Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Simple Blessings of Christmas

Excerpt from The Simple Blessings of Christmas
by Mark Gilroy
Norman Vincent Peale, noted minister and author from the previous century, tells the story of a young girl from Sweden spending Christmas in big, bustling New York City. She was living with an American family and helping them around the house, and she didn't have much money. So she knew she couldn't get them a very nice Christmas present - besides, they already had so much, with new gifts arriving every day.

With just a little money in her pocket, she went out and bought an outfit for a small baby, and then she set out on a journey to find the poorest part of town and the poorest baby she could find. At first, she received only strange looks from passersby when she asked them for help. But then a kind stranger, a Salvation Army bell-ringer, guided her to a poor part of town and helped her deliver her gift. On Christmas morning, instead of giving them a wrapped present, she told the family she served what she had done in their name. Everyone was speechless, and everyone was blessed - the girl for giving, the wealthy family for seeing others with new eyes, and the poor family for receiving an unexpected gift.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Winter flowers at Gurjarvani

 Winter flowers are here with their beautiful vibrant coloures.   I have captured these before the monkeys eat them. These flowers are their favorite food. These  are on the tree next to Gurjarvani gate.



Monday, November 22, 2010

Joy in Life



The great Bible teacher William Barclay said: "A gloomy Christian is a contradiction of terms, and nothing in all religious history has done Christianity more harm than its connection with black clothes and long faces." When people who are without faith look at your face, what do they see? A twinkle in the eye and a smile teasing at the corners of your mouth? Or a dark, sullen anger or unhappiness? Maybe if we wanted to learn to share our faith with the world more effectively, we wouldn't attend another class on personal evangelism at church, but would spend time in front of the mirror practicing our smile!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Joseph Macwan - Activist and Writer - Anand, India


Joseph Macwan's Birth Anniversary will be celebrated at Gujarat Sahitya Parishad Hall, Ahmedabad, India, on 23rd Oct 2010 , 4 - 6 pm.
A video on Joseph Macwan will be screened on the occasion.
Devasia

Saturday, October 16, 2010

From Devasia M

Dear Friends,
Keeping two blogs, a website, a web-radio, a web-TV and a podcast is an easy job. Though I enjoy it. So most of the announcements and news will be on the official blog which is gurjarvani1.blogspot.com
Please visit this site for updates. Expect more on personal level here.
Devasia M

Friday, October 1, 2010

International Day of Nonviolence Oct.2, 2010

c/o Prashant Ahmedabad

International Day of Nonviolence Oct.2, 2010

Since 2005, OraWorldMandala – a world theatre for Ahimsa through Art - and Gujarat Vidyapith together with twelve different religious communities in and around the city of Ahmedabad have been making an experimental attempt for the creation of a model of education for Ahimsa through Art.
Mahatma Gandhi, of course, is our source of inspiration.
This urban social platform in Ahmedabad sent out inspirational waves far and wide and a group of people on the same wavelength in Mexico City were inspired to do a similar experiment in conflict resolution which they thought was their urgent social requirement. This Mexican group consists of people drawn from diverse backgrounds – farmers, workers, students, entire families etc.
We used to have programmes on Gandhi Jayanti – 2nd October - which is being observed as International Day of Nonviolence the world over.
This year we are planning to observe 2nd Oct., with simultaneous peace action between Ahmedabad and Mexico City. The programmes will be similar but not the same. The common denominator will be an artistic (re)presentation dedicated to Mother Earth.
The stage in Ahmedabad will be Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, haloed by the visible and invisible presence of the Mahatma, from where the peace process of Ahimsa through Art was launched in April, 2005.
The presentation will be as follows:
Students from over a dozen schools and colleges from the city and its suburbs will congregate around a Mandala which is conceived as a symbol of peace and harmony and perform a very special artistic presentation. This performance will be enveloped by an aura of music played by A-HOPE (Ahmedabad Harmonic Orchestra for Peace Everywhere) a musical activists’ group committed to Nonviolence and consisting of members from twelve different communities. The accompanying music will be a rare confluence of selected compositions from both Indian and Mexican musical traditions. Well-known Mexican composer Margarita Martinez Duarte and the famous Indian composer Ashwin Dalvi from Jaipur, will be leading the performance.
The honourable Ambassador of the Republic of Mexico to India Mr. Jaime Nualart has kindly consented to be the chief guest of the function.
Preceding this rare performance and in a sense to preface it, there will be a special concert in Sabarmati Jail. It may be relevant to recall here that for Gandhiji jail was also mandir and hence OraWorldMandala thought it proper to inaugurate the day’s programme in the Sabarmati Jail.

At Sabarmati Jail: 2.30PM
At Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram: 6PM

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

from Devasia M

Good communication 
 
THE TASK OF A TRUE COMMUNICATOR Is COMMUNION
 
THROUGH HEADS THERE IS COMMUNICATION,
      THROUGH HEARTS      THERE IS COMMUNION

Friday, September 10, 2010

A message from Gurjarvani Parivar

"What we have heard,seen and touched we proclaim to you ... so that your joy may be complete." [1jn1/1]

This is my favorite quote on communication.
Communication of what I have heard, seen and experienced in the depth of my being can lead others to enlightenment and lasting joy.
Communication can be spiritual, social,cultural ...
Devasia
10th Sept 2010

A Message from Gurjarvani Parivar.

"What we have heard,seen and touched we proclaim to you ... so that your joy may be complete." [1jn1/1]

This is my favorite quote on communication.
Communication of what I have heard, seen and experienced in the depth of my being can lead others to enlightenment and lasting joy.
Communication can be spiritual, social,cultural ...
Devasia
10th Sept 2010