I feel like talking to you!

I mean, I used to think that the entire humanity will fall into the abyss and perish! But this thought doesn’t frighten me anymore. I have decided to live life the way a human being ought to live and leave the rest to nature! Or to God, if you believe in him!

I have become a part of Gram Seva Sangh (GSS), an organization in service of the village. Since we are locked out and since don’t have much to do, we are running a positive campaign, #KaronaKuch, meaning Do Something! We have a dream! We want to achieve what we call a Sacred Economy. It simply means Gandhian Economy Plus. Gandhian Economy is based on complete hand-making. We have given 40 % concession to automation and renamed it Sacred Economy. This is in-fact a concession we made to our Bad Habits, which we believe are acquired, hence not a sin!

A Tribal worshiping Nature; Photo by Arjun Swaminathan (Check Native Picture for More Stories)

Forty percent automation, in any case, brings most of the service sector and most of the MSME into the gamut, where almost all the city workforce works! City labor is also sacred after all! GSS is an organization for the young! Some of us oldies, like me, call ourselves mentors, just to give a little respectability to ourselves! Most mentors, however, are people who have worked in one or the other sector of, what Gandhiji called, Constructive Work. One of the mentors for example, has built a women’s handloom collective called Charakha and also a handloom marketing trust called Desi. Charakha is the largest producer of naturally dyed handloom fabric in the country, while Desi runs lovely little shops for the sale of the handmade allover Karnataka.

A Weaver on loom, weaving at Charaka Womens Co-op Society, Bhimanakonne, Karnataka

We have decided never to contest elections, or to take positions of power through GSS. Hopefully this is our credibility! Let me put it this way; we want to be spiritual through social work! Even God should work and be socially driven, we believe! Morality and ethics are all based in hard work, we believe! The more natural such work is, it is better we believe! The fruits of such work, if it is Handmade, it is even better we believe!

Then comes awareness! We believe that awareness is God! But awareness comes, not through rituals and mantras, but through participation in social work. Unfortunately religion, though great, has got itself killed through rituals and mantras. There is a need to revive religion through action!

Naturally Living Rural Man; Photo by Arjun Swaminathan (Check Native Picture for More Stories)

We won’t ask you to shave your head! Nor to wear a robe of a particular hue! Nor to desist life! We will only ask you to live your life with awareness while you leave the others to enjoy theirs! Sister, brother, come and Join us!

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