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Angel of Shiva - New Mobile App for Android

6 January 2020

Dear International Family,

Many of you are familiar with Dr Sachin's wonderful early morning Madhuban classes held in Om Shanti Bhawan reception at 5 am (English) and 5:25 am (Hindi). Some of you are aware that he also has a website, angelofshiva.com,  that features those classes as well as others by Dr Sachin and many other brothers and sisters from India and abroad. Dr Sachin recently also launched a YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/angelofshiva).

Now the further good news is that there's an app for Android users which you can download to your phone or tablet from tiny.cc/angelofshiva.

Whatever mode of access you choose, we hope you will enjoy the daily sustenance and wonderful churning available through these facilities.

The Angel of Shiva team

 

 

 

 

 

Important notification about OCI cardholders

3 January 2020

Dear Divine Brothers & Sisters, Om shanti.

 

Please see below about Overseas Citizen of India cardholders (OCI). This is the latest update from the Government of India on the validity of the OCI card when travelling to India.

 

Please arrange to circulate to all BK non-resident Indians around the globe.

 

In Godly sewadhari,

BK CA. Lalit

 

 

 

Dadi Janki Advance Birthday Celebrations with DF's

31 December 2019

Dear Global Family,

 

Tonight we had the joyous occasion of having Dadi Janki with all the double foreigners and begin the first wave of her 104th birthday celebrations.  Dadi was like a cotton wool ball of softness, sweetness and love.  She said many times that she was very happy to see everyone.

 

Thank you to everyone who sent in a birthday video  - it was compiled and shown to Dadi and she loved it.  Everyone’s bhavna of love reached her. She opened her arms in an embrace many times as she watched the video. The pictures will be coming shortly, however, please do enjoy the Happy Birthday video clip from 5 continents and numerous languages. 

 

There is a second video of Dadi’s life journey against the backdrop of a soulful song by ‘Desert Rose’.  

 

In Baba’s yaad,

December DF Program Team

 

Dadi’s Birthday Gift

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DOUxCEWpVsePyfsAy04eDn4zrZn_9nuI/view?usp=sharing

 

Happy Birthday to Dadi Janki from all 5 continents

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10U94GjxFlTdr_TCz8ZtcY_COPBKEhQhh/view?usp=sharing

 

 

 

10th Latino Retreat, ORC, Delhi 10-16 February 2020

29 December 2019

 

We are holding our 10th Latino Retreat, “Return to the source”.  The Retreat will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation in Italian and Portuguese.

 

If you would like to invite any professional or community leaders, special contacts who are regular participants to our programs (not Murli students), or BK family relations with interest in our activities, please email Sr Pilar for more information at pilar.quera@es.brahmakumaris.org. 

 

A sample invitation in Spanish and English is available below for your information.

 

In Baba's yaad,

Latino Retreat Coordinators

 

Spanish Invitation

 

English Invitation

 

 

 

 

New Year 2020 Greetings & Good Wishes from Brother BK Nirwair, Madhuban

29 December 2019

Dear divine sisters and brothers of the BK global family,

Please accept hearty Godly love and multimillion fold joyous greetings for 2020!!!

 

May the coming year bring inspirations that take us closer to our goal of discovering and embodying the deep secrets of spiritual wisdom as shared by the original source Himself! How fortunate each of us is to have rediscovered our true selves, as well as the treasures of health, wealth and happiness in this birth! Let us celebrate every moment of the auspicious Confluence Age and remain ever-intoxicated in the love of our Supreme Parents and beautiful divine family.

 

The New Year resolution of my heart is to continue appreciating the role of each and every soul, remembering that God has invited us to be seated on His heart-throne in order to spread God’s light, just as we have all experienced from BapDada’s forehead and eyes in both Sakar and Avyakt forms.

 

We extend our loving greetings to BapDada’s special pillars: Respected Dadi Jankiji, Dadi Gulzarji, Dadi Ratan Mohiniji and Dadi Ishuji and wish them good health and long life. We specially take this opportunity to share our most respectful congratulations to our beloved World Mother Dadi Jankiji for her 104th birthday on 1 January 2020!! With BapDada’s unlimited blessings, Dadiji keeps engaged in serving souls of all backgrounds unconditionally.

 

We hope our sisters and brothers will have a wonderful 2020, and definitely fulfill their goals of reaching the Jeevan-Mukti (Liberation-in-Life) stage!

 

Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations and a very Happy New Year!

 

With the love of One,

BK Nirwair

 

 

 

New Year Message 2020 from Dadi Janki

28 December 2019

 

 

25th SpARC Meeting 8-12 February 2020 (inclusive)

28 December 2019

Om Shanti. Please find below a link to an invitation letter and registration form for the next meeting of SpARC which will be held from 8-12 February in Shantivan.

 

If any BK Double Foreigner is interested to attend this meeting they should send the completed Registration Form by email to the SpARC office, with a copy to their CC and NC. This message is meant only for BK Double Foreigners and hence only they should fill this form and send it in. A separate form has been circulated to the BK Bharatwasis.

 

In Baba's yaad,

 

BK Ambika

Chairperson, SpARC Wing

Email: sparcwing@bkivv.org

 

25th Annual SpARC Meeting Invitation for Double Foreigners

 

25th Annual SpARC Registration Form for Double Foreigners

 

 

 

 

Season's Greetings & Christmas Message from Sister Jayanti

28 December 2019

 

Click on above image to play.

 

 

Exchange of foreign currency in Mount Abu and Abu Road

24 December 2019

Dear NCs and CCs,

 

Please accept greetings of love from Madhuban for Christmas.

 

This is to inform all foreign Centres and pilgrims visiting Madhuban this season that presently the facilities for exchanging foreign currency in Mount Abu and Abu Road are very limited. The State Bank of India is not able to process this due to a technical problem, and the Exchange Counter at Pandav Bhawan has been closed temporarily.

 

Therefore, pilgrims are advised to exchange whatever amounts they require at Ahmedabad or Delhi or Mumbai etc before travelling to Abu, so as to avoid any inconvenience.

 

Cash can be withdrawn from the ATM machines in Mount Abu, but charges will be applicable.

 

In Baba’s loving yaad,

Dr Nirmala

 

 

 

Registration & Revised Departure for the Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board)

24 December 2019

Dear NCs, NCTs, CCs & Board Members,
(Please forward to your Board Members)
 
REGISTRATION LINK for the Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board) https://brahmakumaris.org/r/love-compassion-care

 

RETREAT DATES (REVISED): 24 Feb to 1 March – Manmohini Auditorium 
Please note revised date for the closing of the retreat (1 March pm) and departures (2 March am)

 
As you know the RCs decided to integrate the organizing of various meetings/retreats such as the CNC meeting, NCCC retreat and the BK Board retreat under one umbrella i.e. the CNC Management Committee, so as to streamline the process, which will bring about greater efficiency and optimization of resources.
 
Arrivals and Departures & Venue of the Integrated Retreat
The Integrated Retreat for CNC, NCCC and Board will be held at Manmohini Complex in Shantivan from 24 February to 1 March. The overall theme for the retreat is Return to the Source of Love, Compassion and Care.

Arrivals are on 24 February morning and departures are on 2 March morning (please note revised departure as ‘afternoon’ was mentioned in the previous notice).
 
Avyakt Meeting
The Avyakt Meeting will be on 20 February or 6 March for those attending the retreats.

Registration Link
Please use the link below to register for the Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board):

 

https://brahmakumaris.org/r/love-compassion-care
  
Program for the Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board) and who can attend:

 

Date/Time

Sessions

Who can attend

24 Feb (AM)

Arrival/Check-in & Registration

 

24 Feb (PM)

Opening Ceremony

ALL

25 Feb

NCCC Session

ALL (1 NC + 1 representative or 2 members of NCT + all CCs + all Board members)

26 Feb

CNC Session

All NCs/Representative nominated by RC or one NCT

 

Parallel Session during CNC Session

Those who do not attend CNC

(i.e. NCTs, CCs, Board members)

27 – 28 Feb

NCCC Session

ALL

29 Feb (AM)

Gyan Sarovar 25th Anniversary Celebration

ALL

29 Feb (PM) &

1 Mar (AM)

Board Session

Board Members, NCs/NCTs

 

Parallel Session during Board Session

Those who do not attend Board Session (i.e. CCs and others)

1 Mar (PM)

Regional Meeting & Closing Ceremony

ALL

2 Mar (AM)

Departures

 

 
Planning, Host & Design Teams
The CNC Management Committee will now oversee the overall Integrated Retreat (CNC, NCCC & Board), with Asia taking overall responsibility for Hosting this year.  Each group (CNC, NCCC & Board) are responsible for the content creation and planning of their respective sessions i.e. CNC Management Team for the CNC session, Design Team for NCCC session and COBs Team for BK Board session. All teams have representatives from each region.

We look forward to seeing you.
 
In Baba's yaad,
 
RCs

 

 

 

New Year Message 2020 from Sr Mohini (in English, Hindi, French, Spanish and Portuguese) as well as Customizable versions you can use at your center or share with your friends and family

23 December 2019

Om shanti,

 

As 2020 fast approaches, Sr Mohini and the New York Family are shaing best wishes for the new year. We are sending greetings for both the BK Family and Friends of BKs, so please feel free to share.

 

Attached are three types of messages for your use in English, Spanish, Hindi, French and Portuguese.

1 a message for BK's as in the image below from Sr Mohini

2. a message for public contacts from Sr Mohini - note that these have a blue background

3. a message for YOUR contacts (also with blue background) which you can personalize (named "Public Editable") i.e., you can replace the text "Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization" with your signature as you feel appropriate (for example: Sr Zelda and the Inuvik Family). The one exception is that this editable file is not available in Hindi.

4. a jpg file which can be inserted into an email and sent. [Note, this can't be personalized.]

 

Sr Mohini and the New York family

 

 

NYMessage_2020_BK_H.jpg

NYMessage_2020_BK_SP.jpg

NYMessage_2020_BK_PRG.jpg

NYMessage_2020_BK_FR.jpg

 

NYMessage_2020_BK_ENG.pdf

NYMessage_2020_BK_H.pdf

NYMessage_2020_BK_SP.pdf

NYMessage_2020_BK_PRG.pdf

NYMessage_2020_BK_FR.pdf

 

NYMessage_2020_Public_ENG.jpg

NYMessage_2020_Public_H.jpg

NYMessage_2020_Public_SP.jpg

NYMessage_2020_Public_PRG.jpg

NYMessage_2020_Public_FR.jpg

 

NYMessage_2020_Public_ENG.pdf

NYMessage_2020_Public_H.pdf

NYMessage_2020_Public_SP.pdf

NYMessage_2020_Public_PRG.pdf

NYMessage_2020_Public_FR.pdf

 

NYMessage_2020_Public_ENG_EditaableSignature.pdf

NYMessage_2020_Public_SP_EditableSignature.pdf

NYMessage_2020_Public_PRG_EditableSignature.pdf

NYMessage_2020_Public_FR_EditableSignature.pdf

 

 

 

 

Invitation to Participate in the Global Silent Minute organized by The Shift Network

21 December 2019

Dear Global Family,

 

You are invited to participate in the Global Silent Minute to take place globally at 4PM EST. Where ever you are.  You can pause for one minute collectively for peace or if you organize a program for one hour around the the time for your participation of the global silent minute in your zone please post it on the global silent minute website and they will share it. CLICK HERE 

 

BK Sister Jenna

Washington DC, USA

 

 

 

MURLI EXPERIMENTS BEGIN AGAIN!

13 December 2019

 

 

BK Shivani article featured in November issue of  Yoga Magazine, pp 8-12

7 December 2019

Dear family, Om shanti,

 

Please see the article by Shivaniben in Yoga Magazine November issue pp 8-12: BK Shivani: Yoga - a work out or a lifestyle?

 

http://yogamagazine.online/admin/images/pdf/November2019.pdf

 

There is an article on Dadi Janki in the December issue. I'll circulate the link when it arrives.

 

Love,

IBY,

Rachel

 

 

 

Press Release RE: Celebration of 15th December, Birth Anniversary of Prajapita Brahma Baba – The Founder of Brahma Kumaris, as ‘World Spiritual Upliftment Day’

7 December 2019

The Brahma Kumaris Organisation was founded by Dada Lekhraj Kripalani, a retired Indian businessman, in 1937 in Hyderabad (Sindh), a city now in Pakistan. His spiritual name is Prajapita Brahma and he is endearingly called Brahma Baba. After experiencing a series of visions in 1936, he was inspired to create a school where the principles and practices of a virtuous and meditative life could be taught. Its original name was 'Om Mandali'. It consisted of a handful of men, women and children, many of whom decided to stay together as a community. 

 

In spite of the unprecedented social upheavals, which were going on in pre-Partition India, these people came together, initially in Hyderabad and a year later they moved to Karachi. With the passage of time, a simple and clear body of spiritual knowledge about the nature of the soul, God and time became revealed. In 1950, the group moved to its present location at Mount Abu in India. Until then, these 300 individuals lived as a self-sufficient community, devoting their time to intense spiritual study, Rajayoga meditation practice and self-transformation. 

 

Brahma Baba, born into a humble home as Lekhraj Kripalani on 15th December, 1876, was the son of a village schoolmaster. Lekhraj was brought up within the disciplines of the Hindu tradition. After doing different jobs, he entered the jewellery business, later earning a considerable fortune as a diamond trader. He was the father of five children and a leader within his local community, known especially for his philanthropy. In 1936, around the time when most people at his age started planning their retirement, he actually entered into the most active and spiritual phase of his life. After a series of deep spiritual experiences and visions, he felt an extremely strong pull to give up his business and dedicate his time, energy and wealth to laying the foundations of what later became the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, which has been engaged in the God’s noble task of World Transformation through Self-Transformation of human soul of the world.         

 

Between 1937 and 1938, he formed a Managing Committee of eight young women and surrendered all his property and assets to a Trust administered by them and dedicated himself to this task.  

 

After guiding the establishment works of many Brahma Kumaris centres throughout India, he passed away on 18th January, 1969. The Tower of Peace at the Brahma Kumaris Headquarters Campus at Mount Abu, Rajasthan is a tribute to the invincible spirit of this ordinary human being who achieved greatness by rising to the challenge of establishing the deeper spiritual truths of life. 

 

Many years have passed since Brahma Baba's series of visions in 1936. The positive, value-based lifestyle revolution he began has inspired millions to transform and spiritually empower themselves and create hope for a better world. The life skills that Brahma Baba taught have stood the test of time. The young women that he brought to the forefront, now in their nineties, have become beacons of purity, love, peace and spiritual wisdom.

 

The 143rd birth anniversary of Prajapita Brahma Baba is being celebrated this year on 15th December  as ‘World Spiritual Upliftment Day’ by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organisation across the globe in a grand manner.

 

 

 

 

DF Programs - February Group 8 to March/April Group 11

7 December 2019

Information on Double Foreigner Programs, Madhuban 2020

February Group 8 – March/April Group 11  (including Retreats & Workshops as of 2 December 2019)

 

Warmest Greetings of Love,


The overall theme for this season’s Double Foreigner Program is Bap Samaan – the Journey and the Destination.

 

We are writing to you with details for February Group 8 through to March/April Group 11. Although there may be some adjustments to the following Groups, we wanted to give you a sense of what is being designed for each group in the attached information.

 

If you have any questions please email us at: dfseason@brahmakumaris.org 

 

In Baba's yaad,

DF Program Team

 

Download PDF Format of the Announcement here.

 

 

 

REMINDER: International BK Children's Retreat 2019

7 December 2019

Greetings of Love and Remembrance.

 

REMINDER NOTICE

Theme of International BK Children's Retreat 2019 is –

'THE ROYAL SWANS'

26th to 30th Dec 2019, GYAN SAROVAR

(Age group 6 - 12)

 

As Baba, the Supreme Teacher is teaching us to become pure once again, by removing our weaknesses and filling our intellects with the jewels of knowledge, the team of ICR has chosen a very beautiful theme of this year 2019 - 'THE ROYAL SWANS'

 

We warmly welcome the children from across the world to this 5 days retreat. In this beautiful retreat, children will enjoy the experience of their golden sanskars of ROYALTY, REALITY and DIVINITY. Baba calls the children as Mahatmas, ie the souls who are great because their minds are free of vices. This uniqueness is similar to that of SWANS, that notice only goodness and are hence sign of holiness, purity and royalty. We, the children of Baba in older bodies have to un-do the practice of picking negativity, but children of Baba in younger bodies have a natural tendency to notice the beauty of everything. This year, we intend to celebrate and create sanskars to sustain this natural trait of the children.

 

All the BK children of age group 6-12 who are willing to participate in the International BK Children's Retreat this year are most welcome. Kindly register before 15th of December 2019 by filling the attached form. Please send the filled form to Sr Meera <meera.nagananda@my.brahmakumari.org> together with a copy to your NC. More information about the Retreat is attached.

 

Note:

·  There will be a special cultural evening on 30th December for the children. Those who want to present any cultural items, please bring your own costume along with you.
·  Children’s parent/ guardian should accompany their child with an FM radio for BaapDada’s meeting.

 

For any further information please contact Sr Meera: <meera.nagananda@my.brahmakumari.org>

 

In Baba's yaad,

Retreat Coordinators

International BK Children’s Retreat 

 

Click here to download form for Information

 

Click here to download form for Details.

 

 

 

Celebration of the BIRTH Anniversary of Brahma Baba on 15 December

25 November 2019

Birth Anniversary of the Founder of Brahma Kumaris, Lekhraj Khubchand Kripalani alias Prajapita Brahma Baba (15 December 1876 - 18 January 1969)

 

Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya is going to celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Prajapita Brahma Baba in a grand manner to express our gratitude towards the founding father of our organisation. 15th December 2019 will be the 143rd Birth Anniversary of Lekhraj Khubchand Kripalani, who later became Prajapita Brahma Baba. Let us make it a grand celebration to express our gratitude for the life and teachings of our founder.

 

We are planning grand celebrations across the globe, starting with the Brahma Kumaris Headquarters at Mount Abu/ Abu Road. We can partake several activities with the help of government and socio-political institutions, to mark the celebrations. Some suggestions are as follows:

 

• Lectures, Seminars, Conferences, Dialogues, Meetings

• Rajayoga camps, Yoga Bhatthi,

• Commemorative Grand Ceremonies, Cultural Programmes

• Museam, Exhibitions on Baba's life history

• Light and Sound Show on Baba's life

• Documentary film/ Video shows on life, message and teachings of Brahma Baba

• Musicals, Stage plays

• Tree plantation Drive

• Cleanliness Drive

• Processions, Bicycle/ Motorcycle Rallies, Peace Marches, Marathon

• Essay Competition, Painting competition, Cooking Competitions

• Construct Baba's memorial at Shantivan and also Retreat Centres

• Free medial camps

• Distribution of free clothes, food, school books to the needy

• Award presentations to promote Rajayogi lifestyle, Purity, Cleanliness, Satvvik food, etc.

 

We may also approach the government to re-release the Postage Stamps of Brahma Baba (earlier released in 1994). We also suggest that articles must be published in various newspapers, in as many languages as possible. We can give commemorative Ad on Brahma Baba's Jayanti in newspapers all over India.

 

We suggest that all of the BK centres be decorated with flowers, lights, Diyas, etc. on the occasion. Furthermore, all the wings are requested to celebrate Brahma Baba's Jayanti in a manner that best highlights Baba's inspirations, teachings and contributions to their respective wings.

 

In Godly Service,

BK Karuna

 

 

Prajapita Brahma

A Commemorative Postage Stamp on Dada Lekh Raj alias Prajapita Brahma, Founder of the Brahma Kumaris

 

Issued by India

Issued on Mar 7, 1994

Issued:  The Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative stamp in honour of Prajapita Brahma whose selfless work for upliftment of humanity and women, in particular, may strengthen those engaged in pursuit of moral refinement and social reforms.

 

Design: The First Day Cover shows the Universal Peace Hall, which is a part of the headquarters complex of the organization at Mount Abu, Rajasthan.

 

Credit:

Text, Stamp, First Day Cover & Cancellation — Based on materials supplied by the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Delhi Zonal HQ

Type: Stamp, Mint condition

Colour: Multi Colour

Denomination: 100 Paise

Overall size: 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing size: 3.55 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation: 13 x 13

Paper: Indigenous Un INIM Adhesive Gr Coated gummed Stamp Paper in Sheet 50.8 x 53.5 cm

Number of stamps Printed: One Million

Number per issue sheet: 35

Printing Process: Photogravure

Printer: India Security Press

Name: Lekhraj Khubchand Kripalani

Born on: Dec 15, 1876 at Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan, Died on Jan 18, 1969 at Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India

 

About:

• India is a land of saints and savants and has produced some of the world's greatest spiritual leaders. The message of brotherhood and compassion that these spiritual leaders have propagated over the years formed into movements and institutions and many of these have striven for social reforms through emancipation of women. Dada Lekh Raj, better known as Prajapita Brahma, was the founder of the Prajapita Brahma Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya with its headquarters at Mount Abu in Rajasthan. He was born in Sind in 1876, and when he grew up and he became a dealer in diamonds, and acquired great wealth.

• Around the age of sixty, he suddenly underwent an inner transformation, renounced opulence and devoted himself to the pursuit of self-awareness and helping to raise mankind to a nobler status. His goal was renewal of the world through virtue, human compassion and universal brotherhood.

• Prajapita Brahma was a man of vision and a social reformer. He had great compassion for humanity and concern for the weak. Emancipation of women being uppermost in his mind, he founded the institution of Brahma Kumaris in 1937. He emphasized the need for freeing the human mind from all kinds of bias and prejudices. The Raja Yoga meditation taught by him is a powerful means to get rid of mental tension.

• Prajapita Brahma expired on 18th January, 1969. His legacy, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, has grown into a very large organisation today, managed mostly by women. It has a network of 3000 education centres in India and 330 overseas centres in 62 countries and is open to all. It has received the appreciation of the United Nations for its good work and respected world-wide for the moral and spiritual education it imparts. It has received numerous other awards for service to humanity in propagating peace and value-education.

 

 

 

 

Dadi Janki's message for brothers and sisters across the world in Hindi and English - November 17th

22 November 2019

Om shanti OM shanti Om shanti.  It has been a long time since I sent a message with love from the depth of my heart to all my equal brothers and sisters.  Baba has remembered all of us children today.  Baba doesn’t want the children to just sit down quietly in one place, but to become alert, and do everything with zeal and enthusiasm.  You will then do everything in a natural way.

 

The heart says: Whatever you want to do, do that now.  What do you have to do?  Who am I and who is mine?  Do not think too much!  Do not speak too much.  I am a soul.  Who am I?  Who is mine?  Baba is mine.  Baba says: Child, I am yours and you say: Baba, You are mine.  I am in you and You are in me.  We become one and wherever we go in the world, it is a wonder.  I have seen that we have true bhavna, and so according to the time – whether I reach there or He reaches here, what exchange will take place?  Whatever exchange there is, it will be good, because there is honesty and love and He has given us the power to remain happy.

 

Baba is now giving us such an experience that these two eyes only see the one and the face smiles.  What emerges from my lips?  Baba, it is Your wonder.  You have filled me with courage, zeal and enthusiasm that the heart says, “Whatever service You want me to do or get me to do, I am ready.”  People outside are starving of love.  The exchange that we have between us of honesty and love is lacking in the world outside.   We have so much of that in our lives.  What is the value of my life?  The experience that I have had will also give benefit to many others.  This is a guarantee.  Thank you.

 

 

* * * O M   S H A N T I * * *

 

Download the message in Hindi here.

 

 

 

Invitation to March 2020 Teacher Training for the Foundation Course in ORC Delhi

19 November 2019

March 2020 Nine‐day Teachers Training for the

Foundation Course in Raja Yoga Meditation

Om Shanti Retreat Centre (ORC), Delhi

Arrivals Monday, 9th March / Departures after breakfast, Thursday, 19th March

 

Om Shanti. Following a very successful training for 75 participants in Peace Village in September 2019, we are delighted to announce another Raja Yoga Teacher Training to be held at ORC in March 2020.

 

BKs already teaching the Foundation Raja Yoga Course, as well as those who would like to teach or those who are keen to review the course in depth, are welcome to attend. Participants should be in gyan at least three years and attend the Centre regularly. (Exceptions to this must be confirmed with the trainers.) Whether they would like to start teaching but need confidence and lesson plans, or are already teaching and would like to update their skills and get feedback on their effectiveness, they will find this immersion in gyan and yoga invaluable. Prior training attendees will be permitted to attend as support staff (see below).

 

The training covers the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of the Raja Yoga course as well as sessions on meditation and on experiential facilitation and learning skills. It also includes a number of practicums – sessions in which participants develop their presentation skills by practice-teaching a segment of a lesson and are given constructive feedback by their peers. The schedule provides for a comfortably paced training that allows free time in the afternoon and occasional evening classes by seniors Coincidentally, this training will be running alongside a silence retreat for senior teachers from India. All training participants, therefore, will be requested to observe silence in the corridors of the training complex and outside the dining room. No doubt trainees will want to cooperate fully in this, as it will also guarantee a very powerful atmosphere for the training.

Those interested in attending will need to plan their arrival and departure timings so as to not miss any of the sessions. The first session of the training is a Welcome session on Monday 9th March evening and the last session will be on Wednesday 18th March evening. Because the Welcome program is on the evening of 9th March and the first full day of training begins after breakfast on the 10th, we ask that participants plan travel to ORC from Madhuban on the 8th March, especially if traveling by train.

 

It is important and expected that participants attend all sessions. Those who cannot attend for the full nine days will not be permitted to attend.

 

Very important: All participants must register and secure their place in the training before booking their travel, as there are limited places available (booking your travel first will not guarantee you a place in the training). Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please book your travel only after receiving the confirmation email. Once your travel is booked, provide the information to your Centre Coordinator for uploading to the Double Foreigner Travel Database.

Sr Kiran (US), Sr Margaret Barron (UK), Sr Rona Schweitz (US), and Sr Mary-Jeanne Tremblay (Canada) will conduct the training. They have been running this training since 2014. Sr Kiran will deliver the content sessions, Sr Margaret will offer sessions on experiential learning methods, Sr Rona will lead the meditation sessions and Sr Mary-Jeanne will coordinate the practicums. Sr Kiran, who has been in gyan since 1979, has conducted other such trainings at Peace Village and Anubhuti Retreat Centres, in various US and Canadian cities and in Guyana. Sr Margaret has been in gyan since 1992 and is involved with the Raja Yoga Education Department, UK and co-facilitates experiential trainings for new and established teachers in London and around the UK. She has also facilitated trainings for BK teachers in Europe, US, and South India, designed to make the delivery of the Raja Yoga Course more interactive, creative, and supportive of all types of learners. Sr Rona, in gyan since 1990, will provide sessions on meditation, a meditation experience at the beginning of each day, and will guide the 7 to 7:30 pm evening meditations. She has also authored the book “Experience Meditation” and accompanying CD, BKIS 2017 (a new edition of her original “Experiential Approach to Mastering Meditation”). Sister Mary-Jeanne has been in gyan since 1995 and has been assisting with the Teacher Trainings since 2013.

 

A USB flash drive containing over 600 pages of Teacher Resources will be available to all participants for a nominal charge. Video and audio recordings of the sessions may also be available for purchase.

 

Please note that attending this training does not automatically qualify participants to teach. The Centre Coordinator will decide this in conjunction with the participant. This will be emphasized during the training. Note: the registration form will ask participants whether they follow the principles of pure diet, purity in relationships, regular amrit vela, and Murli class. All information will be kept confidential.

 

A note about language: The training will be in English. If participants need translation into other languages, their center / language group must provide at least two translators. There will be no translation into Hindi.

 

Suggested contribution for the training: For participants from developing countries, seniors suggest Rs 11,000 to 14,000 (USD $155-200) as a sensible contribution to ORC for the nine-day training. For participants from the US, Europe or Australia, they suggest Rs 23,000 ($325 US or $425 AUD or €270 Euros). This does not include the transport fee that will be collected by ORC (Rs. 1500-2000) from each participant or the USB flash drive (Rs.500), but does cover all other costs (i.e., food and all other facilities for the training). If participants want the audio and video recordings of the sessions, another flash drive can be provided at an additional charge.

 

In addition, some experienced teachers are needed to help facilitate the practicum sessions, so if you are already teaching but are interested in the training and willing to play this role, kindly let us know by indicating this in the appropriate place on the registration form. You would need to arrive BY NOON on the 9th March - without exception - to participate in a facilitator's briefing session later that afternoon. Interested facilitators are kindly requested to provide Sisters Kiran, Mary-Jeanne and Margaret with an email detailing their previous facilitation experience. Please send to teachertraining@brahmakumaris.org.

 

few additional support helpers are also needed who have good office and people skills to help with various tasks including administration, registration and valuables, accommodation, dining services and special diets etc. Once these tasks are completed such helpers are welcome to join any of the sessions except the practicums, however, their first responsibility would be to fulfill their support duties. If there is anyone in your Centre whom you feel would be suitable and enjoy this opportunity for service, please let the training organisers know at: teachertraining@brahmakumaris.org.

 

Please pass this information to anyone who you feel would be a suitable participant for the training, or to help as a facilitator or in the support role.  After obtaining permission from their Center Coordinator, all participants (regardless of role) must register for the training directly online at https://angelofshiva.com/teacher-training/ as soon as possible, but latest by Saturday, 1st February 2020.

 

In Baba’s yaad, 

Sisters Kiran, Margaret, Rona, and Mary-Jeanne

The Teachers Training Team

 

 

 

 

Invitation to the Spirit of Care Retreat 7-9 March 2020, Gyan Sarovar

11 November 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators, dear all,

 

The cycle of time is ending, and new beginnings call.

 

We are coming to completion, and like the conch shell echoing in the distance, we hear the call of time and of our hearts. The call to shake old identities, reunite with our original self and return once more to the pure essence of our being.

 

To do this we need to remember… remember who we are and the art of caring and kindness: caring for ourselves, others, the world and for nature - our companion.

 

But how can we keep the balance? How can we find the energy needed for this enquiry, for this journey back to our essence?

 

The spirit of care is a beautiful, unique retreat that gives us the luxury of time and space for spiritual enquiry. Time to reflect on the journey towards authenticity and freedom.

 

We invite you to spend 3 days to explore, share and learn as we clear the blocks on our journey forward. We will reconnect with the self and the One, ignite the flames of yoga and create the energy needed to bring us resilience and stamina.

 

This is time spent in the sacred sanctuary of Madhuban, with yourself and others. Time to create a map that guides us, and leads us to reunite with the purity, strength and beauty of our divine essence…..

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration is only available ONLINE. Please follow the link: brahmakumaris.org/r/spirit-of-care 

 

Madhuban forms and travel details are to be submitted in the usual way, via the local centres.

 

If you do not speak English fluently, please make sure with your national coordination teams that there will be someone in Madhuban who can translate for you during the retreat. If you have any questions please contact valeriane.bernard@ch.brahmakumaris.org.

 

Spirit of Care Retreat March 2020:

6 March               : 10.30am                  Registrations

7 March               : from 10.00am       Pure essence

8 March               : from 9.30am         Reuniting

9 March               : till 21.30 pm          Flying

 

In Baba’s yaad,

Spirit of Care Retreat Team

 

 

 

 

 

Message to BK Family from Sr.Mohini (New York)

3 November 2019

Dear Baba’s Family, Greetings of love

 

I had a great pull to go to Madhuban to meet Bapdada, Dadi Jankiji, Dadi Gulzarji & of course all our other seniors & Madhuban Niwasis.

 

I spent two weeks but I must say that it was very inspiring trip. Dadi Jankiji is physically very fragile but full of spiritual love & power.

 

Whenever I met her, she said you must share with the world family two messages. 

  1. Be Truthful, Be clean & Be Simple. 
  2. Always have spiritual love for each other.

 

She opened her arms and gave a big hug to all of us.

 

All of us are always keen to know about Dadi Gulzarji in Mumbai. I went to Mumbai for two days. Dadi Gulzarji looks very well and she is very stable also. She gives loveful drishti. I must say that even physically she is in silence but internally she is very actively connected in a subtle way with Baba, the Yagya, and the family. The presence of both Dadijis is an incognito gift for us. So keep them in our minds as the Yagya's support and strength. They are serving every moment & with every breath. 

 

You all must have seen Br. Nirwairji on the stage. He is also holding Yagya responsibility. 

 

I really had good experience of feeling Bapdada’s presence in Diamond Hall also his unlimited energy making Yagya grow and be sustained. All the niwasis at all campuses were excellent. So thanks to Baba and supporters of the Yagya. 

 

I returned full of inspiration and of course thoughts of more commitment for our task of self-transformation & world transformation. I encourage everyone to go to Madhuban. 

 

With Love & good wishes,
Sister Mohini 

Om Shanti

 

 

 

Information on Double Foreigner Programs, Madhuban 2019/20 for October Group 1 through to February Group 7 (Including Retreats & Workshops)

5 October 2019

Warmest Greetings,

 

The overall theme for this season’s Double Foreigner Program is Bapsaman – the Journey and the Destination.

  

We are writing to you with details for October Group 1 through to February Group 7, which can be downloaded here. Although there may be some additions and adjustments to the following Groups, we wanted to give you a sense of what is being designed for each group.                                                                                   

For details on February Group 8 through to March/April Group 11,  we will be writing to you in the near future.

 

If you have any questions please email us at: dfseason@brahmakumaris.org 

 

In Baba’s yaad,

DF Program Team

 

 

Madhuban Youth Retreats December 2019

24 September 2019

Here are the booking links for the International Youth Forum Retreats 2019.

 

1)  IYAR 16-35 yrs. The theme for the International Young Adults Retreat this year is ‘A Satopradhan Lifestyle - Keeping the Sacredness Alive’. It will be held in Gyan Sarover from 26th - 30th December 2019.  The retreat is sensitively designed to ensure that peer group needs are fulfilled. 

 

Good for those joining to arrive by the 24th December to settle in before the retreats begin. All youth who will be staying in Madhuban in December are welcome to join. Online registrations need to be completed before 15th Novemberhttps://brahmakumaris.org/r/iya-retreat-2019.  Kindly forward this invitation to all young adults in your centres.

 

2)  IYF 13-15 years - There will be a separate programme being held for this age group and those wishing to join the programme must register at the following link: https://brahmakumaris.org/r/iya-1315-retreat-2019

 

3)  Instruments Retreat from 18 - 22 December This retreat is for pakka BK youth instruments (aged between 18 - 40 years) who hold some form of yagya responsibility or coordinating role in service and/or sustenance. Generally 2 from each country are invited. This retreat is 'by invitation only' and invitations are sent based on NC recommendation.

 

This year it will be a special Silence Retreat. We have had the good fortune of being in Pandav Bhavan last year and we hope for the same this year.  If you have youth who are pakka and are responsible in service and would wish to join this, please send their full name and email address to iyf@brahmakumaris.org.

 

In Baba's yaad,

IYF Team

 

Download the flyer in PDF format here.

 

 

 

 

 

International BK Children's Retreat 2019

18 September 2019

Theme of International BK Children's Retreat 2019 is –

'THE ROYAL SWANS'

26th to 30th Dec 2019, GYAN SAROVAR

(Age group 6 - 12)

 

As Baba, the Supreme Teacher is teaching us to become pure once again, by removing our weaknesses and filling our intellects with the jewels of knowledge, the team of ICR has chosen a very beautiful theme of this year 2019 - 'THE ROYAL SWANS'

 

We warmly welcome the children from across the world to this 5 days retreat. In this beautiful retreat, children will enjoy the experience of their golden sanskars of ROYALTY, REALITY and DIVINITY. Baba calls the children as Mahatmas, ie the souls who are great because their minds are free of vices. This uniqueness is similar to that of SWANS, that notice only goodness and are hence sign of holiness, purity and royalty. We, the children of Baba in older bodies have to un-do the practice of picking negativity, but children of Baba in younger bodies have a natural tendency to notice the beauty of everything. This year, we intend to celebrate and create sanskars to sustain this natural trait of the children.

 

All the BK children of age group 6-12 who are willing to participate in the International BK Children's Retreat this year are most welcome. Kindly register before 15th of December 2019 by filling the attached form. Please send the filled form to Sr Meera <meera.nagananda@my.brahmakumaris.org> together with a copy to your NC. More information about the Retreat is attached.

 

Note:

·  There will be a special cultural evening on 30th December for the children. Those who want to present any cultural items, please bring your own costume along with you.
·  Children’s parent/ guardian should accompany their child with an FM radio for BaapDada’s meeting.

 

For any further information please contact Sr Meera: meera.nagananda@my.brahmakumaris.org

 

In Baba's yaad,

Retreat Coordinators

International BK Children’s Retreat 

 

International BK Children's Retreat 2019 - Information

 

International BK Children's Retreat 2019 - Per Details Form

 

 

September 2019

 

Here are the booking links for the International Youth Forum Retreats 2019.

 

1)  IYAR 16-35 yrs. The theme for the International Young Adults Retreat this year is ‘A Satopradhan Lifestyle - Keeping the Sacredness Alive’. It will be held in Gyan Sarover from 26th - 30th December 2019.  The retreat is sensitively designed to ensure that peer group needs are fulfilled. 

 

Good for those joining to arrive by the 24th December to settle in before the retreats begin. All youth who will be staying in Madhuban in December are welcome to join. Online registrations need to be completed before 15th Novemberhttps://brahmakumaris.org/r/iya-retreat-2019.  Kindly forward this invitation to all young adults in your centres.

 

2)  IYF 13-15 years - There will be a separate programme being held for this age group and those wishing to join the programme must register at the following link: https://brahmakumaris.org/r/iya-1315-retreat-2019

 

3)  Instruments Retreat from 18 - 22 December This retreat is for pakka BK youth instruments (aged between 18 - 40 years) who hold some form of yagya responsibility or coordinating role in service and/or sustenance. Generally 2 from each country are invited. This retreat is 'by invitation only' and invitations are sent based on NC recommendation.

 

This year it will be a special Silence Retreat. We have had the good fortune of being in Pandav Bhavan last year and we hope for the same this year.  If you have youth who are pakka and are responsible in service and would wish to join this, please send their full name and email address to iyf@brahmakumaris.org.

 

In Baba's yaad,

IYF Team

 

Download the flyer in PDF format here.

 

 

 

 

 

Retreat for BK IT Professionals, Australia 24-30 November 2019

1 September 2019

Om shanti. This is a reminder for an invitation to a retreat for BKs who work as IT professionals. It will be held in Australia from 24-30 November 2019.

 

Please distribute to BKs connected with the centre who meet this criteria. If you have any questions, please contact Br Sathesh sathesh@bkconnect.net.

 

In Baba's yaad

BK Charlie

 

 

Download PDF format about the retreat here.

 

 

 

Important Madhuban update on Health, Hygiene and Water

1 September 2019

 

In March of this year, we informed you that a team of consultants was created to support Madhuban in addressing the Health, Hygiene and Water issues.  Br Arun and Sr Sybil are health and safety experts from the UK and Br Mohit (Abu Dhabi) and Br Sharad (Pune), are experts in water and wastewater treatment.

 

We are happy to inform you that, with Baba's blessings, some good progress has been made in these areas.  We know that quite a few of you have had health episodes during your last visits to Madhuban and you also have concerns about booking your next Madhuban visit, therefore we hope that this update will be useful and reassuring.  

 

A good level of safety and hygiene has been achieved in the Kitchen and cross contamination risks have reduced.  Amongst the main changes, a new Water Treatment Plant is in process to be set up to ensure that all water coming into the Shantivan Complex especially, is treated to WHO (World Health Organisation) standards and qualifies as potable drinking water.  The water will be regularly tested and all necessary measures have been taken to ensure that the drinking water is safe in all three complexes, and the water will be regularly tested going forward.

 

If you are planning to stay in Shantivan anytime from October 2019 to January 2020 – we would still recommend as an extra caution that you purchase mineral water bottles for brushing teeth; especially if you have health issues and/or low immunity. The Water Treatment Plant will only be functional from beginning of February 2020, thereafter it will be safely guaranteed to brush teeth with the normal tap water.

 

Please find below a link video introducing especially the Health and Hygenie changes.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zz5uK3haXry3bTGcC4ylxrsBFMcoM_wj/view?usp=sharing 

 

In addition the attached written pdf report outlines the progress with pictures in both Health, Hygiene and Water.  

 

We hope that you enjoy all the fruits of the hard efforts over the last months by the team and the Madhuban niwasis - who are all waiting to welcome their brothers and sisters home.

 

Some of you have indicated that you would like to make financial contributions towards this progress and more details of how to do that will follow shortly.

 

In Baba’s yaad,

 

Didi Nirmala and Sr Jayanti

 

Report in PDF format.

 

 

 

Announcement  - Theme 2019 / 2020 DF Season

13 August 2019

Om shanti, and greetings of love.  Each year the planning team for the double foreign season searches for a theme for the season in Madhuban that will inspire and support the family in our spiritual journey. This year we have chosen as our theme, 
Bapsaman - The Journey and the Destination.

 

During 2019 we all have been experimenting with the theme of Return to the Source. We want to deepen this exploration during the Madhbuan Season by looking at the return journey itself, when we are following in the footsteps of Brahma Baba in order to reach our destination of becoming like Shiv Baba.

 

Baba tells us that we are elevated souls of the confluence age, living a spiritual life. The Guide is with us, giving us blessings and shrimat. We are experiencing the joy of being with the Brahmin family, inspiration from the murli and the magic of Madhuban. We are following the father and becoming like Shiv Baba.

 

We will bring this double vision to the season – the vision of our collective aim of becoming Bapsaman, while at the same time appreciating all the gifts of this time. We’ll do this through a wide variety of master classes with our seniors, retreats, bhattis, silent experiences, reflective workshops as well as a variety of other activities.   

 

We will be sending out further details for each of the groups in the near future.  We look forward to being with you in the Madhuban season ahead.

 

In Baba’s sweet remembrance,

The Double Foreign Planning Team

 

 

 

 

Rakhi Letter in both English and Hindi from Dadi Janki, Madhuban

27 July 2019

You can download pdfs of the language by clicking on the relevant image.

 

 

 

Rakhi Messsage from Sister Mohini in English, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese and French

25 July 2019

You can download pdfs of the language you will like by clicking on the relevant image.

 

 

 

 

Dates for Madhuban Season 2019/20

08 July 2019

Season’s dates and Double Foreigners Program

 

Madhuban is welcoming us and this season we have the fortune of 11 groups for the Avyakt meetings. Below is a schedule of dates for the 2019-2020 season

 

As you will see below, the full season for double foreigners will start with the Avyakt Meeting on 30 November, with smaller groups welcome for 17 October and 15 November Avyakt Meetings.

 

Groups One & Two:  17 October and 15 November 2019 Avyakt Meetings

 

Due to a continuous number of guest retreats in Gyan Sarovar and festivals from mid-October to early December, all of the rooms in Harmony House, Vishnupuri and Shanti Kunj Bhawan will be occupied by guests, BK companions for guests, helpers and IP/VIP Bharatwasi guests.

 

Therefore, during this time, for BKs who are not helping with the retreats and are coming for the season, only dormitory-style accommodation will be available in Raj Rishi Bhawan (Gyan Sarovar) and Pandav Bhawan. As only a limited number can be accommodated we wish to offer these places to those groups who can adjust with dormitories.

 

A small number of Hindi-speaking BKs can be accommodated in Shantivan for 17 October and 15 November meetings. This group may have day visits to Pandav Bhawan and Gyan Sarovar, but would not be able to stay.

 

The numbers are:

  -  50 DFs in Gyan Sarovar (who are willing to stay in Raj Rishi Bhawan dormitories)

  -  100 DFs in Pandav Bhawan (who are willing to stay in dormitories)  

  -  100 DFs in Shantivan (Hindi-speaking DFs)

 

Therefore the allocation is as follows:

  -  Gyan Sarovar and Pandav Bhawan: 30 per region

  -  Shantivan: 20 per region

 

Please let your NC office know how many BKs wish to come for these groups by 15 July. The NC office will liaise with the RC to confirm those spaces or otherwise.

 

Group Three:  30 November Avyakt Meeting

 

As there will be guest retreats in Gyan Sarovar until early December, 300 BKS can be accommodated in Gyan Sarovar, and 100 BKs can be accommodated in Pandav Bhawan in dormitory-style accommodation only.

 

Please be aware that as a very large group of guests will be in Gyan Sarovar until 24 November, it may be that the rooms you want are not ready on your arrival, as they need to be cleaned, but please just adjust and be patient.

 

Groups Four onwards:  Avyakt Meeting of 15 December 2019 onwards

Double Foreigners may arrange their travel for Group 4 dates onwards. Accommodation for double foreigners will be in Gyan Sarovar and Pandav Bhawan.

 

It is requested that double foreigners come for one meeting, and adhere to the Group Dates, as there are just few days in between for the cleaning of rooms before the next group arrives.

 

It is requested that those coming for Group 11, leave on the dates mentioned, to allow for cleaning and preparation for the season of Indian retreats and meetings.

 

Retreats with Centre Residents & Right Hands of Centres (incl Gita Pathshala Coordinators)

 

Please note that this season there will not be a retreat for this group in October as there has been in the last few years. Instead, we will be holding a few two-day retreats during the DF program for those from Centre Residents & Right Hands of Centres (incl Gita Pathshala Coordinators). More information about these will be coming to you. 

 

There will be DF Programs in all 11 of the Groups

 

Please note that for the groups where there is a smaller number of Double Foreigners present, there will be a small range of activities and classes available. For the largest Groups, in particular groups 9 & 10, there will be a wide number of activities, classes, retreats and seniors.

 

Accommodation

 

Those who need small rooms due to health, couples who need a room together or the elderly, are requested to avoid the 17 October and 15 November meetings, and to come for the 6 March, 20 March or 3 April meetings where more facilities are available. Please avoid coming for the 20 February meeting as the NCs & CCs will be there and it's also much colder in mid-February.

 

We look forward to an uplifting season.

 

With love,

In Baba's yaad,

 

RCs

 

 

GROUP DATES

GROUPS

ARRIVAL DATES

AVYAKT MEETING

DEPARTURE DATES

Group 1

2-3 October

Thursday 17 October

18-19 October

Group 2

2-3 November

Friday 15 November

16-17 November

Group 3

26-27 November

Saturday 30 November

6-7 December

Group 4

8-9 December

Sunday 15 December

20-21 December

Group 5

22-23 December

Tuesday 31 December

6-7 January

Group 6

9-10 January

Saturday 18 January

22-23 January

Group 7

24-25 January

Sunday 2 February

6-7 February

Group 8

8-9 February

Thursday 20 February

23-24 February

Group 9

25-26 February

Friday 6 March

11-12 March

Group 10

13-14 March

Friday 20 March

27-28 March

Group 11

29-30 March

Friday 3 April

10-11 April

 

 

 

HEAD's UP: Murli Experiments begin on 1 July

19 June 2019

Murli Experiments’, an innovative addition to each day’s Murli, will be starting from 1 July.

Each day an RC or senior will be sharing their own personal practices and experiences of the Murli that is being read on that day. This will take the form of a 10 min audio recording which will be available on the official madhubanmurli.org website and mobile app. 

We know the incredible power and wisdom of both the Sakar and the Avyakt Murlis. This experiment is to inspire the family using the Murlis in a new way that is highly relevant to the current times. Baba often says, ‘Do this and you will get this result – ‘Children this is the attainment you will receive if you do this practice.’  Or ‘Spin the discus of self-realisation and you will become a self-sovereign’, or ‘By focusing on the positive you will become carefree’ etc.

Murli Experiments is not a standard Murli revision as such. It will allow us to see clearly the impact of the various experiments that Baba offers us through the Murli, which can in turn inspire an increased variety and depth in our own spiritual experiments. 

Murli Experiments begins on 1 July and runs for a pilot period of three months. 

Please do share news of the Murli Experiments with the BK family.

With love,
In Baba’s yaad,

RCs

Click here to download Murli Experiements pdf.

 

 

News of Sr Jayanti's Recent Trips, including Visit to India for Sarla Didi's Last Rites

10 June 2019

Time has really been flying past! The Iceland event, Spirit of Humanity, was absolutely amazing, and it was wonderful to see God’s magic at work with the leaders who had come, and shared from very deep personal spaces of experience.

 

Sister Maureen and I arrived back to Global Cooperation House, where Dadi Janki had already arrived from USA a couple of days earlier. I was determined to spend maximum time taking advantage of Dadi’s presence, so email replies just didn’t happen. It was beautiful being with Dadi not just for the Classes but also especially on her visit to Tennyson Road and Baba Bhawan. Dadi really emerged the experiences of the years that she had spent there. Most evenings, Dadi was able to take general class too.

 

On Thursday morning, 6 June, we had meditation for Sarla Didi of Ahmedabad, and immediately afterwards I heard that it would have been around the same time that Didi had flown to Baba. Within a few minutes, it was decided that I should go to Madhuban to represent Dadi for the final rites, so within a few hours I was already on the flight.

 

Friday morning, 7 June, I arrived in Ahmedabad and went straight to Shantivan. I was able to Munniben, Nirwairbhai and others of the family. At 3.30pm that afternoon, the funeral procession (after going to the 4 pilgrimage places in Pandav Bhawan, then GHRC and Gyan Sarovar) came to Shantivan. Everyone was able to offer their respects and flowers under a tent, where the chariot lay in front of Tapasya Dham. Hundreds had come from Gujarat and there had been very beautiful and powerful messages sent by the Prime Minister of India, Chief Minister of Gujarat and other dignitaries. 

 

Vedantiben from Nairobi and Jyotiben from Dubai also came to represent foreign lands.

 

After sweet words of honour for the soul that is Sarla Didi from Dadi Ratan Mohini, Nirwairbhai and others, the procession then went to Mukti Dham, the BK cremation ground near the riverside. The funeral pyre had been constructed on the plinth, and the chariot was laid to rest; everyone was given sandalwood pieces dipped in ghee to put on the pyre.

 

Sarla Didi’s lokik relatives: her two brothers, their wives and sons were also present. Bhartiben from Rajkot, Sarla Didi’s youngest sister was also there. Three media channels were represented and so they interviewed Bhartiben, myself and others also.

 

7pm that evening, Shashiben came from Pandav Bhawan to offer Bhog for the soul, and there was a very detailed Bhog Message that has come to you already. After that everyone enjoyed Brahma Bhojan.

 

I had the opportunity of a quiet day in Shantivan on Saturday, meeting various souls. On Sunday, I went to PB to read the Murli in Om Shanti Bhawan and met with Shashiben and Dr Nirmalaben. I then returned to Shantivan, to prepare for my onward journey to Ahmedabad and London. 

 

After the webinar which finished at 5.30pm, I went straight to Sukh Shanti Bhawan, Ahd, where I was able to meet the lokik and alokik families of Sarla Didi, and share love and support with the family.

 

I stayed for a few hours that night, and left early on 10 June morning for London. I am back in London now.

 

OM SHANTI

 

 

Invitation - Return to Source - Opening Webinar with Sister Mohini - Sunday, May 12th

2 May 2019

Click here to Register.

 

 

Message for Sri Lanka

23 April 2019

Message for Sri Lanka  

Our hearts filled today with pure feelings of love and compassion, reaching out to the people of Sri Lanka and to their families and friends around the world. There is no doubt that this message is accompanied by similar thoughts and feelings of people from every corner of the world - from every religion, every race and every way of life - all stopping to pray, to meditate or simply, to send their loving thoughts.

As challenging as it can be with images and commentaries promoting fear and division, perhaps our greatest contribution can be to choose to give our attention and our complicity to the billions of compassionate hearts longing for healing and peace. For many, that means rising above the division to the one Source, under whose canopy of love, we come together as brothers and sisters. 

It is also time to reach out to anyone we know from our Sri Lankan family...and while we will likely feel uncomfortable, not knowing what to say or how to say it, it is ok, but it is important to remember that moments like this are not about our comfort, rather they are about caring and about compassionate connection.

As impotent as we might feel in the face of such atrocities (and of course we do), when we courageously choose to act with the truth that we are one human family, when we decide to keep our hearts and minds full of wisdom and free from division and hatred, we make healing possible. 

Dr Nirmala Kajaria
Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific
The Brahma Kumaris

 

 

International Spanish Retreat Peace Village June 6-9

25 March 2019

 

News of the International Conference held at I.G. Stadium in Delhi on 10th March including Session Videos

12 March 2019

Dear Brahmin Family,

Sharing service news of International Conference held in Delhi on 10 March 2019.

The program was amazing. Latest technology was used for background motion graphics on five LED screens. Chief Guests were Former President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President of Argentina H.E. Mrs. Gabriela Michetti. 

There were talks by Sr. Jayanti, Br. Charlie, Br. Ken and Sr. Shivani; three Talk Shows; songs and dance performances and also a magic show. The audience were spellbound and glued to their seats for 8 hrs., even during lunch break.

 

Some photographs are sent herewith.

YouTube links of the International Conference

1st Session: - Spiritual Response to Critical Times | Indira Gandhi Stadium | New Delhi | 10-03-2019

Click on the above image to watch the video for 1st session.

 

2nd Session: Spiritual Response to Critical Times, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee | Indira Gandhi Stadium | New Delhi | 10-03-2019

Click on the above image to watch the video for 2nd session.

 

Concert 'Desert Rose' Group from Africa | Indira Gandhi Stadium | New Delhi | 10-03-2019

Click on the above image to watch the video for the concert.


In Baba’s Yaad

BK Brij Mohan Bhai

 

 

Delhi- International Conference on Spiritual Response to Critical Times Concludes at I.G. Stadium - Press Release & Photos

12 March 2019

Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee calls for Strengthening spiritual base of society

 

New Delhi, March 10: Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee said the answer to all the problems in the present critical times lies in following spiritual wisdom and values. "Now is the time when we must start to pay attention to the moral, ethical and spiritual dimension of our life, and strengthen this foundation of an advanced and healthy society." 

Mr. Mukherjee was speaking at 'Spiritual Response to Critical Times', a one-day international conference organised by the Brahma Kumaris at Indira Gandhi Stadium here today. The event was a confluence of dignitaries, guests, professionals, spiritualists and religious leaders from 122 countries, and emphasised on the oneness of humanity.

Mr. Mukherjee also said that spirituality was one of India's many gifts to the world, and was much needed to check stress and anxiety prevelant across all walks of life. 

Earlier in the day, special guest for the programme Vice-President of Argentina H.E. Mrs. Gabriela Michetti said that politics was about loving humanity and serving as a family member. "If we don't relate politics to service, politics would exist only for the sake of power... My relationship with God gives sense to my political worķ and tranforms it into service... Our best contribution to the world is to share our love with humanity, and to be sincere to what we believe in."

BK Brijmohan, Additional Secretary-General of the Brahma Kumaris, said the intention of the programme was to give a wake up call to people, and to share with them the hope that it was time for change to come about. "As night is followed by day, it is time for our present circumstances to give way to peace."

Explaining the process of Rajyoga meditation, motivational speaker Sister BK Shivani, who had a day before been accorded with the Nari Shakti Award by the President, said: "When we connect our mind through remembrance to anyone, their state of being begins to influence our energy field. So when we connect to the Divine, His qualities of peace, love, happiness start flowing into us, and our life starts to transform... We then change from expecting from others to becoming givers of goodness."

BK Jayanti, Director of the Brahma Kumaris centres in Europe, said: "If we see time on a linear scale, we wonder what the future holds for us. On the other hand, when we see things in a cyclical way, we can have hope for the future.... We will then know that we are moving from a world of falsity and darkness to a world of truth."

She said the chaos inside people's inner world and the vice of greed was the root cause of  the environment al and climatic crises, and so a transformation could come about when we enhance our relationship with the self within.

The programme, which was attended by a huge audience of several thousands, was interspersed with many fun activities and cultural performances by musicians, dancers and singers from across the globe. The audience was also led into live meditation experiences.  

 

 

Shivratri Message from Jayantiben

2 March 2019

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Global Enlightenment on Shivratri

3 March 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Om Shanti.

There is a amazing fusion of ideas of different world cultures taking place and its frequency is increasing day by day. Deeper meanings underlying in Indian festivals are more and more recognised and imbibed by our friends from abroad and it feels great to watch them talking about our culture with authority and conviction!

Shivratri - the most ancient and the most mysterious of all Indian festivals - is at the doorstep. ShivJayanti as we call it, marks the auspicious time when GOD enters the human world - which marks His 'Spiritual birth' - when the darkness of body consciousness is at its peak. And He turns this darkness into Light through an amazing cleansing process which happens only once in the whole Time Cycle. 

Watch our brothers and sisters from diverse parts of the world talking about their understanding of Shivratri. I am sure it will touch you deeply and inspire you to look at our own rich heritage in a more informed way.

This time, let's celebrate ShivJayanti by going deep inward, away from the clamour and commotion of the world, and find our real inner spiritual space. I assure you, this experience will change you forever. Happy ShivJayanti!

Please click on the below image to watch and follow the link to the video and share it with your dear and near. 

With Warm Regards,
BK Harilal
Executive Director
Godlywood Studio
World Renewal Spiritual Trust

 

 

Important Notice regarding Double Foreigners' travel to India

28 February 2019

Om Shanti dear jewels of the rosary in foreign lands,
Greetings of peace from the unlimited home of the One!

You have been receiving news of the recent serious developments between the two countries. We continue to send vibrations of peace to all souls within the region.

Double Foreigners who are travelling to India/Madhuban within the next week are asking whether it's safe to travel. You are requested to first check the situation with your Travel Agent and local Embassy, before setting out on your journey.

All good wishes,
On Spiritual Seva,

B.K. Karuna
Brahma Kumaris Spokesperson

 

 

Brother Nirwair's Health Update: 22nd February 

22 February 2019

My dear divine sisters and brothers,
Please accept hearty Godly love and remembrances from Apex Heart Institute, Ahmedabad.

Due to accute weakness experienced for some days, I decided to consult my doctors at Apex Heart Institute, especially Dr Tejas Patel and Dr Sanjay Shah (my long-term Cardiologists). At the same time, I also needed advice from Dr Sudanshu Patwari (Gastroenterologist ), and Dr Himanshu Patel (Kidney Specialist).

I am very happy to inform everyone that with their immediate intervention, proper investigation and medication, supplemented by proper diet on the advice of Dr Kunal and Dr Hina (Ayurvedic doctors), I feel much better, but still need some more time for complete recovery. I am very sorry for not having informed everyone before leaving Shantivan on 19 February, 
as the chariot was experiencing much weakness. 

My cardiologist suggests that I reduce 25% of my activities, but I wonder how that is possible.... Rather I would request my doctors to bring me back to my 100% normal health, so that I may continue with my responsibilities in Baba's Service.

I have had very, very relaxed sleep over the past couple of nights in the Hospital, and it's my hope that it won't be long before my doctors permit me to return to Shantivan.

Shashiben, Dr Pratapbhai, Dr Banarsibhai, Dr Satish Gupta, Dr Hari, Bharatbhai, and sisters from Ahmedabad have been around at different intervals, bringing me lot of comfort.

With my regards and spiritual love,

BK Nirwair
(dictated from Ahmedabad)

 

 

Invitation to Participate: International Conference at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi on 10th March

9 February 2019

Dear Divine Brahmin Family, Om Shanti,

The HAPPY NEWS is that an International Conference, with BK participation from five continents, will be held on 10th March 2019 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi with 20000 seating capacity. 
International Conference on Spiritual Response to Critical Times 

The folder of this Mega Event may be downloaded here.
You are welcome to participate in this Historic Event. Send us your details at yogabkworldwide@bkivv.org. 

In Baba's Yaad
BK Brij Mohan
Addl. Secretary-General
Brahma Kumaris
Mount Abu

Editor
Monthly 'Purity' Spiritual News Magazine of Brahma Kumaris
25 New Rohtak Road, New Delhi -110005
 
Chairperson
Politicians' Service Wing
Rajyoga Education & Research Foundation

 

 

Greetings from Brother Nirwair Ji from Madhuban on 29th January

29 January 2019

Most beloved Avyakt BapDada's very near, dear and serviceable instruments in Bharat and across the world,

 

Please accept Godly love-filled remembrances from Shantivan.

 

As we are nearing culmination of the month of avyakt purusharth, I am sure everyone must have spent quality time in maintaining a natural and high stage of avyakt consciousness. The month of January is always blessed by Avyakt BapDada's powerful vibrations, and inspirational points at the end of each day's Murli, so that reaching our flying stage is seamless. Many BK Centres organised Bhattis in the mornings and evenings during the month, and this would have benefited all students and contact souls. Let us take forward the inspirations of this special month to conquer our short-comings, and emerge as Father-like Angels.

 

These days, the weather in Northern India is going through severe winter, and mercury levels have dropped below zero on a number of days in Mt Abu... It's only the warmth of Baba's love that keeps us going with our daily routine. 

 

In a few weeks, we will be celebrating the most auspicious festival of Maha Shivratri. Meanwhile, devotees of Hindu faith especially continue to take benefit from the Kumbh Mela at the confluence of three main rivers in Allahabad. So far 50 million people have benefited from the Bhakti discourses and of course the holy dip, or even just being sprinkled with the pure waters. Our divine sister Manoramabehn and her large team from Allahabad Centres and different parts of Bharat continue to share BapDada's wisdom through spiritual exhibitions and discourses organised at the Mela site. We send our good wishes that the devotees re-awaken through this unlimited service, and come to reclaim their inheritance of Jeevan-Mukti for many lives to come.

 

Keeping in view our New Year Resolutions, let us channel our spiritual efforts towards leading naturally soul-conscious lives, while remaining immersed in the love of our Supreme Parents. Baba's Sakar Murli of 26 January outlined the prevailing circumstances of the globe, and motivated us to be ready for transformation whenever it chooses to occur. 

 

Dadi Jankiji and her entourage has returned to India after a successful 4-day visit of Hong Kong. 

 

Several sisters and brothers from all over the world are expected to gather in Abu during February and March, and we welcome everyone to your own sweet home, Madhuban.

 

With best wishes and Godly remembrances,

BK Nirwair

 

 

 

REMINDER - Pilgrims to Madhuban during February - March 2019 & Update on Weather in Mount Abu

27 January 2019

Dear NCs, CCs and DF Travel Database System Users,

 

Greetings and love from Madhuban,

 

As February and March are especially peak seasons for arrivals of Double Foreigners, we would like to request that the Travel Coordinators upload details of all your pilgrims on the DF Travel Database system as soon as possible.

 

1) Even if people have registered for their respective retreats, their information needs to be on the DF Travel Database system too so that Madhuban also has this information.

 

2) As far as possible, it would save time if everyone could bring the new version of FORM C ready to submit, with photocopies of their passport and visa. A current copy of FORM C is attached for your use.

 

WEATHER IN MOUNT ABU

Also the weather in North India has changed suddenly and is expected to be very cold over the next couple of weeks. So as the weather fluctuates a lot in February, please do remind everyone to come prepared with sufficient warm clothing.

 

Thank you,

In Baba's yaad,

DF Accommodation Office, Madhuban

 

To download PDF format of Form C click here.

 

 

 

Video (7 minutes) of Sweet Memories of Brahma Baba by Sister Jayanti

22 January 2019

Click on image to play.

 

 
 

The Golden Thread: 50 Years of Avyakt Sustenance (32 minute video created in London)

17 January 2019

This 33 mintue video was created for the London class for the 18th January. Entitled "The Golden Thread: 50 Years of Avyakt Sustenance", the video offers a flavour of different scenes with our beloved BapDada through the decades. It is a small collection of sweet snapshots that we can hold in our hearts.

 

 

Click on image to play the video.

 

 

 

Video Message (7:25 min) from Dadi Janki Ji for the 18th of January

17 January 2019

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Announcement for Delhi Program, March 2019 - Registration Process

17 January 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators and Double Foreigner Family , Greetings of love,

 

We recently sent you the invitations and some information about the:

 

• VIP Retreat on the 8th - 9th of March in the Om Shanti Retreat Centre (ORC) and the

• International Conference on the 10th of March in Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi.

 

With this email we send you additional information for the registration process:

 

BK REGISTRATION FOR THE DELHI EVENT, 10th MARCH

 

In Addition to the information we sent you for your registration via the Madhuban data base, please also register via this online form:

 

https://brahmakumaris.org/r/delhiconf_BK (please register by 25th February latest)                   

 

GUEST REGISTRATION & TRANSPORT DETAILS FOR THE VIP RETREAT 8-9th MARCH &  DELHI EVENT ON 10TH MARCH

 

If you would like to invite a guest to the VIP Retreat 8th - 9th in ORC and or the Delhi event on the 10th please send an email with brief background information about your guest to Charlie and cc Trish at dfseason@brahmakumaris.org by the 25th of January. Please wait for confirmation before inviting a guest. We will communicate regarding this process with the guest and their local Centre once they have confirmed their attendance.

 

COORDINATORS HANDLING MADHUBAN DATABASE FOR THEIR COUNTRY                                 

In Addition to the guest´s registration via the Madhuban data base, please also register the guest via this online form: https://brahmakumaris.org/r/delhi_event by 15th February.

 

GUESTS  TRAVELLING TO MADHUBAN 11th MARCH FOR AN EXPERIENCE OF BRAHMA KUMARIS HEADQUARTERS 

 

Guests are invited  to the Headquarters after the Delhi event. They will fly from Delhi to Udaipur on the morning of the 11th of March. Before traveling further from Udaipur to Mt. Abu they will enjoy some hours sighting in Udaipur on the afternoon of the 11th. A special program will be tailored for them in the Headquarters from the 11-13th of March. Departures on the 14th 

 

Many thanks with love 

Charlie Bhai and the DF Delhi Team

 

 

Click on below links to download PDF format of the related documents:

 

International Conference

 

Announcement Delhi Program

 

Announcement Delhi Program - Registration Process

 

 

 

 

 

Global Summit on “Science, Spirituality, Education & Environment" to be held on 10th February at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi

17 January 2019

BapDada's most loving, serviceable Instruments around the Globe, Multi-Million times greetings and best wishes!

 

This is to inform you that Brahma Kumaris World Headquarters is organizing a Global Summit on “Science, Spirituality, Education & Environment – Role of Human Beings in Creating a Better World” on 10th February 2019 at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India.  A folder of the Summit is sent herewith for your kind reference.

 

It would be our pleasure and honour if you can invite some prominent personalities like scientists, spiritual leaders, environmental scientists/leaders and distinguished dignitaries from different fields such as science & technology, politics, spirituality, media, corporate sector, business & industry, defense, art & culture, education, economics, administration etc to participate in this Summit.

 

The objectives of this Global Summit are:

 1. To ensure integration of science and spirituality and highlight on their roles of Self-transformation and World transformation

 

2. To emphasize and implement the constructive, creative and ameliorative role of science.

 

3. To promote values and help people inculcate them for peaceful co-existence

 

4. To create spiritual awareness in people and inspire them to practice Rajyoga meditation for Self-realization and God-realization.

 

5. To create a quantum shift/change from body-consciousness to soul consciousness.

 

The highlight of this Summit will be Grammy Award Winner, Indian Composer and Environmentalist, Mr. Ricky Kej who has agreed to perform in this Global Summit with his team of singers, musicians and orchestra. 


For online registration of guests, please click on the link below and fill the form.

 

https://goo.gl/forms/dHOR8whYSwz22ibC2

 

For further enquiry, folders and invitation letters, you may contact BK Shivika Behn 9414152358 (Shantivan, Abu Road) and BK Neha Behn 8586003288 (Harinagar, New Delhi).

You can also visit our website 

 

www.bkgs-expo.org

 

Download the Summit brochure here.

 

Thanking you and with thoughts Divine,

 

Your Spiritual Brother

B.K Mruthyunjaya

Executive Secretary, Brahma Kumaris

 

 

 

Announcement Regarding The Delhi Program to be held on 10th March, 2018

6 January 2019

Dear Centre Coordinators and Double Foreigner Family, Greetings of love,

 

For past two years we have had a very special program in Delhi in March which has been jointly organised by the Delhi family and the Double Foreigners.

 

This year’s two programs on the 10th of March are titled “Spiritual Response to Critical Times” and will take place in the beautiful Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium accommodating an audience of 20,000. The brochure for the Programs is attached for your information.

 

These programs will also be a real opportunity to showcase Baba’s Double Foreigner Family, who will as Baba has frequently said, contribute to triggering the awakening of our ‘family in Bharat’.  So, having said that; We Would Love to have at Least One Representative From Every Country where Baba has a Centre.

 

VIP RETREAT, 8-9 MARCH, ORC

 

This retreat will explore the same theme as the Programs on the 10th, yet with much greater depth.  The participants will be drawn from a select group of our special contacts from all over the World. These contacts will be of a very high caliber, active on the field of service, dedicated as change makers and agents of transformation in their areas of endeavor and open to further exploring the application and implications of elevated thinking and a divine mind as principal tools for facilitating long term transformation.  This retreat will be facilitated by Caroline Ward and include participation from our respected seniors.  These contacts will also participate in the ‘Spiritual Response to Critical Times’ Programs on the 10th

 

The retreat participants will be recognised publicly during the Programs on the 10th for their dedicated work of living from integrity and spirituality. Please consider if you have special contacts/friends/professionals of BK’s, who could be considered for being invited to the retreat.  The retreat will be in English so it is suggested that they are competent in English to take full benefit. We would appreciate if you could prioritise whom you feel to invite first and send a few lines description of them and their relationship with the BK's, with a copy to your NC office.

  

CULTURAL ITEMS                                                                                                                                                                 

If you have cultural items from your country that are of a very high quality, could you please also send the performer/s name/s and a brief description of the item along with a video. Kindly send items for submission by 10th January.  The vetting team will respond by January 30 latest regarding the items.

 

Sorry to give a short deadline, but if you could you kindly send this information to Trish at (innerspace111@gmail.com) and copy Charlie (charlie hogg charlie.hogg@au.brahmakumaris.org) by January 10th.

 

FURTHER DETAILS FOR BKS PARTICIPATING IN THE 10THMARCH PROGRAM:

 

ACCOMMODATION

We will all stay comfortably at ORC and receive the ORC Family's special hospitality.

 

BK REGISTRATION FOR THE DELHI EVENT ON 10TH MARCH (please register by February 25th latest) 

It is important to provide the following information already when registering for Madhuban via the Madhuban Data base. You need to connect to the instrument in your country that is managing the Madhuban registration on the Madhuban database for your country to make sure this additional information is been uploaded to the database.

1. Mention in the “Comment field”:  I will participate in Delhi program (10th March) and/or silence retreat ORC (3rd -8th March)

2. Provide your full travel itinerary including travel from Madhuban to ORC/ Delhi or traveling from your country directly to ORC/ Delhi and also the details of you return journey.

3. In case you arrange your own travel to ORC or Delhi and DO NOT want to be picked up, pls. Mention in the “Comments field”: I do my own travel arrangements to ORC. 

4. In addition to the above registration via Madhuban database, we will be sending out another form for you to add your details.                               

 

This will be sent out soon.

 

GUEST REGISTRATION & TRANSPORT DETAILS FOR THE DELHI EVENT ON 10TH MARCH

We will communicate regarding this process with the guest and their local Centre once they have confirmed their attendance.

 

FOR NC´S AND NCT´S AND TRAVEL COORDINATORS HANDLING MADHUBAN DATA BASE FOR THEIR COUNTRY

                                   
This year we would  like to request that BKs from your country traveling to Madhuban and who will also to stay at ORC and attend the Delhi Event on the 10th of March, need to provide some details when they register for Madhuban.

 

We kindly ask you to make sure that the following information is been added to the Madhuban database for each person:

1. Mention in the “Comment field”:  I will participate in Delhi program (10th March) and/or silence retreat ORC (3rd -8th March)

2. Provide your full travel itinerary including travel from Madhuban to ORC/ Delhi or traveling from your country directly to ORC/ Delhi and also the details of you return journey.

3. In case you arrange your own travel to ORC or Delhi and DO NOT want to be picked up, pls. Mention in the “Comments field”: I do my own travel arrangements to ORC. 

 

Many thanks with love
Charlie Bhai and the DF Delhi Team

 

 

 

New Year Greetings from Dadi Ratanmohini Ji

2 January 2019

 

 

 

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