Was at Hubli this weekend. I always feel more comfortable staying in an ashram than a hotel. I stayed at the Siddharoodha Mutta in Hubli. The Mutt is a “hangout” space in the evenings where the young and old alike are seen in a joyous mood, chit chatting, running around or meditating.
. The evening aarthi, bhajans and araadhana left me in tears. We talk of businesses, investments and growth but here is a man who feeds thousands of people daily absolutely free of cost. Sadhguru Siddhaaroodha was a great Advaita Vedantin and a Yogi who travelled the length and breadth of India before settling in Hubli.
In between workshops and sessions that I handle , it was nice to be a participant and listener for a change. It was an insightful weekend at the Development Dialogue 2016 organized by Deshpande Foundation in Hubli. The event was packed with inspiring talks and panel discussions for 1.5 days that showcased the immense work done by social organizations. The organizers were thoughtful enough to provide lot of scope for one-one interactions. Development Dialogue was a confluence of Non-Profit and For-Profit organizations working towards a social cause. It was heartening to see the participation of government officers who are key stakeholders in ensuring the success of social initiatives. This is the second time I am hearing Prof. Yunus live and every time he has left a lasting impression. A man of action, Prof. Yunus said ‘I didn’t come with a big idea. I just responded to the situation. And step by step it developed’. Mega initiatives like Akshaya Patra (that provides mid-day meals to more than 1.4 million children, showcased in the panel talks) are testimonials to how simple yet consistent work with integrity can help organizations achieve great scales. Scalability with speed was something that almost all speakers emphasized at the event. Dr. Deshpande and his team have created an ecosystem to nurture social action and the fruit is visible to through wonderfully trained young boys and girls who were running around organizing the whole event.
Got a chance to visit the beautiful 900 year old Chandramouleswara Temple in Hubli before the event. It is a small temple located close to the Unkal Lake. The whole temple is constructed with interlocking pieces of architecture. It is a small temple but a private “darshan” of Lord Chandramouleswara and a quiet meditation was a good start to the exciting weekend.