Newsletter-cum-magazine of Oasis Movement YEAR 2 I ISSUE 46 I Nov 1, 2009

We Improve Selves While We Seek To Make Our Country
a Better Place

Sunrise at Darjeeling
(Nature was at her best at Darjeeling, during this Diwali holidays, when Oasis Team was on its annual retreat. The Goal was to envision the coming year 2010 and to create Vision & Mission Statements, sitting in the lap of Himalayas. A Magnificent Sun rise, the Majestic Kanchenjunga, the Beautiful Tea Gardens, the Scenic Nature merged with daily routine & helped us to reconnect to our own selves. Vision was created & Mission was crafted with joy, harmony & enthusiasm.)

Oasis Movement Vision Statement

Our Commitment/Goal:
We shall work with overflowing Enthusiasm and Happiness Towards transforming Education System for Character-building And encouraging young generations to contribute for Nation-building.


Our Attitude towards Work & Team:
We shall learn to be a Great Team to achieve our goals
While pursuing Excellence and Balance in everything we do Working in a Democratic way with Consensus.


Self-development at Center:
We shall constantly endeavor to be better human-beings
While treating all our relationships as reflections of our self
And always choosing Larger Good during our conflicts.


Enjoying Life:
We shall enjoy Life to its fullest under all circumstances
Without ever sacrificing our Honesty, Integrity and Conscience And always remembering that there is no greater joy than Giving.

The more we care for the happiness of others,

the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.

Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others

automatically puts the minds at ease.

This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have

and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter.

It is the ultimate source of success of life.

~ His Holiness,Dalai Lama the Dalai Lama

Oasis Movement Mission Statement 2010

There is no greater joy than GIVING.

Our mission in 2010 is...

  • To conduct more than 200 Character Building Workshops for different sections of society through 50 facilitators trained at Oasis Valleys Institute (after its completion & inauguration).
  • To conduct Self Educational sessions for hundreds of youths & teachers and also to start regular supporting classes in various educational institutes of India.
  • To propagate more than 1 Lakh books/booklets on Character Building and to publish “Navesar thi Charitrya Ghadatar Taraf” as a unique reference book on this subject in Gujarati Language.
  • To expand ASHA Project to 6-7 more cities & few villages of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Gujarat and to reach to 5000 children by involving 100 more volunteers as teachers. Also to propagate health awareness through several Mass Awareness Events, Health Mela etc.
  • To reach Sustainable Agriculture to more than 100 farmer communities. Also, to support many organic farmers through propagation of various Organic Products in masses by organizing Organic Food Festival cum Organic Fair & several other awareness events.

What is Vision & who is Visionary?
Vision is an ability to anticipate possible future events and developments. It is to see things before they happen. The visionary is the one who takes action to make the vision become a reality.


The Mind set of a Visionary Person
The visionaries have a clear vision upon which their actions are based. A visionary doesn't do things for the sake of doing them; rather, the visionary makes very calculated decisions which will succeed in fulfilling their vision.

Most visionaries will simply view an obstacle as a learning experience they can use for self-development. They feel that the challenge enlightens their mind to new understanding.

The visionary is not at all a victim of circumstance, but rather a creator of circumstance and productivity.


A visionary leader is effective in manifesting his or her vision because s/he creates specific, achievable goals, initiates action and enlists the participation of others.

What are the qualities and abilities of true visionary leaders?

Visionary leadership is based on a balanced expression of the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical dimensions. It requires core values, clear vision, empowering relationships, and innovative action. When one or more of these dimensions are missing, leadership cannot manifest a vision.

A commitment to values is an outstanding characteristic of all visionary leaders. They embody a sense of personal integrity, and radiate a sense of energy, vitality and will.

More self-aware and reflective than others, visionary leaders follow an inner sense of direction, and lead from the inside out, as exemplified by Mahatma Gandhi. He said, “I must first be the change I want to see in my world.” He was a prime example of a commitment to values. Rather than being corrupted by power, visionary leaders are elevated by power and exercise moral leadership.



Visionary leaders have an inspirational, positive picture of the future, as well as a clear sense of direction as to how to get there.

They inspire people to be better than they already are and help them identify with their better nature. Visionary leaders transmit energy to people, giving them a new sense of hope and confidence in achieving the vision.


Good relationships are the heart of effective visionary leaders. They embody a deeply caring approach to people, seeing them as their greatest asset. Visionary leaders promote a

partnership approach and create a shared sense of vision and meaning with others. They exhibit a greater respect for others and carefully develop team spirit and team learning,


Visionary leaders are especially noted for transforming old mental maps or paradigms, and creating strategies that are “out of the box” of conventional thought. Their thinking is broad and systemic, seeing the big picture, the whole system, and “the pattern that connects.” They then create innovative strategies for actualizing their vision.

Visionary leaders anticipate change and are proactive, rather than reactive to events. Their focus is on opportunities, not on problems. They emphasize win/win approaches.

When we see a truly visionary leader accomplishing great things, s/he is drawing on the resources of their soul and its remarkable capabilities. Each of us can access our inner resources to become a more effective leader in our own field. First we must be willing to take initiative and stand for something we believe in passionately. We must be ready to take the heat.

Today, thousands of new visionary leaders are emerging in all fields of human endeavor around the world, leading a quiet revolution energized by power of the soul. By appreciating and supporting those who lead from their core spiritual values, we strengthen those leadership qualities in ourselves.


Re-visiting the moments of inspiration - a photo journey
HMI Darjeeling
Tea Gardens
Himalaya Mountaineering Institute (HMI): Established by the Govt of India under the leadership of Tenzing Norgay (who conquered Mt. Everest for the first time in human history with Sir Edmond Hillary). We learnt what human spirit could do/achieve in the toughest of the situations.

The beautiful Tea gardens and scenic views of Darjeeling hills relaxed us, gave us deep joy and took us to the inner core of ourselves.
We visited one of the tea estates and understood the process of making World famous leaf-tea of Darjeeling.

Mirik Trek Happy Journey
The explorers explored their own selves in harmony with nature. The team on a trek around the Lake at Mirik.

The joyful state inspired by the nature around, harmonized the team for greater synergistic approach for mission 2010.

The majestic Kanchenjunga - the highest peak of Himalayas in India with the height of 8586 mt.- inspired us to dream the Highest and stand tall.

A man at an Art Gallery : I suppose this horrible looking thing is what you call modern art ?

Art dealer: I beg your pardon sir, that's a mirror!

As the weather grows cooler and we enter Vata season, it is particularly important to keep this primary dosha in balance with warm, grounding foods. Ginger, deshi Jaggery & Cow Ghee - all are Vata-pacifying ingredients. Make small laddoos of dry Ginger powder (Soonth) & Jaggery (taken in proportion of 1:2) mixed thoroughly with little Cow Ghee and take 1-2 laddoos every day first thing in the morning, to keep your Vata dosha under control.

Parenting is affection without sentiment, authority without cruelty, discipline without aggression, humor without ridicule, sacrifice without obligation, companionship without possessiveness.

~ William E. Blatz

Visionary people face the same problems everyone else faces; but rather than get paralyzed by their problems, visionaries immediately commit themselves to finding a solution.

~ Bill Hybels

Relationships - of all kinds - are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers... A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.

~ Kaleel Jamison

Circumstances does not make the man.

They reveal him to himself.

~ James Allen

  Editor's Note

October 13th-22nd 2009. It was a time for Oasis Team to re-connect with the core values we live and love to live. It was a time to envision the coming year 2010 and nurture the mission to live our Vision.

The whole team, for the first time in last few years, went on a Mission Retreat. The destination was in the lap of The Great Himalayas; this time, Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills. Exploring nature & the great vision of Kanchenjunga inspired us to explore ourselves and to re-connect us to the highest of values.

Based on these values, our vision became clear and our mission was prepared. Fired with a missionary zeal, all of the dozen teammates enthusiastically vowed to make year 2010 a grand success.

The photo journey will give you glimpses of the process of harmonizing nature and self. This issue is dedicated to Oasis Vision & Mission.


  Difference between “Mission Statement” & “Vision Statement”

A Mission Statement defines the organization's purpose and primary objectives. Its prime function is internal – to define the key measure or measures of the organization’s success – basically Goals of the organization and its prime audience is the leadership team and stockholders.

A Vision Statement also defines the organizations purpose, but this time it does so in terms of the organization’s values rather than bottom line measures (values are guiding beliefs about how things should be done.) The vision statement communicates both the purpose and values of the organization. It gives direction about how people, associated with organization, are expected to act, especially in conflicting situations / crisis and inspires them to give their best.


Are you a Visionary?

A visionary has a big dream, shares it, and inspires others to join it. Here are additional qualities for you to consider. Check how visionary you are.

A Visionary:

1. Is comfortable with uncertainty, the place where true creation occurs.

2. Has extraordinary faith. They are able to act on what’s important to them even without assurance and guarantees. They can walk on faith without knowing the strategy or even clear next steps.

3. Is collaborative rather than hierarchal. They have the courage, clarity and commitment to share dreams and ideas and empower others to take ownership.

4. Has tremendous integrity. Beyond keeping their agreements with themselves and others, they answer to a higher Source. They usually have a purpose, mission, vision, calling and dreams in many areas of life.

5. Has uncanny ability to fly just above ground level AND at 20,000 feet and still see both perspectives. The difference between a mere “dreamer” and a “visionary” is that a visionary has a plan (and sometimes it’s pretty loose at the beginning) on how they can accomplish their “vision.”

6. Has Ability to segment big ideas into smaller pieces that can be implemented quickly.

7. Has Tenacity and perseverance … and passion. They make vision so exciting and energizing that everyone will want to join in on it, because they just can’t resist.

8. Has Talent for constant improvisation. Nothing stays the same — and the bigger the vision, the more likely it will be that something external to the vision and plan will change before hitting objective. They view external changes as opportunities, not as barriers. They are comfortable deviating from their original plan if something changes.

9. Always listens and really is glad and energized by the experience that s/he has learned something.

10. Is not afraid of the future, rather the possibilities that exist potentially in the future excite him/her.

Sardar Jayanti

This 31st October is the 134th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India.

Let's remember him for the dream he envisioned of a great united India. He was a true visionary.  While uniting India, just after independence, he anticipated the problems well, was ready with the plan and took courageous actions. So was he, very truly called Sardar.

Let’s pay our tribute to this Great Visionary Leader.



Quote of the month

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

~ Helen Keller

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Sunrays on Kanchenjunga

First Rays of Sun on Mt. Kanchenjunga.

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