Inspiration is more important than motivation. The former pulls while the latter provides a reason. That is what set me thinking about who or what inspired me. So, I listed some of my major inspirations in life, and what they meant.
I was inspired …
- By my paternal uncle who was a terror and yet jolly as President of our ethnic community in our native town in India, and who said that I could achieve anything
- By my maternal uncle who was an excellent teacher always suggesting do what you like
- By my father for his disciplined hard work, unshakable confidence, work ethic, commitment to excellence and financial prowess
- By Mahatma Gandhi whose life inspired the whole country of India, and whose thoughts were lofty and formed a central component of Indian Administrative service exams
- By Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for his ability to see the unmanifest Vedas and make enlightenment accessible through a great movement and a Vedic university
- By Swami Ramdev for the size of his ambition fearlessness and boldness in bringing well being at all levels
- By my friend and IITD / IIM classmate the perfect student and gentleman now at Harvard
- By my friend and IITD classmate the magical perfect student who did Ph.D. at Stanford
- By my friend and IITD / IIMA classmate and free soul who did Ph.D. at MIT and is a great seeker and social reformer and entrepreneur
- By my mom for her deep investment in and ferocious defense of her children, and great tolerance
I am also inspired …
- By my colleague and mentor at MIU who is here to pursue moksha and which made me get it
- By my colleague and mentor who is the foremost researcher on collective consciousness and led me to organize international conference on consciousness based leadership and management
- By my students who said that they loved my data analytics course and for whom I wrote the data analytics book that is globally #1 recommended book
- By my student and colleague who is ultra-blissful and does soft thinking and is a trail blazer
- By Vastu architecture for its ability to create de-stressing and high creativity
- By my bold and beautiful wife who is unafraid and a creative entrepreneur
- By my beautiful daughter who is a fanstastic English editor, and holistic health practitioner and communicator
- By my other beautiful daughter who is a smart engineer and a great packer
- By my brother who knew about group dynamics, yoga, and Vipassana way before me and which all I spontaneously followed into.
- By my book club community especially its founder and coordinator who is a cool, creative and compassionate architect.
Question for you: What inspired you in life? What continues to inspire you?
Do you inspire yourself? Do you inspire others? Chances are that you are proud of some of your own accomplishments. And they probably inspire many people close to you!
Presidential hopeful Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (#tulsi2020 #tulsigabbard) visited and stayed a night in the utopian town of Maharishi Vedic City in Iowa, on the auspicious days of Navratri and Dusshera (Victory Day), for two blissful and successful campaign events. World Peace is around the corner!
Tulsi did a large town hall meeting on October 7th in downtown Fairfield. More than 150 people attended and showered their love on her. She covered a broad range of topics in her opening speech. The meeting went on for over two hours as the people were hungry for answers to their numerous questions. There was a lot of humor and joy in the room. A large number of libertarians who resonate with her world peace (or anti-war) message also were present. As always, there was a long line of people waiting to take a selfie with her after the event.
Tulsi and her core team spent the night in our house in Maharishi Vedic City. We had the privilege of feeding them some delicious paneer tikka, and yogurt lassi made from heavenly organic non-homogenized healthy milk from the neighborhood Radiance Dairy. They enjoyed fresh organic vegetarian food brought from our Maharishi University’s Annapoorna cafeteria. They enjoyed walking around the Mandala (or subdivision) and marveled at the unique structure and design of Maharishi Vastu houses. The visitors reported a deep and blissful night’s sleep. Vastu community and its vibrant silence have been scientifically shown to lead to enhanced creativity and other health benefits.
It was fun to see how some of Tulsi’s videographers (including her husband Abe) work on the day’s video footage to create a media capsule for posting on social media by their digital media team. Tulsi and team now travel in a new big Mercedes van, which is more like an RV, with a built in bedroom and restroom. Tulsi said this new vehicle makes a huge difference considering how much time they spend on the road.
The next morning of the Dusshera day (October 8th), Tulsi visited the Raj, the premier Ayurvedic spa next door from our house, as the location for her inaugural small group meeting in a new format called toffee-and-coffee. Tulsi’s mom Carol arguably makes the world’s best macadamia nut toffees. The home-made mom-made toffee is symbolic of the tiny bit of intimate sweetness that deepens the relationship between the candidate and her staunchest supporters. The attendees were volunteers who will stand by her and caucus for her during the Iowa caucuses in February. I had the privilege of formally welcoming and introducing Tulsi to the couple dozen assembled strong supporters at this event. I essentially said we are 200% with Tulsi, who is destined for the White House. Everyone was sitting in very comfortable chairs in the large and cosy dining hall of the Raj. Tulsi answered in a calm and equanimous tone all the deeper questions, including around the political process, that do not come up during normal town hall meetings. People were super impressed with her integrity and equanimity, and stayed back for long chats amongst themselves, as Tulsi moved on with her caravan to do four more campaign events in Iowa that day!
One of my dearest friends calls Tulsi a strong campaigner with good ideas. She is a little behind in the polls, but I know that she can catch up. She is already touching 4% in Iowa, 6% in New Hampshire. She will be back on the debate stage on October 15th. She is speaking truth to power. The mainstream media cannot hold the truth back for too long. The blissful vibes of Vedic City will provide her the subtle support from nature in her great mission to restore the government of, by, and for the people!