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Brahma Kumaris Spreading Waves of Peace, Motivation and Inspiration at Coast Province

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  Africa International

Pause For Peace” – This is an initiative of the Brahma Kumaris who are working towards world peace through personal change. The ‘Pause for peace’ project received overwhelming success in Nairobi last year and was proposed that it be taken to all 47 counties of Kenya in East Africa.

The Coast Region in Kenya has been blessed to have BK Pratibha, Senior Rajayoga Teacher, who surrendered and dedicated to serving mankind for over 40 years and is also a permanent representative to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as well as The Economic And Social Council For Africa (ECA).

Such an illustrious personality and powerful speaker has graced and motivated all who have heard her and have opened doors for receiving such enriching talk and experience.

BK Pratibha has served various schools (Swaminarayan, Mombasa Academy, Dr. Babla’s Sec. School, Memon High, Mombasa Academy…), Hospitals (Mombasa Hospital, Bomu Hospital, Premier…), Hotels (Reef Hotel, Kenya Bay, English Point Marina, Voi Wildlife Lodge,..) UoN, DTB Regional Officers; advised countless organisations, communities (The Gurudwara, Navnat Mahajan Vadi, Ismailia, Asians In Voi..) KRA, Kenya Railways, NSSF, Women/Sacco Groups, Churches, Temples, Clubs, Swahili Cultural Centre, the elders through the old town Chief’s Office, The Assistant Indian High Commission, The Governor’s office staff, etc. in Mombasa, Kwale, Changamwe, Diani, Malindi, Voi; and now, already enroute to Lamu and Tana River.

This is quite an achievement in just about a month whilst in Mombasa with some days having 5-6 programs in a day! This is in addition to all the regular day to day courses and services continuing ceaselessly.

The idea is to detach, become still, pause for just a moment.. go within into that quiet space,  feel – experience that peace – and spread that peace all around. Peace is the religion of the soul – our true nature. Whilst the religion of the body varies as per our birth, family, belief, etc. We are all essentially peaceful beings and we can be naturally peaceful – with realization and experience – that is imparted by the Brahma Kumaris.

Brahma Kumaris Celebrate International Day of Peace at the United Nations, New York

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A series of events were held at the United Nations (UN) Church Center in New York, USA, to honor the International Day of Peace. One such event was organized by the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN, of which the Brahma Kumaris are the Vice-chair.

Denise Scotto, Esq., Chair of the International Day of Yoga Committee at the United Nations, warmly welcomed everyone and briefly shared the history around Human Rights Day which was the theme for this year’s Peace Day observance.

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Legacy was beautifully captured through poetry and song by Rev. Heather Shay and Anwar, respectively. Rev. Dionne Boissiere, Chaplain of the Tillman Chapel, shared a motivating message for peace which was followed by the awesome singing of Paul Luftenegger, songwriter from Canada. Paul also sang John Lennon’s Imagine to a video clip illustrating the Peace Tree Project which involves children expressing what peace means to them. The event closed with a guided meditation by Rev. Qalvy Grainvolt of The Shinnoy Center, which took everyone into that special place within from where peace flows.

The new logo for the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN was launched during the event, in which BK Sabita Geer, Brahma Kumaris Representative to the United Nations, took part.

The afternoon continued with more Peace events organized by various NGOs with people of all various backgrounds – ethnic, cultural, religious, social, and political – together to share and experience peace. Peace is our common goal as it is our common nature!

International Day of Peace 2018 Celebrated by Brahma Kumaris in Mauritius

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On the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2018, several activities were organized by different Brahma Kumaris Centres around the island.

Peace Meditation at SSR Botanical Garden
The public was invited to participate in a mass meditation session at the SSR Botanical Garden. About 200 people participated. BK Gaitree, Coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris Centres in the Northern and Port Louis Regions, welcomed the participants and explained the importance of meditation, of taking time for quiet reflection and being in silence, away from the hustle and bustle of daily living. The event that was marked by guided meditation sessions focused on giving peace to the world and nature and also included yoga exercises and songs. Blessings on peace were given at the end to the participants.

Peace Day at Long Mountain
Long Mountain, one of the villages named “Village of Peace,” about five years ago in a project initiated by the Brahma Kumaris, hosted a program to mark the International Day of Peace. Amidst speeches and a meditation session, a drama on values was performed by the youth group depicting social issues and the remedies thereto.

Peace Concert
The activities on Peace culminated in a Peace Concert at Global Peace House. Local singers and musicians, a well-known dancing troupe specializing in spiritual performance, and two volunteers from the Muslim and Christian faith enthusiastically participated. Some 50 artists participated in the program. The hall was packed with more than 250 attendees.

Public Programme at the District Council of Grand Port
A Peace Day Public program was celebrated in collaboration with the District Council of Grand Port in the garden of the District Council at Rose Belle in the presence of the President and the Chief Executive of the District Council as well as the Secretary of the Council of Religions in Mauritius. It was celebrated as a “No Anger Day” by the whole district of Grand Port with 1,000 stickers and posters distributed in the 24 villages of the district as well as sensitization through several talks on peace and anger management.

Right to Peace Walk
The Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs of Mauritius solicited Brahma Kumaris’ collaboration in their Right to Peace Walk from the University of Mauritius (Reduit) to Bagatelle. About 200 youth gathered. BK Niti gave a message of peace from the Brahma Kumaris at the launch and activities on values and an exhibition on stress management and Meditation were held by BK Youth.

An eight-day Spiritual Exhibition was put up at Flacq Coeur de Ville.

International Day of Peace was also celebrated at Ebene CyberCity.

Brahma Kumaris Celebrate Nepalese Festivals in Sydney, Australia

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The BK Nepalese community members at Five Dock Centre in Sydney celebrated Nepalese festivals such as Rakshya Bhandhan (Janai Purnima) and Dashain.

Janai Purnima:
The significance of this festival has deep meaning in the Nepalese context. Janai is regarded as a symbol of body, speech and mind. Knots are tied on the person’s wrist. The purpose of performing such a ritual means to gain complete control over each of them. Hence, to celebrate such a festival, the Nepalese community members had a small function organized at the Five Dock BK centre. On this special occasion, the members started with sharing the knowledge and meaning of the Janai Purnima with everyone. Each member had the privilege to have the Rakhi tied by BK Sita, followed by receiving a blessing card from BK Priti . After the successful completion of the function all members had an interactive session followed by refreshments.

Dashain is the main Nepalese festival. The festival reminds that a person becomes victorious by overcoming the five organs and their senses. A pre-Dashain program was organized to celebrate together at Five Dock. To keep the cultural aspect alive, an introduction of the nine Goddesses and their powers and virtues was imparted. To strengthen individual empowerment, creative meditation was done by writing one particular virtue that one wanted to install within. This virtue symbolizes the seed of positivity which was then planted in a soil pot. It was very powerful and effective for each individual.

A traditional style ‘Tikka’ was also put on each one’s forehead as a symbol of victory, followed by a group dance to a Nepalese folk song as a symbol of unity. The members were offered traditional food. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed delicious food.

“The Culture of Peace: A Credible Pathway to Sustaining Peace” UN Member States Discuss Global Peace

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“The Culture of Peace: A Credible Pathway to Sustaining Peace”
The General Assembly Hall of the United Nations Head Quarters in New York was the chosen place where member states, civil society and the private sector convened to share their expressions of peace and how we can all build a culture of peace.

The 72nd President of the General Assembly, Mr. Miroslav Lajcak, requested each one present to ask themselves what does peace mean to them. The Culture of Peace is still a hope for it’s not yet a reality! He stressed that our approach to peace needs to be widened and that there is a need for a complete re-set. He recommended that learning about peace is to start from childhood.

The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Dr. Rigoberta Menchu Tum, gave a thought-provoking speech in which she stated that peace means ‘fullness of life’ which includes healthcare, education, employment, etc., for a Culture of Peace is not an abstract concept; all these needs have to be in place before it is stated that there is peace. Peace, as we know, doesn’t just mean absence of war, for people are still living in conditions considered ‘peaceless.’ Peace is a value and culture that is absent in human relations. If this is not rectified, the dream of world peace may remain a dream!!

Brahma Kumaris representative to the United Nations BK Sabita Geer was present on this occasion and interacted with Dr. Rigoberta Menchu Tum and other dignitaries.

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