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Visit of Sister Beena (from Chennai) to Australia, 18 - 30 November
1 January 2016
Despite a busy schedule as zonal coordinator of BK operations in Tamil Nadu, South India, Sr Beena came to Australia for 13 days. She visited five cities, gave nine public talks with an average audience of 30-40, recorded a radio interview, and conducted a BK Tamil retreat and various BK classes. Staying overnight in nine different places, she also managed to fit in some sightseeing with nature, native animals, the beach, city sights and met the BK family in each place. Her excellent language skills in English, Tamil and Hindi enabled her to connect with everyone and were put to good use with public and BK programs in each language.......click here to read a detailed report with photos.
Burleigh Library Talk - Gold Coast, Australia
7 December 2015
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Mayor's Wife Appreciates Sr Denise at Women's Leadership Forum on "Inner Leadership - An Inside - Out Approach"
2 December 2015
Source: Article entitled "Equality for women has been fairly achieved in Sabah" published in the online edition of the Daily Express on Monday, November 30th (http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=104886)
Kota Kinabalu: Equality for women has been fairly achieved in Sabah.
Malaysia, Sun News Paper Article on Dadi Janki - "A Spiritual Giant"
16 November 2015
On 20 October 2015 the attached article on Dadi Janki was published in the Sun newspaper, Malaysia. The article was written by BK Sr Bridget. The Sun has a daily circulation of 305,000 readers.
Service News from Thailand - Br Atam's Visit
16 November 2015
Click here for detailed report.
"Help Yourself To Meditation" - Meditation Talk at Elanora Library Gold Coast, Australia
13 November 2015
Gold Coast centre received an invitation from Elanora Library, Gold Coast to give a one hour Meditation talk at the Library on Thursday 22 Oct. The Library provided the room and took bookings. The title was "Help yourself to Meditation". 30 people came and BK Linda shared the many ways that Brahma Kumaris can help people to meditate, from books, cds, internet and courses at the Brahma Kumaris centre.
Speaking about meditation and how we do meditate, participants were invited to consider themselves to be peaceful, quiet and still. As participant were considering this with their eyes open, there was a very beautiful atmosphere and the vibration in the room was so silent it was a 'goose pimple, uplifting' feeling. Linda told the participants that they had just been meditating. They seemed surprised and had enjoyed the experience. Feedback forms from participants related that the talk was excellent.
The poster was created by the Library and as they were going to throw it out, it was saved and is on the wall in the BK Gold Coast centre foyer at the moment. The Centre's next talk is at Burleigh Heads Library in December 2015.
Singapore Diwali Greetings
12 November 2015
International Day of Peace, Japan - Madhuban Dr Savita Visits Tokyo and Fukuyama
5 October 2015
Centre Residents Retreat in Japan
5 October 2015
Raksha Bandhan Greetings from Singapore
28 August 2015
Dr Nirmala - Didiji's visit to Sri Lanka
28 August 2015
Health News from BK Heather, Melbourne, Australia
26 August 2015
The Spiritual Health of Bali Today: Br Frank Speaks to Medical Practitioners
25 August 2015
BK Frank and others ventured to the northern area of Bali to hold a program at Pasraman Kidung Pemulihan Jiwa (ashram for recovery of the soul). Over 200 people attended. The information beforehand was that the group were medical practitioners who came together to do community service, but it wasn't quite like that. The topic was "The Spiritual Health of Bali Today". The previous Sunday morning class had contained helpful material and Frank also gained some useful points from watching a video of the health seminar held previously with BK Charlie from Australia. The location for the Ashram was in the forest.
First Asia Pacific BK Young Adults Retreat in Asia Retreat Center with Didi Chandrika
25 August 2015
A special retreat for BK Young Adults aged 18-35 was held at Asia Retreat Centre for the Asia-Pacific Region from 6th to 9th August 2015. This retreat was headed by five core committee members comprising three BK sisters from Malaysia and two from Australia. Some participants arrived early to help in preparing accommodation, decorate the hall and usher overseas participants. They did their task with love, zeal and enthusiasm.
The theme of the retreat was "Shield of God's Love and Protection". More than 50 young adults from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and the Philippines participated in the retreat.
The retreat began with a warm welcome by the seniors and an ice breaker to get to know each other better. During the inauguration, participants showed their talents through dance and songs. After inaugurating the retreat, Sister Chandrika shared her deep insight of the aim and objective of the retreat. The participants were then divided into small groups for further discussion to internalise the aim and objective. This had helped participants stayed focus throughout the retreat.
The retreat was well balanced with classes, storytelling, panel discussion, interview, games, exercise, silent walk, BBQ, video and special rakhi ceremony exclusively for this group.
The highlight of the retreat was the "Rakhi Celebration". The whole atmosphere was very subtle. There was a feeling of BapDada's presence throughout the gathering as each one walked down the path towards the senior instruments whilst hearing their special blessings being read. Some participants experienced being in subtle region with BapDada.
Didi Chandrika's class on her personal experience with Brahma Baba brought tears of love. Didi's loving yet playful and entertaining nature had won the heart of the youth.
After three full days of retreat, everyone was totally empowered, uplifted and rejuvenated.
Family News from the Peninsula: Sr Jill Shanti
12 August 2015
Sr Jill Shanti is recovering slowly after two emergency stays in hospital for complications related to a hyperthyroid condition.
Your good wishes are much appreciated.
Urban Renewal, Garden Maintenance: Gold Coast Centre, Australia participates in National Tree Day
11 August 2015
This year the Brahma Kumaris Gold Coast centre participated in National Tree Day under the activity "Urban Renewal, Garden Maintenance".
Six volunteers spent an average of four hours each on Saturday, August 1st weeding garden beds, sweeping pathways, pruning trees and plants, mulching garden beds, potting new plants and repotting older pot plants, mowing lawns, cleaning stone pathways and creating new pathways. The Centre's aim is to get the garden fully cleaned up and mulched before the hot Summer comes. There is still more work to do.
Everyone enjoyed the spending the time in nature, sharing our time together and creating a beautiful space. The next big job is purchasing mulch to cover bare earth, spreading the mulch, planting of plants that can withstand the heat and more pruning and removal of weedy trees that have grown from seed from bird droppings.
National Tree Day is in its 20th year and is promoted by Planet Ark and sponsored by Toyota Australia. The official Day was 26th July and activities were held all around Australia. More activities are planned by other community groups over the next month.
The BK Centre was inspired by the research report commissioned by Planet Ark and sponsored by Toyota Australia: "Needing Trees: The Nature of Happiness".
Health & Wellness Retreat held at the Asian Retreat Centre (ARC)
11 August 2015
Health & Wellness Retreat, 31 July – 2 August 2015, ARC, Dengkil, Malaysia
A Health & Wellness Retreat was organised from Fri 31 July to Sun 2 Aug 2015 at ARC following the request of participants of the Professional Retreat with Br. Marcelo in March 2015.
It was the first such unique retreat with outside speakers who were experts in their respective fields
such as two top Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Malaysia, Dietician from a well-established hospital, certified health coach, Qigong/Tai Chi/Yoga instructor as well as our own experts in Mind Power, Spiritual Health and Raja Yoga meditation...
Participants were very happy with the holistic, wholesome package covering stimulating exercises to nutritious vegetarian meals, to enlightening and informative talks on diet, heart care, health and wellness and empowering meditation. They were so taken up that they requested for a follow-up retreat and / or more such health retreats. Many of them, realising the importance and power of meditation, made promises to practice regular meditation in the mornings and evenings before going to bed.
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Sister Meera presenting a gift to Dr. Arun
Meditation is for All
30 July 2015
SOURCE: Daily Express, Independent National Newspaper of East Malaysia, published Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Being With The One: Retreat in Malaysia, 16 - 19 July
26 July 2015
Malaysia had the great fortune of having the 23rd Asian Retreat in ARC with Surya Bhai (Madhuban), Jyoti Bhen (Dubai) and Hema Bhen (USA). Around 700
BK brothers and sisters from Singapore, Indonesia, China, Thailand, India and all over Malaysia arrived in the evening of 16th July 2015 in ARC to participate in this retreat with the theme "Being with the One".
Grand welcome and Hari Raya Celebrations
On the 17th July there were Eid celebrations in Malaysia. It was also the day that Surya Bhai arrived in ARC for the first time. Diamond Hall was beautifully decorated in green and yellow to symbolise love and royalty respectively. The main guests were ushered with traditional "Bunga Manggar" into the Diamond Hall where 600 souls were waiting to greet them.
There were varieties of cultural items including a Hindi song, Malay song, Chinese dance, Garba dance, Fusion dance etc. Surya Bhai, Jyoti Bhen and Hema Bhen were decorated with traditional Malay royal outfits and thereafter they inaugurated 23rd Asian Retreat by beating a "gong" 23 times. The retreat had a good variety of sessions including classes, meditation sessions, interviews, a panel discussion and question and answers. The highlight of the retreat was 2 hours of volcanic yoga bhatti with Surya Bhai, Jyoti Bhen and Meera Bhen. Everyone enjoyed the company of Surya Bhai and his depth of knowledge and yoga. Some of the participants experienced themselves diving into the depth of silence and total stillness and felt they were in Madhuban. The atmosphere was charged powerfully through the power of gathering guided by three yogis with a total of more than 120 years of experience.
Surya Bhai shared some practical tips how to be constantly powerful and how to have good and powerful amrit vela.
Surya Bhai's Vision for ARC
"ARC will be a Lighthouse where many souls will come & claim their inheritance…"
"ARC will be like Madhuban. People will recommend many others who want peace & happiness to come to ARC..."
Impressions of Lucinda Drayton's Australia Tour, July 2015
22 July 2015
In seven programs from 11-19 July, Lucinda enchanted everyone with her thoughtful lyrics, ethereal melodious voice and meditation commentaries, inviting the audiences on a journey of inner spaces rarely visited. The poems she read in between rounded up the journey of walking in love, checking the heart and expanding it into the unlimited. The ultimate and intimate moments were when she walked singing through the audience addressing all directly. Without much explanation the audience were brought into a spiritual atmosphere through the art of music, with grace and dignity.
Lucinda was accompanied by BK Sam McNally, an old and gold BK of 30 years who is based in Sydney. He is one of Australia's best keyboard players and tuned in to Lucinda beautifully, harmonising with each and every song and playing with joy.
In deep appreciation of this beautiful experience and the ultimate gift of 'Me Time', following are some impressions that were shared of the various concerts…
Beginning in Melbourne at the Collingwood Town Hall on 11th July 2015, Lucinda's meditation concert attracted 500 people. "It was excellent. She really does have an amazing presence on stage. We had around 850 booked but getting 500 there with such atrocious arctic weather with rain and hail was fantastic. It was beautiful - silent, spiritual, loving, moving, sensitive and magical. On two or three occasions Lucinda left the stage and walked amongst the audience and with great sensitivity connected with everyone individually. It was still and quiet, all were spellbound."
She moved on to the retreat centre on the Peninsula the next day, which is an hour or so from Melbourne. "Over 200 people absolutely filled our hall. With the sound of heavy rain outside, throughout the whole time we felt like we were in an embrace of care. The impressions of this afternoon will still be with us for some time."
Next stop: Gold Coast where an audience of about 40 joined an intimate gathering at the BK centre, "Her presence was beautifully non-demanding and real and just being herself. We felt beautifully at ease with her. In her performance she was easy and professional. During the program a ten year girl who knew many of Lucinda's songs by heart engaged in a delightful conversation with Lucinda. Lucinda shared some stories about her meditative life, the workshops she does, where she is at now and the healing she has done. "
The four concerts in and around Sydney began with an audience of over 110 in East Sydney on Thursday 16 July. "The audience were great. They tuned in to the meditation and entered a journey of stillness and healing. The hall was decorated in an angelic elegant way, to create a meditative atmosphere and support a healing and transformative process. The audience enjoyed the atmosphere immensely, enchanted by the fragrance of Lucinda's beautiful and clear voice. Everything was in flow, even Mark who did the sound was so incognito and subtle, and all worked without any interruptions, interference, flowing smooth and nicely."
The second concert in Sydney was planned for the new centre in Five Dock, however it is still not complete and so the programme was shifted to the Leichhardt Town Hall. Within 3 weeks 350 participants registered. Of those, just over 200 came.
"In the last 30 minutes Lucinda requested the audience not to clap but to go into their own inner journey. Awakening the next morning with Lucinda's songs naturally replaying in the mind, there was the realisation of how many had been deeply touched on a very personal level … I am lifted like a poor child given a chance…. I am Light, I am me…. Infinite Love, Infinite Peace, 100,000 Angels … she sang to each and everyone in the audience with love and care. She guided meditation and read poetry."
The next day a warm and vibrant energy was created in Wilton in anticipation of Lucinda's concert. With the easiness of the BK family working together in love and co-operation the stage was set for an evening of wonder and grace. "Participants were touched by the peace, warmth, and beauty of Lucinda, Sam and Mark. They also mentioned the hospitality, "heart-warming" food served to the 200 who attended. We all say thank you for the opportunity given to share the richness of living a spiritual life. Lucinda is a humble, loving and generous soul. She reminded the participants to remember the message and not the messengers. ‘If you remember myself and Sam we have failed you. Remember the messages shared.'"
The concert at the Leura retreat centre was threatened by heavy snowfall which even blocked the road to the mountains two days before. "This was the first time we had seen this kind of snow here. It was magical. However we had the full faith that all would be well and over 110 people attended. They were silent, still and very appreciative. There was not a move in the audience, not a cough nor a whisper. Lucinda spoke openly of being under the protection of God and her message for each soul was "stay in the company of the Divine".
From Lucinda: " I just wanted to send my heartfelt thanks to you all for taking such good care of me and creating such a beautiful program: wonderful food, warm welcomes, the beauty of the stage decorations, the smiling faces and the love of God … all the help and love of the family reminded me why I so love to do what I do in Brahmin settings best …there is no place like it. You have created sacred and beautiful memories, which I will carry in my heart around the cycle."
Humble thanks, Lucinda x
From Sam: "The shows with Lucinda were sublime, extraordinary, beautiful, wonderful...and quite a bit more. From the start, the shows went without a hitch, and it was just lovely. All involved, and one very large audience, very happy!"
Retreat in Auckland - News from New Zealand
22 July 2015
BK Sr Jacqui Russell from Melbourne returned from New Zealand in early July after a few days visiting Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington, having been invited to facilitate the BK retreat in Auckland. She arrived at the Auckland BK Centre on Thursday afternoon 25th June and spent some time with Jim who coordinates the Auckland Centre. On Friday she had some family time before going to the Retreat place in the afternoon. Aio Wira Centre is in the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland. Jacqui said, "The owners advertise it for people of all beliefs who seek inner peace, renewed energy and a refreshing experience, and it was all of that. It is one of those self-built retreat places established in the 70's at relatively little cost. Filled with the hand crafted look, it was very comfortable and warm. The topic for the BK Retreat, organized by local BK Paul, was ‘Deepening Meditation and Relationship with Baba' and it was stimulating and fun".
There were more participants on Saturday and then those who were attending the NZ BK AGM left for the Auckland Centre. For all sessions over the weekend the majority of the participants were of Indian origin.
After the retreat Jacqui was invited to visit and talk with students at the Papakura BK class location. She then went to Hamilton where she made contact with former work colleagues of over 30 years ago from the Waikato University.
On Monday evening there was a program with Auckland BK Centre students on ‘Influencing the Attitude of Others with Your Attitude'. On Tuesday Jacqui travelled with Sr Bhavana, Coordinator of BK Centres in NZ, to Wellington where there was an evening program at the Centre on ‘Being an Easy Yogi In a Chaotic World'.
On Wednesday she had a look around a Wellington that is vastly different from when she lived there 20 years ago, with increasing housing developments on the hills and high rise buildings everywhere. However some lovely walks along the waterfront and the warm weather were enjoyable!
Sr Denise and Sr Chandru's visit to Korea
21 July 2015
Fifth International Ayurveda Expo in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 3 - 5 July
15 July 2015
The fifth International Ayurveda Expo in Colombo was very successful with more than 5,000 visitors to the Brahma Kumaris' stall over three days from 3-5 July 2015. The BK Centre has since received many phone enquiries and a few people have started the Introductory Course.
The Expo was organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka.
The BK stall was the main attraction and the busiest of all the 150 or more stalls. At a time, five to six teachers were explaining the exhibits. Around 25 BKs participated in each session over the three days from 9am to 9pm.
On the stall there were five trans-light pictures of Soul, Three Worlds, Karma Philosophy, Complete Health and 8 Powers. Video clips about birth, death and soul world were displayed on an LED TV which attracted many visitors. Two meditation rooms were set up with commentaries through headphones in the three languages of English, Sinhala and Tamil. There were also literature and CD sales on two other stalls.
Secretary General and CEO of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, Mr. Bandula Dissanayake, liked the BK displays very much and sent many people to the stall.
The BK planning team consisted of Sr Mythili, Dr Mohan, Dr Viji, Dr Chelvi, Br Seker, Sr Manel, Br Seelan and Br Kohulan. Br Dinesh, Br Puwanesh, Br Wishwa, Br Umakanthan, Br Ravi and Br Saravana bhawan actively participated in setting up. Thank you Baba, Didi, Ganesh Bhai and all the instruments for this successful service.
Br. BK Kohulan & Br. BK Seelan
Sister Jayanti's Visit to Malaysia - Many Wonderful Programs
10 July 2015
Malaysia had the great fortune of having Sister Jayanti after 10 long years for 8 precious days from 18th to 26th June 2015. In just 8 days, Sr. Jayanti served and benefitted thousands of souls from a broad spectrum, ranging from VIP's. Ambassadors and celebrities to Ministers and Government officials, the general public and contact souls, international school children, and BKs from all over Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region.
Sr. Jayanti was welcomed at Asia Retreat Centre by representatives from 7 countries with song, flowers, fireworks and angels holding candles all along the pathway leading to the entrance of ARC building. Sr Jayanti met everyone briefly in the Reception.
Read full report here.
Service in Bali, Indonesia as reported by BK Tim
9 July 2015 - by BK Br Tim Whiting from Melbourne, Australia
Reclaim Joy of a Fulfilling Life
9 July 2015
Source: Posted on 22 June 2015 in The Sundaily, the online companion to the print edition of theSun (Penang, Malaysia)
BK Young Adults Retreat, Melbourne, Australia
2 July 2015
From Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June 2015, 22 BK young adults gathered at the Peninsula Retreat Centre for a very special weekend. The retreat title was "The Boat of Truth May Rock…." and by the end of the retreat participants all felt sure that the boat will not sink, and the ride had become much smoother and more stable. The sessions were filled with deep honesty, deep love and lots of lightness and laughter. There was much joking and playing but underneath it all was the recognition that this is an extremely valuable group that will lead us into the future.
The planning team was Danny (Melbourne), Sathesh (Melbourne), Sapna (Perth), and Kim (Sydney). International guests in the group included Prakash and Piyush (Dubai), Sandika (Cape Town) and Rohini (Singapore) who also facilitated sessions. Everyone enjoyed a walk, a panel discussion, small group conversations, creative expression activities and powerful morning and evening meditations. Australian National Coordinator BK Br Charlie was able to join the group for the weekend and share his thoughts. Sr Nancy from the retreat centre also shared her experiences which everyone enjoyed very much.
Br Charlie, who this year celebrates 40 years with the BKs, said the retreat "…was very special … it was full of very rich and deep discussions and yoga.....and lots of laughs!!! They are a very dynamic group and include a surgeon, a few lawyers, 3-4 accountants, a few PhDs, some IT professionals and more. It is certainly a new generation of BKs."
With a public youth retreat in the Blue Mountains near Sydney coming up and another in the Peninsula Retreat Centre, followed by the very first Asia Pacific BK young adults retreat to be held in Malaysia – the journey to complete Truth continues…
Participants were very thankful to the whole Retreat Centre team for helping to make their stay there so comfortable, to Charlie for joining them, to the Regional Coordinator Didi Nirmala for her continued support and love and to all those who participated in the retreat.
Philippines Regional Retreat News - 8 to 15 June 2015
25 June 2015
News from Sister Jayanti (18 June) - Visit to Singapore
23 June 2015
After arriving on Tuesday afternoon in Singapore, in the evening we had a BK gathering at Peace Hall which is located in 'Little India', the Indian area of Singapore where BKs have classes. The Hall is large enough for around 150 people and it was full. It was a sweet welcome, and I shared news of Dadi and chitchat.
On Wednesday, 17th, Murli was again at Peace Hall followed by Class. Then we had a programme organized in a public venue. This was essentially for women around 65 had come and the topic was ‘Dealing with Reality'.
In the evening was a public programme, where we must have had about 400 people. The topic was ‘Emotional Healthcare – Life Skills for Personal Well-Being'. This was held in a very beautiful new building, which has been dedicated for Lifelong Learning by the Government. It was very well-organised. Questions were written in and handed in, and we had around 20 minutes of Q&A after the talk, and then Meditation.
On 18th morning, we had Bhog and Murli at Peace Hall and about 130 BKs were present. There was then a programme at a Condominium Complex called ‘The Waterside', the topic was ‘Stop Worrying, Start Living'. Around 60 women had gathered. 18th evening I have a meeting with the Core Group and Centre-Niwasis, and I then leave for the airport for Kuala Lumpur.
It's been a very lovely visit. The house that they have for Baba is very beautiful one, certainly it's a place where many things can happen and they have had it for about a year. Public gatherings happen either at public venues or in Peace Hall, so everything is working out very well indeed.
Visit of BK Didi Nirmala to Australia 11-26 May
1 June 2015
BK Didi Nirmala, Regional Coordinator for BK centres in Asia Pacific countries, visited four cities in Australia in May to hold retreats and classes for BKs in Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney.
Arriving at the Melbourne retreat centre at about 10pm on Monday 11 May, Didi was met by an enthusiastic welcoming party who had waited to greet her. Tuesday 12 May was a day of meetings while about 60 BKs arrived from around the country for the annual national retreat for Centre Residents, Board Members and Class Location Coordinators due to start the next day.
The retreat went from Wednesday morning until Saturday lunchtime and included workshops, Q&A sessions, admin updates, news sharing etc. Didi gave a class each morning and during each day she shared her thoughts on the session topics. One evening there was a slideshow over a combined dinner celebration for Didi's 80th birthday, Br Charlie's 40th spiritual birthday and the 40th anniversary of BK activities in Australia.
Saturday afternoon and Sunday was time for Melbourne BK students. Some stayed overnight and enjoyed Didi's classes and the company of the gathering while others came and went with numbers swelling to 120. On Monday night Didi visited the Sunshine West centre in western Melbourne for the first time where she gave a talk for a small group of people.
On Tuesday Didi flew to Brisbane and in the evening she gave a class for 40 people at the Brisbane centre, as well as morning class on Wednesday. One BK commented that Didi left the impact of "…a focus on self care, of looking after the self and others. She was very light, relaxed, easy going and accepted everything as it was."
Then she travelled one hour south by car to the Gold Coast centre. Centre coordinator Sr Linda reported, "There was a feeling of love and stability at the Gold Coast centre when Didi stayed with us from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning. On Wednesday evening there was a Question and Answer program for BKs and invited close contacts. Didi shared blessings and Madhuban toli (sweets). The contact souls were really taken with Didi and had good experiences. There were about 25 people who attended."
On Thursday morning, 18 BKs enjoyed a class from Didi. Afterwards photos were taken and Didi left the centre at 9.30am for the airport to fly to Sydney.
On arrival in Sydney she went straight to the retreat centre at Wilton, one hour south of Sydney. About 50 BKs gathered there that night from Wilton, Wollongong, Liverpool, Sydney and Canberra. Didi was interviewed by Br Charlie on the story of her life in general and service in Australia, where she had spent about 30 years before moving to Gyan Sarovar in India in 2008. Since then Didi has visited Australia for about 2-3 weeks each year.
On Friday Didi went by car to the retreat centre at Leura in the Blue Mountains, one hour west of Sydney. Over the weekend there was a retreat for Sydney BKs attended by up to 180 people. It was scheduled to finish on Sunday morning but Didi extended it to lunchtime, a bonus which many enjoyed. Didi also stayed overnight at Leura on Sunday. Weather forecasts had been cold and rainy but there was sunshine and mild weather for most of the weekend.
On Monday Didi went to Sydney for many meetings and a tour of the new BK building which is still being prepared. Tuesday morning class was held at East Sydney near the CBD with about 20 BKs and after breakfast Didi went straight to the airport to catch her flight back to India.
Visit of Sister Jaya to Malaysia from 10 - 27 April
29 May 2015
Sister Jaya from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, arrived on Friday 10 April 2015. Her first visit to Malaysia was on a special invitation by the BKs there for a nationwide tour to conduct programs in the Tamil language. She has become known in Malaysia due to the popularity of her show on local satellite TV station ASTRO entitled "Enlightenment with Brahma Kumaris", an initiative of Brahma Kumaris Malaysia.
The tour was planned throughout the country in 16 places. Her maiden program took place in the heart of Klang city, known as "Little India", on Sat 11 April. The program was very captivating with colourful cultural items and a talk on "Karma or Destiny?" which attracted about 500 people.
On Sun 12 April she gave a talk at Asia Retreat Centre (ARC), the HQ of Brahma Kumaris Malaysia, on "Mind Power is the Key to Happiness". Though ARC is far from residential areas it managed to pull about 350 people.
Similar talks were held in 9 states in Malaysia and each program drew an average audience of 370. During this visit some 6,000 people were served. The highest attendance was in Ipoh with 1,250 people.
There was also a program for about 100 women of Hindu Sangam (NGO) at Nusajaya, Johor. The title of Sr Jaya's talk was "Respecting Feelings to Strengthen Relationships".
The final program of Sr Jaya's visit to Malaysia was a talk entitled "Fate or Faith" which she delivered to a crowd of 500 souls at Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur on Sun 26 April.
Sr Jaya also had a recording session with Radio Malaysia (Minnal FM) in a Questions and Answer format on various issues touching on relationships at various levels of society. The talk was aired for one hour as a special program in the evening of Wesak day (a Bhuddhist holiday) on 3rd May.
In the little time she had, Sr Jaya also spent time with Tamil speaking souls in the BK family.
On the whole, the responses to Sr Jaya's public talks were overwhelmingly positive and the halls were always full with audience who were very attentive, silent and enjoying every moment of the talks. It seemed that after viewing her program on TV people were ready to accept more BK knowledge. In all her talks, in the mode of conversations, she highlighted Gods presence in our life, the importance of good virtues and behaviour for lasting relationships and a happy life by giving simple examples and practical applications.
The response to her visit has enthused many people. It was a first for Malaysia and BKs there are sure more such events are to come.
South Korean & International BKs Participate in Asian Civil Society Conference on Climate Change and Ecology (ACCE)
21 May 2015
Service News & Photos from Japan - Sudesh Didi Visits Kobe, Hiroshima National Retreat, Tokyo Golden Retreat
18 May 2015
Please click on below link for detailed news on Sudesh Didi's visit to Kobe, the Japan national retreat in Hiroshima and the golden retreat in Tokyo.
Governor's Multicultural Awards, Adelaide, South Australia
18 May 2015
Pictured left to right Damian Outtrim, His Excellency Governor Hieu Van Le
Neighbour Day at Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast, Australia
18 May 2015
Didi Nirmala's Visit to South Korea, 17-21 April
29 April 2015
BK Didi Nirmala, Regional Coordinator of BKs for Asia Pacific, arrived in Seoul from India on the evening of 17 April 2015 for a four day visit. There was a public talk, programs for regular BK students and a radio interview.
On arrival in Seoul there was a short meditation with the welcoming party for 15 minutes, after which Didi said hello and shared Madhuban news.
On the 18th evening at the BK centre there was a public program attended by about 50 people on the topic "The Magic of Self Respect". The hall could only just seat the guests, while about 25 BKs were sitting or standing in the foyer, kitchen etc. The public was quite receptive.
On 18th, 19th & 20th at lunch time there was a retreat with 25 to 35 participants from Seoul, Pusan, Ulsan etc. The theme was "Easiness of Raja Yoga". The program included workshops and classes on individual efforts, transformation, question-answer sessions, service plans for the country and managing finances. Old BKs like Br. Kang, Maria, Peter, Jenny etc. attended every day. About 15 BKs stayed in and around the centre to attend early morning meditation and the retreat.
On Monday 20th, a doctor came for a personal meeting and there was later a radio interview on "How to Live a Happy Life".
Didi's visit was really enjoyed by all and they took lot of benefit from BK family gatherings and classes. She left Korea on 21st April after morning class.
The two photos are of the BK group and the public program.
Delicious Vegetarian Meals on the Gold Coast, Australia
29 April 2015
"Delicious Vegetarian Meals" was a four week program presented by experienced Brahma Kumari vegetarian cooks in March 2015. The aim was to present meals that were easy, nutritious and delicious and also created and used by the cooks on a regular basis. The program was a success with all participants going away very happy with what they had learnt from the program and each other. The next four week program will be in May at U3A (University of the Third Age) in North Gold Coast.
Sr Linda from the Gold Coast BK centre approached U3A in North Gold Coast, where she has been holding Meditation and Positive Thinking sessions for the past two years. U3A is for people over 50 years of age, in some cases from 40 years. (Read more about U3A at: http://www.u3anorthgoldcoast.com/about.html.)
They organised a room she could use and advertised and booked people in at their offices in the Labrador community centre. Very quickly the sessions were booked out and there was a waiting list. Actual cooking was not allowed to be done at the community centre nor could there be any food (uncovered/eaten etc.) in the rooms. The meals were cooked beforehand at the BK centre and small samples were prepared for the participants to take home. The 10 participants per session were particularly touched by this gesture. The BK team created a Power Point for each session and took along recipe books that they used. Copies of the recipes were provided for the sessions. Tutors shared tips that helped in their cooking.
Sr Linda said, "It was a lot of work (but it can be refined) and I was amazed how successful the classes were and how appreciative people were. Most of the participants said they really needed this guidance as they didn't know where to get this sort of information.
I have observed that sometimes people tend to supplement meals with dairy for meat, so recipes were chosen that could be made without or with a little dairy. The idea was to show people how to cook simple meals. We explained that we would not be able to provide professional nutritional advice, but we could share what we know with our rich experience spanning from 10 to 30 years of cooking vegetarian meals for ourselves, friends, family members, etc. We observed that some people lived busy lives, lived on their own and or were just tired, and that this encouraged them to buy too much take-away food or not have a proper meal. We decided the recipes needed to be quick to make and did not require too many ingredients. Also we noted that whenever we have a nice home cooked meal it helped us to feel good and increased our wellbeing."
‘Feed-back' from participants: -
*I enjoyed learning about the ingredients, thank you for the recipes and samples. What I have learned over the past 4 weeks will support my journey to a healthier lifestyle.
*I enjoyed the Vegetarian cooking course, the presentation was interactive and fun & the recipes were creative and easy.
*I enjoyed the vegetarian cooking very much, the recipe sheets were very good and I have already made the shepherd's pie which was excellent.
*Well conducted, opened up a new way of eating and experimenting with food.
*I have really enjoyed the course, talking with the group about different methods and making of veg meals has been excellent.
*I found this class very informative and it has given me new insight into better food and sensible eating.
Tamil TV in Australia and New Zealand
26 April 2015
Melbourne, Australia; The Tamil speaking BK team of Victoria has been successful in securing a 30 minute time slot twice a week on a paid TV channel, Global TV (GTV). The station offered a 4 week trial starting in April 2015 and if this goes well the program will continue.
The times the programs will be aired are:
Saturday 8.30 - 9.00am
Thursday 5.00 - 5.30pm (reletecast)
As a preview to the event, the station started airing a trailer to the videos for 2-3 weeks starting from 8 April. The first program was aired on Saturday, 12 April at 9.00am.
Initially the content is of videos of talks given by Sr Jeya from Chennai. Sr Jeya is a popular speaker in South India. Eventually, if the program continues, the BK team hopes to offer more variety.
Global TV (GTV) has been very cooperative in giving very good rates. They also helped with editing of the videos. The station has a subscriber base of about 10,000 viewers across Australia and New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand main centres' contact details are aired at the end of every video and it is hoped that viewers will contact their local BK centres.
News of Service Programs in Hobart, Australia
26 April 2015
"Aboriginal Law and Spirituality" and other programs in Hobart, Australia
During March 2015, Hobart BK centre hosted Sr Tjanara Goreng-Goreng from Canberra and Sr Jill Shanti from Melbourne for a series of programs.
Tjanara's first program was a day workshop on 7 March, "Discovery and Recovery" which 17 people attended and really enjoyed. An evening program on 10 March, "Aboriginal Law and Spirituality" was attended by about 25 people. It was interactive and explained Aboriginal original culture in a way that people had not heard in their history lessons. They were very interested. Tjanara spoke a little about the soul and Supreme soul, but not in depth, and the whole spiritual feel of the program was uplifting. Several participants were of Aboriginal background.
Sr Jill facilitated a "Positive Parenting" workshop at the BK centre for ten people on 18 March, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. They found it uplifting to learn how to use the virtues to solve problems.
The "Four Faces of Women" program on Sat 21 March from 10.30am to 4.00pm at the University of Tasmania's Multifaith Centre for a small group of eight people was very much enjoyed by everyone, including local BKs Miriam and Alice who had the opportunity to relax and be part of this workshop.
Visit of Sister Ranjani to Hongkong, 2-6 April
26 April 2015
Over the Easter weekend Hong Kong BKs had a spiritually recharging and refreshing visit from Sr. Rajni, coordinator of BK Centres in Japan and the Philippines.
Sr. Rajni arrived on Thursday 2nd April. There was a public programme in the evening titled "Real Happiness" at the Centre. About 35 people attended and asked some questions.
On 3rd April, being Easter Friday and a public holiday, about 25 BKs including seven new students went for morning class and a picnic by the ocean at Repulse Bay. As usual everyone enjoyed the outdoors and a picnic breakfast.
There were three evenings of very special recharging and enlightening Yoga Experimentation Bhattis especially for new students on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The main focus was to give souls a deep experience of spirituality and God's love and peace. The titles of the bhatthis were selected from the morning class of the previous day;
Friday - "True Soul Consciousness": the program started with a song and short commentary on soul. Then Sr. Rajni spoke a 10-12 minute class on the theme followed by dristhi and placing of a tilak on the forehead on each participant. Sr. Rajni spoke a short commentary in order to facilitate an experience, and a few words about brotherly vision.
Saturday - "Loving Intellect": The evening followed the same format of a short talk and longer meditation experience. The focal point was to consider the self to be a soul and connect with God.
Sunday - "Secrets of the Drama". The main aim was to create the experience of having a harmonious relationship with everything. Everyone exchanged virtues with each other.
On average 20 to 22 people participated, which was a good attendance considering that it was Easter and Chinese Ancestor worship holidays when people are usually busy with family and friends.
On Saturday and Monday, Sr. Rajni conducted morning class at the new Kowloon Centre. On Easter Sunday an impromptu Easter egg hunt was organised. Everyone enjoyed Sr Rajni's visit and felt recharged.
Symphony of Light spiritual concert in Bangkok, Thailand on 7th March 2015
23 April 2015
Reports on Cyclones in Northern Australia, February-March 2015
27 March 2015
News of the Chinese Retreat for the group from China in ARC from 4th to 9th February 2015
9 March 2015
It is with great joy the ARC team shares the news of the Retreat for China Group brought by Sis Sapna and Bro Sumeet, that took place in ARC.
189 souls arrived on the 3rd and 4th February in four batches. Special Welcome Programme was organised in Murli Hall at 9.30 am. All participants were given tilak, corsage and scarf as they entered the hall. Programme began with a beautiful Chinese Welcome Song by Sis Peng & Group, followed by Fusion Dance showing three cultures in Malaysia by professional dancers from Art of Living. The Retreat was inaugurated by all the Seniors – Asha Didi (Delhi ORC), Bro Charlie (Australia) Sis Sujata (Global Hospital), Sis Sapna & Bro Sumeet (China), Sis Meera (Malaysia) and Sis Manshu (China) . All the main guests shared their blessings for the Retreat and all participants received toli and blessings at the end of the welcome programme
The Retreat was conducted in three different groups – Adults, Young Adults and Children. The theme of the Retreat was Spiritual Solutions for Life Challenges. Each day, there were different themes for adults like Parenting – Relationships – Spirituality – Discovering the Self – self respect etc. Many seniors shared their experiences on various topics. Participants were very touched by these sessions. Every morning and in between sessions, there was exercise conducted by Sis Sujata from Global Hospital.
There was Meditation Laboratory conducted by Sis Celia in the Diamond Hall. The hall was filled with powerful vibrations, uplifting the souls enabled them to experience peaceful and calm stage using soul conscious vision.
The highlight of the retreat was another very interesting session conducted by Sis Sapna where parents and Children were grouped to create "Mandala"- a spiritual symbol in Hinduism & Buddhism representing the infinity of Universe. Nearly 82 Mandalas were createdaround Diamond Hall using colourful flower petals, leaves etc. In the end of the session, the meaning of Mandalas created by each participant was explained which is the reflection of the inner state of individuals. Through this activity, the participants experienced love, togetherness, belonging and happiness among each other. The session was concluded with a special Meditation with live music by Brother David from Gyan Sarovar, of which the participants enjoyed and truly appreciated the light moments filled with joy.
Finale of the Retreat was celebrated by having a Family Reunion Dinner specially prepared in Malaysian Chinese styles and a cultural programme jointly presented by China and Malaysia family in conjunction with Chinese New Year Celebration. Special ceremony was organised by China family to express their gratitude to all facilitators and karma yogis who served directly or indirectly to make this Retreat a success. Each karma yogi received a token of appreciation with a hug from the participants especially the young adults and children. Participants experienced peaceful vibrations in every corner of ARC. They were grateful that they were served with love and smiling face every meal. They cherished every single moment spent in ARC and determined to practise meditation regularly.
With Love from the ARC Team
Maha Shivaratri Celebration at Huntingdale, Perth, Western Australia - 21 February 2015
7 March 2015
Multi-faith Australia Day celebration, Adelaide, 26 January 2015
19 Febuary 2015
On Australia Day, Monday 26 Jan 2015, Br Damian from the BK Centre in Adelaide spoke at a multi-faith celebration in the Bonython Hall at the University of Adelaide. The event was hosted by the South Australian Branch of the Order of Australia Association, with the theme "Faith – Harmony – Healing."
Aboriginal Elder Uncle Lewis O'Brien AO gave the welcome to country with a symbol of healing made of eucalyptus leaves.
Eight different faith communities celebrated in music, song and speeches in the presence of His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, the new Governor of South Australia.
Approximately 200 people of all faiths, families and friends were warmly welcomed.
Click here for detailed report and more photos.
ShivRatri Programme in Wellington, New Zealand
11 February 2015
Singapore Newsletter for January 2015
9th February 2015
Didi Vedanti's Visit to Malaysia
2 February 2015
28 January 2015
The Perth BK family were very lucky to be the first stop for Br Ganesh's first visit to Australia and very much enjoyed his pleasant spiritual company. Having known Perth BKs Subraa and Raajen from Malaysia, it was a nice opportunity for Br Ganesh to be accommodated with them at their Class Location in Huntingdale.
Sat 24 Jan
In the morning Br Ganesh conducted class at Huntingdale after which he enjoyed exploring the Fremantle area, visiting an old shipwreck and beaches etc. He was fascinated to see the "doggy" beach and enjoyed watching various breeds of dog playing together and noted how well behaved they all were!
That afternoon Br Ganesh gave a talk on "How to Remain Light and Easy in Rocky Times". He shared his experiences of the aftermath of the 2005 tsunami in Sri Lanka and the effect that such huge ‘rocky' times had on people. He expressed that he had to learn to listen to others from his heart and by doing that he has learned much about himself and others. After the tsunami, he had observed that people looked at their situation in a range of ways – some felt a loss of hope and some who had lost all their family and belongings used their loss as a motivation to help others.
Sun 25 Jan
The morning was spent sharing class and breakfast with Perth BKs and advanced students, who enjoyed Br Ganesh's reading of the latest murli of 18 Jan, together with the designated class for the day on the topic "To give regard is to receive regard".
This was followed by a sharing on "How to Achieve a Deeper Quality of Yoga". Br Ganesh started his sharing by explaining going 1) inward; 2) upwards and 3) forward (out to the world). He said;
· Before connecting ‘upwards' it is important to firstly spend time to step within, create silence and connect with the eternal self. This revives the original peace of the self which flows into one's being, harmonising and healing everything that's in imbalance. It brings our spiritual energy to a still point of concentration.
· Learning to listen to oneself develops openness to God which makes us receptive to the reality of God, gradually moving to absorption in one thought of God.
· Love breaks the barrier of old consciousness and through the love of God, the soul comes back to life, back to reality. To remember God is real knowing, an acknowledgement of our own eternity and the truth of our existence.
· Love creates change and inspires; peace lays the foundation for that inner change.
Br Ganesh was also taken to the iconic King's Park for a tour and a drive along the expanse of Perth's Swan River.
On Sunday evening 35 people took inspiration from a talk on the topic "Applying Spiritual Wisdom to Everyday Situations". Br Ganesh asked the audience, "What is spiritual wisdom? Does it work? Is it time tested and is it practical?" He shared that unexpected things can happen at any time at home, at work, in relationships and with nature. He also spoke about the need for preparedness, not only on the physical level, but also on the spiritual and mental level, hence the need to spend time with the self in order to build up our spiritual wisdom to know how to manage unexpected events. Based on going inwards, spending time getting to know the self deeply, we will be in touch with our own spiritual wisdom and conscience which will guide us in everyday situations.
Feedback from those who attended Br Ganesh's programs was that all took benefit from his deep sharing and enjoyed spending time in the company of an easy-going yet wise and concentrated yogi.
Br Ganesh left Perth on Monday morning to visit Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
Report on Sister Aruna's Visit to Malaysia, December 12-16, 2014
20 January, 2015
Sister Aruna from Kuwait paid a flying visit to Malaysia from 12th – 16th Dec 2014 on her way to Vietnam. In just 5 days, she served and benefitted a wide category of souls from BKs to contacts, to IP's & VIP's and government officials and Ministers.
Read Rest of Report here.
Sister Denise Visits Thailand - December 10-14, 2014
18 January 2015
On the morning of a Public Holiday on 10th December, Sr Denise arrived from Singapore. The programs during her visit included:
- Wednesday, Dec 10th: Pinthu Centre In-house program
- Thursday, Dec 11th: Seagate Way Motivational Talk
- Thursday night - Saturday 13th morning: BK Family retreat, "Virtues for Life"
- Saturday, Dec 13th evening: Nonthaburi program, "Self-Mastery"
Subsequent to Sr Denise's visit, BKs also had a booth at Thai Rotary Day in Lumpini Park in Bangkok.
Please read the full report and see all the photos here.