I first ran into Ashveer Ramsunder on Facebook. His observations and quotes had me coming back for more. When I found out that he is working on a book, I had to find out more about this fascinating man AND the book.
Melanie Rockett: Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
Ashveer Ramsunder: Durban, South Africa is the place in which I made my grand entrance to the world, as a younger sibling, in the early hours of a Saturday morning of August 1985. I grew up in an impoverished family where the only richness that I experienced was through my imagination, or through the glimpses of the lives of my richer cousins. It was a fairly rough childhood in that there was an exposure to the strain of daily living from early on and there was also an unspoken understanding that this was how life was going to be (or should be) – no questions asked. And whenever I made the bold declaration of dreaming larger for myself, extended family members were quick to remind me of my station in my life – even as a child. My parents both worked tirelessly and I am truly grateful to them for that. However, it was my grandparents who were the foundation of my upbringing, as they were instrumental in allowing both my brother and I to retain our innocence as children.
From early on, I had a distinct sense of destiny about me. It was something that I could not explain but it felt very tangible within me. Despite the adversities and the challenges that we had faced financially, I somehow knew within me, that my life purpose would involve healing. For that reason, I found myself drawn to medicine and I knew within me that I was going to be a doctor. It was not just a dream, a wish, or even an affirmation but rather it was an instinctual knowing that my path would lead me to that moment and that eventual outcome. I did not know how it would unfold, but I knew that it would.
And as I accomplished that dream, I was led to larger insights regarding my life and the world and the people around me. I understood that my purpose of healing was not just to heal wounds on the outside, but it was also to reach deep within the psyche of people and to touch and transform their lives. One of the instinctual knowings which I have felt in the past few years within the deepest recesses of me, was to create a book that brings people to the attention of themselves. Initially I resisted that internal cue. However, as I came into a true state of alignment with myself I understood that this was a call of destiny and not merely a suggestion.
My truest intention is to be a beacon of light, hope and understanding and to share some sense of illumination that reflects people’s lives and opens them up to themselves. And I choose to use whatever medium God brings my way, including this Life and this book, to make people lead better lives… To help bring them to the HIGHEST vision possible for themselves – that is my goal and intention.
Melanie Rockett: You are very well known for your humanitarian works throughout the world. What inspires you to get involved?
Ashveer Ramsunder: When you look at the current state of affairs in the world, you cannot help but be somewhat moved and compelled to do something about it. Whilst there is a lot of good and beauty in this world, there are also areas that require our conscious attention so that we become empowered to do something about it. Being generous, charitable, philanthropic – or whatever adjective you use to describe it – is not merely about opening up your wallet, but rather, it is about opening up your heart and your spirit and touching someone’s life. That is the truest form of giving. How you express that giving can be achieved in a variety of ways – through money, through your time, through volunteering your services, even through a smile. What matters is not what you give, but how you give. The intention should always be the focus. This intention has enabled me to extend my humanitarian acts to Brazil in the form of providing milk to new born babies. I have also been involved in foster sponsorships in India, Syria and South Africa. One of my most personal proud moments (and I do not mean that in an egotistical or boastful manner), is the construction of classrooms in Ethiopia.
I do hope to achieve more though. This is just the beginning of my journey and I would like my work to affect people of all continents, races, religions, sexual preferences, diversities and beliefs in due time.
The greatest inspiration to me has been Oprah Winfrey. There is something magical about the way in which she is able to connect with the core of people. She does it without intrusion or interference, but Oprah has this amazing gift where she is able to journey with you to the source of your pain. There is nothing proud or arrogant in her demonstration of philanthropy and she is the mother and the mentor that the world is blessed to have. My greatest privilege is having the opportunity to experience this personally. She is remarkable, profound, yet deeply humble. These are the qualities that I also strive to emulate. And I do this not from a place of comparison or duplication, but rather, from an understanding that my unique path requires the same dedication to basic human and soul principles.
I am also inspired by my mother who sacrificed her dreams so that I could fulfil mine. I am inspired by the teacher who sacrifices time with her children so that she can attend to the children of others. I am inspired by the police officer who sacrifices his life, to protect others. There are many unsung heroes of everyday life that I also draw my inspiration from.
Melanie Rockett: As I understand it, you were “existing” though life and then in 2011 something happened that changed everything for you. Are you willing to share?
Ashveer Ramsunder: Contractually, I am not allowed to share much regarding this prior to the release. What I will share with you – in a nutshell – is that I was in a very bad space with myself, following the ending of a relationship and I had a very significant and profound, tangible and real experience that changed the trajectory of my life. It is an important message which I know is meant to be released into the world. I have been given an opportunity and my desire is to share that with others, so that it can also positively affect their lives. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to go into much depth regarding this at this stage.
Melanie Rockett: I for one am anxiously awaiting the release of your book so I can find out what transpired! Whatever happened, it set you on a new path . . what is your NEW mission, and how do you live it on a daily basis?
Ashveer Ramsunder: I am ruled by intention and purpose. That is, first and foremost, my daily focus and I live my life in accordance with that. My greatest mission is to bring about a sense of healing to the lives of people so that they can be better versions of themselves. And the reason why I want to accomplish this is not only so that they can be better at their jobs, their marriages, their relationships etc., but so that they can be better at who they are for themselves. My book focuses on that. Somehow, all avenues of my life have pointed me to this direction and has led me to being exposed to some magnificent people who have aided me along this journey. It has resonated with people in profound ways and I receive that confirmation through the volumes of messages of gratitude that I receive. I also have people randomly stop me and thank me for a particular reflective post or update which was meant for them on a particular day. This is only the beginning of my journey and I know that I have much further to go.
.Melanie Rockett: What can we look forward to in your upcoming book and when will it be released?”
Ashveer Ramsunder: The title of my book has a reference to God (I cannot mention the name right now as it’s still in the copyright process). The reason why I chose this particular title is because I wanted to clearly state from the outset that the inspiration of this book, as well as the creation of it, has come from a Source much larger than myself. I feel that I am more the scribe, than I do the author. It does not subscribe to any particular religious or theological belief but it is all encompassing in nature. It focuses on the Self. My personal experience in 2011 (which is revealed in the first chapter of the book) is the foundation that sets the tone. I focus on a number of key elements in all my chapters that help people to identify what it is that is truly holding them back from achieving their highest potential. It is going to bring people to a deeper understanding of themselves – as it did with me. This, I know for sure. The reason how I know that this is true is because I have implemented this deep understanding in my own personal life and I have watched it transform into something that I only dreamed about previously. My experience in 2011, as well as the lessons learned from that afterwards, is what truly changed my life – both externally and internally. This book is going to outline key elements that will provide the reader with a similar direction as they journey along their own path in life.
Upon completion of a chapter, I would read it out to my closest friends and they would be mesmerized by it. Sometimes, they’d even cry. But whatever their emotional response and reaction, they were forthcoming in telling me just how much it had changed the way in which they thought. I really cannot wait for it to be released because I KNOW that it is going to have the greatest of impact on the lives of people. It is due to be released later on this year, but for now, people can follow me on my Facebook Page and stay updated.
I generally post some of my own quotes on Facebook in order to nourish people and their inner selves. A particular quote that resonated with people with people was:
“You can be, do and have ANYTHING! There is NOTHING that you cannot achieve. You are good enough, you are smart enough, you are beautiful enough, you are strong enough. YOU ARE ENOUGH! So stop your excuses, pick up your crown and put it on your head!”
Before I had posted that, I did not really think much about it. However, since putting that online, I have received just under a hundred inbox messages from people telling me just how much it touched them and inspired them to do better. The outpouring of love and messages of support has been incredibly heart-warming and humbling, and it encourages and emboldens me to continue going deeper into the hearts, minds and souls of people. And I will not stop with that.
Melanie Rockett: I LOVE Ashveer’s clear and articulate writing, You can get samples of his thoughts and ideas on his Facebook page. Be sure to follow him so that you will get notification when his book is released.