Newsletter-cum-magazine of Oasis Movement YEAR 1 I ISSUE 5 I Feb 3, 2008

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.

"Well," he said, "when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it's enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free."

I was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn't, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through

life hanging onto abelief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once or many times before?”

Really, let us examine ourselves and make a list of what we believe we can not do. Or find out where we are

stuck in life and follow the thread to that belief of what we cannot do. “I won’t be able to deal with him/her.” “I cannot take up that challenge.” “I won’t be able to complete such a huge task.” “I cannot dream so big.” “I cannot…”

And then results are- we are stuck in some relationship. Or we keep doing routine things devoid

of all adventure and excitement. Or we give up too many things without completing any one till its logical end. Or we live a mediocre, lack-luster life. All these are because of a belief, a conditioning.

How many billions of people ruin their potentials of life because of their own beliefs! And how many of them realize that the secret lies within them only? I wonder why there are no “Belief Clinics” in our society! Why people are not educated about this essential aspect of life? Imagine how much more peace, happiness and prosperity can be created if people are helped on this front. When I try to understand how much progress we still need to make, a thought suddenly strikes my mind that centuries later, people would think of our times as primitive and ignorant, as we think of 19th century today. Living in 21st century, then, is an illusion, unless we learn to break chains.


Sanjiv Shah


Sowing that which I want to reap later...

All who have visited Oasis Valleys know Mehul Panchal. A seeming calm looking guy has gone through an ocean of emotions and has crossed mountains of struggles within his heart, unknown even to his near and dear ones. He is a walking demonstration of how one can sculpt one’s life given some encouragement and support system.

Mehul is an Electronics Engineer by qualification. He joined Oasis when he was yet doing his graduation. Attracted by the environment of friendship, he soon got involved in various activities and projects undertaken by Oasis. Regular self development sessions, camps, outings, social events etc brought out his self-confidence and creative side. By that time



he completed his graduation, started his career and later on leaving job, and got into the processes of becoming social welfare entrepreneur at Oasis. He slowly started recognizing his love for nature and environment, which led him to the state of farmers and agriculture in our country. When Oasis thought of creating a model institute for nation-building, he chose to take up the project of organic farming.

What can be the stigma of being a farmer after having high educational qualifications, having opportunities of fat-cheque jobs or to go abroad, contemporary friends doing all these things? Against these emotional struggles, he was not in a position to prove himself quickly as organic farming, as the name  suggest, is organic by nature and requires patience and values intact.

Years went by without any solace of “success”. Then he was facing an immense struggle between an urban upbringing and a need to give up that for being a successful farmer. In several low moments, he felt trapped in a strange situation- he

wanted to give up and he didn’t want to give up. The death of his father when he was about to get control of life again pulled him down. Income aside, he had to invest from personal inheritance to pay off some loans. All these were immensely painful issues for him.

Mehul says, “The support of friends, all doing this unique struggle of finding their own mission, helped me. Many times I was tired, felt lonely and almost on the verge of

giving up. But I am glad I survived. Today I have brought my farming at a level of break-even and am now confident to create prosperity in the long term. I may have paid some heavy price as an individual initially, but I am glad that I am in a position to guide thousands of farmers in my lifetime now. I have no regrets about quitting traditional career and choosing an unconventional lifestyle, as I am happily looking forward to be a part of big solution for my country as well as planet.”

Mehul has started educating farmers in neighborhood as he has a demonstration farm ready now.  He is planning lot of events to now sensitize the future generations in coming years and decades. Write to him at if you want to share your feelings about what he has done in his life or if you want to be partner in his mission.

What Then Must We Do?- A sleep-disturbing book

This condensation of Leo Tolstoy's great book is offered to the new generation of young readers who may not have the time or patience to go through the original volume of over 300 pages. Some chapters have been abridged, while some have been entirely deleted.

'What Then Must We Do?’ was translated into Gujarati language in 1928. Perhaps it would be convenient to publish translations into other India languages based upon the condensation that is offered here.

Mahendra Meghani

“Not only the followers of Gandhi, but all those who nurture the desire of joy & happiness for humanity at large, should read this sacred text again & again.”

Manubhai Pancholi

An Oasis Publication

Written by Leo Tolstoy

Abridged by Mahendra Meghani

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“This is a very dangerous book. It awakens us, causes uneasiness, enlightens our religion.
Reading this book is like adding a sour pebble of repentance into the milk of luxury and comfort. This pain can be lessened only if we change our lives. This book is not an easy reading – but enough to keep a cultured man absorbed till the last page.

Kaka Kalelkar

“All the disharmony and imbalances existing in the world today is because we have forgotten the natural law – the law of bread labour. Simply enough, Bread Labour means – he who does no labour, is not entitled to eat. Tolstoy’s language has a miraculous effect because he practiced what he preached.”

Mahatma Gandhi


What did you like and dislike your parents doing to you in your childhood? Why? What you are doing to your children learning from that, knowingly or unknowingly? Do you think you’ve learnt the right lessons and are doing the right things?

You’ve got to live like you don’t need money. You’ve got to love like you’ll never get hurt. You’ve got to dance like there is nobody watching. Give it from your heart if you want it to work. (Do I work all the time for money? Do I do things so as never to get hurt? Am I myself all the time? Do I pour my heart out in whatever I do?)

We are at the point of time when the cold starts decreasing. However, this year we are seeing records in cold and New Delhi is likely to see temperatures of 0 degree Celsius when this issue is being mailed to you. It’s common to have health problems like cold, cough, fever and other such disorders when the season turns. Adupak, made of ginger, jaggery and ghee, is good medicine and tonic in this season. It helps to cleanse body of Kapha accumulated in winter as also serves as tonic for maintaining general health. You can take one teaspoonful of this Adupak 2 to 3 times a day. For more info on home cures, refer Oasis Publication “Dadimaa MBBS!”

Recipe of Adupak is given at the foot of the page.

Do you feel that your spouse is responsible for having disturbances or unhappiness in life? Then remember that your life is not controlled by your spouse doing or not doing something- it’s only controlled by your own state of mind.


What is a Prayer? Some people believe that when a man does prayer, his circumstances change for better. In reality, when a man does prayer, he changes himself for better, and then, rising from prayer, he changes the circumstances.

Recipe of Adupak - Heat 1 kg ginger shredded with 150 gm ghee till all water evaporates and it turns badami colour. Add 1 kg jaggery and allow it to melt nicely into the mix. Don't heat it too much, otherwise it becomes sticky. So at just right time add ganthoda, elchi, jayfal, pepper of your choice. Mix well and let it get cool..
  Editor's Note

  Internet has shortened the distance and put together the best master pieces at one click. Oasis website aspires to be one of those master pieces. Right now a team headed by Umesh Patel is revamping the Oasis Website. If you have any suggestions /feedbacks for it, click fast, it would be just on time and very valuable for us.

With this issue we are starting once most popular column 'That's Oasis.' Responses from readers for this as well as overall ALIVE are eagerly awaited.

- Team Alive

  Team Alive

  Sanjiv Shah

  Alkesh Raval

  Jolly Madhra

  Umesh Patel

  Kshama Kataria


  Oasis News In Nutshell

  As a part of MHS Workshop Series, the first workshop was held on 22-23 January, 2008 for GMDC, Ahmedabad. The workshop was facilitated by Sheeba Nair having 20 employees of GMDC. Here are the some eye catching feedbacks of participants:

"It is tremendous experience to be part of this workshop. Sharing best moment was a great thing to bring participants closer irrespective of their rank, position and age.
Way of teaching will really be remembered for years."

Rajat Das

"It The workshop has enabled us to put into implementation what we have known already. So many new things we learnt to change mindset and attitudes."

Navin Verma

 Oasis Regular courses of L3 i.e. the workshop series on Living, Loving and Learning has began for this year.


  Oasis has organised an exhibition of Oasis Publications at Atmiya Institute of Technology & Science at Rajkot during 16th-17th January wherein more than 200 students visited the exhibition.


Forthcoming Programs

  L3 Workshops i.e. the Living, Loving and Learning workshop series at USA this month as follows:

At Washington DC-

Feb 13, 16, 17: for L3 group

Feb 14, 15: for Vesta Co. staff

At Los Angeles-

Feb 22-24: for L3 group

Feb 25: for Highglow staff

  Self Development Workshop for Oasis ASHA Bangalore team mates on 5-6 February.

  As a part of ongoing village development project, a workshop is scheduled for the core team members of Karanj and Limodra villages on 16-17 February at Vadodara.

 Oasis Publication on fast track-

31st January to 5th February: Book exhibition at Rajkot trade fair.

3rd to 10th February: At ‘Vidya 2008’ book fair organized by Surat Municipal Corporation.

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 Publication Basket

"Mahan Hrudayona SaReGaMaPaDhaNi"

Written by : Sanjiv Shah

Pages: approx. 317

Rs. 300.00

One of the most scientific book on Character building available in Gujarati. So far thousands of copies sold and the workshops based on the contents of this book have inspired hundreds to discover the power of self leadership.

"The Gift of Leadership"

Written by : Sanjiv Shah

Pages: 80

Rs. 45.00

A journey of seeking the truth about Leadership, Leadership traits, abilities, ethics, roles and responsibilities.

Contact :

Pallavi Raulji

Publication Co-ordinator, Oasis Publications
Mob. No. 99243 43088

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Vadodara, Gujarat
Ph. No. 0091 - 265 - 2351862

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