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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)
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