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WHEN We See Who We Are

WHEN We See Who We Are – Our True Self – Our True Nature – Respectfully


WHEN We See Who We Are – Respectfully

When we are able to perceive the vision of our life with the eyes of our hearts; When we are able to experience our lives from the heart of our mind; and from the mind of our heart, we are able to discover that who we truly are is truly amazing and phenomenal beingfulness of light; the completeness and wonderfulness of an incandescent glow that has been gracefully emitting its healing light from infinitude and will continue doing so until eternity

Our True Self – Our True Nature – Respectfully

When we discover, recognize and experience our True Nature; our True Self, we are able to understand that all the glories – all the profound realizations that might have been eluding ourselves since lifetimes is-are so very much near to our very own selves – the innate – the inherent – the very most closest ever and yet we might have been embarking upon elaborate journeys and pilgrimages to far off destinations elusively without taking into consideration the true calling from within ourselves to recognize and experience our true identities respectively

Awareness – Respectfully

This is living life with awareness where our evolutionary growth in grace and wisdom is seeking to speak to us and convey the truthfulness about the purpose of our life – lifetime respectively;; the very immediate realization exemplifying its paramount exhortation that the purpose of life is to live a life of purpose that encompasses values based principles consistently

Quest – Respectfully

We are spiritual beings experiencing humanity; the conscious evolution of humanity is the growing in grace and wisdom amazingly where the ardent quest for the eternal truth relentlessly prevails; The Truth is the true nature of life; To live by the truth can provide the inspiration; It is the trueness of the spirit of life which is its integrity

Essence – Evolutionarily – Respectfully

This is living with awareness that represents the all pervading essence of life respectively; this is inspiring the harmonious orientation of the energy that is evoking our beingfulness to gracefully express its True Self – its True Nature which exhorts the predominance of righteousness in all our thoughts, actions and expressions; This is seeking to inspire us to align ourselves with our True Selves; our True Nature whereby we discover, recognize and experience an phenomenal transformation akin to the evolution of the lotus very most effortlessly and with graceful magnificence and creative brilliance amazingly

Truth – Respectfully

This is the impeccable trust in the truth which is the true representation of life and its magnificence; To live in truth that could lead us to the absolute truth which is enlightenment; Let us unite and align our thoughts and seek to inspire one another;Uniting our thoughts; Our Consciousness; and elevating them to a level of Cosmic – Universal Consciousness to a platform such as the Divine Light; Let us consistently accomplish our respective agendas – assignments – objectives – responsibilities – duties that have been entrusted upon us faithfully and consciously; to ensure that we are able to let our light shine through and radiate the hallmarks of magnificence in living a purposeful life as the primordial agenda of living consistently

Empowering – Respectfully

The vision of the divine light truly represents the infinite reality of the All in One; the One in All; the emanation – the manifestation of the divine light encompassing all that was; all that is and all that will ever be eternally; It is the vision of the divine light that empowers the very essence of all forms of God’s creation; we are truly the very most gifted and wealthiest when we are able to discover, recognize and experience our True Self – our True Nature – when we see who we Truly are, we are overwhelmed and truly overcome with profound – immense joy and elation; the mind of our heart and the heart of our mind in amazing alignments – living the miracles of our life in each and every precious moment gracefully; we truly appreciate the blessings and experience the profound joy and bliss of a lifetime in each and every precious moment amazingly; God Bless

Goodwill – Purposeful Life – Respectfully

It is to be carefully understood and remembered that we have come into this lifetime for a special purpose; a specific purposefulness – the pivotal and very most paramount essence of which is to awaken – become aware of the amazing foresight we have been empowered with – the amazing strength and capabilities we have been bestowed with to accomplish the respective visions that belong to the goodwill of the Universe infinitely; each and every Person might respectively perceive the very identical set of results from divergent perspectives – yet all leading along towards the same pathways which are all associated with Universal goodness consistently; God Bless

Brief Prelude – Respectfully

The above few humble words are a very brief prelude and cannot describe the completeness and wonderfulness – the greatest miracles of life that we truly experience when we are able to discover, recognize and experience our True Nature; our True Self amazingly; God Bless

Keep Discovering Your True Nature Your True Self Love & Light God Bless, Vashi Ram Chandi

True Nature – True Selves – Respectfully

The art of living inspires us to discover, recognize and experience our True Nature; our True Selves; God Bless

Higher Consciousness – Respectfully

Let us seek to awaken our inner wisdom – our higher consciousness; be more aware and conscious; God Bless

Intuition – Respectfully

Let us seek to develop our intuition; Intuition is our inner guidance and compass of life; Intuition is the wisdom of the Soul; God Bless

God Bless – Respectfully

May One and All be Blessed with a Vision of Good Health, Awareness, Happiness, Joy, Prosperity, Progress and Wisdom always; God Bless

Love, Light and Wisdom,

God Bless,


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A few thoughts on what I am


            Adolescence has never been described as an easy time. Whether in the times where you were a man and a warrior or present day, when you are simply a bigger child. My adolescence was a continuous battle, looking for somewhere to fit. I watched my friends find niches, fit themselves into boxes of all shapes and sizes and they appeared happy. They would become the jock, or the artist, often taking on the assumed personality traits of that role. People swapped the act of just being for the imagined security that came with a title or classification. This is what caused me to continuously rebel throughout my high school career. People confused and blurred the process of finding oneself with the concept of cool.

Unfortunately the systems through which we all moved didn’t help either. A school of fish does not only eliminate the overly slow, the overly fast are killed off as well. This leaves a happy medium pace of mediocrity. I found that all the boxes and all the expectations being pushed in on me from all sides did not fit. I was a stubborn child. Yes, I was named an artist. Yes I was named a historian, and many other things. While I fit into the role of graphic artist or comic book artist, that held no adventure or continued personal growth. All of the traditional ways of deciding who you were fit, yet left hole.

 Defining yourself through these things didn’t make sense to me. Many great philosophers from my father to Tyler Durden have been trying to tell people for years that, “You are not your job, you are not your car, you are not your khakis…” I did not have a hard time finding who I was, now I know that I always knew.  The problem which I faced was that I did not fit any of the boxes available and even worse, I found no reason to be boxed. Society is not always pleasant when you don’t want or need their boxes. Because of my wish for community, I found myself continuing to find new boxes and try them on. Every time I found comfort in my own skin it was shattered by the continuing press of outside influence. This was often media or authority based. Whether they told me that I should be secure, or cooler, or I should move in this direction or that, it never felt right and caused me a lot of anguish. In turn I caused anguish.

Eventually I learned that they were wrong. Finding yourself does not mean a career. Nor does it mean that you must be an artist even if you have the skill, or any of their categories. I figured out what I was through knowing what I was not defined by. I am not defined by my skills, not through my interests, my style. These things are outside of me and completely based on geography and pop culture. After all, would I not be a different person if I was born in Nairobi? There is something more, something behind these superficial things. I may teach one day but I am not a teacher. I paint, yet I am not an artist. I am simply me and I can move in any direction I wish and if I wish it I may move in all directions. I am what I am, and I am without need for definition or box. I am everything, for I am capable of everything. This standpoint is very powerful. The day when everybody else realizes this as well will be a glorious day for our species.    


Check Out Free Screening of “Final Inch,” the Oscar-Nominated Film on Polio Eradication

If you live in the Ventura County area in California and are interested in a free screening of "Final Inch" — the Oscar-nominated film on polio eradication– please join us on Thursday, September 10.

Details are posted in the newspaper:


“Final Inch,” a documentary about the attempt to eradicate polio in countries where the disease is still killing and crippling people, will be shown Sept. 10 in Thousand Oaks.

The Oscar-nominated film will be shown at the Muvico Theatres at The Oaks shopping center at 7 p.m. The free screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session. No tickets are required.

The United Nations Children’s Fund, Rotary International, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Gates Foundation are collaborating to stop polio, concentrating on four countries — Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India — that still have growing numbers of cases.

The screening is sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Thousand Oaks and Moorpark.


For information on the site of the screening and driving directions, visit: www.shoptheoaksmall.com/events.asp


View the official flyer here

Politics of Polio

It’s just vaccines.  Distribute them.  Immunize the kids.  Job finished.

Not quite.

Eradicating a disease, much like other development work, involves politics, religion, and culture- forces beyond the health worker’s control.  Yet, they can determine the success/failure of a program.

Polio is no different.  

Women are hesistant to have male UNICEF workers come into their homes during vaccination rounds.   Muslims have been resistant to the vaccine because of a baseless rumor (suggesting that the vaccine will sterilize their children and thus, decrease the overall Muslim population).  Local politics continues to question the safety of the health workers and the availability of the vaccine (ie Afghanistan and Pakistan).  Civil unrest and tensions reduces support and propoer distrubition of the vaccine (ie Nigeria).

Forget logistical challenges (hot temperatures, migrant populations, unsanitary conditions).  Rather these political and cultural/religion-based roadblocks cause major setbacks.

So, what to do?

Listen.  Listen to their grievances.  Listen to their reasons for resistance.  Listen to the political rhetoric.

And then, engage.  But in their language and in their communities.  Not long distance.

President Obama has suggested that he’d like to do just that.  In his Cairo speech he said: 

On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create jobs. We will open centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and appoint new Science Envoys to collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean water, and grow new crops. And today I am announcing a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to eradicate polio. And we will also expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health.

To read more about the politics of polio and how the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) can assist us in the fight against polio, see my most recent OpEd:




Blackened Pinkies- In Vogue

 Blackened pinkies- they’re in vogue…

Once a month, in train stations, at schools, in slums, at the markets, there’s a search for clean pinkies.  If spotted, they don’t stay clean for long.  They’re quickly tarnished by a UNICEF worker.  No clean pinkies are allowed for little boys and girls.  Blackened pinkies are the vogue these days.
Because blackened pinkies are the mark of a child who’s been vaccinated for polio.
Tracking a child in a world without hospital records, school registration forms, and even birth certificates at times is a tough task.  But that’s the target of health workers in UP and Bihar in India.  They plough through neighborhoods, trek through farms to rural homes, attend local schools, and weave through train stations, looking for newborns and young children (ages 5 and below).  
With populations nearing one million in these ‘small’ cities, the challenge is monumental.  Plus, women on the periphery of town, in the rural areas, have children without hospital care or even a midwife.  There’s no record for these children- who are they? where do they live? when were they born? who are their parents?  These details aren’t easily found in medical forms.
They don’t all go to school either; in fact, many don’t.  They spend their days wandering about the neighborhood with children their age, trying to keep themselves amused.  Some follow their parents to work- a roadside shop perhaps.  So, how do you find them?  How do you track them?  They don’t have a seat in school.  They’re not on a roll call sheet.
And then, there are the migrants.  Smoke spews from factories along the main road, factories for brick-making.  At base of these towers, workers take root albeit for just a few months.  In tents, they live with their families.  And once their term at that kiln is finished, they’ll migrate to a different one- and they’ll take their children with them. Another labourer will arrive.  He may have a wife.  He may have a child too.  But, again, there’s no record for that child.  People are easily replaceable in the brick-making business.
So, how do you track those without roots? How do you track people who are constantly on the move?
That’s where blackened pinkies help.  They may move ten kilometers away or to the other side of the state, but the child’s pinky will remain blackened- a sign that he/she’s been vaccinated for polio.
The polio virus doesn’t always manifest itself.  But it remains alive and relies on carriers.  Children are its vehicle to go from one body to another, one neighborhood to another, one state to another.  Like any other virus, it doesn’t respect boundaries.  That’s why it’s crucial to vaccinate every child.  But in a country of millions of children, that’s no easy venture.
Local Rotary clubs have joined the trend- painting pinkies.  So many of our friends who have returned from these trips are now painting pinkies at events, honoring those who donate to this cause.  Whether it’s a penny or a grand, each one is entitled to a painted pinky.  Join the cause.  Contact a local Rotary club and see if they’re participating.  I’m sure they’d be happy to stain your finger for polio.



Polio Eradication 101

First off, thanks to Gotham for introducing me to Intent.com and to Mallika for having me on board.  Appreciate it.

This February, I had the chance to participate in an incredible program- PolioPlus.  I traveled to India with a team to give out polio vaccines in cities outside of Delhi.   Needless to say, it was a memorable experience.  After coming back, I’ve been trying to spread the word about polio- a disease that’s largely been forgotten in the developed world.  So, I’ll be using this venue to post articles, information, and hopefully, some interviews with the experts working on polio eradication.

Many have heard about the efforts to control malaria.  The latest Twitter throwdown between CNN and Kutcher generated lots of buzz about malaria and malaria nets.  Economics and development guru Jeffrey Sachs has long been an advocate of the $10 malaria nets.

Polio, though, hasn’t garnered as much media attention- largely because the battle has been going on for very long and it hasn’t attracted much celebrity attention in recent years.

So, let’s begin with a 101 on polio:

What is it?

Polio attacks the nervous system and causes paralysis (in many forms, some more serious than others).  It’s a virus that’s largely submitted from human-to-human contact.  The biggest challenge is that many people can be a carrier of the virus but not show any signs of paralysis (so the virus stays alive w/o necessarily being active and manifesting itself).

Where’s it happening?

India, Nigeria, Pakistan,  Afghanistan

What are we doing about it?

Four organizations have come together to take on the fight against polio, each offering their own expertise and resources: WHO, UNICEF, Rotary, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

The effort’s been going on since 1988- that’s 20 plus years and counting.

What can you do?

1. It may sound silly to ask for money in these economic times but one of the crucial needs in the eradication effort is funds.

Each vaccine for a child costs 60 cents.  That’s two drops of the vaccine and that’s all a child needs.  So, the smallest donations make a difference.

2. For those who can’t support financially, you should write to your congressman/woman, urging them to support the cause.  Spread the word in whatever fashion- through word of mouth, online, blogging, etc.

This year, the governments of Great Britain and Germany each gave 100 GBP and 100 EUR, respectively.  Plus, the Gates Foundation has just awarded Rotary a grant of $255 million.

These institutions/ governments are supporting Rotary and its partners because they’ve shown results in the past: they’ve eliminated polio from 122 countries in the world and reduced the number of cases by 99 percent.  They’re effective.  And that’s why we should be making some ‘noise’ about this program- it’s an example of how by pure volunteerism a disease can be wiped out…

Why do we care?  Because viruses don’t see national boundaries and geographic limits.  Plus, it’s a life-long disease.  So, you’re giving people the chance to walk limp-free, crutch-free for a lifetime.

This is just the beginning.  Stay tuned for more on polio.  Till then, check out: http://www.rotary.org/en/ServiceAndFellowship/Polio/HelpEradicatePolio/Pages/ridefault.aspx

A few side notes:

I’d like to dedicate this blog to Prachi and her family- hope that our efforts help in some small way.

Photo of the vaccine courtesy of Randy Butler- one of the members on the 2009 team and a fantastic photographer!

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what the

 Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. 
The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want."
~ Margaret Young
Life – Meaningfulness
The above quote describes the procedure of living so meaningfully
How well indeed it encourage one to be oneself truly and naturally.
Then seeks to meaningfully encourage one to attend to the respective/concerned objectives
To achieve and accomplish one’s priorities meaningfully.
It is a simple yet effective inspiring set of words, with each word expressing meaningful value.
Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina; Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina
May One and All be Happy and Peaceful;
May One and All have well-being and live peacefully together
May Happiness be showered on all;
May One and All be Healthy
O Lord Protect us
O Lord Guide us
O Lord Grant us Wisdom
O Lord Lead us from darkness to Light (From ignorance to Knowledge)
O Lord May there be Universal Peace, Hope, Happiness, Wisdom, Prosperity and Progress
Best Wishes,
Vashi Ram Chandi 

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