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Living Service - globaloneness project

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[♪ Indian sitar music playing ♪] At the Gandhi Ashram, in the city of Ahmedabad, the work of the Mahatma continues through the efforts of Manav Sadhna, an NGO founded by Jayesh Patel, committed to working for the betterment of the poor and needy children, living in the slums just outside the Ashram, where 120,000 people make their homes. At the heart of Manav Sadhna is Jayeshbhai, as he is affectionately known. A man who's dedication of the Gandhian principles of truth, non-violence, uplifting the poor and oppressed, promoting health and sanitation, and educating the poor masses of India, has inspired thousands of volunteers around the world. [♪ Indian sitar music playing throughout ♪] "Be the change you wish to see in the world" When we met him, he emphasized that it is not enough to talk about the values of oneness and unity, without living the understanding through our actions. Love all, Serve all By providing nutritious meals, hygiene programs and skills-based educational opportunities, Manav Sadhna works to eliminate child labor, get kids into school, and empower women to be economically independent. Normally, Jayeshbhai refuses to let reporters or filmmakers interview him, but he let us wire him with a mic and follow him throughout the day, as long as the camera was focused on the people he met. As he led us through the slums, we gained a new understanding of what it means to want. We all are one. Through service we connect the people, through the various types of service. First focus is the needy, the poor. If you can serve the poor, then your compassion comes out. And when your compassion comes out, that compassion goes everywhere. Rich, poor, everywhere. So, slowly, slowly that experiment becomes an example for others. And others can get involved in that experiment. So, the main thing is to connect the people to people, connect the heart to heart. That is very important. That's Manav Sadhna philosophy. This is the project. All we are doing is the project, but underlying there is a process. We try to create a process in every human being. This work is just like a drop of the ocean. But a tear drop of compassion changes everything. Not ambition, mission is very important. Mission. I want to do it. That is my responsibility. I'm a human being and I want to do this. Love, work, according to your strength. Don't stretch. Never stretch. Simplicity means adjust everywhere. And don't think too much. Right now, I'm here, this is the best place for me. this is the best time for me, and these are the best people for me. That's living in the present. How are you? Make sure you take a good shower. Hey you, doll, did you take a shower? See, they are making a movie out of you. Make sure you take a good shower, okay? How are you ma'am? See the house, come inside. See the house, how they put their vessels, they made themselves. Very poor people, everyday earning and everyday eating. They don't know tomorrow's meal. If they work today, they earn and then they eat. Of this type, there are lots of people. Everywhere in the world. Did you take a shower? Up until we die, we are always learning, learning, learning. Life is a learning process. I learn from the children. They are very pure. If they are reading and I say: "Please, come here." Immediately he comes. If someone, an older person hears that, they think first, why is he calling me? So, very pure. Children are very pure. They don't know what is true; what is untrue. They always say the truth. What's the name of this doll? Lets show these folks. I asked... her name is cleanliness... Who is clean? He said, I am, then he said, No I am not. And everybody pointed out this. Let me see you hand. See? Whoever is clean, they get to wear the doll. Let me see your nails, let me see, let me see. Wow, everyone's nails are clean. That's great! Give me a high-five. If you use your hands to clean your hair, clean you ears, pick your nose, then where will all the dirt go? And then you'll complain, "Oh, my stomach hurts." See the cross. Children don't know religion. She is a Hindu, but wearing a cross. That's real spirituality. Not religiousness. Lets go. If we walk just like this, we'll require two days. It's a long, big slum. Religiousness is increasing, spirituality is decreasing. Spirituality means see the truth, love, compassion, goodness, kindness. That's spirituality, not Jesus, Buddha, Muhammed. Buddha means aware. So, that is the way of life. Here, let me tie this doll to you since I have it with me. You want me to tie this? Someone asked Gandhi: What is the biggest problem after independence? What is the most dangerous thing after independence? Gandhi said: Heartless intellectuals. So, people think with their minds, not connecting head, heart and hand in harmony. Harmony between head, heart and hand is very important. If you work, then you understand. You put your heart, devotion, dedication. And then you put your heart, you think properly. Come, you want to see the house of this old lady? Here, show them your house. This is the royal bathroom of this family. See, big bathroom. Come inside, see the house. Clothes, utensils, bed, blankets, and kitchen. She made this house herself. >>Yeah, I made this myself. >>Do you like living here? >>What can I do? Where else can I go? >>But it's a nice place you've got here. >>Oh yeah, of course, it's great. I live here. >>What is this? >>This is where this kid sleeps. >>The old man is sick. >>What happened? >>He's had a head injury and is in the hospital. >>Which hospital? >>The nearby one, right here. >>Well, then, if there are any problems, let me know. My friend Sunil can come and help you. The lemon shop. They earn from this. In the evening, they go to the main road, put up the stand and then open this window. and sell the lemon juice. If you are thinking, then desire comes and desire brings misery. Problem, problem, problem, but go and work. Work on the problem, see the opportunity, try to involve and doors open. [♪ Indian sitar music continues to play ♪] I always walk. When you walk, "W" means "witness the nature." You see and witness small, small things when you walk. When you go by car, you can't see the small, small things, from near, you can't observe. So, when you walk, you observe small, small things. So witness the nature. "A" means "accept circumstances." When someone is coming and they stop you and talk with you, accept that. "Accept Circumstances." When you witness nature and accept circumstances, then you "love your life." "L" means, "Love your life." And when you love your life, then "K" means "Know thyself." You know what you are; why you are here. So, walk means that. If you can use your heart, then you understand, because if you get involved with some people, don't see the problems, try to see the opportunity. If you see the problem, then your mind works. If you can see the opportunity, then your heart works. So see the opportunity; and then love multiples. And see the goodness in the people, go into their hearts, and relieve their weakness; try to relieve their weakness. It's a huge slum. 120,000 to 150,000. [♪ Indian sitar music continues to play ♪] Be like a ladder, not like a leader. If you become like a ladder, then everyone develops themselves. And try to love all, serve all. Human beings sometimes fall down; they should not feel guilty. Because afterwards, people's expectation is increasing. Oh, Jayeshbhai is doing good work, but sometimes Jayeshbhai is making mistakes and they see my mistakes so big. So live like the common people. Don't raise your life up. Otherwise people see small, small things; your mistakes, your anything, as big. And they value you very small. But if you live like the common people, then they understand. So they are making containers. From waste, they make a nice container for drain and then they sell it. So that is their employment; their special skill. So, we convert that into the garbage cans And we put into the house to drop their garbage. And we give employment; indirect employment, and employment created within, then it's sustained. Then it becomes a concept. And then we put into every house for the garbage. So, they make money, the waste goes for some nice use and people drop the garbage. So, this is the drinking water. See, they put that container. This is in the line. So we try to give basic amenities; water, toilet, drainage, but it is very difficult to provide that. Slowly, slowly, slowly... trying to convince government. We have a toilet donation program, latrine donation program, just like a blood donation program. We want to develop this area slowly, slowly. But first, we educate the people. [♪ Indian sitar music continues to play ♪] Come here. See the children. All the children are garbage collectors. Garbage is bread for them. This girl is sustaining the whole family. Her father and mother, both. Her mother has a severe back problem, and her father can't speak because of an infection, and can't walk properly and paralysis, so these girls Bharti and Jessy, sustain the whole family. They collect the garbage and then they segregate it, and here are 21 garbage collection centers. Collection centers, huge clusters. So they sell them, and every day they earn. She earns... How much do you make everyday? You collect worth how much? 50 rupees. We never give. This hand and this hand is not important; it is two hands This hand is very important. This is the ego; ambition. Dependency, misery. This is self-righteousness and equality. [♪ Indian sitar music continues to play ♪] Think globally but act locally. Think globally means you can be aware of the problems of the world Think globally but act locally; how can I help? Problem and opportunity, both. If action and work is common, then action is a common language to bring people together. Slowly, slowly. If you just talk, talk, talk, people won't come together. For two days, three days. Ideas there are lots of here. If all the ideas come together, tomorrow, all the problems are solved. Lots of ideas; good ideas. If all those ideas are implemented, tomorrow everybody lives a happy life. All the ideas are there, but no one is implementing those ideas. So, act locally means implement from where you are. Start to implement without other things. Start. That's, "think globally, but act locally."

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Duration: 16 minutes and 44 seconds
Country: India
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Posted by: 3azooz on Jan 28, 2011

"think globally, but act locally."

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