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News: All Facets of Joy - 32nd Anniversary of Brahma Kumaris in Moscow, Russia
27 September 2021
Program dedicated to the 32nd anniversary of Brahma Kumaris in Moscow, Russia
A festive program in honor of the 32nd anniversary of Brahma Kumaris in Moscow, Russia took place at «Mayak Mira», the Lighthouse of the world. The program began with greetings by Didi Sudha and Brother Vijay. Several friends of the university shared their feelings of love and gratitude.
Among the guests there were: Mr. Alexander Zimenkov, the actual state advisor to the Russian Federation, Mr. Yury Kurnosov, Dr. of Philosophy, professor, colonel, Mrs. Galina Pokhmelkina, Candidate of Pedagogy, facilitator of peace-making dialogues.
The moderators of the programme were Mr. Konstantin Uzhva, actor of theatre and cinema, the lead singer of the Moscow Operetta Theatre, and B.K. Elena Titova, foreign language teacher, interpreter and poetess. During the program, Konstantin sang two songs "Snow in Summer" and a BK song "Enchanted by Purity". Elena recited a few spiritual, heart-touching poems.
During the program, the various facets of joy were revealed: the joy of novelty, the joy of communication, the joy of solitude, the joy of sharing, the joy of freedom, the joy of creativity, the joy of harmony.
Besides dialogue, two or three cultural items unveiled each facet in its depth. BK Zhanna Yakovenko performed a song dedicated to Russia. Mrs. Elena Syabro, compositor, writer and musician, sang a beautiful song about the soul "There On the Shore" accompanied by Mr. Yury Shiyan, professional guitarist. Mr. Vazgen Oganesyan, opera singer, Ambassador of peace, shared his feelings in a poem and sang the world-famous song "Ave Maria".
B.K. Yulia Sabitova, professional violinist, graduate of the Moscow State Conservatorium named after Tchaikovsky, revealed the wonder of music and its power of creating an atmosphere.
Ms. Kristina Kim, graduate of the School of Modern Dance by Nikolay Ogryzkov, lead dancer at the theatre "Air Centre", performed the “Dance of Freedom”.
The song "Hearth" performed by B.K. Wanda and the other singers reminded of the family feelings and our belonging to the unlimited Family of God who loves all and sees the beauty and specialties of each and every soul.
Didi Sudha talked about and conducted meditation on "Joy of the future in the present." The program ended with a solemn lighting of candles and in the background Ms Yulia was playing on the violin the beautiful piece of music, which took all beyond…and connected to the Supreme Light.
During the entire program, the audience enjoyed a special blend of happiness and silence, expressive sharing and deep contemplation.
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"All Facets of Joy" program dedicated to the 32nd anniversary of Brahma Kumaris in Moscow, Russia on 19.09.2021. Telecasting quality.
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Link to some photographs taken on the occasion.
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Service News from Vladivostok, Russia
9 September 2021
“Bohay” is the oldest prosperous kingdom whose trace has been lost somewhere for centuries. But nothing is by chance. It is just from this place, Art-space “Bohay” in the city of Vladivostok that a new project of Brahma Kumaris, Russia started. That is a mobile artistic exhibition “Journey to the World of Happiness”.
Golden age Harmony, Happiness and Prosperity has appeared on the canvases created by Raja yogis with love and in remembrance of the Supreme Father. The artists of the creative association “Babr”, Raja yogis Ludmila Nekludova and Olga Palzeva (from Irkutsk, Siberia), Irina Mazura (from Chkalovsk, Moscow region) gave the world not just pictures but their happy hearts!
For four days the residents of Vladivostok got a chance to learn about the eternal Source of happiness, to think of their spiritual qualities, to paint a happy world in which they want to live, to dance the dance of happiness while feeling the true limitless inner happiness. There was a feeling that the Light of the Truth touched the hearts of the guests and participants. Good wishes to the exhibition, happy and shining eyes proved it.
In the opening ceremony of the exhibition were present:
- Mr. Shashi Bhushan, General Consul of India in the city of Vladivostok, with his wife;
- Tatyana Baranova, Deputy Head of the Department of Culture in Administration of the city of Vladivostok;
- Sis. Ludmila Horoshutina, Coordinator, Brahma Kumaris, Irkutsk, Russia
- Sis. Nadezdha Bespalova, Coordinator, Brahma Kumaris, Chita, Russia
- Victoria Kolitenko, Director of the Hotel “Equator”, who provided art space “Bohay” for holding the exhibition.
The poetess Svetlana Kabanzeva and vocal group “Smile” shared their arts. An elevated atmosphere created by all those who were present pulled the “Goddess Lakshmi” who gave blessings to all the participants of the exhibition.
During next days the exhibition was visited by the hotel staff, representatives of the walking league “Ginseng”, artists, children from business school ”Enterprise Fabrik” and others.
Everyone could take a booklet of the exhibition, books, “recipes of happiness” from Brahma Kumaris. Some guests has taken part in the workshop “Immersion in happiness” conducted by BK Ludmila Horoshutina.
Thanks to the successful exhibition and establishment of close contacts between the three organizations (Consulate of India, Brahma Kumaris and Art-congress hotel ”EQUATOR”) it was decided to hold the program devoted to Indian Culture and prolong the exhibition up to August 15th 2021.
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Rakhi Celebrations in Moscow, Russia: YouTube Video
24 August 2021
National Anthem of India Played on Flute by BK Sis. Larisa Gridina, Moscow
15 August 2021
Listen to the national anthem of India played on flute by BK Sis Larisa, Moscow.
In Baba's yaad
Russia - Annual Regional Retreat for Centerwasis “Sadhana. Sewa. Siddhi” - July 2021 (Russia, CIS and Baltic countries, Ukraine, Mongolia, Georgia and Moldova)
4 August 2021
“Sadhana. Sewa. Siddhi” (“Intense spiritual endeavour, service and imperishable attainments”). This was the title of a regional retreat for Baba’s server children that took place online in late July. The sadhan, or facilities, of science enabled all the wonderful enthusiastic sadhaks and sewadharis from Russia, CIS, Baltic states as well as Ukraine and Georgia, to get together for sharing their spiritual experience, love and inspirations for the future. For two days and a half, God’s servers from 65 centres of the region were staying threaded in a single rosary by means of Zoom video conference. Time factor was the most challenging one, as all the places are located in different time zones, with time difference up to 7 hours! Therefore a time slot from 10.00am till 14.00pm (Moscow time) was chosen for the classes and interviews with the seniors, group workshops and joint meditations.
Congratulating the participants of the retreat with a lucky opportunity to meet and greet one another, our respected Didi Chakradhari ji described Faith as the foundation of stable spiritual endeavour, selfless service and imperishable success. We should make sure we maintain firm faith in ourselves, Baba, the beneficial World Drama, and our lovely divine family. Didi remembered the sakar Baba’s time when every Brahmin child was told to write a letter of faith a number of times (even 108 times!) We may feel that it is superfluous, however the subtle checking of the self will keep the tree of our Brahmin life safe amidst the storms of Maya and situations.
Taking the subject of sadhana, Didi Sudha explained that the main features of this special type of effort are bhavna (doing that with deep dedication from the heart), regularity, perseverance and discipline. This is true out there, in worldly life, if you aspire to achieve heights in sports, music or any other field, for that matter. This is true in bhakti and even more so on the path of Gyan. Didi said that Sadhana in our Brahmin life is our spiritual effort to awaken the divinity of the soul. We should keep making this effort with love, on a regular basis, without missing a single day. She shared many inspiring examples from her own life of God’s student and server. For instance, Didi said that before conducting a murli class she always reads that day’s murli herself at least 3 times, in Hindi and then in Russian!
At the session about spiritual service, Br. Vijay took us into a deeper dimension of what it means to do God’s sewa. The ultimate goal of our service is to reveal the truth about the Creator and His creation, and we are able to achieve this aim provided we ourselves become the embodiment of true self-awareness in our thoughts, words and actions.
The second day of the retreat started with all the participants going to their respective virtual “rooms” for a workshop that included a lively chit-chat on the topic of attaining Siddhi. And then Santosh Didi shared some invaluable pearls of Baba’s wisdom on the topic. She said that the main Siddhi in our Brahmin life is attainment of lasting happiness and peace, or becoming liberated in life (jeevanmukt). And the way of achieving this type of success is to have an attitude of benevolence, love, co-operation and selflessness, free from anything waste. The challenge is that we are to achieve the goal of jeevanmukti amidst all sorts of obstacles and bondages in today’s iron-aged world. A practical example of Brahma Baba and our ancestor souls shows us the path to follow for reaching the destination.
We were lucky to have the retreat in the month of July when the entire Brahmin family was remembering specialities and service of Didi Manmohini ji. Every day we would learn something new about Didi’s divine dharna. And we could feel Didi’s subtle presence with us during the retreat sessions as well!
Although the retreat took place online, it seemed that nothing was missed from the regular way of our meetings: we had a brief welcoming cultural programme, drishti sessions with the senior yogis, and special time slots for questions and answers. The most touching moments were those of the finale of the retreat when the photo of every participant was appearing on the screen with a special individual blessing for that soul from our beloved BapDada.
In Baba’s Yaad,
Annual regional retreat coordinating instruments
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A public event dedicated to 31st anniversary of the Brahma Kumaris in St. Petersburg, Russia
9 June 2021
At the Confluence age the Supreme Father glorifies His children, and the children who surrender to Him completely, glorify their Father. Our deeply loved and revered Dadi Janki ji and Dadi Gulzar ji have always been an outstanding example of such a surrendered life and unconditional service to humanity. It was therefore a befitting step of the government of India to release a postage stamp dedicated to Dadi Janki ji on April 12, 2021. It was an act of appreciation of the vastness of spiritual social service carried out by the Brahma Kumaris for more than 84 years. A sequence of the postage stamp presentations have been continuing since then in many cities of India and across the world. A few weeks ago, a special ceremony was held at the Consulate General of India in St. Petersburg. And on May, 27, the stamp was introduced at a special festival event in Lighthouse.
The month of May, and especially its last week, carry a great historical, cultural and spiritual significance world-wide. It has always been an important period in the history of St. Petersburg as well. The city was founded by Peter the Great in May, 1703. And Baba’s coming here in May, 1990, became the starting point of the Brahma Kumaris service in this city as well as in many other cities of Russia and other countries. The last week of May is also famous in the world for Buddha’s having reached his nirvana stage. It is a matter of special happiness for Buddhist souls. And the story of Satya Narayan is also narrated in this last week of the month. All these memorable events fill this time with a very special kind of energy. So it was not by chance that the doors of Lighthouse opened on May, 27, to welcome very loving and cooperative souls, dignitaries of the area, who have been unconditionally supporting Baba’s activities in this city during all these years.
Mr. Anton Polyansky, deputy chairperson of Vyborgsky district administration of St. Petersburg, and Prof. Alexander Shabrov, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a leading cardiologist, became chief guests at the event. They joined Didi Santosh for the ceremony of presenting beautifully decorated albums with the enlarged picture of the postage stamp in Dadi’s memory.
A video film “The Eternal Shine of Kindness” enabled the audience to get merged in sweet memories of Dadi’s visits to St. Petersburg in the previous years. And a new cook book “The Golden Spoon” published by the Brahma Kumaris centre became a special treat for everyone! It is not by chance that this large and colourful edition (in Russian, so far) is dedicated to Dadi ji. Dadi was a perfect example of the soul and body balance. She was very particular about the food for the soul that we take in the form of our thoughts. No waste thoughts that drain our energy should be there in our diet! And similarly, she was very particular about every minor detail in terms of our physical food. Therefore a special effort had been made to prepare “The Golden Spoon” cook book dedicated to the first anniversary of Dadi’s ascension. It contains words of gratitude for Dadi and lots of simple, yet subtle aspects of the complete culture of food, that of earning, purchasing, cutting, cooking, offering to God and then serving.
The warm family atmosphere of the sneh-milan inspired the participants to share their hearty feelings and sweet memories of visiting Mount Abu for “Peace of Mind” retreats or meeting Dadi ji in this city. Dadi’s loving drishti surely was there throughout the event, showering love and blessings upon all of us!
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