Letter to Manav Sadhna
Hello Manav Sadhna Family,
Through your well wishes, the Seva CafÃ© is doing well. Many people are having life enhancing experiences here. During the launch of the Seva CafÃ©, one woman was actually in tears after we brought her a meal. Last night was the third Seva CafÃ© that we have conducted. There are many more stories that I can possibly share. Every time I looked around the room, all I saw was smiles, I thought to myself that this is a place where Love resides. Last night I saw a homeless man sitting on one of the tables outside. I went up to him to see how he was doing. I explained the concept of the Seva CafÃ© and he was literally moved to tears. He said he knew all about pain and suffering because of living on the streets. We brought him his meal. Afterwards, he left 93 cents on the table to pay for a future guestâ€™s meal, it was all the money he had on him.
Many more stories to reflect on. One of our friendâ€™s aunt passed away last week. The funeral was yesterday, after the funeral the family decided to come and join us at the Seva CafÃ©. I placed the Share the Love box on their table and we as a group all decided to take money out of the box and do something meaningful with it in the coming days.
I canâ€™t even begin to share how the volunteers themselves are doing. Recently a friend of ours, Sudi, washed dishes for 5 hours straight, he even had to carry dirty water from one room to another because the plumbing pipes were clogged. He must have gained something through that experience because he agreed to come and serve every single Saturday. Another friend drove 1 hour to be with us yesterday, after sitting for four minutes he decided that he was going to wash dishes for the rest of the night. Another friend of ours came by during the first week just to say hello. He kept saying that he needed to leave the entire night but ended up staying with us past midnight. You couldnâ€™t get him away from the dish washing sink. I spoke to him afterwards and he mentioned the hard time he was having at another non-profit he works at. He was literally feeling burned-out and had decided to take a break from his non-profit workâ€¦ he said that being at the Seva CafÃ© rejuvenated his spirit and he felt a new force of inspiration to do good in the world. He too has come back every single Saturday. Its hard to put into words what happens here. Watching Niyati wipe the tables down at the end of evening was one of the most peaceful experiences I had. As if somehow the universe itself was guiding every single stroke of her hands.
Thank you for providing us with the inspiration to get this started. It is already beginning to affect people in a very positive way. We know that with everything we do here, we are tied to everything you do there. Many of the local folks that have visited the Seva CafÃ© in Ahmadabad have been supporting this effort here. Please let us know how the Seva CafÃ© is doing there in Ahmedabad andzif there is anything we can do to help from here.
Some stories of the Seva CafÃ© are here and some comments from guests will be added here as well:
With as much love as we are capable of,