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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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!
The big DAY with Dadi
She took so much!
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
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:
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
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 .
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
Sister BK Shivani USA tour
Awakening Love & Forgiveness - BK Shivani (North Bay Area)
Awakening Inner Peace and Power- BK Shivani (english translation)
Inner Peace - Inner Power by Sister Shivani - Chicago
40 years of USA service at Anubhuti Retreat Center - June 16th
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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, 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,
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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..
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,
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.,
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.
Living Values Education Newsletter for June
24 July 2018
Peter Williams wrote that it was a joy to watch the smiles and feel the happiness in the hearts of children, parents and friends at the very first Living Values Festival in Kuwait as they came to live and rediscover their values. The many enthralling activities were creatively conceived and designed by Ioanna Vasileiadou and lovingly crafted through the teamwork of the Student Council, parents, colleagues and members of the wider community. The purpose of the six hour event was simple: 'Be the Change'.
The many interwoven values-based themes placed a strong emphasis on choosing to 'Live Your Values in Ethical Ways' through, amongst others, valuing the collection and re-using of recycling materials, creative artwork, fun filled games, healthy eating, physical activities and especially awakening the inner world of values.
The pictures available show that many of the activities were especially designed and hand crafted. Friends of Living Values Education who read this are warmly invited to consider adopting some of the activities in their own contexts.
Great care and time was taken to create a loving, colorful, attractive and safe environment welcoming everyone to the Festival. Soft pastel shades of fine cotton drapes adorned the courtyard overhead together with painted umbrellas around the fencing. A stage for performances was constructed, and cleverly painted old car tires with specially designed cushions were set around tables made from recycled pallets. Little touches of authenticity included values statements on tables, values-based blessing cards, flowers, simple quotations, values-based banners designed by the children and cheerfully played soft music to uplift the spirit.
One of the many highlights was the creation of a values-based garden. These wooden boxes, each painted with a different value, for example, joy, happiness, respect, etc - are now around the school with 'Peace and Love' adorning the entrance. The children's comments, with pure pride: 'This is the flower I planted'. To see the pictures and the entire article, please go to livingvalues.net and see the May 2018 Newsletter.
Join us for an inspiring weekend to reflect on values and a paradigm and process that builds relationship, and empowers positive choices and resiliency in young people.
Learn about methods that invite the co-creation of a culture of peace and respect, and experience activities that help young people of all ages, from toddlers to young adults, explore and develop universal values and positive social and emotional skills. Living Values Education is a comprehensive values education approach being implemented in more than 40 countries.
This workshop is highly recommended for adults who wish to help young people optimally explore and develop values. Please join us to:
- reflect on the role values play in your life, schools, communities and the world;
- learn about the LVE Approach and the process of developing values;
- refine acknowledgement and active listening skills that allow adults to deal with young people's resistance more easily and effectively;
- learn about non-violent discipline methods to help all feel and be safe and respected;
- experience relaxation/focusing exercises that help young people be more centered and better able to self-regulate;
- have more than 140 activities to help young people develop 12 universal values and positive intrapersonal and interpersonal social and emotional skills; and
- be comfortable facilitating a process that builds positive social skills, drastically reduces bullying and has young people resolving issues with the language of values within months, inside and outside of the classroom.
Results: The most frequent themes noted by educators implementing LVE are positive changes in teacher-student relationships and in student-student relationships both inside and outside the classroom. Educators note an increase in respect, caring, cooperation, motivation, and the ability to solve peer conflicts on the part of the students. Aggressive behaviors decline as positive social skills and respect increase.
LVE helps educators hone quality teaching skills to create a safe, caring, values-based atmosphere for quality learning. Young people learn to use the language of values to reflect on challenges and generate positive solutions. Please see our website for research results and success stories.
Parents benefit immensely from this approach and note improved relationships, more peace and cooperation in the home, and an understanding of how to help young people develop positive and protective social skills, and deal with bullying and social media concerns.
Diane G. Tillman will lead both workshops. Diane is a former School Psychologist, Licensed Educational Psychologist, MFT, and the primary author of the award-winning LVE series of books. Her most recent book is "Nurturing with Love and Wisdom, Disciplining with Peace and Respect: A mindful guide to parenting".
Ed Wondolowski and Stephanie Kerr will be co-facilitating the retreat in New York at the Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center. Ed Wondolowski is an Emeritus Professor of Management, Bentley University, and a past president of LVEP, Inc. Stephanie Keer is the Education Solutions Manager at Konica Minolta and an adjunct Professor of Psychology, New York University.
Annie Jorgensen and Kyoko Kimura will be co-facilitating the retreat in California. Annie has a Master's in Educational Counseling. A retired primary and special education teacher, she taught LVE for ten years in the classroom, with stellar results. Kyoko, a gifted flutist, is a music teacher in the public school system who enjoys combining values education with music instruction.
Cost: There will be a $40 charge for the workshop to help cover LVE expenses. For those staying at the retreat center, please plan to make a separate donation for meals and accommodation.
Sister Shivani visits Vancouver BC, Canada
22 July 2018
The Vancouver Family was deeply grateful for this opportunity to serve many souls by being part of the Awakening West Coast Tour. Not only was this a chance to enjoy the presence of Sr Shivani—but it also was a wonderful moment which united the hearts, minds and hands of the Canadian Family.
Many thanks to Br Eric, the Canadian National Coordinator, for his constant support in making sure everything went smoothly.
Many thanks to Latabhen (Toronto) for her generous support in so many areas, including care of the many guests accommodated. We also deeply appreciated the presence of Sr Sangeeta (Ottawa) who proved to be an all-rounder!
Many thanks to Sr Judi (Calgary) who was always ready to help.
Many thanks also to Sr Tanya (Montreal) who, together with Judibhen and the young Vancouver angels, provided a touch of sweetness.
Countless thanks to the brothers and sisters of the Vancouver Family, where all became magical with each tireless and loving nger of cooperation!
Finally, there are no words to describe the gratitude felt towards Baba and Drama—together making the impossible, possible!
Click here for full report with photos.
Didi Chakradhari's visit to centers in Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma
22 July 2018
Didi Chakradhari’s recent visit to centers in Dallas -Texas and Oklahoma.
The BK Dallas family was very fortunate and grateful to BK Sr. Ranjan for inviting and arranging Chakradhari Didi’s visit to Farmers Branch – Dallas Center, Tapasya Dham Retreat Place- Pilot Point, Arlington Center - Texas, Cedar Park-Austin- Texas and Edmond Center- Oklahoma, in the end of the month of May,2018.
She was accompanied by Bharti Behan (from Lotus House - Ahmedabad).
Tapasya Dham Retreat Place-The Brahmin family had the fortune of attending a retreat in which the theme was “From Limited to Unlimited”. In this retreat apart from Didi’s talk, Sr. Ranjan interviewed Didi which was very interesting and beneficial. Many of Didi’s experiences with Mama and Baba were also shared in the morning classes.
During this visit Didi gave many public talks on topics like - “Solving Inner Conflicts”- in Dallas, Cedar Park- Austin and in the Oklahoma city Downtown Library.
“Self Unfoldment -a special event for women’s empowerment” - in which she talked about how to tune in to the innate qualities of one’s real self and learning the art of balancing daily responsibilities and fostering self growth - Dallas Center
“Attainments through Raja Yoga meditation” - Arlington center
We are all very grateful and thankful to Chakradhari Didi and Bharti Behan for taking out their time to visit us. Chakradhari Didi’s loveful and humble nature and her words of wisdom has touched the hearts of many souls in making self effort and self progress.
In Baba’s Yaad
Dallas (Farmers Branch) Center.
“Solving Inner Conflicts” - Thursday 17 May, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
More Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qt1wJyCLvwyLcRhr1
BK Retreat at the Tapasya Dham Meditation Home, Pilot Point Texas
May 18-20, 2018
More Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9fLob11bfk3Spzde8
Women’s Program with Didi Chakradhari
“Self-unfoldment “ – Wednesday, 23 May, 2018 at the Farmers Branch Center (Dallas), Texas
Tune in to the innate qualities of your real self. Learn the art of balancing your daily responsibilities and fostering self-growth.
More photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/YPJl0Lxj9kIxrAkc2
Attainments through Meditation
at the Arlington, TX center, Tuesday, 22May, 2018 7:00-8:30pm
More photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oHXpixOb5MIxJbdU2
Solving Inner Conflicts with Didi Chakradhari
Ronald J Norick Downtown Library,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sunday, 20 May, 2018 3:30 -5:00pm:
Solving Inner Conflicts by Didi Chakradhari
Friday, 25 May 2018 6:30-8:30pm Cedar Park, Texas near Austin
Brahma Kumaris Florida Service News - June 2018
21 July 2018
Peace While Parenting ~ an Om Shanti Conversation
June 24: On Sunday, the BK Miami Center held its 5th Om Shanti Conversation. About 25 souls participated, including several first-timers.
A panel of three senior BKs - Meredith, Marjorie, and Raju shared experiences and insights on this topic. As a mental health professional and family therapist, Marjorie also offered ideas about communication and self-care.
Kathy facilitated the evening and began by inviting participants to reflect first on their own childhoods. The first thing that emerged was a frequent experience of anger within families. Often that cycle was repeated with their own children. The discussion was animated and at times emotions ran high.
When asked what attracted participants to attend, most said they were “looking for answers” or “seeking solutions”. When asked why they were so engaged in the conversation, several answered “someone is listening”, “I realized I have something to offer”, “I feel I’m not alone.”
Waddy offered spiritual reflections on our divine parent, and gave a guided commentary to return us to a spirit of innocence.
Click here for detailed report with photos.
Request for Blessings from N. American BKs
13 July 2018
This year marks the 60th anniversary for Sister Mohini and the 50th anniversary for Sister Jayanti of their service to Baba’s yagya. We will be celebrating them both at the BK retreat at Peace Village from Friday, September 27, through Sunday, September 30. At that time we would like to present them both with a book of blessings, from the hearts of each of you from the USA and Canadian Brahmin family.
If you are so moved, please send a separate blessing of no more than 50 words for Sister Jayanti and for Sister Mohini. We will incorporate these blessings into a gift book to be presented to them during the weekend. Note: If your blessing is longer than 50 words, we respectfully will shorten your blessing to the proper length.
Perhaps when thinking of the blessing you want to write bring an image of them in your mind and try to touch the essense of who they are and what they mean to you.
Please send your blessing no later than August 1st to Sister Gayatri at Gayatri.naraine@us. brahmakumaris.org.
40th Anniversary of BKs serving the USA Coincides with Sister Shivani's West Coast Tour Stops in San Fransisco and Anubhuti Retreat Center
1 July 2018
Brahma Kumaris Celebrated their 40th Anniversary serving the USA with Sister Shivani on June 14th, 15th and 16th
Three large events were hosted at the Anubhuti Retreat Center in California by Sister Chandru, Celebrating 40 years of Service in the USA with Sister Shivani.
- There was a public event on Friday, June 15, called ‘Awakening: Gift of Happiness’ with Sr. Shivani.
- On Saturday, June 16, there was a special morning celebration with Sr.Mohini, Regional Coordinator of the Americas, and many instrument souls responsible for bringing God's message of love and peace across the country. Many friends, contacts and special guests who have served with the Brahma Kumaris over the four decades also attended.
Events continued in the evening with a series of talks by Sr. Shivani and Sr. Mohini. Hundreds of souls from the Bay Area attended. Topics included 'Gift of Happiness’ and ‘Love & Forgiveness'. Please enjoy the full photo album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/n32RfttPVbqEiJYk6 .
Peace Village Regional Retreat Video by Bhavna Behn from Delray Beach, Florida
29 June 2018
Please enjoy this beautiful video of the Teachers/Regional retreat in Peace Village.
The images are beautiful. Baba’s message is inspiring.
Click above image to play the images.