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Public event in Moscow "Enchanted by Purity".
28 October 2019
Moscow (Russia): A public event was hosted by Brahma Kumaris, Moscow with a unique theme "Enchanted by Purity". The programme was organized with the aim of developing understanding of the importance of purity in the lives of the people. Through inspiring speeches about the value of purity in the present time and a beautiful spectacle on the theme, followed by an enlightening concert all together made the programme a greatly successful and a remarkable event on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary celebrations of Brahma Kumaris services in Russia
ABOUT THE THEME
Opening the event Didi Sudha, Director, said that the very theme "Enchanted by Purity" gives us the feeling of the Light that Purifies. I feel that the virtue of purity was embedded in me, the soul and therefore, since my child-hood I desired to live in the world of deities, she added. She further expressed that purity is defined as the elevated thoughts, words, actions and relations, and that the power of Purity is the basis of establishing peace in the world and the Bestower of Power of Purity is only One - God the Purifier!
Recalling her young age Didi Sudha spoke, "I was always inclined to go into the depth of purity in all aspects of life - intellect, thoughts, feelings, character, relations. When I saw the teachers of Brahma Kumaris institution, I was really enchanted by their way of pure life and decided to become like them to spread the message of purity and to reveal the Purifier Father, all over the world. I am happy to be committed to my this mission".
Didi Chakradhari, Regional Coordinator of Brahma Kumaris, Russia Region, narrated the story of her developing the faith in the Descent of God at the present most auspicious Confluence Age of the World Cycle and the beginning of His task of world purification. Audience listened to her in deep silence and touched by her words.
Dr. Vijay, Coordinator, explained the meaning of spiritual growth as the attainment of stability of mind, maintaining the inner peace, merciful heart, love, happiness and of course sustaining the virtue of purity.
GREETINGS BY THE HONOURED GUESTS
Mrs. Pacheco-Reinaga Galina Nikolaevna, Member of the Council of Deputies of the Vostochny Degunino Municipal District, Moscow, Director of the Center for Social Assistance to Families and Children, brought a very warm video with loving words of congratulations from the children. This family center was the first to adopt Project of the Brahma Kumaris “Space of Inspiration - we discover, we study, we assimilate, we bestow". The project is dedicated to moral values inculcation among the children and youth.
Galina Nikolaevna said: “We have known each other for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for me to visit the Center. But my heart is always here in the Centre. I know, I am loved here and awaited here. And only here you find that original purity that the soul seeks to. And here you find the Source of this Purity. Brahma Kumaris is very important for us also because the organization helps in the best way, with pure heart and soul."
Dr. Gordina Lyubov Sergeevna, President of the Noosphere Spiritual and Ecological Assembly of the World, Honoured Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation said,”I have put aside all affairs and came to congratulate the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University on the occasion of it's 30th Anniversary. The university gives an idea of the spiritual nature of man. What exactly is the soul, the eternal conscious energy, what is the main driving force of man. This idea inspired our organization of a group of Russian scientists, to give a scientific definition of the concepts: man, spirit, soul and elevate these concepts to the rank of the right field. We created a document that was discussed in the State Duma (Parliament of Russia). Now for the first time in world legislative practice these concepts are fixed. Who is man? There is a definite answer. Thanks to the University for serving us.”
Mrs. Dudova Lyubov Vasilyevna congratulated the Brahma Kumaris on behalf of the Commission for the Development of Education and Science of the Public Chamber Russian Federation. “Your University of Spiritual and Moral Education has been sowing the rational, the good and the eternal, for 30 years. 30 years bring up the light and spiritualize people. Congratulations on your 30th anniversary! I wish you success in everything! And many, many times over 30! And may there always be light in your home.”
Mrs. Irina Aleksandrovna Bosenko, on behalf of the All-Russian Public Organization of Heroes, Cavaliers of State Awards and Laureates of State Prizes “Labor Valor of Russia”, presented Didi Sudha with the honorary medal “Labor Valor, Russia” for its the great contribution of the Brahma Kumaris to the spiritual and moral education of residents of Moscow, the strengthening of nation-wide values and peacekeeping.
Mrs. Kvazem Karina Rafaelovna, Chairman of the Interethnic Women's Club «Commonwealth», head of the interactive museum Our World Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and the School Club of Children's Diplomacy P.L. Kapitsa (No. 1557) prepared for everyone a sweet gift - a gold chocolate medal with the Brahma Kumaris logo and the inscription "30 years". This commemorative medal from the stage was awarded to all participants in the festive evening.
Mr. Atnagulov Rais Radiusovich, President of the International Public Organization of Charitable Funds “MAMA” warmly congratulated everyone on the occasion of celebration and handed over Gold Diploma for a huge contribution to the spiritual and moral recovery of society and in honor of the 30th anniversary of service in Russia, the CIS countries and the Baltic states to the General Director of Brahma Kumaris in Russia to Sudha Rani Gupta.
He said: “Today you are 30 years old and its exactly 15 years of our cooperation with you. We held together the International Congress of Mothers at the Brahma Kumaris University of the World Spiritual University "Women and family values" in India. Our Russian delegation was then invited to the Presidential Palace by the then President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam. It was an unforgettable meeting. I remember the words of the President that Russia and India are two spiritual sisters and that we will always be bound by ties of cooperation and mutual respect.
Mrs. Larisa Trunina, Deputy Head, General Secretariat, Assembly of Eurasian People, Moscow, “Dear friends! The heartiest and warmth congratulations on the 30th anniversary of Brahma Kumaris in Moscow All these years, you are a friendly, sincerely dedicated team, confidently bring Light and goodness to the people! Your service to the common good deserves the highest respect! I wish you all Peace, Joy, Happiness and further spiritual Ascension! The anniversary date says that there is something to remember, there is something to share. But life is unlimited, it opens up new horizons. Happy meetings, new opportunities and open paths!
The Concert "Enchanted by Purity" was successfully conducted by Konstantine Uzhva, Actor, Moscow Theatre of Opera and Elena Titova, Linguist, Specialist in inter-cultural communication and Teacher of English and German, with the help of enlightening performances by B.K. Julia Sabitova, Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Laureate of International Competitions; Seleverstova Ekaterina, Artistic Director, Indian Dance Class and President of the Foundation for the Study of Indian Culture of Moscow; Kvazem Karina Rafaelovna, Chairwoman of the Interethnic Club "Commonwealth". The Chairwoman presented the Commemorative Medal depicting the BK logo and 30 years of services of Brahma Kumaris. Other performers included Ekaterina Ivaniy, Teacher, Psychologist, Singer and participant of the Eurovision 2019, Laureate of international and all-Russian competitions, who sang the song “Winged Songs Are Pouring” and Irina Bosenko, Member of the Board, “Union of Orthodox Women of Russia and All-Russian Public Organization of Heroes, Cavaliers of State Awards and Laureates of State Prizes "Labor Valor of Russia". She handed the Honorary Badge “Labor Valor of Russia” to the General Director of Brahma Kumaris. Vazgen Oganesyan - Vocal teacher, singer, poet, winner and laureate of international competitions, holder of the Order “Heart of Danko” in the nomination for personal contribution to the development of Russian culture; Polina Kachura, Singer; Zhanna Yakovenko, Singer; Vaselisa Yakovenko, Singer, and many other artists also contributed performances.
An album of songs in Russian was released on the occasion on the theme “Enchanted by Purity”
Author: Valeri Dobrov
Script: Valeri Dobrov, Vyacheslav Barinov
Group: Music of Silence
Singers and musicians: Valeri Dobrov, Polina Kachura, Zhanna Yakovenko, Vaselisa Yakovenko
Link to the CD
Link to videos (Telecasting quality. Editing version)
Link to photographs
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Moscow: Programme Celebrating 30 years of the Humanitarian Service History of the Brahma Kumaris in Russia plus the Ssamman (Honouring) Programme of Delhi Centres Instrument Teachers.
12 September 2019
The programme was dedicated to mark the 30th Anniversary of the foundation of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in Moscow and Russia in 1989. The root of the BK service of Russia has been Delhi and the beauty of the celebrations was the samman of the senior instrument teachers from Delhi in Russia, after 30 years!
Historical moments and the land-marks on this spiritual journey of thousands souls were revealed through variety presentations.
During past years apart from Russia, Centres have been established in the beautiful and strong neighbouring countries - Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Tajikstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, etc.
Didi Chakradhari, Regional Coordinator of Brahma Kumaris to Russia, CIS and Baltic Countries, Didi Sudha, Additional Regional Coordinator and Didi Asha Director, Om Shanti Retreat Centre, Delhi (Gurgaon) have showered blessings over those lucky souls who extended cooperation in expanding God's Yagya during all these unforgettable years of "faith in One and support of One".
1) 30 years history of BKWSU, Russia (programm for BK students)
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2) Didi Asha's Class on
"Faith and Shrimat".
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3) Link to some photographs taken on the occasion (welcome program, visit to Garden "Tsaritsina", visit to Victory Park, 30th Anniversary celebrations).
Confluence of Two Capitals: 50 Senior Raja Yoga Teachers from Delhi led by Didi Asha & Didi Shukla Visit Russia
12 September 2019
More than 50 Senior Raja Yoga teachers from Delhi led by Didi Asha and Didi Shukla were heartily welcomed at the retreat centre «The Lighthouse of the World» in Moscow.
A general introduction about the unique country of Russia - its people, climate, culture and the main symbols of the country – was given in a short video film followed by the hymn of India.
The heart-touching Hindi song «Jeevan ke Data» performed by BK. Elena Titova and BK Larisa Gridina reminded all the greatness of the Supreme who is the Donar of Life and the Highest Benefector.
The senior Brahma Kumari teachers in Russia including - Didi Chakradhari, Didi Sudha, Didi Santosh and Bro. Vijay extended the greetings and shared their feelings on this beautiful occasion. Didi Asha and Didi Shukla shared the heartfelt greetings on the occasion.
Everyone had wet eyes to watch the beautiful scene of the gathering of a big group of dedicated teachers from Delhi in Moscow, and recalling the historical moments of God's unlimited task of establishment of the Golden Age founded on the principle of Godly Love and Godly sustenence.
Earlier, the guests from Delhi visited VIDINKHA - famous sight in Moscow representing the solidarity and fraternity among Russia and the international community.
Welcome program. 50 Senior Raja Yoga teachers from Delhi led by Didi Asha and Didi Shukla visit to Moscow, Russia.
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Link to some photographs taken on the occasion (the guests from Delhi visited VIDINKHA) .
BK Yogesh Sharda’s (Turkey) Visit to Baku, the Capital of Azerbaijan - July 2019: Learn to respect yourself, and you will be respected by others
19 August 2019
A two-day series of master classes ABC of Happy Relationships conducted by BK Yogesh Sharda at the Azadliq Hotel
Five days in July with the participation of BK Yogesh were filled with insightful and friendly dialogues about Raja Yoga meditation as an art of maintaining authentic relationships with the self and the world out there. He was tirelessly sharing his rich personal experience of being a sincere student and accomplished teacher of spiritual knowledge.
Br. Yogesh also conducted a one-day training programme for the administrative staff of “Icherisheher”, a unique historical and architectural complex of XII century, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Talking on the topic of “Effective Communication with the Self, Family and Society”, he explained how the spiritual knowledge enables us to shift our focus from expecting regard of others to increasing self-respect.
A two-day series of interactive master classes for the general public on the “ABC of Happy Relationships” took place at the conference hall of the “Azadliq” Hotel.
Br. Yogesh had a training session with the medical staff of the Indian Clinic of Baku as well. Welcoming him, Mr. Ronald D’Mello, director of the Indian Clinic, expressed his appreciation of the Brahma Kumaris that “has been serving the society for more than 80 years by carrying out educational projects in the field of spirituality”.
During a live broadcast of “The Morning” talk show at Azerbaijan’s main TV channel, AzTV, br. Yogesh talked on the topic of yoga, which is becoming increasingly popular in Azerbaijan due to annual celebrations of the International Day of Yoga. Answering the show host’s question about the postures one has to practice in order to achieve inner peace, he said that the only posture we need to practice is a mental one: “I am a peaceful soul”. This is the key to acquiring mastery over one’s thoughts and emotions.
And of course the entire BK family of Baku has got an enriching experience during the one-day retreat held at the “Planet” Hotel. The topic was “Happiness of the Raja Yogi Life”. Well, it was truly a day (just as all these 5 days, for that matter) filled with lots of happiness and joy!
Thanks Baba and thanks His wonderful instruments.
CIS News Team (St. Petersburg Office)
A two-day series of master classes ABC of Happy Relationships conducted by BK Yogesh Sharda at the Azadliq Hotel
A two-day series of master classes ABC of Happy Relationships conducted by BK Yogesh Sharda at the Azadliq Hotel
A training session for the medical staff of the Clinic
Mr. Ronald DMello director of the Indian Clinic, welcoming BK Yogesh Sharda at a training session for the medical staff of the Clinic
A one-day retreat Happiness of the Raja Yogi Life for BKs with br. Yogesh Sharda of Turkey
Baku Azerbaijan Effective Communication with the Self Family and Society BK Yogesh Sharda conducting a training session for the administrative staff of Icheri
Didi Munni’s Visit to St. Petersburg, Russia from July 3-8
14 July 2019
By coming to Russia, Didi Munni whom we had been waiting on this land since long, brought with her a unique aura and fragrance of Madhuban, our unlimited home. On this trip of hers, she was accompanied by a wonderful team of brothers, Madhuban niwasis, as well as sis. Shalini of Shantivan and Neha Didi of Ahmadabad, respected Dr. Mita Jain and his spouse from Mumbai, and two lovely families with children from Mumbai and Bangalor.
This happy meeting at the Confluence became a true mela, as brothers and sisters from 12 cities of Russia and Belarus also arrived in St. Petersburg to take part in variety of events, that included festivious welcome and farewell ceremonies, classes, interviews, informal chit-chats and a lovely meeting with centrewasis.
Welcoming Munni Didi, Didi Santosh said, “At the Confluence, God, the Creator, comes here in order to decorate His creation. But those children of God who consider themselves to be responsible and start decorating themselves with God’s virtues, become instrumental for decorating others as well. Didi Munni has been revealing Baba and making many others closer to God and His yagya with her two main specialities. Her main virtue is that of OBEDIENCE to God’s shrimat and directions of the seniors. By always holding the hand of shrimat, she has been tirelessly fulfilling the task of unlimited service with a lot of bhavna. Her second speciality is that of being a selfless GIVER. She has taught thousands of others how to take care of the yagya, yet she has never had a desire to take anything for herself.”
Having been trained and sustained by God and great souls, Didi Munni has become a true Sukh Devi (a goddess of happiness). In a deep and sincere dialogue on the Art of Giving, Didi shared the secret of this stage of hers, “Baba has filled us with lots of happiness, therefore we just have to do the same by sharing this happiness with everyone. I have always kept this aim in my life, “I am Baba’s instrument, and I have to give happiness to all Baba’s children. I think that in order to do it permanently, without getting tired, we should see others as souls, not as bodies, in the first place. Secondly, we should focus on their specialities, without observing their defects. And another secret: if we fulfill the needs of those souls immediately, without any delay, it brings us blessings from them. And these blessings do sustain us.”
Didi ji, by coming here, you have given all of us lots of sustenance from God. All of us know and appreciate your special part in the yagya. Although you have left Russia now in a physical way, but your heart is still here with us! From the very depth of our hearts we thank you for your unparalleled service!
Wishing you lots and lots and lots of health!
From: St.Petersburg, Brahma Kumaris
Click here for report in Russian language.
Moscow BKs welcome Munni Didi & Group from Mount Abu to Russia
14 July 2019
Senior Rajayogini BK Munni Didi, Member of the Brahma Kumaris Management Committee and the General Manager of the Brahma Kumaris Head Quarters, Mount Abu, visited Mayak Mira, the Brahma Kumaris Retreat Center in Russia, for the first time.
Sister BK Sudha, Director of the Brahma Kumaris of Moscow, warmly welcomed BK Munni Didi along with the Brothers and sisters from Mount Abu, Ahmedabad & Kolkata. She extended heartiest greetings to Sister BK Munni on the occasion and described her divine qualities of love and generosity with which she is serving the humanity and contributing successfully in the management of the Brahma Kumaris.
It is a great fortune for the BK family of Russia to receive divine drishti from Munni Didi along with BK Shalini, BK Prakash, BK Srinivas, and BK Ramakrishna from Shantivan, and BK Neha from Ahmedabad. Sister BK Munni was also accompanied by guests Dr. Praveen Kumar Jain, Dr. Meeta Mehta from Mumbai, BK Saket and family from Bangalore, and BK Manish and family from Kolkata.
Beautiful songs, music and dances based on traditional Indian songs performed by Russian BKs decorated the programme.
In Baba's yad
Dr. Satish Gupta’s Visit to Azerbaijan in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States): “Living the Truth with Every Heartbeat”
1 July 2019
In June, 2019, respected Dr. Satish Gupta ji and br. Rahul Gupta visited Azerbaijan, a country located on the shores of the Caspian sea, bordering Russia and Iran.
On the invitation of Shri B. Vanlalvawna, Embassador of India in this country, Dr. Satish Gupta gave a 2-hour talk on “Golden Principles of Stress-Free Life” at the conference hall of the Indian Embassy, Tuesday, June 18.
Welcoming him, Shri B. Vanlalvawna said, “Dr. Satish Kumar Gupta is a very accomplished cardiologist. I use this opportunity to thank the Brahma Kumaris for their continuing support of our programme dedicated to celebrations of the International Day of Yoga. This is the 3rd event we are organizing together in a very short span of the last two months.”
Dr. Satish Gupta conveyed greetings of love and peace from the Brahma Kumaris International Headquarters and the Global Hospital and Research Centre in Mount Abu. He presented the results of a 21-year long unique research programme on how Raja Yoga meditation and lifestyle modification enable us to lead a happy and healthy life, getting rid of diseases of mind and body. The event was attended by the Embassy staff, members of the local Indian community and numerous friends of India.
On June, 19-20, Dr. Satish Gupta conducted a two-day seminar “The Heart on Your Palm” for general public of Baku. The seminar was held at the prestigious Central Park Hotel. Day I was dedicated to the topic “Psychodynamics of Heart Diseases and an Adequate Lifestyle for Healthy Heart”. On Day II, Dr. Satish Gupta ji expounded on the topic of “Modern Technologies and Human Inner Resources: Synergistic Effect”.
Elena Derteva, a drama actress from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, who especially came to Azerbaijan on the occasion of Dr. Satish Gupta’s visit, decorated every event with beautiful songs and poems.
A one-day retreat for regular BK students conducted by Dr. Satish Gupta and br. Rahul Gupta on June, 22, provided many useful insights into integration of spirituality and yoga with our day-to-day professional and family life. Dr. Satish Gupta shared some unique jewels of his personal experience of staying together with Dadis and the seniors.
A special session “The Lamp of Hope for Desperate Hearts” for medical professionals, scientists and some VIP guests was held on June, 23, in a beautiful town of Husary (or Qusar) in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains.
Dr. Satish Gupta: “In order to cope with pressures of life we require inner power. There is no medication on this planet that would help us to increase our coping strength. For that we need peace, a stable and calm mind, love, power, and contentment. This is achieved through realizing the truth of our inner self and living by that truth at every heartbeat. This is where medicine and meditation should go hand in hand for making our heart healthy and our mind happy.”
A Space Without Barriers and Fences - Service News from St. Petersburg, Russia
21 May 2019
May 1945 saw the end of the most cruel warfare in the history of mankind. A special commemorative event dedicated to the Day of Victory in World War II took place in Lighthouse, the Brahma Kumaris Centre in St. Petersburg.
LOVE AND KINDNESS
Mr Nikita Blagovo, educationist, author, winner of Nicholas Roerich International Prize, who is in his 80s now, belongs to the generation of “children of the war”. Sharing his impressions after the event, he said, “Today we had a dialogue about factors that separate people and ones that unite them. There should be no walls or fences between us, and the way to overcome the barriers is love and kindness. Today I am especially happy to see that the auditorium of Lighthouse is fully packed. It is wonderful that so many people have come here to listen to words of spiritual wisdom. This is of utmost importance in our challenging time of controversies and senseless bloodshed.”
Insightful presentations of the speakers inspired the audience to think deeper about inner roots of conflicts that create fences between people, communities, and nations. Timeless lyrical retro songs, a lively dance “Sword of Goodness” and the moments spent in silent contemplation contributed to creating an atmosphere of unity, peace and power.
POWER OF SILENCE
“Silence is natural for a human soul”, said BK Vijay Kumar. “The world around us is filled with sound. During wars, sounds and noise reach their extreme. However, if I am able to maintain inner silence even amidst this outer havoc, this is a true victory. The victory lies in realising and remembering the truth about the self. I am a peaceful soul. This awareness enables us to finish chaos in our own mind, in the first place. By becoming victorious in this way, we bring benefit to the world in general. As an old saying goes, in your stage of ascent there is benefit for everyone.”
FREE FROM DESIRES
“Quarrels, conflicts and fights cannot be part of our original history”, said Didi Santosh, Brahma Kumaris director in St. Petersburg. “When did the degree of our love drop to the extent that we developed suspicion, anger, and an aggressive attitude? When did we start to construct fences and fortress walls? If we watch closely, we can see that the root cause of a conflict lies in our having desires of any kind. Desires prevent us from accommodating other people’s nature and accepting our own faults. This leads to creating a space of miscommunication between individuals and communities. In this space, mutual understanding and dialogue prove to be impossible, and consequently, walls and fences appear.”
Mr. Albert Asadullin, famous Russian singer, is convinced that faith leads to victory. “We should have faith in the self and the Supreme. At the time of trials, even a non-believer would cry out, “Oh my God!” Attaining victory over the self is perhaps the most important feat. One can renovate their flat, or even construct a new house, but self-transformation is a much tougher task. I would say that the Brahma Kumaris is a spiritual hospital where they help you to overcome your old internal maladies.”
PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING
Ms. Heiransa Mirzoyeva, university professor, art director of “Chinar” dance group, thinks that we require two main virtues for preventing conflicts. “Patience and understanding are something we need the most. One has to learn to curb their anger and try to understand the feelings of those around them. This is an internal war that continues on a daily basis. To succeed in this means to attain a true victory.”
Moscow Presents a Video (in both Russian and English) In Honour of Brahma Baba's Ascension to the Avyakt Angel and 50th Anniversary of the Day of Remembrance
17 January 2019
Please find enclosed the Russian and English YouTube links to a video clip"Pure Angel beyond the Earth" created in honour of Brahma Baba's 50th Avyakt Day.
In Baba's yaad
1) Музыка Тишины - Чистый Ангел Над Землей. Официальное видео.
2) Music of Silence - Pure Angel Flying Above The Earth. Official video.
Brahma Kumaris Participates in the Second Eurasian Women's Forum, 19-21 September
8 October 2018
For three days in September, St. Petersburg hosted the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum that became a platform for women leaders from 120 countries to discuss the issues of overcoming gender discrimination, increasing the role of women in society, and providing more opportunities for women to fulfill their intellectual, professional, and spiritual potential. Mr Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, addressed the plenary session of the Forum on September, 20, highlighting the increasingly important role of women in today's rapidly changing world. He said that strengthening peace and security is a “natural role” of women. At the end of his welcome address, Vladimir Putin quoted Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, “As Indira Gandhi, a very good friend of our country, once said, “Actions today mould our tomorrows.”
The plenary session was chaired by Ms. Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Federation Council (Upper House) of the Federal Assembly of Russia. Ms. Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance (India), Ms. Sarah Harder, president of the National Peace Foundation (USA), and other dignitaries gave speeches at plenary sessions and workshops.
The Brahma Kumaris delegates took part in several plenary meetings, seminars and workshops. The event was widely covered by Russian and international media. On the sidelines of the Forum, many reporters representing both federal and local TV channels approached Santosh Didi, the Brahma Kumaris director in St. Petersburg, with questions regarding the mission of women that could make a difference during these volatile times.
Didi Santosh and Ekaterina Lakhova, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma (Russian Parliament) Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organizations
Participants of Second Eurasian Womens Forum. Didi Santosh and BK Alla is in center.
Conducting the Minute of Peace (R to L): Ms. Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia, Ms. Sarah Harder, president of the National Peace Foundation (USA), Ms. Sonya Gandhi, chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance (India), Didi Santosh, director of the Brahma Kumaris in St. Petersburg.
We also took part in a large-scale action for the UN International Peace Day on September, 21. The event was held within the framework of the Women’s Forum. At noon, September, 21, women leaders of Russia and other countries gathered at the Cathedral Square of the Peter and Paul Fortress to symbolically release hundreds of doves of peace. The Brahma Kumaris officially participated in the event as a member organization of St. Petersburg Women’s Alliance, a prominent organization that aims at raising the economic and social status of women in the Russian Federation.
During the concluding moments of the event, heads and representatives of about 40 women organisations stood in a circle for taking a pledge of peace to the tune of a famous Russian song "May There Always Be Sunshine". When the event finished, lots of participants would come up to Santosh Didi and BK students dressed in white angelic costumes, to get blessings of peace and power, and, yes, to get authographs as well!
Enthusiastic BKs from Mumbai, accompanied by Kamlesh Didi, visit Baba's Mayak Mira in Moscow
12 August 2018
The visitors especially arrived for three weeks to extend their helping hands in arranging an RC meeting that took place in "Mayak Meera", the new Retreat Center in Moscow. They did Baba's service with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.
Together with service, the whole group participated in all the other activities such as: BK classes and a Teachers Retreat on the theme "Nimit", a public program with the topic "Global Scenario", a trip by boat on the Moscow River, and picnics and excursions around the city. They have become very near and dear to all BKs in Baba's family in Moscow. Everyone says thank you for such all-round service and unconditional love!
Links to Photos
In Baba's Yaad
Smile! It's a Renewable Resource! Br Golo and Sr Sonja in St Petersburg Russia, 4-9 July
4 August 2018
“We have tons of information about how human activity threatens the ecological equilibrium of the planet Earth. We have tons of information about technologies that can prevent further pollution of nature. However, in order to make all of that knowledge work we require the values of trust, love and care.” This was the key point of a series of insightful motivational sessions held here in July with the participation of BK Golo from Germany and BK Sonja from Denmark.
Neither summer vacations, nor the attraction of the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia these days, could prevent lots of people, both experts and public, from coming to Lighthouse on 5 July for the session on “Life in Harmony: the Confluence of High Values and Clean Energy”. Brother Golo and sister Sonja shared the success stories of using clean energies at the Brahma Kumaris headquarters and retreat centres and developing the international Environmental Initiative.
The audience was greeted by Mr. Yuri Shevchuk, environmental adviser to the governor of Leningrad region, chairperson of the Green Cross organization. “The event we are taking part in today is both beautiful and informative. We have met people who are doing their best to make our planet clean, light and free from both physical and moral, or spiritual, pollution.”
A get-together for special guests after the main event became a friendly tea-table discussion of environmental and spiritual issues by experienced and passionate scientists, environmentalists, university professors and entrepreneurs.
Prof. Mikhail Ignatiev, chairperson of St. Petersburg branch of the international organization “Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs”, expressed his concerns about the volatile situation in the world saying, “By 1995 the humanity had succeeded in considerably reducing the risk of a nuclear conflict.
The Pugwash movement that brings together scholars and public figures across the world to prevent the nuclear threat even received the Nobel Peace Prize for that achievement. However, the situation has deteriorated dramatically since then. The level of mutual trust between countries and political leaders has plummeted to a new low. When nation states and their leaders mistrust one another, the role of grass-roots is fundamentally important.”
Mr. Oleg Mukhin, vice-president of the Astronautics Federation of Russia, shared his vision of the relationship between man and the Earth, “Humans are unique among all the living beings, as they possess the ability to know the self. I feel that the Earth is also a living entity that responds to human aggressive behaviour with tsunamis, earthquakes and other calamities. We have to realise the existence of a deep connection between human beings and the material world.”
Ms. Olga Madison, co-chair of the NGO “Keep St. Petersburg Tidy”, coordinator of numerous large-scale international projects, underlined the importance of environmental education for kids. “Consider our project “The Green Flag”. It unites about 18 million children worldwide. However, the actual number of project participants is much bigger because every child is related to at least two adults, be it their parents, grandparents or teachers. In this way, so many millions people have been working hand in hand to make our planet green, blue and beautiful!”
Ms. Elena Golovina, head of the laboratory “Weather and Man” (St. Petersburg State Hydrometeorological University), suggested the experts discuss the issue of motivating college and university students. “Inspiring young people to realise their true inner self amidst the negative environment they are exposed to, is a very challenging but important task.”
On 6 July, bro. Golo and sis. Sonja visited the Ecological Union of St. Petersburg and met its chairperson and staff members. Mr. Semyon Gordyshevsky, founder and chairperson of the Ecological Union, said at their meeting, “It is interesting that both the BK Environmental Initiative statement and the Charter of our Ecological Union have the same article about individual responsibility. Normally, people expect someone else should do everything for them. Very few start with the self. Your organization, essentially spiritual, has now come to carrying out environmental projects, and I feel that this is a very reasonable and appropriate development.”
The same day another meeting took place at the headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society, a unique museum-like art-nouveau building hosting the largest geographical library in Europe. Prof. Vladimir Razumovsky, vice-president of the Russian Geographical Society, personally conducted a guided tour of the headquarters for his guests. Then a friendly dialogue took place about the importance of combining technological, intellectual and spiritual resources of humanity for addressing the most pressing issues in today’s world.
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Cesar Villalobos, Famous Musician of Peru, Visits Lighthouse, St Petersburg, Russia
2 August 2018
Cesar Villalobos, winner of many prestigious national and international musical awards, has come to Russia to show his brilliant art during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. On June, 14 he visited Lighthouse, the Brahma Kumaris Centre in St. Petersburg, and met Dr. Satish Gupta, an experienced raja yogi, chief doctor of the Global Hospital (Abu Road), who is on his visit to Russia right now.
Their conversation about spiritual sources of arts and health became a deep and friendly exchange of ideas and experiences.
Dr. Satish Gupta explained the essence of the raja yoga meditation: “As we become conscious of our eternal spiritual self, we experience peace, love, happiness and bliss, the energies that feed all the cells of our body. Meditation means to be aware of the truth about the self and the Supreme, and to live up to that truth. As we become instruments of the Supreme, He can play His wonderful music through us, human flutes!” Cesar Villalobos shared his idea of the mission of a true artiste: “We should just act like a bridge between God and people, without ego and selfish motives. I have always believed that our success is about the values we practice in our life. It is not all about our professional knowledge and skills! It is a different energy that works here. I have felt energized, as I was sitting in your Meditation Room today. I truly feel that today is my spiritual birthday!”