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Special Celebrations to mark 50 years of service of Didi Hemlata Sanghi
14 July 2019
Fifty years ago Sis Hemlata Sanghi made the decision to be an instrument for Shiv Baba's transformational work on earth. Giving up a career in the medical field she began serving at Centres in her homeland India and a few years later journeyed to the West Indies as one of the pioneers in the spreading of the Brahma Kumari knowledge throughout the Caribbean. After the establishment of the first Raja Yoga Centres in Guyana and Trinidad, she spearheaded service throughout the Caribbean in the ensuing years. She now serves the Organization as the Caribbean Area Coordinator.
Last Sunday, June 30t,h her contribution was celebrated by the many souls who have become BKs and by other contacts whose lives have been impacted by the knowledge which she has shared. Her 70th birthday was also highlighted.
The observances were held at the spacious and beautiful hall of the BK Chaguanas Centre in Trinidad which was also commemorating its 20th year of service in the community. After a meditation by one of the first Raja Yoga students in Trinidad, Bro Vijai Sadal, a video of Sis Hemlata's life work and its impact over the years was presented.
A full programme of tributes and celebratory performances filled the evening. Speakers included government minister and former Principal of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Dr Bhoe Tewarie, the President of the Inter Religious Organization of T&T, Canon Dr. Knolly Clarke along with executive members, Swami Brahmadeo, and Sister Shirley Bell of Barbados who traveled to Trinidad to pay tribute on behalf of the other Caribbean countries. Several dignitaries, who were unable to speak because of time constraints, were acknowledged.
The atmosphere was charged with happiness and gratitude and this manifested in songs, dances and the uplifting sounds of musical instruments.
These gave way to Sis Hemlata's voice as she shared her experiences as BapDada's instrument and led all assembled into meditation.
Garlanding, decoration of the honoured guest, and the lighting of candles on a three tiered cake preceded the presentation of an exquisite Peacock engraved plaque to Sis Hemlata.
The BK family and community supporters delighted in honouring Sis Hemlata's 50th year of service and feel much gratitude that destiny brought her to us.
The evening concluded with music, a delicious meal and commemorative gifts for all.
Sis Hemlata being congratulated by Centre Coordinators
News of Trinidad Mothers' Group's visit to Orlando Florida, from 16th to 22nd May 2019
19 June 2019
News of Trinidad Mother’s Group visit to Florida, Orlando from 16th May to 22nd May 2019
A group of 20 Mothers from Trinidad in the West Indies went to Orlando Florida from 16th May to 22nd May 2019 on a retreat to celebrate Mother’s day. They were accompanied by Sr Hemlata, Sister Vishantie and Sr Payal.
Sister Jyoti and Sister Anne welcomed all of us with beautiful flowers, blessings and toli. Sister Hemlata gave a short class and entertained the group with various stories and experiences with Baba.
- I felt a unique experience which cannot be expressed in words.
- I had the same experience as when visited Madhuban for the first time.
- If the same stage and vibrations are made everywhere all will become one.
- We had new experiences which we will follow and forward to others.
- Felt homely.
- Very good management.
- Time was used in a worthwhile way with newness.
- If we did not come we would have missed a lot.
- Compassionate feeling from all in every way.
The visit in Orlando concluded with a special sustenance class and questions and answers session on the last day 22nd May 2019. We also spend one day on our route back to Trinidad in Panama where we had a tour of Panama City.
Programs in St Kitts & Nevis in May Including Visit by Sr Kiran of USA
12 June 2019
Peaceful greetings from Brahma Kumaris St Kitts & Nevis
In the month of May, we welcomed Baba’s special instrument soul, dear respected senior sister BK Kiran from the West Coast State of Oregon.
Everyone who had already done the Raja yoga course was invited to do a refreshment course and to have a half day retreat. The participants (BK students from St Kitts & international BK students on Skype) were happy and pleased to have Sister Kiran doing the refreshment Raja yoga course. The session for the refreshment Raja yoga course started on Wednesday 8th of May, Thursday 9th of May and Friday 10th of May.
Sister Kiran visited the prisoners of St Kitts on Thursday 9th of May and visited the prisoners of Nevis on Saturday 11th of May and had a talk with them about spirituality.
On Sunday 12th of May 20, Mother’s Day, all the mothers were decorated with a badge and a crown made out of flowers. After that Sister Kiran did a class on Spirituality for the public. There were a number of souls from St. Kitts present in Baba’s home and 4 souls on Skype for this lecture.
Beside the BK family of St. Kitts, the BK family of Curacao and the BK family of Aruba also enjoyed the morning Murli classes via Skype with Sister Kiran from Thursday 9th of May until Monday 13th of May.
For the UN global road safety week - May 6-12, 2019, we held an evening programme on Sunday the 19th of May. During the programme, there was world peace meditation, a talk about leadership for road safety via skype by BK student Anouschka from Saint Maarten and sharing from everyone about their contribution as a leader for road safety. In total 10 souls participated (7 in Baba’s home and 3 via Skype).
On Sunday 19th of May, the BK students of St. Kitts/Skype started with one-week practice to consciously check the impact of people, nature, news, sounds, atmosphere, animals, movements, opinions, anything ...on oneself. The practice for the week (until Sunday 26th of May) was: How do I use the power of tolerance, the power to adjust to respond? (not react) How do I conquer the negative impact it has on everything within -- thoughts, speaking, attitude, behavior, emotions, feelings, mind, intellect? Am I the embodiment of the power to tolerate? What do I need to pay attention to, to be able to tolerate/ adjust? Keep a chart. After the evening meditation, everyone shared a success story.
Br Atam Prakash (Madhuban toli) visits Suriname!
12 June 2019
Suriname was blessed to have Br. Atam Prakash from Madhuban in their midst. Br. Atam Prakash was traveling in the Caribbean and visited Suriname from the 15th till the 17th of May.
There were several programs at the Raj Yoga centers for regular BK students, public programs, visits with Government officials and with TV & Radio stations.
Br. Atam emphasized on the importance of becoming an embodiment of experience. We first listen to knowledge and than practice it. The next level is to go deeper and experience all the powers & relationships with God. "This is the time to become an authority of experiences. This gives us a lift in our life, making us unshakable in unstable situations".
At the public programs Br. Atam explained the importance of Raj Yoga meditation in our life. "It charges the battery of the soul", he mentioned. The mind and the intellect are two children of the soul. Take good care of them and keep them light.
News of Shivratri Celebrations from Suriname
11 May 2019
Trinidad & Tobago Celebrate the 50th Ascension Anniversary of Brahma Baba
6 February 2019
Guests were treated at this juncture to musical interludes, an Exhibition and audio visual presentations
featuring Brahma Baba.
Refreshments at Meet and Greet
As guests were seated, four BK yogis sat on the beautifully appointed stage and filled the atmosphere with spiritual vibrations.
In this peaceful setting the story of Brahma Baba and his contribution and spiritual legacy unfolded. Sis Dr. Hemlata Sanghi, National Coordinator for Trinidad and the Caribbean, delivered a stirring and touching account of Brahma Baba's guidance and inspiration as the BK sisters embarked on world service under the canopy of the Almighty.
Bro Marcelo Bulk, guest speaker and BK Coordinator for Columbia, shared on the role of Brahma Baba as elder brother and father figure who gave guidance through his personal connection with God. He encouraged all present to give positive vibrations from the heart to remove any hurt and to spread peace.
Sis Jasmine of the Chaguanas Centre conducted power-filled live commentaries while Bro Anand Singh, chairperson for the evening, introduced several artistes who gave sterling performances in their areas of competence. The evening ended to the vocal strains of Sis Uma of the Sangre Grande Centre with a rendition of “Om Shanti”. Guests were invited to cake and a delicious Brahma bhojan sit down dinner in Baba's honour.
We Brahmins were delighted for the opportunity, on this auspicious anniversary, to again share with our lokik brothers love and appreciation for Brahma Baba's life and legacy.
lkik brothers love and appreciation for Brahma Baba's life and legacy.
Read full report (with more photos) here.
International Day of Road Victims - Service News from Suriname
23 December 2018
International Day of Road Victims 2018
Every year, thousands of people die because of traffic accidents. The UN has therefore declared November 17th as "World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims". The BrahmaKumaris who support this initiative, donated World Peace Meditation Hour on the third Sunday in November in memory of all victims of traffic accidents. There was an interview with Mr.Sharvien Manohar, a survivor of a serious traffic accident, who shared his story of determination, courage and hope with the audience. The program continued with special meditation donated to all road victims.
Vegetarian FoodFest 2018
This annual event was held on November 10th -11th, to promote vegetarianism and its many benefits.
The BrahmaKumaris participated this year as well and elaborated on the basic ingredients for a meal from a deeper spiritual perspective: What are the key ingredients, how doi prepare my food and how do I eat my food. There was a lecture on the theme 'Am I allowed to eat everything?' with the focus on freedom, choices and responsibility. visitors were also invited to turn the virtue wheel and allowed to taste snacks prepared with love.
'Suriname Garland of Peace' the Celebrations of World Animal Day
23 December 2018
The Francis - Gandhi Exhibition 'Suriname Garland of peace' and the celebration of World Animal Day
From October 2nd - 6th, the BrahmaKumaris participated in an exhibition organized by the Alpha Max Academy & Learning Center, an Association that wants to actively contribute to a world of non-violence and peace for all living beings.
The exhibition was the main activity. There were also various other activities, including instructive films and a drawing contest.
Mahatma Gandhi was the symbol for nonviolence. For Francis, the pure practice of devotion and love for animals were central. With this in mind, BK's paid attention during the exhibition to:
- 8 spiritual powers of the soul
- Famous scientists from the past who shed light upon animal love
A Green Christmas at Suriname
23 December 2018
Report on the Trinidad Floods
25 October 2018
Dear Divine Family,
Om Shanti & Godly Greetings of Peace and Happiness.
I am back to Trinidad on 21st October 2018 from Madhuban.
Over this past weekend there was major flooding in various parts of Trinidad. The worst hit area was at Greenvale which had flood waters climbing to 10 feet. Some people were trapped in there ceiling and others had to seek safety on their roof.
Out of our 5 centres only Sangre Grande in the east was affected. Sister Uma said that she was resting when she had the sudden thought to pack up the stuff in the centre in anticipation for flooding. Together with the help of students they spent 2 hours in this exercise then spent the next few hours in a night vigil. Nothing happened so they went to sleep at about 1am Saturday morning. The flood waters came silently an hour later, at about 2am, and covered the ground floor to a dept of knee leval.
All the BK students felt that they were blessed by Gods protection and damage was minimal. Today they are cooking to distribute food and hampers to the surrounding areas.
The Chaguanas Raja yoga centre, central Trinidad, led by Sister Jasmine yesterday cooked and prepared 200 box lunches. They also included 25 boxes for diabetics. The distribution process was effected in cooperation with the Monroe Road Hindu Temple.
Thanks all members of the centres for their selfless service and shares her Blessings and pure feelings for the quick recover of all who were affected by this flood.
In Baba's yaad