Celebrating International Volunteers' Day……..
We are so much influenced by the commercial world all around us that we have forgotten the importance of voluntarism. Unfortunately, the very term “voluntarism” has contradictory meanings to different persons. For one section, it means a past-time activity; for others it's synonym of life.
Let us understand the reality and beauty of voluntarism through some examples-
1. Our country became free because of voluntary efforts by millions. No other means could have bought it.
The Law of Ripple Effect about Leadership...
Last month, Oasis added yet another workshop series on Leadership and Management into its armory for propagating its movement for character-building. This workshop series is aimed to guide those who could not acquire systematic training in these areas, yet by virtue of their talent (or otherwise!), they are required to exercise their roles as leaders or managers.
Chains of Belief: What I can not do...
I recently came across a narration (author unknown) as follows- ”As I was passing the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. I saw a trainer near by and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
A letter from women of this world to educated men…
My fellow educated human-beings,
Yes. Our condition is much better today. We go to schools. We go to jobs. Not only that, we are providing leadership in all the fields and walks of life. Yes, the womanhood is celebrated today, as it never has been. But yet, the battle is far from over. For all those who are educated, who feel that all these women empowerment cries are bogus or distorted, we have some questions-
The discrimination starts much before when the doctor says,” It’s a girl.” Do people kill girl-foetus even today or not? And who is party to this unimaginable crime? Aren’t they all doctors and paramedical, educated professionals?
Forgiveness For World Peace
Being bitter is a sign of emotional failure; for being authentically successful, we need to learn to forgive.
In March this year, Priyanka Vadra, daughter of the youngest Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, stunned the entire nation by the news of her private visit to the special women cell at Vellore Jail to meet Nalini Sridharan. Nalini is undergoing a life-term as one of the involved in the assassination of Priyanka’s father on May 21, 1991. In the words of this brave daughter, “it was my way of coming to peace with the violence & loss that I have experienced….”
Light The Lamp Within, Teacher
Excerpt from the convocation address at the International Academy for Creative Teaching, Bangalore. by Subroto Bagchi
The people who write my textbooks and the ones who prescribe the syllabi will not tell you how important inclusion is for me to do well in life. Without the sense of inclusion, I will not know that boundaries are meant to be pushed - not to be lived in.
Take for example the fact that I clean my house but empty my garbage on the road. That is because the road is not "included" in what I deem to be my own.
A Miracle Worker
From Darkness to Light....
Helen Keller (with her prized doll in her lap) with her Miracle Teacher - Ann Sullivan. Doll was the first word that Ms Sullivan taught Helen.
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, activist and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to graduate from college.
The story of how Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic set up of 'The Miracle Worker'.
The Healthiness of Depression
It may seem absurd, but if we try to understand depression in-depth, we will find that Depression actually is a healthy phenomenon.
For any growth to occur, a proportionate amount of our “old self” must be given up. It is inevitable part of development. This process of giving up, to attain something which is higher/better than before is very painful, which causes depression.
In other words, depression is the feeling associated with giving up something loved- or at least something that is a part of ourselves and familiar. Since mentally healthy human beings must grow, and since giving up or loss of the old self is an integral part of the process of mental and spiritual growth, depression is normal and basically healthy phenomenon. It becomes abnormal or unhealthy only when something interferes with the giving-up process, with the result that the depression is prolonged and cannot be resolved by completion of the process.