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Human society today is plagued by a desire for lifestyles that are tilted towards unconscious and immediate gratification.
Our decisions are often made on the basis of short term gains. We can do this because we remain unconscious about its long term consequences.
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This immediate gratification has found its validation and justification through a sense of arrogant and narrow rationalism. The gradual build up to this kind of narrow rationalism has happened with the emergence of a culture that has an unreasonable amount of belief in the ability of modern science, technology and economics to solve any crisis. People who are inclined to look at these aspects are often faced by challenges within their own circles.

A peculiar phenomenon that is noticed is that there is a greater level of encouragement if one wants to study them as a purely academic pursuit while it becomes a big challenge if it is a holistic exploration that includes a radical change in the patterns of our decision making and life choices. A pursuit of truth accounts for both long term and short term consequences of our choices. If we are only concerned about our own narrow benefits, we might be away from the truth. We as a society seem to be mostly indulging in our own short term gains and refusing to look at the long term consequences of it.

“Since we do not love nature, we do not know how to love human beings. We have lost the sense of tenderness, that sensitivity, that response to things of beauty. It is only in the renewal of that sensitivity that we can have understanding of what is true relationship.”
– J Krishnamurti

A compassionate, non judgemental space is very essential for us to acknowledge and accept our tendency to live lives driven by the fear, lust and greed of our narrow self.

Satvan as a space wishes to create an atmosphere for an honest acknowledgement of the state of our relationship with nature. The movement that follows this acknowledgement is a genuine self motivated movement. It is not driven by a trend or any kind of self fulfilling desire.

The difference in our lifestyle and life choices are not necessarily an indicator of the difference in our intelligence. Our upbringing, circumstances, life experiences and narratives play a vital role in determining them. Satvan is imagined as a space where we could look at our own stories and narratives with compassion and attention. A movement towards right action and right relationships can emerge from this kind of an observation.