Get togethers

Get together One

12th, 13th March 2022
Marutham Farm, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India

Report by Mr. Santiago, JOBA, Country Leader - India I reached Madurai just half an hour back. Immediately I wanted to write this message to you (Mr. John Britto) when thoughts are afresh and pristine. - Environment - The magic of creativity through a relaxed mindset and a get together planned in a natural environment of closeness with each other what it can make was something a revelation, hopefully not only to me but each one of our friends I believe and would agree with me. This is I think because of each one mindfulness for making life more and more meaningful and relevant in space and time. Specially triggered by you dear Britto consistently over time by your friendship and journeying together holding in high respect and recognition, the uniqueness and best of every one at a given time and context. This is the gift of humanity, very few understand and enjoy making life more and more wonderful with the depth of its peace and tranquility. Bit philosophical but true. Let me be bit more pragmatic now. First impressions The environment of your farm made me in close contact with the nature with all its diversity and beauty. The very first sight seeing the preparation of food that too Azhagu with the people in your farm assured me of my life security in the next days. Your farm house with the wide verandah, the high ceiling hall and the kitchen with the island table broadened my mind and of course our soul connection over long years ever makes me enjoy my inner freedom. I never thought you would start building greater togetherness of all ages including the cute child with the game of sequence that triggered ease and intellect of every one of us. That's the uniqueness of you dear Britto which I always admire. More thoughtful and mindful ahead of every one. It’s a kind of missionary zeal. I have been telling you this, hope you remember when you started 3G. The walk through the full your grown paddy field and the pump-set bathing smashed even the bit of mind barrier with each one us. Four Pillars of JOBA - Discussion The depth of interaction in the evening on the four pillars of JOBA is still taking me to my own depth of being and becoming, my own true self. Hopefully this has been the experience of every one of us in the meeting. I find this meeting is provocative, exploratory, reflective and contemplative combined with the next day articulation with our two friends joined lately. Let me bit now contemplate. No any living or non living being on this planet earth lives for itself. Any living being on this planet earth including human species though it takes from Nature and its bounty which is natural is ONLY to give itself including human species back to this planet earth including the fellow beings, take for example that came in the meeting TREES. The enterprises specially of human species over time in history name it as agriculture the key word came in the meeting, fish culture, permaculture, flower culture, fruit culture, cattle rearing and husbandry or whatever and that of machine tools, management and science and technology etc NONE of them is for itself. When we realise this wisdom in its true meaning and depth that's what I call it Sustainable Living. I still hold this key two letter phrase Sustainable Living - specially in the context of human aspiration which is transcendental reality which we call as spirituality that nothing in this planet earth is dead forever or ended and it only changes its form due to its physical and chemical qualities. செயற்கை vs இயற்கை and vice versa. The other two letter phrase Sustainable Livelihood, I think it's more of economic and political. When Sustainable Living become the philosophy it leads to Universal Values that we find particularly in Tamil Culture யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளீர், பிறப்பொக்கும் எல்லா உயிர்க்கும்... Still many more such values came in the meeting. When we talk about Life Skills, its precisely we may discern it is the skill of not only taking from Nature and its bounty which is natural in a given context, time, education and opportunity which are being addressed in economic and political sense as each community and society wants Power and authority, it is the other side of the Life Skills that JOBA is interested in and committed as it's the truth of any living beings and its wisdom of ethics and morality with its true meaning. Creative Art is to communicate and spread this truth and wisdom starting with the children, family and wider society. Making it truely this history and culture of human species for Sustainable Living or we can say in spiritual or moral term Eternal Living. Let me stop with this contemplation for the time being. Hear the voice recording of our meeting to put it much more taking into the key words that emanated. Saminatha Siddhar Madam, Vadakkaravayal While மருதம் Farm of Britto made us all realise each one of us being part of the Nature, its diversity and beauty Vadakkaravayal village situated adjacent to the farm gave us a human touch. The spiritual tradition of Saminatha Siddhar amply given a shape of a small temple that has a history of association and promotion by Britto's ancestors specially of his good parents, பரிசுத்தம் family goes to say about their life with Siddhar culture and spirituality which is unique to Tamil tradition. Very thoughtfully with all humanness அன்னதானம் to the children and their aged of Vadakkaravayal was organised by Britto where we felt the joy of sharing சக்கரை பொங்கல், புளியோதரை and சுண்டல். It was a wonderful feeling tasting பிரசாதம் with the people. Siddhar spirituality of human equality, dignity and wisdom of higher ideals of living with the Nature with all simplicity and spontaneity was so inspiring and exciting to me and all of us. Herbal plants in மருதம் Farm Dhanalakshmi, the care taker of மருதம் Farm took us around and God knows how many plants she showed us and explined about its use for a healthy disease free life. Our friends complimented with more information about the plants. I must also say here almost we have plucked all the tender coconuts in at least 6-7 trees..many more, I remember when coming to the farm on the first day asked to help a youth to locate the farm, he said it's the farm with lots of coconut trees, coconut groove whichade me to locate it so easily. This was the case for all our friends, I hope. JOBA Malaysia School Leaders Forum - Discussion Our next on line meeting with Mano sir, me was at a loss and was not so confident about the subsequent meeting with the HMs. Thank God we could get a speaker and the meeting was so interesting..and inspiring. Just again our mindfulness and conviction and commitment very ably and professionally facilitated by you dear Britto made the day. I was amazed about each one contribution with all sincerity. 45 minutes meeting went on almost for one and half hour. So motivating and inspiring the interest of the Schools and HMs very well prepared and all ground work done and being done by Mano sir..hats off to him. Ultimately it's for larger good with larger ideals around many creative and innovative activities of Healthy Food campaign of our proposed 3Ps International Clubs. It seems all the participating HMs are highly interested and inspired. This means there are lots of things in our shoulders and hopefully we will enjoy doing in the days and months ahead. You are there dear Britto as a spider ever engaged in cob web linking the past present and the future - of course me and others provide the nectar and the fluid. Finally Final session though sun was shutting down no one felt moving from their chairs - had to close it with bit heavy heart as we are all human being. *****

Get together Two

9th, 10th April 2022
DHAN-People's Academy, Pullothu, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Report by Mr. S. Santiago, JOBA Country Leader (India) Humanity and Bionity - Back home after our two days JOBA Meet2, like me, everyone will agree that each expert team member would have a feeling and a sense of having travelled deep within individually and collectively finding the ever glowing and growing Light of Life that inspires us all to share and care not only among ourselves but equally with all the human being across the world starting with JOBA contacts, and all the species and collaboration which may have rippling and multiplying effect over time and space. While JOBA Meet1 (2022A) at மருதம் farm connected our body and mind, JOBA Meet2 (2022B) have bound the SOUL of each one of us..in that sense hope you all agree with me a perfect journey of Body, Mind and Soul that surface with the contextual power and strength from where every one collaborating with JOBA can experience mutual learning and growing together. Backdrop A perfect setting for JOBA Meet2 with all kinds of trees, plants, birds, insects, monkeys in a rural environment of simple life with tasty healthy food side by side seeing and remembering all our yester year leaders Gandhi, Vivekananda, Vinoba, Thiruvalluvar, Avvaiyar and the writings of Tamil literature Kaniyan பூங்குன்றன் etc.. Share and Care நுங்கு and variety of Tamil traditional snacks and books brought by our friends and the mutual sharing at the beginning of the meeting is a value in itself for JOBA. It was a wonderful start of JOBA Meet2 experiencing the root and the bindings of each one with JOBA as an organisation recently in the last two years but with its Founder each one over decades and interestingly among experts with each other already some years back. Can I call this as a spiritual connection, hope so. Philosophy Very intensive deliberations, articulations, discussions then followed triggered by the respective experts with questions, clarifications joyfully internalising the genuineness of our togetherness as JOBA expert team. Natural Living perspective, திணையியல் perspective, Tamil Literature perspective, Mind perspective, dialectical perspective..the knowledge capital asset of JOBA expert team... Wonderfully integrating all the perspectives, JOBA Founder with his unique knowledge and skill facilitated and enabled collectively arrive at 7 Foundational values and Principles of JOBA as an organisation and its program engagements firmly anchored on its Vision and Mission: Natural Living or இயற்கை வாழ்வியல் அறம். That's the wisdom of JOBA Founder each expert team member experiences all through their strong connections all along for many years. I can acknowledge and confirm it and hopefully so from the experiences of each expert team member. Mission Though the time was fast moving the immediate task of JOBA collaboration with Malaysian Tamil Schools, its program of 3Ps children club proposed, the motivation and the interest shown by 6-7 Tamil Schools Heads anchored efficiently and effectively by Manoharan aiya inspired by Kumaravelu aiya over there was taken up for articulation and discussion. As many as 11 program activities have been suggested to be taken up for discussion with Manoharan aiya and Kumaravelu aiya, Which was done over a Zoom meeting at the end of the Meet. The entire process and the outcome of the Meet was wonderfully briefed to both of them and questions therein were clarified. Hope and believe JOBA intrinsic strong collaboration has in store fructify in due course mutually resulting in growing stronger and stronger all over Malaysian Tamil Schools. It was a joyful revelation for all of us that 3Ps children club could be termed as திணை மன்றம் that came when in Zoom meeting with Manoharan Aiya and Kumaravelu aiya, explicitly and directly going in for institutional culture of இயற்கை வாழ்வியல் அறம் which can be unique, cultural and historical imbibing inspiration to Tamil diaspora all over the world. Collaborations NMCT Highly focussed and unrelenting consistent engagement of JOBA Founder has now enlarged the scope of JOBA. JOBA now has entered into a new collaboration with NMCT, Coimbatore. NMCT Founder-Director Shankar aiya along with his wife Pushkala amma had come for the JOBA Meet2, we are grateful to both of them and their active participation in the meeting. NMCT besides it's many development programs would like JOBA collaboration in their program with MSW students who regularly come for field placement training with NMCT every year from 5-6 Universities. Already JOBA Founder had a meeting with the HOD of the Universities recently. Both the HOD of Universities and the MSW field placed students with NMCT are open for further exposure and training even in other countries for which JOBA has potential and know-how as JOBA Mission is to build up Human capital resource for development change attuned with its Vision. Interestingly a Zoom meeting had been done with Subbarow aiya, the key person, a high level leader of CAP, Penang, Malaysia in which Shankar aiya, the Founder of NMCT and the high level leader Subbarow aiya had interaction facilitated by JOBA Founder and some expert team member. Further articulation and plans are on the anvil of JOBA. Kalpathru Interestingly one of the JOBA expert team members Nithya amma, the owner of கல்பதரு International school in Thanjavur is already involved in the formation of her children in her school on the lines of JOBA Foundational Principles. JOBA Founder and Nithya amma already known each other for long time and has mutual appreciation and the spirit of working together. Amazingly one of our expert team member Drama Selvam aiya is already facilitating the children of கல்பதரு International school on request. In this JOBA Meet2 on the interest and motivation of Nithya amma, JOBA is privileged to enter into formal collaboration with கல்பதரு International School. A great feeling and a sense of meaning for all JOBA expert team members as to how JOBA is growing in its scope and it is seen as as great relevance in today's context the increasing need and importance of preparing and the formation of young minds for the future. Miles to go Lots of responsibilities are in JOBA shoulder and with all the inspiration and energy let us all move forward. A great feeling and a sense of meaning in life I feel and hopefully each one of us. We can walk holding hands each other drawing power and strength from one another circling around JOBA and its Foundation. Thank you dear friends. Will meet soon. Great to have JOBA Founder, his physical presence than of his virtual presence from Australia. We make best use of the time. All the best every one. *****

Get together Three

25th, 26th July 2022
Kalpathru Global School, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

Report by Mr. S. Santiago, JOBA Country Leader (India) Good morning JOBA-Kalpathru inspiring cooperation, collaboration and working together to the the future of children, planet earth and the humanity... This 3rd meet of JOBA expert team with Kalpathru Global School..these two days meet is something I get a feeling of joy and meaning we all have been holding dear in heart and soul from the triggering first meet we had in மருதம் farm, later in our second meet in Madurai searching for our roots and trying to find the uniqueness of our historical and cultural expressions of wisdom as we increasingly find in our life and living as distinct and part of the whole of this one Humane World with all its spontaneous push, pull and dialectics towards perfect balance of Nature-Man-Cosmic being and becoming.. While the serene environment, openness and purity of purposeful journey of Kalpathru Global School with all its care, concern and hospitality of Nithya ma'am, we are thankful and grateful to her set the tone for the meeting, the participation of her teaching faculty is something amazing that brought consonance with all our journey in search of relevance and meaning of our work and engagement for the future of this planet earth and the humanity as it always start with the children as they are the continuum and hope of life of the entire universe. The presentation of JOBA Founder John Britto together with our heritage anchor Pamayan into that of Education 6.0 from an analytical and reflective points views, its principles and Philosophy over research and experience increasingly binds us as team with all difference and uniqueness. Hats of to both of them specially of course with inputs from all members of JOBA expert team. The afternoon session facilitated by Magi that brought out the activities profile making the philosophy realisable in concrete reality of children today, thanks to the good active participation of the Kalpathru teaching faculty enhanced our hope and confidence of our meaning and its worth. Although struggled a bit in the evening session as to work out a Matrix for greater understanding of all its inter connectedness, worth the exercise at least to take the first step in our endeavour. The second day, thanks to the wonderful planning of exposure to our cultural heritage and history as lived in the great city of Thanjavur those days and context, it all the more strengthened in our firm conviction, the relevance of our journey together. The afternoon panel discussion with the parents of Kalpathru Golbal School though small in number but so deep in articulation with meaningful inputs from four Panelists well facilitated by Britto and later in validated by Nithya ma'am has given all of us further steps of our journeying together. The entire two days gives me a feeling as if we all have been in a world of meaning, joy, happiness, fulfilment and joy..and sure this feeling, and meaning of compassion to the future of children in which our own life and living is an integral part is going to be spread length and breadth over time and space. Thank you all, of course to JOBA Founder Britto and of course Nithya ma'am and her wonderful team of Kalpathru Global School specially the best care and hospitality extended to us. Good day and all the best. We keep rocking in journeying together.