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  Spreading Joy Through Clowning

[Two of our volunteers, Diken (in Ahmedabad) and Tharanath (in Bengaluru) share their transformative experiences through clowning with children who are terminally ill and the precious lessons about life that they have learnt from these little ones.] “I am a child at heart”- Diken “Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others, long after your sharing.” ~ Rumi Each one of us brings our own unique gifts to o... read full story

Posted by Vaishali Bhayani Shah on Jun 29, 2018 | permalink

  Being the Gentle Voice of Trees

When it comes to greening, I get greedy. And I exhibit land Mafia traits. I got to know that a strip of land attached to our apartment was literally “no man’s land” because one faction of the government had encroached upon land that belonged to another faction. Well, these things happen in India. And we happened to have land that belonged to no one. So quite like the first thing that land mafia do, I paid the excavator contractor to move in with the heavy machinery to cle... read full story

Posted by Vinod Eshwer on May 4, 2018 | permalink

  Cooking With A Grateful Heart

A Sunday this month, a few cousins and me invited and hosted our immediate and extended family members for dinner. That went straight into everyone's hearts :) It was a gathering of many firsts! For the first time, we youngsters took the initiative of meeting and inviting the family members over dinner. It was the first time we all came together to cook. For some of my cousins, it was the first time they even held a knife, so cooking for 50 people was a unique experience :) It all started... read full story

Posted by Drishti Trivedi on Apr 24, 2018 | permalink

  The Gift Of Small

When 30 participants from across the world walked into Sughad, little did we know how we would co-create a space of abundant love. On Day 1, Meghna Di and Jignasha Di began with a circle of sharing stories of small ripples that have moved us. It was so beautiful to see each one feel moved even while sharing their stories. Seema couldn't stop feeling grateful for her mother who has served her meals for the past 24 years. Now, when it's her time to cook away from home, she realiz... read full story

Posted by Parth J Dave on Apr 22, 2018 | permalink

  Gautam Dada's Stories From Bhoodan Movement

A few of us met Gautam Dada and Usha tai in Mumbai this week. Sharing a few pearls ... "Bhoodan movement was started for all -- not merely to take from haves and give to have nots. Everyone could take a dip in this Ganga. The rich weren't asked to give their 'excess' land. This was not a call for 'charity' but an act of sacrifice 'yagn'. It was about inner transformation." When he was young, he was in charge of paper work as a 'karyakarta' for ... read full story

Posted by Smita Navare on Apr 16, 2018 | permalink

  God’s Grace

Arun Dada asked one of us, “How is life treating you? She replied, “It's going great, I am getting work that I like by God's grace.” Dada shared, what does true grace mean? He added, “When the situations are in our favor we often tend to feel His grace but do we feel the same grace when the situation is against our favor or will. Can we still laugh and be equanimous is the real test of His grace”. Next day before going to the office, I was dropping Arun d... read full story

Posted by Jaimit Vaidya on Apr 7, 2018 | permalink

  The Gift Of Presence

[I happened to share this beautiful story in our Laddership circle.] Jignasha was sitting on the banks of river Ganga attempting to write her first Laddership reflection. Just then a child came by selling flowers and wheat balls to feed the fish. One went and another came by and then another one. So, she thought to herself that these kids are here to tell her something. She put her laptop aside and started having a conversation with them. One came and started telling her all these stories and... read full story

Posted by Atul Sahu on Apr 7, 2018 | permalink

  A Minute Of Silence At NID, Ahmedabad

A few weeks ago, two of my seniors at NID - Itika and Gonga, as a part of their 10 weeks System Design Project, selected their topic as "quality of life". So somehow the professor asked them to go visit Sughad and they ended up meeting few people there and landed up joining the retreat which was going to begin the next day. And today morning they all had a presentation and I was smiling so much when I saw the batch presentation starting with a minute of silence and in a circle. ... read full story

Posted by Darpan trivedi on Apr 3, 2018 | permalink

  Three Questions For Guru Nanak

We were at Golden Temple listening to kirtan (verses of Guru Granth Saheb being sung with deep devotion). Some people around us were sleeping, we noticed that one person had kept his feet towards the temple but as soon as he noticed that, he changed the direction of his legs. Mostly out of respect, people do not keep their feet stretched out towards temple while they are sitting. That same evening, we met one wise friend, a policeman, who shared many stories of Guru Nanak – including re... read full story

Posted by Trupti Pandya on Apr 3, 2018 | permalink

  Four Short Stories Of Vinoba-ji

While we were on our way to Golden temple last week, Arun Dada shared few stories of his first hand stories with Vinoba-ji ... On Sleep:Vinoba often spoke about three kinds of sleep. First is the state of Su-Swapna, where we indulge into dreams that gives pleasure. Second is Du-Swapna where we experience dreams of fear, anger or some kind of conflict. And third is the state of Ne-Swapna where there are no dreams. This is the deepest and healthiest state of sleep, the closest to Brahmalok As s... read full story

Posted by Jaimit Vaidya on Mar 31, 2018 | permalink

  After Two Hours Of Listening, A Perfect Little Act

I'm currently at a unique university, an inclusive campus where 46 speech and hearing impaired students graduate each year. I have been doing one on one sessions with these students to get clear on their goals, have a reality check of where they are and have a plan in place for next three months. Every morning, I made it a practice of setting the intention in my heart of "May I be instrument for them to get what they need right now." And for the last two days now, I am seeing fe... read full story

Posted by Drishti Trivedi on Mar 27, 2018 | permalink

  A Soulful Sunday At The Matunga Children's Home

A couple of days back, I volunteered at the David Sassoon Industrial school, Matunga in Mumbai - for the Green friends activity - an urban gardening project, run by Ashiyana volunteers. I have known from Sachi that it happens through the week, and specially on Sunday many volunteers join hands for more than a year. And yet, it took me really a long time to actually show up as a volunteer on a Sunday morning. I was unsure who I would find there as co-volunteers as I had not RSVP-ed in advance.... read full story

Posted by Rahul Mehta on Mar 26, 2018 | permalink

  Seva Cafe Gratitude, From Israel

Beautiful note of appreciation from Israel: Dear staff and volunteers of Seva Cafe, I visited your wonderful space with Gandhi 3.0 about a month ago. I was so struck by what you are doing! I am an organizational psychologist, and what you are doing, in my language, is creating the future, here in the present. Every evening, Seva Cafe demonstrates the future we can all live into. If you remember, you spoke to us from the stage, and moved us with your authenticity and commitment. Anyway, ... read full story

Posted by Bhumika Patel on Mar 21, 2018 | permalink

  Five Reflections From HHH Retreat (March 2018)

I was talking to a a noble friend and I was telling him "I learn few things in each and every retreat, sometimes a few things are reminders, sometimes I see blind spots, sometimes I see inspirations and a few other times I also see the unknown". On listening to this, he said why don't you write about your experience and what you learned in the retreat and it made sense. This blog is dedicated to the experiences and learnings from the recent Head-Hands-Heart retreat that I was part ... read full story

Posted by Vinit Gujarathi on Mar 15, 2018 | permalink

  Enveloped With Love

Last year in December I went for my first 10-day Vipassana course in Igatpuri. While Vipassana is a solitary practice, the fact that 40 more friends from moved by love were going to be sitting in the same course was a comforting thought, since it was my first time. Two days into the 10-day sit, I started coughing. There was hot ginger water available in the dining hall, but I only had a regular plastic bottle and my plastic bottle could not keep it hot for long. Moreover, the bottle wasn&rsqu... read full story

Posted by Kavita Rajvanshi on Mar 6, 2018 | permalink

  Sakal Lok Ma Saune Vande

It’s been 100 years since Gandhi-ji founded Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Today there are several schools in this vicinity who have kept alive the spirit of Gandhian Values. This short film (by Harish and Jarna Devnani, and Madhu-bhai) takes us in a journey from Gandhi-ji, Parikshit-bhai, Vinoba-ji and Ishwar-Dada to share the values of prayers, kindness, importance of girls education and sanitation. ... read full story

Posted by Sanchi Chandna on Mar 6, 2018 | permalink

  Cross-City Circle :)

Yesterday, a gang of 10 Surat volunteers to joined our local Prayer Circle in Baroda! What an incredible evening. There was so much love in the air. Honestly, it was like family coming together. And the beginning of a lot more emergence. On March 25th, a whole bunch of us from Baroda are planning to crash the Surat Karma Kitchen! ... read full story

Posted by Trupti Pandya on Feb 27, 2018 | permalink

  Stitch A Heart!

Everything was perfect about Saturday; beautiful weather, lush green garden overlooking a tranquil lake (an odyssey in the desert), warmth of the host (Faye) and eight enthusiastic heart weavers! That morning,one of us had prayed for beauty to unfold and does the universe ever let down a sincere prayer? Inspired by the beautifully crafted heartpins, a few of us in  Dubai decided to give it a go. Sehr, the lucky 'seamstress' who had witnessed the process gave us the lead. She arra... read full story

Posted by sunita Lama on Feb 25, 2018 | permalink

  The Role of Compassion in Education: Educators Retreat, Mumbai

The evening before the retreat, I was looking at an Excel sheet given to me by some ladders that had the flow of the retreat planned to the last minute. It had details of which volunteers will welcome the participants, which ones will take care of the thaalis, teeka, heart pins, diaries and pen. Which one will sit with the sound console, and which one for the podium. Two volunteers sat up till 2 am to finalize on the participant list and coordinating with last minute sign ups. Teachers, ... read full story

Posted by Ragunath Padmanabhan on Feb 24, 2018 | permalink

  Ghat Ghat Vasta Shree Bhagwan. :)

This Sunday, as part of clowning, a bunch of us went to spend some time with an organization who trains people with special abilities to make incense sticks. It was a completely new experience in terms of “design” as this was our first encounter with people who cannot move. There was a mixed feeling of openness, resistance, awkwardness in the air so we started with a circle of sharing. The people from the organization insisted on sharing about the city as they were new to this pla... read full story

Posted by Jaimit Vaidya on Feb 20, 2018 | permalink

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