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BK Participation in African Women in Dialogue
17 December 2018
The African Women in Dialogue was hosted by the former first Lady, Mrs Zanele Mbeki Foundation from the 19th until the 23rd November. 15 countries from the Southern African Region participated and in total there were over a 1000 delegates. The conference focused on 3 themes, Strengthening the Continental Women’s Movement within the Fourth Revolution(4IR) towards a Values-Based Leadership Eco-System.
It was an amazing group of delegates represented with some of the leading women thought leaders on the continent as well as women leading ngo’s in rural villages and urban areas.
Brahma Kumaris were graciously included in the program in a very significant way. Firstly, every morning meditation classes were offered by Sr Aroona and Sr Pratiba to the delegates on an optional basis. Secondly, Vedantibhen offered a blessing to the gathering and Sr Dipty from South Africa led a mass meditation on Tuesday 20 November for plenary slot. Thirdly, Sr Pratiba from South Africa was included on a panel exploring, Moving towards a new values-based ecosystem for inclusivity in Development.
The overall conference offered a very empowering experience and the conscious thread to include spiritual awareness in this way to move forward was appreciated as a revolutionary way of impacting transformation at a systematic level. The aim is to offer this opportunity on an annual basis and mobilize opportunities at grassroots level.
Happy Diwali & A Peaceful New Year from Sis. BK Vedanti, Nairobi
9 November 2018
Didi Chakradhari's tour in South Africa, 20 Sept - 1 Oct 2018
23 October 2018
Didi Chakradhari from Russia arrived in South Africa on the 20th September for a visit of 10 days and was welcomed by a beautiful climate to celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan with the South African brahmin family
Her arrival in Durban on the 21st September created a beautiful atmosphere where a special program with dignitaries was organised to celebrate International Peace Day. Dr Buthelezi, an elder who played a key political role in the province, Ela Gandhi the grand daughter of Gandhi and Dr Dilly Naidoo a social entrepreneur attended to commemorate Peace Day and be part of the Pause for Peace launch. Rakshabandhan was celebrated on Sunday morning with the family where all experienced a powerful presence of Baba.
On the 24th September Didi arrived in Port Elizabeth, which was a bank holiday called Heritage Day. It was the ﬁrst Raksha Bandhan celebration held at the new centre in Walmer and Didi’s presence was especially appreciated. She brought with her the lovely energy of Baba’s vibrations which was a blessing for everyone who attended. Many of Baba’s old and faithful children were present to renew their promise to Baba and to take beneﬁt from Didi’s wisdom and the powerful atmosphere. The next morning in class Didi shared stories of her experiences with Baba and Mama, taking us all back in the time to the magic of Brahma Baba’s life and how every action was a lesson in itself.
On the afternoon of the 25th September, Chakradhari Didi together with Sister Prabhjot arrived in Cape Town. An evening Rakhi program was held for the Bk family and contact souls. Didi presented the spiritual signiﬁcance of Rakhi by comparatively drawing on how it is celebrated in the world today. A powerful atmosphere was created as the rakhi was tied. The following morning inspite of the unpleasant climate, Didi and sister Prabhjot went sightseeing. A public program was held that evening as the launch of the campaign Pause for Peace. The MC, Lucille Meyer, CEO of Chrysalis Academy, set the context and reminded us of the need for peace at this time. Various faith representatives were invited to light a candle and share a message of peace. Sister Pratiba then shared a few words on the campaign itself, encouraging souls to take time to pause for peace. Didi shared on how to create inner peace by creating awareness that the original nature of the soul is peace and that we need to move away from our identity based on religion, culture, gender etc. Sister Pratiba concluded the program by sharing a lovely meditation to take everyone into the experience of peace. The family had the fortune of oﬀering Thursday bhog with Didi. She shared beautifully the signiﬁcance of bhog through her own experiences as well precious moments with Baba & Mama and the many lessons and gifts that they have provided.
Didi returned to Johannesburg on the 27th September, where an evening program was arranged at the centre launching the Pause for Peace campaign in Johannesburg. The evening began with a beautiful song rendered by Vee a local artist whose message was , peace begins with me. The program was graced with faith leaders from the surrounding communities as well as members of the local chapter of the URI (United Religious Initiative). Didi’s message was clear – that the true religion of the soul is peace and it is the identiﬁcation with the external that has led to divisions and conﬂict. People were touched by the grace, simplicity, purity and love Didi radiated. Friday was an opportunity for a mini safari experience to the Lion and Cheetah Safari Park where Didi saw up close families of lions, cheetahs and other wildlife.
Didi arrived for class Saturday morning in Lenasia. Didi shared the importance to reﬂect on how much love and interest we much have for Baba's Murli. This powerful knowledge that we are receiving, we should listen and imbibe it. In the aTernoon we had a program at the centre, A CALM MIND, A SERENE MIND. Didi, shared that we can only have a Calm Mind, and be at Peace, when we free ourselves from desires. (Desires, to wanting and needing, desires of expecting how others should be and should not be) A Calm Mind, is achieved when my Thoughts, Words, and Deeds are Pure.
On Sunday 30th September the Brahmin family of Gauteng and Nelspruit gathered at Observatory centre for murli class and there after we had our Raksha Bandhan celebration. The beautiful atmosphere ﬁlled with love, each soul felt deeply touched and personally sustained by Baba through Didi.
Didi returned to Delhi on Monday 1st October having beneﬁted the family with insightul presentations. Our sincere gratitude to Baba, our seniors and sweet drama for this wonderful blessing.
Rakhi Greetings from Sister Vedanti and Nairobi family
9 September 2018