Monday, 6 April 2015

Exploring Life Purpose..

Debut in Bangalore... On Pay It Forward principle

It was a long standing desire to initiate a program at The School of Ancient Wisdom, Bangalore, a training/learning program on the principles of Pay It Forward , i.e. we offer the program to the invitees free of cost (the cost of the first program should be borne by the venue management and the program promoters), and at the end of the day, the participants will have an option to contribute towards the next batch of invitees who will attend the program, again, free of cost.


It was a long standing desire to initiate a program at The School of Ancient Wisdom, Bangalore, a training/learning program on the principles of Pay It Forward , i.e. we offer the program to the invitees free of cost (the cost of the first program should be borne by the venue management and the program promoters), and at the end of the day, the participants will have an option to contribute towards the next batch of invitees who will attend the program, again, free of cost.

In turn the second batch will also have an opportunity to pay it forward for the third batch. The series should continue as long as the participants will keep showing generosity and keep gifting the program forward to their known or unknown beneficiaries.

The fateful day came on 5th April, 2015. A day long program on the  subject 'Life Purpose; a self exploration'   was offered  by the group comprising of Prof R Rajagopalan, Dr Prabhu, Ajay Patel, Ameeta Patel, K N Malathi and Dilip patel to a diverse group of 30 participants.

On various counts we term the program as successful.

Firstly, we had announced in the brochure a cap on the number of participants to 20. But we had an overwhelming response with almost 40 registrations! Mr Ram Menon and Ravi of the School of Ancient Wisdom instantly agreed for the higher number of 30 in place of 20!

2. Since there was absolutely no commitment on the part of the registrants, we had an apprehension of drop outs without any intimation. However, some participants wrote to us giving their genuine reasons of opting out, and to be counted in for the next edition, and we could replace them with the waiting list!

3. On the morning of the program all the 30 registrants showed up, in time. We also accommodated a couple of additional instant registrations!

4.We were also mentally prepared for some of the participants to leave the program mid way through if it did not resonate with their expectations. Only one participant left halfway through. Her needs were in the field of deeper levels of spirituality. She was absolutely graceful and respectful in conveying her mind and asking for the permission to leave early.

5. The rest of the participants stayed on till the end of the program and participated fully.

6. And the proof of the pudding was on the response of the participants on the pay it forward concept. Nipun Mehta's Ted talk video on 'Designing for Generosity' was received very well, and almost every one of the participants made monetary contribution through blind envelopes for the next batch of participants on 19th April 2015.

7. Very thoughtfully they also decided to leave behind the unused blank sheets, pens and the files which can be used for the next batch.

The sum total is that our trust in the 'GIFT ECONOMY ( Pay It Forward concept) is not belied. We will move into the second batch, and with improved version of our processes and presentations.

Here are some pictures and a short video to give you some glimpses of the debut program, followed by some of the meaningful feedback from the participants.












And here is a small video on the One Minute International game:




Feed back from some of the participants:

Program Feedback, Selected comments:

  • I realize the need to go beyond what I am doing, I want to enjoy the power of instinctive acts of kindness, the joy of sharing more…. There is now a desire to go beyond my normal self.
  • Your program was successful in bringing down the guards, trusting, loving people, courage to be vulnerable – only then one can travel the road less traveled! 
  • The experience that has been shared from everyone’s personal life was so impressive… I took time to analyze myself. Thank you. 
  • It reconfirmed my faith in humanity. 
  • I feel I should reciprocate generosity all the way for the rest of my life. 
  • I met a lot of like-minded people – ‘my tribe’ – and that gives me the sense of belonging. 
  • I have found a direction to my thoughts that were scattered all over… I am going back with courage to move forward in my life to make my passion, dreams come true! 
  • … gave an insight into how little acts performed thus far would have impacted the people I served – some conscious acts and some unconscious… I feel humbled. 
  • … in your workshop you should focus more on perspectives and shift in perspectives at a deeper level rather than at the level of concepts and thoughts which is where the current content seems to lie. 
  • I feel fulfilled to have been part of this exercise with so many others. 
  • …would like to get a more structured view on how to analyze ‘now’ to the ‘end’. 
  • ... provided a good platform to me to explore what was hidden within all these years. 
  • Some of the most inspiring learnings being the difference between joy and pleasure and most importantly the distinction between ambition and a larger life purpose – ‘for one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world.’ 
  • Suggestion: Somewhere adapt Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory 
  • ‘Never stop trying at any age…’ – that sentence struck my mind. 
  • …there is still time to lead a different life and one should discover the larger purpose of life. 


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