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  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

  Conversations with Arundada (March 30, 2017)

This afternoon I had lunch at Arundada’s place. Post lunch, after I finished washing the dishes, Arundada asked me if need a napkin to wipe my hands. I replied with a smile (wiping my hands on the skirt that I was wearing) it’s ok, I’m wearing a napkin. This reminded Arundada of a few incidents. These are simple stories with deep message hence I felt like sharing with you all. Story #1 Once Arundada was at an ashram in Budhol, Karnataka, India. The Swamiji at the ashram a... read full story

Posted by Bhumika Patel on Apr 4, 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

  ''Paak Kala" - The art of cooking with Love

Vinobaji used to say "Cooking is a beautiful art as it not only nurtures the body and mind, but also stimulates all our 5 sensory organs.” It was a joy to receive 20 such artistic volunteers for the first ever retreat designed especially for volunteers at the Seva Cafe. Seva Cafe is volunteer driven restaurant on C G Road, commercial hub of Ahmedabad 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 so... read full story

Posted by Bhumika Patel on Apr 16, 2016 | permalink

  Isolation Versus Community

In the third week of the internship we met for reflections. Spontaneously some of the interns suggested it would be great for all of us to travel together out of Vadodara and get engaged with some local community. It was amazing to see the interns were not passive recipients but active designers of the internship programme. After some research and phone calls it was decided that we could go to Kedi which is a residential school for girls of remote tribal villages in and around Dharampur. We s... read full story

Posted by Bhumika Patel on Jun 26, 2015 | permalink