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Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - September 2018

14 October 2018

Meditation sessions resume at two Miami libraries after the summer break

Sept 7: Meditation sessions resumed after summer at both - Miami Lakes library and Kendale Lakes library. 'The Miami Laker' - local communictyh newsletter has been instrumental in reaching out to many locals in the community. Each week there have been new participants joining these weekly meditation sessions and have expressed how delighted they are to find meditation sessions in their neighborhood and appreciate how these sessions are not physical yoga but more to with the mind and empowering of thinking.

 

The Finale of Omshanti Conversations

Sept 16 & Sept 23: Two Om Shanti conversations on the topic of "The Pleasure of Peace" (Sept 16) and "El Gozo de La Paz" (Sept 23) were held in English & Spanish respectively at the Miami meditation center. These mark the finale conversations in the Om Shanti Conversation series which is dedicated to the experience of Peace as the foundation of our human experience and these conversations are also part of celebrations of 40 plus years of Brahma Kumaris presence and service in the USA.

 

These conversations provided a beautiful opportunity of engaging the attendees in a reflective dialogue that allowed each one to engage in active listening without judgment and how there was an atmosphere of acceptance where individuals expressed their point of view and benefited from insights and healing.

 

Click here for detailed report with rest of the photos.

 

 

 

News from Jayanti bhen from New Jersey 25th September - Including Link to Audio Recordings of the Sessions

11 October 2018

On Monday morning, before leaving for New York City, I was able to meet with all the Peace Village residents and sevadharis. It's amazing the service that they have done over the past week and already they are preparing for a huge gathering of Brahmins from all around the US next weekend to celebrate 40 Years of US Service. 

 

In the afternoon we drove to the Manhattan Centre on Fifth Avenue where there was a gathering of 60 murli students. I shared on the topic of 'A karma yogi life and the effort for the present time at the confluence age' and then there was Brahma Bhojan for all.  Then straight after that, there was a 'virtual public event' via webcast with a gathering of 50 people at the Meditation Museum, Washington. Sister Jenna asked very good questions on the topic 'Trust in a Changing World'. About 25 people stayed back in Manhattan to listen in to the Washington virtual event and there was Brahma Bhojan for all. Sisters Judy, Reena (New Jersey), Rachel and myself then left for Edison, New Jersey.

 

Murli class on Tuesday, was in nearby Piscataway with 70 students. Later this morning there I was interviewed on TV Asia and this was broadcast live and will be repeated later on the same channel. Introducing the interview, the Chairman and CEO of TV Asia, H.R. Shah, spoke very warmly in support of the Brahma Kumaris. Vikas Nangia, the interviewer, asked good questions on the topic of From Stress to Stillness, and there were also questions from the studio audience of about 50 people, mainly BKs.

 

This evening there was a public programme with Mohiniben and myself in a beautiful hotel in Somerset, New Jersey. There was a special reception for the local Mayor and other dignitaries before the event, when Sister Judy and I had a brief conversation together on the topic of Inner Peace and Inspired Action. The main programme then followed, with the title: 'Relation-Ships and Smooth Sailing'. There were about 450 people present - in spite of very heavy rain here today.

 

Tomorrow early we leave for New York again, where there are two programmes at the UN.

 

 

BKs "Peace Halifax" a Great Success

11 October 2018

Dearest Double Diamonds of the Canadian Rosary,

 

Images are to come of the remarkable event that transpired on September 22: the 3rd Annual Peace Halifax. For now, please enjoy this note expressing appreciation, as it includes a very cool video!

PEACE HALIFAX 2018 was a great success this year. Much thanks to...

  • All the Halifax Central Public Library staff and volunteers for their spirit of collaboration and tireless cooperation
  • Mayor Mike Savage for his constant support and shared vision
  • Mrs. Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, for her eloquent and inspiring words on peace and unity (view video here!)
  • the Brahma Kumaris Students who dedicated hours over the past year preparing for this one-of-a-kind event
  • the entire community of Halifax, who demonstrate every day the power of living peacefully

 

Until next year!

 

 

Sister Jayanti Gives News of Her visit to New York and Time at Peace Village

8 October 2018

On Wednesday 26th September there was a dialogue at the UN, convened by the Chief of UNFPA (United Nations Populations Fund) Luis Mora on the topic: Defining transformation within the Sustainable Development Agenda. He was keen to explore how we actually define transformation - one of the key desired outcomes of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. I was asked to speak about the spiritual dimensions of transformation and there were three other speakers: one with his own investment company, who has been to Peace Village, who talked about conscious/sustainable investment; another who focused on young people and transformation and another from an organisation affiliated with the Art of Living who spoke about their service projects in areas of conflict. There were 45 people around the table, among them quite a few friends, some of whom had been with us for Call of the Time the previous weekend.  Later in the afternoon, we had a very sweet, intimate gathering of 20 or so at our UN office for 'trustees' and friends of the BKs. The sharing was mainly on the topic of non- violence, which is coming up on 2nd October, and also on what it is to be a trustee. 

 

We stayed at Harmony House that night and Thursday morning there was a large gathering for bhog and Murli and some sharing. I was able to meet with a small group of the center residents for an hour at midday. Then later that afternoon we left for the prestigious Harvard Club on Fifth Avenue for a private programme organised by a close friend. He learned the basics of Raja Yoga meditation early in his life and has been using it ever since and he wanted his friends to know about and experience it too. About 80 people came and I gave a simple introduction to meditation, interspersed with short commentaries. They were really attentive and interested to know more and asked excellent, very practical questions. 

 

After the programme, we headed back to Peace Village where already 450 BKs from all over the US were gathered for a very special celebration of 40 years service in the US, with more to come. The theme for the weekend is: Experiencing God's Love - the Story of the Yagya.

 

Friday, 28th September

It really is an amazing gathering of the US and Canada family here in Peace Village, and more are arriving here all the time. Of course, not all are able to be here - though many are watching the proceedings via webcast. 

 

We had Murli and class in the Inspiration Hall. Baba spoke about how we need to be fearless and be a benefactor - and of course 'experiencing God's love' - which is the overarching theme of the weekend, is the way to make that happen. The morning session started with a touching re-enactment of a scene from the start of the Yayga: kumaris sitting in a semi-circle preparing seeds, chanting 'OM'. This followed by an excerpt from an Avyakt Murli on the Power of Transformation. Mohiniben and I were then asked by Eric and Erik about our early memories and experiences of each other on our spiritual journey with Baba. It was interesting how we both remembered different scenes, but also how old memories returned while we were sharing. Sister Waddy then asked Mohiniben and me to talk about how Didi Manmohini and Dadi Janki had experienced Baba's love and how they had shared that with us. In the evening there was a very beautiful meditation experience, in which Mohiniben and myself were invited to speak about experiencing the depths of God's love as a meditation commentary/dialogue, interspersed with silence and music. We all created a very powerful and love-filled atmosphere together.

 

After heavy rain Thursday night/early Friday morning, the skies cleared completely and it became a beautiful autumn day and so many were able to take their meals outside and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

 

Saturday & Sunday, 29th/30th September

There were 600 BK students in Inspiriation Hall on Saturday morning 29th by the time we started the morning programme. Some very lovely photos of Mohiniben with Baba, the Dadis and the family were shown and also some of myself over the years. Julia and Carol then read out six blessings from a book of blessings for Mohiniben and myself coming from the North America and Canada family. We were then welcomed on stage by our two MCs Erik and Eric, and each presented with a book of blessings and various beautiful gifts were presented from the New York, Guyana, Canada and other families.

 

Mohiniben offered bhog and then shared a bhog message from Baba for the gathering in which Baba spoke of three things: samarpand (surrender), swaha (sacrifice to the yagya) and safalta (using everything in a worthwhile way). Mohiniben also spoke about the expansion of service in North America, with memories shared a bhog message from Baba  the early days of Canada, New York and the Caribbean. I thanked Baba and the family for all the love and support that had been shared. Gifts, toli and blessings were then given to all and Brahma bhojan was enjoyed outside in the grounds.

 

In the evening, I was asked to share on the theme of 'perfection and completion', after which we all went outside to the pond, where there was a very special candlelight meditation, with everyone holding (battery powered) candles walking around the pond and real candles were ignited and set to float in the pond. It was a beautiful scene and a perfect close to a memorable day. 

 

Some had to return to their various places on Saturday afternoon and evening and so we were already fewer in number for class on Sunday. After murli and revision, an excellent slideshow highlighting special moments over weekend was shown and after that a few shared their experiences and feelings of the weekend. I had a chance to meet various groups in the morning and then early afternoon left for the airport and back to London.

 

Dear respected and loving sisters and brothers from the Brahmin family in the USA and Canada,

 

Greetings of love.  It was wonderful to have you at Peace Village for the 40th anniversary celebration.  It was a beautiful collective celebration from the first welcome to launching the candles onto the pond and the final garba raz.

 

Having Sister Jayanti with us was very meaningful as she has been so important to the seeds of service in the West, including in the US.  And having so many of you from the US and Canada reminded us of how far we’ve come from those early days 40+ years ago.

 

Here are some keepsakes from the weekend.  You will find the recordings from the sessions at https://app.box.com/s/n5hxybcf2ilcvw0jappcbtr5i2m7vedz .

 

With Love,

 

Sister Mohini & Sister Kala

 

 

 

Video links: Sr.Usha at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago + Sr.Shivani in USA in June

16 September 2018

Ushaben at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago,  Sept 08, 2018

 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=255787548604086&id=1426344794275951

                                                                                                                                 

Sister BK Shivani  USA tour 

 

Awakening Love & Forgiveness - BK Shivani (North Bay Area) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnLU5mt5GJ0&t=3263s

 

Awakening Inner Peace and Power- BK Shivani  (english translation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTi2OLd2PcU&t=59s

 

Inner Peace - Inner Power by Sister Shivani  - Chicago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yg-0fE_GPA

 

CISCO

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1911620742215304&id=748972768480113

 

40 years of USA service at Anubhuti Retreat Center - June 16th 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8mZicA8gWo

    

Essence of some of Sister Shivani's talks held during her tour of USA in June (click here to download a pdf).

 

 

 

 

Special Rakhi Ceremony Held at the Spiritual Life Center - Unity - New Thought Church, in Sacremento, California

16 September 2018

Dear Global Family, Godly greetings.

 

A special Rakhi ceremony was held at the Spiritual Life Center -Unity -New Thought Church inSacramento.

 

The message of Rakshabandhan was  shared with it's universal meaning of protecting oursleves with God's blessings and preparing oursleves for upcoming uncertain times. It was very well received by all Church members.

 

Brother Vinod conducted meditation at the begining of the church service.

 

300 mainstream church members tied rakhi.

 

Here are some  pictures of the Rakhi ceremony and the joyful gathering of church members in Church's courtyard.

 

 

 

In Photos: Rakhi Ceremony in Unity Church at Roseville California (near Sacremento)

15 September 2018

Dear Global Family 

Godly greetings of Rakshabandhan 

 

BK s invited by Unity New Thought Church of Roseville California .

Unity churches are very open minded and welcoming for Eastern philosophy.

Sister Hansa with Rev.Mary -Spiritual Leader of church  sharing Blessings of Rakhi .

Sister Hansa -inspiration talk -Meditation -Making Mind Best Friend

Sister Hansa and  Carmen are with Rev.Mary And  Brother Gopal -  Professor of Nutrition at University of Davis California  And every active community leader Roseville California

 

Sister Hansa -inspirational talk -Meditation- Make My mind My Best Friend

Sister Carmen tieing Rakhi to Rev.Mary -spiritual Leader of Unity of Roseville 

Sister Hansa Meeting Church memebers 

Every one is singing PeaceSong ,in the end of the  Church  service Celebration ..

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - August 2018

15 September 2018

 

Miami

 

Bhog offering at the center for Sham bhai

 

Aug 23: Br. Sham K Vaswani peacefully left the body surrounded by his lokik and alokik family on 16th Aug and his funeral was held on Aug 23. He was born in Hyderabad Sindh to Kishinchand and Devi Vaswani (in 1937) and married to Heroo S. Vaswani (1962) in Mumbai, India. He was a self-made businessman and survived by his wife Heroo S. Vaswani, Sons Rajesh and Vijay, Daughter In Law Jaya, and Grandchildren Monica, Rishaan and Sonali.

 

Bhog was offered at the Miami center which was attended by his immediate family and BK classmates. Sham bhai and his family have played a very beautiful role in the early days (1975) of services in the USA with the registration of the institution (while they were in San Antonia - Texas) and also very special role in starting of services in Miami. Sham bhai is fondly remembered by all for his gentle nature and loving presence. Via a telephone call, Mohini bhen (from New York) also spoke with the family and remembered Sham bhai & family and their special unique contributions to the yagya. Click here for audio of sharing by Mohini bhen.

 

Amar in Peace Village for Spanish Retreat :

Aug 16 - 19: Amar joined the facilitating team for a retreat in Spanish on " Paz Y Poder Interior " i.e. Inner Peace & Inner Power. It was a lovely experience where the participants left with an understanding of being aware of the inner potential and tapping into inner peace.

 

Workshop on Cherishing Relationships:

 

Aug 18: Meeta and Tej co-facilitated a workshop on Cherishing Relationships and explored how spiritual wisdom provides the understanding and tools to re-direct our energies and make our relationships more meaningful and fullfilling.......click here for the remainder of the report with more photos.

 

 

 

 

BKs from Milipitas, California participate in 10th Annual ICC Sevathon (Walk/Run Race)

15 September 2018

Omshanti and Greetings of Peace from BK Milpitas, USA

 

Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley had participated at 10th ICC Sevathon (Walk/Run race in Bay Area, California by India Community Center In collaboration with 80+ Non Profit Organizations). There were close to 5,000 people participated in the Race. This is one of the biggest "A Cause of Causes" event held in Silicon Valley.   

 

BK Silicon Valley members participated in the Race and had a booth too.

 

Here are few pictures from the event.

BK Silicon Valley Group Booth at ICC Sevathon.

Sr.Kusum with BK Silicon Valley Group at the Booth

BK Silicon Valley Group Water Station for Runners

Runners  at ICC Sevathon Race.

Sr.Kusum @ BK Silicon Valley Group Booth explaining about benefits of Rajyoga Meditation

 

 

 

"The Relevance of Energy, Power and Strength in Physical and Spiritual Worlds" Discussed at the Manhattan, NY USA center with Motivational Speaker Ms Shital Mahajan

15 September 2018

On Monday, August 20, about 30 contacts attended a dialogue program with Ms Shital Mahajan and Madhavi Patale at the Brahma Kumaris Manhattan center, New York. The topic for the evening was 'The Relevance of Energy, Power and Strength in Physical and Spiritual Worlds'.

 

Ms Shital Mahajan is a PadmaShri Awardee 2011, Indian Extreme Sportsperson, SkyDiver, Motivational Speaker. She holds 6 World Records and 19 National Records in Skydiving sport.

 

In the dialogue, Ms Shital Mahajan emphasized on 'facing fears'. She said "I choose to face my fears and no longer run away from it. Nothing can be changed until it is faced". She also shared about how she uses her inner energy and power to be free from unwanted thoughts, any baggage of guilt and channel her focus on goals.

 

It was a great moment to have Ms Shital at the Brahma Kumaris Manhattan center. She was indeed moved by the pure and serene vibrations of the Manhattan center.  Since it was also the time of Raksha Bandhan, Sister Rona tied a Rakhi on Ms Shital.

 

 

 

 

BKs in Milipitas (Silicon Valley California) Participate in the Festival of Global Parade 2018

15 September 2018

Omshanti and Greetings of Peace from BK Milpitas, USA

 

Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley had participated at Festival of Globe Parade (Indian Independence Day Celebrations in Bay Area, California by Federation of Indian Associations). There were close to 10,000 people had participated in the two day Mela and Parade.  This years Grand Marshals were Actors Manoj Tiwari, Tushaar Kapoor and Tanisha Mukarjee. 

 

Om Shanti,

Sr Kusum

 

Below are few pictures from the event

BK Silicon Valley Group with Baba's Flags and Banner

BK Silicon Valley Group Led by Sr.Kusum

IndTV Channel Interviewing Sr.Kusum

BK Silicon Valley Group with Baba's Flags and Banner

Sr.Kusum with FIA/FOG President Dr.Romesh Japra

BK Silicon Valley Group @ End of the Parade

 

 

 

Happy Raksha Bandhan Remembrances & Services Updates from Washington DC

14 September 2018

Today we celebrate a double auspicious day. Dadi Prakashmani's day and Raksha Bandhan. We wish to thank everyone who came out for the Bhatti today from 7am-12noon. And, it was powerful, ideal, filled with the fragrant quality of Dadi, symbolizing a true tieing of our sacred promise to Baba and the self.

 

There have been so many scenes emerging on a daily basis within the month and we trust that you all are appreciating that your every donation of pure wish, good feelings and being present is a very big part of all the magical emergence. In simple bullet form I invite you to celebrate:

 

1) Rakki by Sisters from Madhuban -Events at Malathi, UshaBhen, Krishnabhai, and other spaces were all very beautiful.


2) Sisters from Dadi's Cottage in Shantivan stopped in for a special glimpse of Dadi's Tree, White House, and Baba's Museums which they loved.

 
3) We have been enjoying visiting families and having some sneh milans, Sr. Myrna, Gita, Satish Family, Geet and Sameer, Dr, Smita, and more planned ahead. 


4) AM Retreat will host 25 celebrity guests in India and it's quite special to see these souls end up in Baba's big and unlimited yagya filled with such zeal and enthusiasm to attend the 5th AM Retreat! Amazing, isn't? 


5) The trip to California was fruitful and to Miami nurturing. 


6) Sr GIta has been doing much better and really revealing Baba. Her Cooking for Peace cookbook is ready and is now being editing and awaiting pictures only. 


7) AM radio has been hosting powerful guests and we hope you are following to just keep up


8) The talks at the Meditation Museum have been very well and the Raja Yoga Course in Tyson has gathered some sincere seekers and it has been refreshing to observe. 


9) Finding Common Ground with Shift Network went very well. And Vision 2020 is approaching with some credible voices that wish to see an inclusive America. 


10)Conscious Good Media has launched Sister Jayanti and is being featured and it has already been seen by many key leaders and the reviews have been exceptional! It has been a delight. 


11) AMAZING NEWS! WORKPLACE SESSIONS ARE A BIG HIT. THEY KEEP CALLING US TO OFFER SESSIONS. SEE WEBSITE.

 

We hope you have sent in your information for the retreat in PV for Sister Jayanti. We will also have her here in DC on Sept 24th. The hall is already half full. Sister Jenna will be away in Madhuban between Sept 26-Oct. 14. So she will not be at the 40th year retreat. However, I wish that each and everyone of you will be able to take maximum benefit..

 

Accha, see you all tomorrow. So much more, but let's hope you are keeping up on the Facebook and Twitter..

 

In Baba's Yad, 
BK Jenna

 

See more service photos by clicking on the above image.

 

 

 

 

Visit of Madhuban Brothers Mohinder and Vivek to Vancouver, Canada

9 September 2018

Warm Greetings Dear Divine Brothers and Sisters,

 

The Vancouver Centre of the Canada Family had the great pleasure to enjoy the presence of two jewels from Madhuban: Br Mohinder and Br Vivek. Please see attached report for details.

 

IBY

Sr Judi

 

Download Report here.

 

 

 

Sister Sheilu's Visit to Dallas on 15 July

9 Septebmber 2018

Sr. Shielu’s (Madhuban, Mt. Abu) visit to Dallas in the month of July was very joyful and memorable.

 

Dallas center – During her public talk at the Dallas center on “The Beauty of Karma”, BK’s and a large crowd welcomed her. In this talk, she explained the different aspects of Karma, how it all starts in one’s mind, and its relevance to past accounts.

 

Dallas Retreat Place (Tapasya Dham) – We had the fortune of having Sheilubehn’s program for brahmins at our retreat place. Sr. Ranjan (Dallas Center and Retreat Place Coordinator), on behalf of the whole class, involved her in a very interesting interview. With her deep insight, Sister Sheilu answered questions on how to make fast effort, some secrets of knowledge and the key solution to all problems being the remembrance of the one Supreme Father. 

 

In a very brief morning session, she also shared the significance of maintaining zeal and enthusiasm in Brahmin life and that just like without breath the body dies- without zeal and enthusiasm a soul dies. Sheilubehn liked the

retreat place very much and enjoyed her stay overnight.

 

Though this was a short visit, we duly appreciate and thank Sheilubehn for coming and enlightening us. We also thank Sr. Ranjan for her sincere efforts and dedication in arranging these events as they have brought benefit for all souls living near and far in other states.

 

In Baba’s Yaad

Dallas Family

 

Dallas, Texas, USA. Sheluben's talk for Public "Beauty of Karma". In the picture, Sheiluben, center coordinator sister Ranjan with some attendees. 

'Tapasya Dham', Dallas retreat center, Texas, USA. Brahmin attendees during the retreat with Sheiluben and center coordinator sister Ranjan.

'Tapasya Dham', Dallas retreat center, Texas, USA. Sheliuben with some Brahmins after the retreat during the farewell.

 

 

 

BK Participation in the Waves 2018 Conference in Dallas, Texas, USA

9 September 2018

The 13th International Conference of the World Association for Vedic Studies took place in Brookhaven college nearby the BK center in Dallas, Texas. Professors of physics, quantum mechanics, and scholars from different faculties presented and attended the conference.

 

Sister Ranjan, Dallas center coordinator in USA Texas had the opportunity to invite to the center the speakers, scholars, sanyasis, professors of Vedic studies from all over the world including USA and Texas. 

 

During this welcome reception for networking, each one of them was welcomed with flowers and had delicious Brahma Bhojan. They all enjoyed the dinner, hospitality, and atmosphere of the center. They appreciated the uplifting vibrations and considered this as an auspicious beginning of the conference. 

 

The well-renowned professor Ved P. Nanda, Dr. David Frawley (Vamdev Shastri), Dr. Jefferey Armstrong, prof. Narayan Komerath, Shashi Kejriwal etc. were the key-note speakers at the conference with Sister Ranjan at the conference. 

 

During the conference, we celebrated Rakshabandhan. Sister Ranjan tied Rakhi to each delegate with toli and blessing. Everyone was very happy and enlightened knowing the importance and meaning of Rakshabandhan.

 

In Baba’s yaad,

Dallas family

 

 

 

Conscious Good Media Distributing Essential Spirituality Videos

9 September 2018

Never Before Seen, Inspiring Videos on Conscious Good Network

 

Dear Friends. We are pleased to share Conscious Good Media a platform of great integrity and vision has launched our wonderful Sister Jayanti's #EssentialSpirituality videos. You will gain insights and tools on best life solutions. These 3-5 minute videos focus on bullying, personal change, dealing with relationships, and why meditation is important in these times!

 

CLICK HERE NOW

 

Let us know what you think! We are so excited, plus Sister Jayanti will be with us September 24 at the Meditation Museum as she shares wisdom on Trust in a Changing World.

 

Here is wishing you so much goodness.

 

Love, 
Sister Jenna

 

 

 

Greetings of Raksha Bandhan from Los Angeles

27 August 2018

 

 

 

Raksha Bandhan Greetings from Sister Chandru and the BK Families of San Fransisco and Anubhuti

27 August 2018

Raksha Bandhan Greetings

 

The auspicious Rakhi ties us souls in spiritual brotherly love with each other and

our Supremely Beloved Baba.

 

This pure bond protects the self and gives strength to cultivate virtues in our relationships.

 

Wishing you an Elevated Stage, Constant Remembrance and an Angelic Presence as you tie this sacred thread.

 

 

Best Wishes,

Sis Chandru

San Francisco & Anubhuti family

 

 

 

Milipitas USA BKs participate in day long India Independence Day Celebrations

27 August 2018

Omshanti and Greetings of Peace from BK Milpitas, USA

 

Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley had participated at SWADES Mela (

Indian Independence Day Celebrations in Bay Area, California by Association of Indo Americans). There were close to 20,000 people had participated in the day long mela and the event had a musical concert by Musician Bappi Lahiri with his entire musical troop.  

 

Below are few pictures from the event.

 

Om Shanti

Sr Kusum

 

Musician Bappi Lahiri being felicitated by Venkatesan Ashok, Consulate General of India, San Francisco on behalf of AIA (Association of Indo Americans).  Dignitaries on Stage include Consul General Venkatesan Ashok, Assembly member Kansen Chu and Ash Kalra, CA Senator Bob Wiecowski, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul, BK Kusum, Milpitas Mayor Tran, Cupertino Council Member Savita Vaidyanathan, Fremont Council Member Raj Salwan and Santa Clara and San Jose Sheriff chiefs

Sister Kusum of Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley with Venkatesan Ashok in the Motor Parade

Sister Kusum of Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley Addressing the gathering

Sister Kusum with Prominent Bay Area Elected officials

Crowd enjoying the musical concert and rides

 

 

 

Celebrating 'Kumars Day' with Sr Mohini and Sr Sheilu at Peace Village during NY BK Retreat

27 August 2018

Om Shanti,

 

Sister Sheilu, our beloved sister from Global Office in Madhuban, was invited as a special guest for the first  NYC area retreat for teachers and students from Global Harmony House, Long Island, as well as other surrounding areas including Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.

 

It was a full house at Peace Village Retreat Center, Haines falls, from Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29.  

 

Sr Mohini inspired the theme:  "Life Of Blessings:  Receiving & Giving Blessings. Srs Anjani, Carmen, Sandhya, and Sr Kala from Peace Village facilitated this powerful and loving program.

 

Having met Brahma Baba at the early age of 12, Sheilubhen quickly surrendered and became instrumental for assisting with service in Bharat and foreign lands due to as her excellent command of the English language, blessings received from Brahma Baba and BapDada and her desire to give benefit to the world.

 

Photos of this Life of Blessings Retreat can be seen in the below Godlywood Peace News video at 22:48 minutes. There is additional India, Global and USA service news on this video as well. However, narration of the video is in Hindi only. Click on the video image to play.

 

 

 

 

 

Choose, Change and Become Celebrates its 10th Annual Retreat in Peace Village

25 August 2018

From August 10 - 12, Choose, Change and Become for young adults (ages 18 - 35) held its10th annual retreat at Peace Village. The topic of the retreat for this year was ZERO and HERO- Living Inside Out.  

 

It was a good retreat with rich conversations, reflections, panel discussion, creative activities and much more!

 

Madhavi

 

 

 

Royal Inauguration of New Center in Ottawa, Capitol of Canada

12 August 2018

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - July 2018

12 August 2018

Grillin' and Chillin'

July 4: Food... Music... Dance... & Smiles... everywhere..

 

July 4: Independence Day was a lovely occasion to come together for "Grillin & Chillin" and like most celebrations in Miami the combination of food, music and dancing was a reflection of overflowing love and lightness. For glimpses of the fun and laughter from the celebrations click here.

 

Spanish Workshop on “Re-aprendiendo el ciclo de Amar, Perdonar y Soltar”

Taller en espanol facilitated by Rosa & Marjorie

 

July 14 : About 30 souls enjoyed this workshop on Relearning The Cycle of Loving, Forgiving and Letting Go. Marjorie and Rosa, as Baba’s facilitators, helped the group understand the choices we have in life and the right we have to happiness, and of how to empower the self with the Supreme Soul’s company.

 

Click here for full report with more photos.

 

 

 

BK Family Retreat with Sr Mohini & Sr Sheilu at Peace Village

7 August 2018

Celebrating  ' Kumars Day' with Sr Mohini and  Sr Sheilu with cake cutting and blessings.

 

Om Shanti,

 

Sister Sheilu, our beloved sister from Global Office in Madhuban, was invited special guest for the first  NYC area retreat for teachers and students from Global Harmony House, Long Island, as well as other surrounding areas including Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan

It was a full house at Peace Village Retreat Center, Haines falls, from Friday, July 27 through Sunday July 29.  

More photos of this retreat program to follow shortly, 

 

Sr Mohini  inspired the theme:  "Life Of Blessings:  Receiving & Giving Blessings. Srs Anjani, Carmen, Sandya and Sr Kala from Peace Village facilitated this powerful and loving program.

 

Having met Brahma Baba at the early age of 12, Sheilubhen quickly surrendered and became instrument for assisting with service in Bharat and foreign service due to as her excellent command of the English language, blessings received from Brahma Baba and BapDada and her desire to give benefit to the world.. 

 

Sr Sheilu: "This is a most wonderful family that gives blessings.  We are all blessed children of God.  We have received and we give so many blessings. Only the one who is full and fully satisfied can give blessings."  

 

Baba asked Sheilu bhen " Which Ganges are you?  Yes, you are gyan ganga, but also the Ganges for the whole world. The whole world will come to you."  And this proved true as being based for many years in the BK headquarter in Mt Abu, as centers opened up outside of Bharat, all these students and teachers realized the importance of coming to Madhuban. 

 

Sheilu being expert in English continues to this day of translating for programs, classes and BapDada, when He speaks the murli. "You serve tirelessly from the heart and this touches their hearts."  

 

Sheilubhen left today, Sunday afternoon, to tour several additional centers in the USA   She brought a powerful energy of enthusiasm, intoxication for being an instrument for God and an in depth vision for the new students of the early days in Madhuban with Brahma Baba, Mama and BK family..

 

om shanti

 

 

 

Sister Munni of Madhuban visits Houston Center

6 August 2018

Dear Divine family in USA, Om shanti and greetings of love.  

 

Munnibehnji of Madhuban visited the Houston center.  

The Brahmin family in Houston enjoyed a morning class and spiritual get-together. 

 

Please click on the below image to view the video.

 

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Much love in BapDada’s yaad,

 

Dr. Hansa

 

 

 

Awakening West Coast Tour: Sister Shivani in Sacramento, Folsom & Visalia California June 4-6

6 August 2018

Dear Global Family,

 

Sharing every kalpa's wonderful fortunate scene in the drama.

 

BK Sister Shivani, world renowned spiritual speaker and international TV personality presented the unforgettable Awakening Tour in Sacramento. In celebration of 40 years of Brahma Kumaris serving in the USA. The events held on June 4th at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Sacramento, CA, June 5th at Intel Corporation in Folsom, CA and June 6th in Visalia, CA. Sister Shivani presented two talks, Unlocking Your Inner Freedom and Celebrating the Lightness. There was much excitement for center Brahmins, and the Sacramento community to be graced with the presence of such powerful and prominent souls.

The event welcomed over 1,800 people in the morning and evening talks with Sister Shivani. We also had the honor to welcome Dignitaries to our event, such as Sacramento’s Sheriff Department, Spiritual Life Center Leaders and Mayor Steve Ly from Elk Grove, CA.

 

We also had news coverage, thanks to CBS Reporter, Bethany Crouch who captured the event for GoodDay Sacramento News. Please click on the following link to watch the video: http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/3875973-the-awakening- tour/

 

California State Assemblyman Ken Cooley presented Sister Shivani with a certificate of appreciation from the State of California for the Community Service work performed.

Deputies from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department were honored with an invitation to speak at & attend an inner peace forum by renowned spiritual leader Sister Shivani.

 

Bethany Crouch reports for Good Day Sacramento and anchors the CBS13 morning news.

 

In the evening session, Sister Shivani was welcomed with sparkling angels dance, Replica of Golden Time - Dance by BK Russian Sisters.

Sister Shivani being welcomed and honored with special City of Elk Grove Medal of Appreciation by City of Elk Grove, California Mayor Steve Ly.

 

Sister Shivani visited Visalia, California and presented talk on The Art of “Staying Recharged Always!” at Visalia Convention Center. About 300 people attended the event in Visalia.

 

Sister Shivani also shared her wisdom at Intel Corporation in Folsom, California. The event was organized specially for Intel employees. About 200 employees participated in the event.

 

Click here for full report wiith more photos.

 

 

 

 

New film "Planting a Seed of Change - Brahma Kumaris USA"

4 August 2018

Dear Divine Family, OmShanti and Greetings of Peace.

 

On the occasion of 40 years of Brahma Kumaris service in the USA, a new film titled “PLANTING A SEED OF CHANGE”  has been created. This is an Introductory film, which show cases the journey of four decades of Brahma Kumaris in the USA, with the back drop of Meditation and spiritual teachings. We have uploaded the film on Brahma Kumaris Official You Tube Channel. And sharing few snapshots of the film.

 

Click on the image below to view the film:

 

In Godly Service,

Audio Video Dept.,

Gyan Sarovar

BK Prashant bhai & Prabhu bhai

 

 

 

Women's Retreat at Tapasya Dham Retreat Center, Dallas, Texas USA Features Sr Yolanda of Mexico

4 August 2018

Brahmakumaris Dallas has been serving the latino community for the past several years.

 

Sister Yolanda’s visit from Mexico to Dallas on the weekend of June/July 30/1 was very fruitful. The women who participated enjoyed the retreat "The four faces of women". They enjoyed the process of reuniting to the inner child, freeing themselves from the mask and the other creative activities. They shared that they experienced inner peace, self love and new understanding of self. They also liked the peaceful atmosphere of Tapasya Dham and the warm and welcoming vibrations from the sevadharis.  At the end, they were inspired to attend Latino retreat in Delhi.

 

It was indeed a memorable, enriching and transforming weekend for all the participants.

 

 

 

Living Values Education Newsletter for June

24 July 2018

Peter Williams wrote that it was a joy to watch the smiles and feel the happiness in the hearts of children, parents and friends at the very first Living Values Festival in Kuwait as they came to live and rediscover their values. The many enthralling activities were creatively conceived and designed by Ioanna Vasileiadou and lovingly crafted through the teamwork of the Student Council, parents, colleagues and members of the wider community. The purpose of the six hour event was simple: 'Be the Change'.

 

The many interwoven values-based themes placed a strong emphasis on choosing to 'Live Your Values in Ethical Ways' through, amongst others, valuing the collection and re-using of recycling materials, creative artwork, fun filled games, healthy eating, physical activities and especially awakening the inner world of values.

 

The pictures available show that many of the activities were especially designed and hand crafted. Friends of Living Values Education who read this are warmly invited to consider adopting some of the activities in their own contexts.

 

Great care and time was taken to create a loving, colorful, attractive and safe environment welcoming everyone to the Festival. Soft pastel shades of fine cotton drapes adorned the courtyard overhead together with painted umbrellas around the fencing. A stage for performances was constructed, and cleverly painted old car tires with specially designed cushions were set around tables made from recycled pallets. Little touches of authenticity included values statements on tables, values-based blessing cards, flowers, simple quotations, values-based banners designed by the children and cheerfully played soft music to uplift the spirit.

 

One of the many highlights was the creation of a values-based garden. These wooden boxes, each painted with a different value, for example, joy, happiness, respect, etc - are now around the school with 'Peace and Love' adorning the entrance. The children's comments, with pure pride: 'This is the flower I planted'.  To see the pictures and the entire article, please go to livingvalues.net and see the May 2018 Newsletter.

 

Join us for an inspiring weekend to reflect on values and a paradigm and process that builds relationship, and empowers positive choices and resiliency in young people.

     

Learn about methods that invite the co-creation of a culture of peace and respect, and experience activities that help young people of all ages, from toddlers to young adults, explore and develop universal values and positive social and emotional skills. Living Values Education is a comprehensive values education approach being implemented in more than 40 countries.

 

This workshop is highly recommended for adults who wish to help young people optimally explore and develop values. Please join us to:

  • reflect on the role values play in your life, schools, communities and the world;
  • learn about the LVE Approach and the process of developing values;
  • refine acknowledgement and active listening skills that allow adults to deal with young people's resistance more easily and effectively;
  • learn about non-violent discipline methods to help all feel and be safe and respected;
  • experience relaxation/focusing exercises that help young people be more centered and better able to self-regulate;
  • have more than 140 activities to help young people develop 12 universal values and positive intrapersonal and interpersonal social and emotional skills; and
  • be comfortable facilitating a process that builds positive social skills, drastically reduces bullying and has young people resolving issues with the language of values within months, inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Results: The most frequent themes noted by educators implementing LVE are positive changes in teacher-student relationships and in student-student relationships both inside and outside the classroom. Educators note an increase in respect, caring, cooperation, motivation, and the ability to solve peer conflicts on the part of the students. Aggressive behaviors decline as positive social skills and respect increase. 

     

LVE helps educators hone quality teaching skills to create a safe, caring, values-based atmosphere for quality learning. Young people learn to use the language of values to reflect on challenges and generate positive solutions. Please see our website for research results and success stories.

     

Parents benefit immensely from this approach and note improved relationships, more peace and cooperation in the home, and an understanding of how to help young people develop positive and protective social skills, and deal with bullying and social media concerns.

 

Facilitators:

 

Diane G. Tillman will lead both workshops. Diane is a former School Psychologist, Licensed Educational Psychologist, MFT, and the primary author of the award-winning LVE series of books. Her most recent book is "Nurturing with Love and Wisdom, Disciplining with Peace and Respect: A mindful guide to parenting".

 

Ed Wondolowski and Stephanie Kerr will be co-facilitating the retreat in New York at the Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center.  Ed Wondolowski is an Emeritus Professor of Management, Bentley University, and a past president of LVEP, Inc.  Stephanie Keer is the Education Solutions Manager at Konica Minolta and an adjunct Professor of Psychology, New York University.

 

Annie Jorgensen and Kyoko Kimura will be co-facilitating the retreat in California. Annie has a Master's in Educational Counseling. A retired primary and special education teacher, she taught LVE for ten years in the classroom, with stellar results. Kyoko, a gifted flutist,  is a music teacher in the public school system who enjoys combining values education with music instruction.

 

Cost: There will be a $40 charge for the workshop to help cover LVE expenses.  For those staying at the retreat center, please plan to make a separate donation for meals and accommodation.

 

 

 

Sister Shivani visits Vancouver BC, Canada

22 July 2018

The Vancouver Family was deeply grateful for this opportunity to serve many souls by being part of the Awakening West Coast Tour. Not only was this a chance to enjoy the presence of Sr Shivani—but it also was a wonderful moment which united the hearts, minds and hands of the Canadian Family.

 

Many thanks to Br Eric, the Canadian National Coordinator, for his constant support in making sure everything went smoothly.

 

Many thanks to Latabhen (Toronto) for her generous support in so many areas, including care of the many guests accommodated. We also deeply appreciated the presence of Sr Sangeeta (Ottawa) who proved to be an all-rounder!

 

Many thanks to Sr Judi (Calgary) who was always ready to help.

 

Many thanks also to Sr Tanya (Montreal) who, together with Judibhen and the young Vancouver angels, provided a touch of sweetness.

 

Countless thanks to the brothers and sisters of the Vancouver Family, where all became magical with each tireless and loving nger of cooperation!

 

Finally, there are no words to describe the gratitude felt towards Baba and Drama—together making the impossible, possible!

 

Click here for full report with photos.

 

 

 

 

Didi Chakradhari's visit to centers in Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma

22 July 2018

Didi Chakradhari’s recent visit to centers in Dallas -Texas and Oklahoma.

 

The BK Dallas family was very fortunate and grateful to BK Sr. Ranjan for inviting and arranging Chakradhari Didi’s visit to Farmers Branch – Dallas Center, Tapasya Dham Retreat Place- Pilot Point, Arlington Center - Texas, Cedar Park-Austin- Texas and Edmond Center- Oklahoma, in the end of the month of May,2018.

 

She was accompanied by Bharti Behan (from Lotus House - Ahmedabad).

 

Tapasya Dham Retreat Place-The Brahmin family had the fortune of attending a retreat in which the theme was “From Limited to Unlimited”. In this retreat apart from Didi’s talk, Sr. Ranjan interviewed Didi which was very interesting and beneficial. Many of Didi’s experiences with Mama and Baba were also shared in the morning classes. 

 

During this visit Didi gave many public talks on topics like - “Solving Inner Conflicts”- in Dallas, Cedar Park- Austin and in the Oklahoma city Downtown Library.

 

Self Unfoldment -a special event for women’s empowerment” - in which she talked about how to tune in to the innate qualities of one’s real self and learning the art of balancing daily responsibilities and fostering self growth - Dallas Center

 

Attainments through Raja Yoga meditation” - Arlington center

 

We are all very grateful and thankful to Chakradhari Didi and Bharti Behan for taking out their time to visit us. Chakradhari Didi’s loveful and humble nature and her words of wisdom has touched the hearts of many souls in making self effort and self progress.

 

In Baba’s Yaad

Dallas Family

 

Dallas (Farmers Branch) Center. 

“Solving Inner Conflicts” -  Thursday 17 May, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

More Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qt1wJyCLvwyLcRhr1

Video : https://youtu.be/addme/Hav_slNtLGOtz1sZFtGPwu4t73xOk

 

BK Retreat at the Tapasya Dham Meditation Home, Pilot Point Texas

 

May 18-20, 2018

More Photoshttps://photos.app.goo.gl/9fLob11bfk3Spzde8

 

 

Women’s Program with Didi Chakradhari

“Self-unfoldment “ – Wednesday, 23 May, 2018 at the Farmers Branch Center (Dallas), Texas

Tune in to the innate qualities of your real self.  Learn the art of balancing your daily responsibilities and fostering self-growth.

 

More photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/YPJl0Lxj9kIxrAkc2              

 

VIDEOhttps://youtu.be/addme/ma_c5_bzUAMyDNLk3dEPCarMT0U3bQ

 

Attainments through Meditation

at the Arlington, TX center, Tuesday, 22May, 2018 7:00-8:30pm

More photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oHXpixOb5MIxJbdU2 

 

 

Solving Inner Conflicts with Didi Chakradhari

Ronald J Norick Downtown Library, 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sunday, 20 May, 2018  3:30 -5:00pm:

 

Solving Inner Conflicts by Didi Chakradhari

Friday, 25 May 2018  6:30-8:30pm Cedar Park, Texas near Austin

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - June 2018

21 July 2018

Peace While Parenting ~ an Om Shanti Conversation

 

June 24: On Sunday, the BK Miami Center held its 5th Om Shanti Conversation. About 25 souls participated, including several first-timers. 


A panel of three senior BKs - Meredith, Marjorie, and Raju shared experiences and insights on this topic. As a mental health professional and family therapist, Marjorie also offered ideas about communication and self-care.

Kathy facilitated the evening and began by inviting participants to reflect first on their own childhoods. The first thing that emerged was a frequent experience of anger within families. Often that cycle was repeated with their own children. The discussion was animated and at times emotions ran high. 


When asked what attracted participants to attend, most said they were “looking for answers” or “seeking solutions”. When asked why they were so engaged in the conversation, several answered “someone is listening”, “I realized I have something to offer”, “I feel I’m not alone.”

 

Waddy offered spiritual reflections on our divine parent, and gave a guided commentary to return us to a spirit of innocence.

 

Click here for detailed report with photos.

 

 

 

Request for Blessings from N. American BKs

13 July 2018

This year marks the 60th anniversary for Sister Mohini and the 50th anniversary for Sister Jayanti of their service to Baba’s yagya.  We will be celebrating them both at the BK retreat at Peace Village from Friday, September 27, through Sunday, September 30.    At that time we would like to present them both with a book of blessings, from the hearts of each of you from the USA and Canadian Brahmin family.

 

If you are so moved, please send a separate blessing of no more than 50 words for Sister Jayanti and for Sister Mohini.  We will incorporate these blessings into a gift book to be presented to them during the weekend.  Note:  If your blessing is longer than 50 words, we respectfully will shorten your blessing to the proper length. 

Perhaps when thinking of the blessing you want to write bring an image of them in your mind and try to touch the essense of who they are and what they mean to you.

 

Please send your blessing no later than August 1st  to Sister Gayatri at Gayatri.naraine@us. brahmakumaris.org.

 

 

 

40th Anniversary of BKs serving the USA Coincides with Sister Shivani's West Coast Tour Stops in San Fransisco and Anubhuti Retreat Center

1 July 2018

Brahma Kumaris Celebrated their 40th Anniversary serving the USA with Sister Shivani on June 14th, 15th and 16th

 

Three large events were hosted at the Anubhuti Retreat Center in California by Sister Chandru, Celebrating 40 years of Service in the USA with Sister Shivani. 

  • There was a public event on Friday, June 15, called ‘Awakening: Gift of Happiness’ with Sr. Shivani.
  • On Saturday, June 16, there was a special morning celebration with Sr.Mohini, Regional Coordinator of the Americas, and many instrument souls responsible for bringing God's message of love and peace across the country. Many friends, contacts and special guests who have served with the Brahma Kumaris over the four decades also attended.
  • Events continued in the evening with a series of talks by Sr. Shivani and Sr. Mohini. Hundreds of souls from the Bay Area attended. Topics included 'Gift of Happiness’ and ‘Love & Forgiveness'. Please enjoy the full photo album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/n32RfttPVbqEiJYk6 . 

 

Om Shanti

  

 

 

 

       

  

  

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

Peace Village Regional Retreat Video by Bhavna Behn from Delray Beach, Florida

29 June 2018

Om Shanti,

 

Please enjoy this beautiful video of the Teachers/Regional retreat in Peace Village.

 

The images are beautiful. Baba’s message is inspiring.

Click above image to play the images.

 

Best Wishes,

Bhavna Bhen

 

 

 

Bostons BK Organize Youth Program: "Discover Your Best Self"

29 June 2018

The Boston USA Brahma Kumaris center brought about newness in service by organizing a program for youth at their Inner Space location in Harvard Square. The theme of the program was ‘Discover Your Best Self’.

 

The youth group was comprised of 13 children between the ages of 11-14 years, and they were accompanied by their two teachers, who also participated in the program. The youth were introduced to the concept of positive thinking and thought vibrations.  An exercise of this energy exchange was demonstrated by having them all participate in exchanging different colored stones. This illustrated to them the constant thought vibrations that are being exchanged during their daily interactions. They physically removed the darker colored stones to illustrate the point that they have the ability to remove negative thoughts and keep the positive ones, highlighting their own inner power.

 

They were taught to honor themselves by not comparing and competing with others, but to appreciate their own qualities. An exercise to reinforce this concept was done with them writing out their own unique qualities on a star card and sharing these qualities with the group. The youth were also taught different techniques to use their breath as a calming tool to reduce anxiety in various situations.

 

The feedback received from the teachers on this program was very positive, and they felt that the children were able to discover their best self.

 

Teacher’s remarks “we both loved the visit to Inner Space Harvard Square. You were so welcoming and all the activities you included were very age-appropriate for our students. In addition, the activities complimented very well our student exploration program 'Discover your best self'. Our students were very positive about our visit and found the activities very engaging. Thank you so much for a fun and educational morning at your place.”

 

 

 

 

 


BK Youth Camp and Retreat: Peace Makers at Peace Village, July 1-6

16 June 2018

Please make sure this gets announced to your BK students this weekend,  June 9th and 10th

You are warmly invited to attend our annual BK Youth camp and retreat to be held at Peace Village from Sunday July 1st (arrivals from 5 PM) to Friday July 6th (departures after lunch).

 

This retreat is intended for youth age 13 and up who are listening to murli regularly and following a BK lifestyle with their parent(s). In the past, the youth participants have been hugely inspired to continue on the spiritual path and stay connected.

 

The retreat will include several educational and fun activities relevant to school, college, spiritual, social and family life and will be facilitated by a variety of BK teachers with various backgrounds and experiences. It will be a chance also for rich inter-generational exchange and possible field trips. 

 

Please note that one parent should accompany the youth during their stay so as to tend to their personal well being and learning. This will also be an opportunity for the parent to benefit from karma yoga and spiritual study. 

 

Please register by June 25th with full details of arrival and departure, using the attached form, through your center/ class. Centers and classes to send BK registration form to registration@peacevillageretreat.org and copy to  Sr.Iris of Boston at bkiris.zur@gmail.com. 

 

Also direct all questions to Sr.Iris. 

 

Peace Village Family

 

To download form, click here.

 

 

Happy Fathers Day to Baba - Smile Box created by Sr Chirya of Peace Village

16 June 2018

Click below image to view.

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - May 2018

14 June 2018

May 4: Srs Waddy and Jenna were interviewed for a movie on women and spirituality, being filmed by Anjula for her master’s degree. Her professor at University of Miami (UM), a friend of the Brahma Kumaris through Images & Voices of Hope (IVOH) recommended she contact the center. Coincidentally the young woman had already met Sr Jenna in CA and was delighted to be able to include her in the footage.

 

Spanish Workshop at BK Center - how to be the best mother?

May 6: Sr. Amparo from Medellin, Colombia was the guest facilitator for this spanish workshop held at the BK center. There was a sweet sharing that being a mother is not necessarily defined by a female body and its the presence of spiritual components in aspects of attitude, vision & consciousness, nutrition, education & protection, etc. which attribute to being best for mother's role.

 

Click here for detailed report with more photos.

 

 

 

USA Living Values Education Newsletter, May 2018

8 May 2018

Dear Friends,

      

Happy Spring greetings -- and my apology for the error in the newsletter below. Yes, the LVE Weekend Retreat at Peace Village in Haines Falls, New York is on August 10 through 12 -- not in September!  Let us know if you would like an extra day for the at-risk materials.  I look forward to seeing you!

 

Diane

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - April 2018

1 May 2018

Miami

 

Reporting on #OmShanti project by Kathy

 

April 4: Kathy shared details from Sr. Mohini's webinar about the Om Shanti initiative for the 40+ years of service in the USA. To present unique & distinctive offering of RajaYoga, Peace is being used as an umbrella title and every month will have a specific application from inculcation of peace.

 

While all over the world leadership is becoming more about authority and control ; this project will provide a powerful contrast experimenting with potential of 'peace' via programs at libraries, homes and BK centers throughout the country.

 

Rosa in Peace Village co-facilitating a Spanish Retreat

 

April 6-8: Rosa was part of the retreat facilitating team for "Inner Peace Inner Power" which was attended by 47 Spanish speaking participants from different countries in Latin America.

 

Peace Village Pilgrims for Madhuban Experience Retreat

 

April 13-15: Two pilgrims Meeta & Tej joined the Madhuban Experience Retreat from Miami. It was a precious opportunity to be part of sharings by Sr. Mohini & Sr. Gayatri on the depths of being a humble instrument in the task of renewal. It was a lovely inspiration to be more and more aware that every second we have an opportunity to mend something and also an opportunity to very humbly co-create something with Baba. Some recorded sessions from this retreat are available via livestream - click here.

 

Click here for the full report of the service news.

 

 

 

Service News from Columbia, MO, USA

17 April 2018

Click here for detailed report with photos.

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - March 2018

1 April 2018

Miami

 

"Workplace Meditation" at the new office of NBC - Telemundo:

 

March 8: The NBC Universal - Telemundo enterprise have recently moved to a new 450,000 sqft facility in Miami which will serve as the global headquarters for all their Hispanic business.

 

They have a dedicated "Employee Experience" team who invited the BK Meditation Center to learn & discuss about possibility of facilitating meditation sessions for their employees. Their Co-ordinator Sandy Pinos-Chin shared that they value the importance of meditation for the wellbeing of employees and requested the meditation center for weekly meditation sessions and monthly enlightenment workshops.

 

Meeting was followed by a meditation session where few employees who have been attending meditation at NBC's earlier Coral Gables office also joined. The group reflected on the aspect of "newness" they experienced by moving to this beautiful big new office and also shared about how the new place also brings new challenges which in turn are more opportunities to bring more newness. It was beautiful to see how meditation offers new understanding and increases the thinking capacity to bring more & more newness. The session concluded with beautiful meditation guided by BK Veronica and all acknowledged the power created by this collective meditative awareness.

 

The BK Center is honored to associate and offer the meditation component to this new state-of-the-art broadcast center. This office is also their first prototype which will be adapted in NBC's new upcoming broadcast centers globally.

 

With a lot of excitement and enthusiasm, the weekly meditation sessions began from Mar 27.

 

For full report with photos click here.

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - February 2018

1 March 2018

Miami

 

Spanish Workshop:

 

Feb 10: A group of 22 attendees participated in this experiential workshop on the topic of Conociendo mi Mundo Interior in spanish i.e. 'Knowing my inner world' facilitated by Amar. Workshop comprised of understanding of self as soul and its original qualities, guided meditation experiences and special activity where each participant spent time reflecting on their inner world in light of the spiritual qualities and virtues.

 

Workshop - A Time to be Present

 

Feb 18: Soni from Boston spoke about “The Time to be Present” at the Miami Center on World Peace Sunday. An enthusiastic group of 20 souls benefited from this workshop and stayed further for the World Peace Meditation Hour. Some of the main points shared in the workshop are - “This whole thing of being present takes practice to be introverted..but it’s worth it. I am going to invest in myself... want to be by myself...embracing the calm and serenity. As I look at my own journey, I have overcome a lot. Give yourself credit that you will be victorious. That builds faith.”...click here for the reminder of the news with more photos.

 

 

 

Service News from Nashville, Tennesse

28 February 2018

‘INTRODUCTION TO RAJA YOGA’ NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 11 AM- 12.30 PM

 

About 100 people attended the ‘Introduction to Raja Yoga Meditation’ program at the Nashville Sri Ganesha Temple.

 

About 100 people attended the ‘Introduction to Raja Yoga Meditation’ program at the Nashville Sri Ganesha Temple.

 

Both North and South Indians participated in the meditation and discourse given by Sr. Priya, Brahma Kumaris, St Louis. She was invited and hosted by the Nashville Temple for the weekend service programs.

 

Saturday, February 24, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm

 

‘How to manage stress’ program at Radha Kirtane’s residence.

About 20 souls attended the program and did meditation.

 

 

St. Louis BK Family Celebrates Maha Shivratri

20 February 2018

 

About 30 souls murli students along with their families and friends of BK’s attended the Shivratri BK program at the St Louis center. The program had video presentation on 12 Jyotirlingams, cultural program by kids, spiritual talk, meditation and brahma bhojan. Some pictures that captured the day’s program are below. Om shanti!

 

Click here for detailed report with photos.

 

 

Maha Shivratri Celebrations in Milipitas, California

13 February 2018

Omshanti and Greetings of Peace from BK Milpitas Family, USA . We had a wonderful Maha Shivratri 

 

Celebrations program on Feb 4th, 2018. Here are few pictures of the event.

Maha Shivratri Cultural Songs Performance - Praising Lord Shiva

Maha Shivratri Cultural Songs Performance - Q&A about Lord Shiva

Skit on Liberation

Talk by Sr.Kusum on "Can Lord Shiva Grant Liberation"

Candle Lighting by Distinguished Guests, included are Jose Esteves (Former Mayor of City of Milpitas), Rishi Kumar (Council Member City of Saratoga), Sr.Kusum and others.

Audience enjoying the Maha Shivratri Program.

Flag Hoisting on Celebration of Maha Shivratri

Enjoying Brahma Bhojan after the program

 

Here are few videos of the event.

 

Talk by Sr.Kusum on "Can Lord Shiva Grant Liberation" - https://youtu.be/JgNcBE3-B0o

 

Flag Hoisting on Celebration of Maha Shivratri - https://youtu.be/qn1hAs53_jE

 

Candle Lighting by Distinguished Guests, included are Jose Esteves (Former Mayor of City of Milpitas), Rishi Kumar (Council Member City of Saratoga), Sr.Kusum and others. - https://youtu.be/xH6XvT4eCNw

 

Maha Shivratri Cultural Songs Performance 

 

Shiv Aapda Haran - https://youtu.be/1YpVYj8yuRg

 

DHOOP Me Kabhi Chhaon Bankar - https://youtu.be/YebihkI_Ux4

 

Sikhaya Tune Jina - https://youtu.be/QGmXP5t5bAc

 

Ae Khuda Tu Bata - https://youtu.be/hvCZDska5aQ

 

Skit on Liberation - https://youtu.be/0NhGMCet1zg

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - January 2018

9 February 2018

Miami

A Day of Experience

 

Jan 18 : Family loving came together for this Day of Experience to be in silence and yoga. A special video of ancestor souls (from the UK) was shown and all old and new students benefited from the entertaining and simple sharings by the loving ancestor souls. Was a lovely and silent family time in special remembrance of dear Brahma Baba.

 

Meredith at the annual Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) Trustees meeting in Virginia

Jan 4-7 : The ivoh Board met the new ivoh Executive Director Ilsa Flanagan and many new plans were explored including an innovative new “strengths-based media” program. Media professionals throughout the world will be empowered to tell stories, create films and other media that bring people and communities together, and inspire action that benefits the common Good....click here for detailed report with photos.

 

 

Celebrating Brahma Baba's life - Peace Day Program in Los Angeles

26 January 2018

On January 20th, the Brahma Kumaris Los Angeles held a special program to share the life story and teachings of Brahma Baba, the founder of Brahma Kumaris. The event was held at the LA center.

 

The event started with meditation and deep silence, brother Dennis from LA welcomed all the guests and provided the event details.

 

Click here for detailed report with additional photos.

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Sacramento 2017 Diary

26 January 2018

Our Center in Sacramento organized events throughout the year. Also we participated in many community events in Sacramento representing Brahmakumaris.

January 2017

The New Year Day was celebrated with full day program for Baba’s children, renewing our commitment towards Baba, it was welcomed with great enthusiasm and happiness and fill our lives, with new memories and blissful events every Thursday and Sunday and World peace meditation during 3rd Sundays and other special speakers and retreats from time to time.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

More than 30 clergy from around the region participated in one of the largest annual gathering of faith leaders to deliver a community-wide blessings.

Sister Hansa with Interfaith leaders for Martin Luther King’s Day in Sacramento

 

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