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By: Gopi Krsna - 2009-2010

In my days since returning from the India Tour, I have reflected upon the power and importance contained within the essence of Sam'gacchadhvam.  It is not hard to enjoy living together with friends and/or like-minded people when there is no friction, but when they eat your yogurt or leave their clothes in the laundry machines or park their cars so that you cannot move yours AGAIN, etc., it is so easy to forget how much they can lift you up when you are feeling down and having trouble ousting the doldrums solo.  

Our group really taught me the value of working as a team; I feel that most people at least understand the concept of holding space for their team-members who are feeling down, but this group taught me how to be ok with letting other people help me up when I (am willing to admit and accept that I) am feeling down - to feel that love, to feel that closeness, and most importantly, to let it in (even if feelings of embarrassment arise due to my vulnerability).

Nothing makes me open up more to another person than when they are fully vulnerable to me - I realized with this group that I am not the only person in the world who functions this way.  Sometimes it really is ok to lay my weary head in another's lap and rest my tired body and soul, and have faith that the hands holding me up are not getting bored or weakening under my burdensome weight.  Those hands can be growing with strength through Baba's love and the Baghavad Dharma that can open the human heart to channel that flow of love; where Seva is a privilage and it resonates with the timeless/formless/limitless core of every one of us - in this way, with this ideation, it is possible to render service by allowing those around me the opportunity to do service to/for me when I am in need. 

I learned that I am worthy of love.

Thank you so much. Namaskar,

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