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WMPP and EAGER TO B.

One of the reasons for forming this Eager to B. group is to meet, network, learn, ...Most people accuse one another of the fact that one does not have time...So I figured, why not meet at least once a month in a beautiful ambience surrounded by greenery at Shanti Van.

As a Chairperson of Women’s Movement for Peace and Prosperity (WMPP) and as an individual, I met a lot of wonderful intelligent ladies who I wanted to continue to connect with…So along with these enthusiastic ‘Eager to Bes’ we continue the task to empower women…

I was supported in my thought by our core group  Amla Ruia, Vimla Patil and Maya Shahani…Then we started to call the Eager Ones we knew…The rest is History unfolding….

 

Alone I can Say,
Together we can Shout.
Alone I can Smile
Together we can Laugh.
Alone I can Live
Together We can Celebrate.
It’s the Magic of Friends
          And
Magic of Success


 

MAIN OBJECTIVES OF EAGER TO B. GROUP

 This Group has been formed by Eager Women for Eager Women, to empower ourselves and others. The B. stands for a word of your choice. It could be Be, Bee, Beautiful, Benevolent, Beneficial…

We aspire to:

Network.

 Be better informed on subjects that we have not yet touched upon in as much detail as we may have desired.

 Become better citizens.

 Create an awareness of various issues (National and Global)

 If necessary to step in and create a voice or/and take the issues forward.

Create a database of individuals who could help us to deal with these issues.

Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5pm to 6.30pm . at Shanti Van, Off Napean Sea Rd.

 Program will consist of:

A sharing of a thought that has inspired one to change ones life for the better.

(Any one member)

 A panel discussion on an issue that has been slated, at least a month in advance.

A sharing of a joke/song/short dance

(Any one member)

Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5pm to 6.30pm . at Shanti Van, Off Napean Sea Rd.

 It goes without saying that these objectives are not ‘patthar ki lakeer’ but are subject to ‘better change’ as we go along…

Vimla Patil and Maya at an Eager to B. Meeting

Core Members (in alphabetical order)

Amla Ruia

Maya Shahani

Shakun Narain Kimatrai

Vimla Patil

Above: Manju Uttam at ShantiVan at an Eager to B. meeting.

See the peacock in the background eavesdropping :)

 Meetings to be held at: ShantiVan (Near Simla House, Godrej Baug, Hyderabad Estate Bldg lane, Opp Priyadarshini Park, Napean Sea Rd)

 Time: 5-6.30pm

  7th of May 2008 

The main topic of discussion was 'Revival of Ancient Paramparik Arts' led by Ms Maya Shahani

Suggested reading: www.paramparik-karigar.org 

 We discussed about the Karigars.

The Paithani sarees fetch Rs 3000 to Rs 1 lakh per saree in the market…yet karigars get very little…
 …the Karigars of Bastar survive on only rice gruel with an income of Rs. 15,000 per year. 

  11th of June 2008 

The main topic of discussion will be 'Making of a Will' led by Ms Amla Ruia

A Will: So easy to make, but so difficult/painful for the people who are left behind if you do not make one)

Amla Ruia and myself

  9th July 2008

The subject for the panel discussion was What you need to know about CREDIT CARDS led by Naina Mahtani

13th August
 Panel discussion subject on Hormones of aging conducted by Dr. Geeta Pandya.

 

10th of September

 Time: 5pm.to 6.30 pm.

A Spiritual explanation of Ganesh Chaturthi led by Shakun Kimatrai

 Ms Deepa Kodikal,author and an Enlightened lady in the literal sense of the word,  told us about how she was made to become fearless of 'ghost apparitions' as she was explained that ghosts have less power than humans...they may be able to bang doors and light candles...but they are actually waiting to move on...and prayers do help them to...

Marie Curie said: "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood".

 8th October 2008
 Aarti Hundalani told us about what made her re-think about her life, from a Spiritual perspective.

During the devastating floods in Bombay, her two daughters, despite being in the car with their mobiles, could not be reached...It was then that she felt helpless and realized that there are times when despite ones best efforts, one has to just 'surrender'

Needless to say the girls reached home safe and sound. 

 Vimla Patil enlightened us on Indian Festivals...Some have a Scientific reason, some an economic one, some are connected to the Harvest season... 

  Festivals depend upon:

 1)     Dates: The Birth of Lord Rama, Krishna…

2)     Geo-physical: The wind, Sun moves in a certain way…equinoxes…

 3 Mahanayaks:

 Sri Ram

Sri Krishna

Arjuna, because he receives the Geeta…

 Naag Panchami comes exactly 1 month before Ganesh Chaturthi…

The snake is the messenger bringing you the good tidings that Ganeshji arrives after  a month!

  12th  of  November

Sandhya Sinha spoke about the hesitation of women to join politics…but we must start about becoming aware and empowered by knowledge as to how the machinery works and becomes corrupt.

10th Dec 08

Shakun Narain spoke about 'Trauma' what it entails and how to help in dealing with it

Vimla Patil enlightened us on what other organizations are doing to help the city continue the good work of avoiding another act of terrorism...

Vimla Patil and myself

 

 7th January 2009

Deepa Kodikal, an Enlightened lady in the true sense of the word and  author of 'Journey within the Soul' spoke to us about how to be in a meditative space all the time.

11th February 2009

Ms Uzma Nahid, Director of Iqra Foundation acquainted us with the Gems of the Quraan.

Uzma Naheed and Myself

April 9th 2009

Above: Naina Mahtani, Maya Shahani, Mona Patel at ShantiVan

Invited candidate for election Mona Shah Patel. She is sincere, a clear thinker, a good speaker...the Proffessional's Party was formed by a

 group of patriotic, ethical, committed professionals- experienced & successful in their own fields, who were fed up & upset of complaining -just sitting at home in the armchair...

Celebrating 1st Birthday of Eager to B.

We celebrated one wonderful year of togetherness, by having dinner at Spoons, Inox. We enjoyed a dance performance by the charming danseuse Nandhini Ashok and her troupe to celebrate the International Dance Day at the Nehru Centre.

Shakun Narain Kimatrai

  Dear WMPP and Eager to B. Friends,

 As the hot and sunny month of May 09 proceeds, Eager to B. completes one whole year of 'getting to know' one another and each one’s strengths and contribution to the common pool of knowledge and skills. We have all had a wonderful time adding to our pool of wisdom and experience through this hugely profitable network – while we have also enjoyed the pleasures of music, food and just happy conversations.

 Now the time has come to take the Eager to B Group to a higher and more mature level.

 Just to remind you, we celebrated one wonderful year of togetherness, by having dinner at Spoons, Inox. We enjoyed a dance performance by the charming danseuse Nandhini Ashok and her troupe to celebrate the International Dance Day at the Nehru Centre.

On the 17th of January 2009, we were offered an opportunity to enjoy ‘Cosmic Embrace’ a highly Spiritual and educative experience. I also invited all of you to a talk organized by the Moral Rearmament organization at Worli on ‘Domestic Violence’.

 Now, let me let you in on a secret.

 One of the reasons why I was inspired to start Eager to B. with the co-operation of Ms Amla Ruia, Maya Shahani and Vimla Patil (in alphabetical order) was to expand the activities of Women’s Movement for Peace and Prosperity, (WMPP)

 To check out what WMPP is and does, click:

 http://s220.photobucket.com/albums/dd169/shacune/WMPPTIMES/ 

 http://www.dalsabzi.com/women_movement/wmpp_activities.htm

 http://www.dalsabzi.com/women_movement/wmpp_programs.htm
   
http://www.dalsabzi.com/women_movement/women_intro.htm

 To check out the activities of Eager to B. Click:

 http://www.dalsabzi.com/women_movement/good_people.htm

  Our idea has been to interact with empowered women’s organizations and individual women who are eager to empower themselves further to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place.

Now let me come to the main point:

 Judging from the success of Eager to B in the past year, I think the time has come for us all to connect with other organizations and increase our footprint and thereby our potential for effectivity. We are planning to join hands with WMPP (Women’s Movement for Peace and Prosperity – an initiative of the Times Foundation and SAGE, a powerful trust from the Shahani family with a grand record of social work.

Click:

 www.TheSageFoundation.com

 We shall continue to meet.

Maybe NOT at ‘Shanti Van’ everytime…but we shall continue to invite you for various activities…you may also do the same…and if you need to discuss a project in which some of us are able to contribute we shall be available for you.

 One more thing:

Whosoever contributes to an activity, the Group they belong to and their name will get due credit…

If you click and scroll down:

  http://www.dalsabzi.com/women_movement/wmpp_activities.htm

 you will notice that Ms Sunita Godbole belonging to WMPP gets credit for her contribution to Sage.  All 3 names get a mention…

You may become a member of Eager to B. by contributing Rs 300 towards membership.

Those who have contributed need not do so again for the time being... 
 

Our next meeting will be:

Venue:  Ms Maya Shahani Residence.

Ashoka Apts, 13th floor, Rungta Lane, Off Napean Sea Rd.

 Date: May, 13th 2009,

Time: 5-6.30pm

 You may bring as guests those desirous of joining…

During this meeting we shall connect with SAGE interact, learn, discuss and enjoy

Happy to be a Woman and come to know all of you,

Aanaa mere desh laado!

And

Agley janam mein hume bitiya hi keejyo!

 Shakun Narain Kimatrai

6th May 2009-05-06

 

Some comments from members when we started the Group

 Dear Shakun Ji,
This platform has every opportunity to really grow and
flourish! Kudos to all the wonderful friends with such
endearing enthusiasm.
I am sure we'll be able to acheive a lot as we move
along in this very unique forum.

Loads of love ....

Pratima

 It is truly an excellent idea and hope the group will grow and do wonderful things together, Shakun. Congrats on your hard work. You are truly an achiever. Vimla Patil



DEAR SHAKUN,  

ALL YOUR GROUPS HAVE ALWAYS IMPRESSED AND EXCITED ME SO MUCH, EAGER TO B.   ALL THE MORE AS YOU KNOW SHANTIVAN WHERE YOU HAD  YOUR LAST MEETING HAS ALWAYS REMINDED ME OF VIRANDAVAN I IMAGINE KRISHNA WITH HIS RADHA AND GOPIS DOING RASSLILA THERE .
I WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT I HAVE BEEN SELECTED  THE PRESIDENT ELECT 2009-10 FOR MY ROTARY CLUB THE BOMBAY QUEEN CITY I WILL BE THE FIRST LADY PRESIDENT FOR OUR CLUB  I WANTED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU

I WOULD  LIKE TO BE PART OF YOUR NEW GROUP SO PLEASE DO CONSIDER ME FOR EAGER TO B.  IKNOW I AM GOING TO ENJOY BEING WITH YOU ALL
LOVES MALA

 

Dear Shakunji,

I feel very blessed to be associated with you and you are like a guardian angel  for me.

How do i send you the contribution. Can I have your postal address.

About me briefly:

I head and consult for the Children and Women at High Risk Department of a NGO called Holistic CHild Development India.Pune. Our German agency is KINDER NOT HILFE.

I have aPHD in psychology and I do research and write poems and my poems have been published twice over in Sahitya Kala Akademi, New Delhi. I conduct training in transpersonal psychology.

My work in the present organization is providing advice and monitor the psychosocial care of children and women at high risk. My work takes me often to remote parts of India and Andamna islands where i began work with 12 areas of Tsunami Andaman in which I started community building and children's parliament. In Mumbai I work for women in prostitution, children of such women, and children in rag picking and street kids. In Delhi I work for HIV affected children and street kids and working children.

I initiated an anti trafficking project in Karnataka and Bhiwandi Mumbai with the Good Shepherd sisters. The two tier project prevents trafficking of women and children through a community based approach( rural development) in Karnataka's villages. My next project will look at a group of rural communities in Bihar.

Hope this helps.

Nayna

  GOOD PEOPLE (.COM) SANSKAARAS

Have you ever thought about the reason why the underworld is so well connected?

It is because they have a common agenda. One of them being: Greed! It could be greed for anything, most of the time ‘Power!’ 

The time has come to get good people together. Maybe through a website entitled: Goodpeople.com? Would it work? Mr. Ram Maheshwary of Times of India believes that it will! Those who believe they are good people are entitled to join. And I believe that people are basically good. So we can be assured of a lot of people deserving to be a part of it! I believe that one is a 'good person' if one makes an effort to contribute to the welfare of the planet, for the joy of being of service, and for no other motive.

One could start with internet connections, but eventually touch people.

Ms Indu Jain, the Chairperson of the Times of India group, says: Let us not be peace talkers, let us be Peace Makers! 

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. 

~ St. Francis of Assisi

I met Ms Borwankar, a petite woman who is the Joint Commissioner of Crime, Bombay branch.

I asked her how she deals with ‘hard criminals’ a serene woman like her? She said ‘To be tough you do not have to be a man or imitate a man’ A woman can be powerful the way she is.

The Scripures proclaim that a woman is Durga    Saraswati, Kali, Laxmi, a mother a wife a sister a friend....

Women need to be empowered and educated by various methodologies.  Women not only influence the family they are born in, but also the family they marry into. 

I presume you have heard the saying: “The woman who rocks the cradle rules the world’

Then where have the monsters been created? 

I read that there is no such thing as ‘monsters’ it is ‘the force of darkness’ that works through them. And all one needs to do, is shut the door in its face!

The problem also lies in our ‘Samskaras’

What is ‘Samskaras?’ Values! Tendencies!

Whatever one does or hears creates an impression in the unconscious mind.

The samskaras of actions and desires control our emotions. 

It is the samkaras that make a person basically ‘good’ or ‘bad’

It is the samskara that comes up now and then making the person happy, sad, violent, serene…

The mind functions through our senses. It is what we see, hear, smell touch and taste that goes on to form our samskaras.

These samskaras rule our life. They need to be purified.

Easier said than done!

But Krishna claims that with effort and perseverance, it is possible.

We need to save the planet that we live in.

Are we going to try?

To purify our samskaras and listen and follow ‘good people?’ 

A Reader comments

I usually visit your site to search further information on topics from my Spiritual Yoga classes, and can always count on getting a satisfying explanation or thought. That is why I never had the need to contact you...until now. Do you know of a method to reprogram or neutralize your Samskara (Sankara), or a Mantra therefore? I would  like to try a Yoga method if there is one. I thank you for your site and for sharing your wisdom.

My Reply:

To neutralize samskaaras?

Only True Gyaan (knowledge) can

It needs a long explanation

It is like the world is an illusion (magic)

once you know the trick of a magic

The magic has no meaning

Once you know the world is maya (illusion)

The gyaan neutralizes the samskaaras

Phew that was making a difficult thing easy...

Mantra?

Aham Brahmaasmi

(I am God) or 'I am That' or 'Aum or Sohum

Much love,

Shakun

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