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Happy Islands Make a Happy Continent - Didi Vedanti takes part in a dialogue "Family, Earth, Creator: Partnership for a Better World", St. Petersburg, Russia
30 September 2017
The year 2017 is being celebrated in Russia as the Year of Environment. In September, the Brahma Kumaris Centre in St. Petersburg invited a group of responsible policy makers from different fields to come together for a Dialogue on “Family. Earth. Creator: Partnership for a Better World”. A friendly “World Cafe” style of the Dialogue was conducive to an informal and thought-provoking sharing of ideas by government officials, educators, business people and environmentalists. Didi Vedanti, regional co-ordinator of the Brahma Kumaris in Africa, senior raja yoga teacher with 53 years of spiritual experience, became a special guest of the event, bringing in an air of dedication, spiritual strength and lightness.
Here are some of the insights from the participants of the Dialogue.
Mr. Pavel Lichak, member of the Committee for Social Policy of the government of St. Petersburg:
“The topic of the Dialogue is a very relevant and compelling one. People have been striving for social well-being and personal inner harmony since ages. This is the main objective of our Committee and the Brahma Kumaris organization as well. I will be happy to include new ideas that will come up during our Dialogue in the package of documents on family protection and women empowerment that we have been developing currently”.
Ms. Elena Kalinina, rector of St. Petersburg Social and Economic Institute, president of St. Petersburg Women’s Alliance:
“I feel that it requires from a person lots of inner power, knowledge and will in order to bring benefit not just to themselves but to others as well. One should have a sense of responsibility for the world out there. If everyone of us creates a little island of spiritual, moral and material well-being in their family and workplace, these islands will eventually make a big continent of harmony, peace and mutual respect.”
Mr. Eugeny Protopopov, president of fashion jewelry company “Jenavi”:
“The word “businessman” is derived from the word “busy”. However, if we are engaged in growing just one wing of ours, that of busyness, and neglect the wing of our spiritual growth, it will be difficult to fly. When both wings grow together, we can enjoy unlimited miracles of spiritual attainments.”
“If we go into thinking of the multiple problems the world is facing today, we will never come to solutions because the seed of everything is our thought. In order to serve the world locally and globally we have to develop a new nature of “No problem!”. What is the theory behind this bold statement? The theory is that if I change, the world will surely change! By stabilizing in a stage of silence, we become very powerful. Then we acquire a unique catching power enabling us to get the touchings, or signals, from the Supreme. Then we are in a position to help whoever requires our help.”
Didi Santosh, director, Brahma Kumaris, St. Petersburg:
“The first step for protecting the environment out there, is to make sure we do not harm anyone. According to the law of karma, if I do not cause sorrow to others, I cannot be harmed as well. There is no point in looking for “the guilty ones” in today’s world of calamities and violence. It is the shared guilt of everyone of us. We have been investing too much in our material and technological development, forgetting about development of the souls, the living sentient flowers. As a consequence, our hearts have become dry and prickly, and they easily catch fire. If I want to change this world for the better, I have to take care of my internal living flower and at least one more living flower, or a soul who is near to me. Make that flower grow, keep watering it, and the fruit will come. And then give this fruit as a gift to our society!”
India Day Celebrations in Moscow, Russia
23 August 2017
Indian Business Alliance, Moscow, along with few other Indian companies based in Moscow have organized "Day of India" celebrations in one of the most beautiful parks of Moscow. The programme was organised as a part of the Independence Day Celebrations. The programme was supported by the Department of Culture, Government of Moscow.
A beautiful Cultural performance by the students of Brahma Kumaris added the spiritual beauty to the inaugural function and spread the spiritual fragrance of purity, peace and happiness to the auditorium. The students presented a beautiful Dance of Freedom and performed two Hindi songs "Sada khush raho" and "Ham swarg dhara par layenge" - "Always be happy" and "We create heaven on earth".
Didi Sudha, Director of Brahma Kumaris, Moscow has addressed the audience with congratulatio n s explaining the meaning of the ancient name of India - Bharat. The word means "full and prosperious". This was the original state of India and the whole world at that time which is remembered as the Golden Age and Paradise. As everything in the universe is cyclic the Heaven is destined to come again. This becomes possible with God's help and our sincere effort. Sister Sudha wished everyone to return to their original state of purity and divinity and thus bring heaven on earth again.
Thousands of Muscovites, children, youth and aged, people from all walks of life, attended the mega event with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.
Indian Business and Cultural Community in Moscow, actively participated to make the multi-faceted event successful. Visitors were received with a lot of brotherly love, smiles and with a Tilak.
During the Day of India celebrations, Brahma Kumaris have had an open exhibition and discourse on the Ancient Raja Yoga Meditation and also had other activities. Hundreds of people received benefit. Everyone was given the understanding of soul, Supreme Soul and the attainments through the practice of Ancient Raja Yoga Meditation in the modern world. People left home with happy hearts!
Drawings for the Virtues in Minsk, Belarus, on the Occasion of Independence Day
19 July 2017
On the day of city wide celebrations on the occasion of the Independence Day of Belarus (3rd July 2017) students of Brahma Kumaris also presented their beautiful tools for service in the Central Children’s park ‘Gorky’. Among them: “Virtuescope” stand game to discover inner qualities in the soul (for adults and children), master classes in drawing for children named "Beautiful World" lead by BK Ludmila Korzun and Sveta Perskevich (professional artists). Also children could participate in drawings on asphalt on the topic “Peace in the World”.
Sarla Didi's Visit to Russia - News from Moscow
15 June 2017
Recently Sarla Didi, Director of Brahma Kumaris, Gujarat Zone, India visited Russia. Following is the brief service report during her visit to Moscow.
In Baba's yad
Moscow ( Russia)
Hearty Welcome 03-06-2017
Management on the basis of Values 04-06-2017
Inauguration of the new hall photo report and a small film
Spiritual medicine 05-06-2017
Sweet farewell 06-06-2017
"Busy Outside & Free Inside" - Visit of Vedantibhen to Ukraine
6 June 2017
May 16-25, Ukraine was blessed with a visit by a powerful and prominent yogi, B.K.Vedanti, Regional Head of Brahma Kumaris in Africa.
She visited three cities: Odessa, Uzhgorod and Kiev, and was also the main guest during the National Retreat for Brahma Kumaris students.
In the meeting with Odessa residents, Sr.Vedanti shared her practical experience, ie: how, while being extremely busy with all her duties, she enjoys peace of mind and inner freedom. Indeed, Sr.Vedanti manages over 100 Brahma Kumaris centers in more than 50 countries of Africa; yet even so, she stays free from worries and tension; and also keeps herself independent of computers and mobile phones. She enjoys and appreciates her life considering it to be a gift from God.
Sr.Vedanti gave the audience her practical advice on how to create and maintain such a state of mind, step by step. First, one needs realize oneself as a powerful soul, a divine star in the center of the forehead, the soul which controls one’s body. The second step is to connect oneself with the Supreme: the Ocean of Peace, Happiness and Knowledge, in order to benefit from this power. Thirdly, one should practice introversion, ie: paying more attention to one’s inner self; making God one’s constant Companion; and looking upon this world with three eyes: two of which are physical, and one spiritual to see everyone has a divine being, a soul.
Sr.Vedanti also shared simple methods on how to: start the day; then do our work peacefully during the day; and finally, how to finish the day, as follows: “Wake up earlier than usual and focus on a strong thought: “I’m a peaceful soul, a child of God," and feel love for yourself. Get out of bed, go to the mirror, and look at yourself, giving yourself a smile. Tell yourself: “I’m good, everything’s good.” Wash your face lovingly, drink water, inhale fresh air, do a few exercises, ie. show your body caring respect. Shower, breakfast, tea, do everything quite peacefully; and before leaving home, sit calmly a few minutes to feel God’s peace, tranquility, and loving care; contemplate on your whole day being positive and free from stress. Now, since God Himself is your constant Companion, you will feel everything goes easily enough, as if He is doing all the work ... And in the evening, never think that you’re too tired. Think: “My day was really good!”; even if something hasn’t gone alright, don’t think so much about it. Think
more about good things you experienced during the day. Thank God and the day you’ve gotten through for all the good they’ve given you. Spend time with your family, don’t just spend all your time sitting with your phone, computer or TV. Work on this daily methodology, and by learning to enjoy peace and silence, you will see how you attract much more spiritual power into your daily life.
Sr.Vedanti conducted meditation, based on the methods she’d presented, filling everyone with spiritual energy. During meditation, the whole audience was sending their good wishes of peace to Ukraine: so that all its souls, including its leaders, can truly feel peace and freedom from tensions.
Sarla Didi in Russia
30 May 2017
BapDada's dearest and loveliest world family
We are happy to inform you that our respected Sarla Didi, Head of the Gujarat Zone has set her lotus foot on the land of Russia for the first time in Kalpa. Didi arrived safely in St. Petersburg yesterday along with Bhartibehn, Amarbehn and Dr. Mukeshbhai.
It is our great fortune to have with us the Angel Sarla Didi who will be sharing wonderful experiences during the time of beginning of Yagya in Bharat and
about her life with Sakar Baba and Mama.
Sarla Didi will be with the Russian family until 10th of June and visit few more cities.
In Moscow, Sarla Didi will inaugurate the renovated portion of Baba's New House.
Many programmes have been organized everywhere for the spiritual nourishment of souls living in Russia. We wish her good health and grand success at her every step.
In Baba's yad
Sudhabehn, Santoshbehn, Vijaybhai
and divine family
"You Have Given Us the Sky" Dedicated to WWII Victory Day
23 May 2017
Click here for report in PDF format.
A Lawn in an Interior Garden.
Eco festival, Tver, Russia.
11 December 2016
December 11, 2016 Center of Spiritual Development, Brahma Kumaris, Tver participated at eco festival A Lawn in an Interior Garden, organized by an ecological NGO My Favorite City.
The event was held to inform the public about the importance of environmental protection and domestic waste reduction.
In the festival area, there were organized master classes, paper and batteries recycling collection center, and books, clothing and other household items exchange center.
The Brahma Kumaris organized its exchange point for "recycling" of negative character traits that can manifest themselves in thoughts, words and actions.
In return, participants received from the Garden of Good Qualities a paper rose-flower with virtues on its petals, which they themselves got during the Virtuescope game.
Protecting the Lives of Children.
A conference at the Civic Chamber of R.F.
2 December 2016
Children are the road users most vulnerable to injury. In most cases, their safety depends on adults’ actions, or inaction. Children are often responsible for road accidents, themselves, by jaywalking, playing near roads, getting off buses or trams incorrectly. Many accidents involving children occur on and near railways.
On December 2, 2016, at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, a conference on Children’s Safety, and Prevention of Children’s Road Traffic Injuries was held. The conference was attended by representatives of relevant ministries and departments, public authorities, experts, and social activists.
The objective of this forum was to consolidate efforts to improve citizens' responsibility in complying with traffic rules in order to prevent children’s injuries on the roads and railways of Russia.
The main issues under discussion were:
- Toughening penalties for violation of traffic rules near children's educational establishments where warning signs "Watch out! Children!" and "Pedestrian crossing” are posted;
- Parental responsibility for traffic violations when an accident occurs for reasons attributable to the child, and the guilt is determined in court; - The need to teach safety on railways, with involvement of experts, and training in preschool establishments, with participation of State traffic police officers from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia;
- Development of children’s safety culture by means of mass-media, TV, etc.
Mrs. Valentina Petrenko, Federation Council member of the Federal Assembly of Russia, and Chairman of Mothers of Russia, an all-Russian social movement, in her closing speech proposed: creation of an integrated program at federal level to protect the lives of children.
Representatives of the Brahma Kumaris, Center for Spiritual Development (Moscow), headed by Sr. B.K. Sudha R. Gupta, Director, took part actively in this conference. In her speech, Sr. Sudha pointed out that when on the road, the capacity of self-control i.e. the ability to control one’s thoughts, feelings, emotions and senses is very important; indeed, considerable spiritual power is needed to rem¬¬ain stable and peaceful in different stressful situations. This can be accomplished through practicing positive thinking, which children should be taught to develop their sense of self-esteem, and responsibility for their own actions.
The Brahma Kumaris, Center for Spiritual Development released an interesting, helpful book on these vital human values, including a workbook. This teaching material can be used by parents and teachers to work with children aged 7-10. These lessons will help children learn a set of qualities that will help them protect their lives and health.
In support of this Brahma Kumaris, Center for Spiritual Development initiative, the Conference participants signed a promise that no such accident would happen due to their own carelessness.
Women and Family Values.
A meeting with members of the Indian Women Association, Moscow.
22 November 2016
Embassy of India, Moscow took an initiative to invite the Brahma Kumaris to conduct a series of programs under the auspices of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre of the Embassy. First program was on "Women and Family Values" with Mrs. Anjali Pandey, Minister of Education, Embassy of India as the Chairperson and, Director, Brahma Kumaris, Moscow as the main speaker.
After introduction given by Mrs. Anjali Pandey, Sr. Sudha gave a talk on the topic, explaining a full spectrum of family values a person needs to feel comfortable at home as well as at work. During the interactive session, she shared practical methods to imbibe those values. At the end, Sr. Sudha gave a brief introduction of Raja Yoga Meditation and conducted a guided meditation.
The event was a success and was highly appreciated by members of the staff of the Embassy of India and other participants, especially its practical part. The Indian Women Association, Moscow extended its gratitude to Sr. Sudha for an impressive session and expressed their wish to organize such programs in the future with the Brahma Kumaris.
A Day Without Road Accidents.
An initiative of the Brahma Kumaris, Moscow.
20 November 2016
On November 20, to mark the UN World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Interregional NGO Center for Spiritual Development, the Brahma Kumaris Center, Moscow, organized the initiative A Day Without Road Accidents.
It began with a motor rally on the Sparrow Hills observation platform, with participation of the all-Russian Federation of Motorists, all-Russian Automobilist Society, Russian Motorcyclists Society, driving school Auto-course Master, and others.
The motor rally finished on Poklonnaya Hill. After that, a special event was held in the exhibition Hall of Memory and Grief of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War.
The participants paid tribute to the memory of car crash victims, whose lives were suddenly interrupted, and passed away without saying goodbye.
In commemoration of them, candles were lit and, during a minute of silence, all participants gave their promise to be more attentive and responsible on the road.
The guests of honor gave their speeches: Sr. B.K. Sudha R. Gupta, Director General, Brahma Kumaris Center for Spiritual Development; Dr. Vijay Kumar, P.R. Coordinator, Brahma Kumaris Center for Spiritual Development; Ms. Anisya Olkhova, multiple world and Europe synchronized swimming champion; coordinators of the action: Mrs. Nadezhda Ganikovskaya, Brahma Kumaris Center for Spiritual Development; Mr. Igor Melekhin, commercial manager of Llc. Iksiya; Pr. Inga Koryagina, Docent, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics; Ms. Svetlana Nageykina, Olympic champion in cross country skiing, and others.
Wonderful artists of the Children's Choir School, sponsored by the Academic Ensemble of Song and Dance of the Russian Army named after A. V. Alexandrov, joined the action. Their performance was a life-asserting keynote of the event.
International Day of Peace in Ulaan Baator, Mongolia.
21 September 2016
This year, 21 September, the International Day of Peace turned out to be a warm and sunny day. It brought together many representatives of different religious and spiritual organizations to the Dashcholin, one of the most ancient Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia.
Ms. Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia addressed the audience. She also read out a message from the United Nations. More than 10 representatives of religions and communities delivered their messages of peace, struck the Peace Bell three times and lit a symbolic candle. Key messages were written on special plates to be send to the UN.
The Brahma Kumaris representative, Sr. B.K. Inna Kim addressed the meeting with the word of Om Shanti and said: ‘Dear brothers and sisters, let say it three times, for first one is to remind ourselves ‘I’m a bodiless soul, the embodiment of peace’, the second is to realize, that I’m a child of the Supreme Soul, Supreme Father, the Ocean of Peace and Love and the third Om Shanti we say so that it won't be forgotten that we are one family, brothers and sisters and that’s why it is so important to have pure fillings, good wishes of peace and love towards each other.’ At the end of the event, representatives of all organizations struck the Bell together and stood in silence for one minute, saying their mantras, prayers or being in meditation. The program was attended by a large number of media. The event was covered by all TV channels and major news agencies of Mongolia.
Indian School in Moscow.
Visit of BKs Sr.Sudha and Dr. Vijay.
7 September 2016
September 7, 2016, B.K. Sr. Sudha, Director, Centre of Spiritual Development, Moscow and Dr. Vijay, coordinator, Brahma Kumaris, CIS and Baltic countries, visited Indian school sponsored by the Indian Embassy in Moscow.
It has become a good tradition for Brahma Kumaris teachers and students to visit children from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Africa who attend this school. Children always look forward to these meetings and are remarkably quick in catching on to the essence of spiritual wisdom.
This time, the talk on Easy Ways to Improve Memory was connected with the forthcoming examination. 140 schoolchildren from 6 to 12 grade attended the lecture. Before the talk, Mr. Vellaichami, Director of the school welcomed the guests. Children listened to Sudha Didi with great interst and readily answered all questions she was asking during the lecture. Sr. Sudha suggested meditation practice as one of the easiest ways to improve memory, concentration and attention.
At the end, children were practicing meditation siting in total silence to the meditation music and concentrating on the commentaries Sudha Didi was giving the audience. After the lecture pupils thanked Sr. Sudha and all guests. They told what they had learned from the talk, shared their experience and expressed the wish to have more meetings like that.
Love for Everyone.
India's Independence Day and Rakhi Celebration in St. Petersburg, Russia.
7 September, 2016
Abhishek Kumar Sharma, a young environmentalist, came to Russia as part of his world tour on a bicycle. He started his journey in India in 2014 and is planning to complete it in 2020, after visiting 80 countries on 6 continents, covering 90 000 kilometers!
“I am feeling very glad over here. I come from the land of purity and diversity – this is the identification of India. The core concept of this bicycle journey is that I am promoting sustainable environmental development and spreading the message of brotherhood, harmony and friendship.”
Ms Tatiana Lineva, chairperson of St. Petersburg Red Cross, member of the Civic Chamber under the Governor of St. Petersburg, greeted everyone on behalf of these organizations saying, “We bow to India for many gifts that this country has given to the West, and the main one of those is spirituality. Spirituality is not about something abstract, it empowers us, making us capable of creativity and helping our fellow beings. I've been in contact with the Brahma Kumaris centre here for many years, and visited its headquarters in Mount Abu as well, and I do believe that this institution has been given to us by the Supreme. Last year I visited the Brahma Kumaris office at the United Nations and appreciated the important role your organization plays in providing assistance to people in emergency situations worldwide. I can say that I have never seen spiritual teachers having such a professional level anywhere else.”
Explaining the spiritual significance of Rakhi festival, Didi Santosh, director of Brahma Kumaris in St. Petersburg, spoke about how our love becomes unlimited when we attain self-realisation. “Realisation of our true spiritual self unblocks our reservoir of love. By overcoming gratification of sense organs and familiarity, we stop limiting our love to just one individual or a small group of them, and get a fresh and new experience in our life. Otherwise what happens, you sit in the plane for two hours, and although there are living human beings sitting next to you, you just don't notice them. You are busy texting messages to a person whom you consider the only one you love. Then the atmosphere around you is dry. And wherever the atmosphere is dry, there are fires of alienation, hate, and dislike. When I remind myself that we are all spiritual beings, souls, children of one Father, it makes us really valuable. When your love is for everyone, you are truly valuable for this world which is burning nowadays in the fire of anger and hatred.”