Noble Maitri is our heart’s deepest yearning met by wholesome companions. Life’s beautiful gift on the path of inner transformation and cultivation.
This month started with joy of receiving KALYAN MITRAS and their loving presence and love nourishes the soul and finds a sacred home through the Christmas spirit.
Lok Mitra’s Corner :
- Zankhana ben
Zankhana ben, being intrinsically connected to the charkha, makes the learning of charkha a totally different experience. She is one of our Lok Mitra’s who makes understanding charkha a wonderful and conscious experience for her participants. The way she is spreading the love and light through this simple act of teaching is impossible to be expressed in words.she started charkha with different students and kids in schools, constantly planting seeds of non-violence
- Robin bhai
Robin bhai is a regular volunteer at Seva café continuously adding to the compassion and devotion to the atmosphere there. His conscious insistence is on not wasting the food and treating every meal as a prasad. He set a great example by consuming with love the left-over food at an event at Pavnar brought a sudden shift in people’s behavior over there.
- Jayshree ben
Jayshree ben is one of the lok Mitra’s who hosts art exhibitions and imparts essential values of acting with a harmony of head, heart, and body amongst the kids. this month she deeply touched by the joy of children and small gesture
- Bhaskar Bhai
Bhaskar Bhai is acting on making co-existence a live example.in the coming days of Uttarayan, it becomes impossible for a lot of birds to travel freely. Some get injured and some even get killed. Bhaskar Bhai tries his best to save the maximum birds he can from losing their lives and helps in balancing our eco-system and makes us feel like we are co-existing
- Vietnamese social entrepreneur to soul entrepreneur retreat :
A group of 25 people from Vietnam came to Ashram space and had a wonderful experience of different forms of service.few of them were deeply connected to the spirit of service space and were keen to take the idea of service and gift culture back to their native place and implement it.They were deeply touched by a talk on service, gift culture, sharing & compassion amongst humanity during their stay here. A group of 25 people from Vietnam came to Ashram space and had a wonderful experience of different forms of service.few of them were deeply connected to the spirit of service space and were keen to take the idea of service and gift culture back to their native place and implement it.They were deeply touched by a talk on service, gift culture, sharing & compassion amongst humanity during their stay here.
One of the Nun, who was also a part of the Vietnamese group, was deeply touched to see the devotion and varieties in which service can be a part of our life. She made sure to implement as many forms of services as possible in her life every moment thereafter.
Gramyamanthan is an idea wherein the youth are taken on a wonderful journey for village emersions to see the current real-life situation that is going on and to work on the grass-root level. A group of such youth from 17 states visited various villages around Kutch and then stayed at ESI Sughad for a few days. Their stay at ESI Sughad started with a Trust Fall to test the extent of faith we have in our surroundings. This activity played a great role in transforming their fear into faith. They also gained a deeper understanding of service, love & compassion. They experienced the depth & importance of sacred intentions over the greed, consumerism, and hoarding that are currently going on in the world. Inspired by the space and being a part of the service, a volunteer started a community fridge and another one began a community library.
Indian school of Democracy
Indian School of Democracy (ISD) envisions nurturing leaders who will be the epitome of principled leadership and serve India with the goal to reach the unreached. In phase I, ISD will nurture young people for political and governance space, and create pathways for them to serve after the program do this through a year-long residential program, which will be a blend of hard skills, immersion, and engagements to understand India in a deeper manner. December they visited Gandhi ashram and ecosystem with their 20-25 fellows, withholding the spirit redefining Public Leadership can never be removed from the teachings of Gandhi. Thereby, Democracy Express concluded it’s a journey at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. The day was devoted to self-reflection on whether we are prepared to dedicate ourselves to public service.
- The ripple story is another example of cross-pollination – last year, two gentlemen came for a Gramya Manthan retreat to the Gandhi Ashram. After being deeply inspired by the values that they learned during the retreat, they created a small organization with the support of their remote and vulnerable community in Kerala. They started experiments with community fridge and community libraries, which were both deeply rooted in gift culture. One of the collectors of the government later asked how they could support the community, and the latter simply answered: “We have more faith in humanity.”
Moving from giving to conscious service: last month, a gentleman came to Seva Café, which serves 50 meals a day, and told one of the Lokmitra that, back home, he could feed 2,000 people per day. Then, one of the Lokmitra showed the gentleman that Seva Café does not produce even one bin of waste, unlike the gentleman’s charity place, which wastes six containers every day, because people are very conscious of the way they interact with Seva Café – with a lot of consciousness. Impressed, the gentleman decided to make envelopes available back at his charity place in order for people to gain consciousness of the potential for reciprocity that is available when they come to eat there. This way, people can consciously support the place financially if they wish to, or express gratitude, or pray – whatever brings consciousness to their experience at the gentleman’s eating place.