A leading social reformer, Nipun Mehta from California, was in London earlier this month for a brief stop on his international tour.
He is the founder of a global movement called Service Space (ww.servicespace.org) which inspires people to value friendships and relationships, avoid greed, and practise silence and reflection.
He is an advisor to US President Barack Obama, has given TEDx talks, won international awards, including the Dalai Lama’s 'Unsung Hero of Compassion' and is an acclaimed graduation speaker.
Mehta has developed new ways of encouraging people to be generous and selfless, and enjoy the experience of seva. He says: 'When we help others, we transform ourselves.'
'My life is an attempt to bring smiles in the world and silence in my heart. I want to live simply, love purely, and give fearlessly. That's me,’ he says.
A packed audience of 300 filled the Harrow Arts Centre to listen to Mehta's words of wisdom, shared in conversation with Dr Anuja Shah and MC Dr Atul Shah.
The event was organised by Sanjay and Mita Shah.
Among those in the audience were leaders and social enterpreneurs from the community, representing organisations including JVB, SCVP, Brahmakumaris, Young Jains, Shishukunj, Navnat, Oshwal and the Mahavir Foundation.
Mehta said British leaders should continue their work in building communities of hope and selfless service.
He said: ‘The UK community are truly selfless and generous in sharing this wisdom widely and Creatively. This is exactly the kind of social capital the world needs today, so long may your seva flourish.’