising returns to shareholders? In a system like Facebook where one can pay money to "boost post", "buy Likes" and "pay extra to send message directly in inbox" else it will go in the "others" folder - isn't this kind of cheapening of human interactions a signal enough to convey the dangers of our increasing dependance on these networks and the accusations of invisible theft that may be happening in it's business applications? -- Many people (including myself) who are aware about deeper pitfalls of ... Read Full Story