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Sr Hemlata's visit to Costa Rica for the first time
4 December 2015
Greetings and Service News from Costa Rica of Sister Gopi's Visit
16 November 2015
Central America was fortunate to have the visit of sister Gopi from London, who´s presence and deep way to churn knowledge, gave strong inspiration to the family. In the occasion of Rakhi, there were several programs in El Salvador, Costa Rica/Nicaragua and Guatemala, both with BKs, the community and VIPs. She encouraged everyone to have proper yoga and strengthening the intellect through going deep in: who am I?, to Whom I belong to?, From where I come from? Why I am here?.
We are attaching some pictures and a link of the newspaper article of an interview with her. http://www.prensalibre.com/vida/salud-y-familia/la-felicidad-se-encuentra-en-la-simpleza
Interreligious Meeting to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate Council - Service News from Costa Rica
8 November 2015
Last week, the 29th of October, the Congregation of the Sisters of Sion organized an interfaith meeting to mark the 50th anniversary of the Council which promotes peace among religions.
It was a meeting of appreciation and brotherhood. Representatives of the Jewish community, Muslim, Buddhist, Indigenes, Catholic and Brahma Kumaris attended. The event was held in the Sion´s Chapel.
It has been more than 10 years that an event like this was done in the country, as Costa Rica is a confessional country and the official religion is Catholicism. The organizers were very satisfied with the results, and they want to promote actions for peace with the different faiths.
All the best,
Brahma Kumaris Participate in a Major Event in Latin America on Vegetarianism
7 October 2015
September 23rd to 26th, Recife/PE, Brazil: A group of BKs from different parts of Brazil represented the Brahma Kumaris at Vegfest 2015, a major event in Latin America on vegetarianism, held by the Brazilian Vegetarianism Society.
Sister Luciana, NC for Brazil, gave a lecture on the topic "Diet with awareness: the role of vibrations in food". During the whole event, BKs had a stand for general information, flyers and the sales of literature and t-shirts.
Video Highlights of Br Charlie's Visit to Brazil
5 October 2015
Short (3:40 minute) presentation on Br. Charlie's visit to Brazil in August with photos and background music. Click on image to view.
Shivratri letter to the Region
2 Febuary 2015
Dear Bapdada's Serviceable Instruments:
We are at the end of January, the avyakt month where we paid a lot of attention of creating the avyakt stage, and reinforcing our commitment to Amritvela. We are also privileged to have the presence of our dearly beloved Dadi Janki with us in London. Her classes given in London have not only transmitted the wonder of her amazing spiritual journey, but the wonder of her pure and clean intellect and her ever-flowing bhavna take us into the very depths of Baba's love leaves us in awe of who really Dadi is.
Now we are moving into the celebration of Shivratri and we are lucky to have been blessed with such love from Bapdada, the Dadi's, and the family. I am sure that you are all preparing to celebrate this very auspicious festival with the will to reveal Shiv Baba.
As promised we have uploaded the Shivratri materials created in English on the following website:
No log-in is required to access these materials. They are available to one and all.
The materials available are as below with name followed by a description:
- In God's Heart Flyer Template - Customizable Flyer
- In God's Heart Blessings Template (12Up) - Add your own blessing text to this template. There are 12 to a page.
- In God's Heart Blessings Template (8Up) - Add your own blessing text to this template. There are 8 to a page.
- In God's Heart Customizable Press Release - This Press Release is from Harmony House, but it can be customized to announce your local program.
- Maha Shivratri: Ancient Festival Has Relevance Today - 500 word Article in pdf format by Sister Kiran
- Shivratri: The Dawn Confluence of Light and Darkness - 1000 word Article in pdf format by Sister Kanishta Agarwal, PhD
- 79th Shiv Jayanti Folio in Hindi p1, 79th Shiv Jayanti Folio in Hindi p2 - Colorful Hindi double-sided folio. Pages 1 and 2 are meant to be printed back-to-back.
I would like to wish you all a very, very happy Shiv Jayanti and as we celebrate Baba's birthday, we will also celebrate the newness that is being born in us every moment spent in Baba's remembrance.
With love in Baba's remembrance
Sister Mohini's Inspirations for Celebrating Shivratri
22 January 2014
News from UK Sister Maureen About Her Visit to Brazil, December 10-18, 2014
20 January 2015
I am just returning from a wonderful week in Brazil. According to drama, Mohiniben could not go to Brazil because of her knee surgery and so within short notice arrangements were made for me to go.
The first stop was São Paulo where there is a beautiful house for Baba and also a building opposite for Publications and offices. The first service was offering Bhog to Baba for Sataguruwar and then mid-morning there was a gathering for about 25 IP/VIP contacts. The flat had its own garden and small fruit trees and from there you could see over a lot of the city which is very built up. São Paulo has more skyscrapers than New York! Brazil is also huge - twice the size of India!
In the evening there was a major public programme for about 500 people on the theme of 'How to live a worthwhile life'. It was held at a hall designed by a very famous architect with a spectacular ceiling. The programme began with a well known artist from a band playing solo piano. He began with a composition by Lennon-McCartney as he knew I was from Liverpool! There was the lecture and then Br Ken spoke and Sr Luciana gave a meditation. People were very touched.
On Friday we flew to Belo Horizonte and to the national retreat. It was quite a vision to walk into the hall to be greeted by 250 of Baba's children all holding candles. There was a wave of happiness in the hall. Actually there are about 750 BKs in Brazil - they are an amazing family and so many of them cannot travel to Madhuban. There was a welcome dance adapted from the Cirque de Soleil. The theme of the retreat was 'Renewal'. There were sessions on Renewing myself and Renewing my relationship with Baba. It was great to be with Ken and Luciana and learn from them. We took up a lot about using our divine intellect and maturity in BK life. Ken took everyone through a 'Spiritual Diagnosis' by asking what does the Father, Teacher and Satguru wish to create, sustain and 'destroy' in me. On Saturday evening there was entertainment with Baba's very talented band 'Viratupe' (from Virat Roop). On Sunday morning Sr Mohini spoke to us for 15 minutes from her hospital bed and we were all able to give our love and good wishes.
On Sunday afternoon we went to the Belo Horizinte retreat centre (the national retreat was in a hotel) which is absolutely in the countryside with a beautiful natural landscape. We blessed the land where they hope to build a hall for 150. The staying capacity of the retreat centre is about 50. On Sunday evening and Monday morning we had an open forum with the main instruments of Brazil - 35 co-ordinators from centres and sub-centres. We had the great fortune of Sr Jayanti speaking to us and then Dadi Janki came on the line!
On Monday afternoon we went to the main centre in the city of Belo Horizonte and in the evening there was a public event for about 500 people in a beautiful hall on a lake. The theme was 'The call of the time - the power of meditation for transformation'. Ken spoke on the call of the time and I spoke about the power of meditation. The atmosphere in the hall was very powerful.
On Tuesday morning there was a breakfast meeting for IP/VIPs on the theme of 'The seed of the future in the present'. We did a visualisation like we used to do in Global Co-operation for a Better World. There were interesting people there including a congressman from the state parliament and a congressman from the federal parliament and also a former Police Colonel, a woman, who now does voluntary work with juveniles in the criminal justice system.
We flew back to São Paulo and that evening there was a gathering for about 18 high powered media people who have all been involved in Images and Voices of Hope and many of whom have been to Madhuban. The theme was 'People as Bridges'. People really opened up and asked personal questions. They decided that they would all like to go to Madhuban as a group!
On Wednesday they were two media interviews, one with a business magazine and a live radio interview. Then it was off to the airport! Returning with lots of thanks to Baba for the opportunity.