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Coronavirus Guidelines from the NC Office for the Americas

16 March 2020

 

Om shanti and healthy greetings,

We are sharing some guidelines for the USA centers and classes during this time of health concerns on how the center activities can continue.

We are closing  Global Harmony House for public events and also limiting access for daily classes.

 

Guidance for the Centers of the Americas from the Regional Coordinating Office

15 March 2020


Our guiding principles in creating this set of guidelines are to protect our instruments, students, contacts, and friends from becoming ill and to support public health efforts in mitigating the spread of this highly contagious virus.  We understand that those with strong immune systems might contract the virus but remain without symptoms.  However, they may infect those who are older or who have weakened immune systems.  Our hope is to support the efforts in all of our countries and local communities to protect the health of everyone who lives and works there.  As we do this, it’s important to remain aware of our main task of spiritual sustenance and upliftment.  Our responses to situations need to be considerate and compassionate.


Guidelines for Centers Regarding Gatherings:

 ·       Effective immediately, and through the end of April, we are requesting that all BK centers and classes in the region be closed for gatherings of any size for the public and for BK’s.

·       During this period, we encourage you to make every effort to create on-line versions of  programs using Zoom, Facebook live, Skype and other technologies to continue to sustain our students, friends, and contacts.

·       We will not have in-person murli class in our centers except for those who live in the center.  Note there may be case-by-case exceptions for those who live nearby and are not using public transport, but instead will offer murli via Skype, Zoom, phone or other methods.


Guidelines for instruments living at the centers:

 o   For those who work, please consider working from home if at all possible.

o   Please cancel all non-urgent appointments, including those with doctors or dentists.

o   Those arriving back from travel to India or elsewhere should thoroughly wash and sanitize their luggage before bringing it into the center.

o   We will not be able to accommodate international guests at the centers until further notice.

o   Anyone with a cold or symptoms of a respiratory disease should self-quarantine for 14 days.  If there are vulnerable people living with you, make every effort to self-quarantine in a location other than the center – or as far away as possible in the center.

o   For those who have to go into work,

o   Avoid public transportation.

o   Remove outerwear, such as coats, gloves, and handbags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. before you enter the center and keep separate in a garage or outer room. 

o   Disinfect anything you touch when coming in from the outside. 

o   Shower with disinfectant soap as soon as you enter the center.

o   Follow the precautions set by the Center for Disease Control.

o   Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.

·        Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

·        Stay home when you are sick.

·        Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

·        Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

·        Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

·        Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

 

Guidelines for Instruments Not Living at the Center:

 o   Those instruments who support the center while living in their homes should practice social distancing, minimizing their contact with the public and maintaining high levels of hygiene.


Guidance for those Hoping to Attend the Regional and Sub-regional Retreats and Brothers Retreat

o   Because it is still 10 weeks until the scheduled start of the Regional Retreat, and there is so much uncertainty at this time, we will delay making a decision on this series of retreats until April 15 when we hope the situation will have stabilized.

o   Please wait to purchase tickets until that time.

o   The planning team will continue to plan for the retreat in the awareness, that it could be conducted on-line as a webinar or similar format if necessary.


Stay current with updated information on the virus. 


o   Check reliable Websites for updated information

o   Take the guidance of the government officials in your area.

Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary will be updated regularly as information becomes available
Prepare the Centers for Extended Periods of Confinement

o   As advised in the past, all centers should maintain a stock of a 3 to 6 months of food staples, medical supplies and paper goods. 

o   Instruments should maintain a supply of critical personal medications.

o   In the case of a public health epidemic as we’re facing now, you will want a stock of disinfectants, hand purifiers, sprays and wipes, hand soaps, tissues and so on.

The Power of Our Practice:

o   Our foundation as always is to keep our centers and the instruments at our centers spiritually charged.

o   We are asking that you set aside time each morning and again in the evening for extra yoga.

o   Consider the power of vibrations of compassion shared with all souls of the world, and nature.

o   Once you have taken all necessary measures, allow your thoughts to remain elevated, peaceful and stable.

Click here to doanload full report.

 

 

GUIDELINES for Coronavirus for the USA

7 March 2020

 

Dear instruments for the USA,

Greetings of love. I know you must be aware of the corona virus (COVID 19) that is spreading rapidly in parts of the US.  It is still early in the spread of this virus, and much is unknown.  I encourage you to inform yourself by going to website of the Center for Disease Control and staying in touch with your local public health officials. 


We can make certain preparations to assure that the centers are safe places for you and for those you serve, such as frequent and thorough washing of hands, not touching your face, and keeping surfaces clean with disinfectant.  You can make sure that there are waste baskets in many places in the center and boxes of tissues.  Ask those who aren’t well, not to come to the center, but to stay home and care for themselves until they are well.


If the virus has not spread to your area, these precautions may be enough.  However, when the virus is spreading rapidly in an area, health officials may restrict public gatherings until the virus has subsided.  Our center in Northern Italy is closed for now, with the exception of a few students who live in the center or nearby.  And Brother Surya in Seattle, Washington, is limiting murli to on-line for now, because the virus is spreading rapidly in Washington state.


When planning travel, you can find travel advisories on the CDC Website mentioned above.  Currently travel restrictions apply to only those traveling to and from high-risk countries such as China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.  However, this may change, so you should check this Website before making your travel plans.


We are closely monitoring the COVID 19 situation as it unfolds, at all levels.  We are deeply committed to the safety of you, our instruments, and to our students, friends and contacts.  I encourage you to follow county health and government protocols, especially now when so little is known about the virus, and to be ready to respond if the situation worsens in your area.


Finally, this is the kind of situation when our practice will bring calm and reassurance to the family and to those we serve.  Keep your mind stable and at peace and use the power of silence to counter the fear and sorrow that many will feel.  These are the kinds of situations that Baba has been preparing us for.  When we know more, we will plan to have a call with all of the USA instruments.


With love,

Sister Mohini

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - February 2020

3 March 2020

MIAMI

 

Visit to an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) in Orlando

Assisted Living Facility (ALF) meetings in Florida

 

Feb 2: BKs with the healthcare background from Miami, Ocala & Orlando came together to visit an assisted living facility in Orlando to gain more insights about practical aspects of creating & running such a facility.

 

The team of BKs included Amar, Marjorie and Devbhai from Miami; Anne and Hanumanbhai from Ocala; and Krishnabhai, Ann & Malika from Orlando. This team met with Dev bhais school time friend (from Trinidad) - Linda who is a registered nurse and has been running an ALF facility in Orlando for 13 years. Linda very patiently answered the many questions by the team about the reality of running such a facility in the state of Florida. Br. Krishna then lovingly introduced the Brahma Kumaris, shared a blessing and also extended a warm invitation to visit the BK Orlando center.

 

Passing of Marie

 

BK Marie from Miami, Florida

 

Feb 4: Marie whose 63rd birthday would have been on Feb 21st was the first student to become a BK when service in Miami began 35 years ago. She had quickly become a teacher as well as an inspiration for newer students.


Marie was at home with her husband and under the care of Hospice. Despite the past 10 months since diagnosis and the operation (brain tumor), Marie had been uncomplaining and did not have to endure much by way of pain. Sr. Waddy visited her and shared a meditation commentary reminding her of Baba and the service that will be automatic in her next birth.....click here for full report with photos.

 

 

 

Peace Day at Los Angeles (USA) Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center

13 February 2020

 

 

 

Click here to download full report.

 

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - January 2020st Republic Day

6 February 2020

MARGATE

JANUARY AVYAKT MONTH

 

After the festive Christmas period, January ushers in the new year with a shift in consciousness from festive/celebrative to introversion and and avyakt. A series of BK family programs was held to help in creating and experiencing our angelic stage. These included bhattis, churnings, movies etc all scheduled to help emerge and sustain our spiritual awareness and closeness to Baba.

 

Jan 17th at BK Margate Meditation Center, Florida

 

Evening Mela: The History of the Yagya

As a pre-preparation for the 18th January program, a Bhatti using videos, songs and music was held on the evening of 17th January. Some new souls who completed the course also attended and were inspired to join us for auspicious Day of Remembrance program.

 

Day of Remembrance:

January 18th

As usual, this special day started at 4.00 am with Amritvela at the Center, followed by Murli and tuning in to Madhuban Program.

 

Jan 18 - Remembrance Day at BK Margate Meditation Center, Florida

 

Bro Chandra Visit to Trinidad

Bro Chandra travelled to Trinidad and was fortunate to attend Bhatti at the Chaguanas Center where he was able to reunite with Baba’s sweet jewels.

 

Upcoming programs

Preparation for Madhuban Program: Sister Hansa and Bro Chandra will be leaving in February for the annual NC/CC retreat in Madhuban and will be attending the Silence Retreat at ORC, Delhi after Madhuban program.

 

Students will continue with regular programs at the center while Sister Hansa is away and is already making plans for celebrating Valentine Day with Baba......click here for full report with photos.

 

 

 

 

BKs in Houston, Texas, USA Serve VIPs on India's 71st Republic Day

30 January 2020

Dear Divine Family, Om shanti and greetings of love.  

BK Dr. Hansa Raval and the Brahmin family joined Houston’s newly installed Consul General of India, Mr. Aseem Mahajan, Fort Bend County Judge, Mr. KP George, Deputy Consul General of Houston, Indian community leaders, and other dignitaries to celebrate India’s 71st Republic Day.

Much love in BapDada’s yaad,
BK Dr. Hansa Raval

 

 

New Year Eve Celebrations - 2020 Brahma Kumaris, Silicon Valley, Milpitas, USA

12 January 2020

Om Shanti, Greetings of Peace for a Wonderful and Happy New Year 2020 from BK Silicon Valley, Milpitas family.

 

We had intense meditation and celebration with 103 brahmin souls to welcome the New Year 2020 from 10 pm to 12.30 am.

Below are some pictures of the celebrations.

 

Om Shanti,

Sr. Kusum

 

Intense Meditation with Angelic theme 

 

New Year Greetings by Sr.Kusum

 

BK Family welcome New Year together

 

New Year Cake Cutting by Sr.Kusum

 

 

Kids enjoying the New Year Celebrations

 

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida & Puerto Rico Service News: December 2019

12 January 2020

Florida Family Retreat with special guest Sr Maureen from UK

 

Dec 6-8: The annual Florida Family Retreat was held in Naples, FL. Over 125 BKs attended from Florida, Chicago, Puerto Rico, Atlanta, Peace Village, New York, and from around the globe including Mexico, Trinidad, India, Colombia and Peru.

 

Sr. Maureen from London brought special power and enthusiasm to the retreat. Throughout the weekend, she guided the group on a deep exploration of Bap Samaan: The Journey and the Destination From Amrit Vela onwards, she shared powerful thoughts, guided personal inquiries, and tied together with the “whole package” of deep soul consciousness. “Soul consciousness is about Truth, and letting go of everything else…. Do I accept Baba’s vision of me? Do I accept myself, or am I battling? If you live according to the Truth, you will never know how many lives you’ve touched.”

 

The coordinating team recreated the Madhubhan experience with a special Baba’s Room for silent reflection, historical yagya photos in the dining room where we reflected on Brahma Baba’s special qualities, and the gift of the official Madhubhan Retreat booklet. A Virtual Reality meditation experience was a new addition to the retreat this year. Singing, dancing, and qigong kept everyone moving. Seamless cooperation with meals, registration, AV, tea and coffees, cleanup and general goodwill was apparent everywhere. Sr. Mary (Chicago) and Sr. Shweta (London) also shared stories and provided special workshop activities during the weekend.....click here for full report.

 

 

 

 

In Photos - BK Silicon Valley, Milpitas Christmas Celebrations 2019

29 December 2019

Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley, Milpitas celebrated Christmas. Here are some of the pictures of the event.

 

Christmas Greetings by Sr.Kusum

Song's game by BK Sisters and Brothers

Christmas Significance by BK Kumaris

Jokes by BK Brothers

BK kids performance

Christmas Songs by BK kids group

Santa giving gifts to BK kids

BK Souls enjoying the cultural programs

Christmas Brahma Bhojan and Toli

 

Om Shanti

Sr.Kusum

 

 

New Year Greetings from Brahma Kumaris, Silicon Valley, Milpitas, USA

29 December 2019

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy 2020 from Vancouver, Canada

24 December 2019

Greetings of love from Vancouver!

 

 

IN PHOTOS: BKs of Silicon Valley, Milpitas, USA - Thanks Giving Celebrations

21 December 2019

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated by Americans on the fourth Thursday of November. It is celebrated as a day to spend with loved ones and for giving thanks. As Baba's Children, we celebrated Thanksgiving by Giving Thanks to Shiv Baba and the whole Brahmin Family. In this event, we had a class on "How to express our gratitude and thanks to Baba", followed by cultural events by BK brothers and sisters and the event concluded with a delicious Brahma Bhojan.

 

Here are some of the pictures from the event

 

 

Talk on Thanks Giving by Sr.Kusum

 

 

Baba Songs by BK Sisters

 

 

Gyan Murli Quiz by BK Sisters

 

 

Jokes by BK Kumaris

 

 

BK Souls enjoying the cultural programs

 

 

Thanks Giving Brahma Bhojan

 

 

 

Houston, Texas, USA - Raja Yoga Meditation Session at Jain Center

21 December 2019

Dear Divine Family, Om shanti and greetings of love. 

 

Brahma Kumaris was invited to conduct a Raja Yoga Meditation session at Jain Vishwa Bharati center in Houston.  Jain nuns (Samanis) also participated in the session.  Everyone was given the introduction of the Supreme Soul as the Father of all Religions, and knowledge of the soul world.  The session concluded with deep experience of peace through Raja Yoga Meditation.

 

Please see pictures by clicking here

 

Much love in BapDada’s yaad,

BK Dr. Hansa Raval

Houston, Texas, USA

 

 

Sister Ranjan from Dallas, TX and Sister Bindu from Oaklahoma participate in the  WHCA “THREADS” Conference held in Boston (USA)

9 December 2019

Sister Ranjan from Dallas/Texas and Binduben from Oklahoma were invited to attend the “THREADS” conference organized by The World Hindu Council of America held in Boston/USA from Nov. 1st to 3rd. The aim of the conference was to bring together, thinkers, educators, public policy-makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, yogis, and more to share their stories, engage with each other face-to-face, explore how their roots have made them successful, and share their ideas for brighter, better America.

 

After Sister Ranjan conducted meditation with commentary to open the conference, Sister Bindu read the message of good wishes/blessings from Brahmakumaris. 

 

Om Shanti

Dallas service team.

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Greetings from Sr Mohini

28 November 2019

Dear Instruments & the family, Greetings of love

 

I have been thinking about you all. Baba’s all children are also Baba’s instruments. We all say “Thank you" to Baba and Baba also lovingly says, “Thank you, my children”.

 

We all thank Drama for being our friend & we experience the benefit of every scene in the Drama.

 

I also say "Thank you" to each one of you because we all are one beautiful divine family. We all share all Godly virtues & powers in the form of good wishes and the cooperation of love. Our collective power of purity and God’s love is creating a pure, divine world.

 

So congratulations and good wishes to you.

 

With Love,

Sister Mohini

 

 

Sister Mohini's Visit to Toronto

18 November 2019

Dear Divine Family,

 

It was our fortune to welcome Sister Mohini to Toronto for a week. She brought with her the fragrance of Madhuban combined with Baba’s love and power.

 

Our Yagya is ignited and running consistently since the establishment. In Sister Mohini’s words, this was a mini Yagya created for 7 days where many souls took full benefit through her sharing and elevated company. She was accompanied by Sister Bhumi, Sister Uma and Sister Minal. We also welcomed Brother Eric from Montreal. Piyushbhai and Sheelabhen from Chicago joined us for the weekend.

 

Each evening there were gatherings of more than a 100 BKs from different service places including Scarborough, Brampton and Mississauga. She shared her personal experiences using these key points:

  1. Creating pure attitude and thereby give blessings and take blessings
  2. Spiritual love and contentment
  3. Faith and trust in Baba and Drama

On Saturday evening at the public program, ‘The Heart of Compassion’, Brother Eric introduced the program with a meditation experience and live commentary creating a powerful atmosphere. He also shared about his journey and guidance from Sister Mohini after which Sister Mohini took the audience through a beautiful experience. She talked about using virtues as the means of being compassionate. She felt that greater emphasis should be on relationships. Sunday morning with a celebration of approximately 400 BKs from surrounding areas. There was Meditation, Murli class, Bhog offering, cake cutting, cultural program, Toli, gifts and Brahma Bhojan. It was truly a celebration with the feeling of Madhuban experience.

 

Sister Mohini embraced the family tirelessly with evening classes every day, personal meetings and a zoom call with all the coordinators of Canada. It felt as if everyone’s desires were fulfilled, all were happy and the 7 days flew by very quickly. She left us with the incentive to move forward on our spiritual journey through the power of her company and sharings from the heart.

Many Thanks to BapDada, our Dadi’s and seniors for their constant blessings and spiritual guidance during this auspicious confluence age. We are sure that Sister Mohini will come more often and for many more days.

 

Thank you Sister Mohini
from the heart of Toronto Family.

 

Bhog Message

 

Full Report with Additional photos

 

 

 

 

Inauguration of Renovated Boston Center, Massachusetts, USA

18 November 2019

Dear Divine Family,

 

On Saturday, November 2nd the Boston Family had the fortune of celebrating and inaugurating the newly renovated and expanded center in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA. In the gracious presence of Sister Mohini and the extended Brahmin family everyone experienced great joy seeing the wonder and magic of the Magician BapDada!

 

We have been in this center since 2003 where it was more of a residential building that was open for the public to come in. Over the time period seeing the needs and possibilities, with the blessing of Sister Mohini, the cooperation of the family and the support from the town we took on this project two years ago. During the construction process, builders and contractors and their crew were constantly sustained with blessing cards and tolis, so it was also a very good opportunity to serve them! We feel blessed to have this combined facility where niwasis can live and also allow the public to come in for all the programs offered at the center. The new signage has been drawing good attention from the pedestrians and the passing traffic.

 

Please find link below to see pictures of the center /inauguration.

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1TMR8dSZc_q3G7UhJ3lx1vGLJOyQZlrMX?usp=sharing

 

Thank you for all your continued support and good wishes for the growth and sustenance of this new Baba's home.

 

In Baba's Yaad

Sister Rita and Brother Dev

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - October 2019

3 November 2019

UPCOMING BK FLORIDA FAMILY BK RETREAT

 

 

Miami

 

WomenSeries: Discovering Our Value and Manifesting Our Worth

 

 

Womens Series at BK Miami Meditation Center on Discovering Our Value and Manifesting Our Worth

 

Oct 6: #WomensSeries on "Discovering Our Value and Manifesting Our Worth" was facilitated by BKs Marianne and Merce with a focus on knowing the inner value, as a soul, rather than the many external ways we have learned to measure the outer values......click here for full report with photos.

 

 

 

The Living Lamps of Diwali-SmileBox

1 November 2019

Om Shanti, Wishing you a very happy Diwali. 

This is a presentation created a few years ago on the true Story of Diwali.  Most photos are of Peace Village. Turn on your speakers and enlarge the screen, and enjoy. 

 

Love, Sr Chirya

Click on the image below to watch video.

 

 

 

Milpitas - Diwali Celebrations 2019

1 November 2019

Om Shanti Dear Brothers and Sisters, Greetings of Peace,

BK Silicon Valley, Milpitas Celebrated Diwali on Sunday, 2019. Over 400 souls attended the event. Highlights of the event are Talk by Sr.Kusum on "Invoke Laxmi Ji by Lighting Diya Within", Cultural Performances, Skit "Swarg Mein Ek Seat Khali Hai" (Vacancy for "One" in God's Kingdom) and Candle lighting Ceremony, followed by Brahma Bhojan.

Here are some pictures from the event.

Candle Lighting Ceremony: Dignitaries on stage are Ash Kalra (California Assembly Member), Kansen Chu (California Assembly Member), Jose Esteves (former Mayor City of Milpitas), Rishi Kumar (Council Member City of Saratoga), Savita Vaidyanathan (Mayor of Cupertino), Ramesh Konda and Vijaya Asuri from Association of Indo Americans (AIA), Suresh Gandhi( Indian Community Leader of Bay Area)

Talk by Sr. Kusum "Invoke Laxmi Ji by Lighting Diya Within"

Video Link: https://youtu.be/B387o9Eh2_4

Cultural Event: Skit "Swarg Mein Ek Seat Khali Hai" (Vacancy for "One" in God's Kingdom)

Video link: https://youtu.be/yXIf-ffe2ZY

Audience enjoying the Event

BK Kusum Kejriwal
BK Meditation Center
Milpitas,CA 95035, USA
www.svbrahmakumaris.org

 

 

 

Happy Diwali from our Hearts to Yours! (Washington DC Family)

31 October 2019

our greatest wealth is in your ability to think with kindness, peace, pure feelings and good wishes for all. Wishing each and every one of you the best for this Diwali!

Your Friends at the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museums
https://www.meditationmuseum.org/

 

 

Report of California Wildfires Near BK Centers, 10/28/2019

31 October 2019

Major fires have broken out in California for the 3rd year in a row due to a very dry climate, dry vegetation, and high winds. Last Saturday and Sunday, there were some gusts of wind in the hills that were up to 100 miles an hour.  A fire in Geyserville broke out on October 23 and has now moved southwest into the towns of Healdsburg and Windsor which is 40 miles north of the Brahma Kumaris Meditation and Retreat Center. We had served two evacuated families from the city of Santa Rosa who stayed with us at the Retreat center. We have had special meditations in the morning and evenings for the fire victims and in making Baba’s home a powerful oasis for souls.

Since Saturday, we had been without electric power for 48 hours. Tomorrow morning the power will be cut again. This time for more than 2 million people. Yesterday the winds were so strong you could not work outside. The property was covered in broken branches, tree bark, and leaves. The smoke from this fire has filled the Bay Area.

The biggest threat of fire is from the power lines and electric transformers. A fire could spark from anywhere and with high winds spread very quickly. Therefore, we have to remain alert and attentive. This Kincaid Fire, in Northern California, has grown to more than 74,000 acres in 7 days, which is twice the size of San Francisco. While the blaze is now 15% contained, it would take "weeks, if not months" to fully extinguish the flames.  There are 200,000 under evacuation orders, 96 structures burned, 10,000 homes and businesses evacuated

Meanwhile, a dangerous wildfire broke out early today in Los Angeles, California, threatening hundreds of homes near the world-famous Getty Center. Strong winds were spreading the fast-growing fire that was burning along a major freeway west of downtown. This fire is only 9 miles from the Los Angeles Center. The fire is now 600 acres, due to high winds and flames shooting 60 feet (20 meters) high, 10,000 people have been evacuated. The Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center is 9 miles away from the Getty fire. Sister Gita and the BK family are doing fine. They are not in the evacuation zone due to the winds blowing away from the center.

California’s new normal: Wildfires, ash and power outages. In 20 hours, the fire departments across the state had put out 320 fires. There are now about 12 major fires still active in California.

Anubhuti Meditation & Retreat Center
820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd
Novato, CA 94949

415-884-2314
www.anubhutiretreatcenter.org
anubhuti@brahmakumaris.org

 

 

 

BKs Celebrate Diwali in St Louis, Missouri

31 October 2019

Om shanti and Loving yaadpyar from St. Louis family!

We had a beautiful Diwali celebration with the St. Louis family on October 20. About 34 people came to Baba's house. We had meditation, talk and Diwali Brahma Bhojan. Sending you pictures of the event and also did a brief talk at Navratri Golu of a Tamil contact's house on October 6. About 25 souls took benefit of the talk,

Thank you!

In Baba's yaad,
Priya BK

 

 

 

Diwali Greetings from Sis Chandru, San Francisco & Anubhuti Family

31 October 2019

 

 

 

Special 2019 Diwali Greetings from Los Angeles Family

25 October 2019

 

 

 

News of the Visit of Sr Shashi (Greenford, UK) to Western Canada

24 October 2019

Please view attached file or click here.

 

 

 

Watch Godlywood's Coverage of Peace Village's 20th Anniversary Celebration

24 October 2019

Om Shanti Special Souls,

Peace News broadcasting from Godlywood Studios in Shantivan, Mt Abu has put together a 'brilliant' coverage of the event-
See link for the Peace Village 20th Anniversary Celebration below.

At 1:00 minute into the video are several photos previewing PV Celebration news and then again
from 10:16 to 12:53 minutes in the International News section.

Please fwd to others and put on your FB page etc.

Click on below image to watch video.

In happy Remembrance, Peace Villagers

 

 

 

Pause for Peace Celebration with Sister Vedanti & Sister Deepti in Sacramento, California

7 October 2019

Dear Divine Family, Om Shanti and greetings of love!

We are pleased to share service news for Pause for Peace Celebration with Sister Vedanti and Sister Deepti in Sacramento, California.

Interfaith Ceremony Participants : Sister Vedanti – Brahma Kumaris, Africa; Sister Deepti – Brahma Kumaris, Africa; Sister Hansa - Brahma Kumaris, Sacramento; Mr. Akram Keval - SALAM Islamic Center; Ms. Carol Loew - Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region; Bishop Ron Allen - Greater Solomon Temple Community Church; Sue Ramsden -Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Rev. James Trapp - Spiritual Life Center; Ms. Rachel Lyman - Interfaith Pioneers; Darshan Mundy - Sikh West Sacramento Gurdwara; Rev. Lucy Bunch - Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento; Diana Rudé - Congregation B’nai Israel; Serene Erby - Greater Sacramento Baha’is; Rev. Laura Hansen - Non-Denominational Minister; Brother Vinod - Brahma Kumaris, India; Cindy Wang & Yee Kwong - Buddhist Representatives, Fo Guang Shan Bodhi Temple

Mohamed Umbashi, Field Representative for California State Assembly Member Ken Cooley presented Certificate of Appreciate to Sister Vedanti for her commitment to peace and educating others about peace. 

Elk Grove Mayor, Stane Ly presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Sister Vedanti.

About 30 faith leaders, Peace Partners, Aztec and Hmong Dancers received a Pause for Peace frame from Sister Vendanti.

Video
Pause for Peace Celebration : Click on the below image to watch video.

Click here for: Full Report and Additional Images

 

IBY,

Sister Hansa and the BK Family of Sacramento, California

 

 

 

Godly service at Peace Festival (IDP) held in Owego, NY

7 October 2019

Om Shanti,

On the International Day of Peace, September 21, which was the day before Peace Village's 20th Anniversary Celebration, I was at a Peace Festival in Owego New York. (Owego is 3 hr drive west of Peace Village in Broome County and is home to a few of my lokic family members.)

I was asked to speak from the stage area twice, introducing Peace Village and giving a meditation commentary - "Om shanti, I AM peace, I AM light,  I AM love ...etc.." - as people quietly walked onto the peace symbol.

It was an exceptional program and people were so happy to be participating in such a worthwhile event. It was a thrilling experience for me to connect Baba and the BK Family to this peace program. It is to be held annually. 

Enjoy the photos and video links :
https://wbng.com/news/top-stories/2019/09/21/hundreds-gather-to-celebrate-the-worlds-largest-peace-sign/

http://www.wicz.com/story/41081382/1st-annual-day-of-peace-festival-creates-human-peace-sign

In Baba's loving Light,
Sr Chirya

 

 

 

Happy Diwali Message 2019 - Sr Mohini (in English, Hindi, French, Spanish and Portuguese)

7 October 2019

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Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - September 2019

5 October 2019

SAVE THE DATE

 

Miami

 

The Search for True Beauty - Women's Series

 

Sept 8: The first session on a new initiative for a Women’s series started off beautifully with 17 souls. The topic was ‘the Search for True Beauty’ facilitated by Marianne and Merce. The purpose was to provide a safe space and sense of community and intimacy to discuss relevant, poignant topics; at the same time, provide a spiritual perspective as the vehicle for change. The session started with a brief meditation on what True Beauty means to them, what resonates with their being- that of which is eternal, my birthright, and of perfection. The group was then posed a series of questions, ie/ what is outer versus inner beauty? what is inner beauty’s foundation? The virtue of self-confidence was then further explored and was brought into an experience in the final meditation.

 

The True Meaning of Masculinity - Men's Series

 

Sept 14: A team of brothers facilitated this conversation on "The True Meaning of Masculinity" at the BK Miami Meditation Center. Sr. Waddy welcomed this group of 11 participants and a set a foundation for engaging conversations. The explorations led to several insights on the deeper meaning of masculinity and this awareness of self as energy beyond the identity of gender..... click here for full report with more photos.

 

 

 

 

Service of Westerners in St Louis, Missouri

20 September 2019

Westerners Service News of St. Louis, Missouri
August -September 2019


Raja Yoga Meditation Basic Meditation Course
Daniel Boone Library, Ellisville, Missouri
August 6 to August 21, 2019

Click here to view full service report.

 

 

Dr Hansaben Interview on Times Now Regarding PM Modi in Houston

20 September 2019

Dear Divine Family in USA,

Pls see the links below for Dr. Hansaben’s interviews on Times Now News India regarding PM Modi’s visit to Houston – “Hindustan to Houston”.

Part 1 (2 minutes) https://twitter.com/BrahmaKumarisTX/status/1175214532572176384?s=20

Part 2 (1 minute) https://twitter.com/TimesNow/status/1175053245078634497?s=20

 

Brahma Kumaris Houston

 

 

BK participates in UN Conference in UTAH in August

18 September 2019

68Lh United Nations Civil Society Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA August 26- 28, 2019

About 5,000  participants from over 100 countries attended the annual UN NGO conference  held in Sale Lake City (SLC)  in the magnificent Sale Palace Convention Center. The  hospital icy of Mayor Jackie Biskupski  and the people  of SLC was beyond  words, giving everyone an unforgettable and  memorable experience.

A delegation  of five  represented  the Brahma Kumaris at the conference:
Kinnari  Murthy MD,  Nik Lal, Sabita  Geer, Shivani  Dayal, and Valerie Still (see
photo below)

Click here for full report.

 

 

Br Amirchand's visit to the USA

11 September 2019

Dear family, Om shanti.

I was in USA from Aug 7 and returned on Sep 4.
Full report containing news and photos may be downloaded here.
Regards
Amir chand

 

 

 

Rakhi's Celebration & Sister Judy's Visit to Sacramento, California

11 September 2019

Dear Divine Family, Om Shanti and greetings of love!

We are pleased to share Rakhi Celebration and Sister Judy's visit to Sacramento, California. Please download the service report for the celebration and visit.

IBY,
BK Family
Sacramento, California

 

 

 

Sister Ranjan of Dallas, TX ties Rakhi at the Dallas police station

11 September 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

BK Sister Ranjan, and other BK sisters from Dallas center were warmly welcomed to the Dallas Police Station and they were very pleased to tie Rakhi. 
Sister Ranjan also shared words of wisdom about significance of Rakhi - Peace, Love and Protection. 

From,
Dallas Service Team.
www.bkdallas.net

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA Service News : August 2019

9 September 2019

Click here to download full report.

 

 

 

Br Amir Chand of Chandigarh Visits Toronto, August 16-20

9 September 2019

 

 

 

 

"The Art of Forgiveness": Sister Vedanti's Visit to Los Angeles

9 September 2019

Vedantiben’s Talk at Sanatan Dharma Temple in Cerritos, California, USA
Topic: The Art of Forgiveness

On Monday, August 26, 2019, a class was held by Sister Vedanti. First, Brahma Bhojan was served to all.  Then, Mahadevbhai introduced Sister Vedanti and Sister Trupti (who accompanied Sister Vedanti). 

After the introduction, the Los Angeles Center Director, Sister Gita, introduced the local leader and the pioneer, B. U. Patel, who had started the Sanatan Temple. B. U. Patel gracefully gave Sister Vedanti a Proclamation from Cerritos Mayor, Naresh Solanki.    B. U. Patel sincerely welcomed Sister Vedanti for speaking at the Sanatan Temple.
Sister Vedanti began her talk about forgiveness. She first talked about the humanitarian work Brahma Kumaris does in the African Continent. A four-minute video was shown about the ‘Pause for Peace’ Project that was done in Africa.

 

Sister Vedanti started her talk by saying how busy we all are in today’s world. Sister mentioned that being busy makes you crazy, busy brings you less success. She pointed out that how we live with ill-feelings which in turn makes our positive thoughts unstable.Sister Vedanti continued on by explaining the topic step by step and also talked about learning and practicing Raj Yoga Meditation. 
Next, the Sister Trupti made a small presentation and a guided meditation. She began the talk by bringing up the word, Michhami Dukadam” used by Jains during the days of their New Year. It means that “If I have offended you in any way, knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word or deed, then I seek your forgiveness." 

 

She said Jains say that you forgive me and I forgive you and we start the cycle all over again. 
After finishing the empowering talk, Sister Truti conducted a deep guided meditation once again, leaving everyone feeling light.
Sister Vedanti and Sister Gita ended the session by sharing blessing card and toli to everyone.

 

 

 

In Photos: "Success Through Yoga Experimentation" - Sister Vedanti's Talk at BK Program in Milpitas, CA on 29th August

9 September 2019

Om Shanti Dear Brothers and Sisters, Greetings of Peace.

We had an evening talk program with Sister Vedanti on Aug 29th on the topic of "Success through Yoga Experimentation". Over 200 Brahmin souls had attended this event and they had thoroughly enjoyed the talk. You can watch the video here:  https://youtu.be/1_M0wI1exVk


Om Shanti,
BK Kusum Kejriwal

www.svbrahmakumaris.org

Talk by Sister Vedanti on the topic of " Success through Yoga Experimentation"

 

Attendees at the event, learning the new methods of Yoga Experiments

 

 

Sister Vedanti with BK Silicon Valley Sisters

 

Sister Vedanti with BK Silicon Valley Brothers

 

Toli and Blessings by Sister Vedanti to the attendees

 

 

 

MEGA INDIA DAY MELA 2019 Celebrated in Sacramento, CA

9 September 2019

MEGA INDIA DAY MELA 2019 SERVICE NEWS
Sunday 11th Aug, 2019
Sacramento, California

 

Our Brahma Kumaris Sacramento center joyfully participated in The India Day which was
celebrated in Sacramento on 11th August, 2019 at McClellan Conference Center. Independence Day was
honored by hoisting the Indian flag, along with setting up food stalls, parade, and cultural extravaganza.
About 4000 people attended the event. Our Brahma Kumaris Sacramento family participated in the
event with enthusiasm to spread the message of peace, love, and meditation. A table was setup at the
event where Sister Hansa along with the BK family volunteers shared their light & might with everyone.
A Virtue Wheel was used to demonstrate values in a fun yet meaningful way.

 

Sister Hansa with BK family at the Bramha Kumaris stall

 

Sister Hansa’s (spiritual leader of BK Sacramento Center) presence helped in spreading
awareness about Baba’s upcoming events and emphasized the importance of attending these events,
that are impactful in leading a life of better quality, full of values and peace. This promoted the
importance of well‐being of individuals and it’s impact on pursuing a meaningful life.

 

Allen, Bobbie Singh ‐ Elk Grove Unified School District Board Members and
Dr. Ami Bera – Congressman received message and invitation of Pause for Peace

 

BK performance group

 

Our BK Sacramento family also performed a beautiful dance in remembrance of Baba at the event
depicting greatness of India, ending with Sister Hansa giving blessings to everyone. Youths from
Brahma Kumaris family performed very gracefully with Sister Hansa’s patriotic commentary in the
background. She also explained the importance of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

 

BK family performance at the event on song
Jaha daal daal par sone ki chidiya karti hai basera

 

 

VIDEOS:
BK family performance video
https://youtu.be/LUf6b2wmDqg


Talk by Sister Hansa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nSAIlHL0kM&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Public Rakhi Events and More Service News from St. Louis, Missouri

2 September 2019

RAKHI SERVICE ACTIVITES OF 2019 ST LOUIS, MISSOURI
Public Rakhi program
St Louis, Missouri BK Center

Saturday, August 17, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Sr. Priya conducted a workshop on “Purity in Vision, Words, Attitude and Actions” with respect to Rakshabandhan festival. About 24 people participated and got their Rakhi ceremony.

 

Brahma Kumaris Rakhi for Hindu priests at Hindu Temple, St Louis Sunday, August 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

 

 

Four Hindu priests were happy to have their Rakhi and appreciated the spiritual significance of Rakha Bandhan by Brahma Kumaris.

 

Raja Yoga Meditation Basic Course and Rakhi program Saturday, August 24, 3:00 - 5.30 pm
Columbia, Missouri

 

About 19 souls finished the Raja Yoga meditation course. Rakhi ceremony followed the course. Toli and blessings were given to all. The event was conducted at Dipti Patel’s Residence at Columbia, Missouri.

 

 

 

 

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