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Reminder: Spiritual Selfie Videos for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

19 June 2017

 

Dear Centre Coordinators,

 

Spiritual Self Videos for the SDGs

 

Greetings. This is a reminder about our project for the BK contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

As a contribution of the Brahma Kumaris to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we would like you to 'film-selfie' yourselves for 3 to 5 minutes maximum on your (smart) phone to describe, with your own words, your spiritual experience of going through a situation related to one of these 17 goals.

 

Special thanks to the wonderful souls from Mauritius, Finland, Costa Rica, Columbia, India, Nigeria, USA and Germany who have filmed their personal experiences of a spiritual approach to the SDGs on their smartphone and sent their inspirational video-selfies. 

 

In these times of uncertainty it is particularly important to offer a message of hope and spirituality to the UN and to the world. 

 

Through our extensive network and our unique experience, we can bring a valuable contribution to show that a sustainable world starts with personal development, education and health.  It is important to have self-respect, creativity, higher goals, empathy, generosity, compassion, a simple and balanced way of life and to protect nature in all its forms.

 

We as BKs can underline the importance of genuine elevated wishes and powerful thoughts and their positive impact in practical life. We can highlight the importance of adding a spiritual dimension to life and how it complements any physical means of sustainability.

 

BapDada often asks us to give the world a proof of our knowledge and lifestyle through the power of experience. Now is the time! And we need your cooperation.

 

Your Life Changing Experience will be offered to the new UN Secretary General as the contribution of the Brahma Kumaris to the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Please send us any relevant spiritual experience related to one of the 17 goals at the following address:

spiritualsdg@gmail.com

 

Or drop them on the Google Drive or DropBox of the same address.

 

You may also wish to visit the UN website to know more about the 17 goals and their targets at:https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300

 

Also please remember to hold your smartphone close and horizontal. Close-ups are better for sound quality and make sure you have enough light.

 

BK Valeriane and Benoit

 

 

On behalf of Dadi Gulzar and Sr Mohini, Sr Bhumika accepts Bharat Gaurav Awards for outstanding service to humanity

13 June 2017

Om Shanti Divine Family,

 

Br Narayanan from Harmony House lent me his $500+ camera which I managed to learn in a few minutes in an elementary way and, at Sr Mohini's request, played the part of the photographer at the Bharata Gaurav Awards program held at the UNO in NYC  on Friday, June 9th. As Sr Mohini was unable to attend, Sr Bhumika graciously accepted the awards that were to be given to both Dadi Gulzar and Sr Mohini for their outstanding contributions for world service to humanity. 

 

The first few shots (in the linked album) are my practice shots at Harmony House and on the journey to the city. There were many photographers and others taking selfies so had to do a lot of nimble dodging about and it was great fun to see how they were all enjoying the presentations and being photographed. 

 

It was a loving and lively program with many smiles and much happiness of the many participants who were royally served by adorning their heads with lovely turbans of the colors of India, several beautiful plaques of various sizes with their photographs congratulating them on their spiritual contributions for enhancing positive change in the world, a published book of color photos of their previous five annual programs and many felicitations by prominent keynote speakers..  A vegetarian lunch was served and the program concluded about3 pm. 

 

Many souls were served with invitations for Awakening programs and were most happy to meet and greet Sr Bhumika and myself and extend their congratulations to the Brahma Kumaris.

 

Please enjoy the full album of photos by clicking on the photo below.

 

In Godly service,

Sr Chirya

 

 

International Day of Yoga 2017

16 May 2017

Dear Family,

 

Greetings of peace. We are just about a month away from celebrating the 3rd International Day of Yoga. As in the past two years, we are sure that you are working closely with the Indian High Commissions, Embassies, and Consulates in your country.

 

At the UN headquarters in New York we have participated in the planning meetings hosted by the Ambassador of India to the UN, and their focus for this year is on health.

 

We, the Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations, and the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN are hosting a program on June 22 titled Yoga: The Ultimate Connection. The highlight of this event is a conversation between Sister Shivani and a high level person in New York City, who has a daily practice of meditation.

 

Please find below a brief write-up on the topic, which you may find useful in organizing your local programs.

We would appreciate if you could post on the BKUN facebook page events you are planning for the International Day of Yoga as a build up to June 21, as well as posting the actual events on the day they happen.

 

If there is anything we can do to help support your local event, please do let us know.

 

In Baba’s yaad and seva


Gayatri, Julia, Sabita
BKUN team, New York

 

YOGA: THE ULTIMATE CONNECTION    

• True connection matters

• Take time and truly connect with others

• Be aware of the life-giving opportunities for connection

• Love reverberates in the space between true connection

• Sharpening the skills for connection    

 

People all over the world have discovered that the ancient practice of yoga is one of today’s most important tools to living a life with meaning.    

• Yoga connects a person to the source of life and opens the heart and clears the mind.

• Yoga connects a person to their authentic self, awakening the conscience and harmonizing one’s spiritual trajectory of awareness, attitude, and action.

• Yoga provides one with the ability to tap into a space of greater creativity to receive inspiration and a sense of purpose.

• Yoga connects the hearts of people from all walks of life to each other through its unifying force and through the web of life.    

 

There are many ways to experience how yoga joins people, communities, organizations, and institutions. When we come together, through these practices, we feel belonging, act collectively and transform our lives, our societies and our planet.

This alchemy, whether within the self or among people, is the essence of our sacred humanity and is the cause for celebration.

 

 

E-Notice: Program Framework: Host a Safe Speeds Symposium

16 April 2017

Dear Divine Brothers and Sisters,

 

Warm Greetings from Mumbai!

 

With the enthusiasm for the Global Road Safety Week building, this email carries a detailed suggestive program framework. The BK USP at these events is the sharing of the applications of spiritual life-skills and offering meditation as a tool to stabilize the mind. Some tips of what BKs can share at the symposium is also shared in this link: #SlowDown - Road Safety for Citizens

 

We request centers to kindly share details of scheduled events so that we can update BK Road Safety events Calendar.

 

A specific guidebook for organizers from the WHO website is also attached with this email.

 

Loving Regards,

BK Kavita

 

Sign up for hosting Safe Speeds Symposium

 

Program Framework - Hosting a Safe Speeds Symposium

Occasion

4th UN Global Road Safety Week

Event

Safe Speeds Symposium

Theme

SlowDown

When

Any date close to or between 8 to 14 May 2017

Duration

90 mins. to 120 mins.

Aim & Objective

i. Bring awareness about the need to manage speed

ii. Understand the consequences of over-speeding

iii. Sensitize citizens and inspire right action

iv. Share application of Spiritual Life-Skills to daily travel

v. Use meditation; or traffic control of the mind as a tool for stability and dignity

Guest Speakers:
People who have an influential presence, most probably those holding senior positions in any of the above stakeholders list, could be invited as a Guest Speaker to share first-hand experiences and add value to the program.

 

BK Speech Content Outline:
Detailed document and Tool Kit

 

Key Logistics:
Besides local preparations like stage, sound, banner, backdrop, etc., it is important to arrange for Pre & Post event press note, Video Recording, Photography and for Signing of Consent Form (Sample of Form will be shared in next email). These are vital tools to share report of BK activities with UN and WHO offices.

 

Sharing of Report:
Kindly share news, photos, video clips, media clippings via email to bkroadsafety01@gmail.com

Invitation Samples: See below

 

 

E-Notice: Slow Down: Host a Safe Speed Symposium

8 April 2017

From the Desk of Gayatri Naraine    

 

Dear Baba’s Instruments,

 

Greetings of love.

 

No act is too small when it comes to safe driving and saving lives. #SlowDown … is the current call to drivers to apply spiritual life-skills to their driving. Spiritual life-skills can be as simple as STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN, perhaps introducing the practice of traffic control of the mind as part of safe driving.

 

The Global Road Safety Week provides us with the opportunity to plan and invite the participation of individuals to disseminate information as a gesture of reminding others that safety is a collective commitment to upholding the value of someone’s life. So please say yes to participating in this week in your town, city, province, and country by submitting the Sign-Up form given below.

 

For information on how to organize a Safe Speeds Symposium, please contact Sister Kavita via email on bkroadsafety01@gmail.com and via WhatsApp on +91 9167995251.

 

With Loving Remembrances,

Gayatri Naraine

 

Sign up for hosting Safe Speeds Symposium

 

Let's Create a Culture of Road Safety

 

Driving with Dignity

The one who has Self-Respect is free from aggression.

 

Working with Wisdom

To be wise is to see the order in everything that is happening.

 

Living with Love

To Love is to Give.


 
 

March Newsletter

3 April 2017

Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,

 

Greetings of love.

 

We extend a warm invitation for you to read about the wonderful service that was done to inspire, uplift and empower women and girls during the month of March. Along with these, the International Day of Happiness always brings smiles in these times of fear, anxiety, and peacelessness.

 

Celebrations at UNHQ

Hundreds of women, girls, and school children, plus a large male representation, made their way to the United Nations General Assembly building to honor and share in the celebrations of the International Women's Day under the theme, “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. Many of these women chose to show their solidarity by wearing red! Among the many diplomats present was UN Women's Global Goodwill Ambassador, actress Ms. Anne Hathaway. Read more.

 

Celebrations Around the World

Many Brahma Kumaris centers across the world organized programs to celebrate this year's International Women's Day (IWD) under the theme: Empowering Women in the Changing World of Work. Read here for a summary of what took place at a few places.

 

Here is video of the story of a woman's journey to empowerment: enjoy

 

It was a busy week, filled with excitment and enthusiasm, as the Brahma Kumaris at the UN in New York, got prepared for CSW61. 

 

The BK delegation of four organized and participated in five parallel and community events, and also attended and participated in a few side events.

 

Read summary of these programs.

 

Int'l Day of Happiness

Celebrations in Rajasthan, India

Radio Madhuban 90.4 FM celebrated the International Day of Happiness on 20th March 2017 in Abu, Rajasthan. The entire team put in lots of effort to make this day special for the community and spread joy through Radio.

 

Our volunteers conducted a VoxPop in the community with men, women and children of all ages to find out their understanding of happiness. Our team interacted with the community and recorded their messages for the listeners. People recorded such profound messages that filled the listeners with love and joy when they were broadcast on-air in form of a 25 minute ‘happiness capsule’. Sister Urmila, Associate Editor of Gyanamrit Magazine, was invited for an interview at the studios. She shared from her personal spiritual experiences, some words of wisdom about happiness and its pursuit in daily life. Listeners loved the interview and called in to share their feedback.

 

Radio Madhuban collaborated with Brahma Kumaris’ Water Department and launched a Mini Happiness Train to celebrate the day. The train had slogans and info-graphics about happiness on both sides. BK Brijmohan, BK Karuna, BK Amirchand, BK Bharat, and BK Yashwant flagged off the Happiness Train. This train was slated to travel around the community in the coming days to spread happiness around. People posted slogans and best wishes on a poster on the train for the community to inspire love, unity and brotherhood.

 

The Brahma Kumaris and the SDGs

The annual General Assembly of the Brahma Kumaris convened on March 3 - 10, 2017 at it's HQ in Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India. As a means of raising awareness of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals for world transformation, an expo was organized. It was inaugurated by the Chief of the BKs, Dadi Janki. Here is a glimpse of the SDG expo in pictures.


Goal 5 report

 

 

E-Notice: Sign Up to Slow Down: UN Global Road Safety Week

3 April 2017

Dear NCs and CCs,

 

Greetings of Light and Love from BK Road Safety Team!

 

We are excited to have interacted with you during the recent NC-CC Retreat and we invite you to host a Safe Speed Symposium (SSS) during the upcoming UN Global Road Safety Week (8 -14 May 2017).

 

At BKUN, we see that Spiritual Transformation is foundational to the UN's purpose of being. By hosting these SSS, we plan to support UN-GRSW as a widespread spiritual global group!

 

Application of values and virtues for safer road travels will be a valuable gift we can share with our communities. In turn, we create an opportunity to establish connections with road safety stakeholders in our communities.

We will be sharing more resources in coming weeks to guide you with preparations for hosting a SSS but meanwhile please take a moment to fill the form below.

 

Thank You!

Road Safety Team

 

Sign up Form

 

 

Invitations to CSW61 Parallel and Community Events

10 March 2017

We extend a warm invitation for you to view our events during the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) which commences on Monday, March 13 for two weeks. Kindly see below details regarding these programs. We appreciate if you invite women in your contact who may benefit from them.

 

Yoga's Impact on Work: The Feminine Principle

 

Wednesday, March 15
4:30pm - 6:00pm

 

The Community Church of New York, Chapel
40 E. 35th Street (Park and Madison Aves.)

 

In an ever-changing world with much uncertainty, including in the area of employment and livelihood, an important tool and support is the practice of yoga. Learn about the fullness and richness of yoga and its practical implications for the changing way we work and create money to sustain ourselves and our families.

Invitation
More Information: denise.scotto@gmail.com

 

Women in the Changing World of Work: The Caring Economy

 

Thursday, March 16
6:30pm -8:00pm

 

The Meditation Center and Gallery
306 Fifth Ave. 2nd. Floor
(between 31st and 32nd Streets)

 

The UN’s theme to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day relates to women in the changing world of work. Bold change from our current paradigm to that of a ‘Caring Economy’ recognizes the divine feminine and human action by men and women that flows from one’s heart.

 

The Brahma Kumaris and the International Day of Yoga Committee to the UN warmly invite you to join in the annual sacred circle. All are welcome but space is limited, please RSVP: denise.scotto@gmail.com by March 14.

Invitation

 

Solar-Thermal Cooking Technologies: Empowering Women in Renewable-Energy Careers

 

Friday, March 17
10:30am - 12:00noon

 

The Community Church of New York, Room 201-202
40 E. 35th Street (Park and Madison Aves.)

 

You are invited to Solar Cookers International joint parallel event with the Brahma Kumaris and Arc Finance. The panel consists of Ms. Julia Greene Executive Director, SCI; Ms. Niki Armacost, Managing Director, Arc Finance; BK Marianne Lizana, Psychologist and Director, Brahma Kumaris Assoc. in Costa Rica.
Invitation

 

Values Caucus Community Discussion: The Value of Work

 

Friday, March 17
3:15pm - 4:45pm

Baha'i Office
866 UN Plaza, Suite 120
48th Street (between 1st. Ave. and FDR Dr.)

 

We know there isn't equity in the world of work. There are glass ceilings and exploitation, but…
What is work and what does it mean to us? How can we create an environment that allows for workers to flourish, be cared for and have their efforts connect to something within them that benefits the community. Join us and share your thoughts and learn from women from around the world.

Must RSVP for security entrance: valuescaucus@gmail.com | 212-803-2531
View Invitation

 

Beyond Stress & Tiredness: Well-being through Self-Care: A Program for Women

 

Saturday, March 18
9:30am - 11:30am

Global Harmony House
46 S. Middle Neck Road
Great Neck, NY 11021

 

The challenges we face in our daily lives make us lose our ability to remain calm and peaceful. We feel stressed, exhausted and tense. This does not allow us to enjoy our lives, our relationships and our work.
Please join ‘A ComUnity of Women’ with our guest Marianne Lizana Moreno, as we engage in a dynamic process exploring the value of self-care as an important strategy to keep our well-being sustained and the self empowered.

RSVP: ghhevents@us.brahmakumaris.org | 516 773 0971
Invitation

 

 

Service News: Divya Nagari Service at United Nations

5 March 2017

Divine Family,

 

Om shanti

 

It gives us immense pleasure to share with you all that our “Divya Nagari Slim Transformation Project” has been presented at one of the side event; “Yoga’s impact on Eradicating poverty, Sustainable living & Social Inclusion” at 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) at United Nations (UN), New York, USA on 3rd February 2016 by BK Ishita ben, Chief Executive, Divya Nagari & Centre Co-ordinator, Brahma Kumaris, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.

 

All the dignitaries and participants present in the conference were given Divya Nagari Annual Report. We believe the experience of Divya Nagari project shared at such global platform would inspire many social developers and help in eradicating poverty.


Please find below the attached flyer, photographs and video speech of the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD_sA0YNCAA&t=30s

Thanks for the good wishes of divine family.


 

 

Febuary News Letter

2 March 2017

Greetings of love.

 

February was quite a busy month as the 55th. Session on the Commission for Social Development took place for two weeks. You are warmly invited to read news of this and other events below.

 

ECOSOC Youth Forum    The role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world    January 30 - 31

 

This annual two-day forum, held at the UN Headquarters in New York, brought together youths from all over the world, including 2 BK youths - Raghav Chawla, of Delhi, and Khush Kirpalani, of New York!

 

Read more here

Breakout Group on Infrastructure and Save Cities

Section of Civil Society (NGO) participation

 

 

World Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1 - 7

 

The Brahma Kumaris joined in the celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week by attending an event at the Tillman Chapel, UN Church Center, hosted by the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations.
The theme for the celebration was, 'Interfaith Harmony: Embracing the Other'
It was a dynamic program read more

 

Link to photos

 

Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development for All

February 1 - 10

 

A team of four BKs attended the UN 55th Session on Commission for Social Development, CSosD, and participated in many of the side events. It was a full, busy, but enriching 10 days. Read summary
 

The International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN hosted a side event on Friday, February 3 where BK Ishita spoke on the successful slum project, Divya Nagari.
 

The Brahma Kumaris was also presented an oral statement at one of the general meetings. BK Kinnari Murthy, one of the UN representative of the BKs in New York, read that statement amidst read more
 

You may read more about the Commission here
 

Link to photos

 

 

March 2017 Calendar of Events

24 Febuary 2017

Greetings of love.

 

The month of March basically focuses on women. There is the International Women's Day and the annual 14 days Commission on the Status of Women. Along with these, the International Day of Happiness always brings smiles in these times of fear, anxiety, and peacelessness. We encourage you to use these opportunities to share the message of hope and empowerment within your communities. As always, we appreciate if you send a brief report along with photographs.

 

International Women's Day

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030

Wednesday, March 8

 

The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. The theme focuses on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. Read more

 

You are encouraged to arrange events in your local area, in partnerships or otherwise, around this theme. Also, there is a campaign, BeBoldForChange, which may provide additional interest.


We look forward to receiving news in writing and photos.

 

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61)

Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work

March 13 - 24

 

The energetic and exciting two weeks of CSW61 will be held at the UNHQ in New York. A Brahma Kumaris delegation of 4 will be attending the main events and many side events during that time. Along with these, the team has organized community programs, parallel events, and panel discussions as means of outreach. Here are samples of two events: Yoga's Impact on Work
Well-being through Self-Care

 

A BK statement on the theme was also submitted.
 

You may view calendar dates here
 

To read more about this year's commission, please click here
 

You are welcome to organize a program around any of these topics. We look forward to receiving your reports.

 

International Day of Happiness

Monday, March 20

 

The International Day of Happiness is an official UN day that “recognizes the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal and the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.” Interestingly, Smurfs teamed up with United Nations this year to help in establishing a happier, more peaceful and equitable world.
 

There are many ways we can join in celebrating this day. Learn more. Or you may wish to organize your own event. Kindly remember to share with us news and photos.

 

 

January and Febuary Newsletter 2017

2 Febuary 2017

Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,

Greetings of love.

 

January is usually the time for introspection which allows for inner transformation on a deeper level. A few programs were organised by the BKs at the UN to honor this. You are warmly invited to read news below.
 

Also, please find at the bottom of the newsletter, dates for UN Days/Weeks that the Brahma Kumaris observe. We encourage you to organize programs in your centers and communities to honor these days.

 

Defining Transformation within the Sustainable Development Agenda

UNHQ, Conference 9
January 19

 

The UNFPA, the Brahma Kumaris and the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, brought together a group of 45 individuals who were experienced in their respective field of work, and showed a deep interest in how spirituality impacts global transformation.

This selective group engaged themselves in an interactive and reflective conversation on the topic "Defining Transformation within the Sustainable Development Agenda," the second in a series of dialogues. The room was charged with a beautiful positive energy which in itself expressed the rich, heartfelt and meaningful conversation that took place.
Read more.

 

ECOSOC Youth Forum    The role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world    January 30 - 31

 

This annual two-day forum, held at the UN Headquarters in New York, is bringing together youths from all over the world, including 2 BK youths! Look out for details in February Newsletter.

 

Upcoming Events in February

 

World Interfaith Harmony Week    February 1 - 7

 

Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation among people, the General Assembly of the UN is encouraging all States to support this cause, during this week.
Last year, the BKs co-hosted conversations on the principle of “Love of God, Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbor," with the faith-based organizations in New York City. Each center was encouraged to have at least one conversation and to invite faith-based people to talk about this universal concept of love as is understood by the different faiths.

You are welcome to organize such events in your local area. As usual, we appreciate receiving your brief reports and photographs.

 

Commission for Social Development    February 1 - 10

 

A team of three BKs will be attending the UN 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development. The International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN, of which the BKs are the co-chair, is hosting a side event on Friday, February 3. You may read more about the Commission here

 

UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris

International Days

 

Kindly make a special note of these dates so that events can be organized to celebrate or honor them. As usual, we appreciate a brief report and photos for the facebook page and the blog.
You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information.

March 8 International Women's Day
March 20 International Day of Happiness
April 7 World Health Day
April 22 International Earth Day
May 15 International Day of Families
June 5 World Environment Day
June 21 International Day of Yoga
August 12 International Youth Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
September 21 International Day of Peace
October 1 International Day of Older Persons
October 2 International Day of Non-violence
November 16 International Day of Tolerance
November 20 World Day of Remebrance for Road Traffic Victims
December 10 Human Rights Day

International Weeks:

February 1 - 7 World Interfaith Harmony Week
May 4 - 10 UN Global Road Safety Week

 

 

New Year Message 2017

4 January 2017

 

 

2017 BK UN Archive Page