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News from Moscow: The Festival of Indian Culture
24 March 2023
The Festival of Indian Culture was held at the beautiful Palace of Culture "Pobeda (Victory)", Moscow Region. The festival was jointly organized by Brahma Kumaris (Moscow), Committee Culture and Tourism, Ramenski Municipal District, Moscow Region, Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre (JNCC) of the Embassy of India, Moscow and Indian National Cultural Centre "SITA" (Moscow). Aim of organizing such an event was to give a glimpse of the History and Culture of India to the mass.
The administration and the entire creative team of the Palace of Culture warmly welcomed the guests. The program of the festival was very intense and designed for the whole day. The guests of the festival had the opportunity to participate in various master classes. The first master class on Hatha yoga immediately gathered many people who wanted not only to listen, but also to test themselves as a Hatha yogi. There were also wonderful master classes on playing the Indian national drum (Tabla) and learning traditional dance in the style of "kathak". Master classes were conducted by teachers from JNCC. The lecture by BK Olga Smirnova about the deities and temples of India aroused great interest.
Many guests were specially attracted by the lecture on Raja Yoga by BK Sudha Didi, Director, Brahma Kumaris (Moscow). In her speech Didi elaborated the causes of sadness and suffering of people. She further suggested the remedies and gave methods to lead a happy life. At the end of the lecture, Didi conducted meditation that made everyone present at the lecture feel that they were all children of God – happy and joyful, beloved and lucky in all aspects.
The photo exhibition by BK Ludmila Petukhova immersed the guests of the festival in the atmosphere of such a distant and so close India. The exhibition was very much liked by both the guests and the organizers, and the author deservedly received gratitude from the Administration of the Palace of Culture "Pobeda".
Greetings were extended at the opening ceremony of the festival by Sudha Didi, Mrs. Nina Guskova, Dy. Chairman, Committee, Culture and Tourism, Ramenski Municipal District, Moscow Region, Mr. Igor Shilov, Deputy Director of the Palace of Culture, Ms. Tatiana Kuznetsova, Head of the Literary and musical living room of the Palace of Culture, Mr. Manoj Kotwani, President of the Indian National Cultural Center "Sita" and others.
At the concert, Indian items were followed by Russian dances by the members of the Palace of Culture and by the students of Brahma Kumaris. The news of the programme was telecasted by Ramenskoye Television, Moscow Region.
Despite the fact that the Indian festival, Raksha Bandhan, is celebrated in August, the guests were happy to accept an Indian amulet as a gift – the sacred thread of rakhi. Guests received a blessing card and also a spiritual book as a gift. The game "Virtuescope" attracted both adults and, especially, children.
Besides all above, the happy guests of the festival also had the opportunity to taste dishes of the national cuisine of India, buy Indian tea, spices, Indian products, souvenirs. Many women were interested in having Mehndi on their hands. At the end of the festival, a film from the history of India was shown.
Greetings from Russia BK Family on the Occasion of 87th Trimurti Shiv Jayanti
22 February 2023
Please accept the heartiest congratulations on the most auspicious Holiday of the Confluence Age - 87th Trimurti Shiv Jayanti!
Beloved Shiv Baba's Jayanti!
During this auspicious time, the hearts of all Baba's children are singing songs
of love and gratitude to the Merciful Supreme Father, to our wonderful Fortune and
to the special souls who had become instruments in spreading Godly Knowledge
and supporting God's children all over the world.
You are Baba's true right hands!
Your love filled with God's power never ends!
You have shared with us so many diamonds!
May your path be decorated with flowers!
May your beautiful flight inspire the whole world
to return to Purity and become real gold!
Once again, greetings to you all on the occasion of the Bholanath Shiv Baba's Happiest Birth Day!
BK Chakradhari, BK Sudha,
BK Santosh, BK Vijay and BK family from Russia Region
St Petersburg, Russia, 17-22 January, 2023: The Power of Three Dots - A Special Public Event Dedicated to Smrit Diwas of Brahma Baba and Spiritual Retreat for BKs of Belarus
27 January 2022
The Power of Three Dots
A special public event dedicated to Smriti Diwas
and spiritual retreat for sisters and brothers of Belarus in Lighthouse
St. Petersburg, Russia (17-22 January, 2023)
Reminding of Brahma Baba’s complete renunciation, intense tapasya and unlimited service, the month of January inspires us to contemplate, compare and come closer to Baba’s level of perfection. It also reinforces our hearty wish to make each and everyone around us to get acquainted with this unique personality that has become an avyakt angel.
The public event “The Power of Three Dots” that took place in Lighthouse on Saturday, January, 21, drew the audience into an experience of Adi Dev’s
presence through a stage play based on Baba’s life story. Dialogues, songs, dances and historic black and white photos turned into a magical Time Machine transporting the viewers back to those early days when Baba’s yagya had been established and God’s unique act of creation had begun. The stage performance threw a bridge over the river of time reminding of the three dots
(Self-realision, Connection to God and Awareness of the Eternal World Drama) that are going to make us victorious over the darkness of negativity.
Santosh Didi shared an inspiring vision of how the power of just one example of positivity could become a trigger for transforming the entire world, provided that positivity would be filled with the strength and blessings of the Supreme.
Many IPs, educationists, scientists, social workers who are close contacts of the BK centre, as well as representatives of the Indian community in this city, attended the event.
A group of about 20 sisters and brothers of Belarus became a special decoration of Lighthouse. They arrived here to be part of a spiritual retreat especially dedicated to 29th anniversary of Baba’s service in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. The program of the retreat included sessions and workshops on practical application of the spiritual knowledge, video classes of the Yagya’s special jewels, such as Jagdish bhai saheb, Amir Chand bhai saheb, Rukmani Dadi ji, and a joyful birthday party! The “Go Soon Come Soon” ceremony on January, 22, made everyone feel how lucky we were to be part of the unlimited family of two wonderful fathers!
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News from Moscow (Russia): Prestigious Social Award to Brahma Kumaris on the occasion of the completion of 33 years of service in Russia
2 January 2022
Moscow: Back in early 1989, the foundation was laid to open the Brahma Kumaris Centre in Moscow. The founding members were Late Revered Bro. Jagdish Chander Hassija, Chakradhari Didi, Sudha Didi, Santosh Didi and Bro. Vijay. The beginning of service in Russia received Blessings from BapDada and also love-filled feelings from Dadis and the Madhuban holy swans.
During these years, Brahma Kumaris brought together people from across Russia and 15 more countries who were keen to learn Raja Yoga. Brahma Kumaris played a significant role in its capacity, affirming the close relationship between both the nations, India and Russia.
On the occasion of 33rd Anniversary of services of Brahma Kumaris in this part of the world, on behalf of the founding members of Brahma Kumaris in Russia, Bro. Vijay received a prestigious Social Award "Labour Valour of Russia" ("Трудовая Доблесть России") along with the "Medal of Honour and The Certificate of Appreciation."
The Medals of Honour are awarded to citizens who have achieved great success in industrial, scientific, cultural, sports and social activities, as well as members of the armed forces who actively participate in labour and patriotic education of youth, who support statutory aims and objects of the organisation, active promoters of the constructive work contributing to the formation of a new Russia.
The award was presented to Dr. Vijay by Mrs. Svetlana Savitskaya, President of Literary Society of Russia and Mr. Alexander Bukharov, Founder of the National Literary Award "Golden Pen of Russia" (Золотое Перо Руси) and Mr. Nikolai Ivanov, Chairman of the Union of Writers of Russia, - and nominated by the All-Russia Social Organisation (ASO) of Heroes, Cavaliers of State Awards and Laureates of State Prizes "Labour Valour of Russia".
Praising the mission of the above All-Russia Social Organisation, Dr. Vijay Kumar asked Mrs. Vera Boldecheva, Member of the organising Committee, Writer, Poet, and Chief Editor "Maya Mosckva", about why such an award is being given to him. She replied: "Bro. Vijay, your good deeds in Russia are still insufficiently recognised. I am happy with the small contribution that I can make to your invaluable activities.
Link to the Awarding Ceremony:
Link: A brief about Russia and beginning of BK services in Moscow in 1989 (HINDI)
Link: A brief about Russia and beginning of BK services in Moscow in 1989 (ENGLISH)
With best wishes and divine love
In Baba's yaad
Happy New Year: Moscow, Russia
30 December 2022
Moscow (Russia)- A Smile of Talent
12 December 2022
Link to the video:
"A smile of talent".
Link to the photos:
Moscow (Russia) - The Festive Program "THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION"
30 November 2022
RUSSIA - INDIA: THE BINDING THREADS
The festive program "THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION" took place at the Brahma Kumaris Centre in Moscow on 27th November and was dedicated to Diwali and New Year. This program completed the cycle "Russia – India: Binding Threads" dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the independence of fraternal India.
To mark the victory of light and goodness, the senior teachers of Brahma Kumaris Didi Sudha and Brother Vijay as well as the honoured guests lit the candles and extended their hearty greetings. Among the honorable guests there were Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Programne Officer at Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre, Mrs. Galina Pacheko-Reynaga, Director of the Centre of social help to family and children "Vostochnoye Degounino", and Mrs. Lyubov Gordina, the Doctor of Philosophy, the honoured cultural worker of Russia.
The artists from the JNCC Centre performed beautiful songs and dances about the "Return of Prosperous Golden Bharat" which became a wonderful decoration and created a magical atmosphere.
India and Russia have a lot in common. This time, the program featured characters from Russian fairy tales and Indian epics. The Indian goddess Kali and the Russian Baba Yaga met on the stage to discuss important issues on how to transform the world. They realized that all the magic objects lost their power. They want to help the world which is under the influence of evil symbolized by Ravan in India and ugly Koshey in Russia, but they don't know how.
And the White Fairy, represented by Didi Sudha, the Director of the BK Centre, explained that all transformation begins from within and the Only One who can help us to restore our inner power is God the Supreme. He transforms the souls making them from ugly to beautiful.
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With best wishes and divine love
In Baba's yaad,
Multi-media department, Moscow
Murom (Russia): Russia-India: The Binding Threads
31 October 2022
On the bank of the Oka River stands the ancient Russian city of Murom, name of which contains two words in Hindi that have a deep meaning. One of them is the sacred word "Om", which means "I am", and the other is "Murli", which is translated from Hindi as "flute". Surprisingly, the names of many rivers in Russia have Indian roots: the Moksha River, the Pra River... And the word "Oka" in Sanskrit means "the union of heavenly bodies."
All the participants of the program in Murom, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of India's independence and the establishment of diplomatic relations with Russia, had a feeling that "the stars came together", namely, there was a meeting of living conscious stars. And the light of each soul-star shone brighter thanks to the rays of ancient spiritual wisdom, the need for which is felt more and more in today's difficult time.
The Russian folk dance "Kalinka", accompanied by the flute part, filled the atmosphere with joy and inspiration. It was told about the similarity of many traditions and cultural customs of the two countries, the kinship of languages was shown. For example, the names of traditional women's clothing SARI and SARAFAN have a common root "SAR", which means "whole".
Mrs. Olga Smirnova, artistic director of the music and poetry lounge "Lyra" of the Center for Spiritual Development, revealed the depth and strength of the principle of non-violence in the worldview of Indians who defended their right to independence without weapons thanks to the wisdom and strength of the spirit of the national leader Mahatma Gandhi.
Elena Titova and Larisa Gridina performed songs in Russian and Hindi: "The Ancient country of the East", "Tu Pyar ka Sagar he" (You are the Ocean of Love), "Sada khush raho" (Be always happy).
True happiness is when the soul is free from negative influences, when there is inner harmony and the struggle in the soul ends. But how to protect the soul from evil, contradictions and negative thoughts that may arise without our conscious will as a result of external provocations? This was explained in the second part of the program - at the celebration of Raksha Bandhan, an ancient Indian holiday. Mrs. Natalia Volkova, the coordinator of programs, revealed the true meaning of tying a rakhi - thread-amulet.
Each participant of the program had a colorful rakhi thread tied on his wrist as a symbol of protection. Everyone received a sweet treat and a card with good wishes. Feelings of love, bright joy and gratitude filled the atmosphere of the old building, known in Murom as the House of Folk Art, which regularly hosts interesting and significant events for residents of the city. (Photo 7, 8)
Mrs. Antonina Kazakova, head of the Center of Spiritual Development in Murom, sincerely thanked everyone for participating in the program: a group of listeners from Moscow, residents of Murom, craftsmen participating in the handmade products fair, as well as the management of the Directorate of mass and festive events in the person of Mrs. Victoria Kostakova, the artistic director of the organization.
Every soul has an eternal connection with the One Who is always filled with Love and Strength and can support the soul at any moment - no matter what happens. The connection with the Highest Source is the most reliable protection against any evil and negative influence. If we remember Him, it gives us the courage to keep our inner light, love and strength even in the midst of an atmosphere of hostility and misunderstanding.
When the inner light is lit, we do not fear the outer darkness. Let's remember this and take care of the light in the soul.
With best wishes and divine love
In Baba's yad
Diwali Greetings from Sudha Didi and Moscow Family
27 October 2022
Moscow (Russia) - Lyubov Kazarnovskaya, Famous Opera Singer, Bolshoi Theatre, Visits Brahma Kumaris
21 October 2022
"All the arts serve one thing – the most important of the arts – the art of living." - Bertold Brecht
The worldwide organisation Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University is open to people of all ages, nationalities, religions, and professions. Spiritual wisdom is as necessary as air for absolutely everyone - especially now when the world is in a state of extreme contradictions.
On a sunny October day, the doors of the Center opened for two amazing guests, known all over the world for their unique talents. Mrs. Lyubov Yurievna Kazarnovskaya, an opera singer who performed on the most famous stages of the world, visited the Center together with her husband Mr. Robert Roszik, a famous music producer.
The creative potential soul of the famous singer has been looking for a way out since childhood. Even as a small child, she was constantly singing, and everyone said: "Lyubka (nick name) is an actress."
After school, she was going to enter the Faculty of Journalism, but became a student of the famous Gnessin State Musical College, Moscow. One cannot escape from destiny.
Probably, the meeting at the Center of Spiritual Development was also predestined. Everyone had a feeling that they met very close soul-mates who have known each other for a long time, just haven't seen each other for ages. As a sign of greeting, the dear guests were presented with white Indian shawls, which, with their softness and warmth, reminded them of motherly love and care.
Sudha Didi, Director, Brahma Kumaris, Moscow and several listeners showed the building of the Center, which has the symbolic name "Lighthouse of the World".
The guests watched with great attention a short film about the activities, about those programs and socially significant projects that are carried out by the Centre. They also had the chance for a deep conversation with Didi about spiritual Knowledge and Raja Yoga, about how spiritual wisdom helps a person to transform life for the better, and such like topics. "How accurate and logical everything is..." Lyubov Yurievna sincerely said.
During a friendly conversation over tea and pastries, the ideas about joint cooperation began to emerge.
Lyubov Yurievna has not only a unique soprano tembre and bright charisma, but also a natural gift to talk openly with people about the most important and intimate things. In numerous interviews, on her YouTube channel, at creative evenings, she shares her thoughts and feelings with the public, touching upon actual issues and topics.
The couple spent a few minutes in the meditation room "The Point" and gained special experience of Raja Yoga meditation. Lyubov Yurievna wrote a few lines in the Book of reviews: "It is an absolute delight and happiness to be at the Spiritual University among those who understand and know that originally each one of us is a 'light, immortal soul' and that we create this world with our good wishes and Brotherly-Sisterly Love! Yours, L. Kazarnovskaya".
SPIRITUAL SUNRISE OVER THE FAR EAST OF RUSSIA - Visit of Sudha Didi to Vladivostok, the Far Eastern Capital of Russia, and the Opening of a New Center
12 October 2022
Vladivostok (Russia): The Brahma Kumaris Centre is officially registered in the Russian Ministry of Justice in the beautiful city Vladivostok located around the Golden Horn on the Sea of Japan.
Services of Brahma Kumaris began in Russia 33 years ago in 1989. Sudha Didi, Senior Faculty Member and Raja Yoga Teacher of Brahma Kumaris, Trustee and Co-Incharge of services in Russia and neighbouring countries, has for the first time visited Vladivostok, the far eastern Capital City of Russia. A variety of programmes were organised during her 10-day visit to serve the society in this city of 700,000 population.
The Consulate General of India, Vladivostok too kindly extended cooperation to its capacity in accomplishing the aim. (Photo 04)
Didi shared her more than 50 years' experience of practicing Raja Yoga and Spiritual Knowledge at the Public event «Subtle Secrets of Karma» https://youtu.be/DFres_KZPXQ and conducted the practical lessons on Raja Yoga meditation. These programs were held for three evenings in the hospitable halls of the «Equator» Art Congress Hotel, located on the picturesque embankment of the Amur Bay. (Photo 02, 05) More than100 people took part with keen interest to the subject. As a token of friendship Didi gifted them her book titled "Never Ending Wealth" with a personal wish to each one. Of course every one expressed desire for the autograph (Photo 10, 23).
Among the other program guests there were members of the Consulate General of India in Vladivostok with their families.
The Consul General (CG) of India, Mr. Sai Murali, greeted Didi with sincere words of welcome saying, "the opening of the Brahma Kumaris Center in Vladivostok is a blessing for the city".
Didi presented him a diploma of public recognition “Diamond of Benevolence" for his activities in popularizing yoga and his personal dignity of character. (Photo 01, 03, 21, 22).
A friendly get-together was held for the representatives of the Indian diaspora of the city. It was held in a friendly atmosphere of communication, where the guests sang songs (including Didi and CG), shared their stories, had refreshments, and were offered Indian and Russian sweets prepared with love. (Photo 11, 24)
During Didi's visit, another memorable event took place: the opening ceremony of renovated premises for the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Center in Vladivostok.
Sis. Alla Sadovnikova from Moscow has been appointed as the Centre Coordinator. BK students from Moscow, Irkutsk, Chita and Vladivostok were present.
The opening Ceremony was traditionally celebrated by candle lighting, cake cutting, exchanging of gifts and recalling the memories of how it all began. The event was broadcast online and was attended by those who put their finger on cooperation in this noble task at various times. (Photo 07, 08).
The sacred Raksha Bandhan festival was also celebrated at the Centre with Russian and Indian friends in an atmosphere of brotherly love, trust, and purity.
Mr. Alexander Markitanov, Author, Psychologist, Coach, a person who always responded to requests and cooperated a lot for the development of the BK Center in Vladivostok was present at Rakhi Celebration. He also received from Didi "the Diamond of Benevolence". (Photo 09, 12, 13)
Another important meeting took place with famous scientist Professor Alexander Sokolovsky, Head, the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the Far Eastern Federal University. Discussions were fruitful. He invited Didi to visit the House of Children's Creativity "Quantorium", where children and young people learn the basics of science, artificial intelligence and creativity, study literature and foreign languages. (Photo 15, 16, 17, 19)
The professor has been leading classes in Chinese and Vietnamese languages during the last 15 years. The graduates from this educational institution followed the footsteps of their teacher and also became well-known orientalists. The Diamond of Benevolence was a worthy reward for his selfless efforts. (Photo 14, 18)
There was very little time left for walks and touring the city, but Didi managed to breathe in the fresh sea air on the Russian Island and the city's embankments, admire the sunrise over the Golden Horn Bay, which inspired her to name the new BK Cente "Sunrise" (Photo 06, 01).
The time arrived to give a sweet farewell to Didi. She returned to Moscow to continue her tireless service to the Russia Region. (Photo 25)
We express: "Didi, thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts" and “A sweet Go soon — Come soon to you", and the city Vladivostok is waiting for its new enthusiastic servers and says “Welcome to you again", and everyone!
In Baba's sweet remembrance
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