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Florida Service News - February 2015
8 March 2015
Summary of News from Florida Meditation Centers.
Ocala: Veterans Health Fair Service, and courses in the Villages
Hollywood: Programs at the local library, the ArtsPark and a unique USA-Wide Phone Meditation program at 8pm EST on Sundays.
Naples: Library and radio/TV station programs
Margate: Sr Hansa's visit to London and Rakhi on Valentine's Day, classes in Hindi, Bhatti at students' homes and prison service
Orlando: Thursday evening programs and special program in North Port
Tampa: Combo Shivratri & Valentine's Day Public Program, Spanish program, new service in St Petersburg, approval granted for programs at all county libraries
Miami: Comings and goings to and from the Land of Honey, Sr Shireen's special programs
Click here for detailed report with photos.
Sr. Mohini's Update
3 March 2015
Dear Divine Family,
Om shanti and auspicious greetings. We would like to inform you that Sr.Mohini has returned home from the hospital on Wednesday.
She is now settling down to a new routine of therapy and care in the midst of quietly being with Baba and engaged in mansa seva.
She sends much love and appreciation for all your sakaash during this time and wishes all of you a powerful time of easy and intense efforts.
In Baba's yaad,
New York family
Sister Mohini's Surgery Update
23 Febuary 2015
Om shanti and greetings from New York.
This is briefly to say that Sr.Mohini's surgery was successful and she is recovering well.
We will keep you informed on further progress during the next several weeks of healing and therapy.
Thanks again for your continued yoga power and loving vibrations and messages she has been receiving.
In remembrance of One,
New York family
Peace Village Silence Retreat, May 20 - 25
20 Febuary 2015
Save the Date
Silent Magic is in the Atmosphere
You are invited to a special Silence retreat and the first of it's kind,
Sr Mohini had this special thought of a Silence Retreat
Deepening our Brahmin Experience
From Silence to Purity
This retreat is for those are seriously interested the the 'Silent Experience'
Quotas for this retreat may be needed
Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center
Sr. Mohini and Br. Ken will be our spiritual resources
Arrivals: Wednesday, May 20th, First session 5:30pm
Concludes: Monday, 25th, after Lunch
Service News from Sacramento, CA
10 Febuary 2015
Sister Hansa with Interfaith Leaders on Tuesday, 13th January
Sister Hansa and other faith leaders welcomed California legislators to Sacramento at the start of the new legislative session. Prayers and readings were offered by several faith leaders and patriotic songs were sung in the beautiful Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
Sister Hansa with Interfaith leaders Archbishop Jose Gomez from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and President Jon Fish of the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento.
Sister Dorothy of Peace Village Visits Sacramento January 22nd to 26th
Sister Dorothy arrived on Thursday 22nd January late evening. On Friday morning, she met with small group of BK friends and shared her thoughts on Newness in 2015 and Harnessing the Power of Intention.
Sister Dorothy and Sister Hansa with Jessica S. Braverman Birch, Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Sacramento region, and other BK friends.
Retreat: Beyond Sound - Harness the Power of Solitude /Silence
From Friday 23rd evening until Sunday 25th noon, Sister Dorothy conducted a very special retreat on the theme Beyond Sound - Harnessing the Power of Solitude /Silence.
Thirty of Baba's children took good benefit from this retreat, which was organized at Christ the King Retreat Center, just 20 miles from Baba's house. The property was a beautiful, natural setting featuring a water fountain, a brick babyrinth and a residential facility. It is a sacred place for Christians, who gather there every weekend for spiritual empowerment. The Directors of the retreat center are our good friends and have offered us the facility for additional meditation retreats.
The retreat began with gentle, sweet loving music and a meditative atmosphere in which Sr Dorothy applied till and Sr Hansa shared blessings with the participants.
On Saturday, Sr Dorothy took everyone on an incredible day-long journey of the bodiless stage, utilizing simple and profound exercises and activities and powerpoint presentations. Everyone experienced a very deep sense of soul consciousness.
On Sunday, the retreat closed with Sr Dorothy's class and personal story, everyone sharing experiences of inner newness, a candle-lighting, drishti meditation and an angelic dance.
We all are so thankful to Sister Mohini and Kalaben for sending Sister Dorothy to Sacramento and we all are very appreciative of her valuable time, expertise and skillful ways of leading us on step-by-step process.
Baba's children with Sister Dorothy and sister Hansa
Sister Dorothy being honored by the BK Family
Sr Gita of Los Angeles Participates in
World Peace Ceremony
9th February 2015
On January 10th, Sister Gita of Los Angeles participated in the 20th annual multi-faith "Prayer for World Peace Ceremony" at the International Buddhist Progress Society Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple in Los Angeles. Leaders of the all major religions and many other distinguished guests from Southern California also participated.
The event was organized with the aim of peace and harmony for all humanity.
More Service News from Florida - January 2015
5 Febuary 2015
1. January 29 : Gainesville Service
A one and half hour session on 'managing stress through meditation' was conducted by Dr. Krishna from Orlando Center at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. The session was offered to the students, faculty and staff at the College of Dentistry and the participants received free continuing education credit for attending. It was sponsored by the College's cultural climate committee. Approximately 70 people attended the session. It was very well received and many people gave positive feedback.
2. January 21: Ongoing Villages Service Class Site Obtained
Br. Hanuman and Sr. Anne visited Unity Church in the Villages spoke with the Reverand about starting meditation classes at the church. We will start BK Meditation classses at Unity Church on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month starting on Febraury 12th. Class will be from 4:30-6pm. We have advertized on Facebook, Meetup, and within the villages contacts including Nancie Lono and the Villages Energy Meditation Group.
The avyakt month of January was focused on bhattis, classes and activities designed to empower us and give us the boost we need to embark on our journey for the new year.
Activities included small group discussions, classes and sharings with new souls as well as a series of bhattis and collective amritvela sessions during the month.
Several videos were used to recapture the earlier yagya days and to enlighten new souls on the importance and significance of this precious period (see attached images)
Continuous Meditation programs were held throughout the week of January 18th. The power of the gathering was truly uplifting.
Foundation course in Hindi
For the first time in the coming months, the foundation course will be given in Hindi to a group of Hindi speaking souls. Preparations are on the way to launch these classes around the last week of February.
Two welfare officers at the Broward prisons have competed the foundation course. These souls have expressed interest in service at the prisons and have already attained approval from the relevant authorities. Prison service should be starting soon.
Sister Hansa will be going to London to take benefit of Dadi's programs in London.
Shivratri letter to the Region
2 Febuary 2015
Dear Bapdada's Serviceable Instruments:
We are at the end of January, the avyakt month where we paid a lot of attention of creating the avyakt stage, and reinforcing our commitment to Amritvela. We are also privileged to have the presence of our dearly beloved Dadi Janki with us in London. Her classes given in London have not only transmitted the wonder of her amazing spiritual journey, but the wonder of her pure and clean intellect and her ever-flowing bhavna take us into the very depths of Baba's love leaves us in awe of who really Dadi is.
Now we are moving into the celebration of Shivratri and we are lucky to have been blessed with such love from Bapdada, the Dadi's, and the family. I am sure that you are all preparing to celebrate this very auspicious festival with the will to reveal Shiv Baba.
As promised we have uploaded the Shivratri materials created in English on the following website:
No log-in is required to access these materials. They are available to one and all.
The materials available are as below with name followed by a description:
In God's Heart Flyer Template - Customizable Flyer
In God's Heart Blessings Template (12Up) - Add your own blessing text to this template. There are 12 to a page.
In God's Heart Blessings Template (8Up) - Add your own blessing text to this template. There are 8 to a page.
In God's Heart Customizable Press Release - This Press Release is from Harmony House, but it can be customized to announce your local program.
Maha Shivratri: Ancient Festival Has Relevance Today - 500 word Article in pdf format by Sister Kiran
Shivratri: The Dawn Confluence of Light and Darkness - 1000 word Article in pdf format by Sister Kanishta Agarwal, PhD
79th Shiv Jayanti Folio in Hindi p1, 79th Shiv Jayanti Folio in Hindi p2 - Colorful Hindi double-sided folio. Pages 1 and 2 are meant to be printed back-to-back.
I would like to wish you all a very, very happy Shiv Jayanti and as we celebrate Baba's birthday, we will also celebrate the newness that is being born in us every moment spent in Baba's remembrance.
With love in Baba's remembrance
January News from Florida: Delray, Hollywood, Miami, Tampa and Orlando Florida
2 February 2015
Delray Beach Transformation Station - February News
Wednesday, February 11th 7pm - 8:30 pm
The Transformation Station will hold the 2nd in a monthly series of public events at the newly renovated center in Delray Beach. Brother Ed Stevenson will speak on the topic: LOOK WITHIN FOR ANSWERS. All are welcome.
Tuesday, January 13 BK Rosa brought a ray of knowledge to the seniors with her talk at the Meyerhoff Senior Center in Sandy Levine's weekly class.
Immediately after that talk, she traveled about 5 minutes to the nearby Hollywood Library where she was joined by BK Helen of Tampa to give a talk in English: THE CALL OF THE TIME (for the New Year). These Sisters delighted the audience of over 50 with their meditations and wisdom. The duet-style presentation of 2 BKs together kept the audience's attention very well.
Read more, including upcoming events, here.
Rhythms of Africa
Waddy and other BKs from Miami and Helen from Tampa attended the Rhythms of Africa Music Around the World concert on January 11 at Miramar Cultural Center. Willie Stewart has participated in a number of BK events both as performer and speaker.
Read more here.
Waddy , Barry, musician Willie Stewart and Meredith.
The Art of Non-Violence January 18th Public Program
In honor of Brahma Baba's Day, on January 18th the Tampa Center hosted a public program and world peace meditation that focused on the essence of true non-violence. It was a beautiful evening with a talk from Shireen, a video highlighting Brahma Baba's life of non-violence, and meditation. The participants experienced a deep serenity and were inspired to become beacons of peace for the world. Read more here.
We had day of peace public program on Jan/18/2015.
Stress management seminar conducted by Dr. Krishna at Shand's hospital in Gainesville, Florida
As usual daily PM classes.
Meditation Museum Wins Best Education/ Non-Profit Award for 3rd Year in a Row
1 Febuary 2015
The BK Meditation Museum has been selected as the Best Education/Non-Profit for the 3rd year in a row in the Best of Fenton Village 2014 annual survey.
Sister Jenna Interviews Acclaimed Travel Writer, Pico Iyer on "The Art of Stillness" on Blog Talk Radio
28 January 2015
Acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer joins Sister Jenna on the America Meditating Radio Show! Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There's never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still.
Listen to the rest of the interview here.
Sister Mohini's Inspirations for Celebrating Shivratri
22 January 2014
Video Thank-you note to Kalaben for Baba's Service in Washington, DC
22 January 2014
Service News: Los Angeles - Sisters Gita and Hema Join Interfaith Leaders at the Consulate of Pakistan
20 January 2015
The Pakistani American community held a candlelight vigil outside the Pakistani Consulate in Los Angeles. The event was organized by the Consul General of Pakistan, the Rt Hon Hamid Asghar Khan, and was attended by US Congresswoman Maxine Waters, several city officials, and representatives of different faiths. In an emotional and somber ceremony, the over seven hundred people present expressed their sorrow at the horrific murder of innocent children at an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Leading faith leaders from the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu Mormon and Bahai communities condoled with the Consul General of Pakistan Los Angeles at the Pakistan Consulate General.
In an extraordinary gesture of empathy, the participants were joined on this solemn occasion by Dr. & Mrs. Pearl, the parents of Daniel Pearl who was murdered by Terrorists in Pakistan twelve years ago.
Leading Religious leaders attending concurred with the statement and signed the condolences book.
Sis. Gita and Sis. Hema signing the book of condolences. Seen in photo is Consul General of Pakistan, the Rt. Hon. Hamid Asghar Khan.
Sis. Gita and Sis. Hema with leading faith leaders and Consul General of Pakistan, the Rt. Hon. Hamid Asghar Khan.
Peace Village Submits a Smilebox for Dadi's 100th Year Celebration
11 January 2014
Happy New Year Smilebox from Peace Village
7 January 2015
Om Shanti, Special Souls,
Happy Scenes from Christmas Day festivities at Peace Village Retreat Center as the angelic Brahmin family gathered together to meet BapDada, happily greet each other, open our presents (that Santa had delivered during the night!!) and eat delicious Brahma Bhojan.
"Therefore, claim pass marks in every subject by having newness in your thoughts."
With Loving best wishes,
on behalf of Sr Mohini, Sr Gayatri and Sr Kala
and the Peace Village Retreat Center Family.
Florida Service News December 2014
6 January 2015
Read rest of report here.
40th Anniversary of Service in Canada and a Shower of Good Wishes
1 January 2015
The Canadian family celebrated 40 years of service in Canada and this was marked by a huge three-day celebration at the Toronto Centre. We had the fortune of having Sister Mohini and Bro. Eric of Montreal grace this celebration and Brahmins flew in from all the Centres in Canada to join in the celebration. Brother Arvind and Sister Savi were instrumental in working with Bro. Eric and the the team in Toronto to host these celebrations. Sister Chandru of San Francisco and Sister Denise, who served in Canada at the start of service joined in through a conference call and shared their blessings.
Each day of the celebration was special and unique and it was a wonderful experience taking a walk down memory lane. Special moments in service throughout the years were captured in a slide show and we could not thank Baba enough for having given us such a great fortune. Sister Mohini was the first Brahmin to set foot on Canadian soil 40 years ago when she was hosted in Halifax and today she continues to sustain us and oversee the service being carried out.
The public program was also a huge success bringing together VIPs and IPs who have known the Brahma Kumaris from the very early years of service. Most of them are now our well wishers and they acknowledged the contribution that the Brahma Kumaris have made to the society. The Prime Minister of Canada, The Rt. Hon. Mr. Stephen Harper, was also made aware of this celebration in a personal meeting and he sent a message for this occasion. The program was presided over by Consul General of India, Hon.Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, Senator Asha Seth, Kirsty Duncan, MP – Etobicoke North, Dipika Damerla MPP – Mississauga East – Cooksville. A message was also sent by Judy Sgro, MP for York West.
Some photos of the event
Consul General of India in Toronto, Hon. Mr. Akhilesh Sister Mohini with Hon. Kristy Duncan, MP for Etobicoke North
Sister Shobna with The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Sister Mohini with Senator Asha Seth
Prime Minister of Canada