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Slums in Bangalore

Christ University, Bangalore. Known for their responsible recycling through the Parivarthana waste management unit, where they collect and sort their waste. The waste is being used for sales, making compost bio-gas and the main focus is recycling paper waste into new products. ‘As students Industrial Product Engineering our objective is to design new products for the Parivarthana waste management unit.’

There are 22 people working at the Parivarthana waste management unit; 1 supervisor, 1 manager and 20 hand workers who are mostly women from the slums. By designing new products it is important to involve the people working at the waste management unit and let them participate, the target group (students and staff) have to be involved and the products have to be designed with the capabilities available.

The students from the HAN university of applied science, are also involved in the Slum LR Nagar. At the transit school in the slum the basics are provided for the drop out students. Basics conduct counting and the alphabet, subtractions and additions, Hindi, Canada and English. ‘One day per week we provide English and Math classes at the transit school which is definitely a challenge for us and gets us out of our comfort zone  due to the lack of professional background.’ 

To get an insight view upon the Bangalore life, check this movie:

The Isha foundation: a theme park for aware adults.

In the shadow of Coimbatore, a significant clean city in the south of India, a so-called ashram thrives in a radiant way you could never imagine. Oneness already seems to find its way at the foothills of Velliangiri Mountains, the place where Shiva spend 3 months of his live finding his own truth. And now we are provided with the necessary tools and energy to dive deep into our own souls in a décor of unlimited expanding awareness.

 Light-seeking engineers
From all over the world mainly pragmatic and logical soulseekers are drawn into this Isha ashram. A foundation found by Sadguru, an extraordinary amiable and profound yogi who combines eastern ancient wisdom with western sciences which creates a full, constructive and exhilarating story attracting engineers, business peops and mind-driven middle and upperclass lightseekers. And you don’t have to worry about that light is working, knowing that the team is mainly formed by ex-microsoft engineers and technical managers.

Luscious ambiance
As soon as you set foot on this electrifying ground, something elevating happens. Upon the beautiful view over the mountains, layered in a blanket of luscious palmtrees, the wholeheartedness of people honoring their treasure is what will inject you most. Immediately. Even the security guy welcomes you with his hand on his heart sincerely. When you continue your way, the concretes and precise care of every little detail overflows you. And where you maybe expect an ashram a little bit old-fashioned and dusty, this playground is of modern standards with a hipster lunch bar, fresh facilities and modern technologies. What do you think about airconditioned temples, automatic coconut-splitters for offerings and electric scooters. Limitless in efficiency.

And all initiated by this Sadguru. A well-being visionart not afraid to talk about, amongst a slightly reserved Indian crowd, taboos as sexuality and death sentence. Who isn’t afraid to make daring jokes and outfacing the cutting edge. Who find the most pragmatic answers on all confused questions amongst academic and world’s most intellectual whiz kids. A yogi who established a foundation which goes beyond measurements. With his far-reaching projects and national campaigns, he reached a wide range of the 1,324 billion habitants, which not only includes middle-class. With his strongly caring and scientific heart, he points successfully at farmers, ministers, people in the slums and kids with a rapidly increasing community as an evident result.

Diving deep
And this community find its base in Coimbatore, the most vibrating place you will ever visit. Beautiful surroundings expanding with flowers, wild-life, music, playing, laughing people. All showing their gratitude for life and everything which comes with it. People who are willing to work on an inner- and outer level, not afraid to dive deep, dedicating their lives for a higher purpose. Working hard on that purpose; but with the knowledge of the underlying growth, efforts become funded. It creates oneness. It hits you right in the heart. Because you always knew that this was what life was all about. That this was what your seeking heart was longing for, trying to fill it up with all the external bullshit.

If you are here, you are free; you don’t need anything from outside. It makes you feel alive. Really alive. Filled with happy elixirs ‘just’ by walking on the grass. ‘Just’ by looking at the sky. Indignation on expansion of life blooming out of your system continiously. Cravings vanish. This place fulfills you on every level. Your stomach being fed on nutritious ways, your mind being elevated on scientific philosophies, heart flows over from genuine juices and a true being exploding injected by the vibrating love which breaths through this whole place. Yes this playground makes you happy. Truly happy by being actively involved in the ashram rhythm, practicing your techniques, volunteering, sharing, dedicating.

It’s the best example we could wish for in order to enroll this way of living in our own countries and cities. Venues in which we are longing for a deeper way of sensing, where we seek for happiness in the outside world, where we hit our stress limits and strongly desire more innerpeace. This place enables us to be inspired. This place shows us that it’s possible. That we are able to create a world in which happiness will be the natural state of being and we striving together for the good purpose. Namaskaran.

ISHA foundation 

Ga jij er vol voor?

Door de poep rijden, door prikkers heen lopen, door een onbegaanbaar pad met metershoge bebossing heen laveren. Het leven test me hoe diep ik wil gaan. Hoe ver wil ik gaan. Wil ik alles ontdekken? Of hou ik ergens nog wat terug. Ben ik bereid tot het gaatje te gaan? Of haak ik halverwege af.

I want it all! Ik wil het weten. Ik ga net zo lang door totdat ik er ben. Omdat ik ergens weet dat dit mijn weg is. Omdat ik weet dat dit de capaciteiten zijn die ik klaarblijkelijk nodig heb. En waarvoor? Ik weet het niet. Gevoelsmatig staat er iets te gebeuren in de toekomst waarvoor we worden klaargestoomd. Voorbij aan onze comfort-zones, voorbij aan ‘being small’, alsof het leven ons vraagt volledig verantwoordelijkheid te nemen voor wie we zijn en de potentie die we in ons dragen.

En zo loop ik tijdens m’n verblijf in India op blote voeten, over vieze wegen, kokende asfalten en stenige paden. Ik besef me dat het de metafoor is voor mijn beweging in het leven; ik stap er vol in. Ook als het me pijnigt, beangstigd en voorziet van de nodige weerstand. Omdat ik weet dat dit de enige weg is. Je kunt er omheen. Je kunt er van weg. Maar uiteindelijk haalt het leven je in en krijg je waarvoor je hebt getekend. Dus daarom liever, direct springen in het diepe en weten dat het leven me ondersteunt.

Het is weerstand trainen. Maximaal. Leren zijn met onprettigheden. Ervoor gaan zitten, je openen en erdoorheen ademen. Dat is in mijn optiek de weg naar vrijheid. Zolang we blijven weglopen voor bedreigingen, onwenselijke gevoelens en weerstand, leven we altijd in angst. Leven we in plaats van in potentie, in zwakte. Ontdekken we in plaats van onze kracht, onze ontoereikendheid. Een staat van zijn die niemand gelukkig maakt. De staat van afhankelijkheid, altijd ergens omheen gaan met daarbij de wetenschap dat je altijd op de vlucht bent.

En het is mogelijk. Wij als mens zijn gemaakt om onze grootste angsten te overwinnen. In dit leven hebben we alle capaciteiten gekregen om deze, als kolossaal-aanvoelende-obstakels, te overwinnen. Alles begint bij het weer leren voelen. Dat is de enige manier om gevoelens en angsten te releasen. En het hoeft niet allemaal ineens. Het kan beetje bij beetje. Steeds een stukje voelen. En als je weer opnieuw met je emoties leert omgaan, ga je merken dat je hier meer controle over hebt dan je denkt. Dat je zelf je momenten kunt nemen om te voelen. Door bijvoorbeeld meditatie of yoga. Weer opnieuw leren communiceren met je systeem en ervaren hoe ze werkt. Na honderden jaren van emotie-loosheid is het een voorrecht om in onze generatie deze van creatie doordrenkte levensader weer aan te slingeren.