“Lift up those around you” – Wisdom from Baba

“Lift up those around you” – Wisdom from Baba

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It’s Wednesday, so I wanted to go out and get some Living by Givingwisdom. #WisdomWednesday

The very first place I turned was to the only Baba I know – my best friend, Mitali’s real Baba. I’ve only known Baba for a couple years. In these two years, I have come to know a man who is humble, courageous and a treasure of words. My conversations with him have not been extensive in length, they haven’t needed to be. Instead, they have been powerful burst of transfixing stories and lessons. Baba has also been battling cancer for the past two years and I have witnessed a family surround this man with love and care that defines inspiration.

A month ago I had the pleasure of attending Mitali’s sister, Mona’s wedding. The entire experience was breathtaking, from the saris to the decor, to the sheer volume of family members who traveled from all around the globe to be a part of this ceremony. I was just enchanted by the entire evening.

(Here is the most beautiful picture of the family at the wedding. Photo by Beth Kelley)

It was the conversation that I had with Baba at the end of the evening that has left an imprint on my spirit forever.

As I was extending my appreciation to him for including me in this family event, he took my hand and said, “I love you too. You are my child too. You are all my children.” 

Now, these may seem like simple phrases, but for me, they are three of the most generous ever to be spoken. And the authenticity in which he delivered such declarations struck right at my heart.

Thus why today I wanted to share Baba’s love and his wisdom with you. I asked him to share his advice on how to live more generously and why it is important to do so. Here was his response.

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“I’m a simple man with just a couple ideas. It’s hard to describe how to be generous when you never think of the way you live as being generous. It’s just the way I am.

First: Always give without expectation. It’s important that you do give, share and provide because it’s the right thing to do and not because you expect something in return.

Second: Lift up those around you. I find sometimes people try to fix problems outside of their scope, outside of their community, outside of their expertise. It’s important to help those that you are closest to and pass the generosity through those you know and eventually it will effect everyone.
 
I came from nothing and have been driven to provide not just for my children and wife, but to make sure I’m helping my village back in India and my brother’s family and anyone else I have the fortune to know and love. I can’t give much, but I can give my time, my roof, my kitchen table, my support and my love. Generosity should be measured by love not dollars.”
 
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I absolutely LOVE that last line. Being around Baba and his family as they fight this battle with cancer, I have learned, seen, heard and felt LOVE.  Like Baba, I believe the biggest gift you can give to the world is love. It is life’s waterfall – beautiful, powerful, divine and fulfilling- that when shared, will never stop replenishing the basin of our souls.
Do something with his wisdom today. Baba is in the fight of his life and I ask that you give a boost of your own spirit to strengthen his. Say a prayer, light a candle, send someone you love a note telling them so… for Baba. That’s Living by Giving.
 
Make it a generous day!

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