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Florida Service News-January 2019

6 February 2019

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Overcoming Anxiety at Jimmy B. Keel

Brother Manoj offered this 2 part series to help souls understand the why's of anxiety and loosening its grip. He guided the souls to learn how Raja Yoga Meditation could help change thought patterns to break the barriers to anxiety.

Pilgrimage of Love Retreat

Sister Mary from Chicago visited the Tampa center and facilitated a one day retreat for BK's to journey deeper into yoga on January 12th. This retreat was part of preparation for January 18th and was designed to rekindle the flame of pure love for Baba by taking a few simple steps in self-transformation.

Pilgrimage of Love Public Program

On January 13th, Sister Mary facilitated a public program to celebrate the life of Brahma Baba. Marybhen spoke about the spiritual foundation he laid for a world filled with peace, love and dignity. The program also included a video about Brahma Baba's life.

Miami

Workplace Meditations

Jan 8: Workplaces Meditations continue at the corporates - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Perry Ellis, NBC Comcast Universal in the new year. New employees join continue to join these lunchtime meditation sessions and express appreciation for the new way of thinking it offers.

Workshop on The Power of Pure Intention

Jan 12: An enthusiastic group of 16 attendees came together for the fisrt workshop of 2019 on "The Power of Pure Intention". 

Facilitators Amar and Meeta beautifully explored the aspects of how we can experience power by adding pure feelings to our Intentions and thus bring newness in our thinking leading to more learning and growth.

Mindful Media Dialogue

Jan 17: Meredith recently had the opportunity to participate in the Mindful Media Dialogue at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. This thoughtful and inspiring program was dedicated to strengthening the global role of the media who help connect us. Some of the participants included Miami Herald Editorial Board Member Nancy Ancrum and Knight Foundation journalism program director Karen Rundlet.NBC 6 Anchor Jawan Strader was the interviewer for Meredith’s panel. 

The takeaway from the dialogue was commitment to truth, telling stories that inspire, and good journalism matter.

50th Remembrance Day

Jan 18: Special arrangement of 50 white roses was a loving tribute to celebrate the special 50th Remembrance Day of our founder dear Brahma Baba.

Special Sunday Evening Program on - Finding Comfort in the Heart :

Jan 20: A group of 37 came together for this talk and reflection on Finding Comfort in the Heart. Meredith welcomed the guests and facilitated an engaging conversation between the key facilitators Marco and Amar who shared their journey of finding comfort with the understanding of RajaYoga Meditation. The attendees were a mix of very old contacts, some regular evening students and there were some who came for the first time.

The conversations seemed to provide beneficial insight into how meditation is an experiential journey geared around our way of thinking and understanding about the self. Experiences of both the facilitators provided new perspectives of looking at commonly observed discomforting situations.

BK Veronica, Director of the Miami BK Meditation Center further shared the dynamics between thoughts and feelings, drawing the link between the heart and the mind.

For a snippet from the evening, click here

Spanish Workshop on El Secreto de la Proseridad: Las Intenciones Puras:

Jan 26: Marjorie facilitated this Spanish workshop on "The secret of Prosperity - Pure Intentions" where a group of 16 attendees including 2 first-timers participated.

The workshop comprised of reflective writing where the participants could translate the new learnings in their individual situations and continue to empower the self.

Florida Visitor - Sr. Judy in Miami

Jan 27: The family had a lovely opportunity to benefit from the presence of Sr. Judy (from Peace Village) on Sunday. She met with family and shared her insights and experiences. For some snippets from her sharing, click here.

First time visit to Miami, Sr Aarti from Albany

Jan 31: Sr Aarti (from Albany) was joined by our own Sr Helen from Tampa and they met with the family for the Thursday morning class. Sr. Aarti very lovingly shared her beautiful story of being with Baba and of being on this fascinating spiritual journey.

Two Special Birthday Celebrations

Jan 10: Special #70th Birthday of dear sister Sheila was celebrated with great love. The family lovingly shared heartfelt wishes for this special sister who is Babas sweet gardener.. planting and nurturing loving seeds in Holywood library and in Babas garden.

Jan 27: Tatiana our dear sister from Russia celebrated her special #50th birthday with the Miami family with lot of love and enthusiasm. She also took leave from the family to be back in Siberia, Russia.

SEO Ranking for #BKMiamiMeditation going up.

January: The website team shared that the SEO ranking i.e. Search Engine Optimization ranking for the "BK Miami Meditation" search is going up which has given a bonus to have a calendar of meetup events linked to the google search results.

'SEO' is what Google is based on when searching for words and its ranking typically goes up when online visitors often go to the site, comment, create a post, etc. 
It is a valuable feedback that consistent outreach via meetup events, twitter posts , Facebook posts, youtube videos, eventbrite posts , instagram posts, etc is resulting in increased online access by online users.

Wheres Waddy:

She was in Cambodia for a program with the Youth Group and then back in Vietnam for BK programs in Danang and Hanoi.

In Feb she will be in Madhuban for the NCCC meetings.

Ocala

Workshop
January 5 - sustenance workshop at Sr. Anne’s home entitled: “New Year’s Resolution: Peace and Harmony Within. “ Four regular students and one new student attended.

Br. Hanuman Visits Guyana
Jan 26 through Feb 2. Br. Hanuman is currently in Guayana visiting the main center and all sub centers providing support for instruments and students. Highlights include a flag raising ceremony, giving murli class, and helping a group of BKs learn how to give the seven days course.

Lady Lake Wellness Fair
Jan 30: Sr. Anne hosted a Brahma Kumaris Meditation table for this event. Over 250 patrons visited the fair.

Hollywood

Hollywood Library & Dania Beach Library Special Guest Speakers

Guests brought new perspectives to think about in the new year:

Sr. Waddy and Sr. Tatiana

“Balancing the Heart and the Head.” View this short “take out - www.facebook.com/clip” which received over 600 hits on Facebook.

For more video from the session click here - https://www.youtube.com/watch

Naples

Becoming the SEER

For 3 weeks in a row, we presented a program of "How to Be a "Seer"." 
Explaining the soul identity, the world of illusion and how to see from the 3rd eye. 
Each week exercises for practical application were given. Over 100 souls participated each week.

Margate

January: Month of Remembrance Bhattis and Classes

After an active and celebrative December, January ushered in a wave of tapasya and deep silence. Students focused on their spiritual stage by joining the world family in intense yoga programs and classes. The family gathered together for collective yoga for five days weekly to synchronize with the international family efforts for this special month of Tapasya.

Click here for more pictures and full service report.

 

Congratulating NY Congressman Delgado and Inviting him to Peace Village

29 January 2019

Om Shanti,
 
The Brahma Kumaris were invited in January 2019 to  attend the in-district swearing-in of newly elected Congressman Antonio Delgado to the 116th Congress for New York's 19th district Saturday afternoon. The event was held at the Opera House in nearby Hudson, NY.
 
Sr Chirya happily met and extended a loving invitation to Antonio and his family to visit Peace Village Retreat Center.  Delgado and staff are busy opening several  key offices in the district to keep his promise to open the communication channels between the people and the government.

Delgado, 41, of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, is now legislating for the 19th District, which stretches across the Hudson Valley, Catskills and Southern Tier to the eastern end of Broome County and includes Peace Village Retreat Center in Greene Country, NY.  Delgado grew up in Schenectady, and is a Harvard-educated lawyer and Rhodes scholar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the oath for office. Shown here with his wife Lacey and their two sons

 

Delgado - "We won! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your unwavering support. Our campaign prevailed by leaning into our shared principles and values in the face of divisive and hateful attacks. . . . .I am grateful that we can work together ........ and re-engage with our democratic principles. We can uplift each other to support a new generation of leaders who are dedicated to restoring the American Dream for everyone.

Often I think about what words Dr. King would offer us during this administration and I’m reminded of this quote:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

With our victory, we have the opportunity to....... get back to solutions oriented government that promotes the public good rather than enables private greed. . . . .  - affordable healthcare, tax reform, public education, and good paying jobs. Together, we can build a better future for our community, our families, our neighbors, and our country. Thanks again for your support.

Now the work begins!  All the best,
Antonio Delgado

 

 

Living Values Education Newsletter for January

28 January 2019

On the back cover:
 
Children love to explore. They are naturally receptive, enthusiastic about learning, and spontaneously caring and creative. They thrive in a positive, nurturing, values-based atmosphere where they feel safe, and easily assimilate learning about peace, respect and conflict resolution. Providing the opportunity for children to explore and develop values is increasingly important in today's world as children are exposed to violence and inappropriate models of behavior at younger and younger ages.
 
       The Living Values Education Activities in this book incorporate a variety of ways to introduce, explore and develop values. Learning new concepts, sharing and thinking, creating, and teaching social skills are combined with stories, playing, art, singing, movement, and imagining. In the process, personal social and emotional skills develop as well as positive, constructive social skills. The values activities can be used by nursery and pre-school teachers, day-care center staff, elementary school educators and parents and caregivers.
 
Growing from strength to strength, Living Values Education has enriched the lives and educational experience of educators and millions of young people around the world since its initial pilot in February 1997. A global endeavor dedicated to nurturing hearts and educating minds, LVE provides an approach and tools to help people connect with their own values and live them. During professional development workshops, educators are engaged in a process to empower them to create a caring values-based atmosphere in which young people are loved, valued, respected, understood and safe.
 
Comments from pre-school teachers, primary school educators and principals:
  • I have used Living Values Education from start to finish this past school year with my preschool students. I absolutely loved it, the children loved it, and the outcome was really spectacular.
  • The children here are greatly loving the activities and music. They love singing the songs. LVE blends with both Montessori and state standards.
  • LVE creates such a positive environment and attitude for everyone -for the whole school community. The students use the positive skills they have learned to solve challenges and use values in their everyday language.
  • There simply is no bullying.
 
Authors: Diane G. Tillman is the primary author of the award-winning Living Values Series of five books, ten additional resources for young people at risk, and a parenting guide. A Licensed Educational Psychologist, she worked in a California public school system for 23 years as a School Psychologist. With LVE since its inception in August of 1996, she traveled to 30 countries in all regions of the world to conduct LVE seminars for educators, UNESCO, street-children agencies, refugee camp educators and Ministries of Education. Diana Hsu was a wonderful educator and friend who contributed delightful stories, songs and activities to the original LVE activities book for children three to seven in 2000. She passed away years ago. Her original activities are included in this book. Activities from other dedicated and cooperative educators around the world are also included.
 

On the Back Cover
 
Living Values Activities for Children Ages 8 - 14, Book 1 
contains eight values units:
Peace I . Respect I Love and Caring Tolerance Honesty Happiness
Responsibility . Simplicity and Caring for our Earth and Her Oceans  
 
Living Values Activities for Children Ages 8 - 14, Book 2
contains eight more values units:
Peace II Respect II Cooperation Humility Compassion
Another Value We Love Freedom Unity
 
Growing from strength to strength, Living Values Education has enriched the lives and educational experience of young people and educators around the world since its initial pilot in February 1997. A global endeavor dedicated to nurturing and educating hearts as well as minds, LVE provides an approach and tools to help people connect with their own values and live them. During professional development workshops, educators are engaged in a process to empower them to create a caring values-based atmosphere in which young people are loved, valued, respected, understood and safe.
 
Educators are asked to facilitate values activities to engage students in exploring and choosing their own personal values while developing intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to "live" those values. Given the increasing negative influences young people are exposed and subjected to, this updated book also includes activities to help young people understand the influences, stay safe, and increase their motivation and capacity to be a positive force for good. A few of the areas addressed are dealing with bullying in assertive and proactive ways, reflecting on and creating their own guidelines for involvement in social media, learning how to encourage themselves in positive ways and manage their emotions, be safe from being entrapped, and develop a voice and positive social skills to create inclusion and respect.
 
The sixteen values units in the two updated Living Values Activities books include other related values such as kindness, fairness, determination, integrity, appreciation, diversity, gratitude, inclusion and social justice. A values-based learning community fosters positive relationships, quality learning and quality education. With Living Values Education, educators and students become co-creators of a culture of peace and respect.
 
Results reported by a K-12 LVE school which has implemented this approach for 18 years:
  • The school has grown to be a family - a community of learners.
  • There is a strong feeling of welcome, joy and acceptance.
  • There is a powerful and peaceful values-based learning atmosphere.
  • The students express their values using their own moral compass
  • The students became ambassadors of how to live their values.
  • There are virtually no referrals for any form of physical violence.
  • Peace Time and Mindfulness are widely practiced.
  • The academic standards are higher.
 
Author: Diane G. Tillman is the primary author of the award-winning Living Values Series of five books, ten additional educational resources for young people at risk and a parenting guide. A Licensed Educational Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and a values-education authority, Tillman worked in a California public school system for 23 years as a School Psychologist. With Living Values Education since its inception in August of 1996, she has traveled to more than 30 countries in all regions of the world to conduct professional development workshops and LVE seminars at conferences, retreat centers and refugee camps, for educators, UNESCO, street-children agencies and Ministries of Education. This book includes activities from educators around the world. 

 

 

Washington DC Center Invites You to "Open Your Heart to a Nation of Peace"

22 January 2019

Dear Family,

Om Shanti and special greetings of love on this doubly auspicious Martin Luther King Jr's Day., Baba's special Day of Service. It has been an entire weekend of constant visuals of Brahma Baba's life, thus amplifying his story and his presence in our lives. Every day for five days we played videos featuring Brahma Baba and old yagya songs. Fantastic. 

We will be hosting an ongoing Meditation for Congress...See the video HERE

Wishing you a year of love in 2019,
Washington D.C. Family

 

 

Final Webinar on Sunday, January 20 with Sister Mohini for Mahadani initiative

18 January 2019

We are writing to invite you to tune into our final webinar for “A Great Donor” (Mahadani)  initiative. This webinar will feature Sister Mohini and is scheduled on Sunday, January 20 at 9am New York time. 

Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5635228385934785282 

 

The Mahadani initiative began on August 25th(Dadiji’s Day) and will end on January 18th with daily points for self-exploration and remembrance.108 yogis from around the globe shared their experiences.  The object of the initiative was to help our divine family become filled with all attainments and be great donors. 

 

The concluding webinar for the Mahadani initiative is on January 20th with Sister Mohini as our spiritual resource.   

 

Join us and take benefit from this amazing yogi – Sister Mohini.

Sunday, January 20th, 2019
9AM - New York Time
2PM - London Time
7:30PM - India Time

Registration:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5635228385934785282 

 

Please note the webinar will be in English, please arrange for local translation. 

 

In Sweet Baba’s Remembrance

BK Sustenance Team

 

 

Top Moments of 2018 from Washington DC Meditation Museum

18 January 2019

Greetings of love.  
I am forwarding to you our service report for the year do enjoy it.

CLICK HERE

Here is wishing you loads of love for 2019. 

Sister Jenna and the DC Family

 

 

Sis Chandru & Interfaith leaders bless California Governor on his Inaugural Day

16 January 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom and his wife Jennifer Siebel-Newsom flanked with Sis. Chandru and faith leaders of California.

 

California: Sister Chandru and prominent Interfaith Leaders were called upon to bless the 40th Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, on the Inaugural Day.

Sis. Chandru's blessing to him was to work together in partnership with God and people with energy, vigour and enlightenment. As all clergies and leaders joined her in "Om Shanti" chant, the entire space reverberated with peace.

Governor Newsom and his wife Jennifer became very emotional when all the faith leaders circled around them to give a collective blessing. 

As a response to the entire Interfaith Unity Service, the Governor tweeted:
"What an incredible blessing to start our day with prayers for California from faith leaders all across our state. Feeling inspired and humbled."

Sister Chandru in the Blessing Circle of faith leaders.

 

 

Consulate General of India in Houston, TX Receives New Year's Greetings from Br Mark Ram

9 January 2019

Houston, Texas, USA (7 January): Bro. BK Mark met the Consul General of India in Houston, Dr. Anupam Ray, and conveyed best wishes for a Happy New Year on behalf of BK Dr Hansaben and divine family in Texas. The Consul General was presented India’s tricolor toli.  The CG was so happy to see India’s colors on Baba’s toli that he took a picture and posted it on his Twitter account!  https://twitter.com/anupamifs/status/1082480624877953024.  Also present was Deputy Consul Mr Adhana.   


Much love in BapDada’s yaad,

BK Dr. Hansa Raval

Houston, Texas, USA

 

 

Florida Service News for December 2018

5 January 2019

'Meditation to Lighten the Wheel of Karma' by Sr. Gayatri

 

Dec 4: Sr. Gayatri Naraine was the guest facilitator (from New York) for the evening program on "Meditation to Lighten the Wheel of Karma" and live translations in spanish were provided by Amar for the spanish only participants.

 

The session presented many deep understanding about the philosophy of Karma and its cycle. The highlight was how we can all change our Karmas by changing our feelings which precede the thinking and performing actions. Here is a snippet from the session.

 

Florida Retreat

 

Dec 7-8-9 : About 40 plus souls from Miami joined the annual BK Florida Family Retreat in Naples where Sr. Gayatri Naraine very lovingly took all on an inner-reflective journey of Clearing the hearts.

 

The retreat was a beautiful journey were the subtle connection between the heart and the mind was explored and how we create thought patterns or belief systemsespecially when the heart registers a strong feeling and then the MIND is at work in drawing a conclusion about what went wrong. The reflective sessions provided a powerful atmosphere to look at these thought forms, see them, listen to them, let them speak, let them be heard. And then in loving remembrance of Baba heal themto return back to the feeling of being whole again.

 

In addition to participation of BKs from Miami, Tampa, Naples, Delray, Holywood, Orlando, Ocala, there were international attendees - Martha & Dhanesh from Mexico and Pricila from Costa Rico who enriched the gathering with their participation.

 

Click HERE for some loving moments of the retreat.

 

Some Glimpses from the Florida Family BK Retreat facilitated by Sr. Gayatri

 

Click here for the full report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magical Moments of 2018 from the Meditation Museum, Washington, DC

3 January 2019

Warm Hello 2019!

Try a little experiment for 2019. Keep your eyes open and think to yourself, “I am present, I am available, I am aware and I am opened to Love." If you can value your present moment you will certainly value your future.

Our Service Report for the Meditation Museums is below. We held 323 events for the community in 2018! Can you imagine that. Who thought when you meditated it wasn't about sitting down and doing nothing ;-)

It has been a full year and we appreciate your continued presence that says, what we do matter. Enjoy the below videos. The four minute one was by Vedin who is 9 years old.

CLICK HERE

Kind wishes, 

Sister Jenna and the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museums. 
Follow us on FaceBook and Twitter

 

 

New Year Greetings from Peace Village Family

2 January 2019

 

 

New Year Greetings from Brahmakumaris, Silicon Valley Milpitas, USA

2 January 2019

 

 

In Photos: Christmas at Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley Milpitas

29 December 2018

Omshanti and Greetings of Peace from BK Milpitas, USA

Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley celebrated Christmas. More than 250 people attended the event. The program included Christmas songs, Christmas carols by kids and a visit from Santa followed by lunch.  Here are a few pictures from the event.

Omshanti
BK Kusum

Christmas Greetings by Sister Kusum and BK Brothers and Sisters

Christmas songs and carols by BK Silicon Valley kids

Audience enjoying the cultural events by kids

Santa's visit - Santa entertaining the kids

 

 

Holiday Greetings from Los Angeles BKs

29 December 2018

As the New Year approaches, a wonderful sense of enthusiasm, renewed purpose and new beginning inspire each and every one of us to move forward.

We all feel that the coming 2019 will be filled with newness, surprises, growth and more!

May the joy that you give to others, return to you multi-million-fold and may true love follow you wherever you go.

With the Supreme Father by our side, may you face every moment with courage and calmness knowing that success is your birthright.

The Los Angeles Brahma Kumaris Family would like to extend our deepest appreciation for your presence, friendship and contribution in many ways.

We are inviting you to continue to come together, as incognito effort-makers, to be the flying angels, agents of change and ambassadors of peace in these very turbulent times on our precious earth.

Let us come together to hoist the flag of peace and victory with certainty and dignity.

Wishing you a divine time for 2019!

Your Spiritual Sister, BK Gita &
Your Loving Los Angeles Family

 

 

Dr. Binny Receives Appreciation Award from Gurudwara & Addresses Parliament of World Religions

6 December 2018

Vancouver, Canada: Dr. Binny, Regional Director for India, Global Peace Initiative received “Appreciation Award” from Khalsa Diwan Society. She addressed the leading seven prestigious Akali and Khalsa Sikh Society and Historical Heritage Gurudwaras here. She also spoke at many leading Gurudwaras in connection with Guru Granth Shibh and Guruvani teachings on the theme "How to Live a Blissful life…with Happiness and Peace!" Many Sikh delegations Sangat and families appreciated the experience. 
 
Dr. Binny was also interviewed by Zee TV Canada, Joy TV and the popular RED FM Radio "Harjinder Thind Show" in Vancouver. Thousands received the message through these interviews and many started Rajyoga classes. She was the featured speaker at a Diwali Celebrations function organized by Vancouver MPs and MLAs and at also the BKCenter. Dr. Claudia, Vancouver Center Coordinator, Dr. Binny,  Sisters Harpreet, and Anu and Brother Rakesh had an opportunity of meeting many dignitaries and sharing BK activities. Dr. Binny also addressed the Dasmesh Punjabi School where three hundred children received the message of  Living Values.

Dr. Binny Sareen, representing Brahma Kumaris Headquarters in Mount Abu, spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto Canada. This year the theme of the Parliament was "The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love:  Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change".
 
Dr. Binny, who was invited as a distinguished speaker, addressed sessions on Women & Spirituality: a World Perspective and on The Powerful Influence of Spiritual Leaders. She shared the Peace message of Dadi Janki ji during her address in the presence of distinguished religious leaders from all over the world, and also shared the significant leading role of the Brahma Kumaris in uplifting spiritual awareness and fostering women empowerment all over the world. She also conducted meditation which was well received by interfaith leaders. 

Sisters Maureen of London, Mary of Chicago, Valeriane of Geneva, and Savi of Toronto also addressed this prestigious event. More than ten thousand delegates from 90 countries representing more than 200 faiths were present. 

Dr. Binny Sareen
Regional Director for India, Global Peace Initiative 
Director General, Int. Peace Initiatives (Hon.),
Mount Abu, Rajasthan

 

 

Report on Parliament of the World Religions, Toronto

20 November 2018

The seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions convened in Toronto from November 1-7, 2018, 125 years after the first Parliament tool place at the Chicago World’s Fair.  7,500 people representing nearly 200 religions participated.  The theme was ‘The Promise of Inclusion; The Power of Love.’

 

The Brahma Kumaris had a beautiful booth showing a big tree of virtues which represented the expression of the true nature of all embodied souls, regardless of religion.  Shiv Baba was shown as the Seed of the tree and also above the tree in the Incorporeal World as the Father of souls.  The picture attracted much interest, and conversations about the picture sparked many friendships.  Each visitor left with a virtue card shaped like a flower and a booklet with a virtue for each day of the week.

 

The Brahma Kumaris also participated in many panel discussions on environment, science and consciousness, women’s leadership and interfaith activities, and conducted an early morning meditation.

 

A big player at this Parliament was a loose coalition of spiritually-based activists who are addressing social, environmental and political problems from a spiritual base but not necessarily from any religion.  They use the term ‘inter-spiritual’ to describe what they all have in common. One such participant said, “It’s not about what we believe; it’s about what we can do together.” 

 

Some newcomers to the ‘The Promise of Inclusion’ were the millennials and the LGBT community.  Both groups want to share in the process of making the world better, and both groups encouraged the people of religions to embrace diversity and stop focusing on differences.  They and all newcomers to the Parliament were met with beautiful gestures of love and welcome.

 

The BK team at the Parliament included Sr Maureen and Sr Georgina from UK, Sr Valeriane from Geneva, CH, Br Damian from AU, Sr Savi, Sr Pam, Sr Tanya Sr Nora, Sr Debbie and Br David from Canada, and Br Erik, Sr Madhavi and Sr Mary from USA.  The team was showered with royal hospitality from the Toronto BK family.  Both the Toronto family and the visitors felt blessed by Baba and drama to have participated in this important event, and all look forward to an even fuller participation in the next Parliament in 2 or 3 years.

 

Please see full report with pictures here.

 

 

 

In Photos and Videos: Diwali Celebrations in Milpitas, Silicon Valley California

20 November 2018

Dear Divine BK Family,

 

Greetings of Diwali.

 

Here are the Photos and Videos.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/TVipJACgTek

Dance Performance(Dhin Tana Song) by BK Sania and BK Aditi

Candle lighting ceremony by Distinguished guests and Sr.Kusum

Video Link: https://youtu.be/JLnll3pERZc

Talk by Sr.Kusum on "Creating a Life Style with Divinity"

Video Link: https://youtu.be/2A0zXKjT9OQ

Happy Diwali Song by BK Brothers and Sisters

Video Link: https://youtu.be/iSBo7eXBx5U

Cultural event by BK Punjabi Group

Audience enjoying the BK Diwali event. Over 400 souls attended the event.

Dinner prepared by BK Silicon Valley family

 

 

 

 

Diwali Greetings and News from Washington, DC

16 November 2018

To Our Global Family,

 

A very warm and special Om Shanti from the Washington DC family. Every Diwali always seems like the most special one. Yet, this Diwali has many of us celebrating the great fortune that Baba found each and every one of us to be His special instruments of Love, Peace, and Happiness. These times are signalling us what Baba has been preparing us for, to be the Light in our world.

 

So, may these unique times be yours to always cherish the fortune offered by Drama, Baba, the Family, and Friends. It is our pure wish that our feelings of pure love and happiness, spread far and wide, similar to what Baba continues to share with us every single moment. Our words could never express what He has meant for us. And, what it has meant having a global family generating such light in all four corners of the world.

 

So to each and everyone, a very auspicious and powerful Diwali greeting filled with so much love and happiness .

 

Warm Wishes and Love, 
Sister Jenna, Gita, Bubli, Br. David, Santosh and all from the Washington DC Family. 


P.S. Enjoy our simple Diwali event for Friends CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Inauguration of the Newly-Renovated Toronto Center & Diwali Celebrations with Sister Mohini in October

9 November 2018

Download full report here.

 

 

Diwali Greetings from Sr. BK Chandru and San Francisco Family

9 November 2018

 

 

Diwali Greetings from Sr Mohini - New York

9 November 2018

 

 

 

Peace Village - God's Love & Story of Yagya - Celebration with Mohini bhen and Jayanti bhen

9 November 2018

 

An amazing gathering of the USA and Canada family came together at Peace Village from September 27-30, emerging and sharing an Ocean of God’s Love and Divinity. The theme was “Experiencing God’s Love: the Story of the Yagya” as we joyously celebrated Mohiniben’s 60 Years and Jayantiben’s 50 Years with Baba, 40 Years of the Brahma Kumaris Serving in North America, Baba’s Yagya and creation, and the joy of each one moving closer to their unique stage of completion and perfection.

 

Mohiniben and Jayantiben were grandly welcomed to Inspiration Hall

 

 

The hall sparkled with many celebrating anniversaries with Baba and in service. We all created a very powerful and love-filled atmosphere together.

 

Click here for detailed report with photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service at World Hindu Congress 2018 in Chicago

9 November 2018

Om Shanti,

 

BK Sister Ranjan of Dallas, along with other sisters, attended the 2nd World Hindu Congress at Chicago by invitation. Below is the Peace News video link (Hindi only).

 

https://goo.gl/hnRbdx

 

 

 

News from Washington DC Since Sr Jenna's Return from Madhuban

2 November 2018

*Today is Global Oneness Day CLICK HERE..I would love for you to share or join in https://vg165.isrefer.com/go/g1d2018/a1511 

 

*Tomorrow, we will host the Spirit Film Festival and if you haven't seen these short films, you must. There is one solely on the power of Silence and Drishti. Can you believe it! CLICK HERE https://madmimi.com/p/193e1d 

 

*Last Sunday was my first time with the family after being way for three weeks, and how absolutely special that was. They are so special. 

 

*I do wish to recommend if you can, add a Work Place Session program on your website and for your area if you do not have one already. II believe it has a lot of potential for service.  See here https://www.meditationmuseum.org/work-place-sessions.html Since we posted a few months ago and with no enrgey other than posting the page that we are available for workplace sessions, I am please to share that we have received over 10 invitations to businesses. Last week alone we hosted Marriott Sales Staff at the Museum and National Association for Black Accountants was held at the National Press Club. There are also many others planned.  CLICK https://www.facebook.com/MeditationMuseum/ 

 

*Desert Rose from South Africa, the BK musicians performed at the Museum while I was away. They were guests of Alice Walker who will be on the radio show. Andy Shalall who owns Bus Boys Poets where they performed is a close contact here too, so it was very much like a family experience as shared by Antonia. I did get a chance to host them for lunch the day after I returned from Madhuban and we had a wonderful time. 

 

*Antonia attended Snatam Kuar, singer and songwriter concert. She emailed us two months ago that she was leaving our names at the door.  I was to also attend, but I just could not stay awake for that after coming back from Madhuban only three days upon my return! She did send a lovely gift though. 

 

*The souls from America Meditating Retreat held a ZOOM feedback call a few days ago and they shared their joys and challenges being back after being in Madhuban. Imagine, where we have taken these souls. To the core of the Brahma Kumaris, Madhuban. Meeting with Dadis, seniors, Brahmins, and exposing them to the service of Baba's world. Wonderful drama. They even shared the stark difference of being in Peace Village versus Madhuban. It's quite a wonderful unfolding story isn't? There is talk about hosting a regular call and they are now receiving Baba's Blessing and slogan daily. We are now thinking of hosting another retreat for next year in Africa, Malaysia, or Australia. It's a thought.  CLICK HERE https://1drv.ms/f/s!Asf5Fd6pB6qxtSJZ9BZYNVnvZ6MI

 

*The center spread in the Washington Post has brought quite a number of new souls to the Museums. So, it has been moving well. Br. David has been quite creative designing new signs for the place. And, he has done a fantastic job with redoing the Museums where the stage in concerned. Beautiful. Click here https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/meditation-museum-communing-with-the-divine-in-silver-spring/2018/10/11/4bbeb196-c5fd-11e8-9b1c-a90f1daae309_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6b536b4238bf 

 

I could go on, on, but I simply wanted to check in and offer a little update.  

 

Love,

Jenna 

 

My favorite pictures!

Senior Journalist and Actress, Rolonda Watts...very powerful soul. 

Shashi meeting with Marla Maples

America Meditating Alumnis

Meeting Santosh Didi

Special Event at the Hospital

Meeting Jayanti bhen

Their first Bus Ride

A little bird flew into the Museum a few days! Highlight!

Desert Rose

The big DAY with Dadi

She took so much!

Pandav Bhawan

Feeling close in Shashibhen Room and Thanking her for all the wonderful accommodations!

Okay, the BK Spiritual FOB (Friends of BK's)

 

 

 

Brahma Kumari's Florida Service News - October 2018

2 November 2018

Miami

 

Workshop on Leading a Life of Purpose

 

Oct 13: Meredith and Meeta facilitated a workshop on "Leading a life of purpose"to explore how our lives are so often taken up by routine responsibilities and activities and how meditation and spirituality can help us move towards lives of deeper meaning and fulfillment. Through journaling and reflective meditations the group reflected and expressed their inner thoughts. There was some resounding expression in the form of frustration and even desperation of how 'even after working on several accomplishments in life there is this question of #WhatNext and an inner search for seeking of a greater/ fulfilling purpose'. Most of the participants expressed how they appreciate the opportunity to explore meditation and they look forward to adding more spirituality in their daily lives....click here for the service report with photos.

 

 

 

 

 

BKs participate in Mahatma Gandhiji's 149th Birthday Celebrations in Houston, Texas

2 November 2018

Dear Divine Family,

 

Om Shanti and greetings love.  Brahma Kumaris in Texas joined the Consulate General of India and the Mahatma Gandhi Library for a 1000 Lights of Peace program in celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 149th birthday.

 

BK Dr Hansa Raval shared her personal experience of putting a garland on Gandhiji when she was a little girl, and in return Gandhiji put the garland back on her.  Dr. Hansaben attributed Gandhiji’s success to his vows of chastity and renunciation, his belief that God is Truth, and especially the support and strength he received from his wife Kasturba.  Dr. Hansaben emphasized Katurba’s role as an equal partner in India’s independence movement, as she spent many years in jail, solitary confinement and hard labor camp.  Kasturba left the body while she was under house arrest.

 

United States Congressman Al Green (Texas) in his remarks said Mahatma Gandhi was the torchbearer before Nelson Mandela in South Africa and Martin Luther King in the USA. Gandhi gave the world the paradigm of peace without force and today the world needs a Mahatma Gandhi, Green said.

 

India’s consul-general in Houston, Dr. Anupam Ray, in his address pointed out that Gandhi was a luminous character and he lived among us today, as evidenced by the large gathering at the event.

 

The event ended with a beautiful candle lighting ceremony.

 

Please see pictures at link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/76zpjkva7fsddng/AACeqqvJnmh5PGMYOrRYvO-Na?dl=0

 

Much love in BapDada’s yaad,

Brahma Kumaris Texas divine family

 

 

 

 

Happy Diwali from Peace Village: 5 Minute Smilebox Presentation "The Living Lamps of Diwali"

31 October 2018

 

 

Inauguration of Toronto center by Sister Mohini on Saturday, October 27th

21 October 2018

 

Flyer in PDF format

 

 

News of Madhuban Visit by BKs from Washington DC

18 October 2018

Om Shanti to our Dear Family,

Greetings of love. Sister Gita, myself, Princess, and Rashmi are back. Thomas returns today and Aoy went back to Thailand. All of them offered so much of themselves to the AM retreat in Madhuban and they received a lot of love and happiness from the family.

It was a wonderful trip and the best part was keeping you all updated on the Whatsapp and getting such positive and beautiful feedback! Yes, it did transport everyone to feel like they were right there. This was my first time using the whatsapp for this purpose and it came in so handy to keep up with the 25 celebrities! We will continue to keep you all updated on all the events and queries since it has been so successful. From the Global Hospital, to Solar Plant, to Dadi's, Outings and filming a Documovie while there, it was a complete trip for everyone. Hyderabad was full of activities too and I along with many there enjoyed ourselves thoroughly . I danced a lot too! The global summit in Shantivan was grand and the best they said they ever had. They keep getting better. Our guest speakers were brilliant and Baba worked wonders through them.

Please see the Meditation Museum FaceBook to get news on the activities in Madhuban and Hyderabad.

Also, congrats to the angels that showed this Washington Post reporter a nice visit of Baba's Museum. 
We made center spread. CLICK HERE https://goo.gl/2dFkSA

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - September 2018

14 October 2018

Meditation sessions resume at two Miami libraries after the summer break

Sept 7: Meditation sessions resumed after summer at both - Miami Lakes library and Kendale Lakes library. 'The Miami Laker' - local communictyh newsletter has been instrumental in reaching out to many locals in the community. Each week there have been new participants joining these weekly meditation sessions and have expressed how delighted they are to find meditation sessions in their neighborhood and appreciate how these sessions are not physical yoga but more to with the mind and empowering of thinking.

 

The Finale of Omshanti Conversations

Sept 16 & Sept 23: Two Om Shanti conversations on the topic of "The Pleasure of Peace" (Sept 16) and "El Gozo de La Paz" (Sept 23) were held in English & Spanish respectively at the Miami meditation center. These mark the finale conversations in the Om Shanti Conversation series which is dedicated to the experience of Peace as the foundation of our human experience and these conversations are also part of celebrations of 40 plus years of Brahma Kumaris presence and service in the USA.

 

These conversations provided a beautiful opportunity of engaging the attendees in a reflective dialogue that allowed each one to engage in active listening without judgment and how there was an atmosphere of acceptance where individuals expressed their point of view and benefited from insights and healing.

 

Click here for detailed report with rest of the photos.

 

 

 

News from Jayanti bhen from New Jersey 25th September - Including Link to Audio Recordings of the Sessions

11 October 2018

On Monday morning, before leaving for New York City, I was able to meet with all the Peace Village residents and sevadharis. It's amazing the service that they have done over the past week and already they are preparing for a huge gathering of Brahmins from all around the US next weekend to celebrate 40 Years of US Service. 

 

In the afternoon we drove to the Manhattan Centre on Fifth Avenue where there was a gathering of 60 murli students. I shared on the topic of 'A karma yogi life and the effort for the present time at the confluence age' and then there was Brahma Bhojan for all.  Then straight after that, there was a 'virtual public event' via webcast with a gathering of 50 people at the Meditation Museum, Washington. Sister Jenna asked very good questions on the topic 'Trust in a Changing World'. About 25 people stayed back in Manhattan to listen in to the Washington virtual event and there was Brahma Bhojan for all. Sisters Judy, Reena (New Jersey), Rachel and myself then left for Edison, New Jersey.

 

Murli class on Tuesday, was in nearby Piscataway with 70 students. Later this morning there I was interviewed on TV Asia and this was broadcast live and will be repeated later on the same channel. Introducing the interview, the Chairman and CEO of TV Asia, H.R. Shah, spoke very warmly in support of the Brahma Kumaris. Vikas Nangia, the interviewer, asked good questions on the topic of From Stress to Stillness, and there were also questions from the studio audience of about 50 people, mainly BKs.

 

This evening there was a public programme with Mohiniben and myself in a beautiful hotel in Somerset, New Jersey. There was a special reception for the local Mayor and other dignitaries before the event, when Sister Judy and I had a brief conversation together on the topic of Inner Peace and Inspired Action. The main programme then followed, with the title: 'Relation-Ships and Smooth Sailing'. There were about 450 people present - in spite of very heavy rain here today.

 

Tomorrow early we leave for New York again, where there are two programmes at the UN.

 

 

BKs "Peace Halifax" a Great Success

11 October 2018

Dearest Double Diamonds of the Canadian Rosary,

 

Images are to come of the remarkable event that transpired on September 22: the 3rd Annual Peace Halifax. For now, please enjoy this note expressing appreciation, as it includes a very cool video!

PEACE HALIFAX 2018 was a great success this year. Much thanks to...

  • All the Halifax Central Public Library staff and volunteers for their spirit of collaboration and tireless cooperation
  • Mayor Mike Savage for his constant support and shared vision
  • Mrs. Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, for her eloquent and inspiring words on peace and unity (view video here!)
  • the Brahma Kumaris Students who dedicated hours over the past year preparing for this one-of-a-kind event
  • the entire community of Halifax, who demonstrate every day the power of living peacefully

 

Until next year!

 

 

Sister Jayanti Gives News of Her visit to New York and Time at Peace Village

8 October 2018

On Wednesday 26th September there was a dialogue at the UN, convened by the Chief of UNFPA (United Nations Populations Fund) Luis Mora on the topic: Defining transformation within the Sustainable Development Agenda. He was keen to explore how we actually define transformation - one of the key desired outcomes of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. I was asked to speak about the spiritual dimensions of transformation and there were three other speakers: one with his own investment company, who has been to Peace Village, who talked about conscious/sustainable investment; another who focused on young people and transformation and another from an organisation affiliated with the Art of Living who spoke about their service projects in areas of conflict. There were 45 people around the table, among them quite a few friends, some of whom had been with us for Call of the Time the previous weekend.  Later in the afternoon, we had a very sweet, intimate gathering of 20 or so at our UN office for 'trustees' and friends of the BKs. The sharing was mainly on the topic of non- violence, which is coming up on 2nd October, and also on what it is to be a trustee. 

 

We stayed at Harmony House that night and Thursday morning there was a large gathering for bhog and Murli and some sharing. I was able to meet with a small group of the center residents for an hour at midday. Then later that afternoon we left for the prestigious Harvard Club on Fifth Avenue for a private programme organised by a close friend. He learned the basics of Raja Yoga meditation early in his life and has been using it ever since and he wanted his friends to know about and experience it too. About 80 people came and I gave a simple introduction to meditation, interspersed with short commentaries. They were really attentive and interested to know more and asked excellent, very practical questions. 

 

After the programme, we headed back to Peace Village where already 450 BKs from all over the US were gathered for a very special celebration of 40 years service in the US, with more to come. The theme for the weekend is: Experiencing God's Love - the Story of the Yagya.

 

Friday, 28th September

It really is an amazing gathering of the US and Canada family here in Peace Village, and more are arriving here all the time. Of course, not all are able to be here - though many are watching the proceedings via webcast. 

 

We had Murli and class in the Inspiration Hall. Baba spoke about how we need to be fearless and be a benefactor - and of course 'experiencing God's love' - which is the overarching theme of the weekend, is the way to make that happen. The morning session started with a touching re-enactment of a scene from the start of the Yayga: kumaris sitting in a semi-circle preparing seeds, chanting 'OM'. This followed by an excerpt from an Avyakt Murli on the Power of Transformation. Mohiniben and I were then asked by Eric and Erik about our early memories and experiences of each other on our spiritual journey with Baba. It was interesting how we both remembered different scenes, but also how old memories returned while we were sharing. Sister Waddy then asked Mohiniben and me to talk about how Didi Manmohini and Dadi Janki had experienced Baba's love and how they had shared that with us. In the evening there was a very beautiful meditation experience, in which Mohiniben and myself were invited to speak about experiencing the depths of God's love as a meditation commentary/dialogue, interspersed with silence and music. We all created a very powerful and love-filled atmosphere together.

 

After heavy rain Thursday night/early Friday morning, the skies cleared completely and it became a beautiful autumn day and so many were able to take their meals outside and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

 

Saturday & Sunday, 29th/30th September

There were 600 BK students in Inspiriation Hall on Saturday morning 29th by the time we started the morning programme. Some very lovely photos of Mohiniben with Baba, the Dadis and the family were shown and also some of myself over the years. Julia and Carol then read out six blessings from a book of blessings for Mohiniben and myself coming from the North America and Canada family. We were then welcomed on stage by our two MCs Erik and Eric, and each presented with a book of blessings and various beautiful gifts were presented from the New York, Guyana, Canada and other families.

 

Mohiniben offered bhog and then shared a bhog message from Baba for the gathering in which Baba spoke of three things: samarpand (surrender), swaha (sacrifice to the yagya) and safalta (using everything in a worthwhile way). Mohiniben also spoke about the expansion of service in North America, with memories shared a bhog message from Baba  the early days of Canada, New York and the Caribbean. I thanked Baba and the family for all the love and support that had been shared. Gifts, toli and blessings were then given to all and Brahma bhojan was enjoyed outside in the grounds.

 

In the evening, I was asked to share on the theme of 'perfection and completion', after which we all went outside to the pond, where there was a very special candlelight meditation, with everyone holding (battery powered) candles walking around the pond and real candles were ignited and set to float in the pond. It was a beautiful scene and a perfect close to a memorable day. 

 

Some had to return to their various places on Saturday afternoon and evening and so we were already fewer in number for class on Sunday. After murli and revision, an excellent slideshow highlighting special moments over weekend was shown and after that a few shared their experiences and feelings of the weekend. I had a chance to meet various groups in the morning and then early afternoon left for the airport and back to London.

 

Dear respected and loving sisters and brothers from the Brahmin family in the USA and Canada,

 

Greetings of love.  It was wonderful to have you at Peace Village for the 40th anniversary celebration.  It was a beautiful collective celebration from the first welcome to launching the candles onto the pond and the final garba raz.

 

Having Sister Jayanti with us was very meaningful as she has been so important to the seeds of service in the West, including in the US.  And having so many of you from the US and Canada reminded us of how far we’ve come from those early days 40+ years ago.

 

Here are some keepsakes from the weekend.  You will find the recordings from the sessions at https://app.box.com/s/n5hxybcf2ilcvw0jappcbtr5i2m7vedz .

 

With Love,

 

Sister Mohini & Sister Kala

 

 

 

Video links: Sr.Usha at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago + Sr.Shivani in USA in June

16 September 2018

Ushaben at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago,  Sept 08, 2018

 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=255787548604086&id=1426344794275951

                                                                                                                                 

Sister BK Shivani  USA tour 

 

Awakening Love & Forgiveness - BK Shivani (North Bay Area) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnLU5mt5GJ0&t=3263s

 

Awakening Inner Peace and Power- BK Shivani  (english translation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTi2OLd2PcU&t=59s

 

Inner Peace - Inner Power by Sister Shivani  - Chicago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yg-0fE_GPA

 

CISCO

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1911620742215304&id=748972768480113

 

40 years of USA service at Anubhuti Retreat Center - June 16th 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8mZicA8gWo

    

Essence of some of Sister Shivani's talks held during her tour of USA in June (click here to download a pdf).

 

 

 

 

Special Rakhi Ceremony Held at the Spiritual Life Center - Unity - New Thought Church, in Sacremento, California

16 September 2018

Dear Global Family, Godly greetings.

 

A special Rakhi ceremony was held at the Spiritual Life Center -Unity -New Thought Church inSacramento.

 

The message of Rakshabandhan was  shared with it's universal meaning of protecting oursleves with God's blessings and preparing oursleves for upcoming uncertain times. It was very well received by all Church members.

 

Brother Vinod conducted meditation at the begining of the church service.

 

300 mainstream church members tied rakhi.

 

Here are some  pictures of the Rakhi ceremony and the joyful gathering of church members in Church's courtyard.

 

 

 

In Photos: Rakhi Ceremony in Unity Church at Roseville California (near Sacremento)

15 September 2018

Dear Global Family 

Godly greetings of Rakshabandhan 

 

BK s invited by Unity New Thought Church of Roseville California .

Unity churches are very open minded and welcoming for Eastern philosophy.

Sister Hansa with Rev.Mary -Spiritual Leader of church  sharing Blessings of Rakhi .

Sister Hansa -inspiration talk -Meditation -Making Mind Best Friend

Sister Hansa and  Carmen are with Rev.Mary And  Brother Gopal -  Professor of Nutrition at University of Davis California  And every active community leader Roseville California

 

Sister Hansa -inspirational talk -Meditation- Make My mind My Best Friend

Sister Carmen tieing Rakhi to Rev.Mary -spiritual Leader of Unity of Roseville 

Sister Hansa Meeting Church memebers 

Every one is singing PeaceSong ,in the end of the  Church  service Celebration ..

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - August 2018

15 September 2018

 

Miami

 

Bhog offering at the center for Sham bhai

 

Aug 23: Br. Sham K Vaswani peacefully left the body surrounded by his lokik and alokik family on 16th Aug and his funeral was held on Aug 23. He was born in Hyderabad Sindh to Kishinchand and Devi Vaswani (in 1937) and married to Heroo S. Vaswani (1962) in Mumbai, India. He was a self-made businessman and survived by his wife Heroo S. Vaswani, Sons Rajesh and Vijay, Daughter In Law Jaya, and Grandchildren Monica, Rishaan and Sonali.

 

Bhog was offered at the Miami center which was attended by his immediate family and BK classmates. Sham bhai and his family have played a very beautiful role in the early days (1975) of services in the USA with the registration of the institution (while they were in San Antonia - Texas) and also very special role in starting of services in Miami. Sham bhai is fondly remembered by all for his gentle nature and loving presence. Via a telephone call, Mohini bhen (from New York) also spoke with the family and remembered Sham bhai & family and their special unique contributions to the yagya. Click here for audio of sharing by Mohini bhen.

 

Amar in Peace Village for Spanish Retreat :

Aug 16 - 19: Amar joined the facilitating team for a retreat in Spanish on " Paz Y Poder Interior " i.e. Inner Peace & Inner Power. It was a lovely experience where the participants left with an understanding of being aware of the inner potential and tapping into inner peace.

 

Workshop on Cherishing Relationships:

 

Aug 18: Meeta and Tej co-facilitated a workshop on Cherishing Relationships and explored how spiritual wisdom provides the understanding and tools to re-direct our energies and make our relationships more meaningful and fullfilling.......click here for the remainder of the report with more photos.

 

 

 

 

BKs from Milipitas, California participate in 10th Annual ICC Sevathon (Walk/Run Race)

15 September 2018

Omshanti and Greetings of Peace from BK Milpitas, USA

 

Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley had participated at 10th ICC Sevathon (Walk/Run race in Bay Area, California by India Community Center In collaboration with 80+ Non Profit Organizations). There were close to 5,000 people participated in the Race. This is one of the biggest "A Cause of Causes" event held in Silicon Valley.   

 

BK Silicon Valley members participated in the Race and had a booth too.

 

Here are few pictures from the event.

BK Silicon Valley Group Booth at ICC Sevathon.

Sr.Kusum with BK Silicon Valley Group at the Booth

BK Silicon Valley Group Water Station for Runners

Runners  at ICC Sevathon Race.

Sr.Kusum @ BK Silicon Valley Group Booth explaining about benefits of Rajyoga Meditation

 

 

 

"The Relevance of Energy, Power and Strength in Physical and Spiritual Worlds" Discussed at the Manhattan, NY USA center with Motivational Speaker Ms Shital Mahajan

15 September 2018

On Monday, August 20, about 30 contacts attended a dialogue program with Ms Shital Mahajan and Madhavi Patale at the Brahma Kumaris Manhattan center, New York. The topic for the evening was 'The Relevance of Energy, Power and Strength in Physical and Spiritual Worlds'.

 

Ms Shital Mahajan is a PadmaShri Awardee 2011, Indian Extreme Sportsperson, SkyDiver, Motivational Speaker. She holds 6 World Records and 19 National Records in Skydiving sport.

 

In the dialogue, Ms Shital Mahajan emphasized on 'facing fears'. She said "I choose to face my fears and no longer run away from it. Nothing can be changed until it is faced". She also shared about how she uses her inner energy and power to be free from unwanted thoughts, any baggage of guilt and channel her focus on goals.

 

It was a great moment to have Ms Shital at the Brahma Kumaris Manhattan center. She was indeed moved by the pure and serene vibrations of the Manhattan center.  Since it was also the time of Raksha Bandhan, Sister Rona tied a Rakhi on Ms Shital.

 

 

 

 

BKs in Milipitas (Silicon Valley California) Participate in the Festival of Global Parade 2018

15 September 2018

Omshanti and Greetings of Peace from BK Milpitas, USA

 

Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley had participated at Festival of Globe Parade (Indian Independence Day Celebrations in Bay Area, California by Federation of Indian Associations). There were close to 10,000 people had participated in the two day Mela and Parade.  This years Grand Marshals were Actors Manoj Tiwari, Tushaar Kapoor and Tanisha Mukarjee. 

 

Om Shanti,

Sr Kusum

 

Below are few pictures from the event

BK Silicon Valley Group with Baba's Flags and Banner

BK Silicon Valley Group Led by Sr.Kusum

IndTV Channel Interviewing Sr.Kusum

BK Silicon Valley Group with Baba's Flags and Banner

Sr.Kusum with FIA/FOG President Dr.Romesh Japra

BK Silicon Valley Group @ End of the Parade

 

 

 

Happy Raksha Bandhan Remembrances & Services Updates from Washington DC

14 September 2018

Today we celebrate a double auspicious day. Dadi Prakashmani's day and Raksha Bandhan. We wish to thank everyone who came out for the Bhatti today from 7am-12noon. And, it was powerful, ideal, filled with the fragrant quality of Dadi, symbolizing a true tieing of our sacred promise to Baba and the self.

 

There have been so many scenes emerging on a daily basis within the month and we trust that you all are appreciating that your every donation of pure wish, good feelings and being present is a very big part of all the magical emergence. In simple bullet form I invite you to celebrate:

 

1) Rakki by Sisters from Madhuban -Events at Malathi, UshaBhen, Krishnabhai, and other spaces were all very beautiful.


2) Sisters from Dadi's Cottage in Shantivan stopped in for a special glimpse of Dadi's Tree, White House, and Baba's Museums which they loved.

 
3) We have been enjoying visiting families and having some sneh milans, Sr. Myrna, Gita, Satish Family, Geet and Sameer, Dr, Smita, and more planned ahead. 


4) AM Retreat will host 25 celebrity guests in India and it's quite special to see these souls end up in Baba's big and unlimited yagya filled with such zeal and enthusiasm to attend the 5th AM Retreat! Amazing, isn't? 


5) The trip to California was fruitful and to Miami nurturing. 


6) Sr GIta has been doing much better and really revealing Baba. Her Cooking for Peace cookbook is ready and is now being editing and awaiting pictures only. 


7) AM radio has been hosting powerful guests and we hope you are following to just keep up


8) The talks at the Meditation Museum have been very well and the Raja Yoga Course in Tyson has gathered some sincere seekers and it has been refreshing to observe. 


9) Finding Common Ground with Shift Network went very well. And Vision 2020 is approaching with some credible voices that wish to see an inclusive America. 


10)Conscious Good Media has launched Sister Jayanti and is being featured and it has already been seen by many key leaders and the reviews have been exceptional! It has been a delight. 


11) AMAZING NEWS! WORKPLACE SESSIONS ARE A BIG HIT. THEY KEEP CALLING US TO OFFER SESSIONS. SEE WEBSITE.

 

We hope you have sent in your information for the retreat in PV for Sister Jayanti. We will also have her here in DC on Sept 24th. The hall is already half full. Sister Jenna will be away in Madhuban between Sept 26-Oct. 14. So she will not be at the 40th year retreat. However, I wish that each and everyone of you will be able to take maximum benefit..

 

Accha, see you all tomorrow. So much more, but let's hope you are keeping up on the Facebook and Twitter..

 

In Baba's Yad, 
BK Jenna

 

See more service photos by clicking on the above image.

 

 

 

 

Visit of Madhuban Brothers Mohinder and Vivek to Vancouver, Canada

9 September 2018

Warm Greetings Dear Divine Brothers and Sisters,

 

The Vancouver Centre of the Canada Family had the great pleasure to enjoy the presence of two jewels from Madhuban: Br Mohinder and Br Vivek. Please see attached report for details.

 

IBY

Sr Judi

 

Download Report here.

 

 

 

Sister Sheilu's Visit to Dallas on 15 July

9 Septebmber 2018

Sr. Shielu’s (Madhuban, Mt. Abu) visit to Dallas in the month of July was very joyful and memorable.

 

Dallas center – During her public talk at the Dallas center on “The Beauty of Karma”, BK’s and a large crowd welcomed her. In this talk, she explained the different aspects of Karma, how it all starts in one’s mind, and its relevance to past accounts.

 

Dallas Retreat Place (Tapasya Dham) – We had the fortune of having Sheilubehn’s program for brahmins at our retreat place. Sr. Ranjan (Dallas Center and Retreat Place Coordinator), on behalf of the whole class, involved her in a very interesting interview. With her deep insight, Sister Sheilu answered questions on how to make fast effort, some secrets of knowledge and the key solution to all problems being the remembrance of the one Supreme Father. 

 

In a very brief morning session, she also shared the significance of maintaining zeal and enthusiasm in Brahmin life and that just like without breath the body dies- without zeal and enthusiasm a soul dies. Sheilubehn liked the

retreat place very much and enjoyed her stay overnight.

 

Though this was a short visit, we duly appreciate and thank Sheilubehn for coming and enlightening us. We also thank Sr. Ranjan for her sincere efforts and dedication in arranging these events as they have brought benefit for all souls living near and far in other states.

 

In Baba’s Yaad

Dallas Family

 

Dallas, Texas, USA. Sheluben's talk for Public "Beauty of Karma". In the picture, Sheiluben, center coordinator sister Ranjan with some attendees. 

'Tapasya Dham', Dallas retreat center, Texas, USA. Brahmin attendees during the retreat with Sheiluben and center coordinator sister Ranjan.

'Tapasya Dham', Dallas retreat center, Texas, USA. Sheliuben with some Brahmins after the retreat during the farewell.

 

 

 

BK Participation in the Waves 2018 Conference in Dallas, Texas, USA

9 September 2018

The 13th International Conference of the World Association for Vedic Studies took place in Brookhaven college nearby the BK center in Dallas, Texas. Professors of physics, quantum mechanics, and scholars from different faculties presented and attended the conference.

 

Sister Ranjan, Dallas center coordinator in USA Texas had the opportunity to invite to the center the speakers, scholars, sanyasis, professors of Vedic studies from all over the world including USA and Texas. 

 

During this welcome reception for networking, each one of them was welcomed with flowers and had delicious Brahma Bhojan. They all enjoyed the dinner, hospitality, and atmosphere of the center. They appreciated the uplifting vibrations and considered this as an auspicious beginning of the conference. 

 

The well-renowned professor Ved P. Nanda, Dr. David Frawley (Vamdev Shastri), Dr. Jefferey Armstrong, prof. Narayan Komerath, Shashi Kejriwal etc. were the key-note speakers at the conference with Sister Ranjan at the conference. 

 

During the conference, we celebrated Rakshabandhan. Sister Ranjan tied Rakhi to each delegate with toli and blessing. Everyone was very happy and enlightened knowing the importance and meaning of Rakshabandhan.

 

In Baba’s yaad,

Dallas family

 

 

 

Conscious Good Media Distributing Essential Spirituality Videos

9 September 2018

Never Before Seen, Inspiring Videos on Conscious Good Network

 

Dear Friends. We are pleased to share Conscious Good Media a platform of great integrity and vision has launched our wonderful Sister Jayanti's #EssentialSpirituality videos. You will gain insights and tools on best life solutions. These 3-5 minute videos focus on bullying, personal change, dealing with relationships, and why meditation is important in these times!

 

CLICK HERE NOW

 

Let us know what you think! We are so excited, plus Sister Jayanti will be with us September 24 at the Meditation Museum as she shares wisdom on Trust in a Changing World.

 

Here is wishing you so much goodness.

 

Love, 
Sister Jenna

 

 

 

Greetings of Raksha Bandhan from Los Angeles

27 August 2018

 

 

 

Raksha Bandhan Greetings from Sister Chandru and the BK Families of San Fransisco and Anubhuti

27 August 2018

Raksha Bandhan Greetings

 

The auspicious Rakhi ties us souls in spiritual brotherly love with each other and

our Supremely Beloved Baba.

 

This pure bond protects the self and gives strength to cultivate virtues in our relationships.

 

Wishing you an Elevated Stage, Constant Remembrance and an Angelic Presence as you tie this sacred thread.

 

 

Best Wishes,

Sis Chandru

San Francisco & Anubhuti family

 

 

 

Milipitas USA BKs participate in day long India Independence Day Celebrations

27 August 2018

Omshanti and Greetings of Peace from BK Milpitas, USA

 

Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley had participated at SWADES Mela (

Indian Independence Day Celebrations in Bay Area, California by Association of Indo Americans). There were close to 20,000 people had participated in the day long mela and the event had a musical concert by Musician Bappi Lahiri with his entire musical troop.  

 

Below are few pictures from the event.

 

Om Shanti

Sr Kusum

 

Musician Bappi Lahiri being felicitated by Venkatesan Ashok, Consulate General of India, San Francisco on behalf of AIA (Association of Indo Americans).  Dignitaries on Stage include Consul General Venkatesan Ashok, Assembly member Kansen Chu and Ash Kalra, CA Senator Bob Wiecowski, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul, BK Kusum, Milpitas Mayor Tran, Cupertino Council Member Savita Vaidyanathan, Fremont Council Member Raj Salwan and Santa Clara and San Jose Sheriff chiefs

Sister Kusum of Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley with Venkatesan Ashok in the Motor Parade

Sister Kusum of Brahma Kumaris Silicon Valley Addressing the gathering

Sister Kusum with Prominent Bay Area Elected officials

Crowd enjoying the musical concert and rides

 

 

 

Celebrating 'Kumars Day' with Sr Mohini and Sr Sheilu at Peace Village during NY BK Retreat

27 August 2018

Om Shanti,

 

Sister Sheilu, our beloved sister from Global Office in Madhuban, was invited as a special guest for the first  NYC area retreat for teachers and students from Global Harmony House, Long Island, as well as other surrounding areas including Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.

 

It was a full house at Peace Village Retreat Center, Haines falls, from Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29.  

 

Sr Mohini inspired the theme:  "Life Of Blessings:  Receiving & Giving Blessings. Srs Anjani, Carmen, Sandhya, and Sr Kala from Peace Village facilitated this powerful and loving program.

 

Having met Brahma Baba at the early age of 12, Sheilubhen quickly surrendered and became instrumental for assisting with service in Bharat and foreign lands due to as her excellent command of the English language, blessings received from Brahma Baba and BapDada and her desire to give benefit to the world.

 

Photos of this Life of Blessings Retreat can be seen in the below Godlywood Peace News video at 22:48 minutes. There is additional India, Global and USA service news on this video as well. However, narration of the video is in Hindi only. Click on the video image to play.

 

 

 

 

 

Choose, Change and Become Celebrates its 10th Annual Retreat in Peace Village

25 August 2018

From August 10 - 12, Choose, Change and Become for young adults (ages 18 - 35) held its10th annual retreat at Peace Village. The topic of the retreat for this year was ZERO and HERO- Living Inside Out.  

 

It was a good retreat with rich conversations, reflections, panel discussion, creative activities and much more!

 

Madhavi

 

 

 

Royal Inauguration of New Center in Ottawa, Capitol of Canada

12 August 2018

 

 

 

Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - July 2018

12 August 2018

Grillin' and Chillin'

July 4: Food... Music... Dance... & Smiles... everywhere..

 

July 4: Independence Day was a lovely occasion to come together for "Grillin & Chillin" and like most celebrations in Miami the combination of food, music and dancing was a reflection of overflowing love and lightness. For glimpses of the fun and laughter from the celebrations click here.

 

Spanish Workshop on “Re-aprendiendo el ciclo de Amar, Perdonar y Soltar”

Taller en espanol facilitated by Rosa & Marjorie

 

July 14 : About 30 souls enjoyed this workshop on Relearning The Cycle of Loving, Forgiving and Letting Go. Marjorie and Rosa, as Baba’s facilitators, helped the group understand the choices we have in life and the right we have to happiness, and of how to empower the self with the Supreme Soul’s company.

 

Click here for full report with more photos.

 

 

 

BK Family Retreat with Sr Mohini & Sr Sheilu at Peace Village

7 August 2018

Celebrating  ' Kumars Day' with Sr Mohini and  Sr Sheilu with cake cutting and blessings.

 

Om Shanti,

 

Sister Sheilu, our beloved sister from Global Office in Madhuban, was invited special guest for the first  NYC area retreat for teachers and students from Global Harmony House, Long Island, as well as other surrounding areas including Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan

It was a full house at Peace Village Retreat Center, Haines falls, from Friday, July 27 through Sunday July 29.  

More photos of this retreat program to follow shortly, 

 

Sr Mohini  inspired the theme:  "Life Of Blessings:  Receiving & Giving Blessings. Srs Anjani, Carmen, Sandya and Sr Kala from Peace Village facilitated this powerful and loving program.

 

Having met Brahma Baba at the early age of 12, Sheilubhen quickly surrendered and became instrument for assisting with service in Bharat and foreign service due to as her excellent command of the English language, blessings received from Brahma Baba and BapDada and her desire to give benefit to the world.. 

 

Sr Sheilu: "This is a most wonderful family that gives blessings.  We are all blessed children of God.  We have received and we give so many blessings. Only the one who is full and fully satisfied can give blessings."  

 

Baba asked Sheilu bhen " Which Ganges are you?  Yes, you are gyan ganga, but also the Ganges for the whole world. The whole world will come to you."  And this proved true as being based for many years in the BK headquarter in Mt Abu, as centers opened up outside of Bharat, all these students and teachers realized the importance of coming to Madhuban. 

 

Sheilu being expert in English continues to this day of translating for programs, classes and BapDada, when He speaks the murli. "You serve tirelessly from the heart and this touches their hearts."  

 

Sheilubhen left today, Sunday afternoon, to tour several additional centers in the USA   She brought a powerful energy of enthusiasm, intoxication for being an instrument for God and an in depth vision for the new students of the early days in Madhuban with Brahma Baba, Mama and BK family..

 

om shanti

 

 

 

Sister Munni of Madhuban visits Houston Center

6 August 2018

Dear Divine family in USA, Om shanti and greetings of love.  

 

Munnibehnji of Madhuban visited the Houston center.  

The Brahmin family in Houston enjoyed a morning class and spiritual get-together. 

 

Please click on the below image to view the video.

 

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Much love in BapDada’s yaad,

 

Dr. Hansa

 

 

 

Awakening West Coast Tour: Sister Shivani in Sacramento, Folsom & Visalia California June 4-6

6 August 2018

Dear Global Family,

 

Sharing every kalpa's wonderful fortunate scene in the drama.

 

BK Sister Shivani, world renowned spiritual speaker and international TV personality presented the unforgettable Awakening Tour in Sacramento. In celebration of 40 years of Brahma Kumaris serving in the USA. The events held on June 4th at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Sacramento, CA, June 5th at Intel Corporation in Folsom, CA and June 6th in Visalia, CA. Sister Shivani presented two talks, Unlocking Your Inner Freedom and Celebrating the Lightness. There was much excitement for center Brahmins, and the Sacramento community to be graced with the presence of such powerful and prominent souls.

The event welcomed over 1,800 people in the morning and evening talks with Sister Shivani. We also had the honor to welcome Dignitaries to our event, such as Sacramento’s Sheriff Department, Spiritual Life Center Leaders and Mayor Steve Ly from Elk Grove, CA.

 

We also had news coverage, thanks to CBS Reporter, Bethany Crouch who captured the event for GoodDay Sacramento News. Please click on the following link to watch the video: http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/3875973-the-awakening- tour/

 

California State Assemblyman Ken Cooley presented Sister Shivani with a certificate of appreciation from the State of California for the Community Service work performed.

Deputies from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department were honored with an invitation to speak at & attend an inner peace forum by renowned spiritual leader Sister Shivani.

 

Bethany Crouch reports for Good Day Sacramento and anchors the CBS13 morning news.

 

In the evening session, Sister Shivani was welcomed with sparkling angels dance, Replica of Golden Time - Dance by BK Russian Sisters.

Sister Shivani being welcomed and honored with special City of Elk Grove Medal of Appreciation by City of Elk Grove, California Mayor Steve Ly.

 

Sister Shivani visited Visalia, California and presented talk on The Art of “Staying Recharged Always!” at Visalia Convention Center. About 300 people attended the event in Visalia.

 

Sister Shivani also shared her wisdom at Intel Corporation in Folsom, California. The event was organized specially for Intel employees. About 200 employees participated in the event.

 

Click here for full report wiith more photos.

 

 

 

 

New film "Planting a Seed of Change - Brahma Kumaris USA"

4 August 2018

Dear Divine Family, OmShanti and Greetings of Peace.

 

On the occasion of 40 years of Brahma Kumaris service in the USA, a new film titled “PLANTING A SEED OF CHANGE”  has been created. This is an Introductory film, which show cases the journey of four decades of Brahma Kumaris in the USA, with the back drop of Meditation and spiritual teachings. We have uploaded the film on Brahma Kumaris Official You Tube Channel. And sharing few snapshots of the film.

 

Click on the image below to view the film:

 

In Godly Service,

Audio Video Dept.,

Gyan Sarovar

BK Prashant bhai & Prabhu bhai

 

 

 

Women's Retreat at Tapasya Dham Retreat Center, Dallas, Texas USA Features Sr Yolanda of Mexico

4 August 2018

Brahmakumaris Dallas has been serving the latino community for the past several years.

 

Sister Yolanda’s visit from Mexico to Dallas on the weekend of June/July 30/1 was very fruitful. The women who participated enjoyed the retreat "The four faces of women". They enjoyed the process of reuniting to the inner child, freeing themselves from the mask and the other creative activities. They shared that they experienced inner peace, self love and new understanding of self. They also liked the peaceful atmosphere of Tapasya Dham and the warm and welcoming vibrations from the sevadharis.  At the end, they were inspired to attend Latino retreat in Delhi.

 

It was indeed a memorable, enriching and transforming weekend for all the participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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