2018 Jan-August Official Communications Archive 2018 Jan-August Official Communications Archive

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9-16 October Retreat with Center Residents, Gita Pathashala Co-ordinators & Right Hands of Center in Shantivan

6 August 2018

 

Dear Centre Co-ordinators,

 

Please forward this retreat information and registration link to all the residents of your centre, the Gita Pathshala's in connection with you, and those who are your right hands in service. 

 

The Right hands are those souls who do not live at the centre or Gita Partshala but are there daily giving full and regular support to the centres activities.

 

In Baba’s yaad, 

 

RCs

Retreat Message in PDF format

 

 

 

Peace of Mind Guidelines and Invitation documents

13 July 2018

 

Dear POM and National Coordinators

Om shanti.

 

The Peace of Mind retreat is 1-8 October 2018.

 

Please see attached the Guidelines for RCs, NCs and NCTs and invitation documents. Please read the Guidelines so that you can suggest who you would like to invite.

 

There has been some discussion about quotas and enabling the most number of participants to attend. Below are the suggested quotas for this year. Please advise if you have any concern about this.

 

REGION

2018 Quota

2017 Quota

2017 Actual

Africa

15

20

11

Americas

45

30

18

Asia Pacific

45

50

35

Europe, UK and Middle East

50

50

67

Russia, CIS and Baltic Countries

25

30

16

India

 

 

1

TOTAL

180

180

148

Please let me know who you want to invite.

Also, et us know who and how many you are planning to invite so we cooperate with the regional quotas.

 

In Baba's yaad,

Br Erik

 

Click below links to download the documents:

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Resources Available for Didi Manmohinin's Day on 28 July

10 July 2018

A PowerPoint about Didi as well as blessings for Didi's Day are now available under Resources/ English/ Special Occasion Kits/ Didi Manmohini: https://bit.ly/2NAWoCJ

Many thanks to Sister Judi Rich!

 

 

 

Rakhi Blessings, etc. Now Available for Download

29 June 2018

Dear All, Templates for Rakhi 2018 (i.e. poster and blessings) are now available under Resources: https://bit.ly/2Mu8Rqc

In Baba's yaad,
Sister Judi & the Onelink Team

 

 

 

Om Shanti Conversations - USA 40th Anniversary Initiative

1 June 2018

Instruments in the USA wish to share this initiative
and its resources with other centers around the world in the event others would like to adapt these resources to your respective service places.

 You can find the resources here.

In celebration of 40 years of service in the USA, Sister Mohini is encouraging BK centers throughout the USA to support a series of conversations on peace, something we are calling “Om Shanti Conversations”. In proposing this year of “om shanti conversations,” we took several things into account:  “Om Shanti” (Peace) is our spiritual foundation, our original dharma.   Om Shanti is where we started historically as “Om Mandli,” and it is what we are known for today.  Finally, Third Sunday World Peace Meditation is something we have done faithfully since the beginning of service in the USA.

The purpose of these conversations is to allow the inner voice of peace or “Om Shanti” to emerge in daily life in the many places where we serve.  By offering a listening space where deep listening is more important than talking, these dialogues-of-the-heart will take place in an atmosphere of trust.  Our aim is that participants will feel that we are listening to them with attention and without judgment as they look at beliefs and experiences lying buried within the subconscious.  This will allow for deep inner peace to emerge and the power of peace to develop.

You can design these conversations in whatever way works best for your center.  Some centers in Florida are holding them before the Third Sunday World Peace Meditation.  Others will hold them on a Saturday or on a weekday evening.  Some are panning to build on the successful Om Café and other models from the past.  The only request is that you hold 1 conversation each month for the balance of the year.  


We will provide a simple conversation guide and resources to support your conversations.  We welcome your ideas and other approaches to spreading a wave of peace throughout the USA during these turbulent times.

At the “Serve–in-the-USA” conversation held on January 13, 2018 at Harmony House, participants were asked to consider what people in the USA most need in these fragile times, and what we might do to be of service. The daylong program yielded posters, ideas and most importantly, deep and honest sharing from participants’ individual experiences.  There was enthusiasm for celebrating our 40-year anniversary as a Year of Peace by hosting locally designed programs and “Om Shanti Conversations” around this theme.   
Sister Mohini shared her personal reflections with the group, emphasizing the importance of creating an inner atmosphere to carry us through these times:

“I encourage you to make wishes for yourselves for 2018. My wishes for myself are to be filled with love, to remain peaceful inside and to be victorious.   It’s the thoughts we hold inside that give us strength or make us weak.  When we allow ourselves to be absorbed in the “outside forecast,” then we may become filled with worry and anxiety, feeling timid and overly cautious. If we listen to our “inner forecast” and create thoughts that will sustain us – thoughts of hope, trust and inner peace -- then we gain the spiritual capacity and strength to live with confidence and to serve others.  Whenever possible, create inner civility, inner security and an inner commitment to truth.  Then you will be an example of what the world most needs.”

Please plan now to host an Om Shanti Conversation each month on any theme related to peace.  We look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Om Shanti,
The 40th Anniversary Team
Sister Mohini and Sisters Gayatri, Kathy, Kala, Judy, Waddy, Madhavi and Helen

 

 

 

Dates for Madhuban Season 2018/19 and other special dates

28 May 2018

Dear Centre Coordinators,

 

Re: Dates for Madhuban Season 2018/19 and other special dates

 

SEASON’S DATES AND DOUBLE FOREIGNER’S PROGRAMME

Madhuban is welcoming us and this season we have the fortune of 12 groups for the Avyakt meeting. Below is a schedule of dates for the 2018/19 season.

 

This time, the good news is that there is a special meeting for all Double Foreigners in October. Munniben has kept Manmohini Complex just for us so that we can all come together as an international BK family. A few thousand can be accommodated comfortably and we will have plenty of space for all our activities. The Double Foreigner Program Team are creating a special programme for us from the 8th - 17th October.

 

The overall theme for this season’s Double Foreigner Program is:

 

Eternal Mantras: Manmanbhav and Madhayajibhav

 

Detailed information will be sent to you in advance.

 

Of course, Double Foreigners will be welcome at each of the meetings and there will be a special programme arranged for a period of 8 to 10 days within the group dates, for eight of the groups.

 

It is requested that double foreigners come for one meeting, and adhere to the Group Dates, as there are just few days in between for cleaning of rooms before the next group comes.

 

VISITING PANDAV BHAWAN AND GYAN SAROVAR 

All the activities for this first group will be in Shantivan as your special program will be arranged in Shantivan. From the 15th October onwards there will be the opportunity to visit Pandav Bhawan and Gyan Sarovar by making day trips up the mountain. On the 20th October, all those who are still in Shantivan will be asked to move to Gyan Sarovar and Pandav Bhawan.  As there are various programmes taking place in Pandav Bhawan and Gyan Sarovar earlier in October, it will not be possible to move up the mountain before the 20th October.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Those who need small rooms due to health, couples who need a room together or the elderly, are best to come in October when the facilities are available, or come for the meetings on 18th March or 2nd April. Please avoid coming for 17th February meeting as the NCs & CCs will be there and it's also much colder in mid-February.

 

We look forward to an uplifting season during this year of completion.

 

With love,

In Baba's yaad,

 

RCs

 

GROUP DATES

GROUPS

ARRIVAL DATES

AVYAKT MEETING

DEPARTURE DATES

SPECIAL DF PROGRAM DATES

Group 1

6-7 October

Friday 12 October

20-21 October

8 – 17 October

Group 2

24-25 October

Sunday 28 October

8-9 November

26 October – 2 Nov

Group 3

10-11 November

Thursday 15 November

21-22 November

No Special DF program

Group 4

26-27 November

Friday 30 November

6-7 December

No Special DF program

Group 5

8-9 December

Saturday 15 December

20-21 December

No Special DF program

Group 6

22-23 December

Monday 31 December

5-6 January

24 December – 1 Jan

Group 7

7-8 January

Friday 18 January

20-21 January

11 – 19 January

Group 8

22-23 January

Saturday 2 February

4-5 February

No Special DF program

Group 9

7-8 February

Sunday 17 February

20-21 February

11 – 19 February

Group 10

23-24 February

Sunday 3 March

9-10 March

25 February – 6 March

Group 11

11-12 March

Monday 18 March

25-26 March

14 – 21 March

Group 12

27-28 March

Tuesday 2 April

9-10 April

29 March – 5 April

 

SPECIAL DAYS AND SEASON DATES:

 

MAMA’S DAY  Sunday 24 June 2018

DIDI MANMOHINI’S DAY – Saturday 28 July 2018

DADI PRAKASHMANI’S DAY – Saturday 25 August 2018

RAKSHA BANDHAN – Sunday 26 August 2018

JANAMASHTAMI – Sunday 2 September 2018

PEACE OF MIND RETREAT  1 to 8 October 2018 (by invitation)

RETREAT WITH CENTRE RESIDENTS, GITA PATHSHALA COORDINATORS AND RIGHT HANDS OF CENTRES – Tuesday 9 to Monday 16 October 2018

NAVRATRI – Tuesday 9 to Thursday 19 October 2018 (9 day festival)

AVYAKT MEETING – Friday 12 October 2018

INNER PEACE INNER POWER Retreat – Sunday 14 to Saturday 20 October 2018

(For those from Asian/Middle Eastern cultural groups by invitation)

DUSSEHRA – Friday 19 October 2018

TEACHERS TRAINING IN ORC – Wednesday 23 to Tuesday 30 October 2018

AVYAKT MEETING – Sunday 28 October 2018

DIWALI – Wednesday 7 November 2018

AVYAKT MEETING – Thursday 15 November 2018

AVYAKT MEETING – Friday 30 November 2018

AVYAKT MEETING – Saturday 15 December 2018

YOUNG YAGYA INSTRUMENTS RETREAT – Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 December 2018

INTERNATIONAL BK CHILDREN’S FACILITATORS RETREAT – Monday 24 December 2018

INTERNATIONAL BK CHILDREN’S RETREAT – Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 December 2018

INTERNATIONAL RETREAT FOR 13-15 YEAR OLDS – Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 December 2018

INTERNATIONAL YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT – Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 December 2018

INTERNATIONAL BK PARENTS RETREAT – Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 December 2018

AVYAKT MEETING – Monday 31 December 2018

AVYAKT MEETING – Friday 18 January 2019

AVYAKT MEETING – Saturday 2 February 2019

AVYAKT MEETING  Sunday 17 February 2019

MEETING OF NCs & CCs 40 YEARS OF AGE AND UNDER – Mon 18 to Tue 19 February

NC/CC RETREAT (INCLUDING CNC MEETING) – Wed 20 to Wed 27 February – Manmohini Complex

AVYAKT MEETING – Sunday 3 March 2019

SHIV RATRI – Monday 4 March 2019

DELHI PROGRAM – Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 2019

AVYAKT MEETING – Monday 18 March 2019

HOLI – Wednesday 20 March 2019

DHURIYA – COLOUR DAY – Thursday 21 March 2019 (no travel in India until 2-3pm)

AVYAKT MEETING – Tuesday 2 April 2019

 

 

 

 

Reminder: Invitation to International BK Gujarati Retreat 6-12 July, 2018

12 April 2018

Dear Centre Coordinators,

 

REMINDER: Invitation to International BK Gujarati Retreat 6-12 July 2018

 

Om Shanti. Please find enclosed an invitation to the  International BK Gujarati Retreat which will be held at the Serve Africa Retreat Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

The theme for the retreat is 'Appreciating My Life: A retreat to reconnect and love yourself from Within'.  

 

The retreat will be held from 6th July - 12th July 2018.

 

There will also be the opportunity to spend two nights in Masai Mara National Park or have a silence retreat at the centre.

 

It will be a beautiful chance to attend the retreats and receive sustenance from seniors and meet the international BK Gujarati families which will recharge, motivate and strengthen you in your efforts.

 

Please pass on this invitation to those students from the Gujarati background who would be interested in attending the retreat. 

 

For more information or registration please send an email to sarc@brahmakumaris.org

 

In Baba's yaad,

Sr Vedanti

 

 

 

 

 

Important Notice - Events Management System Changes Due to GDPR (Phase 1)

1 April 2018

Dear Centre Coordinators,


(Please forward this to the person updating your Events Management System) 

 

Om Shanti and greetings of love from London.

 

This email is concerning the BKWSU Events Management System that you may be using to upload events to your website or using for Online Retreat Registrations.

 

From 25th May 2018 the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) will take effect for all European citizens, no matter where they are living in the world. Therefore on an international level, we would like to 'clean up' any data we store and then get specific consent for any personal data we decide to collect from now onwards. While we recognise that this is not a legal requirement for all countries, it will benefit everyone to do this.

 

We will therefore soon begin the 'clean up' work required on The Events Management System and in the next few weeks (starting from 2 April) we will be carrying out the following tasks:

 

  • All events registration forms - on the system - that have not been used in the past two years will be deleted. If these forms are required in the future we will have to re-create them.
  • All registration data collected for ALL 'past' events will be 'cleaned' so that no personal data remains. The registrations themselves will remain to enable you to carry out statistical analysis of event attendance if ever required, but any information which can identify an individual - including their name and email address - will be cleared. 
  • All remaining 'active' Event Registration Forms will have a Consent Statement added which people will have to agree to before their data can be stored. 
  • We will also be adding a link to our Privacy Policy at the bottom of all forms.

 

There are many more changes planned for the coming few months, but we will be starting initially with the above list in Phase 1.

 

If you have any concerns or questions, please do contact Vasanti on vasanti.patel@uk.brahmakumaris.org.

 

Thanks in advance for your cooperation and support

 

In Baba's yaad

GDPR Team London

 

 

 
 

 

Copyright-free photos of Sister Jayanti's meditation sessions on the World Economic Forum (WEF) public website

25 March 2018

Om Shanti.

 

Here is a a series of short interviews with people at WEF Davos (including Sister Jayanti) on what would bring about gender equality, which is on the facebook page of German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. 

 

https://www.facebook.com/dw.business/videos/10157096118950558/

 

And here are ome photos of Sister Jayanti's meditation sessions at Davos are now available on Flickr via the World Economic Forum's main website

 

 

https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=15237218%40N00&view_all=1&text=2018%20meditation

 

General photos of the event are at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldeconomicforum/

 

The photos are not copyright protected - anyone can use them.

 

Love and remembrance

Rachel

 

 

 

NC/CC Retreat 2018 Presentation & Photo Links

25 March 2018

Dear NCs & CCs,

 

NC/CC Retreat 2018 Presentation Links

 

Please find below presentation links for the GDPR presentation, Ancestor Video and all the classes held during the NC/CC Retreat, together with a beautiful poem read out at the CNC meeting, reminding us all of our great task and responsibility, which is attached.

 

In Baba's yaad,

 

NC/CC Retreat Team

 

GDPR Presentation Link

19 GDPR_Madhuban_Feb2018_Presentations - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RsQIELCzv_JI64gFZcun--TNkW8HFmki

 

NCCC 2018 Classes Video Presentation Link

01 Blessings - Dadi janki Ji 17-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lWDONT7Q4OBV-FffRPL_tOCT3LqZhEoT

02 Dr Nirmala Didi & Bro Ken 17-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GjZX42MNZ_OcX5mZED_xZohrBkmDhhzG

03 Seminar-1 Chakradhari Didi 17-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=19Vxft_ypEuOxW7tbFeDFGqK-9oymTKNP

04 Spirit of Om Mandali - Hall A 17-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_X6F2rUzOFsTOftwmITa3JxZGXRxdGi6

05 The Magic of Trance-Sr Vedanti & Sr Kala17-2 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uK_l0H1I4uA8fYgWjJquSwdmHS2Yb9gP

06 Metamorphisis of Brahma Baba-Nirwair Bhai18-2 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kyGDBypnKjqAiIFhbMHxQ_CyKooSkClo

07 Panel with Seniors NCs 18-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1APonbzRIZE1n1uWkID4FVfeq_Y0MNVML

08 Yoga Bhatti Commentary 18-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AFkFKr3Hh8lv23IKMTOnYUJ73BmIMxrC

09 Activity & Creative Meditation 18-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ju1WD7op76rRMkubCctBPcqaQLU4G7Lh

10 Madhuban Gift by Munni Behn 18-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XenQp1GYHOd0piEnmy3scl7z9fEPi4PL

11 Care and Welbeing Workshop-Sr. Valerine19-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tbQ4noK9F8c49li7itTF9NgOVlyboxZr

12 Evening Discussion & Yoga Bhatti 19-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=18N5lgY_Gfac9udvoj6Z2qaCpmv7MuEa-

13 NC CCs Workshop Seminar-III 19-2-2018 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=17y7sQhDevy99pEhSviTbJvNw2Nq01ks7

14 Spirituality in Motion Sis Tanya 19-02-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a971F3rdg3CZLPlkX84ILyTsKxJUc6SN

15 Rise of Om Mandali- Dadi Ratanmohini 20-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bH5Obfe8ryesOXvBNC6uIlXECAr0oM71

16 Panel of RCs 20-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ROKijwH0xlsxbuGdhu1XgcDFOh1EBMcQ

17 English Murli - Sudesh Didi 17-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=17xZX6IwaaD8Q7qxBMnJblG-RhiC7OpnM

18 English Murli - Jyanti Didi 18-2-18 - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YTpPUhJEYi-N_jVpAzr_mmABpa-qO8PG

19 GDPR_Madhuban_Feb2018_Presentations - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RsQIELCzv_JI64gFZcun--TNkW8HFmki

20 Being an Ancestor Video - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1g0OGhQg7fYdtzi4Zq6PWj-ymxB2p1BH_

 

Link to Retreat Photos

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1X_ET8tbpbInFCgodUx0XpdNnrYx5Xso0

 

 

 

 

Over 300 Yagya Photos from 1936 to 1969 now available

25 January 2018

Divine Sisters/Brothers, Greetings of peace.

Brahma Baba became an instrument to establish the Brahma Kumaris in 1936. On 18th January, 1969, he left his physical body, to become an angel. Remembered by each and every student of the Brahma Kumaris with utmost love and respect, he was the sample, during his entire life, of the last three words that he spoke: Nirakari (soul conscious), Nirvikari (pure) and Nirahankari (egoless).

On this occasion of Brahma Baba's Smriti Divas, we are sending you a collection of more than 300 photographs of Brahma Baba with many brothers and sisters of the Brahma Kumaris Godly family, taken from 1936 to 1969.

Please click on the link below to enjoy viewing the photographs. If you cannot click the link, copy the link into your web browser (Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer) and press 'Enter'. The photographs can also be viewed on your mobile phone or computer. Click on any photograph to view the photograph in large size. All the photographs can also be downloaded onto your computer.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SYnHixncv-fJcbayMXWVWy7BU5vKG4DP?usp=sharing

In the Supreme’s divine remembrance,

BK Vikram

 

BeeZone App - Relax, Refocus, Unwind...

20 January 2018

On the 18th of January 2018, the Global IT team launched a new mobile App.

The App is called BeeZone and it provides tools and techniques for people to relax, refocus, unwind and move into a positive space - a Zone where they can just Be.

This app has been developed as a tool especially to serve those from the IT community, but the app is very neutral and has a number of features including traffic control. It is appropriate for anyone to use, from professionals to kids, also including BKs. We hope you like it and find it useful in serving your local communities.

Attached are two posters which can be posted on your center's notice board for everyone to see. The second one, which is simpler, can be used to distribute via Whats App etc.

In Baba's yaad,
Global IT Team

BeeZone App Poster 1

BeeZone App Poster 2