"Just as a scientist will work wonders out of various applications of the laws of nature, a man who applies the laws of love with scientific precision can work greater wonders. Nonviolence is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than forces of nature like, for instance, electricity. The law of love is a far greater science than any modern science." --Gandhi
In a volatile world, what organizing principles allow distinct parts of a living system to come together in a synergistic way? How can we ignite a deeper connection to ourselves, to each other and systemically to an emergence of a greater whole?
Seventy years ago, in his epochal Kingsley hall address Gandhi remarked, “Underlying all change is a living power that is changeless, that holds all together. That creates, dissolves, and recreates. That is life, truth and light. That is Love.”
Vinoba Bhave, Gandhi's successor in India, offered a concrete metaphor of "Panchshakti" -- five fingers of a hand that can collectively unlock this potential: community, education, business, nonprofit and leadership. Vinoba associated the thumb, as the strongest of the fingers, to community, while the smallest finger was associated with leadership. When these five forces work in concert, like “stars on a dark night connected invisibly in the vast and infinite cosmos”, the palm of society is primed to awaken the "Law of Love".
In today's context, catalyzing this greater whole opens up a series of nuanced questions:
In remembering Gandhian values this year, we are holding a series of conversations around these questions. Moreover, in the spirit of collective intelligence, we invite you to join a "Gandhi Pod" to build on the dialogue in a peer-learning context.
A leading investment banker, investor, venture capitalist and Capital Markets expert of the country. He is the co-founder and Chairman of ENAM group. He is a co-founder of Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation and FLAME University, Trustee of the Bombay Stock Exchange and serves on various Committees of the Stock Exchange, SEBI and other bodies.
A scientist, civil servant, performing vocalist, administrator, thinker, and changemaker. Formerly principal secretary of Gujarat's education department and health department during Covid. Now, Chief Administrator at Auroville.
A healthcare revolutionary who has reduced infant mortality rates in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the world. For her life-long work, she's received the Maharastra Bhushan Award, Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University, and WHO and UNICEF have endorsed their approach globally. More »
A Noble Peace Laureate for his work with Ban Ladmines, working closely with the late Princess Diana and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan. A Professor at the University of Virginia and President of JW Impact Strategies, LLC, he is known for co-leading high-impact campaigns, has a strong affinity for Gandhi, and is working on a book around religious genocide. More »
A best-selling author of profound books that not only sold millions of copies globally, but shifted the global dialogue around science and spirituality. Oprah Winfery credits her in life's work to Gary's book, Seat of the Soul, and had him on his show for an unprecedented 36 times. His recent stay at the Gandhi Ashram was very formative, where he says he found the closing chapters of his latest book Universal Human.
Awakin Talks is a series of webinars to explore a wide array of compassionate responses to our world today. It is organized around two core ideas. First, intrinsically motivated service creates a deeper social change than pursuing external impact alone. Second, social transformation starts with what we presence in our stories and conversations. We hope to shine the spotlight on pioneering ideas and transformative changemakers.
History: for a couple of decades, people have opened up their living rooms to host "Awakin Circles" around the globe. That eventually led to a virtual global series of sacred conversations called Awakin Calls that has lifted the inner and outer journeys of more than 500 remarkable changemakers around the world. In India, in-person gatherings with guest speakers called "Awakin Talks" spontaneously emerged. As the pandemic hit, Awakin Talks transformed into a virtual series, akin to Awakin Calls, with a focus on the Southeast Asian geography. In Oct 2021, Awakin Talks is experimenting with this 'Law of Love' series.
All these projects are a part of a global ecosystem of volunteer-run projects -- ServiceSpace. Started in the Silicon Valley in 1999, ServiceSpace pioneers organic and emergent solutions at the intersection of technology, volunteerism, and gift-economy to support distributed designs, the awakening of spirit and collective intelligence. To get a flavor of its out-of-the-box organizing principles, watch these talks on Designing for Generosity and Gandhi 3.0. You can also read more in Gandhi and ServiceSpace.
"We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme." --Gandhi