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  Gaus, With a White Shirt

About 10 of us along with Gautam Dada went to Maher Ashram - Sister Lucy’s organization on Saturday, 25th March 2017. We had a ‘Moved by Love' experience, just in the way they welcomed us. It was a great ripple of the NGO retreat. We were all further moved by Sister Lucy’s love for all of us children, women, men and staff in the organization -- and all the visitors. While visiting, we heard Gaus's story, in his own words. It was so powerful, and stirred something in ... read full story

Posted by Smita Navare on Mar 25, 2017 | permalink

  Lessons From The Maid

In our Laddership Circle last week, we were encouraged to interview someone to listen to and learn about their story. I interviewed my maid. My maid is a young and smart woman who is married with 2 kids. That is all I knew about her. She has been helping me out for more than 2 years. She comes in on time every morning, and very efficiently finishes all her assigned chores and rushes on to her next stop! I usually am a silent person in the morning, and prefer not chatting. She leaves me al... read full story

Posted by Pranita Bhat on Mar 20, 2017 | permalink

  Conversations with Arundada. (February 7, 2017)

Sharing a conversation that I had with Arundada. I'm going to continue our conversations every time i meet him. Arundada : On hearing of Kinnari giving birth to a baby girl, I am reminded of this song Song 1 : Kinnar Gandharva devtaao ki baat nahi Maanav se maanav ka mukt milan chaahiye (Translation : We are not talking about divinity, religion, gods or angels. All that is needed is that a human can meet his brethren without any barriers) Chinta ki baat nahi saad... read full story

Posted by Bhumika Patel on Mar 16, 2017 | permalink

  Remembering Raghu bhai

February 8th marked the death anniversary of a dear brother, Raghu bhai. Those who knew Raghu, knew of his giving spirit, knew how he lived a full life and did every act with selfless love. Raghu Bhalla Makwana was a son to many maajis and kakas he served through Tyaag-nu-tiffin. In remembrance of the beautiful soul, a special morning prayer was planned at the Gramshree Rudra centre and in the afternoon activities were planned with kids of the Ashramshaala. Ramesh bhai Vasava, who now conduct... read full story

Posted by Varsha Mathrani on Mar 10, 2017 | permalink

  Compassion makes Life Simple

Childhood has always been so full of glimpses where we all have had beautiful experiences. At times we have struggled to be expressed, at times we have just been understood. One such feeling I always had within me was to really put across  myself in the most vibrant colors, but was never ever able to do it. My own constraints that, "what will happen if I do it,what will others think?" These non-approving and not so accepting thoughts occupied me and were like a hammer to me sin... read full story

Posted by Vidhi Desai on Mar 10, 2017 | permalink

  The Ripple Effect

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit." As 40 of us sat in a circle this February in the sacred premises of Maitri Space we could not help but feel the ripples of all the goodness and generosity passed on by the lineage before us.  We opened with the story of the biggest land transfer movement in human history, Bhoodan Yatra which on the surface looked like people transferring land to those who did not have any... read full story

Posted by Khushmita Sanghvi on Mar 7, 2017 | permalink

  Taking Off: MBL Laddership Circles

Over the last few years, ServiceSpace has hosted Laddership Circles, and it has become a dynamic part of their service offerings on their online engagement spectrum. It is getting very clear that a deeper learning journey around ServiceSpace values and processes holds a lot of value for change-makers and community organizers. There has been remarkable interest around such circles from the lot of Educators, Social Entrepreneurs, Community Organisers and MBL volunteers during last few months in... read full story

Posted by Parag Shah on Mar 4, 2017 | permalink

  Circle of Inclusive Friends

My participation in the Inclusion Retreat, held in Gujarat, gave me an opportunity to meet some great people. With our hearts connected, we came together again a week back, with a determination to pull off something amazing. The venue chosen was my residence, which was aptly named – ‘The House of FRIENDSHIP.’ The Circle Of Friends This retreat was the brainchild of a Master Blaster – a techie turned entrepreneur turned Heartpreneur who has recently taken to “s... read full story

Posted by Ashwin Karthik on Feb 28, 2017 | permalink

  Jaideep 2.0: My story of turning Heartpreneur

inclusion retreat gang :) I had heard that there are many monks in the Himalayas who meditate deeply and pray for the well being of this world. I had never believed it because I used to only believe what I saw. Fast forward two months – now I see what I believe! How did this shift come about?  Let me walk you through my initial steps in the hardest journey of moving from Head to Heart! From Transaction To Trust Over the last 2 years, I have been fortunate enough to have... read full story

Posted by Jaideep Rao on Feb 15, 2017 | permalink

  Samdarshan - Learnings from ESI

Between October, 2015 and January, 2017, I spent a cumulative total of 13 months living at ESI next to the Hriday Kunj, in one of the “Be” meditation huts. What unfolded in between turned out to be a somewhat unexpected and arduous inner journey—the potency of which I am just starting to get a glimpse of now, having left that sacred space a little over two weeks ago. I want to share here what I consider to be the root of that experience. Root meaning the deepest learning, ... read full story

Posted by Christopher Lowman on Feb 14, 2017 | permalink

  Meals on Wheels Mumbai

Last Sunday, our dear Vidhi officially launched Meals on Wheels in Mumbai. Rupali and Ketan lovingly opened up their home (our home — as they put it) and 25 of us were there; the youngest volunteer was three (he was helping us shell peas) and the oldest, 80. Fragrant heart-shaped flower rangoli greeted us at the door and throughout the home (we also got a glimpse of Rupali's incredible paintings — she's a gifted artist). Vidhi steered us beautifully and Rahul as well as... read full story

Posted by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2017 | permalink

  Video on Safai Vidyalaya

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Posted by Ranjan Gupta on Feb 7, 2017 | permalink

  Principal’s Round Table of 2016

The last Principal’s Round Table of 2016 was an event to remember!  It was attended by over one hundred educators including many Principals and Heads, representing schools and institutions across Pune and even a Principal and teacher who came all the way from Mumbai, inspired by Nipun’s talk there. The evening was opened by Mrs. Malati Kalmadi who, on behalf of Kannada Sangha, warmly welcomed Nipun and everyone who was in attendance. Mrs. Vijayam Kartha introduced the ... read full story

Posted by Urmila Samson on Feb 6, 2017 | permalink

  Learning the Art of Surrender

[At the Laddership retreat held in November 2016, Sachi shares from a deep space about one key shift that she experienced in the past year. In her journey with Ashiyana and Shunya, she reflects about deepening her values and learning to let go and surrender to the higher design.] I don’t know what am I going to say and I have been trying to put this presentation together to make sense of what am I going to say in the next 15 odd minutes. One key shift that I felt in the last year was to... read full story

Posted by Trupti Pandya on Feb 3, 2017 | permalink

  heART Circle - expressions of love

If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. ~Eckhart Tolle   Sometimes life’s most precious moments, the ones that make us come alive with a renewed sense of purpose, are the gentlest ones. They arrive unexpectedly and seep into our hearts silently, but change us forever. A year ago, I attended an Awakin Circle at Kinnari and Rahul’s home where I met Nipunbhai and that gathering shifted something inside me deeply  - the seed that was planted there event... read full story

Posted by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2017 | permalink

  Can we work with the power of small?

“We are here to hospice the old systems, and midwife the emergent new ways” Typically the term “startup” connotes small groups of passionate people working away in obscure corners. They work and work, and after lots of sleepless nights and empty pizza boxes, aspiring to create something that would change the world. At some point, maybe earlier or maybe later, that innovation takes on a commercial component. This startup must grow! And the vehicle for this is inevitably... read full story

Posted by Goli (Rajesh Golani) on Jan 28, 2017 | permalink

  Seva Cafe on History Channel

Imagine a Restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads Rs.0 with only this footnote: "Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those dine after you." That's Seva Cafe, a experiment in 'peer to peer' generosity. Driven by volunteers and operated by modest staff, our meals are cooked and served with love, and offered to the guest as a genuine gift. To co... read full story

Posted by Kishan Gopal on Jan 7, 2017 | permalink

  One Small Step at a Time

"Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower." - John Harrigan. Is the seed sown? I believe, yes. It’s only a matter of time that a beautiful flower blossoms. But do we wait before plucking the flower? Nimo answered this question beautifully as he opened the Surat retreat with these lines: I spent a long time running' I never knew then, what I know I know now That the fruits they always coming' But you can’t go around just knockin’ them down... read full story

Posted by Linkee Arora on Dec 27, 2016 | permalink

  Four Poems, When I Was Moved by Love

OM I was introduced to ServiceSpace last year, while I was preparing for my TedX speech. It was my dream to be a Ted speaker, and TedX was good enough to excite me if not the Ted. So I started looking for the best Ted talks to pickup some tips that I could use in my speech as well.  That is when I heard Nipun Bhai's Ted talk. And soon I was fortunate enough to listen to him in person at IIS 2015, where my mentor Ferose had invited him as a speaker.  I was blown away by his th... read full story

Posted by Ashwin Karthik on Dec 12, 2016 | permalink

  "We Redefined Disablity"

Inclusion Retreat was one of its first kind organized by Service space in Ahmedabad. It was a chilled morning when I landed at Ahmedabad Airport where my friend and volunteer of Service Space Madhur was waiting along with Devasish Bhai. The journey of hugs and act of kindness began from here. We entered ESI, in Sugadh and I was moved by its scenic beauty. At breakfast table I met Nipun-bhai and all other guests and volunteers. Here I met Varsha who is an aspiring scientist. We became fr... read full story

Posted by Priyanka on Dec 8, 2016 | permalink

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