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International Day of Yoga news from Philippines
26 June 2017
News of International Day of Yoga from Sydney, Australia
26 June 2017
The Brahma Kumaris were one of three organisations invited to partner with the Indian Cultural Centre within the Indian Consulate in Sydney.
Consul General Mr Vanlalwala opened the programme together with David Clarke, Member of the Legislative Assembly and BK Charlie Hogg, National Coordinator of Australia. This was followed by a hatha yoga demonstration by BK Kim Wainer accompanied by Heather Lee, a professional opera singer chanting Indian chants; a panel discussion hosted by BK Ami Trivedi on Raja Yoga with BKs Charlie, Morni and Kim; a meditation commentary by BK Morni, Centre Manager of BK InnerSpace Sydney and blessings given by BK Asha Trivedi. Sister Kim also offered a meditation and hatha yoga evening on 21st June attended by a small group of hatha yoga teachers and students.
Japan celebrates International Day of Yoga
26 June 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka, Celebrates International Day of Yoga
26 June 2017
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News of Internationa Day of Yoga from Bali, Indonesia
26 June 2017
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Hong Kong Celebrates International Day of Yoga
26 June 2017
For the International Day of Yoga in Hong Kong, the Indian Consulate and Asia Society organised a whole day event on Sunday 18 June. Nineteen hatha yoga organisations and one meditation group – Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres, Hong Kong - participated and had the opportunity to showcase their programs.
The BKs were the first group to be invited by the Indian Consulate to discuss what we can offer and they specifically requested a proposal for meditation in Cantonese.
Sr Kathie was the main BK presenter. She has been practicing Raja Yoga Meditation for over 10 years and has taught hatha yoga for over 30 years. She explained what meditation is and the benefits of meditation for the body and mind, with a Power Point presentation.
Sr Susanna, who has been practicing Raja Yoga Meditation for over 30 years, spoke two live meditation commentaries to relax the body and mind in Cantonese.
BK Rohini, Co-ordinator of the Raja Yoga Meditation Centre, Hong Kong, took the participants through a practical creative meditation experience with Sr Kathie translating into Cantonese.
Twenty five people registered for the program, with some registering on the day of the event.
Fifteen BKs joined in to provide spiritual support. For over two months leading up to the event, BKs from both Hong Kong and Kowloon Centres had continued to create yoga power saksash and for the last three Sundays a group of six BKs had maintained an invocation at Amrit Vela meditation.
As a follow up there will be three programs at the Hong Kong Centre, and the first Cantonese public program at the Kowloon Centre on “Exploring and Discovering: Anger to Love”.
With thanks to all involved for their support.
Fifty Thousand People assemble for Yoga at Red Fort on IDY
22 June 2017
Collective Yoga Vibrations Pacified God of Rain to Beat a Retreat
‘Rajyoga Develops Health, Cleanliness and Righteouness’-Dadi Janki
‘Yoga Facilitates Self & God Realization’- Sakshi Maharaj
New Delhi, June 21: Red Fort Grounds witnessed a mammoth gathering of about fifty thousand white-clad yoga practitioners who assembled, not only to showcase the efficacy of India ancient Yoga in restoring health and wellness, but also to demonstrate the collective yogic powers on looming clouds to stop from raining and drenching the ground.
Rajyogi Br Brijmohan, Chief Spokesman of the Brahma Kumaris Vishwa Vidyalaya which organized this biggest yoga event in Delhi with the support of Ministry of AYUSH, said that regular practice of Rajyoga could not only enable us to control our sense organs and inner negative nature, but also to cool down and conquer the outer five elements of nature.
102 years old Chief of Brahma Kumaris, Rajyogini Dadi Janki from Mount Abu, in blessing the occasion with her forceful words of wisdom and with yogic power of inner peace, poise and positivity, said that yoga is much more than hatha yoga. It is an art of knowing the inner self in its true perspective and remaining in loving remembrance of the Supreme Being in all human relations in order to conquer ego, inner vices, weaknesses, addictions and attachments to worldly entities.
She said that the practice of Raj-yoga results in inner empowerment, which is essential for experiencing and restoring holistic health, harmony and happiness in self and human society. She said that Raj-yoga, being a form of intellectual & mental communion with God, could be practised while performing one’s daily duties and that it would empower the practitioner to cultivate truthfulness, righteousness, cleanliness and simplicity as well as avoid wasteful, vicious and negative thoughts, word and deeds.
Lok Sabha MP Sakshi Maharaj, as the Special Guest on the occasion, echoed the wisdom of Dadi Janki by saying that self realization and God realization were the quintessence of all sacred scriptures and religious texts. Spiritual yoga or Raj-yoga is the way to attain these higher stages of life, he said. He presented his book ‘Gita-Ek Yoga Shastra’ to Dadiji and to other inter-faith leaders on the stage.
Rajyogini Asha Didi, Main Program Coordinator of the event, said that yoga is a powerful tool which not only connects the mind, body and spirit in harmony, but also brings significant positive changes in one's lifestyles. By practising yoga on a daily basis, one can become a peaceful and loving soul and can carry out worldly duties with balance and with a sense of emotional detachment from worldly powers and possessions.
Prominent among others who also gave their greetings on the occasion and advocated for practice and promotion of yoga as a healthy, simple, positive and virtuous way of life, were Father Filix Jones, Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi; Dildar Hussain Beigh, President of All Hussain Memorial Society, Dr A K Merchant, National Trustee of the Bahai community and Mr E I Malekar, Head Priest, Judah Hyam Synagogue in India.
In Socio-Spiritual Services
Brahma Kumar Sushant
Media Wing, Rajyoga Education & Research Foundation
Dear Divine Family,
Greetings of peace.
Rajyogini Dadi Janki, the Chief of Brahma Kumaris addressed spectacular gathering of high spirit 50,000 Rajyogis on 21 June 2017 International Day of Yoga at 15 August Ground, Red Fort, Delhi.
The AYUSH Officers were amazed to see the gathering, discipline and spiritual glow on the faces of 50000 Rajyogis.
Dadiji said Yoga means 'Satayata (Truth) Swachta (Cleanliness) and Sadgi (Simplicity). She emphasized there should not be ego in I and attachment in My. She also read Baba's Murli (one page) at Red Fort.
There was heavy rain in Delhi since amritvela, when Prakaratijeet Dadiji came the weather become pleasant.
Please find enclosed the photographs of the Grand Event organised in collaboration with Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India.
BK Brij Mohan
Mass Meditation at Hyderabad (Secunderabad) for IDY
22 June 2017
On Sunday, 18th June 2016 at Indira Park, which is at the central location of Hyderabad-Secunderabad, a grand mass meditation programme, ‘Meditation for Peace’, was organised by Brahma Kumaris centres of Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Telangana. About 2500 BKs from various centres participated enthusiastically from morning 6.00 am to 8.30 am. There was a simple yoga asanas session for 20 min, deep Rajyoga meditation for 60 min, followed by Spiritual Class for 30 min.
Respected Santosh Didi from Mumbai specially came to join this yoga programme. Sis.Kuldeep, Incharge of Hyderabad centre, Sis.Manju & Sis.Saroj of Secunderabad centres and several other centre teachers and students took part in this special event.
Janardhan Reddy, Commissioner of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, visited as Chief Guest. He was astonished and felt happy to see thousands of white dressed BKs doing early morning meditation for peace. He appreciated BKs for their promotion of values and peace. He also requested BKs to take part in more governmental projects like Swatch Bharat etc.
About 100 teachers and few brothers were seated on the stage conducting yoga while thousands of BKs took part. The whole programme gave a very powerful and refreshing experience for all.
Celebration of 3rd UN International Day of Yoga at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
22 June 2017
Dadi Jankiji's Message for International Yoga Day
21 June 2017
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One more inspiring message from our beloved Dadiji and this time she addresses the whole international community! Dadi Jankiji visited Godlywood Studio and recorded a message in English on the occasion of International Yoga Day which was declared by UN by the initiation and efforts of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dadi stressed the importance of adopting Rajyoga as a lifestyle and encouraged everyone to take a step towards self-change to make a difference in the world.
Please find the video link attached and feel free to send it to all local channels and share with your personal contacts.
Let us take a step to make that difference today!
Towards world service,
With warm regards,
World Renewal Spiritual Trust
YOUTUBE LINK WEB TV
Rajyoga Meditation gives solution to all difficulties, says expert - IDY Event in Ludhiana
20 June 2017
SOURCE: The Tribune India (http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/ludhiana/rajyoga-meditation-gives-solution-to-all-difficulties-says-expert/424532.html) published by the Tribune News Service on Jun 19, 2017, 2:41 AM
Participants at a yoga camp organised by Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University to mark the International Yoga Day at Rose Garden in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan
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Ludhiana, June 18: Ahead of the International Yoga Day, a camp was organised at the Rose Garden by the Ludhiana branch of the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University. A consultant physician, Dr BK Sachin, who was the resource person on the occasion, spoke on "Rajyoga to Strengthen Mind and Intellect." The camp was inaugurated by Ludhiana Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.
The university offers many graduate, postgraduate, and diploma courses in value education. The institution is unique in itself as it helps bring personal, familial and social harmony through rajyoga teachings. Dr Sachin has been associated with the organisation for the past 13 years.
The programme, which was of two hours duration, began at 5:30 am with participants doing exercises and yoga asanas. More than 600 people attended the camp.
Dr Sachin apprised participants about the meaning and importance of yoga. He said, “The meaning of yoga is re-union and discipline. It’s the union of body with mind, mind with intellect, intellect with soul and soul with the supreme soul.” He said Patanjali yoga comprised eight components — yamas, niyamas, aasanas, pranayamas, pratyar (external), dharna, dhyan, samadhi (internal). “The most popular, aasana and pranayam, are only two parts of yoga. Rajyoga is the complete and ultimate stage of yoga. It answers the sutle purpose of yoga,” he added.
He said, “For physical ailments, aasanas and pranayam are good, but rajyoga meditation gives solutions for all intended difficulties. It makes us realise our real self, which is calm, pure, peaceful, happy and beautiful, similar to the Supreme Soul.”
Five-day yoga camp begins at DMCH
In view of the upcoming International Yoga Day on June 21, a five-day yoga camp began at Dumra Auditorium of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) from 6 am to 7 am today.
The DMCH Managing Society secretary, Prem Kumar Gupta, said International Yoga Day was being regularly observed at the hospital with enthusiasm for the past many years. He stressed, “In today’s stressful atmosphere yoga has become an essential approach to lead a healthy and peaceful life.”
The Principal, Dr Sandeep Puri, and chief cardiologist, Dr GS Wander, said the DMCH and Hero DMC Heart Institute run full-fledged yoga consultation services for the treatment of ailing patients admitted to the hospitals.
The DMCH yoga unit in-charge, Dr Sanjeev Singh Rawat, said, “People from all walks of life will participate in the five- day yoga camp. Yoga is a way of life, which is essential for a balanced living.”
Public Programme for 3rd International Yoga Day Held at Siri Fort, New Delhi
20 June 2017
Inauguration by Union Sports Minister Mr Vijay Goel, UN Information Center in India Director Mr Derk Segaar, Dr H R Nagendra, Yoga Guru, Rajyogi BK Brijmohan, Chief Spokesman of Brahma Kumaris among others.
"Lifestyle change a must for reaping complete benefits of Yoga."-Mr Vijay Goel
"Peace of mind attained through Yoga can contain crime & corruption" -Dr Nagendra
New Delhi, June 18: For celebrating 3rd International Day of Yoga, a day-long public program on 'Yoga As A Healthy Way Of Life' and 'Receiving God's Power For Peace And Happiness' was organised by the Brahma Kumaris organisation with the support of Ministry of AYUSH at Siri Fort Auditorium here today.
Mr Vijay Goel, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports addressing the program as Chief Guest said that Yoga balances mind, body & soul and should be made part of school education."A curriculum on Yoga should be developed and introduced in school level education. We at Ministry of Sports have received a proposal to declare Yoga as sports," the Minister said. A lifestyle modification is must for yoga and for yoga to be effective, lifestyle change is a must, he stressed.
Yoga Guru Dr H R Nagendra, President, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, said that Yoga plays a key role in contributing towards inner powers, peace, poise, tranquillity and balance of mind. Talking about the holistic dimensions of Yoga, he called for its inclusion in educational course curricula at all levels. "Yoga leads to inculcating positive traits and also results in spiritual growth and realisation of God as well," he said.
Speaking at the event, Mr Derk Segaar, Director, UNIC -India, Bhutan, appraised the inclusivity of Yoga which can be practised by all age groups and people of different faiths and cultures. "Yoga creates an opportunity to disconnect from our material subservience and connect with the inner being for restoring true health, harmony and happiness in self and society," he said.
Rajyogi BK Brijmohan, Chief Spokesman of the Brahma Kumaris said that yoga actually refers to Raja Yoga in which the inner being experiences a loving link with the Supreme Being. It is not merely confined to physical asanas or breathing exercises, but a spiritual process of harmonizing one's thoughts, words and deeds for individual and world welfare and wellbeing, he stressed.
Mr Anshumann Sharma, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, said that the practice of yoga results in tranquillity and stability of mind ."You don't need anything to practise Yoga, all that is required is your will power", he said.
Dr Lalit Kumar, Chairman (CEPTAM), Defence Research and Development Organisation, said: "Meditation helps in connecting with the infinite, it gives you the power to realise that you are a spiritual being rather than a bodily being".
Brahma Kumari Chakradhari, Chairperson of Brahma Kumaris' Women Wing explained the four pillars of Raj yoga i.e., spiritual wisdom, meditation, divine virtues and selfless service as the basis for self-actualization and life fulfillment.
The Evening Session of the Program was blessed by Rajyogini Dadi Janki, Chief of Brahma Kumaris and was addressed by Mrs Meenakshi Lekhi, MP (Lok Sabha); Dr Ishwar Acharya, Director, CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH;
Ms. Divya Khosla Kumar, Bollywood Actor, Director and Producer; Rajyogini B K Asha, Main Program Coordinator of the Yoga Events among others.
Please find below photos of 3rd International Yoga Day Celebrations Program
IDY Celebrations in Moscow
20 June 2017
Dear divine family.
Since two days we have been celebrating the International Day of Yoga, in Moscow.
Mr. Sidhartha Shashini, First Secretary and Ms. Shashwati Dey, Second Secretary (Com & R) from the Embassy of India, Moscow were among the honored guests who joined the occasion.
Please find below the photo report of the event.
Motor Cycle Rally Kick Off as part of the International Yoga Day Celebration
19 June 2017
SOURCE: IT News, published in E-PAO, Manipur (http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=29..120617.jun17), on Friday, 16 June 2017
Imphal, June 11 2017: As part of the International Yoga Day observance, a Mega Motor Cycle rally was carried out today from Kakching to Serou as an awareness campaign organised by Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya Kakching. The campaign began May 21 and will continue through June 21, 2017.
The Rally was flagged off from Brahma Kumaris, Peace Palace Kakching of Kakching Wairi Khongnang Lamtei, by Retd IGP Mayanglambam Sushilkumar .
Rajyogini Brahma Kumari Nilima, in-charge of Brahma Kumaris Manipuri, Brahma Kumari Rupa, in-charge of Brahma Kumaris Kakching and other officials took part in the flag-off.
Speaking on the sideline of the rally, Sr Nilima expressed that the rally was organised to give awareness about the usefulness of Yoga during the month-long international yoga day observance held by Prajapita Brahna Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya Kakching (May 2 to June 21) as part of International Yoga Day celebrations.
Sr Nilima spoke on the benefits of practicing yoga on a regular basis as it transforms the body and mind bringing physical, mental and spiritual for one's benefit.
It is not about exercise but about discovering the sense of oneness with oneself, the world and nature.
It also embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action and a holistic approach to health and well-being, she added. Street meetings were also held at Wabagai Lamkhai, Lamjao, Langmeidong, Waikhong and Sugnu, etc.
Later, International Yoga Day was also observed at Serou Mayai Leikai Community Hall and was attended by Moirangthem Sarat, Chairperson of Sugnu Municipal Council; Salam Naobicha, Pradhan of Serou Gram Panchayat; Athokpam Romendro Singh, SDPO of Sugnu and Kh Sundari Devi, Principal of Padma Ratna English School, Kakching as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
Rajyogini Brahma Kumari Nilima, in-charge of Brahma Kumaris Manipuri, Brahma Kumari Rupa, in-charge of Brahma Kumaris Kakching were the special guests and hosts of the event.
Hindi and English Sample Folders for International Yoga Day
12 June 2017
Most Respected Sisters and Brothers of the Divine Family and Bapdada’s instruments of all centres,
Please find the attached Hindi & English Sample Folders for International Yoga Day with Corel Draw - (CDR Version X3). Folder of Year 2016 is also attached herewith.
For any help, please contact BK Chunesh, Value Education Office at Shantivan.
Thanking you and with thoughts divine.
Executive Secretary, Brahma Kumaris
Mount Abu (Raj.)
International Day of Yoga 2017
16 May 2017
Greetings of peace. We are just about a month away from celebrating the 3rd International Day of Yoga. As in the past two years, we are sure that you are working closely with the Indian High Commissions, Embassies, and Consulates in your country.
At the UN headquarters in New York we have participated in the planning meetings hosted by the Ambassador of India to the UN, and their focus for this year is on health.
We, the Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations, and the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN are hosting a program on June 22 titled Yoga: The Ultimate Connection. The highlight of this event is a conversation between Sister Shivani and a high level person in New York City, who has a daily practice of meditation.
Please find below a brief write-up on the topic, which you may find useful in organizing your local programs.
We would appreciate if you could post on the BKUN facebook page events you are planning for the International Day of Yoga as a build up to June 21, as well as posting the actual events on the day they happen.
If there is anything we can do to help support your local event, please do let us know.
In Baba’s yaad and seva
Gayatri, Julia, Sabita
BKUN team, New York
YOGA: THE ULTIMATE CONNECTION
• True connection matters
• Take time and truly connect with others
• Be aware of the life-giving opportunities for connection
• Love reverberates in the space between true connection
• Sharpening the skills for connection
People all over the world have discovered that the ancient practice of yoga is one of today’s most important tools to living a life with meaning.
• Yoga connects a person to the source of life and opens the heart and clears the mind.
• Yoga connects a person to their authentic self, awakening the conscience and harmonizing one’s spiritual trajectory of awareness, attitude, and action.
• Yoga provides one with the ability to tap into a space of greater creativity to receive inspiration and a sense of purpose.
• Yoga connects the hearts of people from all walks of life to each other through its unifying force and through the web of life.
There are many ways to experience how yoga joins people, communities, organizations, and institutions. When we come together, through these practices, we feel belonging, act collectively and transform our lives, our societies and our planet.
This alchemy, whether within the self or among people, is the essence of our sacred humanity and is the cause for celebration.