2015 Mexico, Central & South America News Archive 2015 Mexico, Central & South America News Archive

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Sr Hemlata's visit to Costa Rica for the first time

4 December 2015

We had the great fortune to have a flavor of our India, through sister Hemlata. Costaricans are really interested in knowing more about Indian culture and wisdom as there are very few Indians in the country and everyone have special bhavna for the spirituality of that country.
 
Special radio program Café para el Alma, at the University of Costa Rica.
Sister Hemlata spoke about the wisdom of transformation through peace, and how to overcome fear and anger.
The director of the radio was so enthusiastic with sister Hemlata and her wisdom, that after the interview at night, he attended to the public program and wrote a wonderful article in his blog.
 
Public program in the Latina University
This University is part of a network of universities around the world and Bill Clinton is part of the owner of them. They are more open to teach human development and spirituality than other universities.
We had a public program where many young students from the university attended and many others from outside. The traffic was extremely heavy, but even then 150 souls attended.
  
We had a retreat open for contact souls about "Love and strength for overcoming obstacles". 70 souls came from different parts of the country and around 10 new souls that received the information from facebook or friends. Even there was a mixture of souls, everyone went deep through their own capacities.
The place, Baba´s magic through Hemlata Didi and all the participants, created a very light and silent atmosphere, and they had special experiences.
 
Lectures at the center in San José and in Cartago (another city)
The center was full of souls who were interested in knowing about eastern wisdom for western minds in San José, and in Cartago the topic was about relationships of peace, as we were celebrating the international day of Elimination of Violence against Women. Both lectures where so clear and full of experiences, that souls where satisfied and moved.
 
Support to BKs
Sister Hemlata gave classes every morning, and made us flight with her experience of Baba´s knowledge. She gave one class through skype to Nicaraguans, and 8 were connected from Managua and Matagalpa. We had an Indian party with different kinds of chapatis and chutneys that she taught us how to cook. A group of bks had the opportunity to go with her to a Volcano and serve the 5 elements there.

 

 

Greetings and Service News from Costa Rica of Sister Gopi's Visit

16 November 2015

Central America was fortunate to have the visit of sister Gopi from London, who´s presence and deep way to churn knowledge, gave strong inspiration to the family. In the occasion of Rakhi, there were several programs in El Salvador, Costa Rica/Nicaragua and Guatemala, both with BKs, the community and VIPs. She encouraged everyone to have proper yoga and strengthening the intellect through going deep in: who am I?, to Whom I belong to?, From where I come from? Why I am here?.

We are attaching some pictures and a link of the newspaper article of an interview with her. http://www.prensalibre.com/vida/salud-y-familia/la-felicidad-se-encuentra-en-la-simpleza

 

 

 

 

Interreligious Meeting to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate Council - Service News from Costa Rica

8 November 2015

Last week, the 29th of October, the Congregation of the Sisters of Sion organized an interfaith meeting to mark the 50th anniversary of the Council which promotes peace among religions. 

It was a meeting of appreciation and brotherhood. Representatives of the Jewish community, Muslim, Buddhist, Indigenes, Catholic and Brahma Kumaris attended. The event was held in the Sion´s Chapel. 

It has been more than 10 years that an event like this was done in the country, as Costa Rica is a confessional country and the official religion is Catholicism. The organizers were very satisfied with the results, and they want to promote actions for peace with the different faiths.

Thank you,
All the best,
Marianne

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Participate in a Major Event in Latin America on Vegetarianism

7 October 2015

September 23rd to 26th, Recife/PE, Brazil: A group of BKs from different parts of Brazil represented the Brahma Kumaris at Vegfest 2015, a major event in Latin America on vegetarianism, held by the Brazilian Vegetarianism Society.

Sister Luciana, NC for Brazil, gave a lecture on the topic "Diet with awareness: the role of vibrations in food". During the whole event, BKs had a stand for general information, flyers and the sales of literature and t-shirts.

News in Detail in English

News in Detail in Portuguese

 

Video Highlights of Br Charlie's Visit to Brazil

5 October 2015

Short (3:40 minute) presentation on Br. Charlie's visit to Brazil in August with photos and background music. Click on image to view.

Brother Charlie came to Brazil especially to celebrate with Brother Ken their 40 years of dedication to spiritual service.
 
Two national retreats were organized: one for the BK family in the city of Salvador in northeast Brazil and one for BK teachers in Baba's retreat place called Serra Serena, near the city of São Paulo.
 
Brother Charlie also visited the city of São Paulo on his tour, and had a special program in partnership with the city council and the Local Ministry for people with disabilities. 
 
Enjoy!
 

 

Shivratri letter to the Region

2 Febuary 2015

Dear Bapdada's Serviceable Instruments:

We are at the end of January, the avyakt month where we paid a lot of attention of creating the avyakt stage, and reinforcing our commitment to Amritvela.  We are also privileged to have the presence of our dearly beloved Dadi Janki with us in London.  Her classes given in London have not only transmitted the wonder of her amazing spiritual journey, but the wonder of her pure and clean intellect and her ever-flowing bhavna take us into the very depths of Baba's love leaves us in awe of who really Dadi is.

Now we are moving into the celebration of Shivratri and we are lucky to have been blessed with such love from Bapdada, the Dadi's, and the family.  I am sure that you are all preparing to celebrate this very auspicious festival with the will to reveal Shiv Baba.

As promised we have uploaded the Shivratri materials created in English on the following website:

http://onelink.brahmakumaris.org/shiv-jayanti

No log-in is required to access these materials. They are available to one and all.

The materials available are as below with name followed by a description:

  1. In God's Heart Flyer Template - Customizable Flyer
  2. In God's Heart Blessings Template (12Up) - Add your own blessing text to this template. There are 12 to a page.
  3. In God's Heart Blessings Template (8Up) - Add your own blessing text to this template. There are 8 to a page.
  4. In God's Heart Customizable Press Release - This Press Release is from Harmony House, but it can be customized to announce your local program.
  5. Maha Shivratri: Ancient Festival Has Relevance Today - 500 word Article in pdf format by Sister Kiran
  6. Shivratri: The Dawn Confluence of Light and Darkness - 1000 word Article in pdf format by Sister Kanishta Agarwal, PhD
  7. 79th Shiv Jayanti Folio in Hindi p1, 79th Shiv Jayanti Folio in Hindi p2 - Colorful Hindi double-sided folio. Pages 1 and 2 are meant to be printed back-to-back.

I would like to wish you all a very, very happy Shiv Jayanti and as we celebrate Baba's birthday, we will also celebrate the newness that is being born in us every moment spent in Baba's remembrance.

With love in Baba's remembrance

Sister Mohini

 

Sister Mohini's Inspirations for Celebrating Shivratri

22 January 2014

 
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
 
2015 is the year of newness at many different levels. One of the ways in which newness can emerge is in the celebration of the various events that we observe. Newness emerges when we look for deeper significance in the observance of something meaningful; zeal and enthusiasm get generated bringing vigor and vitality into the celebration.
 
The 18 of January is special to all Brahma Kumaris and Kumars, as it touches in us the subtle efforts in embodying the angelic stage and in following the father's footsteps. It puts the focus on "mansa-seva," the subtle service that Brahma Baba is doing at present, and reminding us that this is the type of service that will have maximum impact on the world. The Amritology initiative renewed in us what is foundational to our constant remembrance of Baba. Also the special homework to experience the avyakt stage in the avaykt month is a practical way to stay connected to Baba in the subtle region.
 
Shivratri is coming up in the month of February and Baba is very clear and specific when He says " you have found the Father, the One who wins your heart, the One who grants salvation to all, the One who removes your sorrow and bestows happiness on you." The Being with ONE Initiative was very inspiring to many, many Brahmins around the world, and so Shivratri is the time to be lost in the love of the Ocean of Love and to share His introduction with our brothers and sisters who are thirsty for a drop of love from the Ocean.
 
We would like to share with you some of the ways we are planning to celebrate Shivratri in New York and the Tristate area. The motivation is to create a ripple effect in our zeal, enthusiasm in fulfilling Baba's hopes in us. Seeing that Shivratri falls close to the time of Valentine's Day, we have chosen the theme of "In God's Heart."
 
We are focusing on 4 specific areas:
 
A simple and beautiful card featuring "Feel in your heart, the gaze of God's Eye" is being printed. This card is intended to give an introduction to Baba in a ‘loving' and ‘personal' way, and goes beyond the celebration of Shivratri and can be used as a general hand-out on God.
 
Media-Outreach on the significance of Shivratri and importance of time -- this would include getting articles, particularly in the ethnic newspapers, internet outlets, BK center's Blog and Facebook pages and other forms of social media. Also public service announcements on radio that could offer thoughts for today, giving tips on how to connect to God and the benefits. Interviews on radio, tv, etc.
 
Visiting the Hindu temples and distributing the cards, and perhaps the opportunity to give Baba's message.
 
A public event at Harmony House on Shivratri. Using creative talents and performing arts to develop an experiential evening that could serve to open people's hearts to receive Baba's love in a profound way. The theme of "In God's Heart" will be the core of the experience and Brother Anthony Strano's poetry from his book of the same name and Sister Sigrun's artwork will be threads weaving through the evening.
 
We plan to make available to you all the templates that we have created on or before February 2.
 
The places you can access them are: The Onelink Portal, The Being with ONE website. You can also request these templates by email by contacting Erik on newyork@brahmakumaris.org
 
With love in Bapdada's remembrance
Sister Mohini

 

 

News from UK Sister Maureen About Her Visit to Brazil,  December 10-18, 2014

20 January 2015

I am just returning from a wonderful week in Brazil. According to drama, Mohiniben could not go to Brazil because of her knee surgery and so within short notice arrangements were made for me to go.

The first stop was São Paulo where there is a beautiful house for Baba and also a building opposite for Publications and offices. The first service was offering Bhog to Baba for Sataguruwar and then mid-morning there was a gathering for about 25 IP/VIP contacts. The flat had its own garden and small fruit trees and from there you could see over a lot of the city which is very built up. São Paulo has more skyscrapers than New York! Brazil is also huge - twice the size of India!

In the evening there was a major public programme for about 500 people on the theme of 'How to live a worthwhile life'. It was held at a hall designed by a very famous architect with a spectacular ceiling. The programme began with a well known artist from a band playing solo piano. He began with a composition by Lennon-McCartney as he knew I was from Liverpool! There was the lecture and then Br Ken spoke and Sr Luciana gave a meditation. People were very touched.

On Friday we flew to Belo Horizonte and to the national retreat. It was quite a vision to walk into the hall to be greeted by 250 of Baba's children all holding candles. There was a wave of happiness in the hall. Actually there are about 750 BKs in Brazil - they are an amazing family and so many of them cannot travel to Madhuban. There was a welcome dance adapted from the Cirque de Soleil. The theme of the retreat was 'Renewal'. There were sessions on Renewing myself and Renewing my relationship with Baba. It was great to be with Ken and Luciana and learn from them. We took up a lot about using our divine intellect and maturity in BK life. Ken took everyone through a 'Spiritual Diagnosis' by asking what does the Father, Teacher and Satguru wish to create, sustain and 'destroy' in me. On Saturday evening there was entertainment with Baba's very talented band 'Viratupe' (from Virat Roop). On Sunday morning Sr Mohini spoke to us for 15 minutes from her hospital bed and we were all able to give our love and good wishes.

On Sunday afternoon we went to the Belo Horizinte retreat centre (the national retreat was in a hotel) which is absolutely in the countryside with a beautiful natural landscape. We blessed the land where they hope to build a hall for 150. The staying capacity of the retreat centre is about 50. On Sunday evening and Monday morning we had an open forum with the main instruments of Brazil - 35 co-ordinators from centres and sub-centres. We had the great fortune of Sr Jayanti speaking to us and then Dadi Janki came on the line!

On Monday afternoon we went to the main centre in the city of Belo Horizonte and in the evening there was a public event for about 500 people in a beautiful hall on a lake. The theme was 'The call of the time - the power of meditation for transformation'. Ken spoke on the call of the time and I spoke about the power of meditation. The atmosphere in the hall was very powerful.

On Tuesday morning there was a breakfast meeting for IP/VIPs on the theme of 'The seed of the future in the present'. We did a visualisation like we used to do in Global Co-operation for a Better World. There were interesting people there including a congressman from the state parliament and a congressman from the federal parliament and also a former Police Colonel, a woman, who now does voluntary work with juveniles in the criminal justice system.

We flew back to São Paulo and that evening there was a gathering for about 18 high powered media people who have all been involved in Images and Voices of Hope and many of whom have been to Madhuban. The theme was 'People as Bridges'. People really opened up and asked personal questions. They decided that they would all like to go to Madhuban as a group!

On Wednesday they were two media interviews, one with a business magazine and a live radio interview. Then it was off to the airport! Returning with lots of thanks to Baba for the opportunity.