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"The Value of a Calm Mind" - Sr Jayanti in Worthing on 22nd April
24 April 2018
“We have forgotten the value of having a calm and peaceful mind” Sister Jayanti of the Brahma Kumaris told a gathering at Sion Senior School on Sunday 22nd April.
At the event, which was organised by the Lighthhouse Retreat Centre, Sister Jayanti, a master yogi and experienced meditation teacher, was interviewed by Neville Hodgkinson, former science correspondent for The Times newspaper, on the suject of a calm mind.
Sister Jayanti explained that there are a whole range of emotions – anger, jealousy, fear - that are associated with a mind that is not calm, but when the mind is calm and peaceful we open up to joy, love and clarity. We also have a greater capacity for listening to others and for connecting with them heart-to-heart. When we learn to make the mind calm, she told the audience, life can change dramatically.
The starting point to having a calm mind, Sister Jayanti continued, is to understand that the real self is not the physical body, but the 'inner being'. It is this inner being, the immortal soul, that creates thoughts and feelings. She then spoke a meditation commentary to help the audience turn inwards and experience themselves as souls, points of shining light.
In answer to further questions she gave the following tips for developing a calm mind:
- Have the practice of connecting deeply with the peace and love within your own self.
- Feed your mind at the beginning of each day with pure, elevated thoughts of your own beauty and truth.
- Have patience with the self – personal change takes time.
The programme concluded with another powerful meditation commentary from Sister Jayanti and a song from singer-song writet Lou Beckerman.
Information on future Brahma Kumaris programmes in Worthing can be found at www.lighthouseretreatcentre.org or 01903 8208
"Compassion in Action" Coffee Morning Held on 17th April at GCH, London
24 April 2018
60 women from many cultures and faiths came together to share in a coffee morning with the Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network and the Brahma Kumaris Women and Spirituality Group at the Brahma Kumaris National Centre in North London. The theme of the morning was Compassion in Actionand diverse organisations were present enjoying each other’s company, catching up with old friends, making new ones and hearing about the social community activities, not just locally, but globally.
Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, the Chair of UK Women of Faith Network, shared about the initiative called Share a Meal - Gift a Meal. The idea being that sitting down together sharing food is a donation to society in itself. The value of this donation of time produces multi fold results of friendship, creativity, a secure space and a raising of female self-esteem. They are more than just fund-raising opportunities, they also provide a time and a place for women to inspire, encourage and grow in each other’s company.
Hilary Wright, from Marys Meals, a Scottish based Christian humanitarian organisation, gave a presentation on the initiative of providing one nutritious meal each day for children in 15 countries. The local communities are trained to assist in the teaching and feeding of the children.
She demonstrated the real use of monies donated that for every £1 donated 93 pence goes to provide meals. One can also donate towards providing backpacks holding simple items for the school day.
Cindy Lass spoke of her project, All Hearts Beat as One. This is not a fund-raiser but is an opening for people to come together and use their sewing skills to embroider a heart. Her desire is for people all over the world to join their hearts together as one family.
Georgina Long, the Interfaith Co-ordinator for the Brahma Kumaris, interviewed Agya Oberai about her work with battered women and the homeless in her borough. After a lifetime in nursing she now selflessly gives of her time and energy to support the most disadvantaged. She expressed how, at the age of 73, she is able to serve her community with the support of her spiritual life.
In small groups, two questions were discussed: Do I have enough resources of love and compassion to share, even when I feel I cannot take care of my own needs? How willing am I to put compassion into action?
There were interesting returns from this interaction:
· What you give to all, including yourself, is WHAT YOU GET.
· Natural compassion is within all of us more than we know!
· Compassion is the CARE of my being!
· Belief in myself comes with gratitude and faith.
· First have love for myself, then I am willing to share that love fully with others when I am non-judgemental.
Maureen Goodman, Programme Director of the Brahma Kumaris closed the event finalised by leading everyone into a beautiful reflection on the morning.
Bharat Gaurav Award bestowed on Br Amir Chand of Chandigarh and Sudesh Didi of Germany
23 April 2018
The Bharat Gaurav Award is a Life Time Achievement Award organised by Sanskrit yuva Santha and presented to outstanding professionals and dignitaries for their extraordinary accomplishments, philanthropic work, and contributions to humanitarian causes. Now in its sixth year, the award ceremonies for the fourth time took place at the British Parliament Houses of Commons in London, UK. Such dignitaries from various sectors of our society including technology, media, film industry, Arts and Culture, businesses, Social, spiritual, medical, industry and Environment, those present are mostly of Indian origin from around the world. These individuals are honored and acknowledged for their extraordinary achievement which impacts world affairs, community, the country as a whole and in particular their work adds to the glory of Bharat; thus it is known as "The Glory of Bharat" Award.
Prominent and high profile Indians from around the world are invited, this year there were dignitaries from 17 Countries including USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, Kuwait many other countries participated in the felicitation programme which was held at the House of Common, British Parliament UK on 13th April 2018.
It was very colorful and joyous event filled with love and the feeling of pride that we all belong to 'That One Bharat, the Mother Land'. At the end, we all paid our respects by singing the Indian National Anthem and everyone saluted to the land of Bharat by greeting 'Bharat mata ki Jai!'
The presenters of Award from Parliament were Baroness Verma and The Deputy High commissioner, Mr Dinesh Patnaik, along with a few members of the organising team of the Bharat Award, including Mr Ganesia, Mr Suresh Mishra (founder of the Bharat Gaurav Award) and Robert G Davies, UK Director of Reech Sports Cymru Ltd..
Br Amir Chand, Coordinator of Brahma Kumaris Punjab zone, India, and Didi Sudesh, European Co-ordinator were awarded on behalf of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.
Videos of Amirchandbhai and Sudesh Didi Awards and Interviews
- Amirchand Bhai - Award.mp4 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BfEFIRlfV0l3FO8b9lamKbmHagOZW3K-/view)
- amirchand bhai interview.mp4 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XYJHv8MeZo73LxzUtM5RrJtnYoWQkSnj/view)
- Sudeshdidi - interview.mp4 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kvxQOjsnHil15nxcZQjB_-T9UphM9SS6/view)
Photos of the Bharat Gaurav Award
Sister Jaymini attends UN World Water Day Celebrations at the House of Lords, London, UK
28 March 2018
Sister Jaymini represented Brahma Kumars at the House of Lords on Thursday 22nd March , when she attended the United Nations World Water Day Celebrations.
Hosted by Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, this event was organised by Sanskruti Centre in co-operation with Just a Drop, BPF, CIWM, DWI, and OneLess.
The theme of UN World Water Day this year was: Nature for Water – explor ing how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century. Sister Jaymini had the opportunity to share spiritual thoughts on the nature of water, saying: "Water is one of the element s of nature . To purity the element of water human positive energy is needed." She followed this by sharing a few meditative thoughts with the gathering.
Attending the meeting on behalf of the Brahma Kumaris along with Sister Jaymini, were Maria Faundez, Rajesh Khanna and Rajani Kumar.
Refurbishment of the Global Retreat Center, Oxford
15 March 2018
Dear Centre Coordinators,
Refurbishment of the Global Retreat Centre, Oxford
Greetings of love.
You may know that for quite some time, discussions have been taking place about a major refurbishment of the Global Retreat Centre, Oxford (GRC), the first retreat centre opened by the Brahma Kumaris anywhere in the world. We are happy to be able to let you know that it is now going ahead. Work will continue for 18 months to two years, during which there will be a complete shutdown of activities.
The enclosed letter gives details of the project. It will involve a big financial outlay by the Brahma Kumaris(UK) charity, and the Board of Trustees, in deciding to go ahead, have asked us to invite donations to the project from the many who have taken benefit from GRC over the past 25 years.
The enclosed letter gives details of the project, and explains how donations can be made. We would be grateful if you could forward it to contacts who have been to GRC, and also let your students know about the development. Many do love and value GRC and have taken much spiritual benefit from their visits. A document outlining BKWSU UK guidelines for accepting donations is also enclosed.
For your information, this letter has already been sent to those who have participated in the Call of the Time Dialogues.
Many thanks for your kind attention and your constant loving cooperation in all ways.
In Baba’s loving yaad,
Celebration of International Women's Day event at GCH - 4th March - Report
4th March 2018
Over 60 people joined this annual special event to honour the UN International Women’s Day and to highlight the wealth of strengths and contribution that women bring to the world. Quotes of inspiration from powerful women leaders representing Soft Power were shown on screen as everyone entered: Dadi Janki (Faith and Wisdom), Mother Theresa (Unconditional Love and Care), Michelle Obama (Grace and Dignity), Maya Angelou (Courage and Commitment) and Louis Hay (Self-care and Delight).
BK Vicky Rainbow set the scene with several uplifting songs .... ‘What the world needs now is truth and with truth for all there will be peace...’
MC Grace Mufti welcomed and mapped out the afternoon that was to focus on the rediscovering of Soft Power: the power and ability to reshape, adapt and recreate; the power to adjust and to collaborate rather than to compete,
BK Samantha Fraser then held a conversation on Soft Power with Jan Alcoe, author of Lifting our Spirits; Natasha Elcock, a survivor of the Grenfell Tower disaster and activist for Grenfell United, a group working with the NHS to support victims of trauma; And BK Rosemary Turbeville Smith, a mother and a woman who has overcome many adversities in her life. Each speaker shared a different dramatic journey in which they have developed strength.
Jan Alcoe, diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, overcame the fear of impending mortality and the stress this created for her children. She transformed the situation by shifting her approach from the assertiveness of fighting cancer to drawing on deeper resources of gentleness and loving the self, as well as adopting gratitude and a softer way to embrace the....click here for detailed report with photos.
Under the Canopy of God's Love - 11th February at Global Cooperation House
16 February 2018
With approximately 300 people present and a further 100 online this years Maha ShivRatri celebration focused on the direct experience and relationships available to all at this time.
Everyone was welcomed by BK Kishore Krishnan, who also held the conversation that ensued.
Global Cooperation House is in the borough of Brent in London and the evening was graced by the Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Mohammed Butt, who shared from his heart: ‘What I love about us all is we are humanity. When we sit in this room we have one purpose and this is to unify to find peace and harmony.. We need to make sure that every community that we engage with and every street we walk in, whether we go to a temple, a mosque, a church....etc the only words that bind us are of God’s Love. We need to be caring and understanding because we are the ‘human nation’ and we need to remember this and make sure no one gets left behind’.
A video message from Sister Jayanti, European Director of Brahma Kumaris, explained the spiritual significance of this auspicious festival:
... This is not just a celebration of something that happened 5,000 years ago but something we are participating right now. The Gita describes the period of God’s descent as when extreme unrighteousness is happening.....do we recognize it is this same moment once again and it is the moment according to God’s promise that He comes to show us the way out of the darkness and into the light...We can experience this today no matter how much chaos is happening around us. ...let the experience of God’s love help you and others to come back to a state of harmony. The time is today to experience liberation from all types of grief and sorrow and experience great happiness in life....this is the fast which can bring us closer to God. The fast from impure thoughts, activity and behaviour......and we then experience being brought out of the darkness of ignorance and into the light and experience the significance of Shiv Ratri and the beauty and truth that God wishes to bestow us...(extract)
Click here for detailed report with photos.