PRAYER …Have you tried me?

The Sunday of June 16 was vibrant with strong positive energies at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission. The event titled ” Prayer – Have you tried me?” was organised by the Bridge Builders to emphasize on the most under used , yet the strongest power in the world – the power of prayer! The incessant heavy rains did not the curb the enthusiasm and determination to reach the venue , of the 600 odd participants at the event.

 
The evening began with soulful and prayerful melodies performed by the extremely talented Bridge Builder trio comprising of Amit , Rekha & Neha.

 

Interspersed with the melodies was an impactful audiovisual presentation and commentary on the unimaginable power prayer holds. The presentation was a comprehensive journey through the various aspects of prayer. It was both intriguing and inspiring.

 
This was followed by a recorded Question & Answer Session by Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani. Owing to Dada’s health reasons, He was unable to make it personally for the event, but His presence could be felt all through the programme. The event concluded by offering a silent prayer for Beloved Dada’s speedy recovery.

‘The White Rainbow-Celebrating Colors of Love’

Bridge Builders, the Youth Wing of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, dedicated the evening of the July 31, to celebrate Dada J.P. Vaswani’s 95th birthday, through a mega play in Hindi, titled, ‘The White Rainbow-Celebrating Colors of Love’.

The foot-tapping, soul stirring kirtans by the 18 year old singing star Vinay Vaswani from New York, pepped up the youth for the evening.

A short video portraying the activities of service done by the group, such as saving 100 cows from slaughter, little acts of kindness,  attending to the poor, sick, blind and much more was showcased. ‘Beyond Self’ a year long project which was initiated globally in July 2012 as a birthday gift to beloved Dada by the Bridge Builders, was presented to Dada.

‘Friends Forever’, a book by Dada J.P. Vaswani was launched, as well as his ‘Kill Fear Before Fear Kills You’, translated in Oriya by Mr. Satpati was released.

Mr. Shashi Tharoor, who was to inaugurate the Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies, was unable to come due to ill health, but he was kind enough to  send  a message of encouragement and appreciation, along with warm, loving good wishes for Dada on his 95th birthday.

The play enacted that evening, by the Bridge Builders, was titled, ‘The White Rainbow’, which reminded Rev. Dada of Sadhu Vaswani’s words:

‘Love is the light of life, my child,

O, brightly let it burn each day.’

Dada further added that the sun’s light appears white, but has the seven colors of the rainbow. Similarly, the light of love, its ray passing through the prism of the heart, will show the following seven colors:

1. Patience

2. Kindness

3. Humility

4. Forgiveness

5. Desirelessness

6. Sacrifice

7. Universal

Dada asked the sea of faces before him, ‘How many colors of the light of love do you have?’ He said, ‘Today there is a famine of love. Bring love back into your lives. Not mushy, wimpy, conditional love, but universal, unconditional, sharing and caring love’. Dada reiterated the fact that his hope lies in the young Bridge Builders to bring back this kind of love in the world today.

It was this kind of love portrayed in the play that was so ably enacted, lighting within each one a flame of hope to experience such love in their lives. The play was directed by the award winning director Mr. Digpal Lanjekar and choreographed by Ms. Akshita of the ‘Dance India Dance’ fame. The play was a form of experiential theatre portrayed by the seven colors of the rainbow, each color representing a human emotion. These colors brought forth the major emotional issues faced by the people today including conflict in marriages over petty reasons, apathy towards parents and division in families due to lack of love. The climax which highlighted how Dada’s practical life changing tips were simple solutions to each of the problems, left the audience spell bound.

Everyone departed from the venue with the feel good factor brought in by the finale song on ‘Simply Love’.

Different Ideas for Tarmac Driveways and Others

Bridge Builders – Youth WingDriveways are one of the many things that home owners possibly take for granted. Most homes usually already have a driveway and generally owners do not think about making any changes to them. However, there are options when it comes to driveway choices and it is not a bad idea to looking into these options. These various driveway types come with distinct qualities and advantage that are worthy of comparison. One of the most commonly purchased types is Tarmac driveways.

What is a tarmac?

Tarmac was originally patented in 1901 by Edgar Purnell Hooley. This compound is produced by mixing tar with cement and other material and then steamrolled into a smooth surface. Tarmac creates a much more even and “tire friendly” road for vehicles to drive on, making it ideal for driveways. Some countries do not use tarmac anymore, but the term has remained as a synonym for asphalt or for airport runways. However, many airports still utilize original tarmac pavement.

Block Paving

As previously stated, tarmac is not the only option. The block paving driveways have also become a popular choice for many homeowners, partly because of its aesthetic appeal and variety of appearance. Block paving came from brick paving and it is a bit more versatile method of driveway construction. Whereas with tarmac one must use a set chemical solution to create the asphalt, block paving is made through this brick paving method. Due to the use of bricks, an owner has many options of color and pattern. The bricks are laid individually; therefore practically any pattern can be laid out at the home owner’s choosing.

Gravel Driveways

Gravel driveways are, as the name suggests, driveways that are created using gravel. This is another option that is mainly chosen for aesthetic appeal, although owners of off-road vehicles may also find this style appealing due to their specific tire treading. Installing a gravel driveway is relatively cheap compared to other styles, but where the owner saves with installation the individual will make up for in maintenance fees. Because gravel isn’t a fixed and hardened surface, a homeowner must put considerable time, money, and effort into keeping their driveway presentable and free of unwanted debris. This particular choice may be best left to those who are highly committed to maintenance and have a burning passion for style.

Concrete Driveways

Concrete is the tried and true, basic driveway that most homes tend to have. The appeal of concrete is that it has a smooth surface comparable to that of tarmac and a low cost. Another benefit of concrete is that it is low maintenance and similar to tarmac and block, a good hosing and some sweeping is usually enough to keep it clean. For those of a more artistic nature, concrete is also a style that can be tailored in different colors. Concrete can also be enhanced with added textures and various flourishes to really make it stand out. Probably one of the major selling points of this driveway option is that it can be installed in any environment with minimal problems whereas some of the other choices may not fare as well in varying locations.

Paver Driveways

One final option for homeowners who are hungry for style is paver driveways. One of the driving forces of the paver appeal is that it can add a noticeable boost to a driveway’s curbside appeal. These driveways also have a very high variety of style choices. While these paver driveways tend to lean more on the costly side they make up for it not just in looks but in durability. Most paver driveways can least between 30 to 40 years and have a relatively low maintenance cost.

When thinking of driveway ideas, there are literally so many choices. Some people choose what would be best for driveway whether it be for driveway cleaning or the style of the driveway. Maintenance is an important thing so it should be carefully considered when choose an option.