Warm thanks to everyone contributing to the sweetness of the Ananda Purn’ima (Baba’s Birthday) celebrations, May 21, 2016!
Some Margiis came the evening before to be able to join the early morning program. Every day at Sectorial Office starts at 5 a.m. with Painjajanya i.e. singing of Prabhata Samgiita (devotional songs composed by Shrii P. R. Sarkar), kiirtana (singing of the mantra Baba Nam Kevalam and dancing laliita marmika dance) and meditation. Ananda Purn’ima programs were no exception but after Painjajanya, kiirtana was continued until 6:07 a.m., the time that Shrii P. R. Sarkar was born on full moon day of May 21, 1921 in Jamalpur, India. Everyone present then joined collective meditation.
Akhanda Kiirtana (three hours singing of Baba Nam Kevalam) took place from 7 – 10 a.m. followed by collective meditation and reading of Ananda Vanii (special message selected from the writings of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti).
Ananda Marga in New York is truly a multicultural and international community and it was amazing that among those present (34 adults and three children) the Ananda Vanii was read in around 30 languages. After sharing of inspiring words and Baba stories by Acarya Shankarananda Avadhuta as well as others present, a festive vegetarian lunch was served along with a variety of home made cakes and sweets.
The programs were very successful and everyone enjoyed the subtle blissful vibrations of the day. Even the nature was rejoicing with the first warm day of spring and first roses blooming in our garden.