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Chinese Family Training/ Retreat in Lighthouse (St. Petersburg, Russia) from 8-12 August
17 August 2015
To Live in Harmony With Nature Is To Live in Harmony With The Self - Francois Becher Visited Kyrgystan
14 August 2015
July 8-13, François Becher, national coordinator, Brahma Kumaris, France visited Kyrgyzstan. He conducted public lectures in Bishkek city and a spiritual retreat for BKs and their friends near Lake Issyk-Kul.
On 8 and 9 July he gave two public lectures on "Our Inner Ecology and our Outer Environment" and "The Way to Wisdom" at the library of the Kyrgyz State University attended by 60 people; among them were professors and teaching staff, journalists and members of Manasshy organization.
During his lectures, François said,
"We share the same Planet; it is one for all of us. Why then is it so difficult for us to solve the problems of our common home together? We behave as invaders, only consuming the Earth's resources. However, our planet is a one integrated living organism, like the human body. If one organ of our body is sick, the whole body will not be healthy. But the mankind has broken the unity of this integrated system of the planet and we are paying the consequences of our actions. It is connected with the attitude of ‘the planet belongs to me', not ‘I belong to it'. That turned a man into a consumer.
We encountered the limits, the boundaries of what is permitted in relation to nature. Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘The planet has enough for human need, but not for human greed'. In other words, the environmental crisis is closely related to the spiritual crisis and the loss of inner values."
In that way, François explained that if we want to protect the environment, we need to improve ourselves by looking inside and understanding our true nature, by learning how to change ourselves and become an example for others.
From 10 to 12 July François conducted a spiritual retreat near Lake Issyk-Kul for the group of 25 BKs and their friends and gave a public lecture.
During the retreat, François conducted classes on topics connected with spiritual knowledge. He shared his methods for self-transformation and answered different questions about our spiritual progress.
First day, we walked and meditated along the scenic Lake Issyk-Kul framed by majestic peaks. In the evening, François gave a public lecture "Discovering the Real Me".
Next day, we conducted meditation in a yurt (collapsible dwelling nomads made of felt) together with the local people.
In the evening, during the seminar we discussed questions such as ‘how habits and inclinations are born?', ‘how is a character created?', ‘what are ways to get rid of the negative tendencies?'
For this retreat, we invited our friends who usually lead their busy life in the city, but are keen on spiritual knowledge and like to experience inner peace. They took this opportunity to join us on spiritual holidays and everyone was delighted doing intensive yoga, active body exercises and getting exclusive food for the mind. We ended the retreat with a party launching the paper lantern with our good wishes on it.
All came back happy and refreshed.
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Five Colorful Silk Scarves Welcome Sudha Didi to Mongolia
11 August 2015
From June 24 to July 3, B.K. Sudha Rani Gupta (Didi Sudha), Joint Regional Co-ordinator, Brahma Kumars, Russia, CIS and Baltic States, Director of Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Development, Moscow, visited Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. During her visit, Didi Sudha gave several public lectures, spoke as the special guest at live phone-in TV show, gave interviews and met Indian community in Ulaanbaatar.
According to Mongolian tradition, students of the Brahma Kumaris Center in Ulaanbaatar welcomed Didi with a beautiful folk song and decorated her with five colored silk scarves, one for each element of the nature – red for fire as a symbol of strength and power; green for the earth as a symbol of health and prosperity; yellow for the sun as an ability to share and give the light; blue for the sky as a symbol of infinity and high spirituality; and white as a symbol of a pure soul. They offered her traditional Mongolian green tea with milk and sweets as a sign of respect and hospitality...
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Language Barrier? Not at all!
11 August 2015
210 guests from China arrived in Lighthouse (St. Petersburg, Russia) for their 5 day training program "The Happy Family – God's Masterpiece", 8 August.
The welcome session for 210 guests that came to Lighthouse all the way from China offered a beautiful blend of greetings, songs, dances and video presentations.
The guests, many of whom arrived here with their spouses and children, have been brought to Russia by sis. Sapna and br. Sumeet in co-ordination with Master Ji Jing, a Chinese Buddhist monk, in order to enhance their spiritual progress.
On the very first day they were introduced to the aims and objectives of the "Happy Family" training program they were going to attend.
BK Santosh, Brahma Kumaris director in St. Petersburg:
"This family retreat has been tailored in such a way so that to throw light on the spiritual aspects of human relationships. Spirituality is all about what, how and when we should think, because the energy that powers our actions and interactions is the energy of thought. When we take care of that inner energy, we are able to sustain our peace and happiness. When we are peaceful and happy, we feel comfortable. In this stage of comfort we can feel others and love them. And when we love, we get love in return. This is what makes us into kings because when you get love, you get everything!"
Dear, long awaited guests were welcomed by VIP speakers representing the fields of science, social service, medicine and public sector. They shared their vision of why the Brahma Kumaris concepts become increasingly relevant in the modern world.
Prof. Oleg Lebedev, lecturer of National Research University "Higher School of Economics", Doctor of Education, Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences:
"Everything in the world keeps on changing, and in this atmosphere of change many people have the question whether there are some permanent, unchanging values as well. The Brahma Kumaris offers them an answer they are able to believe and take on board."
Mrs. Irina Afanasieva, director of St. Petersburg Territorial Centre of Social Service:
"I feel that social service is the field of human activity that is directly related to what the Brahma Kumaris are teaching. In our hectic life we tend to forget that we come to this world to be good and do good. The BKs are teaching us to turn our face towards own inner self and feel that this planet of ours is very small and fragile and so it is to be handled with love and care!"
Mrs. Tatiana Bartova, director of Interactive Medicine Department "Vita":
"As a doctor, I have been studying Chinese and Indian traditional medicine since long, as I am interested in the issues of prevention of diseases. Before meeting with the BKs, I used to teach people healthy diet, healthy breathing and healthy movement (exercises). Healthy thinking was the last item on my agenda. But now, after 10 years of contacts with the BKs, my list of priorities has changed. I have realised that the first priority for a healthy life style is healthy, positive thinking."
The participants of the retreat were also welcomed by Prof. Maxim Godarev, president of St. Petersburg Philosophy Club, and Mr. Bislan Hamkhokov, president of St. Petersburg House of National Cultures.
The 5 day journey has just started, but a very important step has already been taken: a beautiful family atmosphere created in Lighthouse has made us feel we belong to one global family. And in spite of the physical language barrier, we have become fluent speakers of the language of eyes, smile and good wishes!
Br François Becher's Visit to Kazakhstan
5 August 2015
Sudesh Didi's visit to Ukraine
4 August 2015
"Easiness of Raja Yogi Life" - Regional Retreat of Center Co-ordinators and Center Wasis, St. Petersburg, Russia, 24 - 28 July
29 July 2015
Stay "Omshanti", don't put Baba's hat on your head and appreciate your role of being God's instrument.
In rainy St. Petersburg Baba's servers, spiritual rivers from 38 cities of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, have gathered together for their regional retreat. Didi Chakradhari, Didi Sudha, Didi Santosh and br. Vijay as well as 52 centre co-ordinators and centre-wasis participating in the retreat were welcomed on 24 July by the Brahmin family of St. Petersburg and decorated with sandalwood tilaks, golden sashes and diamond words of good wishes.
General sessions, workshops in small groups, QA sessions and informal family meetings have been tailored in such a way so that everyone can reflect upon the importance of staying light while fulfilling all our responsibilities and become an embodiment of Easiness.
Special amrit vela sessions with Avyakt BapDada's drishti and voice and a Day of Complete Silence have made everyone ready to re-confirm our pledge of purity and dedication on the day of tying Rakhis (27 July).
Early morning walks in a beautiful pine tree park, near the lake, as well as a tour of the Wonder Island have made us appreciate even more the beautiful family given to us by God!
And a golden chance of doing plenty of karma yoga (cooking, dish washing, serving food, laundry service, etc) has taught us a perfect practical lesson of staying busy yet easy.
Staying Easy is truly Easy!
(some tips from experienced yogis)
Didi Chakradhari: When we become instruments we attain a great fortune. Instrument servers have lots of chances to use the knowledge and become its embodiment. We can't serve others if our own state gets spoiled, therefore paying attention to ourselves at every moment has become natural for us! Don't worry that you are not worthy enough. Just let Baba make you worthy by always remaining light.
Didi Sudha: Our basic quality is "om shanti". When I am peaceful, I am focused. When I am focused, I do everything accurately. When I am accurate, I achieve success. When I am successful, I am contented, and when I am contented, I am easy and light!
Didi Santosh: When we start seeing our service responsibilities as "my responsibilities", we become heavy. We want to become Bap Samaan (equal to Baba), but we make a mistake of trying to put Baba's big hat of World Service on our small head. Baba says, Just give My hat back to Me. Remember that your only responsibility is to keep yourself a perfect, clean and sharp instrument. Baba is the Master, and if the instrument is all right, Baba will be able to use me any time He needs to do so.
Br. Vijay: According to the drama, it was destined for Brahma Baba to become the father of humanity (Prajapita) at that very moment in history when the entire humanity reached its iron-aged stage. He had to face all the situations that arose in the iron-aged world. But the lesson of One Strength and One Support enabled him to overcome all the obstacles and become an angel easily. Let's follow the father's footsteps in this.
Thanks Baba, thanks Drama, thanks very powerful World Benefactors Dadis, thanks knowledgeable and merciful Bro. Jagdish, Bro. Nirwair ji, Bro. Brijmohan ji whose constant support from the heart keeps us moving ahead to our destination.
Towards Harmony, Health and Wellbeing - International Day of Yoga, Kiev, Ukraine
28 July 2015
21 June, 2015 the public program ‘Towards harmony, health and well-being' dedicated to 1st International Day of Yoga took place at the outdoor performance stage of the Kiev Central Park. The program was organized by Brahma Kumaris Centre, Kiev in co-operation with Culture Department of Kiev City State Administration.
The atmosphere during the event was friendly and peaceful. The programme included speeches, guided Raja Yoga meditation, dances and musical performance. On the stage appeared yoga teachers from Ukrainian Yoga Federation, guests from Indian community and BK students. A student of the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine presented a beautiful bouquet of classic and modern pieces for harp.
A traditional Bharatnatyam dance to the glory of Shiva was performed by the premier dancer of the Vasanta dancing group. Highly spiritual atmosphere was created during Raja Yoga meditation exercise conducted by Brahma Kumaris.
Close to the stage there was a Virtuescope game for those who wish to discover and understand their inner potential and positive qualities.
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Yoga As a Way Of Life - Inauguration of the International Day of Yoga
22 July 2015
14 June, Moscow. Brahma Kumaris, Moscow, organised the inaugural function of the International Day of Yoga, a new international tradition which will be celebrated annually on 21st June starting from 2015.* To mark the International Day of Yoga, Brahma Kumaris Centre of Spiritual Development, Moscow, organised "One Week Easy Raja Yoga Programmes" from 14-21 June. The Chief Guest at the inaugural function was H.E. Mr. P.S. Raghavan, Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation. Among the other honourable guests present were: Mr. Rahul Shrivastava, Counselor, Information and Culture Wing, Indian Embassy; Mr. Ashish Sharma, Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre, Indian Embassy, Moscow, and others. According to beautiful Russian tradition, they were welcomed with bread-salt, flowers and songs. After that, there was the candle-lighting ceremony.
Dr. Vijay Kumar explained the meaning of Raja Yoga in a very accurate way, emphasizing its importance for all the levels of life: individual, social, administrative, international – and expressed the wish to mark not only the Day of Yoga but the Decade of Yoga as well.
H.E. Mr. Raghavan highly appreciated the activities of Brahma Kumaris around the world for the great achievement in the task of spreading the message of friendship, peace and spirituality. He also expressed gratitude to Russia for the support in spreading information about yoga.
In his speech the Ambassador remembered the appeal of the PM of India Mr. Narendra Modi to the General Assembly of the UN about the nature of yoga, the strive for harmony between soul and body, thoughts and actions. Mr. Raghavan emphasized that yoga is not just a mere exercise but it determines the way of life. "Yoga is that right connection, which enables a person to remain in harmony with the self, nature and people". At the end of his speech, the Ambassador received the book dedicated to the Silver Jubilee of Brahma Kumaris in Russia.
Didi Sudha, Director of Brahma Kumaris in Moscow, remarked on the coincidence of the first UN International Day of Yoga being celebrated on the third Sunday, 21st June, 2015, with Brahma Kumaris' International Meditation which is also practiced on the third Sunday of every month at all BK centres worldwide. She explained that for one hour, from 18:30 to 19:30 local time, on the third Sunday of every month, every individual member of Brahma Kumaris dedicates special meditation practice to the aim of spreading peace around the world.
As general introduction to Raja Yoga, Didi said that it starts with becoming aware of one's own identity as a peaceful soul together with awareness of our Spiritual Father, the Father of all souls. This realization changes one's vision and attitude, transforming one's actions, behavior, and character. Didi added that in Raja Yoga special attention is given to morning meditation: "It is the most auspicious time, when the human soul can easily focus on the self and calmly draw powers from the Supreme Soul, the Eternal Source of peace, purity, love and other fine virtues. This stage creates a foundation for one's whole day, due to which one finds it easy to maintain peace of mind in any situations."
Mr. Rahul Shrivastava, Counsellor, also shared his experience in yoga practice. He said practicing yoga required a lot of patience because, if one strives for results, then exercising regularly is important; but, as one realizes the benefits of yoga, it gives a lot of inspiration. One of the biggest benefits is good health, and moreover, yoga is important for both the body and soul.
Mr. Ashish Sharma, Director of the Cultural Centre, described the forthcoming events to be dedicated to the International Day of Yoga which was celebrated in one of Moscow's most popular parks, Sokolniki. The main emphasis is on traditional yogic asanas. India's leading yoga associations worked out the general programme which includes asanas and exercises on concentration and breathing that are easy for people of any age and any physical condition.
Some of the BK students shared their experiences of practicing Raja Yoga and the benefits they could feel from it in their lives.
To end the programme, all participants could spend a few minutes in silent meditation guided by Didi Sudha, and gain their own experience, unique and special. With the power of pure, elevated thoughts, a very bright atmosphere was created, generating feelings of festival to inspire others to learn more about ancient Raja Yoga. Perhaps they will also be inspired to make it their way of life!
* Initiating this international tradition was suggested by India's Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, and the resolution to do it received the support of 175 states associated to the UN. The resolution declares that yoga enables "a complex approach to health and welfare." The General Assembly has proposed that all UN member states, in accordance with their own national traditions, celebrate this day in view of raising knowledge about the benefits of yoga among their residents
Wisdom Brings Light - Moscow Program Dedicated to Dadi Janki
18 June 2015
One attains wisdom when eternal values become more important compared with perishable ones. Dadi Janki made her choice at the age of 21, after having come to the World Spiritual University (India) in the late thirties of the last century. Then she stepped onto the path of spiritual transformation. humanity. She is called Dadi (this is how the senior sisters are addressed with a special feeling of love and regard). At the age of 92 she became the head of Brahma Kumaris Institution, widely famous organization with over 8000 centres in India and about 1000 centres 130 countries and over a million beneficiaries. This international organization is a movement for peace and harmony in the world the motto of which is "when I change the world will change".
Dadi Janki is a spiritual leader, she is one of the ten wisdom keepers – the outstanding spiritual and religious leaders. In spite of her age, Dadi continues to travel around the world inspiring people by her wisdom and example. People who come into Dadi's contact experience her unique ability of easily resolving complicated situations. Her loving heart removes all the barriers in communication. Dadi's wisdom is a treasure store of experiences that is why every meeting with her is unforgettable. She infuses hope and courage, enables everyone to discover their own inner source of wisdom. When asked, from where she gets the power? Dadi replies in a simple way: "I do not waste my thoughts and energy, pure positive thoughts help me to accumulate spiritual power, and due to good wishes for all I receive power and share it with others".
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Victory of Spirit: Survivor of a Land Mine Explosion is Featured Guest at Brahma Kumaris Moscow
8 June 2015
It was an unusual meeting. The hearts of those who came were filled with unique, uncommon feelings of genuine admiration and appreciation. The intellects resisted to believe, but the eyes could clearly see ñ yes, this is the victory of spirit over matter, the proof of manís will power making impossible possible with a loving heart. The example of this victory was a person who lost his arms and legs at the age of 16 when he stepped on a hidden land mine, a relic of World War II. The tragedy happened on 8 May 1999, on the eve of the Victory Day widely celebrated in Russia.
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"7 Billions Acts of Goodness" Initiative Introduced to Deputy Speaker of Vologda Regional Parliament (North-West Russia) - April, 2015
29 April 2015
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Brahma Kumaris activities in Vologda, an ancient Russian city with almost a thousand-year history, the BK centre was visited by Mr Vladimir Vavilov, deputy chairperson of Vologda Regional Parliament.
Micro- Micro- Microchip with Mega- Mega- Megabytes of Goodness
28 April 2015
"7 Billions Acts of Goodness" International Initiative Launched in Cherepovets, the Steel Capital of Russia - April, 2015
Dialogue on "Culture, Philathropy & Hamonious Society: Past, Present and Future" in Kiev, Ukraine
5 March 2015
14 January, 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine, in the conference-hall of the Taras Shevchenko National Museum a dialogue on ‘Culture, Philanthropy and Harmonious Society: Past, Present and Future' took place on the initiative of NGO the Social and Cultural Centre, founded by Brahma Kumaris students, Kiev. The participants touched upon imperishable values of culture; there was an attempt to analyze the present situation in Ukraine, to find the reasons for the decline and the ways of developing culture in general. The moderator of the meeting was Nikita Vasilenko, professor, College of Journalism of the Shevchenko Kiev State University, and the facilitator was Olga Baidarova, professor of the faculty of psychology of the Shevchenko Kiev State University. B.K.Sudha R.Gupta, Director General of the Centre of Spiritual Development, Brahma Kumaris, Moscow, was the guest of honour of the meeting.
Among the participants of the dialogue there were: Oksana Melnichuk, consultant to the Director of the State Strategic Research Institute by the President of Ukraine; Anatoliy Kusch, sculptor, national artist of Ukraine, member of the State Academy of Arts of Ukraine, author of the Monument of the Independence of Ukraine; Natalia Shulga, Chairwoman of the Commission of the Kiev Municipal Council on Education, Science and Innovation Policy; Dmitriy Stus, Director General of the Taras Shevchenko National Museum; Lyudmila Uskova, Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis Development; Otto Stoika, Chief doctor of the Kiev Health Centre, nominee of the rating Top-100 of the Ukrainian medicine; Zhanna Savrilova, Rector of the University of the Third Generation; Igor Alekseenko, Director of the Naukova Dumka Publishing House; Alexandr Afonin, President of the Association of publishers; Darya Bondarenko, programme director of the International Centre of Development and Leadership; Svetlana Zinevich, Deputy Director of the Centre of German culture "Widerstrahl"; cultural figures, representatives of NGOs and art professionals.
The speech of B.K.Sudha R.Gupta was the key one and was cited by many speakers. Speaking about spirituality in culture she said: ‘Thinking of the past, I do not only mean the past described in schoolbooks, but even the more distant past that has no reference in any historical document. But it is mentioned in myths and legends of all cultures of the world. It was time when a divine culture existed; people understood each other at a glance and words were unnecessary. As it was culture of purity based on mutual love and respect, at that time charity was not needed. Then there was past we know from textbooks; the culture of words and exchange. Later it turned into the culture of ‘if you give me, I'll give you'. Today it seems the culture has become devilish. This is the culture of senseless words, vulgar language and mutual accusations, the culture of division and competition, the urge to get everything just for the self. But the night cannot last forever and now it is time to awake our dormant divinity. That is why we gathered here, because everyone should take this responsibility'.
Rostislav Lukach, ex-president of the Rotary club, Kiev, noticed: ‘Everywhere people want justice and love, both in business and in State organizations. As Ms.Sudha said we should come back to our original values and faith. If we considered any person as our brother on the Earth, everything would be different'.
For many speakers culture is associated with freedom. Andrey Khalpakhchi, Director of the Youth Film Festival, said that culture is the freedom to speak the truth, and Zoya Garkavenko, Director of the Centre of Social Technologies underlined: ‘For me freedom means ‘no fear'. Why we are aggressive and divide – because we have fear, because we are dependent. I think all we have said leads us to one word our guest Ms. Sudha was speaking about and that is harmony. Harmony can only be when we are different but have no fear. And the responsibility means to look at the self, to what I can do'. Anatoliy Shengait, Director of the Kiev Jewish Community said: ‘People are free when they acknowledge the authority of the Supreme. To bring up a person who would had a free personality is the main task of any culture.'
Vladimir Spivakovskiy, President of Grand Corporation, a writer and a pedagogue-innovator, as well as Galina Kozlova, Director of the Kiev Family Centre, said that culture should be not past-oriented, but directed towards future and to raise the level of culture we have to increase the level of spirituality.
The outcome of the dialogue was summed up:
1. Now it is time to change. The time of barricades gave its way to the time of spiritual self-awareness.
2. No superficial reforms can please today's society; they will not lead to real achievements in social and cultural sphere.
3. Real deep changes require time, but it is not time of expectations, but of investments in future.
The meeting ended in performance by the folk band Roksolania of the Centre of Folklore and Ethnography from the Shevchenko Institute of Philology.
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BK Letchu Manan of Malaysia Visits Ulan-Bator, Mongolia, 12 January 2015
20 Febuary 2015
Brahma Kumaris Centre in Mongolia is back up and running again after two years. BK Inna Kim from Moscow came to Ulan-Bator and BK Letchu Manan, Director General of the Department of Biosafety of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia, President and National coordinator of Brahma Kumaris in Malaysia visited the capital of Mongolia.
BK Letchu took part in the conference held by Mongolian Government. He also had a meeting with guests of Brahma Kumaris Centre. An expert in public speeches, BK Letchu Manan travels a lot, carrying programs on positive thinking, personal growth, self-respect, etc. He has simple personality and wonderful sense of humor. His open heart and well-wishing attitude immediately win hearts and create trust.
Nowadays peoples are in the state of stress, depression and uncontrolled emotions. 28 visitors came to Brahma Kumaris Centre for the lecture on "How to control emotions". There was not enough room, so younger guests were sitting on cushions and mats on the floor. Waiting for BK Letchu, guests became familiar with Brahma Kumaris activities and got the knowledge about soul. So when Letchubhai came in and bid welcome to everyone by saying "Om Shanti", all together replied with "Om Shanti" too. There was a feeling that it was just a friendly conversation with questions and answers, laughter and cheers.
In the end of the meeting participants received blessing cards and sweets. Warm Mongolian slippers were presented to Letchubhai, and he immediately put the slippers on. All guests where invited for three- days course of Raja Yoga meditation.
Just Look Skywards and Others will do the Same! - Launching of "7 Billions Acts of Goodness" in Belarus, 1 February, 2015
4 Febuary 2015
The Brahma Kumaris International Initiative "7 Billions Acts of Goodness" has come to Minsk, the capital of the Republic of Belarus. At the launching ceremony held in the conference hall of the "Belarus" hotel, the audience was greeted by Mr. Manoj Bharti, Ambassador of India to Belarus. "I extend my best wishes to this movement of 7 Billions Acts of Goodness. The initiative offers practical and emotional logic of why to do good and how to do good", he said. "The essence of spiritual effort is to get power to do good actions without getting attached to them. When we perform an act of goodness, we should firmly believe that the act has been done through us, and not by us."
BK Santosh, Brahma Kumaris director, St. Petersburg, highlighted the basic philosophical principle behind the project. "In essence, we can say that every one of us is a sentient being made of goodness and for goodness. Goodness is our internal and eternal nature. Meditation is all about reminding myself of this truth by means of which it becomes easy for me to exercise the attitude of gratitude, sympathy and compassion. It's like tying a knot in order to keep remembering something of utmost importance. This higher awareness becomes a seed from which the Tree of Goodness grows in a very natural way. Just don't stop the wave of goodness in your heart, and you'll be a winner"..... Click here for detailed report and photos.
Festival in Honor of the Winners of The Third International Contest 'Fairy-Tales of a Beautiful Heart: Life as Wonder'
26 January 2015
The Third International Contest of children's creative works ‘The Fairy-tales of a Beautiful Heart' was held under the aegis of the UN Commission of the Russian Federation. Thousands of children from 48 regions of Russia and 8 countries took part in the contest. During the whole year, the children were making up stories, writing essays, creating wonderful illustrations for fairy-tales. As a sign of finishing the contest, the Award Ceremony was held at the Centre of Esthetic Education ‘Musseyon' affiliated to the Pushkin State Museum of Arts....
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Share Goodness If You Want to Become Richer - Launching the Brahma Kumaris World Initiative "7 Billion Acts of Goodness' in St. Petersburg, Russia
23 January 2015
It seems that the initiative designed "to exponentially increase expressions of benevolence in the world" is truly producing a "ripple effect" spreading across the globe! Starting from the US, India and Malaysia, the project has now reached Russia. It's symbolic that people from all walks of life joined hands in their commitment to lead a life of goodness and inspire many others to do the same. The project was launched in the presence of the special guests:
Pavel Soltan, deputy chairman of St. Petersburg Parliament,
Elena Berezhnaya, Salt Lake City Olympic champion in figure skating,
Ivan Krasko, theatre and movie actor who has starred in more than 100 films,
Father Roman, chief priest of Georgian Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg
and many others.
Official partners of "7 Billions Acts of Goodness" in Russia:
St. Petersburg Charity Organization "Nevsky Angel",
NGO "Information for All"
and the largest Russian bookstore chain "Bookvoed" (information partner).
Highlighting the special feature of the new project, BK Santosh, Brahma Kumaris director in St. Petersburg, said, "Conversation about acts of goodness is not something new. BKs are not the first or the only organization to touch this issue. Thousands of individuals and hundreds of institutions have been engaged in inspiring people to be good and to do good things. So why is the Brahma Kumaris bringing this up now? Because for majority it is not difficult to decide to be good. However only few are able to sustain their decision, and even fewer succeed in doing good things on a permanent basis. So this is where the philosophy of "7 Billions Acts of Goodness" comes in useful. The project is about exploring the significance of regular practice of silence, positive thinking, or meditation. Now and then throughout the day I should make a pause and reinforce the awareness of myself as an innately good, pure and divine being. This awareness will enable me to maintain positive attitude and vision towards myself and others. In this case my very presence will be loved and appreciated by everyone, and it will act as a washing machine removing all the dirt and giving cleanliness and freshness!"....Click below links for detailed report in the respective languages.
International Seminar on Spirituality in a Multipolar World - Astana, Kazakhstan
16 January 2014
On November 28, 2014, in Astana, Kazakhstan, the international seminar: Spirituality in a Multipolar World: Social Challenges of the Time was held on the premises of the Kazakhs University of Economics, Finances and International trade, within the framework of realization of the Address of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan ‘The Kazakhstan Way - 2050: one goal, one interest, one future'. Participants: Askar Konakbayev, Pro-rector of Kazakh University of Economics, Finances and International trade; Azhar Tulegalieva, Director of the Social Services Department, Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakshtan, Almazbek, Senior expert of Nur Otan party; as well as teaching staff, Graduate students, and students.
The problems of reviving spirituality and moral values in a family, society, professional activity and training of students were discussed.
Representatives of the Center of Spiritual Development and the BK organizations actively participated during the seminar. Prof. Doctor Roza Abzalova, Director of the Family Health Center Demeu, in Astana gave a speech on the topic ‘Spiritual and moral aspects in the activity of social worker'. Margarita Vladovskaya, Head of Center of Spiritual Development, Novosibirsk, Russia held a class on the subject ‘Self-improvement and self-renewal of the personality in modern society'. Seminar participants filled in questionnaires on values and character traits; and created the ‘Purpose Tree' to achieve optimal results. The seminar concluded with an active exchange of opinions, and wishes in view of another meeting.
Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakshtan, with a population of about one million inhabitants, is a rapidly developing city with ultra-modern architecture, a lot of universities, and features the well-known emblematic monument ‘Bayterek', which means ‘Tree of life'.
International Applied Sciences Conference "Spirituality, Society, Medicine, Social Challenges" - Karaganda, Kazakhstan - Service news and photos
16 January 2015
December 3, 2014. The International Applied Sciences Conference ‘Spirituality, Society, Medicine, Social Challenges' was organized by Karaganda State Medical University, which gathered professors, scientists, future doctors, representatives from the Assembly of the Kazakhstan people, and specialists from the applied healthcare professions. Prof. Vilen Molotov-Luchanski, Pro-rector Dept of Educational Services, opened the Conference.
Margarita Vladovskaya, Prof. Roza Abzalova and Dinash Autalipova, Head of the Production Center (participant in the Peace of Mind Retreat, 2006) took part in the plenary session. Prof. Abzalova made a speech on ‘Healing power of spirituality in the medical practice of doctors and nurses'. She spoke on the issues of: the patient and doctor's approach to health; personality traits of doctor and patient; the socio-psychological challenges of modern society and their impact on our mind and body; and how promoting false priorities leads to spiritual degradation, and may even cause global cataclysms and disasters.
Representatives of the Center of Spiritual Development and the Brahma Kumaris organizations actively participated in different sections: Margarita Vladovskaya – ‘Role of spirituality in the system of values of the young generation'; Sariya Nazarbayeva, founder of medical company Aigerim, and Chairperson of public fund Bilik Zhikan, Aktobe – ‘Illness as lack of inner peace and harmony'; Elena Kovalyeva, psychologist, Pavlodar – ‘The ‘Kovelanas Method': a comprehensive method for enhancing the interaction of physical exercises and psychological practices'; Zauresh Khasenova, Ph.D. – ‘Experiences from Finland in the practice of nursing'; Prof. Abzalova – ‘Critical thinking and social activity as the basis for a successful practice of nursing'. Each speech emphasized the importance of: aspects of the soul, the law of karma, the role of the Supreme, spiritual values, and different methods for transforming negative into positive. Participants listened very attentively, asked questions and commented on the importance and urgency of spirituality in our world, and the purity and health of the soul. Prof. Roza Abzalova and Sariya Nazarbayeva gave an interview to two TV channels.
To end the conference, Prof. Dosmagambetova, Rector of the University, expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the input of each participant, presenting them souvenirs and certificates of gratitude.
Karaganda is a big industrial, scientific and cultural center of Kazakhstan; and third biggest city in the country.
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