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Nairobi: Invitation to International BK Gujarati Retreat 6th July - 12th July, 2018
24 December 2017
Dear Centre Coordinators,
Om Shanti. Please find enclosed an invitation to the International BK Gujarati Retreat which will be held at the Serve Africa Retreat Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
The theme for the retreat is 'Appreciating My Life: A retreat to reconnect and love yourself from Within'.
The retreat will be held from 6thJuly - 12th July 2018.
There will also be the opportunity to spend two nights in Masai Mara National Park or have a silence retreat at the centre.
It will be a beautiful chance to attend the retreats and receive sustenance from seniors and meet the international BK Gujarati families which will recharge, motivate and strengthen you in your efforts.
Please pass on this invitation to those students from the Gujarati background who would be interested in attending the retreat.
For more information or registration please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In Baba's yaad,
BKs participate in Celebrating International Day of Peace at an event organized by the Women Peace and Security Network in Senegal (Report is in French only.)
2 November 2017
Click here for detailed report.
Pause for Peace - News of Service from Nairobi, Kenya
29 October 2017
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Breaking News! "The Police" visits Yaounde Center - The Untold Story
29 October 2017
As Bks, little do we realize the far reaching impact of our actions and personal initiatives in the field of service but our late brother Jagdish Bhai rightly puts it by saying: “when you move your little finger, you move the stars” (Einstein dixit). This is exactly a case in point during the visit of our “Police officer” brother in Cameroon. In fact a week or two preceding his visit, there was tension and rioting in many parts of the country, businesses were running slow motion, many schools were shut and parents had advised their children to stay at home. We even had a special message from our Indian consule, Mr Ravi Kumar, who exhorted us to cancel all public functions and meetings; “the country is on the verge of a social explosion and bloodbath”, he told us.
Then on Gandhi day, the 2nd of October, also celebrated worldwide as the “International of non-violence”, came a Messiah of Peace, a truly Special envoy of Baapdada to preach about non-violence in exactly the same eloquent terms as Baapdada’s revised Avyakt murli of Sunday the 22nd where he spoke at length on non-violence and the value of human life.
What ensued during and after our Brother’s visit, was a real “Peace explosion”, a ripple effect or a “chain conscious reaction”, where suddenly the idea of non-violence as the golden principle and means “per excellence” to dissolve any unsurmountable deadlock or headache-of-a-conflict, became “en vogue”.
In fact the use of non-violence at all stages of negotiations seems to have become the new found and novel concept now and people realise it's the ultimate solution to everything; non-violence not has became the talk of the town but mass media articles and social media exchanges all abound with the pertinence of this value. All are truly seduced by the need to exercise self-restraint and caution in their interactions with others. Government circles, social organization and all community groups out of nowhere, have made “non-violence” the central theme of their street banners, their public and private talks etc, to the extent that it literally has become the most favourite word of the Cameroonian Wikipedia vocabulary. Henceforth, Cameroon suddenly rhymes synonymous to "non-violence".
In essence, the wave of Peace and non-violence generated during the interactions of our visiting faculty with the local masses, seems to have setup an ongoing ripple effect of Peace and non-violence as 2 sovereign powers or twin principles to the extent of literally having averted a “bloodbath” in the country, which was somewhat sitting on a volcano of conflict and turmoil, just a few days preceding his venue. Isn't that wonderful and magical?
Nb: attached newspaper article and dinner with artists who sang on Peace during his lecture function.
Diwali Greetings from Sr Vedanti and the Nairobi Family
17 October 2017
Special Tapasya in Africa for 5 months - 153 Days Report
2 October 2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences from Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology Visit Serve Africa Retreat Center
30 August 2017
Interfaith Women Leaders Advocacy Training on Proper Waste Management and Disposal
2 August 2017
Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) conducted a training on waste management and disposal, at Reef Hotel in Mombasa from 1st to 2nd July 2017. The BRAHMA KUMARIS Environment Initiative team composed of Sister Pratibha and Dorcas from Nairobi were invited as facilitators. While from Mombasa we had Sister Shobha and Bina in attendance. This activity was funded by The Global Green Grants Fund. Other facilitators were; NEMA and Mombasa County representatives and the CYNESA team. A bout 47 people attended most of whom were Interfaith women Leaders from Mombasa county.
Sister Pratibha was invited to open the workshop and conducted meditation which created a powerful start. She later conducted a session from the spiritual dimension looking at the root cause of the problem and it’s solution entitled ‘Connecting to the Core’. She defined three cores as: 1. The Self- Innate values, 2. The Supreme – receiving power and forging relationships, 3. Nature – becoming the master of environment and respecting. After the presentation everyone felt that it is very important to work from the mental and spiritual level rather than creating a problem and looking for solutions. Sister Dorcas then conducted meditation.
Click here to see more photos and report.
Chinese Group Visit Serve Africa Retreat Center
19 July 2017
Rajniben's Visit to Kenya - News Report
19 July 2017
News of Sr. Jayanti's Visit to South Africa
19 July 2017
Click on the above image for detailed report with photos.
Chandru bhen and Gita bhen Visit Zambia & Zimbabwe, June 20-24
19 July 2017
please find attached report and photos for Chandruben and Gitaben visit to Zambia and Zimbabwe
Thank you all and BaapDada for giving us an opportunity to serve the visitors
for Zambia Parivar
Rodrigues Service News in Photos
19 July 2017
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International African Children Day Program in Lome
19 July 2017
Dear Respected Vedanti bhenji and Nairobi Family
11th June was a special Baba’s service day in Lome. The director of Gazette du Togo (newspaper) visit for first time Baba’s house in the morning.
On Sunday 11 June 2017 afternoon at AGORA SENGHOR, to commemorate the 16th June ‘‘International day of African children‘‘, Baba’s house has organize an inter-faith conference on Topic:UNITY IN DIVERSITY- One God, One World, One Family . The main lecturers were:
- President of Buddhist association SGI(Mrs ADJEVI Ida)
- Responsible of Bakti Yoga, Vedic life(Prabhu Varaha Das)
-Director of NGO and pastor of evangelical church (prophet Antoine Marie Daniel A. AKUE)
- From Brahma Kumaris Sr Vinadevi from Benin centre.
According to the drama the wise man(Bruno FIDELIS) who shall represent the African faith was away but he has given a positive talk on the conference on his radio(NANA FM) in the morning.
Children of orphanage KEKELI were the honor guest.
All the lecturers and the public was very glad about the conference; They had appreciate very well three (3) stages of the program:
1- Dadi Janki inspiration video on: Unity, Peace, justice…
2- The inspiration talk given by Vina bhen before the ceremony on <<HOW GOD, THE SUPREME LIGHT COME FROM PARAMDHAM IN THE DARK WORLD TO ENLIGHTEN HIS LOST CHILDREN>> at The moment of ‘’ignition of UNITY symbol’’.
3-The meditation lead by Sr Vina to close the conference.
We had a short visit in orphanage KEKELI after the conference.
I thank Baba to give us that opportunity of service.
I thank you bhenji for your good wishes and blessing for this program.
Clement and Togo Family.
Watch the publication of Gazette du Togo news on the program by clicking on the below image:
Sr Chandru and Sr. Gita's Visit and International Gujarati Retreat - Service News from Kenya
17 July 2017
Report on 4th Global Road Safety Week from Mauritius
23 May 2017
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in collaboration with the Road Safety Department of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure & Land Transport and the Municipal Council of Curepipe has organized a major event as part of the 4th World Road Safety Week established by the United Nations. It was held at Sir Winston Churchill Stadium in Curepipe on Thursday 11 May 2017.
The main objective was to raise awareness on road traffic dangers and the need to slow down for road safety. About 600 Students from secondary schools, accompanied by their teachers and members of NGOs of Curepipe were gathered.
The first part of the activity was in the form of a solemn photo and video of the participants lying one next to the other, on the grass in the middle of the stadium, each respectfully fully covered by a white sheet... visually representing the 1,500 Mauritian lives lost over the last 10 years on Mauritian roads........Click here for detailed report with photos.
January and Febuary Service News from Seychelles
2 March 2017
As member of the SIFCO (Seychelles Interfaith Council) we collaborated with the Seychelles government in organizing and participating in the National prayer day on the 5th of January 2017 in which the President, founding President, the Vice President and some Ministers and other dignitaries were in attendance. Each group was given 5 minutes to present a prayer for the nation. Sis. Valentina took them on a reflection about peace and good wishes for the country as Bro Francis gave sakaash. Other groups included the Catholic, Protestants, Anglican, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrians and Bahai.
The new president seems fascinated by the Sifco group and he has been consulting them on matters of national importance and even invited them to statehouse & the opening of Parliament, so let’s see what Drama and Baba raas is in for us in between.
On the 18th of January we held a special yoga session and as well, shared Brahma Baba Experiences and the History of the Yagya through a short video.
On the 7th of February during what has come to be known as the Sifco week (Seychelles Interfaith Council) we hosted the SIFCO Team headed by Bishop French and Father Eric and other representatives from the Muslims, Buddhism, Catholic, Anglican, Zoroastrians and the Bahai. This is a week where the sifco family (in which we are a member), gets acquainted with the other faiths core practices for more understanding, cooperation and unity. So we played an introductory video of the Brahma Kumaris and a power point presentation of the various centres and activities all over the world, to their bewilderment on how massive, connected and involved the Brahma Kumaris is.
The press was also present, represented by the country’s main Newspaper-The Nation. They had all sorts of questions and especially on how we get funded given the huge infrastructure we got, on our practices, membership, dress etc to which we answered appropriately, I think they were mesmerized by the depth of the knowledge, - they praised the center’s neatness and vibrations and the well-executed program. What was meant to be an hour’s program dragged to two hours concluding with toli and blessings.
The Drama & Babas wonder continues…
Sacred Songs of the World - News from Mauritius
20 Febuary 2017
They came, they performed and they conquered our hearts! They are Lynne Holmes and Yusuf Ganief, the two angels from South Africa constituting the ‘Desert Rose’ group. They are specialists in producing and performing universal sacred music and chants drawn from various faiths and cultural traditions. Their visit to our island materialized following a double invitation made to them by Bro. Vikram when he met them at COP21 (France) and COP22(Morocco), for our visitors are also activists on environmental and climate change issues.
The main aim of their visit was to unite all the different faiths present in the country through music, more precisely through an interfaith, multilingual musical performance of ‘Sacred Songs of the World’ to mark the World Religion Day.
Click here for detailed report with photos.
Greetings from Mauritius for a Blissful & Successful New Year 2017
1 January 2017
Please accept our hearty
greetings for a Blissful & Successful New Year 2017. (Find attached New Year Greetings).
Wishing you & the Global Divine family the treasured gifts of Unlimited Health, Joy & Happiness for this coming New Year.
Hearty Diwali Greetings from Curepipe Mauritius Divine Family
31 October 2016
Please accept loving greeting of Diwali from the Divine Family of Curepipe, Mauritius.
Curepipe Centre, Mauritius