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Hurricane Irma News from Miami
16 September 2017
Excuse our tardiness in responding but have not had much access to cell connectivity or internet. Just since yesterday have our (in Miami area) cell phones been able to handle more than texts. A big old avocado tree fell on our power lines which has minimized the electricity into the center but at least we have some lights, a fridge and a few outlets working. In this 33C temperature we are missing air conditioning, hot water, and a stove but no damage to the house (apart from loss of vegetation) and all BKs are safe and gradually getting back on the electrical grid. Fortunately Irma (bless her) first made land in the US as a Category 4 (130 MPH winds) just slightly west of Miami which made things so much better for us. Unfortunately that is not the case for those just south of us including some of the Caribbean islands.
Hurricanes are so beneficial and are simply doing their allotted house cleaning of both the ocean and the land which unfortunately is now overrun by people. I really get it when Baba says that in SY we will live by the sweet waters. The contrast in Kali yug is that living by the beach is both desirable and indicative of status. Even now we are keeping an eye on the next couple of systems - Juan and the others as yet unnamed as they try to gather strength in the warm waters between Africa and here.
Again everyone's concern is so appreciated. Thanks Kiran.
Hurricane Irma News from Tampa
12 September 2017
Dear Divine Family,
Warm greetings filled with love. We literally and figuratively had a hurricane blow through Tampa. Amazingly enough we at the center didn’t lose power. Possibly the only ones around here that didn’t lose power!
In hindsight I think we over prepared for the storm. For days, we had to take everything outside that a130mph (210 kph) wind could use as a projectile - That meant all the plant holders (I didn’t realize we had so many!) and the signs and . . . We also had to prepare for enough washing and drinking water, food, and the list goes on and on.
Anyway, thanks to Baba and Drama though the eye of the storm passed really close by (about 20 miles east of us) we didn’t even lose power for too long. It flickered a few times but not enough to even bother the ice cream in the freezer. They were expecting a Category 3 Hurricane but by the time it came to Tampa it was just Category 2. With wind speeds of about 110 mph (175kph) we had a nice show stopper of a storm blow over us for about 6 hours.
It is a bright, beautiful, sunny morning today – it feels like nothing has ever happened. The only tell tale signs of the storm are the City of Tampa trucks going around our neighborhoods clearing out the debris.
All Baba’s children are safe. Many of them still don’t have power but all of them are safe. Thank you Drama, Baba, and the good wishes of the family. We had so many emails and phone calls from all over the world sending us their good wishes and yoga power that I’m sure that played a role in the impact of the storm not being so severe. Thank you for your sakaash.
In Baba’s Love and Light,
Sister Jyoti from Dubai Visits Los Angeles
8 September 2017
Program: Talk in Hindi
Date: August 3rd, 2017
Topic: “How to Keep the Mind Peaceful?’
Venue: Sindhi Temple
The event started out with soft music and meditation, followed with a welcoming speech by the temple head. Sister Vino from Los Angeles introduced Sister Jyoti to the audience. Sister Jyoti shared her wisdom on how to maintain a peaceful mind amidst of all the chaos and circumstances that face us in our daily lives.
The audience listened attentively and asked questions on how to nurture peace in life. The event ended with pooja (prayers) by the head priest and sharing of toli & blessing by Sister Jyoti.
Program: Rakhi for Public
Date: August 5th, 2017
Venue: Brahma Kumaris Los Angeles center
While awaiting the arrival of the audience, Brother Den (a contact soul of BKs) played a soothing sitar music that created a serene and comfortable atmosphere in the hall. Sister Kristina gave a guided commentary followed by a talk on the importance of having a close connection to God by Sister Jyoti.
Sister Vino shared the significance of celebrating Rakhi and asked the audience to make a firm promise before getting their Rakhi tied. Sister Gita (head coordinator of the LA BK center) shared the significance of the tilak, Rakhi, toli and gifts.
Sister Vino announced the monthly events that happen at the LA center and encouraged them to attend for deeper meditation experiences. Sister Kristina gave another guided meditation with live sitar music.
Then the audience came forward to get their Rakhis tied. The live sitar music continued till the end of the event. Everyone enjoyed the meditative ceremony; they felt deeply serene and determined to keep the promises they made to themselves. Brahma Bhojan was served in the end.
Program: Rakhi for BKs
Date: August 6th, 2017 (Morning)
Venue: Brahma Kumaris Los Angeles center
Sister Vino introduced Sister Jyoti and requested every BK student to write their promise on a commitment card which would be placed on a tray for bhog offering after the murli class. There were 2 separate murli classes held at different rooms; Sister Jyoti read the murli in Hindi while Sister Liza read the murli in English.
After murli, both classes joined together in the main classroom and Sister Jyoti shared the importance of Rakhi. Everyone’s commitment cards were placed in tray and were offered to Baba along with bhog. Sister Gita and Sister Jyoti became instrumental for a powerful Rakhi ceremony.
One of the BK students brought fresh peaches from her garden to be given as gifts to the students.
In the end, we had over flowing joy and expressed it through spontaneous garba dance.
On August 7th, we had the Brothers Mahavir and Subash (from Madhuban) visiting LA.
Program: Rakhi for Public and BKs
Date: August 6th, 2017 (Evening)
Venue: Brahma Kumaris Seal Beach Center
The event started with meditation and live guitar music by Brother David Jones.
Then Sister Haleema introduced Sister Jyoti to the audience. Sister Jyoti spoke on the significance of Rakhi.
Sister Jyoti and Sister Haleema conducted the Rakhi ceremony.
Light Dinner was served in the end.
Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - August 2017
5 September 2017
Sr. Pravina in Miami:
Aug 2-4: The Miami meditation students thoroughly enjoyed the smiling presence of dear Sr. Pravina who was visiting from the BK International headquarters in India. Her sharing’s were full of wealth of stories and experiences from many years of living in India and in close connection with dear Dadi Janki ji – the administrative head of the BKs.
Rakhi Celebrations with Sr. Gita
Aug 13: It was a Special Rakhi gathering in the sweet powerful presence of Sr. Gita (from the BK LA center) where a lovely atmosphere was created for students to reflect and empower the self with determined thoughts in bringing transformation in their spiritual journey. BK students Andre from Russia and Fatima from South Africa who were visiting Miami also joined the Rakhi celebrations.
Public Rakhi Program There was an evening Rakhi gathering of about 30 people (friends and connections) who benefitted from the understanding of the spiritual aspect of this lovely bond of protection and from the transformative loving atmosphere of silence & stillness.
Workplace Meditation at NBC-Miami: Aug 24: Mercedes and Meeta shared on the topic “Empowering the Self” and discussed what it means to be empowered and what is it that we refer to as ‘the self’. The participants shared their own ways of empowering themselves and acknowledged that the sharing’s at these monthly meditation sessions also brings empowerment and improves their capacity to stay calm in challenging situations.
Click here for detailed report with photos.
In Photos: Feeling Great Retreat Aug 25-27 at Peace Village
5 September 2017
Br Mruthyunjaya inaugurates new facility for Ascent Pharmceuticals Inc., in Central Slip, New York, USA
5 September 2017
New York: 16th August, Rajyogi BK Mruthyunjaya inaugurated the new facility of Ascent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. located in Central Islip, New York. Ascent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. manufactures and distributes high quality and cost-effective generic prescription medicines in America.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was accompanied by a spiritual session for all the employees of Ascent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in which Rajyogi BK Mruthyunjaya congratulated Dr. BPS Reddy, CMD of Hetero Group of Companies in India & Ascent Pharmaceuticals in USA for being a real Hero who always enriches and empowers not only himself but also his family members and the employees with the blessings of the Divine and spiritual wisdom of the Brahma Kumaris.
On this occasion, Rajyogini BK Pushpa bhen, Director of Delhi Pandav Bhawan, Sister BK Kala, Director of Peace Village Retreat Center in Albany, USA and Sister BK Shivika, Program Coordinator, Shantivan were also invited to shower blessings and share words of wisdom.
With love and Regards,
Your Spiritual Brother
Brahma Kumaris, Mt Abu
In Photos: August Events in Silicon Valley (Milipitas, CA, USA) - Showcasing BK Services and Visitors
30 August 2017
Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley participated in Festival of Globe Parade on the Occasion of India Independence Day. It was a 1 mile parade along with 23 different organizations with floats, flags and banners that lasted for about 2 hours.
Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley at FOG Parade.
Brahma Kumaris at Swades Mela (India Independence) - 2017
Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley Participated in Swades Mela, organized by the Association of Indo Americans (AIA) to celebrate Indian Independence Day. Dignitaries on Stage include Fremont Mayor Lily Mel, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, Cupertino Mayor Savitha Vaidhyanathan, Nandini - Office of Congressman Ro Khanna, South San Francisco Mayor Dr. Pradeep Gupta, Ramesh Konda Chairperson AIA and Sister Kusum Brahma Kumaris Milpitas.
Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley Booth at Swades Mela
Brahma Kumaris Raksha Bandhan Celebration - 2017
Sister Kusum giving talk on "To Obtain God's wisdom and bless yourself" on the occasion of BK Raksha Bandhan 2017.
BK Raksha Bandhan event over 280 people have attended the event this year.
BK Guests Visit to Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley
BK Mruthyunjaya Bhai & Pushpa bahen Visit to BK Silicon Valley
BK Jyothi Behen (Dubai), Subash Bhai (Gyan Sarovar) and Mahaveer Bhai (Gyan
Sarovar) visit to BK Silicon Valley.
BK Justice Eswaraiah Bhai, BK Shyamala Behen, BK Goverdhan Bose Bhai, BK Leena Behen from Secunderabad visit to BK Silicon Valley.
BK Br. Harry, BK Sr. Ayako and BK Yuji from Hongkong visit to BK Silicon Valley.
Brother Charlie's Visit to Los Angeles
29 August 2017
Program: BK one day retreat
Date: July 23 rd , 2017
Topic: How to be a happy yogi
Venue: Rancho Cucamonga
- Group meditation
- Discussion on importance of renunciation
Warm Welcome to Brother Charlie from students across Los Angeles
Brother Charlie as radiant as the sun flower with Sister Gita and Sister Vino from Los Angeles Center
Meeting and interacting with spiritual family from study places accross Los Angeles
Experiencing soul consciousness by giving divine drishti to one another
- Tips on how to be a Happy yogi
- Question and Answer round
- Toli and Blessing
Entertainment Time with all the Happy Yogis
Program: Brother Charlie ‘s visit to Universal Studios
Date: July 24 th , 2017
Brother Charlie visited the Universal Studios Hollywood at University City
spreading his spiritual fragrance around the whole place.
Giving vibrations of peace
Texas Hurricane Update: All Members of the Brahmin Family are Safe
28 August 2017
Dear Divine Brahmin family,
Om shanti. We have received 25+ inches of rain and more to come. Baba's center in Houston was built 5 feet above ground level and the property drains well.
Centers in Houston, Austin and San Antonio are completely dry and have not been damaged. Dallas center is not in the hurricane's path.
All Brahmin family is safe.
Thank you for so many emails and phone calls giving your good wishes and Baba's sakash.
Much love in BapDada's yaad,
BK Dr Hansa Raval
71st India Independence Day Celebrated in Houston, Texas
23 August 2017
Dear Divine Family,
Om shanti and greetings of love. BK Dr. Hansa Raval joined Consul General of India – Houston, United States Congressman, Harris County Sheriff, Indian community leaders, and other dignitaries to celebrate India’s 71stIndependence Day and to honor U.S. military veterans at the Consul General’s residence.
BK Dr. Hansa Raval shared her experience with the audience of serving in the military as a medical officer and at the same time practicing the principle of complete non-violence like Mahatma Gandhi. Hansabehn is a retired Colonel from the United States Army after 26 years of active duty service.
Much love in BapDada’s yaad
Choose, Change & Become: "Om Power: Switch on Your Real Self" - 9th Annual Young Leaders Retreat held at Peace Village
23 August 2017
From August 11 - 13, the 9th annual retreat of "Choose, Change and Become" for young and emerging leaders ages 18 - 35 was held at Peace Village. The topic of the retreat this year was OM POWER - Switch on Your Real Self. Sixty-two youth and young adults participated.
It was a fabulous retreat with rich conversations, reflections, panel discussion, creative activities, nature walk and much more!
Report will follow soon!
Sr Hansa Ties Rakhi to Indian Consul General and Staff
10 August 2017
Dear Divine Family,
Om shanti and greetings of love from Texas, USA.
Dr. Hansaben Raval tied rakhi to the Consul General, Deputy Consul General and consular staff. Everyone received tilak, rakhi, toli and gifts. The Consul General praised Brahma Kumaris’ local and international service.
Please see photos at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_n2ohK1F7R0cEJDbHdFMHJzRFU?usp=sharing
Much love in BapDada’s yaad,
Brahma Kumaris Texas
Visit of Bro Mruthyunjaya of Madhuban, Didi Pushpa of Delhi and Sr Shivika of Shantivan to Sacremento
10 August 2017
Dear Global Family, Godly greetings,
It was wonderful scene of the drama that great yogis visited Sacramento.
Brother Mruthyanjay, Vice-Chairperson, Education Wing, and Executive Secretary of Brahma Kumaris .... addressing the audience on the "Letting go Flying Free".
Sister Pushpa, senior Rajyoga Teacher and Director of Delhi Pandav Bhawan conducted meditation to takeeveryone into the experience of flying free.
Sister Shivika Coordinator of Education wing in India gave an introduction of Brahma Kumaris.
Jon Fish, President, Interfaith Council of Sacramento, offering an appreciation plaque to Brother Mruthyunjaya and Sister Puspa. Sister Shivika and Sister Hansa are with them.
Rev.Laura Hansune, Founder of Divine Spark Center and Compassion California, and member of California Vision 2020, welcoming Brother Mruthyunjaya and Sister Puspaji
In Photos: Tying Rakhi to Sadhvi Rithambara in Orlando, Florida USA
9 August 2017
BK Pushpa, Director of Delhi Pandav Bhawan and BK Shivika, Program Coordinator of the Education Wing Office, Shantivan, who accompanied Br Mruthyunjaya on his recent USA tour, are seen tying Rakhi to Sadhvi Rithambara, a Hindu political activist, social worker, and religious preacher.
Chicago BKs Celebrate Rakhi Festival with the Participation of Br Mruthyunjaya
9 August 2017
Chicago: 7th August, Brahma Kumaris celebrated Rakhi Festival in Chicago. Sister Pushpa bhen, Director of Delhi Pandav Bhawan, Sister Mary, Coordinator of BK Center in Chicago and BK Mruthyunjaya, Executive Secretary of Brahma Kumaris tied rakhi to Mrs. Neeta Bhushan, Consul General of India in Chicago. They also shared the spiritual significance of rakhi and activities of Brahma Kumaris worldwide with her.
They also extended invitation to her to visit Brahma Kumaris World Headquarters in India. She expressed her wish and promised to visit Brahma Kumaris World HQs during her next visit to India. She also requested to visit and conduct Rajyoga Meditation for the staff members of Consulate General Office.
They also celebrated the rakhi festival at Clarion Inn Waterford Conference Center today on the 'Need of Global Protection'.
They emphasized the importance of divine love for the humanity. BK Mruthyunjaya addressed the gathering. BK Pushpa didi conducted the meditation experience and tied rakhi to all the participants. In the beginning, Shivika bhen, Coordinator of Education wing in I ndia gave introduction of Brahma Kumaris. At the end, brahma bhojan was served.
Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - July 2017
4 August 2017
Grilling & Chilling:
July 4: After the morning murli class, the Miami family got together for BBQ, where the grill was heating and the family was chilling in alokik company.
Awakening series in Tampa & Orlando:
July 6-7: To catch up with this first wave of ‘US Awakening series’ by Sr. Shivani, many souls from Miami family attended the Tampa and Orlando programs. Meredith was part of the welcome team to introduce the BKs and the teachers in both programs. Waddy bhen lovingly welcomed all the guests and inspired them to take up the challenge to change in light of ‘reflections’ being shared by Sr. Shivani.
Peace Village Awakening Retreat:
June 7-9: Connie and Gustavo who have recently moved from Puerto Rico to Miami participated in the Awakening retreat in PV and benefited from the several spiritual experiences in loving presence of Sr. Mohini & Sr. Shivani......Click here for detailed report with photos.
Columbia-Greene Media publishes article for Peace Village Awakening program
2 August 2017
Source: Columbia-Greene Media, July 10 2017, 12:30 am (https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/peace-village-celebrates-spirit-and-awakening), Report by Anthony Fiducia
TANNERSVILLE — Peace Village hosted a celebration of spirit and awakening Sunday afternoon with special guest Sister Shivani, an Indian spiritual teacher and inspirational speaker with a YouTube account with over 150,000 subscribers.
“We want to bring the idea that all of us have the ability to make a shift in our way of thinking,” said Kala Iyengar, director of Peace Village. “We want to change the way we interact with people, the environment and ourselves.”
“It is a spiritual awakening — when it happens, one begins to see change in the world around them. That’s what this program is about — raising awareness to how we can be more positive in our approach.”
The event joined over 2,000 people at the learning and retreat center, which opened in 1999. It featured spiritual exhibits, live music, group meditation, food and many guest speakers.
“The event is fabulous,” said Arjoon Lal, a student at Peace Village as well as one of the main organizers of the event. “A lot of planning went into this.”
It took nearly three months to plan the event, Lal said.
“Knowing how much effort goes into it and then you see it happen — it’s a marvelous feeling,” Lal added.
Students at Peace Village have been requesting Sister Shivani’s visit, said Lal.
As the last stop of her first-ever tour in North America, Sister Shivani finally got to visit Peace Village as her grand finale.
“When am I going to feel different? I am in America and I’ve never been here,” said Sister Shivani during her speech. “I feel the same love, unity, purity, enthusiasm and respect as I do in India.”
“I’ve met thousands of souls and everyone wants the same thing — everyone wants peace. The vibration is the same as in Inida — if the vibration is the same, we’re united.”
Tannersville Mayor Lee McGunnigle was one of the event’s honored guests.
“I’m so grateful, honored and moved to be invited,” he said on stage Sunday afternoon. “Peace Village’s work can’t be measured — I’m so grateful you have picked this spot, so many have come to Tannersville to find healing.”
This was the second event of Sister Shivani’s tour for Joe Fulginiti, 27, of New York City. “I went to the one in White Plains and had a good experience the first time,” he said. “That one was much smaller, probably about 300 people and it was in a gymnasium.”
“I really like the location here — it’s very calming and gives a sense of perspective,” he added.
“This event was much larger. I’m glad it was outdoors on this perfect day.”
“This is great for the mountain top,” said Gary Hommel, 63, of Haines Falls. “The locals don’t realize what we have, and these people do.”
“Stuff like this is fabulous to me — we need more stuff like this. The more we get, the better it is up here,” he added.
Announcing: Hope in Healthcare Retreat - Peace Village, October 6 - 8, 2017
2 August 2017
Om shanti and greetings from Peace Village. In the recent weeks and months, I know that many have been served through the Awakening and other programs . It was great to notice that in many of the cities where the program was held there was a number of physicians and other healthcare professionals in close contact with centers who took benefit. Also, there were suggestions made at several of the gatherings to take advantage of Peace Village as a place that offers all the elements to go deeper into their spirituality. This email is a sweet reminder to this effect.
Please see the invitation below for our next Hope in Healthcare retreat on October, 6-8, 2017. We ask that you share it freely with your physician, nurse and other professional contacts in healthcare. I know that many in this area of work are often looking for the connection between the spiritual practice and what happens at work. This was apparent at Sr.Shivani's address to the AAPI (Association of American Physians from India) group at their annual convention on June 23rd. These Hope in Healthcare retreats have provided a wonderful forum to clarify among many things, the aspect of how spiritual thinking can not only fit into a busy professional and service life but can also enhance it. We write with the hope that you can inspire some of your students and contacts in the field to consider attending.
Sr.Kala for the Retreat Design Team
Dear Healthcare Professionals - Colleagues and Friends,
Warm greetings. We hope you are enjoying a season filled with warmth and beauty. Soon it will be fall and the Hope in Healthcare retreat team is inviting you to join us for the fall Hope in Healthcare retreat - “Nurturing Healing Connections,” at Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center in the Catskill Mountains, New York, on the weekend of Friday – Sunday, October 6 – 8, 2017. As usual, this retreat will be deeply nurturing and inspiring as we explore this topic that is near and dear to the hearts of all of us in healthcare at this time.
Whether or not you have in the past participated in one or the other of these Hope in Healthcare events, we invite you to join and add your energy and insights to this exploration with other visionaries like yourself, whose values are shaping the way we think about integrating spirituality into our own lives and ultimately into our healthcare practices.
We hope you will find it possible to be a part of this gathering and look forward to sharing the weekend experience with you.
Please see the invitation below for details. Also attached is a pdf flier suitable for printing. Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues. You may register online at http://peacevillageretreat.org/retreat-schedule/
For any further information please contact Carmen Palmer at 516-773-7320 or email@example.com.
(for the retreat planning Team)
Rakshabhandan Homework from Harmony House, NY
31 July 2017
Greetings of love for Rakshabhandhan
As mentioned by Sr Mohini and Sr Gayatri during the Sunday Livestream broadcast, please see the homework and copy of last Sunday murli for studying.
If anyone needs to have more clarity on the homework - please go to Peace Village Livestream channel and listen to Sr Gayatri's sharing.
In Baba's yaad,
Maintain a Deep Stage of Silence on Didi Manmohini's Day
31 July 2017
Honoring Didi ManMohini: A Pillar of Great Strength
(Saturday, we will have a special Yoga, and Sunday Sr. Mohini will conduct a class after Murli in Tyson( remote.)
Om Shanti. Today marks the 34th year since the soul of Didi left the role of Didi Manmohini. I was not around when Didi was playing her part, but what I learned from others was the following:
1. She was a pillar
2. Dadiji's best friend
3. Had a very deep love for Baba
4. Her drishti would take you beyond
5. She was very accurate.
6. She was Baba's right arm.
7. She was simple. And was balance in maintaining love and law.
8. She had great discerning powers.
What I have felt when I would remember Didi was a deep stability, power, truth and depth. When we remember such jewels we too inherit in a subtle way some beautiful sanskars they took from Brahma Baba and Baba.
Did you know she was also Sr. Mohini's teacher and also an instrument very instrumental for Dadi Janki?
Click to view Video...https://youtu.be/RjjNU5TRIq4
Different levels of effort make it possible to do different levels of mental service. The first level of mental service is of myself, then secondly of people I come into contact with, people I am related to, then thirdly people I know who are very far away, then fourthly people I don’t know throughout the whole world and the elements of nature. When I practice mental service, there is no battling within myself because there is always something to do. I am always using my time, my thoughts and my treasures in a worthwhile way.
For mental service, I have to keep my mind free from my own worry, my selfish thoughts. That is a stage when there are no complaints, no excuses, and no problems. As my yoga stage elevates I become full, automatically I am lifted beyond such limitations and I just bestow. I don’t trace who has received my good wishes of love. When I use my time in a worthwhile way, on a subtle level I feel the self being filled with blessings. Because souls got help at the right time from God, from their heart feelings of good wishes are sent and these fill my heart. Then my effort becomes easy.
Sometimes people ask, ‘How can you be so easy?’ You don’t see the Dadis feeling pain or sadness even though they are settling karmas through the body. This is because of the blessings they receive for the service they do through their thoughts. They are always giving in the mind. As Dadi says, Baba will look after service. I have to look after my stage. Pay 90% attention to look after your stage and pay 10% attention for service and in Madhuban, even that 10% is not necessary. Then whatever attention we pay to 10%, we get 100%. Didi Manmohini always gave this formula. Dadi was sharing a story of her experience almost thirty years ago when Didi Manmohini and Dadi Janki went somewhere in India for service. Dadi Janki was very good at speaking knowledge and she would speak for one or two hours to people, but Didi Manmohini was not one for giving classes or speaking. She would meet people for five minutes but her drishti was so powerful that she would take people into an experience. Dadi Janki wondered: what does she do? I spoke to the same souls for so many hours, and they were not able to experience as much as when they were with Didi.
Serving through the mind happens when you are spending time with someone and you are really giving time to them. There are genuine feelings that that soul needs to get what you have got from Baba. Dadi Janki also shares with us her feeling of being close to Baba when we are in front of her, because her feeling is that whatever Baba has given her, you should have the same experience. There is a genuine deep feeling in her heart, and when she looks at you with that feeling, you get the experience of also being in front of Baba. That mental service is possible when I have given myself sustenance over a long period of time.
To sustain myself means to be a mother to myself, just as a mother would look after her child. Giving time to myself and sustaining myself, then my spiritual growth will be healthy. On that basis, we can serve through the mind on all four levels. Because of that mental service, our thoughts will automatically become powerful. According to the present time and the opportunity, our efforts can become refined efforts.
It is time to go Home
CAME AND GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN because of the special role she played in the True Avinashi Ashwamegh Rudra Gita Gyan Yagya and the inspiration, sustenance and exemplary sample to so many.
Those of us who had the fortune to meet her in person cannot forget her special sweet and deep dristi taking souls beyond, total love for Baba and Baba’s task.
Meeting her between the years 1982-83 on several occasions was like living in her presence not for about one year but ten years. The transformation experience of recognizing this time of the confluence age, the time to go home leaves an indelible impact and the effort we need to make.
The month of July awakens the memory of a hero actor within this huge unlimited drama.
Those who may not have met her would know of Manmohini Complex at Shantivan in her honour.
Didi Manmohini was a main server from the time of establishment of this Godly Spiritual University. In 1937, when Baba established this Godly University and created a trust of kumaris and mothers surrendering all his movable and immovable property to them, Didi Manmohini ji was one of those special members of that trust. From then Baba would gave her many duties related to taking care of the kumaris and mothers. And she became a special helper of the yagya mother Saraswati ji. Didiji was Mama’s right hand.
After the partition in 1951, when preparations were to be made for this organization to move from Sindh to another place, Baba sent Didiji for this task. And it was Didi ji who made all the enquiries and selected Mount Abu for this purpose.
She was a skillful administrator. Starting from 1951-1952 (when Godly service began) she did lots of administrative work. After January 1969 when Prajapita Brahma became avyakt she did service together with Dadi Prakashmani as Additional Dadi and Didi were doing this administrative work together for 14 years and during that period they never had any conflicts between them and never criticized each other. They would always say, ‘Though we have different bodies, the soul is one.’ Seeing their unity and love people were amazed by their skillful administration work. The visible fruit of that unity is that by 1983 this institution already had about 1150 centres and sub-centres throughout the world.
Didi Manmohini left her mortal coil on the 28th July 1983.
Interfaith event seeks to promote goodness in all faiths
31 July 2017
Source: The Augusta Chronicle (http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2017-07-14/interfaith-event-seeks-promote-goodness-faiths) Posted July 14, 2017 by Charmain Z Brackett, Correspondent
For the 2015 interfaith gathering, The Balshala, or children’s group, at the Hindu temple in Augusta recited ‘Lingashtakam’ as the opening prayer. Many faith groups including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and others plan to participate in the program planned for July 22.
An upcoming event will bring together believers from different faiths to focus on one thing — how random acts of goodness can create an atmosphere of happiness.
“We want to do an interfaith dialogue,” said Dr. Shvetank Agarwal, associate professor and section chief of cardiothoracic anesthesia at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Agarwal is coordinating the event at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Hindu Temple on Luke Road off Wrightsboro Road.
Agarwal is part of a group called Brahma Kumaris, which promotes meditation.
A panel of speakers will discuss goodness and its basis in various religions at the July 22 event. Also, Ram Sangal, another member of Brahma Kumaris, who is an engineer and survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will be the keynote speaker.
Sangal is part of the 7 Billion Acts of Goodness campaign, which is “an intiative designed to exponentially increase expressions of benevolence in the world. It is a movement based on the spiritual truth that goodness is innate, and that by cultivating a spiritual awareness of the self, we can tap into this inherent goodness in a way that makes us capable of generating unlimited acts of goodness,” according to the 7 Billion Acts of Goodness website, www.actsofgoodness.org.
Sangal spoke in the area last year and about 70 people attended, but it was only open to a small group of people, said Agarwal.
“He’s a very good speaker. He’s very enthusiastic,” he said
This year, they wanted to open it up to a larger group of people and include those of other faiths. And the more people Agarwal talked to about the event, the more momentum it gained.
“This time we expect much more,” he said.
Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and those of other faiths have expressed an interest in attending and are excited about coming together, he said.
Agarwal said the hope is that through the dialogue people will be able to see that those of different faiths have more in common than they realize and that most religions hold the same tenets of goodness in their foundations.
The event is free. To register, visit https:9-11survivor.eventbrite.com.
As reported in News India Times: Brahma Kumaris hold 'Spiritual Awakening Series' in Chicago
31 July 2017
SOURCE: News India (http://www.newsindiatimes.com/brahma-kumaris-hold-spiritual-awakening-series-in-chicago). Written by a Staff Writer and published on 12 July 2017
Candle lighting, signifying the awakening of inner potential. (All Photos: Asian Media USA)
CHICAGO, IL: More than 4,000 Chicagoans came to listen to a yogi from India on June 29 and July 1, who came to inspire them by her teachings on how an individual’s feelings and treatment of others determine their level of happiness.
Sister Shivani, who is on a 20-day tour of North America, dwelt upon how feelings of love and forgiveness are natural to humans, while anger, resentment and revenge are unnatural.
Originally an electrical engineer in Pune, Sister Shivani began studying Raja Yoga meditation with the Brahma Kumaris 20 years ago. Now she is a teacher of Raja Yoga meditation. Through her TV show “Awakening with Brahma Kumaris” that airs in 160 countries across 5 continents and a YouTube channel that has registered 180,000 subscribers and over 34 millions views, Sister Shivani carries on that work.
Audience at UTC Pavilion.
On July 1, she was presented an award from YouTube for having achieved over 100,000 subscribers, according to an Asian Media USA report.
Her main message has been about the need to understand what really makes a person happy. Two things definitely do not work, she says. One is, absorbing hurtful words or actions from another person, as if one is obliged to accept them. The second is “copying” – giving people back the same energy they give us.
Both of these strategies make people behave as victims, and victims are never happy, Sister Shivani says.
Swami Sharananandaji, Mrs. Lalmalani, Gopal Lalmalani, Neeta Bhushan and Roopali Chand.
What does make one happy is doing the right thing — treating everyone with love, kindness and respect, and in so doing, receive that good energy first. Sister Shivani encouraged the audience to exercise their power of choice by sending kind thoughts every day to people who have hurt them. Over time, this will increase one’s self esteem and diminish hurt feelings, she says.
The July 1 program opened with a musical invocation of peace and love by Sister Elizabeth Padilla, a singer and Brahma Kumaris teacher from San Francisco. The program was emceed by Eric LeReste, a TV news producer for CBC in Montreal and National Coordinator of Brahma Kumaris for Canada. Consul General of India in Chicago Neeta Bhushan was in attendance as was Swami Shardananda of Chinmaya Mission of Chicago and Shiva Singh Khalsa of Spirit Rising Yoga.
Sister Shivani’s tour of North America includes programs in 11 cities and a culminating celebration was scheduled for July 9, at the Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center in upstate New York.
What a Few Committed Volunteers Can Achieve: Colorful Brahma Kumaris D.C. 20 Years of Service Report
24 July 2017
What A Few Committed Volunteers Can Achieve: Brahma Kumaris Washington D.C. 20 Years of Service Report.
Greetings of love.
20 Years ago, we were transferred to Washington D.C. from Brahma Kumaris York to offer light, love, wisdom, and friendship, experiences that ran deep and wide in our consciousness. It was natural, easy, rich, and fulfilling to meet the various challenges that came along the way. It has been our mission ever since we got here and today we can safely say, it still is our mission. Love God.
Love The Self.
When I change the world will change.
This stays true to us even till today!
Enjoy here our online colorful Brahma Kumaris D.C. service report. You are welcome to share with friends/social media/emails to those who are ready to join the vortex of love, friendship, spiritual power, wisdom and love for the One Supreme Ocean of Peace and Power.
Sister Jenna and the Washington D.C. Family
USA Independence Day Celebrations in California's Capitol (Sacramento)
24 July 2017
Interdependence Day was celebrated in Sacramento on July 4, 2017, where Brahmakumaris Sacramento was invited as well to represent the diverse faiths and nationalities of local community at the “International World Peace Rose Garden” (IWPRG) at the “State Capitol” for a global meditation from 9am to 10am. This event was immediately followed by InterDependence Day Festival at Southside Park from 10am to 2pm.
The organization IWPRG is a catalyst for peace in diverse communities around the world. The nonprofit organization incorporated in 1988 for the purpose of creating beautiful rose gardens for peace on public, accessible sites. The gardens become magnetic centers where people gather, enjoy beauty and are inspired to be better persons and world citizens.
Children lighted the way for us by carrying Quality of Peace Flowers and inflatable solar powered lanterns from Rebuilding Alliance’s - Brighten the Future of Gaza's Children Program.
The event was streamed live on Facebook LIVE, so others around the world may join in and those around the nation are invited to take part at their own state capitols.
The global meditation included the messages from representatives of different faiths. Different speakers gave beautiful messages including representatives from Women Organizations to empower the women, California 2020 vision program and peace poles etc.
BK Sister Hansa represented the Brahmakumaris organization and delivered a beautiful speech to encourage unity, love and harmony in the community. She gave Baba’s message of New World coming after the dark night, and she encouraged the appreciation of divine creator to bring message of unity and peace. She emphasized that starting of new world will be from myself – my one choice, my one decision, my one thought can transform the whole community when we work together.
The audience of more than 200 souls appreciated the message. Also the bouquet of roses was presented to all the speakers as a mark of respect. The whole atmosphere was charged with positivity, inspiration, peace and love emanated from different speakers including BK Sister Hansa.
Click here for report in PDF format.
Here is the link to BK Sister Hansa’s video message:
Living Values Education Newsletter, June 2017
24 July 2017
Belén Romero, the former Focal Point for LVE in Venezuela
translated "Nurturing with Love and Wisdom, Disciplining with Peace and Respect: A mindful guide to parenting" by Diane G. Tillman. Belén recently moved to the USA and joined the LVEP, Inc. Board of Directors. We are delighted to have her with us. Many, many thanks to Belén, for her wonderful work.
Natasha Panzer, a wonderful person, educator and LVE Facilitator based in New York, wrote the following review of the mindful parenting guide.
"Diane's thoughtful book is now my 'go to' when I am having a parenting dilemma or just need a bit of support to reinforce my parenting values. The book is filled with useful ideas for parents facing all sorts of parenting issues. Since purchasing this book, I have used many of Diane's techniques of active listening and conflict resolution to help my children navigate difficult situations with a true sense of love, compassion and responsibility. My family has benefited from my renewed calm that this book has helped me grow and maintain. Diane has beautifully infused her many years of experience as a school psychologist and Living Values educator into this parenting guide. It is full of practical ideas for parents to try when they are facing discipline issues or when trying to help their children navigate this increasingly complex, and often negative, world. I found the section on handling technology specifically useful and my children and I have had very purposeful and meaningful conversations about the benefits and drawbacks of technology use in our lives since reading this section. I no longer need to be a mommy witch who forbids my child from playing violent or inhumane games on our iPad. This book gave me tools to talk with my son about the objectionable content I was seeing in many video games in a way he could really appreciate. My son has now learned to only choose games that reflect the values of our family on his own. Even at six years old, he has now learned to be thoughtful about the way violent games normalize cruelty and he is wary of it. If creating a values-based atmosphere in your home is important to you- a place where love, peace, honesty and kindness are cornerstones - then this is the guide book for you."
Join us for an inspiring weekend to reflect on values and a paradigm and process that builds relationship, and empowers positive choices and resiliency in young people. Learn about methods that invite the co-creation of a culture of peace and respect, and experience activities that help young people of all ages, from toddlers to young adults, explore and develop universal values and positive social and emotional skills. Living Values Education is a comprehensive values education approach being implemented in more than 60 countries.
This workshop is highly recommended for adults who wish to help young people optimally explore and develop values. Please join us to:
- reflect on the role values play in your life, schools, communities and the world;
- learn about the LVE Approach and the process of developing values;
- refine acknowledgement and active listening skills that allow adults to deal with young people's resistance more easily and effectively;
- learn about non-violent discipline methods to help all feel and be safe and respected;
- experience relaxation/focusing exercises that help young people be more centered and better able to self-regulate;
- have more than 140 activities to help young people develop 12 universal values and positive intrapersonal and interpersonal social and emotional skills; and
- be comfortable facilitating a process that builds positive social skills, drastically reduces bullying and has young people resolving issues with the language of values within months, inside and outside of the classroom.
Results: The most frequent themes noted by educators implementing Living Values Education are positive changes in teacher-student relationships and in student-student relationships both inside and outside the classroom. Educators note an increase in respect, caring, cooperation, motivation, and the ability to solve peer conflicts on the part of the students. Aggressive behaviors decline as positive social skills and respect increase. LVE helps educators hone quality teaching skills to create a safe, caring, values-based atmosphere for quality learning. Young people learn to use the language of values to reflect on challenges and generate positive solutions. Please see our website for research results and success stories.
Parents benefit immensely from this approach and note improved relationships, more peace and cooperation in the home, and an understanding of how to help young people develop positive and protective social skills, and deal with bullying and media.
Diane Tillman will lead both workshops. Diane is a former School Psychologist, Licensed Educational Psychologist, MFT, and the primary author of the award-winning Living Values Education Series of books. Her most recent book is "Nurturing with Love and Wisdom, Disciplining with Peace and Respect: A mindful guide to parenting".
Ed Wondolowski, Natasha Panzer and Stephanie Kerr will be co-facilitating the retreat in New York at the Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center. Ed Wondolowski is an Emeritus Professor of Management, Bentley University, and a Director of LVEP, Inc. Natasha Panzer taught and coordinated LVE activities at Mizzentop Day School, a private K-8 school. Stephanie Keer is the Education Solutions Manager at Konica Minolta and an adjunct Professor of Psychology, New York University.
Annie Jorgensen will be co-facilitating the retreat in California. Annie has a master's in Educational Counseling. A retired primary and special education teacher, she taught LVE for ten years in the classroom, with stellar results.
Cost: There will be a $40 charge for the workshop to help cover LVE expenses. For those staying at the retreat center, please plan to make a separate donation for meals and accommodation.
Karunabhai Honored in Flag and Ribbon Ceremony in Houston, Texas on July 9
20 July 2017
Dear Divine Family,
Om shanti and greetings of love. Karunabhaiji from Madhuban posted Baba’s flag and cut the ceremonial ribbon for the center in Houston.
Please see video link below:
Much love in BapDada’s yaad,
BK Hansa Raval
Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - June 2017
18 July 2017
Images & Voices of Hope (IVOH) Summit at Peace Village:
June 22-24: The Miami BK Center had the great pleasure to participate in the 'Images and Voices of Hope' annual Retreat and Summit at Peace Village. About 170 participants from around the world working in media came to explore strength-based approaches to media. Reflection was an integral part of the weekend conducted by Waddy bhen and Rev. Canon Lloyd Casson. Meredith offered classes on 'how to meditate' for those interested in learning about Raja Yoga meditation and she also helped coordinate and host the 'Awards of Appreciation Ceremony' honouring media professionals who are a force for positive change in society. Brad and Donna were the cooks and their team included Ganga and Meeta from Miami and Nuncia from Tampa. Many people who have come in past years felt that this was the most inspiring and meaningful Summit ever!
Special Spanish Class by Sr. Moira:
June 13: Sr. Moira (from Argentina) gave a lovely class on “Vivir en Equilibria” i.e. Living in Balance for Spanish speaking audience. The house full of students attended with a lot of enthusiasm and specially benefited from Sr. Moira's sharing on personal transformation in bringing a balance in her living.
Click here for detailed report with more photos.
In Photos: Awakening Celebration - Sister Shivani's arrival and morning Murli at Peace Village, July 9th
17 July 2017
Please enjoy the photos by clicking on the above image.
Only you can make yourself happy - Sr Shivani in Boston
17 July 2017
SOURCE: India New England News (http://indianewengland.com/2017/07/can-make-happy-says-sister-shivani-first-visit-boston-draws-900-people-4th-july-event/) published on July 9, 2017
FOXBOROUGH, MA–Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani, an electronics engineer-turned Raja Yoga meditation teacher and host of Awakening with Brahma Kumaris television program, visited Boston for the first time and drew over 900 people on 4th of July in Foxborough, MA.
During her discourse on “Awakening: Inner Happiness and Freedom,” sister Shivani kept drawing attention of the audience to just one point: only you can make yourself . She emphasized that source of true happiness cannot be found outside but inside.
“Only you can make yourself happy or unhappy. No one else can,” sister Shivani told the packed hall at the Ambrosia Weddings & Events facility in Foxborough.
Sister Shivani, greeting everyone with “Om shanti: I am a peaceful being,” invoked a moment of silent reflection, inviting each to personally explore and open to the feelings and experience of inner happiness and freedom.
What does independence truly mean to me, the inner being? Sister Shivani, in her unique personal style, engaged all in thinking practically about the connection between thoughts, beliefs, feelings, inner stability, and freeing ourselves from dependence on outer stimulus (objects, events, or people).
She offered clear and practical steps toward the Raja Yoga path of true self-independence. By empowering oneself to take responsibility for one’s own creation, one’s own thoughts, she said, that one can choose to create a life destiny of happiness. “Today is my independence day,” she said, incorporating the message with the celebrations of the US Independence Day on 4th of July.
Sister Shivani invited everyone to experience more of what she had been sharing by visiting a local Brahma Kumaris center. As guests left the hall in peaceful, reflective silence, each received a sweet and a personal blessing card with an angel.
The event was organized by the New England Brahma Kumaris and was part of sister Shivani’s first national tour of the United States.
Sister Mohini, president of the Brahma Kumaris in the Americas, greeted sister Shivani and guests via a video message. On behalf of the community, INDIA New England News presented sister Shivani with an award for Spiritual Leadership.
Honoring Sister Shivani on behalf of the community. From left to right: Upendra Mishra, Dr. Manju Sheth and Sister Shivani
Dev Lingadevaru and Rita Cleary, co-coordinators of New England regional Brahma Kumari activities, welcomed her on behalf of the Brahma Kumaris Boston/New England teachers and students hosting the event.
Cleary and eight Brahma Kumari Raja Yogis from diverse backgrounds shared their insights and personal experiences of awakening. Brahma Kumari sister Elizabeth Padilla sang “We are One Family” and “Om shanti, I am a peaceful soul.”
Brahma Kumari Kala Iyengar, MD, director of the Brahma Kumaris Peace Village Retreat Center in New York, offered the possibility of spiritually awakening with loving guidance, and connecting to the Source of inner happiness and inner freedom. She likened awakening with Brahma Kumaris to being awakened by God’s sweet mothers.
About 80 volunteers helped organize the event in traditionally busy 4th of July holiday.
“It was a great pleasure for the New England Brahma Kumaris centers to host sister Shivani and invite so many people for the program. All the volunteers helped in making this event happen with lot of enthusiasm and without stress,” said Lingadevaru. “For every participant,a snack pack was given and these were cooked and packed by the volunteers with a lot of love and peace. We understand that due to holiday many who wanted to come could not come. We do hope they come to our centers to take benefit of the teachings of the Brahma Kumaris in the near future.”
The Brahma Kumaris offer meditation classes and practical Raja Yoga courses in 5 locations: Watertown; Cambridge; Shrewsbury; Providence, RI; and Manchester, NH. Call 617-926-1230 or visit bknewengland.org.
Condition of Mind is the Key to Happiness - Sr Shivani in Chicago
17 July 2017
SOURCE: IndiaPost (http://www.indiapost.com/condition-of-mind-is-key-to-happiness/) written by Suresh Bodiwala and published on July 6 2017 by India Post
Lamp Lighting - Brahma Kumaris with Sister Shivani
CHICAGO: Several devotees and large crowd of over 1500 gathered to listen Sister Shivani at Jain Temple Bartlett and UIC Center for a spiritual discourse by her on “Condition of Mind…Your key to Happiness”
To accommodate large diverse crowd, the organizers Braham Kumari’s (BK) had to arrange two separate locations. The program was also aired live on ‘You Tube’ worldwide for those who wanted to view it online.
Sister Shivani focused her talk on finding illusive ‘happiness’ in the materialistic world and to learn to increase one’s ability to find contentment and love. The happiness should be long lasting and unlimited. It is a universal feeling and belief that happiness comes from outside, be it from relationship, achievement, material possession etc. Child is conditioned to believe that if parents are unhappy how can he be happy? And this is not true, asserted Sister Shivani. Raja Yoga is key to overcome this belief and myth It is also for resolving insecurities helps laying foundation for overcoming despondency dejection and resulting depression through meditation.
Meditation is the journey inwards, a journey of self-discovery or in fact, re-discovery. Meditation is time taken for quiet reflection and silence, away from the hustle and bustle of daily living. Taking time out enables us to come back to a centered place of being.
In our modern world, the pace of life is growing ever faster and we are losing touch with our true inner peace and power. When we no longer feel grounded, we can experience ourselves pushed and pulled in many different directions. It is at this point that we experience stress and a feeling of being trapped.
Gradually, over time, this feeling leads to illness and disease and our mental, emotional and physical health are thrown out of balance.
Raja Yoga meditation is a form of meditation that is accessible to people of all backgrounds. It is a meditation without rituals or mantras and can be practiced anywhere at any time. Raja Yoga meditation is practiced with ‘open eyes’, which makes this method of meditation versatile, simple and easy to practice. Meditation is a state of being in that place just beyond every day consciousness, which is where spiritual empowerment begins.
Spiritual awareness gives us the power to choose good and positive thoughts over those which are negative and wasteful. We start to respond to situations, rather than just reacting to them. We begin to live with harmony, we create better and happier, healthier relationships and change our lives in a most positive way. Sister Shivani gave various day to day life practical examples to explain the substance of Raja Yoga in daily life to achieve inner infinity of happiness and removes inner negative vibrations.
Brahma Kumaris is a spiritual university, global community of people learning how to increase one’s ability to live with love, ways to feel start feeling great with inner harmony, honesty, friendship and peace.
Sr. Shivani & Br. Karuna in DC - Photos of a special time well spent
17 July 2017
Enjoy images of the 20th and post session at the Museum...
BK Couples Retreat at Peace Village, September 1-4
16 July 2017
BK COUPLES RETREAT 2017
September 1-4, 2017.
Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center 54 O’Hara Road (at Route 23A) Haines Falls (Hunter), NY 12436
When we are still and silent, we can journey within to truly listen to ourselves, to others, and to the One.
In this sacred act of listening we rediscover the blueprint of our original goodness—our true selves.
Join us for this special and unique retreat experience; where together we return to our original religion of silence,
celebrate our intrinsic goodness, and emerge our capacity to bring the power of stillness to the task of renewal.
Sister Mohini will join us as the spiritual resource.
For more information, please contact Sister Dolly: 856-786-2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration through your center only (Centers please make sure BK Couples following all the Godly codes of conduct are registered)
On "Chai With Manju", Sister Shivani of Brahma Kumari talks about how destiny is shaped by past and present karmas and how to change it
16 July 2017
SOURCE: India New England News (http://indianewengland.com/2017/07/chai-manju-sister-shivani-brahma-kumari-talks-destiny-shaped-past-present-karmas-change/) posted on 11 July 2017
BOSTON—We all wonder about our destiny, how is it created and can we change it? Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani, an electronics engineer turned Raja Yoga meditation teacher, says that one cannot escape one’s past karma, but it can be changed by present karma.
In an exclusive video interview in Chai with Manju celebrity interview series, sister Shivani explains how to change the past karma and thus change the destiny.
“Destiny is created by our past karma, and gets influenced by our present karma. So both have very important role to play,” she says. “Present karma is more powerful. Power is use your present karma.”
Sister Shivani also talked about spirituality and the power of the present.
“Spirituality is not a different way of living. Spirituality is the tool, the compass, which guides me in my normal day-to-day living–whether personal, professional life, family life. That is spirituality,” she said. “My power lies in the present moment.”
To watch the full interview, please click on the video link below.
Sister Shivani was on her first national tour of the United States and visited Boston where she drew over 900 people on 4th of July in Foxborough, MA. During her discourse on “Awakening: Inner Happiness and Freedom,” at the event, she kept drawing attention of the audience to just one point: only you can make yourself happy. She emphasized that source of true happiness cannot be found outside but inside.
Sister Shivani has been studying spiritual knowledge and practicing the ancient technique of Raja Yoga meditation, as taught by the Brahma Kumaris, Mount Abu, for the past 20 years. She completed her Electronics Engineering graduate degree as a Gold Medalist from Pune University in 1994 and also served for two years as a lecturer in Bhartiya Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune.
Since 2007, Sister Shivani has been on-screen in India, USA, UK, Asia Pacific, Africa and Australia, through the presentation of practical spiritual understanding on the TV program ‘Awakening with Brahma Kumaris’.
Sister Shivani has travelled all over India, UK, Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East to conduct interactive programs, workshops, TV shows and radio programs on a wide spectrum of themes such as Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Skills, Parenting and Relationships, Self-Realization and the Practical Technique of Rajayoga Meditation.
Dr. Manju Sheth (left) with Sister Shivani
She has been a speaker on the theme of Yoga for emotional and mental wellbeing on the conferences organized by the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India in Delhi on the International Day of Yoga every year. She regularly conducts workshops for Cancer patients organized by the Apollo Hospitals and the Max Healthcare group in India.
In 2014, she was honored with Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ASSOCHAM’S Ladies League for her Excellence in Empowering Spiritual Consciousness. In 2017, she has been appointed as Good Will Ambassador by the World Psychiatry Association.
Sister Mohini of New York Honoured with Bharat Gaurav Awards
16 July 2017
As reported on Onelink's UN page on 13th June (http://onelink.brahmakumaris.org/bk-un-news#heading_toc_j_1), the Bharat Gaurav award was presented to the North America Director of the Brahma Kumaris, Sister Mohini, at United Nations Headquarters, in New York on Friday, June 9, 2017. The award was given to Sister Mohini for her outstanding contributions for world service to humanity. Sister Bhumika accepted the award on her behalf.
The Bharat Gaurav Award was instituted by the Sanksriti Yuva Sanstha, a Jaipur-headquartered NGO with a wide international presence.
In 2012, Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha started the “Bharat Gaurav Award” felicitation program where people from all over the world who achieve a landmark in their working area and made India proud, are being awarded in Grand Ceremony with Coffee Table Book Launch.
Awakening to Love & Forgiveness - A Special 4th of July Event
2 July 2017
20 Years of Awakening to Love to Forgiveness!
Today we honor 20 years of service in Washington D.C. and with the wonderful Sister Shivani from India along with Princess Bashmah, Snatam Kaur, Micheal Beckwith who join us on video as we explore what it means to be awakened.
We will have comedian Dan Nainan, Roberta Baskin, Jan Duplain, and beautiful dance performances. Please do join in on Unify FaceBook or Meditation Museum Facebook, and if you cannot get us there, don't worry. You can view the spectacular event on You Tube! Hope you can join us today, Sunday, July 2 at 3:30pm-6:30pm!
Wishing you love,
Sister Jenna and the staff at Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museums
P.S. For more information CLICK HERE
Photo Glimpses of the Pre-planning for the July 9 Awakening Program with Sr Shivani
2 July 2017
Om Shanti Special Souls,
Preplanning meeting at Peace Village for July 9 Awakening program was held on Sunday July 1, with Sr Mohini and the full team of program 'experts' including Brothers Arjun, Mahendra, Erik, Ram and Peace Village full family.
Photos for the highlights so far include of the 30 foot banner across Route 23A; inaugurating the huge angelic tent and Awakening program with the blessing "To reveal Baba and glorify Baba"; and also Baba's new BIG van for PV.
Please post your favorite photos on Facebook and forward to famiily and friends. Encourage other BKs in your connection to check with their centers to lend a hand and heart to help set up and administer the program on or before July 9.
Awakening to Love and Forgiveness - Sr. Shivani Debuts on the Huffington Post
2 July 2017
Source: The HuffingtonPost (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/awakening-to-love-and-forgiveness_us_594d72b6e4b0f078efd98175) 06/23/2017 04:15 PM EST. Author: Sr. Jenna
This is the age for a huge spiritual awakening whether you want to accept it or not. We are being urged gently, or by force, to turn inwards and upwards. What if your spiritual awakening becomes a tool to help uplift the whole world? In an attempt to awaken the atmosphere of love, kindness, happiness, and forgiveness, the Brahma Kumaris in the United States believes it will. The more we move inward and begin to truly check our thoughts and align those thoughts to God’s pure vibration, we can call that an awakening. The energy around the North Eastern shores of the United States welcomes Sister Shivani, a Raja Yoga Meditation Teacher who has been studying spiritual knowledge and practicing the ancient technique of Raja Yoga Meditation, as taught by the Brahma Kumaris for the past 20 years.
BK Shivani completed her Electronics Engineering graduate degree as a Gold Medalist from Pune University in 1994 and also served for two years as a lecturer in Bhartiya Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune.
Since 2007, she has been on-screen in India, USA, UK, Asia Pacific, Africa and Australia, through the presentation of practical spiritual understanding on the TV program ‘Awakening with Brahma Kumaris’. The program has helped people overcome mental stress, depression, addictions, low self-esteem and unhappy relationships, as they take personal responsibility for their lives.
The Awakening Tour began on June 20th in Great Neck, New York with a room filled with an audience captivated by her simple message, “ change your thoughts, change the situation.” Sister Mohini, President of the Brahma Kumaris in the Americas, shared beautifully that for us to remain awakened, “ think in peace.” So simple and so easy.
In times of great confusion and despair we can become numb, maybe even disillusioned to the point you no longer care what happens to anyone or even for your self.
But, when we choose to awaken our lives, we declare our lives are worthy of love, power, and optimism. We begin to take charge of our lives and stop blaming others for the way our lives have turned out. This is our time to get inspired and awaken to love, forgiveness, happiness and more.
We’re living in a time when we can consciously participate in our own spiritual awakening. And when we decide to do this, we uplift those around us and we uplift our humanity. Join the Awakening Movement, and get inspired to love fiercely and speak purely.
Are you experiencing “an awakening”? What does awakening mean to you? Share your experience with us in the comments below.
For more information on Awakening Tour with Sister Shivani and Friends visit www.bkawakening2017.org and www.brahmakumaris.org/us. #SisterShivani #AmericaMeditating #Awakening #SisterJenna #BrahmaKumarisUSA
20 Years of Service in Washington D.C.
22 June 2017
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BKs Participate in Interfaith Celebration at Los Angeles Islamic Center
20 June 2017
On Sunday, June 11th, the Brahma Kumaris were invited by the Islamic Center of Los Angeles to participate in a panel that discussed the significance of fasting traditions practiced by different faith/religions. There were 8 panelists who represented the Zoroastrian, Buddhism, Vedanta, Sikhism, Jewish, Christianity, Islam and Brahma Kumaris faiths. About 150 participants from the various faith groups were present in the gathering.
The event started with a short welcome from Jihad Turk, the director of the Islamic Center of Los Angeles. He explained the significance of observing fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, eating kosher food and offering iftar (meals) to others as a form of charity and humility. Then event then continued with the sharing of each panelist on their fasting practices. Sister Vino from Los Angeles represented the Brahma Kumaris and shared on the satvic diet principle that the Brahma Kumaris practice and the life-long ‘fasting’ from wasteful thinking in order to keep a healthy body and a peaceful mind. Brother Dennis and Sister Kristina also represented the Brahma Kumaris in the gathering. Further, the participants asked questions to the panelists regarding their fasting traditions. Many were impressed with the Brahma Kumaris on their simple lifestyle yet profound character.
They were touched by the simple approach of the Brahma Kumaris as Sister Vino emphasized ‘being the mother of my inner child’ where we need to be observant of our internal world of emotions and needs. She shared on how ‘We don’t see the world through a window, but we see the world through a mirror’ which translates to how much the view of the world is a relative subject which depends on each one’s perspectives. Thus, keeping positive and clear perspectives about the self can greatly influence how we perceive society and other various faiths. Sister Vino shared on how the genuine purpose of everyone is the same despite the differences in the customs and traditions that each one follows. Our unified purpose is to reach our purest self and connect with the highest Being/God. In the end, they personally expressed their gratitude to Sister Vino on how they were inspired to be more conscious of their thoughts and life-style practices so they can improve their inner wellbeing. The event ended with the breaking of Ramadan fasting and everyone were served Iftar (meals) by the Islamic Center of Los Angeles.
Important Information Regrading Travelling to Peace Village
15 June 2017
Dear Angels of our Region and particular USA,
We take this opportunity to express our great appreciation for your visit to Peace Village these last few weeks. It was such a wonderful experience hosting all of you. We really experience that when you all are here Peace Village is at its best.
Let us reiterate our requests for travel to and from PV within the United States:
- Albany is the only airport that we have the capacity to service.
- If you choose to travel via New York City or Newark, be prepared to use public transport to PV in the event we cannot find a ride for you.
- Arrivals are to be before 6 pm unless pre-approved.
- Because of the major construction in LaGuardia Airport, only International travel that has no other option for entry/exit will be supported by NY/PV Transport teams.
Peace Village Travel Team
Date Change: BK Youth Retreat - July 10 to 14, 2017
13 June 2017
We are writing to announce that the BK youth retreat originally scheduled for the week of 26th June is now rescheduledfor 10th July (arrivals in the evening) to 14th July (departures in the morning). This retreat for young boys and girls of BK parents, 12- 18 years of age who are familiar with meditation and BK lifestyle and are eager to connect with other youth of this age and BK background. The retreat will include a number of learning and fun activities, relevant to school, college, social and family life facilitated by variety of BK teachers and elders. The retreat has been a big annual attraction for a small group of youth and parents over the past few years and we would now like to open it to the wider family. Please note that 1 parent should accompany his / her child (children) and help with karma yoga during the stay.
Names and full details need to be submitted to Registration through the center on BK registration form by June 20th.
In Baba's yaad,
Peace Village Family.
Updated Information regarding 'Om Shanti' Channel
13 June 2017
Dear Divine brothers and sisters (US and Canada),
Om Shanti. Greetings of love from Godlywood Studio.
Once again we have come to you, elated and happy to inform you that the free preview of OM SHANTI TV Channel is currently running on sling (DISH) in the USA, and over 200,000 subscribers of the International pack on Sling are watching the channel for free. The channel will change over to the spiritual and Punjabi pack on sling from 21st of June. This event marks another phase of expansion of OM SHANTI Channel and is a big milestone in Godly service through media.
After 21st June, to watch Om Shanti Channel one just need to be a part of either spiritual or Punjabi pack on Sling.
Please find the details below for watching "Om Shanti" TV Channel -
In the USA:
Om Shanti is available on sling.com in the spiritual pack along with Aastha and Sanskar. To get Om Shanti, please log on to sling.com and subscribe to spiritual pack.
Om Shanti is available on Bell Fibe ( Ch No. 822) Rogers ( Ch No. 694) and V Media ( Ch No. 694 ). To get Om Shanti channel, please contact one of the following Digital Cable TV service providers:
Bell Fibe - 1 866 797-8686
Rogers - 1-888-ROGERS-1
V Media - 1-855-333-8269
We urge all of you to watch the channel daily, pass the word to your dear and near as well as all of your contacts, since the channel is on free preview till 21st June. And please provide us your valuable feedback as it is essential for us to know what you want and tailor our programs accordingly. Because ultimately we need to spread Baba's message to every human soul within the shortest time period as possible.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you from the heart for all the help and support you showered on Bro. Manish (Owner of the Channel) during his visit to US. We are trying to produce some programs with all of your cooperation, that are suitable for the viewers of US and Canada. Please give your valuable opinion regarding this also. We will try to telecast live programs also as and when they happen.
Awaiting your valuable feedback of the programs being telecast along with your suggestions and comments.
With Warm Regards,
World Renewal Spiritual Trust
Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News for May
6 June 2017
Tuesday Night Insight Series: Is There Another Way?
This five part series helped participants discover clarity, peace, and determination to find and follow another way. The course included ways in which to rethink our lives to solve not only the problems of our own heart, soul, and mind, but also those of the world.
Facilitator: Helen Hall
In the month of May, Tampa welcomed special guest Mark Avraham LIbowitz, M.A.,MSW, to facilitate world peace mediation. Mark served as a Conscious Peacemaker in the Holy Land for over 20 Months and was able to share his experience of interacting with the hearts and minds of the people of Israel and Palestine. He then guided a spiritually infused meditation that supported the peace building process and blessed the worthy people of the region toward the spirit of Oneness.
Sister Shivani program has reached full capacity
The Sister Shivani program in Tampa on July 6th has reached full capacity. We have started a small waiting list of 200 seats which is also filling up fast. To register for the waiting list, please visit https://bkshivanitampa.eventbrite.com . Instructions will be forthcoming on how the waiting list will be utilized.
The Freedom of Relationships
A half day retreat with Sister Moira of Argentina
Moira Lowe, who coordinates Brahma Kumaris activities in Argentina and Paraguay will be visiting the Tampa Center and facilitating this half day retreat on Saturday, June 10th for all who have completed the foundation course. The retreat is designed to take both new and experienced students deeper into Baba's gyan and explore how being authentic and naturally connected to the One impacts the way we relate to others. If you are interested in attending this retreat, please RSVP as breakfast and lunch will be served.
Saturday June 10th
8:30am - 3:00pm
Call 813-987-2525 or visit bktampa.org to RSVP
Also with Sister Moira: Re-setear el GPS Interno; Un viaje hacia el Alma
Sunday June 11, 2017 5:00pm
En medio de la incertidumbre del tiempo actual en que el miedo se apodera del alma, enfocar tu atención en tu fuerza interna, dirije tu energía con profundo interés hacia lo que le da real sentido a la vida.......click here for detailed report with photos.
Living Values Education Newsletter for May
6 June 2017
Download PDF format here.