A Life Of

Learning, Relating and Gratitude

With Linesh Sheth


About Vipul Mody

I met Vipul in 1985. Around that period he was working as an engineer with Tata Consulting Engineers, Mumbai. I saw Vipul as a man of energy, receptive to new ideas.He was a man with an urge to understand whether there is "something" to life that gives human being a reason to live beyond survival.

Vipul is a householder married to Rekha. He has one daughter who has today become a doctor in physiotherapy and a son studying in 9th standard. Rekha herself worked for sometime for the Humanist Movement. For her daughter Isha, Vipul is a life's model who has put in tremendous contribution to what she is today. I attach this letter here as it is one of the ideal letters in which a daughter has expressed candid emotions and gratitude to her father.

To begin with, he joined Humanist Movement out of curiosity in 1986. However when he found selfless, well intentioned and earnestly active people in the humanist meetings, he felt that this was the kind of envirnoment he was looking for.

The initial introduction soon gave way to study of our internal world. The study of internal world, as explained in Silo's book, "The internal Landscape", describes that direction of life essentially consists of living with Internal Unity. One's Internal Unity gets disrupted when one lives a life of contradiction and conflict. Material progress in life is external. What really matters is internal progress. And internal progress is a process of moving from internal conflicts and contradictions towards unity with one ownself and others. Vipul says, that clarification he received during 1985 to 1987, when he was working with me, led to the discovery that meaning of life gets unfolded when there appears a purpose for living.

The ways to resolve the contradictions in life got unfolded for him when he attended the Center of Work in 1987. That clarification, together with constant work for the Humanist Party, the political wing of Humanist movement, increased his faith in understanding that working for survival is ofcourse a neccessity for life, but purpose of living lies in discovering what gives meaning to it. Vipul says, both the purpose and the meaning started unfolding when he began to experience what it means to work selflessly, without violence and in interest of helping others to discover their meaning of life.

Vipul emphasized during our discussion that when he stared his own group, stared printing monthly newsletters, preparing it by getting up at 5:30 in the morning and uniting people together for a cause beyond self interest, his self confidence tremendously increased. That confidence produced strength of conviction in him. That conviction produced energy and, above all, a spirit that fulfils his existence when he treats others in the way he himself wants to be treated.

Vipul particularly refered to the mention made by Silo in "The Internal Landscape" that activities of life are scaffholding for building our internal unity. He began to understand the practical aspect of transcendence in life when Silo said, "Love the reality that you build and not even death will detain your flight!".

He loved the image of human being by Silo in following words: "Namer of a thousand names, maker of meanings, transformer of the world...your parents and the parents of your parents continue in you. Yor are not a fallen meteor, but a brilliant comet that flies towards the skies. You are the meaning of the world and when you clarify your meaning you illuminate the earth. When you lose your meaning, the earth becomes darkened and the abyss opens." (The Internal Landscape)

It has been wonderful to be associated with Vipul for over 30 years. I have seen him when he entered Humanist Movement as a curious visitor. Today i see him as a committed man with conviction about direction of his life and his role in the world that surrounds him.

A meaningful letter from a daughter to her father

Inspiration. Motivation. Achiever. A lot of people have a very formal bond with their fathers; they have mixed feelings of respect, love & fear. In a typical Indian household, there are boundaries, between a father & daughter, boundaries which restrict the relation they share. My story differs a little there.

My father has brought me up with minimal boundaries, allowing me to explore everything that I want to, allowing me to be everything that I want to, teaching me to be fearless, to not be held back. Growing up, my father would talk to me about living, ways of living, life, people, the mind & its psychology, science, history, English, everything. Long conversations with a little child who may have understood only half of what he spoke, who looked upon him like he was the world, like he had the answer to any question I could possibly ask, like he was the solution to any problem there could be, like he could protect me from any harm that was out there, I saw him as my Super dad.

As I entered my teens, & started to explore everything around me, I realized that maybe my father doesn’t have the answer to everything, he isn’t invincible, he isn’t the human encyclopedia that I thought he was.

He is a normal human being, just like everybody else, maybe with the same problems that are faced by everybody else. What a disappointment, huh? The person I thought of as a hero was just a regular person. Reality-struck-me failed to see the real hero in him.

The hero who built his life with his own bare hands, the hero who took me to every book fare & bought me as many books as I pleased, the hero who had once proudly carried me on his shoulders when I refused to walk, the hero who has worked hard to give me the life I have, the hero who never forgot through all of this, that he had to continue to be my encyclopedia, whether it was science or life or philosophy.

The hero who had guided me & allowed me to study whatever it is that I like, the hero who has found the time to motivate me when I needed motivation, to push me when I needed a push & let me be when I needed to be independent. The hero who has not once under-estimated me, when the world doubted my abilities, he made me see what I was & am capable of & inspired me to go seize all the opportunities that came my way.

He has taught me to be realistic, to be practical & see life as an opportunity to serve mankind. He has been there for me when I needed inspiration & his words have always inspired me to work harder than I think I can. Also, he has been there for me, understanding when I have failed.

He has been the friend I needed, the teacher who guided me, the idol who inspired me, letting me know that I can always talk to him freely & he’d never be too busy to hear me out.

He’s my hero.

Isha Mody (Year 2014)

"I tried the practice called E-Merge. It taught me to draw the energies from the earth in synchrony with movement of body, corrosponding to centres in the spine. I gradually connected activation of each centre while ascending from the Vital Centre at pelvis to my top centre at Crown.

I had heard about transcendence but this was the first time i experienced what it is feel an energy field that extends beyond and above the body limits..." read more...

Vpul Mody
Mechanical Engineer