"Because the relationship between self and world is reciprocal, it is not a matter of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the Earth, the Earth heals us. No need to wait. As we care enough to take risks, we loosen the grip of ego and begin to come home to our true nature."
~ Joanna Macy
The Swaraj Foundation is a trans-local initiative that is dedicated to evolving the conceptual and systemic frameworks for Swaraj and to supporting each living being in their own personal struggle for Swaraj. We seek to create a constructive program for the 21st century and beyond through contextualized research, dialogue and practical experiments. We invite you to join us in this process.
The Swaraj Foundation seeks to promote new thinking, community leadership and unlearning processes for Swaraj-development in South Asia by:
1) Collecting and synthesizing innovative research and materials on decolonization and re-imagining education and development from around the world.
2) Organizing unConferences, seminars, and workshops for educators, concerned community leaders, and various development thinker-practitioners from around the world.
3) Supporting initiatives that are being evolved throughout South Asia which seek to apply the best research and indigenous wisdom about unschooling, localization, post-activism, de-growth, slowness, voluntary simplicity, deep democracy, zapatismo, counter-development, gift culture, biomimickry, complexity, etc. towards radical educational transformation and community regeneration.
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The Swaraj Foundation
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Willowbrook, IL 60521 USA.
Opening Thy Palm
I had gone a-begging from door to door in the village path when thy golden chariot appeared in the distance like a gorgeous dream and I wondered who was this King of all kings!
My hopes rose high and methought my evil [hungry] days were at an end, and I stood waiting for alms to be given unasked and for wealth scattered on all sides in the dust.
The chariot stopped where I stood. Thy glance fell on me and thou camest down with a smile. I felt that the luck of my life had come at last. Then of a sudden thou didst hold out thy right hand and say “What hast thou to give to me?”
Ah, what a kingly jest was it to open thy palm to a beggar to beg! I was confused and stood undecided and then from my wallet I slowly took out the least little grain of corn and gave it to thee.
But how great my surprise when at the day’s end I emptied my bag on the floor to find a least little grain of gold among the poor heap. I bitterly wept and wished that I had had the heart to give thee my all.
~ Rabindranath Tagore