I'm joining Service Space because ... of noble friends
A good day to me is when ... I do an act of kindness.
My hero in life is ...
My favorite book is ...40 Rules of Love
One thing I'm grateful for is ... My family.
Jun 19, 2018, 1 comments, 11 smiles As I sit near the window, I see the clouds arriving. The child inside me is waiting to be drenched in the first rains, splash my feet in the puddle, make some paper boats and let it flow with the water. This Sunday a bunch of us came together to cherish that child within each one of us waiting to dance, sing, love, paint, smile and break free. As children, we all had our own small world of imagination and fantasies that we might have created with our own little hands with broken twigs or a torn cloth. Today we wanted to bring our childhood on canvas especially about the wonderment that each one of us held as children. Karan shared how he was a good student in his college days but what made him worry was his drawing exam. Inspite of his anxiety towards art and craft it was beautiful to ... Read Full Story
May 17, 2018, 6 comments, 28 smiles [During our Gandhi 3.0 gathering in January, Teach for India founder, Shaheen Mistri, shared these three stirring stories of gratitude below -- on arranging shoes, a boy who played, and the quiet capacity of one grandson's heart to give. Originally posted Feb 25, 2018.] We were at the ashram yesterday, and right outside Gandhiji's room, Jayeshbhai — with his normal big warm smile — said, "Chalo, Shaheen, let’s start arranging the chappals [shoes] in order!” We started arranging the chappals, and my mind went back 20 years to my first Jayeshbhai encounter and story — a time when I brought a group of children from my organization, Akanksha, to Ahmedabad. We were at the Gandhi Ashram. The kids were about to enter the ashram and they (as kids would be) took off their chappals, and they threw them here and there. Jayeshbhai just went and arranged all their chappals in a straight line. ... Read Full Story
May 17, 2018, 8 smiles During a recent conversation with Arun dada he shared three words that serve as pillars to his life: Satya-Prem-Karuna On truth: What is your definition of truth? Truth is different for every individual. Truth is our lifeline. Each person should follow his definition, his base of truth. When he does that, day by day the layers of ignorance will keep shedding depending on the level of inner transformation (antar-shuddi). As one deepens in the practice of inner transformation the aashudhi will start peeling away. Today you may see the truth in a certain form. But there will come a stage when it will become formless (vastravihin) and colorless (rangvihin). Dada sang few lines from a song to explain further: "Sat na meli rang sogatha, khelu neet chopat." (In the game of ludo there are different coloured pawns. For each individual his colour is his truth.) "Jeevan ne jeeti lidha mein janam janam ne ghat." (When I play ... Read Full Story
May 07, 2018, 1 comments, 8 smiles As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a great sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow- A. C. Benson Word of mouth caused a snowball effect where 36 people ranging from the age of 7 to 70 years decided to say yes to a half a day walking pilgrimage on the banks of Narmada river. What all of us experienced was the generosity of Mother Nature and local people staying along the banks of Narmada river who served complete strangers wholeheartedly. I realized that the more you trust and surrender, the more generosity you experience. River Narmada which along its course of 1740 km originating from Amarkantak flows westwards into the Arabian Sea. The belt that we walked is the only place, where it flows ‘Northwards’ and so it is called as ‘Uttarvahi Narmada'. 'Chaitra' month in the Hindu calendar is considered to be auspicious for doing this ... Read Full Story
Apr 27, 2018, 5 comments, 15 smiles "Your heart is aching to be What you are, to be Everything that you are, on this breath. Don’t put it off another instant." - Scott Morrison This month’s seed question for HeArt circle was: Recognizing what is alive in you at this moment which was based on this passage. After thirty minutes of silence, all of us chose the most comfortable corner of the room for the next hour. As an observer, it was so interesting to witness various themes that were emerging on the blank canvas while each one was engrossed tapping into what was really alive in them at that moment using paints, clay, coloured strips. As we all gathered back for reflection some of my key learnings from their sharing's were: Unconditional presence of grace: One of the local volunteer Siddharth shared, “ After the meditation, I wanted to share silence because that was what was alive within. So, I just stayed there ... Read Full Story
Apr 19, 2018, 3 comments, 18 smiles At one of the recent Awakin circle Arun dada shared one of his experiences on interconnectedness with nature. In his home town, he had a huge Neem tree in his compound. It started getting affected by the termites so for the first few days he tried to remove them gently but the termites kept coming. One day he decided to deal with them in a different way. He went to the tree and started having a conversation with the termites. He said, “I understand that you must be feeling hungry and to survive you have been feeding on this tree but this tree should also survive right? The termites in return asked dada, in that case what do we eat? Dada replied, I will keep other pieces of dry wood for you to eat. You eat those and not the tree.” After this conversation dada placed some dry wood besides the ... Read Full Story
Mar 03, 2018, 4 comments, 21 smiles We just completed another HeArt circle. In such a circle, after an hour of silence, we share a theme and people reflect on the theme through various forms of art. Then we close with a short circle of sharing. This month's theme was "Impermanence". It was an opportunity for all of us to take a pause and reflect on what would be our design principle if we know that we are doing to die. In spite of knowing that each one of us has come on this earth with a temporary visa, we tend to keep things for tomorrow, next month and even next year be it saying thank, asking for an apology or paying our pending bills. To dive deeper into this conversation, we read a passage and spent our next hour expressing our relationship to impermanence. The circle was filled with many profound shares. In the sharing circle, one of the ... Read Full Story
Feb 18, 2018, 1 comments, 11 smiles We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You always have the choice- Dalai Lama While I was at work yesterday at the women's rescue home, I heard a girl calling out my name out of joy saying, look didi who is here. I looked back and I saw a little girl who looked quite baffled with all the new faces around her. Her name is Aliya. She is around 3 years old. I was seeing her after a year so it took me awhile to recognize her. She is the daughter of a sister who is specially-abled. She was abused while she was staying on the streets. She delivered her baby in a public garden when she was less than twenty years of age. She was later brought to ... Read Full Story
Dec 03, 2017, 3 comments, 22 smiles Amit-bhai is one of the silent volunteers behind our local Awakin Circle in Baroda. By trade, he is social entrepreneur working on waste management; and by heart, he is a loving father to Shona, his 7 year old home-schooled daughter. Some time back, while Shona was getting bored, she announced that she is going to another room to sit in silence. Initially, her parents didn't believe her, but after a few minutes, Amit-bhai went to peep into the room, and sure enough, she was sitting still! Very inspired, Amit-bhai himself went and sat next to his daughter. Shona had put an alarm for 15 minutes, but when the alarm rang and she saw her father next to her, she continued sitting. At some point, Amit-bhai silently tip-toed out to complete his kitchen work, but Shona continued on even without an alarm! Eventually, both the parents saw her outside after 55 minutes! Next day, ... Read Full Story
Sep 05, 2017, 3 comments, 17 smiles “So long as you do not take the broom and the bucket in your hands, you-cannot make your towns and cities clean.” – Mahatma Gandhi Last week after a lot of persuasions, Jaimit shared about an act of kindness he did last year around Diwali. After a full day of work, he was on his way for a bible reading session. He felt the urge to use the washroom and started looking for one. He found a public toilet and just before entering the premise he saw a man urinating and carelessly spoiling the walls which had a slogan on it saying “Swatch Bharat” (Clean India). He felt disturbed looking at the irony and apathy that citizen’s show for public spaces. With that sentiment, he went inside the public toilet and found it difficult to use because of the filth. He almost had to run outside for fresh air as he ... Read Full Story