Monterrey Regional Retreat concluded on September 29

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Group photo at the end of the retreat

Group photo at the end of the retreat

Ananda Marga retreats are wonderful opportunities to meet and uplift. This time it was Monterrey the place where a fantastic retreat happened. Margi from Morelia came one day in advance in order to participate and Dada Cirananda as the host was able make everybody feel at ease. The retreat was held in the jagrti and the space was just enough to allow more than 30 margi to attend parts of all of the venue. With Dada Cirananda there were three more Acaryas, Didi Anudhyana, Dada Ragatmananda and Dada Vimaleshananda.

Dada Cirananda in the Dharma Cakra hall

Dada Cirananda in the Dharma Cakra hall

The baby naming ceremony of Tripti was a very special time which saw the greatest participation from all margi and acaryas. The baby of Abhimanyu and Divya was the center of attention also during the whole retreat. Several mothers enjoyed to take care of such a baby who never cried in the whole retreat.

Tripti in the hands of Divya with Didi Anudhyana

Tripti in the hands of Divya with Didi Anudhyana

The retreat was marked by four classes given by all the Acaryas present. In the first class Dada Ragatmananda introduced the Secrets to become Great. It was a super interesting topic that kept everybody glued looking for answers. Everybody want to be great and Dadas secrets were centered around the capacity to learn from everybody. Dada first secret was enough to create the most conducive atmosphere for the whole program as everybody started to respect others.

Food Preparation by Volunteers with Dada Cirananda

Food Preparation by Volunteers with Dada Cirananda

The second class was on the subject of Tantra. Dada Cirananda talked in Spanish which is the local language in Mexico. Although engaged in the kitchen he really desired to give more than the expected hospitality and he succeeded fully. All the margi and also the neighbors knows him as a very hard worker dedicated to yoga and spiritual practices and also to social work. He is distributing food to the homeless twice a week with the help of a few young volunteers and he maintains the jagrti which is in the old historical part of Monterrey.

Dining together in the patio

Dining together in the patio

The third class was on the subject of Dharma. Didi Anudhyana used a multimedia presentation engaging the audience with several ideological questions. At the end there was a loud run of applause and a great motivation for spreading Dharma in all possible ways.

The fourth class was on the subject of the Future of Civilization and Dada Vimaleshananda used it as a spring board to raise awareness around the role of the margi in society. It was very well participated and at the end of it the closing ceremony gave scope to express positive comments for the whole retreat. A few initiations took place in the practice of Ananda Marga meditation and margi remained still in the spiritual atmosphere for quite some time before departing for their destinations.

Kiirtan during the retreat

Kiirtan during the retreat

The retreat brought all the participants very close in their hearts. Even the photographers that happened to come and visit during the retreat where feeling the pleasure of being in an elated atmosphere.

During the retreat Dada Ragatmananda had the opportunity to perform at the sitar a meditative raga.

Brother Arjuna and brother Manorainajn led several Prabhat Samgiita and inspiring kiirtan throughout the retreat.