Blankets distribution on 1st January 2016
Baba Nam Kevalam
Global AMURT Secretary
AMURT Bhavan, Ananda Nagar
Post-Baglata, District Purulia, W.B., INDIA
Tel (Mobile): +91 9334002238
Baba Nam Kevalam
Good News New York Sector
Ananda Kanan Summer Conference took place from June 29 – July 5, 2015 attended by 15 Acaryas and 35 Margiis. During the conference there were a total of eight (8) Akhanda Kiirtana and two sadhana shivir, as well as other spiritual programs. Overall this conference was very successful and enjoyable and everyone left with the zeal to establish their units and render greater service to humanity.
New York Sectorial Office: The house in Corona was sold on May 15, 2015 and a contract for purchase of the new house in Flushing was signed on July 8, 2015 and moving into the new house completed on July 10. All legal debts related to the Denver Legal Case have now been retired and the balance from Corona sale used up fully for purchasing the new house.
The new Sectorial Office is located in a wonderful place and the pracar possibilities are wide open. Since September regular classes are being held at SO and pracar being done at Queens College, which is only a few steps away from the new house.
Acarya Abhiramananda Avadhuta has been posted as Sectorial ERAWS Secretary. He reached New York on October 13, 2015 and stayed for one and half month at Sectorial Office contributing to pracar activities in New York.
Ananda Marga Gurukula Conference (AMGK Conference) took place at Ananda Girisuta Master Unit and Prama Wellness Centre in Asheville, North Carolina from July 12 – 16, 2015. This was a global conference celebrating the 25th Anniversary of AMGK. The conference was attended by around 70 Acaryas and Margiis from all over the world. Educational projects from all around the world were presented. There were various workshops, discussion meetings on education, etc. It was impressive to see how much has been achieved in our educational projects around the world and the conference was a good forum to encourage further research and development in AM education.
Ottawa Region, Canada
Ananda Marga Canada Summer Seminar took place near Ananda Kanak Master unit in Quebec (near Ottawa) and was attended by 14 Margiis and 5 Acaryas.
The seminar classes and other programs were enjoyed by all the participants and created a positive movement to make upcoming social and spiritual events successful.
Acarya Dayashiilananda Avadhuta has been taking care of Ananda Kanak MU for the last years. In the summer he grows organic vegetables at the MU, receives guests and connects to the local community.
Baby Naming Ceremony and Akhanda Kiirtana took place at Taraka and Jayanti’s home in Montreal on Sunday November 15, 2015. Their son was given the name Shivam. Montreal Unit was also formally registered during that weekend.
Acarya Parinirvananda Avadhuta (CS U) was very active during the recent election campaign in Canada. During the campaign he met with Justin Trudeau who later was elected as Prime Minister of Canada.
Mass feeding is done every Sunday 3 – 6 p.m. in Downtown Toronto.
Margiis in Toronto take turns to host the weekly Dharma Cakra with participation ranging from 8 to 15 Margiis. During second weekend of December, Akhanda Kiirtana was held in Toronto with participation of 12 Margiis and three Dadas.
Crimson Dawn Newsletter: The monthly electronic newsletter is now reaching over 850 people. The site crimsondawn.net has replaced the site crimsondawn.info, which is now referenced as an archive for Crimson Dawn news. The new website is ‘mobile friendly’ and offers dedicated menus and contents to the Spanish speaking Margiis and people in general.
Ananda Maya MU Fundraiser: Effort has started to solve dispute due to squatters occupying the land. Lawyer has been contacted and negotiations started with local municipality administration how to solve the problem.
Good News from Cuernavaca, Mexico
Mexico and Guatemala:
Acarya Vimaleshananda Avadhuta has been touring Mexico and Guatemala since October 2015 and has given several lectures, had media coverage on his activities and established cooperation with service organisations. He is presently in Guatemala and has renovated a part of the ceiling in the jagrti.
Brahmacarinii Anudhyana Acarya: During the months of October and November Didi Anudhyana completed a tour in Mexico, which touched the cities of Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Leon, Morelia and Cuernavaca. She delivered several lectures inspiring numbers of sisters and brothers to join Ananda Marga.
Ác. Ragatmananda Avt. Had 2 lectures in Monterrey Mexico – about total 75 new people came and 2 mass initiation and introduction of Yoga Meditation and Vegetarianism and Music, 4 people got initiations. Guatemala 2 lectures – 12 people attended Kiirtan and Meditation and Vegetarianism and introduction to Tantra Yoga; two people got initiation by Dada Ragatmananda. Guatemala Retreat: about 21 people attended as well as Dada Ragatmananda, Dada Vimaleshananda and Didi Ananda Tapomaya.
Monterrey Region, Mexico: Acarya Cirananda Avadhuta
Weekly Dharma Cakra is going on. 21 yoga classes are going on in Morelia every week given by the Margiis. The classes are given by brother Purusottama and sister Devaki as well as brother Hiranmaya in our jagrti and other yoga centers. Dada gave many conferences in July in Morelia and classes at the municipality office. Morelia unit was recently renewed and has weekly Dharma Cakra.
Kiirtana Retreat at Ananda Girisuta (Prama Institute), Asheville, NC
Around 70 Margiis and Acaryas came together on the weekend November 20 – 22 at Ananda Girisuta for a program dedicated to Kiirtana and Sadhana (devotional mantra music and meditation). The event started afternoon Friday Nov. 20 with one hour Kiirtana followed by Dharma Cakra and a long Avarta Kiirtana after dinner. Members of the SOJA Kiirtana Team had come from Canada, Norway and USA to lead the Kiirtana during the retreat. Saturday was the main day with Akhanda Kiirtana in the morning and afternoon and Sunday morning started with Akhanda Kiirtana followed by the Revolutionary Marriage of brother Jiivanmukta and sister Shonalii. Their relatives joined in for the wedding – some coming from far distance to attend the event. During the weekend everyone had the chance to enjoy the subtle vibrations of the Kiirtana and go deep in meditation. The quiet and beautiful environment of Ananda Girisuta contributed to the overall positive experience of the participants.
Food and accommodation was taken care of by the staff of Prama and was both tasty and nurturing physical and mental health and balance.
Ananda Priiti Master Unit, Atascosa, Texas: Avadhutika Ananda Sutiirtha Acarya
WWD Program was held on October 29. The Margiis offered to help Didi with renovating the house. During thanksgiving Margiis came and helped Didi to build stairs inside the building. 75% of the work is done. Rest will be done soon.
Los Angeles Region – Ác. Muktatmananda Avt.
AMURT Feeding program in Los Angeles: 7556 lbs. of food has been distributed in November to 2233 people.
Akhanda Kiirtana and RDS at Los Altos Hills Akhanda Kiirtana at Lost Altos Hills is held on the morning of every first Sunday of the month starting at 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 followed by collective meditation and lunch. On December 7 around 12 Margiis and 5 Acaryas joined the Kiirtana that was held after concluding RDS meetings held during December 4 and 5, 2015. The Kiirtana was very lively and everyone enjoyed the day.
AMURT Projects in New York Sector:
AMURT in Lebanon – Acarya Unmantrananda Avadhuta (IFACE NY and Qahira Sectors)
AMURT in Lebanon continued its education support program for 1,500 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Some of the service AMURT provides are
Good News GT Sector.
Ác. Arnavananda Avt.
Retreat held at Master Unit AnandaMayadiipa on 9 to 12 October 2015
Total Attented:60 people.
Good spiritual environment by collective Kiirtan, meditation and classes.
During retreat Initiations by Didis: 8 and by Dadas: 2 = 10
I came to Mardel Plata just 2 days ago on 23rd at night. I gave lecture between 20 new persons on 24th of October Saturday.
Ác. Paradevavavda Avt.
Spring Yoga Camp – on 26-27th of September. Spring yoga camp was held at Ananda Kuvalaya Master Unit in Paraguay. 20 attended. 2 Vegetarian Lunch for fund raising- on 11 Th Oct. 70 people participated,
Lecture in 2 places more than 20 people participated.
Ác. Pavananada Avt.
Lecture on Meditation 35 people participated, In Florianopolis in jail for prisoner’s meditation program continue, they are very inspired.
Yoga training course in Sao Paulo continue.
Ác. Siddheshvarananda Avt.
Ác. Ratnananda Avt.
Weekly 3 hours Akhanda Kiirtana in Lima Peru is regularly going on.
Lecture on Yoga and Meditation in GYM to martial art students.
Also visited Cusco, gave lecture in yoga center.
Avtk. Ananda Advaeta Ác.
From June to November we had many visitors and volunteers of whom many were initiated. One vegetarian dinner for fundraising 750RS. One marriage during the July retreat in Ananda Kiirtana. One Baby naming in Brasilia. One cooking course and initiations in Juiz de Fora. Participation in retreat in Araruama and Santiago Chile. In Santiago retreat 3 classes/workshops for 70 people and a marriage.
The master unit committee was established with new margiis and a few meetings were held, in preparation of fundraising for our next construction in the MU. A margii architect helped to make the plans for the construction. We are now doing the crowd funding online http://www.kickante.com.br/campanhas/bioconstrucao-em-ecovila-espiritual-1
Also the Master Unit Website is renewed. www.anandavasundhara.org
Also participated in a retreat in Araruama and Salvador, many sisters were initiated. And at touring passed thru Rio de Janeiro, Juiz de Fora and Belo Horzonte for initiation and follow up.
Avtk. Ananda Sushiila Ác. PWSA
Brcii Vimocana Ác. RSL Buenos Aires
– Various open meditation programme with small numbers of public participants is ongoing and has been a source of good contact with locals.
– Castelar: 21 Nov
– Moreno: 3 Dec
– San Martin: 7 Dec
– Palomar: 14 Dec
– Open Yoga & meditation in the park: open yoga & meditation for public in the park every Saturday has just been started from last week for pracar purpose and also for calling for participation for charity action such as collecting clothes or food items.
Avtk. Anandasomadhara Ác.
Good News Manila Sector
Ác. Yukteshananda Avt- SDPS/AMURT
Ác. Premamayananda Avt.- SOS
Ác. Shankarsanananda Avt – SB/Farm
Ác. Dharmavedananda Avt.- SSAC
*This was decided at its annual national conference called Liwanag, this time held in Cebu. This step has been many months in preparation, including that many Mission members read “After Capitalism” and watched a Prout video and heard a lecture of Dada Dharmavedananda about Prout. Ultimately a decision was taken to plan a new national initiative combining the structures of Mission and Prout with other supportive activists. The initiative will work for the transformation of the country. The principles and plans will be chalked out over the coming months, and will include its own national conference.
Ác. Prashanta Brc.- RS Bangkok
Ác. Shasvatananda Avt.- RS Jakarta
Regularly sponsoring 12 children education costs and 2 elderly people, 40 gifts were distributed to street people.
Ác. Divyasundarananda Avt.- Area in charge SD
One interview was published in Hindu Times of Myanmar in August.
Ác. Priyadevananda Avt.- CS S
Food, juice and medicines were distributed in Baguio City (Maharlika ) in Sept. and Nov. More than 60 people benefitted each time.
Ác. Candrakant Brc.- Rector
Created 3 WT.
Ác. Nityasundarananda Avt. – S MU Sec/EI-1
Good News Cairo Sector
Currently AMURT in Lebanon runs the following projects:
AMPS unit has formed and registered in Dubai.
AMPS unit has been formed in Dubai and regular DC is held every Friday attended by 10-22 margiis. First time Didi Ananda Arpana Ác. visited Dubai and initiated 4 sisters from Iran and Syria also gave vegetarian cooking class and health consultation to many sisters. Dada Sumitananda Ji also initiated 2 Syrian and 1 Sudanese brother who were practicing meditation very sincerely and seriously.
For the first Dada Sumitananda visited Khourtam, Sudan invited by peace international. Sister Mona the co-coordinator of peace international organize a group of people who are very interested in the practice of Yoga and meditation and they are eager to learn Ananda Marga Philosophy. Dada stayed there for 3 weeks and every day taught them asanas and meditation, attended by 25 people.
Dada also gave a lecture on Astaunga yoga, life, death and Samskara as well as Science of Cakras and Kundalini. All those who attended yoga sessions were young and educated professionals, and they are very interested in vegetarianism, fasting and alternative medicine.
Dada visited Zagrav, Croatia and gave public conference on Yoga for health, and meditation for peace, attended by 30 people. Dada met Egyptian sister who is a film maker, and she visited Dada in Master unit and made a video about Ananda Marga life style. Dada explained the philosophy and practices of Ananda Marga and demonstrated asanas, Kiirtan, meditation and how to take bath. The video is already in the facebook which has been witnessed by margiis, Dadas and Didis and general public.
In Croatia, we have a very nice Master Unit only 20 minutes away from Zagrav, the capital of Croatia, where we are growing lot of vegetables, fruits and grains. And also regular DC is attended by about 15 margiis.
Dada visited Cairo, Egypt gave lectures on Yoga and meditation, taught kiirtan and BNK meditation to many people in different yoga centers. In Cairo now young and educated people are very interested in practice of yoga and meditation. Dada also gave a course on naturopathy – a system of healing without medicine.
Dada gave a lecture and conducted workshop at MUST(Mishra University of Science and Technology) just outside Cairo attended by professors, lecturers and students. The participants asked many questions on Philosophy of Ananda Marga and later they received a practical lesson on how to practice asana and meditation in daily life. All people were very inspired.
In Syria, Ananda Marga has 2 very active units in 2 cities and in one unit, 25 margiis attend DC regularly and another unit about 20 margiis attend DC regularly. Margiis conduct regular asana class, philosophy class and teach BNK meditation to public. They also conduct the kids Yoga and teach children basic asanas and meditation. Although Syria is in war and no Dada and Didi has visited for last four years because cannot get visa but the margiis continue teaching Philosophy and practice of Ananda Marga.
Recently 3 senior margiis visited another city in Syria invited by a sister who has many vision of Baba. Baba even gave her initiation and the new sister invited about 40 people who went for 3 days intensive course on Philosophy and practices of Ananda Marga. They were taught asanas, kiirtan, Prabhát Saḿgiita and BNK meditation. Series of lectures were given on Philosophy of Ananda Marga.
After this training, the participant decided to meet every Friday and continue to have group meditation regularly. This new unit is growing very fast and many people are joining Ananda Marga.
Good News Berlin Sector
GOOD NEWS NAIROBI SECTOR
Three family from Durban South Africa visited their own country India during the month of November with didi Ananda Rasamrta Acarya. One of them was Mr. Pathak who is the director of an Old age and frail care centre in Durban. Khooblal Foundation from Durban South Africa had donated 20 artificial limbs to the poor and needy people of surrounding Agra. On this occasion Transport minister of Uttar Pradesh was present there. This news was highlighted by the local print media. They are planning to distribute more limbs in the month of March-2016.
Dada Daneshananda AMURT Coordinator Nairobi Sector
From Jul to August AMURT drilled – fourteen boreholes. Five in Ohaukwu LGA, including two for cholera affected areas in Ngbo Community. Two in Ozuitem, Abia state, 2 for health centers (Inikiri and Offia Oji) and five for Abakaliki LGA. WASHCOM training was completed for three communities in Ozuitem, Abia State.
The construction of a new health center at Inikiri Market has reached the roofing level. The construction of staff quarters at Akparata Clinic has been completed and the staff moved in by the end of November. New toilet and sanitation facilities have been completed at ElugwuEttam Health Center. Renovation of Offia Oji Health Center has been done. Boundary wall has been started at Gmelina Health Center.
A new Toyota Landcruiser Ambulance to serve Akparata Clinic and the Inikiri Clinic (still under construction) was deployed. Seventy percent of the funds came from Rotary International. Initiative came from the Rotary Club in Cupertino, California.
The ambulance referrals for 2015 has crossed 170.
A Land Rover Defender vehicle was acquired for the project work.
The number of deliveries in 2015 has crossed 1800, close to 80 % increase over 2014.
AMURT sponsored life saving surgeries for two babies from ElugwuEttam. The surgeries were done at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu.
Two cooperatives have been started for widows with children, so far 20 women have received funds to start their own businesses to support their families.
FROM AUGUST TO DECEMBER 2015 GOODSNEWS
-Regular DCs in Abidjan and Bouake
Particularly in Abidjan , regular monthly program consisting of sadhana shivir, Akhanda kiirtan and DCs;
-Renovation has started in november with the rehabilitation of one building and the construction of 4 bathrooms and 2 toilets rooms [ see files];
-Regular yoga classes , yogatherapy and naturals remedies
– Classes still going on fridays for yoga teacher’s training
– There will be a retreat on 25th, 26th,and 27th December 2015 in Abidjan.
– Didi’s school is working nicely with this year 400 students.
Sister Mohini president of the committee and her committee member are managing well and also are working currently on the administrative status of the school as per the government demand .
1) MU: 137 students at school, good moringa selling
2) Togo: met with Ministre d’Etat again, on good way towards compensation for our land
3) France tour: 3500 € collected
Ác. Diiptimayananda Avt. SS Nairobi Sector
A REPORT ON THE MEDICAL CAMP HELD IN ANANDA MARGA ACADEMY ON 14TH NOVEMBER 2015 FROM 8:00AM TO 5:00PM IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NAIROBI CITY COUNTY.
HEALTH WORKERS PRESENT
ANALYSIS BY SERVICE
142 under 5’s and 791 over 5’s came for our services
38 Women were screened for cancer. 35 were found to be via villi negative but three women showed to be via villi suggestive. They were referred to Mbagathi Hospital for further checkup
-15 women were given family planning services,3 were given everyday pills and 12 were inserted implants to last 3 years.
Nutritional screening was done to 40 patients, and advice generally on eating balanced diets and doing regular exercises to prevent obesity and the diseases associated with it.
62 patients were screened of eye problems and those that required spectacles and further check-up were referred to the Lion’s Eye Hospital
39 patients that required dental services were attended to, and those that required plucking were referred to the Lion’s Eye Hospital for further check-up
100 patients were tested for HIV/AIDS 98 tested negative and 2 tested positive
Guidance and counselling was done to the patients accordingly.
2 children aged 9 months were given the measles vaccine.
The patients were given the drugs that had been prescribed to them by the clinical officers
169 patients were screened of blood sugar, 13 were found to be diabetic
It was done to 57 kids and 261 adults
It was done to all the adult patients and 44 of them were found to be hypertensive
It was done to 29 women, one was found to have a lump in one breast and was referred to mbagathi for further examination
Cultural Program and Graduation Ceremony at Githurai-Kimbo
There was a attractive cultural program on 19th November at Ananda Marga School, Githurai-Kimbo. Children from different classes performed dance, drama, recited poems, and sang different songs. Master of ceremony made laugh to everyone. It was full of entertainment. Parents participated in dance competition.
They had been given prize. There was a speech of A’c Diiptimayananda Avt on Ananda Marga Education. He emphasized for the building of a moralist society with the help of Ananda Marga School. More than 200 people were present in this colorful event. Everyone appreciated this wonderful day.
New Ananda Marga Mission Hospital at Githurai-44
Renovation work of proposed Ananda Marga Mission Hospital building is going on. It will be completed by the first week of January. Thereafter registration work will be done and we do hope that new hospital will start before March -2015.
Good News Suva Sector
Special Pracar News:
Dada Gunamuktananda’s TED x talk, “Consciousness the Final Frontier” has been watched by over 1 million people with 10,000 likes.
15 people attended the Meditation Retreat held during 27-29 November. A very blissful and positive event for all. The event was organized by Mahima and Dada Gunamuktananda.
Dada Gunamuktananda also gave lectures there in October.
Dada Krsnapremananda is holding regular group meditation at the Sydney Botanical Gardens and these have been very successful.
Dada Krpamayananda is conducting regular classes. Dada Gunamuktananda also gave several talks.
Dada Gunamuktananda has given a number of successful lectures and meditation sessions at Yoga Centers in Western Australia and Perth during November.
Nandikeshvarananda ji is busy with organizing March 2016 RDS and Retreat. He organized one small program with Indigenous people. All indigenous people got very inspired and requested for more similar programs from Dadaji.
Regular “Satsaunga” gatherings are held in Brisbane. In October gathering at Mount Crosby, total 20 people attended where all margiis did kiirtan and collective meditation and dada Shuddhacittananda ji gave lecture. In November at Kurby, total 35 people attended where all margiis did kiirtan and collective meditation and Dada Shuddhacittananda gave lecture.
Dada Shuddhacittananda ji organized yoga classes at Moorooka jagrti in November.
18 people attended a short meditation retreat in November with a very blissful and inspiring vibration which was organized by Radha, Yogesh and Didi Ananda Devanishta.
11 people attended a five day Ananda Marga Yoga Wellness Detox. A cancer patient was particularly inspired by the process and has offered to help with future events.
Ongoing lectures, classes and DC.
The Ananda Marga River School has had a wonderful year, with many celebrations to mark the 21st Anniversary of the school. The school unveiled a huge mosaic with the Neohumanistic theme that children designed and worked on through most of the year. The school hosted 15 practicum students (university students training to be teachers) and they were very interested and inspired to learn about NHE.
The school is especially advanced in music teaching and other arts such as video production. Students can choose to study violin, cello, piano, guitar, flute, percussion, voice, marimba and more. The students won two awards for their video-making, especially one that shows the school’s innovative paper recycling.
The Early Childhood Centre received the highest possible government rating: Exceeds National Standards, which was a great achievement.
Kamala and Didi Ananda Devanishta represented the school at the Conscious Life Festival and the Kids Uplift Festival.
Dada Shuddhacittananda gave the opening address at the first-ever school Reunion and 21st Birthday Celebration for 200 people. Didi Ananda Devanishta is busy at the school when she is not touring for pracar.
Monthly Akhanda Kiirtan and regular DC. Ac. Narada teaches regular classes at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Kamala sends out a monthly AM email newsletter to over 500 people.
Arpita has been very busy organizing the BLISS retreat for the end of the retreat and making many contacts. Also facilitating the Summer Retreat Committee.
Good News Hong Kong Sector
SS Dada and the RAWA team Taipei organized RAWA Symposium on November 22 at the Muzha Centre for Performing Arts which was attended by 98 people. Fifteen different performers enchanted the audience with a variety of artistic expressions.
Dada Shiilabhadrananda and his team organized at the first Yoga Vegetarian Cooking Retreat in Ananda Suruci Master Unit, Yujing, Taiwan which was attended by 6 new people.
Dada Kovid reported that Ananda Marga Yoga has become an official club at the Chongkan University Tainan, Taiwan after a one year trial. The twice weekly classes are attended by 35 students of whom 20 are members and from which 10 have received initiation.
Dada Krsnamayananda with the assistance of Sister Krpa Devi and Dada Priyabodhananda conducted Food Festival attended by 25 people in Hong Kong office which included a brief musical program.
Dada Priyabodhananda reported that 25 people attended the Seoul Regional Retreat in Ananda Karnika Master Unit out of which there were 3 initiations.
Dada and BP Indradeva made a green house where 1/4 acre of soybeans has been stored.
The autumn harvest produced 50 kg of bitter gourd.
Dada Yogananda reported that 2 fasting camps attended by 60 new people and one new Yoga Detox Retreat led by Parashara and Ajaya in which 19 new people attended were held at the Ananda Suruci Master Unit, Tainan, Taiwan.
Dada and the MU team cleared roof tiles and renovated the old cow shed for use as a carpentry workshop, by Brother Lokanath.
The entire landscaping of the Master Unit has been beautifully modeled by David a professional gardener volunteer from Australia.
Dada also completed a new, attractive website completed for the newly opened Wellness Centre.
Didis Good News during December WRDS 2015
Good news of NY sector:
Avtk. Ananda Kalyanmitra’ Ác. – RS(L) Los Angeles –
I have been taking care of Ananda Dhiira Master Unit. In November, I travelled Los Angeles for first time, to meet margiis and helped them for the feeding program in down town Los Angeles, where almost 200 homeless people got benefitted, this program is held on weekly basis organized by sister Lakshmi.
Avtk. Ananda Tapomaya A’c – PWSA –
In May and June this year, I had conducted yoga and meditation classes in a nearby cultural centre – one of the student, a sister who works in accounting department of the local municipality, organized an event with 8 of her colleagues who attended the discussion and got benefitted about Yoga and Meditation.
Brcii. Anudhyana Ác.: Didiji toured Central Mexico, met margiis and gave talks and initiations at Aguascalientes, Leon, Guadalajara, Morelia and Cuernavaca.
On 4 November – gave talk at Zapopan, Guadalajara, 10 got benefited, and on 8 November – gave talk about meditation at Morelia Spa, where 19 got benefited and on 10 November – gave talk at Morelia, where 9 attended the program and on 11 Nov, Mind and Meditation gave a talk at “Casa de la Cultura”, Morelia – where 21 benefited.
On 12 and 13 November, 2 talks were held at Morelia, benefitting 60 and 50 respectively and on 20 November, didi ji gave a talk at college of “Centre Morelense de las Artes” Cuernavaca and Didi visited first in Leon and initiated one sister as well, made many new contacts and Didiji gave in total 6 initiations.
Didiji also renewed old unit of Morelia, Mexico and visited few of our centres in Mexico to inspect that all is going well.
Good news of Nairobi sector:
Avtk. Ananda Gun’amaya’, RS(L) Accra:
3 class rooms were built at Central region of Ghana. School will be opened in January 2016. One school opened at the village of Mafi Zongo, votta region, Ghana (14 students)
17 windows were replaced with the help of Emanule Antola foundation, at Children home and school Accra, Ghana
Avtk. Ananda Giitika, DS(L) Mombasa
There was a water problem in our Mombasa Ashram and school from long time. Devotees of Sai Baba donated money for digging a bore well. Now the water problem has been solved. For it they spent millions of shillings.
Avtk. Ananda Rupa Ác., Sectorial MU and GV(Nairobi sector)
In Nakuru, Didiji planted more than 100 fruit trees surrounding our ashram premises.
Good news from Berlin sector:
Avtk. Ananda Krpa Ác.: DS(L) Helsinki – Didi is running PROUT study circle in Helsinki. Didiji gave 3 public lectures in Espoo, Finland.
Avtk. Ananda Dayashiila Ác. – RS(L) Roma: Kiirtan tour was held throughout Italy, with Akhanda kiirtan every day for 15 days, in 15 different cities of Italy. Didiji was giving classes and lectures throughout Italy.
Avtk. Ananda Prama Ác.: Rector, Ananda Bharati, Ireland – Renovation of one of the old building in the MU has begun. In October, many crops were harvested including fruits, vegetables and blue berries.
Avtk. Ananda Harimaya Ác.: RS (L) Paris – Didi Ji distributed over 700 posters and leaflets, while on tour in Madrid.
Spanish publications was registered on AMAZON and it is being sold now on internet.
Avtk. Ananda Riddhi Ác.: DS(L) Berlin – Didi ji gave lectures in various cities around Germany, made new contacts with different yoga centres. Didi Ji visited 3 universities.
Avtk. Ananda Cetana Ác.: RS(L) Moscow – Didi Ji has started small kindergarten project with 4 children and is conducting teacher training about Ananda Marga education system. She is also in process of trying to register the kindergarten. 4 public lectures held in Moscow, Belograd, and St.Petersberg.
Avtk. Ananda Jyotishrii Ác.: DS(L) Budapest – Didi Ji gave one presentation about Ananda Marga MU system and cultural program for Roma-gypsy people.
Avtk. Ananda Bhadra Ác.: DS(L) Stockholm – Didiji is conducting “Collection and food distribution program” for Syrian refugees in Stockholm, once a week, helping 50 person minimum each time and also collected 1800 euros for AMURT project in Africa.
Avtk. Ananda Udaya Ác.: RS(L) Oslo – Didi Ji visited door to door pracar activity atleast 2560 houses.
Brc. Annapurna Ác.: Rector(L) Ananda Ashiisha MU, Poland – wrote one article for a finnish yoga magazine and Didi Ji is giving homoepathic aid to nearby villages and harvested crops and grown lot of food products and there was EU inspection with successful report.
Avtk. Ananda Tapasiddha Ác.: RS(Gibraltar): Legal document of Master Unit was completed with 1500 square metres free land was acquired.
Good News from Hong Kong Sector:
Avtk. Ananda Sainjana A’c., Sectorial HPMG(L), based in Vladivostok Region bought an additional 2 hectares of land at Ananda Shailaduhita MU, making it now 5 ha in total. Many programs were held: 3-day Sadhana Shivir (60 attended), RAWA Festival (400 participants), 8-day summer retreat (200 att.), 3-day maonavrata Sadhana Shivir, 4-day yoga camp and 12-day Ideological training.
One of her LFT sisters, Rukminii, is ready for WT training.
Avtk. Ananda Rashmika Ác., PWSA, based in south Taiwan, has been conducting study circles twice a week, with sisters from around Taiwan. In Ananda Matrika, Meinong MU the Fruit Drying project continues to grow. It can help sustain the MU in future. The MU hosts regular AM Health Programs and Childrens Camps. Disadvantaged children are sponsored to be able to attend. The regional student camp had 21 participants of which 18 sisters. All got initiated. Kaosikii pracar and videos have increased the interest for kaosikii and other “merchandise” was made for Baba’s message to reach the public in different ways.
Brcii Shivapriya Ác., DSL Vladivistok, participated in the Alternative Medicine Expo in south Korea, introducing AM lifestyle, kiirtan, meditation and biopsychology. Hundreds of people visited the booth.
Sister Janaki holds monthly intro programs where people learn about AM philosophy and practice and a presentation on AMURT& AMURTEL in Gwangju attracted by 35 people. In her diocese the summer retreat was held with 60 margiis. In Khabarovsk now margiis attend DC and classes regularly. 2 sisters from there went to LFT training. Regular new people programs are held, food distribution to street people and animals is done weekly and classes are going on in the jagrti. Prabhat Samgiita day was celebrated with 6 hours AK and 1 hour PS. A TV interview was held in Ursurisk.
Avtk. Ananda Amala Ác. organized fasting camps and introduced many sisters to the path (UG).
Brcii Indumati Ác., RSL Tashkent, continues pracar and service programs in Central Asia and Far East Russia. She organizes classes, pracar, service and seminars.
Avtk. Ananda Kalika Ác., RSL Ulaanbataar, continues to run and expand the Lotus Children’s Center. The centre celebrated its 20th anniversary in August of this year. The festivities included cultural programs by the children with Mongolian and Prabhat Samgiita dances and other presentations. All children and visitors participated in the Mongolian traditional games such as archery and wrestling. On the occasion, Didi Ananda Kalika and members of staff received medals from the city government for their tremendous service to these disadvantaged children. Among the 300 attendees were the Australian consul, government officials, supporters and donors as well as young people who grew up in the children’s home over these last 20 years.
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Ananda Marga Autumn Regional Retreat took place in Ananda Girisuta from September 4 – 7, 2015 with 35 people attending it. The theme of the retreat was “Tantra and Neohumanism.” Classes were given by Margiis and Ac. Vishvamitra with good participation. More than fifteen Margiis of Atlanta Region demonstrated the interest and keen desire to see PROUT in Action on the Ananda Girisuta Master Unit which resulted in a immediate decision to follow at the closest available time with a meeting in which participants wishes to coordinate and cooperate for the further development of the different projects happening at the Regional Master Unit.
Almost as a natural consequence and continuation everybody participated in the Karma Yoga which provided further opportunity to bond together as a universal family in the spirit of the Neohumanist values.
New unit has been registered at Houston, TX.
Unit was formed in Charlotte, NC.
Dada Anudhyanananda goes to Orlando and Titusville, FL. They have DC every Saturday.
We moved into the new Sectorial Office at 149 02 Melbourne Avenue, Flushing on July 8, 2015. The house and location is very good. Pracar has started at Queens College with two yoga and one meditation class every week.
Ananda Marga was invited to have information table and demonstrate yoga and meditation at Health First Program in Brownsville, Brooklyn on September 23.
The House Entry Ceremony for new Sectorial Office took place on October 4 followed by Akhanda Kiirtana. The event was just after SRDS and 8 Acaryas participated and Margiis came from Asheville, Washington DC, and Queens, NY.
Pracar started at Queens College with yoga classes and meditation course at the Queens Knights Fitness Center. Leafleting and meditation also done on campus. Yoga and meditation classes are also taking place at the Sectorial Office on regular basis.
Acarya Abhiramananda Avadhuta has arrived in the Sector and is adding his energy to the pracar effort in New York. He has also visited New Jersey and participated in pracar program there with Dada Shankarananda.
Acarya Paramasukha Brahmacarii (RS London) is staying at Sectorial Office while processing his visa to UK and has also rendered invaluable help with the pracar at Queens College and neighbourhood of Sectorial Office.
Dallas Region has regular DC. Recently Houston Unit was formed.
Abhisuddhananda is now in Dominican Republic visiting the Ananda Marga School.
Los Angeles Region:
Peach Farm MU
All the farmers in that area have hired a lawyer in the compensation matter for the fire. There was sparking due to the electricity that caused the fire. If this goes well then all farmers will get some kind of compensation.
Mexico and Monterrey Regions:
Mexico Region Retreat was held from 27 – 29 September with around 35 participants at Monterrey jagrti. Dada Cirananda, Dada Vimaleshananda, Dada Ragatmananda and Didi Anudhyana participated and gave classes that were well appreciated by the Margiis. The baby naming ceremony of Tripti was a very special time, which saw the greatest participation from all margii and acaryas.
Dada Vimaleshananda gave a public conference at the auditorium of the central library in Monterrey. Two initiations took place after the conference. Dada also initiated a doctor who has an acupuncture clinic in front of Cuernavaca jagrti. Since then, Dada is taking treatment from this doctor and is now cured from glaucoma that he has been suffering from for the past one year.
In Cuernavaca regular DC is going on with up to 15 Margiis. Occasionally they do relief activities. 8-weeks class has started at Universidad del Estado de Morelos, (University of Morelos State.) The faculty has invited AM to give another program in next semester.
The Margiis are running children program with homework and yoga. The target is to start Ananda Marga Kindergarten. That would be a Margii owned and run project.
Every Saturday and Sunday the city has announced as Yoga Day. A friend of brother Yogendra is running this program at the City Hall of Cuernavaca. Two events have happened so far with participation of Ananda Marga.
The heart of Ananda Kanan resides in Baba’s Quarters. The senses of sound and taste may have found a new home in front of the dining hall in the Ananda Cafe. Renovations have been underway in this area for over two years, and in October an open house was held to celebrate the completion of the work. 50-60 people from all over the Ozarks region came to enjoy food prepared by the Ananda Kanan kitchen staff- Naomi Minahan and Yumi Jolliff, and listen to the soothing sounds of Butterfly tones by Coburn Tuller, a local musician who makes and plays his own instruments. 10 people joined Dada Krsnabuddhyanananda’s introductory meditation class and many more got a tour of Ananda Kanan. The Ananda Cafe includes the patio area, with a fountain, herb and flower gardens and room for up to 8 tables, and the dome- an internet cafe complete with Wi-Fi and tables and seating inside.
Progress Report of Ananda Kanan:
The following has happened at Ananda Kanan since May:
An Open House was held October 3rd to celebrate the completion of the Ananda Cafe project.
Greater Toronto, Acarya Parnirvanananda Avt.
Regular mass feeding has been conducted in down town Toronto – 200 People benefited.
During the Canadian Federal Elections campaigning, Ananda Marga got good reputations in Public.
On the occasion of 33rd Anniversary of Prabhata Samgiita a public event was organised by Ananda Marga Canada at Malton Community Center, Mississauga, Ontario, on Sunday September 13 from 4 – 8 p.m. The event featured song, dance and instrumental music (Samgiita) as well as introduction to Ananda Marga and was open to the public with attendance of over 70 people.
Ottawa and Ananda Kanak MU, Ac. Dayashiilananda Avt.
Ananda Marga Yoga and Meditation Clubs have been formed at Carleton University and University of Ottawa. Dada Dayashiilananda is continuing classes with active participation of students in classes and students are taking executive posts in the clubs. He had information table at University of Ottawa where 98 students signed up receiving weekly updates on class schedule and one information table at Carleton University where 30 signed up.
Dada Dayashiilananda is also taking care of Ananda Kanak Master Unit. This year harvest included carrots, pumpkins, peas, zucchini, tomatoes, corn, potato, cabbage and many more.
Guatemala: Margiis have taken determination to solve the problems of Ananda Maya Sectorial Master Unit. The land was not properly registered and a squatter has taken over control of a part of the land. A lawyer has been hired to work on this matter.
Dada Mokseshvarananda has sent a message that he is going to Nicaragua. He has reconnected to some extend with our Administration.
Departmental Good News
Good News from PRS, Dada Vimaleshananda: Mobile applications are becoming very popular. Ananda Marga Essential is the first Ananda Marga application (mobile app) available on Google Play for both iPhone and Android phones. A software professional has agreed to help with improving the functionality and appearance of the app.
AMURT in Lebanon got a grant from the German Federal Government for Euro 2.2 million over three years for various education related projects supporting Syrian refugees Lebanese host communities.
These services fall in 4 sections:
AMURT Los Angeles Feeding Program
Ac. Muktatmananda Avt.
After the renovation of our AMURT store and new equipment, our serving capacity has been increased 10 fold, and our programs have now reached to the level of 1500 to 2000 people a month.
Also due to improved transportation we have been delivering a higher amount in poundage of groceries to people twice a week, and the homeless on the weekends.
VSS Good News:
We got the permission for construction and extension of the buildings at Ananda Vrati. The work will start in October 2015 and complete in spring 2016. Next summer we can organize programs there. The new house will have accommodation for 40 people. We can plan for spring/summer weekend camp at Ananda Vrati for students and young people.
New Jersey, 25 people have learned Kaosikii, tandava, bathing system from Dada Shankarananda and Dada Anudhyanananda.
A’c Diiptimayananda Avt. : SS Nairobi Sector
There were three medical camps in a row
On 19th September, there was a free medical camp. 165 patients have been treated. They have been given free medicine and counseling.
On 26th Sept, there was another medical camp; where in 132 patients have been treated.
On 10th October 3rd medical camp was organised at Githurai Kimbo area, where 295 patients have been treated.
It has changed the reputation of Ananda Marga in Githurai-44 and Githurai-45 area. Local chief, Councilor, Public Health Officer, County health officer, Local county health workers, all were very much inspired and requested us to do more and more medical camps on every Saturday. They also said that you are filling the gap between government and the people.
It was really amazing.
Our next medical camp is on 14th November 2015. We have already invited MP, Councilor, chief and 10 high schools, 12 primary schools, 6 children homes and other different religious organization
We expect total gathering of more than 2000 people.
To handle this gathering we have organized
1) 25 doctors and clinical officer
2) 20 nurses
3) 6 Pharmaceuticals
5) 12 Hiv/Aids counselor
6) 2- Public Health Officer
7)5- Lab Technician
This exercise has been organized in conjunction with Nairobi City Council, Government of Kenya, Lions Hospital, Healthy Heart Africa, Macs Pharmacy and Gaints group of Nairobi.
Others are also joining. This is the first type of medical camp, of this nature, which is being organized in Kangemi area by Ananda Marga.
On this occasion 1 truck cloth will also be distributed. We also invited medical student from Moi University and Nairobi University.
It will give a very good impact on the society about Ananda Marga.
CEO from 25 companies visited Ananda Marga School at Uganda. They celebrated picnic with their families. They are also going to install solar system, which will give light to the office.
Five toilets have also been built to increase the facilities for the children.
London region: A regular mass feeding to homeless people where 200-300 people get a healthy good on every Thursday. This was first run by the margiis and now there are 10-15 volunteers to help in cooking and distribution.
Rome Region: Rome and Bologna units conduct feeding program to homeless people, where 60-70 in Rome and 60-80 in Bologna get warm and healthy food. Also warm clothing and blankets were also distributed to all.
A special Pracar event was organized by the Roma unit margiis in collaboration with Bologna unit margiis of Rome Region on 26th and 27th September; the event is Called ‘Alimentanima’ means nurture your soul with sentient food and spirituality.
This open public festival was participated by at least 70 different alternative groups of Yoga, culture, education, health, veganism etc, of course, under the umbrella of Ananda Marga-Alimentanima. We had Amurt, Prout, MU, Meditation, Education, Bio-psychology Kiirtan and sentient diet presentations.
Over 40 initiations and 400-500 people signed up to participate our meditation courses, Amurt and other activities.
Dada Gatimayananda, Sectorial RU, has visited Moscow region and gave two seminars in Moscow and San Petersburg. Also visited Rome regions.
In Ananda Vipasa, MU conducted RAWA program and new people program in September.
This refugee inundation in Europe has created a very historic situation. In UK, Sweden and Germany, in collaboration with the local authorities, we are providing counseling support and distributing food. We have also decided to work hand in hand with the local authorities if we as organization could be of some help.
– There was an Ayurvedic seminar for at least 20 participants to make people conscious of health and spiritual life style. This is a regular feature and conducted by Dada Vanditananda, Rector Puttabhumi MU.
– Mass feeding for 250 people; harvested 40 kg of honey this time.
– A concert with Indian tabla artists attended by 62 people at the MU.
In London regular classes in two universities attended by 8-10 people on regular basis conducted by Dada Jyotirupananda, PRS
Dada Tiirthadevananda has conducted 4 health and life style practical seminars based on Yogic Cikitsa (diet and asanas) in Madrid, Canary Islands and Barcelona. If fact, these seminars are becoming very popular amongst the local people. Initiations and sympathizers are being created.
RS Stockholm and Moscow:
He toured in Russia – visited few units, covered 3 cities – In Belgrade gave seminars, where 6-8 people attended.
5 public lectures in different places almost 10 people along with margiis,
Moscow – 18-20 people short lecture – 18 people,
Sweden – all refugees coming – organize feeding program, either we bake or left over as well make sandwiches, distribute them to 2 -3times a week, 50 sandwiches, non margiis are involved.
Ac. Arnavananda Avt.
Chile: Gave two days yoga course training to 16 people on 3rd and 4th Oct.
Argentina: free meditation class every last Saturday, cooking class every 3rd Saturday, outdoor class (in province) every first week is regular event. Beside this we introduced AM yoga and philosophy in national festival in Buenos Aires to a gathering of 300 people of 14th sept. In master unit Cordoba I gave lecture on various subjects among 60 margiis during the retreat. Total 8 people become new margii.
Collected 5000 dollar for the roof of jagrti.
Ac. Tattvabodhananada Avt.
Retreat held at Master Unit AnandaMayadiipa on 9 to 12 October 2015. 60 people attended.
Good spiritual environment by collective Kiirtan, meditation and classes.
During retreat Initiations by Didis: 8 and by Dadas: 2
I came to Mardel Plata just 2 days ago on 23rd, at night. I gave lecture among 20 new persons on 24th of October Saturday.
Ac. Paradevavavda Avt.
Spring yoga camp- on 26-27th of sept. Spring yoga camp was held in Ananda Kuvalaya master unit In Paraguay. 20 attended. 2) Vegetarian Lunch for fund raising- on 11 th oct. 70 people participated.
Lecture in 2 places more than 20 people participated.
Ac. Pavananada Avt.
Lecture on Meditation 35 people participated, In Florianopolis in jail for prisoners meditation program continue, they are very inspired.
Yoga training course in Sao Paulo continue.
Ac. Siddheshvarananda Avt.
1.a. Our Jagrti in Araruama, in Rio de Janeiro State, has been completed, with 2 halls, 2 rooms, 5 bath rooms and kitchen. It got inaugurated on first week of October. 75 people participated.
1.b. In same jagrti , we did 2 days seminar where 35 people participated with 9 hour Akhanda Kiirtana.
Another lecture on Meditation in Sao Joao del rei. Minas gerais, 20 people participated.
Avtk. AnandaAdvaeta Ac.
From July to October we had many visitors and volunteers of whom many were initiated. One vegetarian dinner was organized for fundraising. One marriage during the July retreat in Ananda
Kiirtana, One Baby naming in Brasilia. One cooking course and initiations in Juiz de Fora.
Participation in retreat in Araruama and Santiago Chile. In Santiago retreat 3 classes/workshops for 70 people.
Also master unit committee was established and a few meetings were held, in preparation of fundraising for our next construction in the MU. Also one margii architect helped to make the plans for the construction.
Avtk. Ananda Sushiila Ac.
I have 13 Initiation and sold good amounts of Books.
Hong Kong Sector
National Symposium of Prabhát Samgeeta on September 13 at National Taiwan University (TAITA); 92 people attended; one hour film was prepared.
$US 5,500 collected for Ananda Nagar school construction. Over 110 people attended the vegetarian lunch in Taipei jagrti.
Dada Krsnamayananda organized RAWA program, attended by 150 people in Wuhan, China including 10 people from old folks home and 30 volunteers who received small appreciation gifts. A very large centre was rented in Hong Kong city until April, 2016.
Dada Yogananda held the opening ceremony of Yoga Cikitsa Kendram on August 16 with 50 Margiis at the Ananda Suruci Master Unit in Taiwan. They have started paying off $3,000/month loan of Yoga Cikitsa Kendram. Eight fasting camps were held attended by 240 people. A two week Permaculture course was held with 25 people attending.
Dada Shubhacetanananda attended the Integrative Medicine Fair in southern Korea. 400 visitors came to our booth. Government officials asked us to demonstrate yoga. Our activities were published in Korean newspaper. Governor invited us to dinner and gave AM Korea certificate of attendance.
Dada Shubhacintananda Visited 20 units in HK Sector in the last four months. He had 15 PS classes, 6 RAWA programs; 15 Sadhana Shivir; 10 philosophy classes and boosted the units with Ananda Marga teachings and could inspire hundreds of Margiis.
Main Points Good News:
WWD All Sectors Good News
Brcii. Annapurna Ac. (Rector Ananda Ashiisa MU, Poland), has been spreading Microvita articles via the internet. Her MU was approved by the authorities of the EU agency.
Avtk. Ananda Bhadra Ac (RSL Stockholm) has been providing aid to the refugees who have been flooding Europe with food distribution and relief collection. She collected 1800 Euros for women to start their likelihood projects in Africa.
Avtk Ananda Cetana Ac (RSP Moscow) got new children in her kindergarten and the legal registration is in process. She has been giving seminars in Belgorod and lectures in Moscow, Belgorad and St Petersburg and doing pracar at the “Sober Russia” group festival.
Avtk Ananda Dayashiila Ac (RSL Rome) has been busy with pracar around the region, giving classes on bio-psychology and other topics as well as holding DC in a new city (San Miniato). She also held day seminars for sisters and has been preparing the new WWD Office.
Avtk Ananda Harimaya Ac (RSL Paris) printed 10,000 leaflets of 3 kinds for distribution during France Yoga Festival.
Avtk Ananda Jyotishrii (DSL Budapest) did pracar at an eco-festival and gave a PROUT introduction to Romani activists.
Avtk Ananda Krpa Ac (DSL Helsinki) opened her kindergarten with 10 children this year. She celebrated Prabhat Samgiita Divas with many songs and Akhanda Kiirtan in her jagrti in Espoo, attended by all margiis from Finland. She also has been holding lectures and study circles in Espoo and Helsinki.
Avtk Ananda Prama Ac (Rector, Ananda Bharati MU, Ireland) held LFT training for 2 sisters, held a sister retreat in London attended by 33. She teaches disabled persons 3x per week. The MU crop has been great, which is sold at the local farmer’s market.
Avtk Ananda Riddhi Ac (DSL Berlin) has been in Stockholm for her visa. In that period she prepared and distributed food to refugees, helped with renovations and held Akhanda Kiirtans and DCs. In Finland she helped in the school. In Germany she toured for pracar and initiations.
Brcii. Tejasvinii Ac (RSL Gibraltar) moved the jagrti in Las Palmas (Canary Islands) to a good location near the university campus. She has started an online class for margiis from around Spain and a new meditation group in Valencia. She gave a lecture in the public library (Las Palmas, attended by 12 people) and a 2-day retreat for new people in Tenerife (attended by 7).
In Bali, Indonesia margiis from Karaung Asan donated 1200 m2 land for a WWD jagrti in their city, only 30 minutes from the airport.
In Hanoi, Vietnam, sister Nirmala donated land for a Didi’s jagrti too. It’s the size of a typical Vietnamese bungalow.
Also in Vietnam, Avtk. Ananda Carushiila Ac bought a new Master Unit between Huchmin and Datat cities, with 800 coffee plants. The total area is over 2 hectares.
Recently it was found that the Bicol MU in the Philippines is in a gold field. The mining company demands to buy the land from us.
In Myai Thai Yar village, Yangoon, Burma, Avtk Ananda Devamala Ac has opened a new kindergarten school with 27 students. Around the school there is regular relief work going on with over 200 people benefitting.
The Nakuru MU construction is going on. One of the girls from the Children’s Home graduated and moved on to a new job.
The school project is receiving sponsorship by a Jain group with 160.000 USD.
New York Sector
In Guatemala, 34 children benefitted from distribution of clothes and school materials arranged by Avtk. Ananda Tapomaya Ac.
Hong Kong Sector
The Golden Jubilee of WWD was celebrated during the October Sectorial Conference with performances during the RAWA night, a workshop on the department’s activities and scope, a multimedia presentation of the department’s work in the sector and several souvenirs with inspiring quotes from Baba. Finally, a renewed commitment to spread Kaos’ikii as given by Baba lead to a video compilation and new kaosikii music that was distributed on an engraved wooden USB.
Avtk Ananda Sainjana Ac, HPMGL, based in Russia has been attending to the new MU Ananda Shailaduhita, processing the harvested fruits and clearing the land. One sister is now fulltime translating AM books. The goal is to increase circulation to the general public. One LFT sister has committed to go for WT training.
Avtk Ananda Rashmika Ac, PWSA, based in Taiwan, has been conducting study circles twice a week, with sisters from around Taiwan. Her weekly meditation course and other pracar have been going on as usual. In Ananda Matrika, Meinong MU the Fruit Drying project continues to grow. It can help sustain the MU in future. The MU hosted 2 AM Health Programs and 1 Children’s Camp. Disadvantaged children were sponsored to be able to attend. The regional student camp had 21 participants of which 18 sisters. All got initiated. Kaosikii pracar and videos have increased the interest for kaosikii and other “merchandise” was made for Baba’s message to reach the public in different ways.
Brcii Indumati Ac, RSL Tashkent organized RAWA seminar for 56 people. The RAWA team was interviewed for local TV program in Bishkek and a video recorded by us is shown on TV almost daily. One margii donated land (100 m2) for jagrti construction. In Kazachstan she held a retreat with 17 people.
Avtk Ananda Kalika Ac, RSL Ulaanbataar, continues to develop and run the Childrens Centre that celebrated its 20th anniversary. Celebrations included cultural programs by the children with Mongolian dances and Prabhat Samgiita and other presentations. Didi Ananda Kalika and other staff received medals from city government. 300 people attended, incl. the Australian consul, as well as some government officials, supporters and donors, plus older children who have grown up in the childrens home.
Brcii. Shivapriya Ac, DSL Vladivostok, has been touring her new field for pracar. She held a new people’s seminar for 21 people, participated in the summer retreat (60 ppl), and coordinated food distribution to the homeless and street dogs. Margiis also have weekly a cleanup activity to clean up the beach. A local RAWA program attracted 45 people.
Of Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha Successfully Convened
Twenty-one Purodhas assembled in Prashiksan Math Varanasi from October 18-24 to attend the first Purodha Refresher Course organized by the Central Board of Purodhas.
The unique gathering has set an excellent initiative which can be emulated for other Wholetime workers of Ananda Marga, by other Boards namely Avadhuta, Acarya and Tattvika.
At the outset, participants were reminded by Rev. PP Dada to discard feelings of rank and posting for this gathering. Its main purpose was to strengthen and deepen the Purodhas’ understanding and practical application of the subtle lessons of Vishesh Yoga, do maximum sadhana and come out as one, united force efficient enough to give a boost to His Mission.
The gradual transformation that slowly emerged within the participants over the period resulted in a closer unity, team spirit, coordinated cooperation and mutual respect.
Careful consideration was given with respect to the various aspects of the 7 day retreat. Food items were light and useful for spiritual sadhana. Routine was relaxed with ample scope for deep introversion practice. Morning and afternoon sharing sessions provided a lot of time to thoroughly delve into the subtle details of the Vishesh Yoga lessons resulting in lively, respectful interactions full of useful insights contributed by all of the participants. Madhur Sadhana was a regular feature of night meditation which boosted psycho-spiritual energy and brought the participants much closer together as a spiritual family. Pleasant weather of autumn supported spiritual practice. The loving care of the trainees as taught to them by GTS and CTS in preparing and serving the food to their guests created the ideal backdrop for the creation of the positive microvita that was felt as an all pervading presence as the days proceeded. Knotty organizational issues were replaced by intricate explanations of the symbols and techniques scattered throughout the Vishesh yoga lessons as purodhas seriously focused on developing the spiritual aspects of their life.
Prashikan Math is situated in a remote area outside of Varanasi which enabled participants to sing Baba Nam Kevalam with full throated devotion while remaining in deep introspection within the silence of the surrounding atmosphere.
The end result of the refresher course produced the name, Kashi Purodha Maha Sabha. It is anticipated that this type of gathering will occur as often as is needed so that Purodhas may constantly upgrade their standards and exhibit the leadership which is expected of them by the Ananda Marga society. It has created a new momentum that will encourage the other Boards of the Marga to arrange similar gatherings for WT workers, Grhii Acaryas and Tattvikas to allow them to focus exclusively on their spiritual lessons—the transformational keys to a new leadership on Earth which Baba wants to create through Ananda Marga.
Ac. Nirmohananda Avadhuta
Central Public Relations Secretary
Camp at Varanasi
AMURT Team is now moving with relief materials in remote villages of the Uttarkhand. Ac. Raviprakashanand Avadhuta, Sectorial coordinator with 8 volunteers is based since 24/06/2013 in Bashu Kedar and distributing food and clothes including torches to affected people and prepared list of the needy families. One more truck loaded with relief materials donated by AMURT Unit Delhi has reached Bashu Kedar on 06-07-2013 headed by Satyashrayanand Avadhuta Sectorial AMURT Secretary Delhi along with Ac. Devakripananda Avadhuta (RS) Allahabad, Dhanjayananda Avadhuta (DS) based in Haridwar, Sri Chakradhar Shastri Haridwar and Sri Shankar Dev from Haridwar, distributed 147 family kits consisting of rice, pulse, Atta, sugar, tea, cooking oil, cooking utensils, mattresses, blankets, buckets and mugs near Rudrapayag.
AMURT Medical Team headed by Dr. T. Kamalakar Rao form Guntur, Andhra Pradesh hold two medical camps and treated 278 people of Shamba and Bashu Kedar assisted by Sri Shaelesh from Hyderabad and Sri Pratap Reddy from Hyderabad. Local 8 AMURT volunteers such as Sri Niwash Chamola, Sri Gajapal, Chandan Lal, Sri Rakesh Singh Rana, Sri Kuldip, Sri Dhanpal, Sri Mahesh Lal and Sri Amit help in distribution of relief materials to the most needy people of Bashu Kedar.
AMURT distributed one kits ful of relief materials to each families. 753 families of 18 villages such as 1. Urakunda, 2. Biru, 3. Dankot, 4. Kyark, 5. Kao shalpur, 6. Dal Shindhi, 7. Sitaoli, 8. Nainipondar, 9. Naili, 10. Kund, 11.Pali, 12. Duni, 13. Akharena, 14. Rayash, 15. Sangur, 16. Basti, 17. Jola and Chandrapuri were served the one full bag daily needs materials each families. Due to bad weather we could not get the photos of the work done of our workers and volunteers. We will send you soon.
With my best wishes
Acarya Ramananda Avadhuta
Central AMURT Secretary, AMURT Bhavan,
Ananda Nagar, Post-Baglata, District Purulia, W.B., INDIA
Tel (Mobile): +91 9334002238
AMURT runs case management services for refugee families hosted by their friends and relatives in the mountain villages overlooking Beirut. The AMURT team selects the most urgent cases and works patiently to meet their individual needs, be they getting a child admitted to a local school, providing food, clothes, blankets, heating and medical support.
“This school is run by the grace of God”. With this sentence Rasmani describes his experience as a rector of an Ananda Marga project near the Training Center for Acaryas in Varanasi – India. As a trainee the school is also part of a direct experience he is getting before becoming Acarya. It is a tough job considering that the children pay a tuition of 2 dollars per months and he has to manage two shifts of around 15o students giving attention to the parents, receiving their payments and taking care of the infrastructures that would need some renovation.
He is not asking money. Actually his attention is completely focus on the Ananda Marga sstem of education that includes physical and mental drills called PT parade which he leads every Saturday. Children like it so much and course they learn in that way English, discipline and even the Samscrit Slokas that eventually will remain in their mind as guiding stars on the path of spirituality. Although the school is so poor the parents are very happy and send their children because they receive a better education and cheap too. At Varanasi Training Center for Acaryas of Annada Marga trainees are educated to be self-sufficient by growing their own food in a near by rural project called master unit. Their they grow rice in two varieties and other vegetables. Also in the training center they plant any kind of vegetables, medicinal plants and spices for their food. Electricity is not stable in the whole area of Varanasi and this adds an extra challenge for the trainees. Maybe some solar lamps would be a good solution.
A wonderful program of milk distribution took place today on 18th November 2012 in AMURT Bhavan complex after long survey done by our volunteers of villages near Anandanagar and in first phage 120 poor children were identified that whose mother can not feed their milk to their children. So AMURT decided to provide them medicated milk (Lectozone one) for children from 1 month to 6 months and (Lectozone 2) above from 7 months to one year. All the mothers were given multi vitamin syrup along with packet of bitten rice and molasses for break fast. Dr. A. B. Chaterjee local eminent doctor and social worker and others were present during distribution.
The whole program started after one and half hour kirtan , Dharma Chakra, Gurupuja and swadhyaya. All the mothers also sang Baba Nam Kevalam with Parama pita Baba ki Jay in the end of the program. More over this program was well appreciated by all present.