2019 Sep through Dec Official Communications Archive 2019 Sep through Dec Official Communications Archive

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Jan 18 public program template - Compassionate Heart

31 December 2019

Om shanti, Greetings of Peace And Happy New Year,

 

Templates for a flyer and blessings for a Remembrance Day public program has been posted to the Onelink site for those who might want to use them.

 

The link to the specific location is: https://bit.ly/2MyJcy . This link takes you to the Resources/ English/ Special Occasion Kits/ Jan 18 / January18_2020 folder on Onelink. Anyone who has login rights (CCs, NCs, Board Members, or Right Hands) should be able to access it.

 

Hope this will inspire wonderful programs in the region.

 

New York Family

 

 

 

10th Latino Retreat, ORC, Delhi 10-16 February 2020

29 December 2019

Dear NCs and CCs,

 

We are holding our 10th Latino Retreat, “Return to the source”.  The Retreat will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation in Italian and Portuguese.

 

If you would like to invite any professional or community leaders, special contacts who are regular participants to our programs (not Murli students), or BK family relations with interest in our activities, please email Sr Pilar for more information at pilar.quera@es.brahmakumaris.org. 

 

A sample invitation in Spanish and English is available below for your information.

 

In Baba's yaad,

Latino Retreat Coordinators

 

Spanish Invitation

 

English Invitation

 

 

 

25th SpARC Meeting 8-12 February 2020 (inclusive)

28 December 2019

Om Shanti. Please find below a link to an invitation letter and registration form for the next meeting of SpARC which will be held from 8-12 February in Shantivan.

 

If any BK Double Foreigner is interested to attend this meeting they should send the completed Registration Form by email to the SpARC office, with a copy to their CC and NC. This message is meant only for BK Double Foreigners and hence only they should fill this form and send it in. A separate form has been circulated to the BK Bharatwasis.

 

In Baba's yaad,

 

BK Ambika

Chairperson, SpARC Wing

Email: sparcwing@bkivvorg

 

 

25th Annual SpARC Meeting Invitation for Double Foreigners

 

25th Annual SpARC Registration Form for Double Foreigners

 

 

 

2020 Remembrance Day Blessing and Flyer Templates Available

27 December 2019

Templates of flyers and blessing cards are now available for download here: https://bit.ly/2MycJcv

 

 

Exchange of foreign currency in Mount Abu and Abu Road

24 December 2019

Dear NCs and CCs,

 

Please accept greetings of love from Madhuban for Christmas.

 

This is to inform all foreign Centres and pilgrims visiting Madhuban this season that presently the facilities for exchanging foreign currency in Mount Abu and Abu Road are very limited. The State Bank of India is not able to process this due to a technical problem, and the Exchange Counter at Pandav Bhawan has been closed temporarily.

 

Therefore, pilgrims are advised to exchange whatever amounts they require at Ahmedabad or Delhi or Mumbai etc before travelling to Abu, so as to avoid any inconvenience.

 

Cash can be withdrawn from the ATM machines in Mount Abu, but charges will be applicable.

 

In Baba’s loving yaad,

Dr Nirmala

 

 

 

Registration & Revised Departure for the Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board)

24 December 2019

Dear NCs, NCTs, CCs & Board Members,
(Please forward to your Board Members)
 
REGISTRATION LINK for the Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board) https://brahmakumaris.org/r/love-compassion-care

 

RETREAT DATES (REVISED): 24 Feb to 1 March – Manmohini Auditorium 
Please note revised date for the closing of the retreat (1 March pm) and departures (2 March am)

 
As you know the RCs decided to integrate the organizing of various meetings/retreats such as the CNC meeting, NCCC retreat and the BK Board retreat under one umbrella i.e. the CNC Management Committee, so as to streamline the process, which will bring about greater efficiency and optimization of resources.
 
Arrivals and Departures & Venue of the Integrated Retreat
The Integrated Retreat for CNC, NCCC and Board will be held at Manmohini Complex in Shantivan from 24 February to 1 March. The overall theme for the retreat is Return to the Source of Love, Compassion and Care.

Arrivals are on 24 February morning and departures are on 2 March morning (please note revised departure as ‘afternoon’ was mentioned in the previous notice).
 
Avyakt Meeting
The Avyakt Meeting will be on 20 February or 6 March for those attending the retreats.

Registration Link
Please use the link below to register for the Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board):

 

https://brahmakumaris.org/r/love-compassion-care
  
Program for the Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board) and who can attend:

 

Date/Time

Sessions

Who can attend

24 Feb (AM)

Arrival/Check-in & Registration

 

24 Feb (PM)

Opening Ceremony

ALL

25 Feb

NCCC Session

ALL (1 NC + 1 representative or 2 members of NCT + all CCs + all Board members)

26 Feb

CNC Session

All NCs/Representative nominated by RC or one NCT

 

Parallel Session during CNC Session

Those who do not attend CNC

(i.e. NCTs, CCs, Board members)

27 – 28 Feb

NCCC Session

ALL

29 Feb (AM)

Gyan Sarovar 25th Anniversary Celebration

ALL

29 Feb (PM) &

1 Mar (AM)

Board Session

Board Members, NCs/NCTs

 

Parallel Session during Board Session

Those who do not attend Board Session (i.e. CCs and others)

1 Mar (PM)

Regional Meeting & Closing Ceremony

ALL

2 Mar (AM)

Departures

 

 
Planning, Host & Design Teams
The CNC Management Committee will now oversee the overall Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board), with Asia taking overall responsibility for Hosting this year.  Each group (CNC, NCCC & Board) are responsible for the content creation and planning of their respective sessions i.e. CNC Management Team for the CNC session, Design Team for NCCC session and COBs Team for BK Board session. All teams have representatives from each region.

We look forward to seeing you.
 
In Baba's yaad,
 
RCs

 

 

 

Season's Greetings from Sister Jayanti

24 December 2019

 

Click on above image to play.

 

 

 

 

Outward Face – January Finale – Return to the Source – Celebration

19 December 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators,

We hope you have enjoyed these past months of this outward-facing focus on Return to the Source. The January Finale is a short session, suggested to celebrate in honour of Brahma Baba as an inspiration of one who was first to Return to the Source.

If you would like to share your experiences or feedback then do send an email to halifax@ca.brahmakumaris.org

Please find attached the January Finale program in a user-friendly A-4 or Letter format.

If you would like to view programs for the previous months these can be found on Onelink under Resources / English / Sustenance Programs / Return to the Source - Outward Face (https://bit.ly/2GOtSeS). Both A4 and Letter-size formats for all months can be found there.

Love and Remembrances to all,
Judy and Ken
Outward Facing Group
Return to The Source

 

A4    

Letter

 

 

MURLI EXPERIMENTS BEGIN AGAIN!

13 December 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators,

 

We would like to inform you that ‘Murli Experiments’, an innovative addition to each day’s Murli for the family worldwide, starts again on 1 January 2020. We received very positive feedback from the BK family overall to the previous Murli Experiments and so we would like to offer this for a further three months. 

 

Each day an RC or senior will be sharing their own personal practices and experiences of the Murli that is being read on that day. This will take the form of a 5-6 min audio recording which will be available on the official madhubanmurli.org website and mobile app in the audio section. 

 

We know the incredible power and wisdom of both the Sakar and the Avyakt Murlis. This experiment is to inspire the family using the Murlis in a new way that is highly relevant to the current times. Baba often says, ‘Do this and you will get this result – ‘Children this is the attainment you will receive if you do this practice.’  Or ‘Spin the discus of self-realisation and you will become a self-sovereign’, or ‘By focusing on the positive you will become carefree’ etc.

 

Murli Experiments is not a standard Murli revision as such. It will allow us to see clearly the impact of the various experiments that Baba offers us through the Murli, which can in turn inspire an increased variety and depth in our own spiritual experiments. 

 

Murli Experiments begins on 1 January and runs for a period of three months for now.

 

Please do share news of the Murli Experiments with the BK family (see poster attached).

 

With love,

In Baba’s yaad,

RCs

 

 

 

URGENT Request for a 1-minute video for Dadi Janki's 104th birthday and request for items for the December Christmas Cultural Program

9 December 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators,

 

December Christmas Cultural Program & request for a 1-minute video for Dadi Janki

 

For those attending the Group 5 program in December, we are pleased to announce that there will be a special Christmas Cultural Program on the 25th of December in Gyan Sarovar.  It is a lovely opportunity to come together as a global family and share our gifts in the form of song, dance, poetry, performance, music, comedy, etc. from our various countries, showcasing the diversity that brings unity.

 

We therefore request that anyone interested in participating in the program to please register your item by sending an email to bkmona@gmail.com.

 

There will also be an opportunity to decorate Harmony Hall with Christmas decorations, so anyone is most welcome to bring Christmas decorations with them and contribute towards creating a wonderful, festive spirit of Christmas.  

 

Dadi Janki’s 104th Birthday Celebrations

On the 1st of January, we have the honour and fortune of being with Dadi Janki as we celebrate her 104th birthday.  As a special tribute and gift to her, we are compiling video birthday messages in different languages (English, Dutch, French, Arabic, Swahili, Hindi, Italian, Malay, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Greek, etc) from around the world.  The video clip should not be more than 1 minute duration and to please be submitted by the 10th of December to dfseason@brahmakumaris.org.

 

Please find below a link to a sample of the video.

 

https://bit.ly/2OWIAVO

 

If you have any questions please email us at: dfseason@brahmakumaris.org.

 

Much love,

In Baba’s yaad,

DF Program Team

 

 

 

DF Programs - February Group 8 to March/April Group 11

7 December 2019

Information on Double Foreigner Programs, Madhuban 2020

February Group 8 – March/April Group 11  (including Retreats & Workshops as of 2 December 2019)

 

Warmest Greetings of Love,


The overall theme for this season’s Double Foreigner Program is Bap Samaan – the Journey and the Destination.

 

We are writing to you with details for February Group 8 through to March/April Group 11. Although there may be some adjustments to the following Groups, we wanted to give you a sense of what is being designed for each group in the attached information.

 

If you have any questions please email us at: dfseason@brahmakumaris.org 

 

In Baba's yaad,

DF Program Team

 

Download PDF Format of the Announcement here.

 

 

 

REMINDER: International BK Children's Retreat 2019

7 December 2019

Greetings of Love and Remembrance.

 

REMINDER NOTICE

Theme of International BK Children's Retreat 2019 is –

'THE ROYAL SWANS'

26th to 30th Dec 2019, GYAN SAROVAR

(Age group 6 - 12)

 

As Baba, the Supreme Teacher is teaching us to become pure once again, by removing our weaknesses and filling our intellects with the jewels of knowledge, the team of ICR has chosen a very beautiful theme of this year 2019 - 'THE ROYAL SWANS'

 

We warmly welcome the children from across the world to this 5 days retreat. In this beautiful retreat, children will enjoy the experience of their golden sanskars of ROYALTY, REALITY and DIVINITY. Baba calls the children as Mahatmas, ie the souls who are great because their minds are free of vices. This uniqueness is similar to that of SWANS, that notice only goodness and are hence sign of holiness, purity and royalty. We, the children of Baba in older bodies have to un-do the practice of picking negativity, but children of Baba in younger bodies have a natural tendency to notice the beauty of everything. This year, we intend to celebrate and create sanskars to sustain this natural trait of the children.

 

All the BK children of age group 6-12 who are willing to participate in the International BK Children's Retreat this year are most welcome. Kindly register before 15th of December 2019 by filling the attached form. Please send the filled form to Sr Meera <meera.nagananda@my.brahmakumari.org> together with a copy to your NC. More information about the Retreat is attached.

 

Note:

·  There will be a special cultural evening on 30th December for the children. Those who want to present any cultural items, please bring your own costume along with you.
·  Children’s parent/ guardian should accompany their child with an FM radio for BaapDada’s meeting.

 

For any further information please contact Sr Meera: <meera.nagananda@my.brahmakumari.org>

 

In Baba's yaad,

Retreat Coordinators

International BK Children’s Retreat 

 

Click here to download form for Information

 

Click here to download form for Details.

 

 

 

Sacred Circle of Friendship: a space for healing, nurturing and empowerment - A pre-retreat gathering of NCs, NCTs, CCs and Centre Residents 40 years of age and under in Gyan Sarovar, 22nd & 23rd February

1 December 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators,

Kindly forward this special invitation to all NCs, NCTs, CCs and Centre Residents who are 40 years of age and under.

In Baba's yaad,

The GYAN team  

 

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Dear Spiritual Friends and Radiant Stars of Baba's Unlimited Divine Galaxy, 

 

Om Shanti and heart-felt greetings to each one of you. Soon it will be one year since we last met and we hope you have been having an amazing year, discovering your truth, exploring your innate potential and manifesting magic in Baba's service through your beautiful, courageous hearts. Benevolent drama has yet again bestowed us with the great blessing of having another opportunity to meet, share, learn and grow from, and with each other. 

 

It is with sheer delight, we extend a warm invitation to you to accompany us for the pre-retreat gathering of NCs, NCTs & CCs, 40 years of age and under in Gyan Sarovar on 22nd and 23rd February 2020. The theme for the retreat will be "Sacred Circle of Friendship, a space for healing, nurturing and empowerment."  Also, if you are a centre resident and not attending the NCCC retreat, but are interested in joining us for the retreat, you are also welcome, please let us know :)

 

Baba, the dearest and most treasured  Friend, the One who melts our hearts with His flawless embracing love, trust and companionship, continues to keep us connected, close, and united with one elevated vision, purpose and consciousness. This magical love has become the foundation for our spiritual journey and our spiritual friendship; one that we will like to nurture even more. And so, with great love, we await your unique and precious presence to bring this sacred circle of friendship to life. 

 

The retreat is only a few months away.  If you are planning to attend, we would really appreciate your earliest reply to this email: gyan@brahmakumaris.org.

 

Continue being beauty-full, bountiful and blissful. Continue becoming invisible and luminous so He can become ever visible. 

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

In His love and remembrance,

The GYAN team

 

Click here to download the invitation in PDF format.

 

 

 

 

Retreat into Silence at ORC: The Journey Home

18 November 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators,

 

There will be a Silence Retreat at ORC from 4th to 9th March. Arrivals will be on 4th March with a 5 pm start, and departures are after breakfast on 9th March.

 

The Silence Retreat is only for NCs, NCTs and CCs (regardless of age in gyan), and Sub-Centre and Class Coordinators of 20+ years in gyan.

 

More information about the Silence Retreat is enclosed in the invitation together with the link for registration which is also below:

 

https://brahmakumaris.org/r/silence-2020 

 

In Baba's remembrance,

Silence Retreat Team

 

 

 

 

Invitation to March 2020 Teacher Training for the Foundation Course in ORC Delhi

18 November 2019

March 2020 Nine‐day Teachers Training for the

Foundation Course in Raja Yoga Meditation

Om Shanti Retreat Centre (ORC), Delhi

Arrivals Monday, 9th March / Departures after breakfast, Thursday, 19th March

 

Dear Centre Coordinators, 

 

Om Shanti. Following a very successful training for 75 participants in Peace Village in September 2019, we are delighted to announce another Raja Yoga Teacher Training to be held at ORC in March 2020.

 

BKs already teaching the Foundation Raja Yoga Course, as well as those who would like to teach or those who are keen to review the course in depth, are welcome to attend. Participants should be in gyan at least three years and attend the Centre regularly. (Exceptions to this must be confirmed with the trainers.) Whether they would like to start teaching but need confidence and lesson plans, or are already teaching and would like to update their skills and get feedback on their effectiveness, they will find this immersion in gyan and yoga invaluable. Prior training attendees will be permitted to attend as support staff (see below).

 

The training covers the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of the Raja Yoga course as well as sessions on meditation and on experiential facilitation and learning skills. It also includes a number of practicums – sessions in which participants develop their presentation skills by practice-teaching a segment of a lesson and are given constructive feedback by their peers. The schedule provides for a comfortably paced training that allows free time in the afternoon and occasional evening classes by seniors Coincidentally, this training will be running alongside a silence retreat for senior teachers from India. All training participants, therefore, will be requested to observe silence in the corridors of the training complex and outside the dining room. No doubt trainees will want to cooperate fully in this, as it will also guarantee a very powerful atmosphere for the training.

Those interested in attending will need to plan their arrival and departure timings so as to not miss any of the sessions. The first session of the training is a Welcome session on Monday 9th March evening and the last session will be on Wednesday 18th March evening. Because the Welcome program is on the evening of 9th March and the first full day of training begins after breakfast on the 10th, we ask that participants plan travel to ORC from Madhuban on the 8th March, especially if traveling by train.

 

It is important and expected that participants attend all sessions. Those who cannot attend for the full nine days will not be permitted to attend.

 

Very important: All participants must register and secure their place in the training before booking their travel, as there are limited places available (booking your travel first will not guarantee you a place in the training). Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please book your travel only after receiving the confirmation email. Once your travel is booked, provide the information to your Centre Coordinator for uploading to the Double Foreigner Travel Database.

Sr Kiran (US), Sr Margaret Barron (UK), Sr Rona Schweitz (US), and Sr Mary-Jeanne Tremblay (Canada) will conduct the training. They have been running this training since 2014. Sr Kiran will deliver the content sessions, Sr Margaret will offer sessions on experiential learning methods, Sr Rona will lead the meditation sessions and Sr Mary-Jeanne will coordinate the practicums. Sr Kiran, who has been in gyan since 1979, has conducted other such trainings at Peace Village and Anubhuti Retreat Centres, in various US and Canadian cities and in Guyana. Sr Margaret has been in gyan since 1992 and is involved with the Raja Yoga Education Department, UK and co-facilitates experiential trainings for new and established teachers in London and around the UK. She has also facilitated trainings for BK teachers in Europe, US, and South India, designed to make the delivery of the Raja Yoga Course more interactive, creative, and supportive of all types of learners. Sr Rona, in gyan since 1990, will provide sessions on meditation, a meditation experience at the beginning of each day, and will guide the 7 to 7:30 pm evening meditations. She has also authored the book “Experience Meditation” and accompanying CD, BKIS 2017 (a new edition of her original “Experiential Approach to Mastering Meditation”). Sister Mary-Jeanne has been in gyan since 1995 and has been assisting with the Teacher Trainings since 2013.

 

A USB flash drive containing over 600 pages of Teacher Resources will be available to all participants for a nominal charge. Video and audio recordings of the sessions may also be available for purchase.

 

Please note that attending this training does not automatically qualify participants to teach. The Centre Coordinator will decide this in conjunction with the participant. This will be emphasized during the training. Note: the registration form will ask participants whether they follow the principles of pure diet, purity in relationships, regular amrit vela, and Murli class. All information will be kept confidential.

 

A note about language: The training will be in English. If participants need translation into other languages, their center / language group must provide at least two translators. There will be no translation into Hindi.

 

Suggested contribution for the training: For participants from developing countries, seniors suggest Rs 11,000 to 14,000 (USD $155-200) as a sensible contribution to ORC for the nine-day training. For participants from the US, Europe or Australia, they suggest Rs 23,000 ($325 US or $425 AUD or €270 Euros). This does not include the transport fee that will be collected by ORC (Rs. 1500-2000) from each participant or the USB flash drive (Rs.500), but does cover all other costs (i.e., food and all other facilities for the training). If participants want the audio and video recordings of the sessions, another flash drive can be provided at an additional charge.

 

In addition, some experienced teachers are needed to help facilitate the practicum sessions, so if you are already teaching but are interested in the training and willing to play this role, kindly let us know by indicating this in the appropriate place on the registration form. You would need to arrive BY NOON on the 9th March - without exception - to participate in a facilitator's briefing session later that afternoon. Interested facilitators are kindly requested to provide Sisters Kiran, Mary-Jeanne and Margaret with an email detailing their previous facilitation experience. Please send to teachertraining@brahmakumaris.org.

 

few additional support helpers are also needed who have good office and people skills to help with various tasks including administration, registration and valuables, accommodation, dining services and special diets etc. Once these tasks are completed such helpers are welcome to join any of the sessions except the practicums, however, their first responsibility would be to fulfill their support duties. If there is anyone in your Centre whom you feel would be suitable and enjoy this opportunity for service, please let the training organisers know at: teachertraining@brahmakumaris.org.

 

Please pass this information to anyone who you feel would be a suitable participant for the training, or to help as a facilitator or in the support role.  After obtaining permission from their Center Coordinator, all participants (regardless of role) must register for the training directly online at https://angelofshiva.com/teacher-training/ as soon as possible, but latest by Saturday, 1st February 2020.

 

In Baba’s yaad, 

Sisters Kiran, Margaret, Rona, and Mary-Jeanne

The Teachers Training Team

 

 

 

 

Invitation to the Spirit of Care Retreat 7-9 March 2020, Gyan Sarovar

11 November 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators, dear all,

 

The cycle of time is ending, and new beginnings call.

 

We are coming to completion, and like the conch shell echoing in the distance, we hear the call of time and of our hearts. The call to shake old identities, reunite with our original self and return once more to the pure essence of our being.

 

To do this we need to remember… remember who we are and the art of caring and kindness: caring for ourselves, others, the world and for nature - our companion.

 

But how can we keep the balance? How can we find the energy needed for this enquiry, for this journey back to our essence?

 

The spirit of care is a beautiful, unique retreat that gives us the luxury of time and space for spiritual enquiry. Time to reflect on the journey towards authenticity and freedom.

 

We invite you to spend 3 days to explore, share and learn as we clear the blocks on our journey forward. We will reconnect with the self and the One, ignite the flames of yoga and create the energy needed to bring us resilience and stamina.

 

This is time spent in the sacred sanctuary of Madhuban, with yourself and others. Time to create a map that guides us, and leads us to reunite with the purity, strength and beauty of our divine essence…..

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration is only available ONLINE. Please follow the link: brahmakumaris.org/r/spirit-of-care 

 

Madhuban forms and travel details are to be submitted in the usual way, via the local centres.

 

If you do not speak English fluently, please make sure with your national coordination teams that there will be someone in Madhuban who can translate for you during the retreat. If you have any questions please contact valeriane.bernard@ch.brahmakumaris.org.

 

Spirit of Care Retreat March 2020:

6 March               : 10.30am                  Registrations

7 March               : from 10.00am       Pure essence

8 March               : from 9.30am         Reuniting

9 March               : till 21.30 pm          Flying

 

In Baba’s yaad,

Spirit of Care Retreat Team

 

Click here for PDF format.

 

 

 

 

Outward Face – December program – Return to the Source – God, The Source of Power

6 November 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators,

Please find attached the December program in a user-friendly A-4 or Letter format.

If you would like to view programs for the previous months these can be found on Onelink under Resources / English / Sustenance Programs / Return to the Source - Outward Face (https://bit.ly/36GwAPa). Both A4 and Letter-size formats for all months can be found there.

Love and Remembrances to all,
Judy and Ken
Outward Facing Group
Return to The Source

A4

Letter

 

 

Save the Date Notice (with revised Avyakt Meeting dates)

5 October 2019

Dear NCs, NCTs, CCs & Board Members,

(Please forward to your Board Members)

 

SAVE THE DATE
20 February or 6 March – Avyakt Meeting (revised dates)

22 & 23 February – Pre-retreat gathering in Gyan Sarovar of NCs & CCs 40 years and under (physical age) 
24 Feb to 2 March – Combined Retreat of CNC, NCCC, Board
 – Manmohini Auditorium

4 – 9 March – Silence Retreat in ORC 

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Loving Greetings.
 

The RCs at their meeting last February 2019 decided to integrate the organizing of various meetings/retreats such as the CNC meeting, NCCC retreat and the BK Board meeting under one umbrella i.e. the CNC Management Committee, so as to streamline the process, which will bring about greater efficiency and optimization of resources. We wanted to let you know these dates in advance so that you can plan your trip.


Arrivals and Departures & Venue of the Combined Retreat
The Combined Retreat for CNC, NCCC and Board will be held at Manmohini Complex in Shantivan from 24 February to 2 March. The overall theme for the retreat is Return to the Source – Compassion and Care for the Self. Arrivals are on 24 February morning and departures on 2 March afternoon.

 

Program for the Combined Retreat

24 Feb (am): Combined Registration

24 Feb (pm): Opening ceremony

25 Feb: NCCC Session

26 Feb: Parallel Sessions of CNC and CCs Retreat

27 to 29 Feb: NCCC Session

Feb 29 (pm): BK Board Meeting

1 Mar (am): BK Board Meeting

1 Mar (pm): Closing Ceremony

2 Mar (am):  Other Sessions (Regional Meetings)

2 Mar (pm): Departures

 

Who Can Attend? 

There is no change of who can attend the CNC and the NCCC sessions (NCCC: 1 NC + 1 representative or 2 members of NCT + all CCs). However the Board members, who are not NCs or CCs, can join the CCs retreat when the CNC meeting is taking place, and at other times they can join the NCCC retreat. 

 

This email is to give you advance notice so that you may plan your time accordinglyWe will continue to update you and send registration information closer to the time.


We look forward to seeing you.
 
In Baba's yaad,
 

RCs

 

 

 

Information on Double Foreigner Programs, Madhuban 2019/20 for October Group 1 through to February Group 7 (Including Retreats & Workshops)

5 October 2019

Dear Center Coordinators, Warmest Greetings,

 

The overall theme for this season’s Double Foreigner Program is Bapsaman – the Journey and the Destination.

  

We are writing to you with details for October Group 1 through to February Group 7, which can be downloaded here. Although there may be some additions and adjustments to the following Groups, we wanted to give you a sense of what is being designed for each group.                                                                                   

For details on February Group 8 through to March/April Group 11,  we will be writing to you in the near future.

 

If you have any questions please email us at: dfseason@brahmakumaris.org 

 

In Baba’s yaad,

DF Program Team

 

 

 

Diwali Templates added to Onelink on 28 September

4 October 2019

Please visit https://bit.ly/2AL0fb6 for 2019 Diwali Blessings and Poster Templates.

 

 

 

Madhuban Youth Retreats December 2019

24 September 2019

Dear NCs and CCs, Om Shanti and warm greetings,

 

Here are the booking links for the International Youth Forum Retreats 2019.

 

1)  IYAR 16-35 yrs. The theme for the International Young Adults Retreat this year is ‘A Satopradhan Lifestyle - Keeping the Sacredness Alive’. It will be held in Gyan Sarover from 26th - 30th December 2019.  The retreat is sensitively designed to ensure that peer group needs are fulfilled. 

 

Good for those joining to arrive by the 24th December to settle in before the retreats begin. All youth who will be staying in Madhuban in December are welcome to join. Online registrations need to be completed before 15th Novemberhttps://brahmakumaris.org/r/iya-retreat-2019.  Kindly forward this invitation to all young adults in your centres.

 

2)  IYF 13-15 years - There will be a separate programme being held for this age group and those wishing to join the programme must register at the following link: https://brahmakumaris.org/r/iya-1315-retreat-2019

 

3)  Instruments Retreat from 18 - 22 December This retreat is for pakka BK youth instruments (aged between 18 - 40 years) who hold some form of yagya responsibility or coordinating role in service and/or sustenance. Generally 2 from each country are invited. This retreat is 'by invitation only' and invitations are sent based on NC recommendation.

 

This year it will be a special Silence Retreat. We have had the good fortune of being in Pandav Bhavan last year and we hope for the same this year.  If you have youth who are pakka and are responsible in service and would wish to join this, please send their full name and email address to iyf@brahmakumaris.org.

 

In Baba's yaad,

IYF Team

 

Download the flyer in PDF format here.

 

 

 

 

International BK Children's Retreat 2019

18 September 2019

Dear Center Coordinators, Greetings of Love and Remembrance.

 

Theme of International BK Children's Retreat 2019 is –

'THE ROYAL SWANS'

26th to 30th Dec 2019, GYAN SAROVAR

(Age group 6 - 12)

 

As Baba, the Supreme Teacher is teaching us to become pure once again, by removing our weaknesses and filling our intellects with the jewels of knowledge, the team of ICR has chosen a very beautiful theme of this year 2019 - 'THE ROYAL SWANS'

 

We warmly welcome the children from across the world to this 5 days retreat. In this beautiful retreat, children will enjoy the experience of their golden sanskars of ROYALTY, REALITY and DIVINITY. Baba calls the children as Mahatmas, ie the souls who are great because their minds are free of vices. This uniqueness is similar to that of SWANS, that notice only goodness and are hence sign of holiness, purity and royalty. We, the children of Baba in older bodies have to un-do the practice of picking negativity, but children of Baba in younger bodies have a natural tendency to notice the beauty of everything. This year, we intend to celebrate and create sanskars to sustain this natural trait of the children.

 

All the BK children of age group 6-12 who are willing to participate in the International BK Children's Retreat this year are most welcome. Kindly register before 15th of December 2019 by filling the attached form. Please send the filled form to Sr Meera <meera.nagananda@my.brahmakumaris.org> together with a copy to your NC. More information about the Retreat is attached.

 

Note:

·  There will be a special cultural evening on 30th December for the children. Those who want to present any cultural items, please bring your own costume along with you.
·  Children’s parent/ guardian should accompany their child with an FM radio for BaapDada’s meeting.

 

For any further information please contact Sr Meera: meera.nagananda@my.brahmakumaris.org

 

In Baba's yaad,

Retreat Coordinators

International BK Children’s Retreat 

 

International BK Children's Retreat 2019 - Information

 

International BK Children's Retreat 2019 - Per Details Form

 

 

 

Outward Face – November program – Return to the Source – God, The Liberator

17 September 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators,

Please find attached the November program in a user-friendly A-4 or Letter format.

If you would like to view programs for the previous months these can be found on Onelink under Resources / English / Sustenance Programs / Return to the Source - Outward Face (https://bit.ly/2lUu3Oi). Both A4 and Letter-size formats for all months can be found there.

Love and Remembrances to all,
Judy and Ken
Outward Facing Group
Return to The Source

 

 

Return to the Source Outward Face – October Program: God, The Protector

8 September 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators,

Please find attached the October program in a user-friendly A-4 or Letter format.

If you would like to view programs for the previous months these can be found on Onelink under Resources / English / Sustenance Programs / Return to the Source - Outward Face (https://bit.ly/2GOtSeS). Both A4 and Letter-size formats for all months can be found there.

Love and Remembrances to all,
Judy and Ken
Outward Facing Group
Return to The Source

 

 

 

Retreat for BK IT Professionals, Australia 24-30 November 2019

1 September 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators,

 

Om shanti. This is a reminder for an invitation to a retreat for BKs who work as IT professionals. It will be held in Australia from 24-30 November 2019.

 

Please distribute to BKs connected with the centre who meet this criteria. If you have any questions, please contact Br Sathesh sathesh@bkconnect.net.

 

In Baba's yaad

BK Charlie

 

 

Download PDF format about the retreat here.

 

 

 

Important Madhuban update on Health, Hygiene and Water

1 September 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators, Om shanti, and loving greetings.

 

In March of this year, we informed you that a team of consultants was created to support Madhuban in addressing the Health, Hygiene and Water issues.  Br Arun and Sr Sybil are health and safety experts from the UK and Br Mohit (Abu Dhabi) and Br Sharad (Pune), are experts in water and wastewater treatment.

 

We are happy to inform you that, with Baba's blessings, some good progress has been made in these areas.  We know that quite a few of you have had health episodes during your last visits to Madhuban and you also have concerns about booking your next Madhuban visit, therefore we hope that this update will be useful and reassuring.  

 

A good level of safety and hygiene has been achieved in the Kitchen and cross contamination risks have reduced.  Amongst the main changes, a new Water Treatment Plant is in process to be set up to ensure that all water coming into the Shantivan Complex especially, is treated to WHO (World Health Organisation) standards and qualifies as potable drinking water.  The water will be regularly tested and all necessary measures have been taken to ensure that the drinking water is safe in all three complexes, and the water will be regularly tested going forward.

 

If you are planning to stay in Shantivan anytime from October 2019 to January 2020 – we would still recommend as an extra caution that you purchase mineral water bottles for brushing teeth; especially if you have health issues and/or low immunity. The Water Treatment Plant will only be functional from beginning of February 2020, thereafter it will be safely guaranteed to brush teeth with the normal tap water.

 

Please find below a link video introducing especially the Health and Hygenie changes.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zz5uK3haXry3bTGcC4ylxrsBFMcoM_wj/view?usp=sharing 

 

In addition the attached written pdf report outlines the progress with pictures in both Health, Hygiene and Water.  

 

We hope that you enjoy all the fruits of the hard efforts over the last months by the team and the Madhuban niwasis - who are all waiting to welcome their brothers and sisters home.

 

Some of you have indicated that you would like to make financial contributions towards this progress and more details of how to do that will follow shortly.

 

In Baba’s yaad,

 

Didi Nirmala and Sr Jayanti

 

Report in PDF format.

 

 

 

DF Travel Database System is now ready for use

(Please forward this information to your main Travel Coordinators)

1 September 2019

Dear NCs and Travel Coordinators, 

 

As the Madhuban season draws closer many will be starting to book their flights and make their travel arrangements and the DF Travel Database System is now ready for use.

 

As in previous years, all pilgrims going to Madhuban must have their details and travel arrangements entered into the DF Travel Database system so that Madhuban, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai etc. can be prepared for your arrival, pickup and accommodation.

 

Comments Section – 17 October & 15 November Groups

Please note that as there are only limited numbers of people for the 17 October and 15 November meetings per campus, if someone has been given permission by the NC to go to Madhuban, please enter under the Comments Section on the database which campus someone is to stay in; i.e. either at the top of the mountain or in Shantivan.  You can also add in the Comments section if someone is going for POM or IPIP for easy reference.

 

The BK DF Accommodation Department will be able to allocate people to the campuses once they see the entire list and requirements. Therefore we are requesting that pilgrims are flexible with accommodation in Gyan Sarovar or Pandav Bhawan during this time, and not insist on either campus. 

 

Please note that the NC/RC will need to keep a track of those who are to stay up the mountain or in Shantivan so that they remain within their allocated numbers.

 

Improvements to the system

Last year there were many improvements made to the DF Travel Database system by our international IT Team so that the system can better facilitate everyone’s travel and stay in Madhuban.

 

Some of the most significant changes were:

  • Login to the system via a Gmail or official BK email account.
  • Passport details to be entered for all travellers.
  • The system expects each section of the journey to be entered i.e. any accommodation needed in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Madhuban has to be specifically entered.
  • Once details have been entered the system automatically emails a copy to the traveller so that they can confirm that the details are correct. 
  • The email will also include a time-limited link for them to check their personal details and give consent for their data to be held for subsequent seasons. 
  • The email will also include a link to a partially completed Arrival Form C for them to print out and take with them to Madhuban. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: it is very important to enter the correct email for the visitor otherwise this process will not work.
  • Also, if consent is not provided, their data will have to be erased from the DF Travel database system for subsequent seasons, and you will again need to collect their photos and enter the data - so please let everyone know the importance of this.

 

The link to access the DF travel Database is: 

https://dftravel.brahmakumaris.org

 

Here is the link to the training videos prepared last season which you may find helpful:

https://tinyurl.com/yckq92zs

 

If you have any further questions or need help please contact 

Dear NCs and Travel Coordinators,

 

As the Madhuban season draws closer many will be starting to book their flights and make their travel arrangements and the DF Travel Database System is now ready for use.

 

As in previous years, all pilgrims going to Madhuban must have their details and travel arrangements entered into the DF Travel Database system so that Madhuban, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai etc. can be prepared for your arrival, pickup and accommodation.

 

Comments Section – 17 October & 15 November Groups

Please note that as there are only limited numbers of people for the 17 October and 15 November meetings per campus, if someone has been given permission by the NC to go to Madhuban, please enter under the Comments Section on the database which campus someone is to stay in; i.e. either at the top of the mountain or in Shantivan.  You can also add in the Comments section if someone is going for POM or IPIP for easy reference.

 

The BK DF Accommodation Department will be able to allocate people to the campuses once they see the entire list and requirements. Therefore we are requesting that pilgrims are flexible with accommodation in Gyan Sarovar or Pandav Bhawan during this time, and not insist on either campus. 

 

Please note that the NC/RC will need to keep a track of those who are to stay up the mountain or in Shantivan so that they remain within their allocated numbers.

 

Improvements to the system

Last year there were many improvements made to the DF Travel Database system by our international IT Team so that the system can better facilitate everyone’s travel and stay in Madhuban.

 

Some of the most significant changes were:

  • Login to the system via a Gmail or official BK email account.
  • Passport details to be entered for all travellers.
  • The system expects each section of the journey to be entered i.e. any accommodation needed in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Madhuban has to be specifically entered.
  • Once details have been entered the system automatically emails a copy to the traveller so that they can confirm that the details are correct. 
  • The email will also include a time-limited link for them to check their personal details and give consent for their data to be held for subsequent seasons. 
  • The email will also include a link to a partially completed Arrival Form C for them to print out and take with them to Madhuban. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: it is very important to enter the correct email for the visitor otherwise this process will not work.
  • Also, if consent is not provided, their data will have to be erased from the DF Travel database system for subsequent seasons, and you will again need to collect their photos and enter the data - so please let everyone know the importance of this.

 

The link to access the DF travel Database is: 

https://dftravel.brahmakumaris.org

 

Here is the link to the training videos prepared last season which you may find helpful:

https://tinyurl.com/yckq92zs

 

If you have any further questions or need help please contact dftravel-support@brahmakumaris.org.

 

In Baba's yaad,

DF Travel System Team

dftravel-support@brahmakumaris.org