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 05, 2021, 3 comments, 13 smiles [During a palpable Prayer Circle for India last month amid India's escalating Covid crisis, Prof. Michael Penn shared these heartfelt words of wisdom and hope, transcribed below.] [View here in browser window.] It is such a high honor to have the chance to participate in this beautiful gathering. When Drishti opened the gathering with that chant, it just sailed right into my heart. I am so delighted to participate in this commemoration, for the sake of those who are suffering, for the sake of those who have passed away, and for the sake of those who are at the threshold of the next world. One of my very favorite writings from the Bahá'í faith says, know verily that the soul is a sign of God, a heavenly gem, whose reality the most learned of men had failed to grasp and whose mystery no mind, however acute, can ever hope to unravel. If it ... Read Full Story
May 15, 2021, 9 smiles I have been working at a government shelter home for women for a few years. Some of them were children when they came here. Their parents, guardians, or a cop dropped them at the shelter home, as there was no one to take care of them. While some are waiting for a hearing from the court, there are others who are on the mental health spectrum. With a history of difficult life circumstances and staying in a place like this, that is hardbound with barbed wire fences, high walls, and rules, life/existence can feel purposeless and powerless. In the Devotion and Purpose Pod, I went through an inner churning process with all the daily prompts and reflection, which helped me crystalize my personal value and refine my purpose in my being and doing. I was inspired to hold space in the shelter home, in the same way, space was held for ... Read Full Story
Apr 18, 2021, 12 comments, 18 smiles "What’s an experience of devotion that has stayed with you?" While reflecting on these questions in our Devotion Pod orientation yesterday, two stories came to my mind. In my primary school years, our science teacher would start her class with a prayer. It felt unusual as none of the other teachers would do that. And as children, some of us resisted and use to make fun of her but she would continue doing it day after day. Like everyone around me, I would also stand up, fold my hands, and would listen to her singing. As a child, I did not realize what was happening but I distinctly remember tears flowing while listening to some of the words from the prayer. As I was growing up, I realized that I was finding strength from those prayers as the meaning started unfolding. What got seeded as a child by my teacher something that ... Read Full Story
Oct 30, 2020, 1 comments, 13 smiles Yesterday while I was leaving for work, I saw an old grandma sitting under the shade of an almond tree at the start of our lane. She was short, had boy-cut hair, faint smile with no teeth and a few wrinkles near her eyes :) I stopped and asked her if she was hungry as it was almost lunchtime, she mumbled something which I failed to understand. Meanwhile, she showed me her empty water bottle so I went to Mayank’s home to refill the bottle. Mayank is one of the kids who makes sure to chop the vegetables before every Awakin circle. Mayank’s father gave me a clean bottle of fresh water. Just then, seeing me, Mayank came to inquire about where I was going. I told him that I am going to the office but stopped to get some water for the old grandma. With a mix of innocence and mischief ... Read Full Story
Sep 28, 2020, 8 comments, 26 smiles [A touching story that Buddhist monk, Jin Wei, shared, as 46 of us began a "Sacred Space" Laddership Pod yesterday!] What's a time when you experienced the whole as greater than the sum of its parts? I am sitting here in the courtyard of Redwood Vihara, in a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. And what I want to share with you is something that happened yesterday in this very place and how we kind of created a sacred space spontaneously where we felt, at that moment, some kind of wholeness and, deep connections with few strangers and also with nature. Some of you might have heard about the wildfires in California that have been happening in recent weeks. It was very, very difficult time here. And this land was very affected. Seventy thousand people had to be evacuated from this area and, more than a thousand structures and homes were burned ... Read Full Story
Sep 01, 2020, 3 comments, 11 smiles Three years back, Arun Dada shared his experience of fourteen years of satyagraha against the biggest slaughter house in Mumbai which has the capacity to slaughter 10,000 cattle at a time. Every fifteen days he used to travel from Bhavnagar to Mumbai which is 599 kms. Tools that they used to protest were non-violence, compassion, and love. Interestingly Dada also shared about his relationship with a butcher who used to speak in a very abusive manner. Dada called him one day and asked, do you believe in God? He said yes. Dada further asked him, how many times do you remember him in a day? He said not much as these days I am quite busy. So dada gave him a task, he asked him to put a mental tally mark in his mind every time he used an abusive word and the number of times he remembered God in a ... Read Full Story
May 23, 2020, 1 comments, 8 smiles Art offers sanctuary to everyone willing to open their Hearts as well as their Eyes Last Sunday, Vidhi and I got an invitation to do our first HeART circle with the London community through art. With the uncertainty hovering around us, this was an opportunity to come together and ask, how each ones heart was doing. It was a family circle so we had kids and adults coming together. Before the circle started, we could see the kids ready with their art material and ready to jump in the pool of paints. It was an opportunity for us to learn from the little teachers to shed inhibitions and bring authenticity. Trishna di started the circle with a minute of silence and warmly welcomed Vidhi to lead us through a super fun icebreaker where we mentally painted different parts of our faces one by one with our favorite colors. This opened up the doors ... Read Full Story
May 11, 2020, 3 comments, 18 smiles Every week a few friends of the Vadodara ecosystem come together to cultivate stillness, community, and service. What started as a one time call in the first week of lockdown, has now become a weekly offering of love by Jaimit and Krunal. It is an evolving online circle for us to engage, share, spread joy, and rise through collective consciousness. The anchors have been beautifully holding the space exploring a different theme every week, pouring their love in writing the invitation, and also creating heArt offerings for every circle! As 10th May was Mother’s Day, this week our circle was a tribute to Motherhood. With that Krunal and Jaimit invited us to a heartfelt circle to presence/celebrate/hold space for Mother's Day and reflect on the experiences of “માતૃત્વ” (motherhood) in our everyday life. Krunal wrote: “We experience motherhood in many forms. One of the forms in which it comes to us is ... Read Full Story
Sep 22, 2019, 6 comments, 17 smiles Vinobaji once said, “If I get another birth, I will want to be born as a farm-labor and not a land owner. I would spend my time in the lap of nature cultivating and dissolve the sense of ownership.” Arun dada shared a couple of Vinoba stories. Vinoba did not mention about re-birth. However he would say that, there is not going to be a gap between his going and coming. He would say, "I am going to be here with all of you. I might not take birth in the human form but I will be living with all of you in the form of inspiration. I will be present with all of you till you are liberated. I alone do not want liberation." Arun dada with a graceful smile shared, Vinoba not only taught us how to live but also how to die. Most people who served us during our pilgrimage ... Read Full Story
Sep 18, 2019, 2 comments, 8 smiles Last Sunday a bunch of amazing HeArtist came together trusting the invitation, which led to a magical circle. The theme for this month was Free association via Art where each one had to pick a card with a word written on it and reflect. A few chose to journal beautiful poetry, rest chose to sculpt, paint and craft which led to colourful and creative canvases. Lokesh, with a big smile, shared how happy he was feeling in this space and he gave the credit to the power of the collective. He added, “If I was sitting all alone in my room it won’t have been possible for me to sit and process inpite of having access to all the material here.” Reflecting on the word ‘UNIVERSE’ which came to him he shared how he was taken back to his teenage days where except for the rainy days he used to sleep ... Read Full Story