Spirit of Gandhi

Celebration of 144th birth anniversary in Tupelo!

We have about couple of dozen photographs of Gandhi and a few of his quotes that gives spiritual insight into the legend that is a living inspiration to us all.

Gandhi himself said, “What a great thing it would be if we in our busy lives could restore into ourselves each day for at least a couple of hours and prepare our minds to listen to the voice of the great silence. The divine radio is always singing if we could only make ourselves ready to listen to it, but it is impossible to listen without silence.”

We have a small corner where we helped people who were interested to feel this inner silence. We had several people from different walks of life who came over to the exhibition. A few just sat and watched the Gandhi movie for a while. The most popular part of the exhibition for the kids was the depiction of the salt march near the seashore at Dandi.

Please join us between 10 and 4 at Lee County Library to celebrate a legend tomorrow again!

Every age has its greatest discovery. The greatest of all is inside of us.

Every age has its greatest discovery. The greatest of all is inside of us. ~ Edward Saugstad

This is an inspiring story that demonstrates the power of knowing our self through daily meditation. The best part of it is that this story is one of many thousands. So, rest assured that this beautiful world of God is not going the get destroyed. It’s a beautiful world! All we need to do is look into us and expand our heart and fill it with love. Love can overcome all that’s destructive in this world.

Here’s the audio for the interview.

Poem for Shri Mataji

I was a little girl and one day, I wrote a poem and hid it behind Shri Mataji’s photograph. I was very careful and particular that my mother doesn’t find out as I didn’t want anyone to know about this poem. The next day I destroyed it.

After few months, Shri Mataji was coming to Calcutta and we had gone to the airport to welcome Her. We got the opportunity to offer flowers and do pranams individually to Her. When it was my turn, I offered flowers and bowed down. Shri Mataji said to me that She read the poem that I wrote and loved it. My mouth was open and all I could do was pranams.

Time to take action and replenish the energy within

We’re in a New Energy Crisis. This One is Personal. – Tony Schwartz – Harvard Business Review – This article makes complete sense to me.

I am a stay-at-home mom with two kids. I should have plenty of energy because I am lucky that I don’t have to work. But the above article resonates with me too! While taking care of my toddlers, doing never-ending laundry, cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping I do feel a point where I just feel drained out almost every day. If I am drained out, the entire family, especially kids, catches to it and all of us start having a bad day. So, I do feel the urgent need to refuel.

The only thing that works best for me and has the long-lasting result is meditation. Also, I do need 8-hour sleep in the night. If my kids are in no mood to grant me the time to meditate, I resort to having caffeine and/or sugar. I feel better but the difference is that in about an hour or so I am back to feeling drained out and so the effect is not long-lasting. Or else, I had so much caffeine that I can’t sleep now at bedtime. Then I am tired when I get up in the morning because my 1 year old son wakes up at 6 like an alarm clock.

If weather permits, going for walk with kids helps too provided my 4 year old chatter-box will be quiet for just teeny-weeny 5 minutes. He says to me, “Mama, it’s too hard for me. I am just a kid.”

So, the best days for my entire family are when I get up at 5am in the morning and meditate before my little heroes wake up!

How Shri Mataji instilled confidence in me

In 1990s when Shri Mataji was visiting Calcutta, I was in Shri Mataji’s room. I cannot recall why I was in Shri Mataji’s room. Shri Mataji asked me to choose between two petticoats to match it with her sari in the light. I was so scared to touch Shri Mataji’s saris. I did a pranam to the sari in my heart. I believed I wouldn’t do it right as the shades of petticoats were too close. If Shri Mataji had trouble how can I do it? Just then one of the aunties entered the room and I thought I am saved. I asked auntie’s help but Shri Mataji said no and I should do it. I did as told to my best ability. Shri Mataji didn’t say anything, accepted it and wore it as chosen. I learnt my lesson: have confidence and take on the responsibility.