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PledgetoPause: a civil society campaign to change behavior
9 October 2020
Dear National and Center Coordinators,
Kindly see below information about a campaign initiated by the Civil Society Unit of the UN Department Of Global Communications. We recommend that you participate in it as much as possible. We encourage you to share it with your contacts and students to arouse interest in organizing an event to promote the campaign, as we know that behavioral change can only happen if it starts from within.
Dear Civil Society Colleagues,
As you may recall, and as part of the Verified Initiative, we had a major drive to encourage people to pause before they share misinformation / disinformation in June around the hash tag #TakeCareBeforeYouShare*. We are working closely with Purpose on a second phase of the campaign that aims to change people’s behaviour in sharing information. The new campaign is called “Pledge to Pause”.
What Is Pledge To Pause?
The world can only contain the coronavirus and its impacts if every person has access to accurate, reliable information. Pledge to Pause is a behaviour change initiative designed to tackle misinformation and create a new social norm for the way people share information online.
What Is Misinformation And Why Do We Need This Campaign?
Now, more than ever we need to think carefully about news and information that we share online. Where has it come from? Is it fact-checked? We’ve all shared things that turn out not to be true but with the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation can be deadly.
Like the virus itself, misinformation - fake news, false or inaccurate information - spreads from person-to-person, heightening the risk to health and spreading fear and division. It hijacks our emotions, taps into our weaknesses, tricks us into contributing to a chain of events that can harm us all. Its pervasive nature means we’ve all seen it and shared it, and now we must all try to break the chain by making a commitment to pause and take care before we share.
What Can You Do To Get Involved?
Globally, through United Nation’s networks and our collaborators, we’re encouraging civil society and activists, businesses and policy makers, thought leaders, celebrities and influential voices to participate in the campaign. Very simply, on 21st October 2020 we are asking the world to ‘Pledge to Pause’ before sharing information online, and we’d love you to join us.
Please see our Brief Deck for ideas for sharing your #PledgeToPause.
Thank you for your continuous involvement.
Civil Society Unit
International Day of Nonviolence special meditation: fourth in a series of 15 mins. meditation
30 September 2020
Dear National and Center Coordinators,
We are pleased to inform you the fourth 15 minute meditation on Karuna (compassion) Response to Corona (virus) is on Nonviolence, especially prepared for the International Day of Nonviolence on October 2. You are most welcome to use it as part of any event you maybe organizing to celebrate the day. It is also Mahatma Gandhi's anniversary. The video is already available on YouTube.
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Brahma Kumaris to Address Celebration of International Day of Peace with other Eminent Ambassadors
18 September 2020
Did you know that 21 September is the International Day of Peace?
To celebrate and to contribute to making the world a more peaceful place, Heartfulness in partnership with the United Nations, along with many ambassadors such as Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Sister BK Shivani and many others will be coming together for a global movement to ACTIVATE PEACE, Your Super-sense.
Peace needs you!
So, wherever you are, join the celebrations on Monday, September 21st, 2020 at 8 pm IST (India time), followed by a group meditation at 9 pm, on YouTube. Together we can activate this 24-hour chain of peace around the world, by joining the millions.
The ‘Celebrate Peace’ event will be broadcasted in over 100 countries and translated into over 24 languages via online streaming platform partners. Similar virtual events organized by the Heartfulness Institute, such as the International Day of Yoga, have been viewed by over 22 million people, and the upcoming event is poised to reach over 40 million people.
Daaji, the Guide of Heartfulness, said, “At Heartfulness, we will be transmitting on that day throughout the 24 hours. And if you would like to join us in meditation, simply close your eyes and tune into your innermost corner, where you find love in your heart. We will all be meditating together, for peace, harmony, and serenity to engulf this planet.”
BK Sister Shivani, a teacher from the Brahma Kumaris spiritual movement, said, “It’s time to heal the planet and love is the energy which is a healing energy. So when we all come together for our love for the planet, for our love for each other, and for our love for humanity, and together we create peace, we are going to take that first step towards healing our world.”
Deepak Chopra, well-known author and speaker, said, “Bring the presence of peace wherever you go, and if you do that the people around you will feel peaceful not by what you say, not by what you do, even, but just by your presence.”
Shekhar Kapur, noted director and actor, will steer the conversations between the renowned proponents of inner peace, including Daaji, Javier Zanetti, Deepak Chopra, BK Sister Shivani, Sharon Salzberg, as well as Bruce Lipton, Amandine Roche, Bob Boisture, Thomas d’Ansembourg, Marta Bassino, and Michela Moioli. Renowned musicians who have volunteered their time for peace will also be part of the event.
Confirmed partners include the United Nations Information Centre, the Fetzer Institute, Knauf Armstrong, Global Ecovillage Network, Amazoncare, ICSI, Red FM, the Spirit of Humanity Forum, Global Citizen India, Give India, Football for Peace, Education for Peace, Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace, MIT World Peace University, Lovely University, International Cities of Peace, and more.
The Heartfulness network will be supporting Communities of Peace around the world leading up to the main day, by holding online events from 5 September 2020. To participate in your local activities in India, please call 1-800-121-3492 or send an email to email@example.com.
21 September is a great occasion to come together to create peace to help safeguard and preserve all life on our planet. Please join to “Create and Celebrate Peace.”
#connectingforpeace – Sign up today: heartfulness.org/peaceday
Virtual UN Peace Day Event: Shaping Peace Together Mon 21 Sept 2020 at 5.15 - 6.00 pm, Melbourne time.
10 September 2020
Please find an invitation to a very special virtual UN Peace Day event on Monday 21st Sept, 5.15-6.00pm, Melbourne time. The event will be peaceful/meditative in nature with leaders from faith/non-faith traditions and the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, the Governor of Victoria and the Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp will give the Opening and Closing Reflections to the event, respectively.
Sister Jayanti -who many of you may already know from her meditation commentaries and online classes - an international emissory of peace - will be a special guest at the event, among others (including Charlie Hogg) and Caroline Ward will be facilitating.
Please feel free to invite your friends and family to this event - and note that they will need to register separately through the booking site: tiny.cc/unpeaceday2020
We hope that you will be able to make it.
With warm good wishes,
RETREAT CENTRE MANAGER, CENTRE FOR SPIRITUAL LEARNING, PENINSULA
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Karuna (Compassion) Response to Corona (Virus) – 15 Minute Meditations from UN Meditation Room
28 August 2020
New York (USA): This is a series of six 15-minute meditation videos within the UN Meditation Room, done virtually. The meditation invokes the experience of “Karuna” (compassion) as a response to the Corona (virus). The 6 values of focus are love, kindness, mercy, non-violence, forgiveness, and generosity.
This sacred space is inspired by Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold: “This is a room devoted to peace and those who are giving their lives for peace. This is a room of quiet where only thoughts should speak.”
Three of these meditation videos are already premiered. You are welcome to include them in events you may organize and also to share with your contacts. Watch videos here.
Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations, New York, Celebrate Raksha Bandhan
28 August 2020
New York ( USA ): This year, in keeping with Covid-19 guidelines, UN contacts were invited to come to the BKUN Space by appointment to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. It was a very powerful and cherished experience for all.
The message shared with them by BK Gayatri Naraine, Representative of Brahma Kumaris to the United Nations: Rakshasbandan reminds us that the eternal flame of love is intrinsic to each soul. This festival stirs sacred memories deep within – memories that anchor us to universal truths. Accepting this thread reminds us that the healing power of love comes from a Source that is beyond limits, conditions, and discrimination.
For more information about Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations, please click here.
“Why Friendship ?” – Online Workshop on UN International Friendship Day
21 August 2020
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Australia: On UN International Friendship Day, a 90 Minute Online Workshop was organized by Brahma Kumaris Australia for adults aged 18-35 on the topic “The Spirit of Friendship”.
May - August 2020 Newsletter
21 August 2020
As COVID-19 global pandemic and lockdown continued, many realized that this may go on for a while. As such, online events began to take shape and the BKUN team also planned a few such progams. One of the advantages of these online activites is that we were able to involve presenters and participants from all across the world. The team also initiated a few special projects, including the launch of the new BK UN YouTube channel!
Please see below reports of events on the International Day of Yoga, High Level Political Forum, International Friendship Day, International Day of Youth, Raksha Bandhan, and special projects.
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Brahma Kumaris at the UN YouTube Channel
We are happy to announce that the BKUN Office has launched its very own YouTube Channel with 439 subscribers to date. You are welcome to browse and subscribe to it. We appreciate it if you share this link with your friends and contacts.
Karuna (Compassion) Response to Corona (Virus)
This is a series of six 15-minute meditation videos within the UN Meditation Room, done virtually. The meditation invokes the experience of "Karuna" (compassion) as a response to the Corona (virus). The 6 values of focus are love, kindness, mercy, non-violence, forgiveness, and generosity.
This sacred space is inspired by Secretary General, Dag Hammerskjold: “This is a room devoted to peace and those who are giving their lives for peace. This is a room of quiet where only thoughts should speak.”
Three of these meditation videos are already premiered. You are welcome to inlcude them in events you may organize and also to share with your contacts.
Watch videos here.
A Series of 30-Minute Meditation Workshops for Women to Build Inner Resilience through Self Care
As a means to nurture and empower women by giving them an experience of how to create a peaceful and strong mind, especially during these times of COVID-19, six workshops were piloted by the BKUN team for women's empowerment. These sessions consisted of 3 parts— EXPLORE • EXPRESS • EXPERIENCE — integrating the practice of meditation and self reflection.
Women from various professional backgrounds had uplifting experiences and shared constructive feedback which will serve as a springboard for the team, moving forward.
Yoga: Building A Culture of Inclusivity
Saturday, June 20
This year's Yoga Day celebration was organized keeping in mind the words enshrined in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which are also cornerstones of yogic philosophy to live by each day: “All beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. We are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
The event was graced with sharings by enlightened spiritual teachers, including BK Mohini who closed the conversation with a powerful guided meditation. Additionally, such gatherings are not complete without musical expressions. This time, it was beautifully done by violinist, Anthony Hyatt.
Watch full event on Facebook.
To read about events held elsewhere: click here.
Few of the presenters and coordinating team
Yogis - Linking Living Lights
June 20 - 21.
The United Nations is celebrating its 75 th. anniversary this year and the Brahma Kumaris International Youth Forum (IYF) created this film to honor this great achievement, and to celebrate International Day of Yoga. Youths from 75 countries captured the benefits they experience by practicing Raja Yoga. These stories were shared using various artistic expressions. The video was live streamed for 24 hours worldwide on Facebook and YouTube.
8 Postures of the Heart
The Greatest Love Story of All, Between the Soul and God
As many of you would know, there was a virtual screening of this one hour film and participants had the opportunity to meet some of the presenters. It was live streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp. Close to 1000 people enjoyed the experience. You are welcome to watch it on
A Shift in Mindset: Faith-based Solutions to Climate Action Obstacles
The UN annual High Level Political Forum took place from July 7-17 on the theme, Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.
The Committee of Religious NGOs (CRNGO) working group on Climate Change organized a parallel event in which the welcome and introduction to the working group was made by BK Julia Grindon-Welch, Co-chair of the working group on Climate Change.
Thursday, August 6
This year, in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, UN contacts were invited to come to the BKUN Space by appointment to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. It turned out to be a very powerful and cherished experience for all.
The message shared with them: Rakshasbandan reminds us that the eternal flame of love is intrinsic to each soul. This festival stirs sacred memories deep within - memories that anchor us to universal truths. Accepting this thread reminds us that the healing power of love comes from a Source that is beyond limits, conditions, and discrimination.
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A few events were organized by youths of the Brahma Kumaris in countries countries:
* The BK Awakening Channel hosted a video to celebrate UN International Day of Youth, an event organized by the Youth Wing of the Brahma Kumaris, India. Watch here.
* A group of BK Australian youths celebrated International Friendship Day.
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Ongoing at BKUN
After 3.5 months of lockdown, the BKUN team in New York has re-opened the Office as of July but with limited visitors. The weekly Thursday evening meditation continues virtually with a small group of UN contacts and friends. The UNHQ remains closed to NGOs and visitors.
Additionally, the team has been engaged in various worldwide events online with a focus on sustainable spirituality, and spirituality and secularism, for example: Seizing the Moment: Women taking the Lead in Creating the New Normal, watch here.
World Environment Day event was organized by Brahma Kumaris, NY, USA: read more.
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UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris
You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information and international days you may wish to observe.
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
September 21 International Day of Peace
October 1 International Day of Older Persons
October 2 International Day of Non-violence
November 15 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
November 16 International Day of Tolerance
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 10 Human Rights Day
February 1 - 7 World Interfaith Harmony Week
UN Friendship Day Report - Young Adult Public Event 26th July, Brahma Kumaris Australia
16 August 2020
Brahma Kumaris invites One-Minute Video from Young Leaders around the World
5 August 2020
Divine Brother/ Sister,
Kindly accept greetings of peace from Madhuban.
The 12th of August is International Youth Day. The theme for this year declared by the UN is "Youth Engagement for Global Action". In this context, the Brahma Kumaris have designed a unique platform for all youth to raise their voices of meaningful actions.
Participants will be encouraged to answer these simple questions:-
Imagine you have the opportunity to be a great leader...
Whether it’s in your local place, your country or even a world leader!
You are given one decision to make, in your role as a leader.
1) Which problem will you like to solve?
2) What is your priority decision?
3) What constructive actions will it take to bring your decision into reality?
And finally, participants will be requested to create a short video (up to one minute) sharing their responses.
Instruction for the video :
"Hello I am ROHIT, I support Youth4GlobalAction.
As a leader (XYZ minister of My country)( XYZ leader of Global Organisations, UN Bodies)(Leading XYZ department of my local community)
My message ... THANKS."
Videos can be in Hindi or English.
Videos can be sent by Youth from teenage to 35 years of age,
Videos can be sent by BK youth also but in color clothes.
All Videos must reach email@example.com by 3rd of August.
We hope your divine motivation and guidance will encourage BK youth and Youth in contact to share their ideas on screen. The compilation of these videos will be showcased on the 12th of August on Awakening TV.
Please see the promo in English and Hindi.
In Godly Service,