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The Experience of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
25 September 2017
To BapDada's ever radiant diamonds, Dadi Jankiji, Dadi Gulzarji, Dadi Ratan Mohiniji, Bro. Nirwair, Sis Mohini, Sis Jayanti, Sis Hemlata and our entire divine family,
Please accept heartfelt love and remembrances from Sis Usha and the divine family of Puerto Rico.
Part 1 - Before Hurricane Maria
Yesterday, we had the privilege of witnessing the benevolent drama in a different role as we faced Maria, a major category 4 hurricane.
Our dear sister, Maria arrived at Puerto Rico at 7 am with strong howling winds traveling at 165 miles per hour and heavy rainfall, even though signs of her coming, began at 2 am. She was with us all through the day until 5 pm.
Maria's presence was very powerful. All through the day she banged on the windows with strong fists, made trees danced to her high-speed music; had inanimate objects flying high in the sky and with her strong rains, she washed everything with full force. Maria's presence brought a lot of damage to property, utilities, infrastructure, and flora, but lives were not lost.
At the Center we are all ok and Baba's home is untouched. Even though Maria was a strong hurricane, the experiences of her and Irma, the previous hurricane, were extraordinary.
During Irma, I felt the self cocooned in Baba's light and love throughout. The night of the storm, I fell into a deep sleep at 8 pm and did not wake up until next morning at 3am, with lights and water as usual. Throughout the night, I was totally unaware of anything. It was later in the day we realized that Irma had changed her course in the last moment, and had spared Puerto Rico from any major damage.
During Maria, I felt that this was the time that the country needed Baba's presence, love and vibrations the most so I decided to observe the day as a bhatti day. From 2 am, the practice was of detaching from the drama, flying to our sweet Home and our sweet Baba to fill the self and then returning to the drama as an angel to spread Baba's rays on the country and the entire globe.
Part 2 - After Hurricane Maria
This practice of up and down created a sense of detachment where the soul was observing the drama like a film and not being touched by its scenes. It generated a lot of power and a spirit of mercy balanced with an innocent adventure type feeling, freeing the self from all fears. In this state, Maria was welcomed with love,compassion, and peace.
Throughout the storms, I really felt like the whole Yagya was with me and everyone'ssakaash, pure and elevated vibrations filled with so much love, were also present, serving the country and all souls. I definitely was not alone. It was an absolutely powerful experience.
Maria has caused major damage to the island but she has definitely awakened some more hearts. She has really made me realize how precious are my Baba, our Brahmin family, our deep practice of detaching and returning to being a point. Such practices and our love for Baba are the only things that protect us from any influences of the drama.
I know that the soul received special help during this time of the hurricane from Baba and the family, but personally, I would like to pay more attention to making that experience more natural.
With a heart overflowing with gratitude, I would like to say thank you to my dearest Baba, my benevolent friend, drama, and my sweet unlimited divine family of sparkling gems.
In Baba's love and remembrances,
Update on St Kitts in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria
24 September 2017
Baba has truly blessed us again. His center's front garden was not touched. It remains the same. Amazing!
During the 19 hours of pounding rain and fierce winds, when i heard loud noises on Baba's roof and shingles were flying off, I immediately became a point of light in a body of light and flew to the soul world taking power from Shiva Baba and sending it around the center and then around the island.
The electricity in Baba's home did not go out but we were advised to unplug our telephone. We got a few leaks in the roof but all was well.
We spent the time in meditation and studying the Murli and sending good wishes and pure feelings for all along Maria's path, especially Baba's centers.
The police training center was damaged together with the loss of the roof and the main road around the island was destroyed. There was no loss of life. Trees were uprooted but houses were protected.
Dominica, the main souce of food for our
island, was devastated. The island of Nevis was also ok except they had no electricity or internet. It came back yesterday evening (22nd Sept).
In Baba's Remembrance
Hurricane News from Guadeloupe
23 September 2017
After Irma (15th September), Sister Beatrice reported:
Irma reminds us how Baba is present...There was good news from Sister Deoki from Phillersburg and also from Sister Elisa from the French part who is not far from Baba's heart whose home received good protection.
All the family of France gave their sustenance after receiving the news of Irma. I asked them to give the force of Lightness 'cause the souls of the ravaged islands are in sorrow.
All say that it's a situation to underline - to be alert for subtle seva...and for me, it's also an opportunity of real fraternity and values -- not just for a moment of solidarity like all the Guadeloupeans say -- but we are an archipelago (group) of islands that is like a guarland of unity; so we are also an example...
To all Baba's stars of Caribbean,
Love and Foss' as we say here,
*bkbeatrice from Guadeloupe
After Maria (23rd September), she says:
The connection (internet end phone) just came back...We've only had some trees down on the roof of the house but it's ok...Claire is ok also... There's no water...Many of the people here had inundations....
It's for newsness.
News from the Caribbean via Hemlata Didi as of 4:30 am Pacific Time; Updated by Sr Usha at 9:30 am and 4:00 pm Pacific Time
20 September 2017
Puerto Rico is just now receiving the brunt of Hurrican Maria. Fortunately, the storm has decreased from a Category 5 (capable of 95% damage) to a Category 4 (capable of 75% damage). The center has a concrete roof and up to half an hour ago, Sr Usha was fine and still had some power.
Guadeloupe was hit hard and as yet there are no reports from there. There are a few BKs in St Croix and we are waiting for news from them. Jamaica is fine, St Kitts and St Maarten have not been impacted as much from Maria as from Irma. Trinidad, which is protected from hurricanes by its mountains, is also fine.
Update from Sr Usha via Miami (9:30 am Pacific Time):
Om Shanti sweet divine family.
This is the second hurricane update from Puerto Rico.
We are now experiencing the second part of Maria. She is now preparing to leave the island but the rains and winds will be continuing until the night.
The winds are incredibly strong with pounding rains coming from the northern side but we are ok and Baba's home is ok. It has to be the magic and wonder of Baba and His divine family!
Your love, sakaash and pure vibrations are keeping us all safe and close to Baba. Thank you very much, dear divine family.
Will keep you posted.
In Baba's yaad,
Update from Sr Usha (4:00 pm Pacific Time after worst of storm had passed):
All is well!!!
News of St Maarten Island (Baba's miracle as always!)
13 September 2017
Dear Dadi, Nirwair Bhai, Sr. Mohini, Sr. Jayanti, Sr. Hemlata and to the entire Global Family, Greetings from this beautiful Island of St. Maarten.
I know all of you must be hearing and seeing scenes from the Caribbean on the news.
We had one of the most catastrophic hurricane in the Atlantic since 1928. A catagory 5 hurricane with 185 mph became a hurricane with winds more than 200 mph. As a small island with only days to prepare, there was very little one can expect from a small government and limited resources. So everyone took initiative and did their best to prepare for this massive storm.
With the help of students, we secured Baba's home as best as we could. I decided to stay with a family during the storm as Baba's home is 1 minute from the beach and we expected big waves. Also the centre is in the heart of the city's shopping area with very few residents.
The hurricane moved quickly and did not bring too much rain which was a blessing in itself. For 3 hours we felt the force of the wind and then there was complete calm for about half an hour with clear blue sky. People ventured out a little. Then another 4 hours of severe wind. I had no chance to think too much as I was busy trying to keep the family calm.
We stayed on the ground floor of the house intentionally so that we had the protection of a concrete roof over our heads. We were spared the sound of the wind directly hitting the roof. Yet we still felt the force of the wind.
After the storm was over, we went to see Baba's home. We saw on our way such devastation. We had to walk cautiously amid streets filled with all forms of debri.
I felt blessed and deeply humbled to witness yet another of Baba's magic. When I opened the door of the centre I held my hand on my heart after I saw the difference. Just as I left it, Baba's home was the quietest and the calmest place. Everything was in place. It was as if the centre was taken somewhere else and brought back here after the storm.
The large store few yards across lost its entire roof, and back wall. There was so much debri downstairs. The front part of the building was gone. We lost nothing. There was dust from the shaking of the roof. That's it.
After the dance of mother nature, we witnessed another hurricane created by humans. The looting not just from broken stores but a large gang moved into the streets and began to deliberately breaking every jewelry and electronic store owned mainly by Indians. The centre is on this main street. For 3 days this continued.
The government had to deal with two realities. They were not prepared for both so it was days before they managed to put security in place by which time there was so much destruction and devastation. With no water, light, no network and with families abroad watching the news but could not get in touch with their loved ones, it was a nightmare for many.
There are 150 different nationalities and I guess this is why this hurricane became global news. The King of Holland visited yesterday and the French President arrived today. Several governments have sent in their army planes to take their people out. There are thousands of American, Canadian and European tourists who are being evacuated daily. Planes and cruise ships have been provided to help people to get out so that the island can concentrate on cleaning up and rebuilding. Everyone who wants to return to their own country after losing their homes and belongings are given a free chance to leave with no ticket required.
Its heartening to witness the spirit of the people. Every community has created a volunteer group and collectively they are helping to clear up the debri and distribute water and food. Already the road to Baba's home is completely cleaned. Some places have already received light and water.
I feel very encouraged seeing the cooperation and courage of everyone. The energy of hope is visible. There is no time for blame game.
I have never entertained the thought of leaving and I am more than convince this is where Baba wants me to be to see it all through. I have more than enough of everything I need, food, water and light. I am looking forward to inviting all of you to visit our beautiful Island of St. Maarten soon.
Thank You Baba and the Global Family for all the concerns and Vibrations I have been receiving.
See You Soon!
News from the Caribbean in the Wake of Hurricane Irma
7 September 2017
Hemlata Didi reports: Out of 5 islands in which there is Baba's presence: St.Maarten, where Sis Devki is, is affected the most by this Category 5 hurricane. There was 90% damage. The airport is completely destroyed. Since yesterday morning there has been no cumunication. Puerto Rico Usha Ben, Antigua Chandra Ben, and Alana in St. Kitts are ok. Guadeloupe has some damage.
Puerto Rico – Sister Usha reports: “Baba kept me in His lap and we are all ok. Don't know if Irma came or not. Didn't feel anything strange. Just went to sleep and just woke up. We have electricity and water. Everything seems normal as of now. It has to be Baba's magic, the love, sakaash and blessings of everyone that are cocooning us. Thank you Baba, thank you drama and thank you dear family. Om Shanti
St Kitts – Sister Alana reports: It started at 11 pm on Tuesday and by 3.00 am we were just getting high winds. Then it turned and headed for St Maarten.
There were just a few leaks in the roof but in good remembrance of the one, I told Him to protect the house and keep the front garden beautiful. The back garden was not so fortunate but still good. The roof was making a sound, so I again told Him protect your roof. I was telling Him everything: someone was boarding up their windows, so I told Him, "You have to put your spiritual screens because no brother thought of coming, therefore you have to protect us."
At 5 pm senior sister Vishanti called and told me to put plastic on the windows and under doors and put important documents in plastic bags. I said, "Thank you, Baba, this is what we needed to know." Then I visualized that I was taking power from Baba and putting a shield over the center. Then I sat up until after 12 midnight talking to the hurricane and telling her to leave St Kitts because we are just a dot and we don't have as much finances as other countries. Then I went to sleep, got up at 3 am as usual for meditation and you could have felt the peacefullness of the center even though there was no electricity by then.
This knowledge really works. I am proud to be Baba's child knowing that He is our protector and shield.
Baba's blessing to all. Om Shanti
Hurricane Update from the Caribbean as Irma Hits
6 September 2017
Will keep you informed.
BK Suman from Madhuban visits Suriname - Report
5 September 2017
News of Raksha Bandhan Festivities from Jamaica
29 August 2017
This festival is related to abstinence from vices and practice of purity in order to become a virtuous person. That is why the sacred string called Rakhi is used to be tied both by Brahmins as well as by sisters. It is a custom for Brahmins to visit each house and tie this sacred string, Rakhi, for the protection of each individual. This custom signifies that Rakhi can be tied only by those who observe purity in life and every individual requires the divine protection. By protection, we don’t mean physical protection, but it is the protection from vices and bad deeds. It further signifies that God’s message of purity be conveyed to each soul. In the light of this spiritual meaning, Raksha Bandhan can be called a universal festival because it is not connected to any particular religion, but is related to universal human values. Its relevance for human welfare has increased in today’s situation as every individual is under constant threat of the vices - lust, ego, greed, anger and attachment.
The applications of ‘Tilak’ using Sandalwood with rose water on the forehead reminds one the true identity and image of his inner self as point of light, the Soul and the experience of the self-realization.
The custom of tying the sacred string of Rakhi signifies to take a vow of purity in thoughts, words and deeds and thus we are really bound (Bandhan) with the sacred string of God’s selfless love and protection (Raksha).
The sharing of sweets after Raksha Bandhan induces us to be soft and sweet in our speech, manners and interactions. And then only.. would we be celebrating the true Raksha Bandhan.
11 people attended this festival celebration at the evening time. Sister Bharti gave the spiritual significance of the Raska Bandhan Festival and then tied Rakhi to everyone.
Montego Bay –
The in charge of Rehabilitation Centre Mrs. Nathili gave the permission to make all the members of the rehabilitation Centre about the spirituality and also the Rakhi. There were 20 members who got their Rakhi tied with happiness.
Also there was a celebration at the BK Centre for the BKs.
Ocho Rios –
There was a group of 14 to celebrate this auspicious festival of pure love and protection at Laxmi Temple (Sai Satsang), Taj Mahal, Ocho Rios.
The atmosphere became so full of divinity, love and happiness. Baba has come to change us from thorns into flowers. Everyone’s faces were smiling like the fully blossomed fragrant flowers.
India Independence Day Celebrations from Kingston, Jamaica
29 August 2017
To commemorate the 71st Independence Day of India, a Flag Hoisting ceremony was held at the premises of the High Commission of India at 5 Earls Court, Acadia, Kingston 8 on Tuesday, 15 August, 2017 at 09:00 am.
His Excellency M. Sevala Naik, High Commissioner of India hoisted the Tricolor.
His Excellency M. Sevala Naik, High Commissioner of India read to the audience President’s Address to the Nation delivered on the eve of the Independence Day.
A cultural performance at the celebration.
Godly Message to West Indies Cricketers at Kingston, Jamaica
15 July 2017
There was a Finolex Pipes Cup West Indies Vs India T20I Series 2017 Match#2 on Sunday 9th July 2017 at 10.30 am local time at Sabina Park Cricket Stadium, Kingston Jamaica.
The National level cricket player Mr. Horane, a neighbor to the BK centre in Kingston had organized this visit possible for the BK sister. The Brahma Kumari sister Bharti had got the chance to go to the cricket stadium so she took this as an opportunity to meet with the cricketers for the spiritual service.
She was able to meet with the Windies Cricketers Mr. Powell, Mr. Walton and the Captain of the Windies Team Mr. Carlos and presented them a Godly Gift and the message. The cricketers were delighted and showing much happiness to receive the spiritual literature book as a Godly Gift and listened to the Godly message attentively what sister Bharti shared with them in a short by keeping their time in mind for the match.
After the match sis Bharti was able to meet with the Indian High Commissioner H. E. Mr. Sevala Naik with his wife Mrs. Sunitha Naik and also the vice president & head of Indian Government Industry Solutions Unit, Mr. Tanmoy Chakrabarty at the stadium. They had an informative spiritual chit-chat and appreciated the activities that BKs are offering towards the humanity. The Indian High Commissioner H. E. Mr. Sevala Naik had promised to organize the regular meditation classes at Indian High Commission Office in Kingston, Jamaica soon.
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Br. Golo from Madhuban Visits Suriname
26 June 2017
Shivratri and More Service News from Suriname
31 March 2017
Brother Kamta Visits Curacao for Special Retreat - December and January Newsletter
23 January 2017
We were very fortunate to have with us (for 4 days), Brother Naitram Kamta, our Senior Brother, who is an experienced senior Teacher of Brahma Kumaris in Trinidad. Brother Kamta came especially for a retreat, from January 13th to January 15th, with the Topic “The Power Of Silence”, to deepen our understanding of the significance of the 18th of January. We had Divine BK Family members from Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba attending the retreat.
Being a Raja Yoga Meditator for over 30 years, he had so much experiences to share with us, as he can see Baba’s insights from a deep understanding point of view. He shared with us many beautiful stories about Brahma Baba at the time before and on the 18th of January 1969. He made it clear to us how Brahma Baba can be our example and inspiration to become an Angel, like he did, and to prepare ourselves to go to the Golden Aged World.
For some, who still had a problem to accept Brahma Baba, Brother Kamta became the instrument to bring them closer to our spiritual father Brahma, through understanding the significance of Brahma Baba’s role in the Drama.
In his class on the topic “How to accommodate and experiment with The Power of Silence”, he made it clear how Brahma Baba used this Power to become karmateet. With a group of 21 participants, we all took maximum benefit, through this special Instrument of Baba.
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Suriname Service News
9 January 2017
Health & Family Life Education at Secondary School in New Amsterdam from October 18 To November 22 - News from Guyana
20 December 2016
In support of the Health & Family Life Education (HFLE)Curriculum in the above two named schools, the Brahma Kumaris Raja yoga Centre conducted a pilot values education programme with the permission and cooperation of the Ministry of Education’s Regional Education Office in New Amsterdam. The project was initiated by the local arm of the Humanitarian Mission of New Jersey Arya Samaj Inc. in consultation with the Ministry of Education. The schools were selected by the Regional Education Office.
Forty two students participated in the programme, which consisted of one seventy minute session per week for five weeks in each school. The topics covered in the five sessions were:
Session 1 - Introductory session. The values of Peace and Non-Violence
Session 2 – Self-Respect and Love
Session 3 – Success and Honesty
Session 4 – Courage and Confidence
Session 5 – Caring and Sharing
At the end of the project an evaluation was done to assess whether the aim and objectives were achieved. The evaluation consisted of oral feedback from the students as well as an evaluation form completed by each student.
In summation the students, in responding to the question of what changes they noticed in themselves as a result of the sessions,the majority said that they are no longer so angry, and they feel more at peace and relaxed. They are no longer easily drawn into fights with their friends and are even helping out at home. Theexperiences and changes expressed were quite in keeping with what the project set out to achieve.
The students were asked for four responses.
1. The first was to circle any value(s) they like from a given selection (Peace, Love, Self-Respect, Honesty and Confidence) and are practising at home, at school, or with friends. Most of them chose Love, Respect and Honesty. Some chose all of them. The least chosen was Confidence.
2. The second was a two-fold question: One was to see how they can change their feelings from negative into positive and how that would influence their behaviour. They were asked:
“Imagine you are in a situation at school where another student is picking on you and seems to be trying to get you into a fight with him or her; how do you feel?” The feelings mostly expressed were: “bad, scared, bullied, nervous, angry and sad.”The other part to this question was: “How would you act using the value of Peace?” Some of their responses were to “walk away; remain calm; tell the teacher; try to be friendly with the person; say I want peace and, ignore the person.” One student wrote, "I live for peace, I stand for peace and I promote peace”. Another said “I will close my eyes and imagine a peaceful world.”
3. The third was a scenario designed to bring into expressiontheir value for care and love. The scenario: “Suppose your best friend’s mother just died. How do you think your friend feels? What can you do to help him or her?” In response to the first part of the question, almost all the students said their friend would feel sad, hurt, lonely and broken down. In response tothe second part of the question, it was pleasing to note that most of the students gave appropriate, positive responses to their friends' situation with such acts as: she/he will talk to the friend and bring some kind of comfort; try to make him/her feel better; tell him/her "have trust in God"; tell her/him to move on; give a hug; pray for the friend; be a true friend and show love as well as kindness; be by her side; speak encouraging words; show love and respect to calm the hurt,and even to take her in if she has no one. One student wrote that she will share her mother with her friend.
4. The fourth was another scenario: “One day while walking on the school corridor you find a purse filled with money. That day you did not bring lunch money and had no lunch. What will you do with the money?” The answers to this question were varied. Five of them said that they will look for an identification card in the purse with the aim of returning the money. Two of them said they will stay hungry and return the money to their class teacher so that she can try to find the person to whom the purse belongs. The majority said that they will take the purse to the Headmaster so that he can make an announcement at assembly. Some said that after returning the money they would ask if they can be rewarded for their honesty; others said they would ask for lunch money after returning the purse. Only two students said that they would take the money and keep it for themselves.
In addition to the above, the students were also asked what they liked generally about the programme. The following are some samples of what they wrote:
• How to be at peace, treat others with respect and control my anger.
• How to be a good person, have more focus and have self respect
• Things I never thought about. I like the topics. It taught me how important it is to love and share because not everyone is equal.
• I like the topic Peace and Non-Violence. I learn about things that will better my life.
• This program changed my life. It taught me self – respect, honesty, love etc. which is a major impact on my education. It taught me how to avoid problems and care for others.
• I am more loving and caring for my sisters and friends. I changed into a better person by not fighting with my sisters and friends and stopped using indecent language when angry with my sisters.
• I like the program because of the fun we had when we read and told stories.
• It encourages you to be more peaceful and loving to your friends and families.
• The program help me to be honest. I learn right from wrong and to have more respect.
• To relax when there are many problems in your life. I like how the teacher taught, what she shared, how she “breaks it down”. It made me feel a lot more better.
One teacher from Vryman’s Erven Secondary School, Miss Alisa, who was present throughout all the sessions, offered her opinion of the programme: “This program is similar to that of HFLE that is being done in schools. The topics are similar. The strategies used were meaningful and relevant. However the responses were a little poor coming from the students. The facilitator was very patient, tolerant and understood the level of the students, hence worked accordingly. The students were excited and participated to the best of their ability.”
Conclusion: The feedback indicates that this pilot programmemade a meaningful contribution to the HFLE curriculum in the two selected schools, Berbice Educational Institute and Vryman’s Erven Secondary School.
photos from the two schools
Sister Jean with Students of Berbice Educational Institute who participated in the programme
Sister Jean and Miss Alicia with Students of Vryman’s ErvenSecondary School who participated in the programme.
Graceful Gratitude - Aunty Betty: Message from Sr Gayatri including Bhog Message via Sr Mohini
20 December 2016
Br Francois Visit and More Service News from Dominican Republic
7 December 2016
From 26 th November till 1 st of December we had the fortune of bro Francois’ visit as part of his Caribbean tour of French Guyana, Suriname, Curacao, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
The family received a tremendous lift through this knowledgeable, flexible, simple and light instrument of Baba. We had a weekend retreat at the center with the brahmins and.......click here for more report with photos.
Br François from France Visits Curacao
22 November 2016
Brother François, from France, visiting Curaçao on his way to Haiti
We were very fortunate to have with us, for only 2 days, Brother Francois Becher, our Senior Brother, who is the National coordinator of the centers of Brahma Kumaris in France.
We very much enjoyed his lightness and learned a lot from the way he explains deep points from Baba’s gyan, from a scientific point of view.
As a retired scientist, being a Raja Yoga Meditator for over 38 years, he can see Baba’s insights from a deep understanding point of view. He explained to us the depth of the law of entropy as used by Baba, to create a Golden Aged World.
In his lecture on the topic “Let us illuminate our World” (when we change our vision, the world can become great), which started with the short
video film from “Seeing Into Being”, he clearly addressed to the people the importance of our inner change, nor being influenced by the formal customs and systems of society, education, possessions etc. The public was touched by the way he approached reality, asking them: “What is reality”?
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