Didi Ananda Devapriya was interviewed recently for the third time on TV6 Romania, on a spiritual talk show called Dialogues Between the Mind and Heart. The interview went into some depth about kaoshikii, kiirtan and the importance of opening the heart with devotion.
Since its inception in 1995, Gradinita Rasarit “Sunrise Kindergarten” in Bucharest has been pioneering inclusive education in Romania, not only integrating special needs children within a the kindergarten setting, but also giving special attention to adapting the program itself to be accessible and welcoming for all. Neohumanist Education celebrates diversity and works to individualize the program to respond to the specific needs of the children.
Abha Seva Sadan Multitherapy Charitable Health Centre in India provides quality health care and health education. Its main features include holistic health care for the poor, grassroots work in villages, training of health-care workers, and a special program working with children with cerebral palsy.
The Syrian crisis has led to a large number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and refugees. At the end of September this figure stood at around 2 million IDPs in Syria and 400,000 refugees in neighboring countries. Most of these people depend on humanitarian assistance, or sharing host families’ dwindling resources to meet basic needs. This figure is growing daily and has led to a doubling of people in need in the last couple of months.
AMURT and AMURTEL has local volunteers in Syria and Lebanon distributing food, non-food items and providing assistance with medical and educational needs. In Lebanon, 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, or finding a hospital willing to provide urgent medical care.
Many of the refugees have harrowing tales to tell. Mohammed, a grandfather, took shelter with relatives in western Syria, but had trouble even getting bread as the streets were too dangerous to enter. He used his savings to pay an exorbitant fee to a driver to take him across the border. “It was like escaping from jail,” Mohammed said. “The driver took a lot of money because we could die in the street.” We have organized much-needed medical supplies and winter items for Mohammed and his family.
AMURT is appealing for funds to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of refugees seeking our assistance.
Zahraa and her family arrived in Lebanon as refugees from Syria a month ago. For the first two weeks they stayed at a construction site but are now in temporary housing. AMURT helped Zahraa to go to school and provided her family with bedding and other necessities for the winter.
These siblings escaped Syria with their mother. Their father had to stay behind as he is on dialysis and the treatment is beyond their means in Lebanon. AMURT helped this family with clothes and bedding in preparation for the cold months ahead.
This year 20 margiis from Australia, Canada, Finland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Maharlika, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, UK, USA and Vietnam attended the second Ananda Nagar Tantra Piitha Sadhana Intensive. Thanks to all the attendees who together created a beautiful flow, family feeling, and strong spiritual vibration that built up in our hearts and minds. This selection of photos attempts to capture the spirit of the month… ... See MoreSee Less
This new moon, the darkest night of the year, is Diipávalii, the festival of lights, the celebration of light over darkness, symbolising the dispelling of the darkness of ignorance by the light of spiritual knowledge, the conquest of good over evil, immortalised in history when Satyabhama, wife of Lord Krsna, defeated Narakasura in battle when he attacked Dwaraka, the ancient city that Krsna built.
“Satyabhámá and Rukmińii, Lord Krśńa’s consorts, were always spoken of together. Satyabhámá was adept in social service, government administration and the art of warfare. Perhaps you know the story of how she once led her country to victory.
“Once, in Lord Krśńa’s absence, a neighbouring king, Narakasura, attacked Dwaraka, Krśńa’s capital. (By the way, the Dwaraka of Krśńa’s time is no more. It long since became submerged under the Arabian sea. The old city of Dwaraka is sleeping under the Arabian sea: I would say about twenty-six miles west of the present-day Dwaraka.)
“Immediately after Narakasura attacked Dwaraka, Satyabhámá lost no time and launched a fierce counterattack against the invading forces. Narakasura’s army was defeated and he died on the battlefield. The day Narakasura was killed was the day before the new-moon day of the month of Karttik [mid-October to mid-November]. The whole city of Dwaraka was transported with joy. They jubilantly celebrated by lighting fourteen candles and, on the following evening, worshipped Satyabhámá with festivities and diipávalii [elaborate lights].”
Interestingly, the remains of the ancient city of Dwaraka have recently been discovered west of present-day Dwaraka (Baba said, “I would say about twenty-six miles west of the present-day Dwaraka”):
On 21 October 1990, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti completed his mission in physical form and left his body, which was cremated on 26 October of that year. From 21-26 October is an opportune time to reflect on the great achievements and contributions of Baba’s life, some of which are:
Tantric Sadguru Sublime ideology (Self-Realization and Service to All) Global organization Ananda Marga (“Path of Bliss”) Complete and comprehensive system of spiritual practice Comprehensive spiritual and social philosophy The Sixteen Points of daily practice Neohumanism, the cult of love for all created beings of the universe Progressive Utilization Theory (Prout), a socio-economic theory for a better world AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) Baba Nam Kevalam kiirtan mantra Kaoshikii and Tandava (physically, psychically and spiritually beneficial exercises) Over 5,000 Prabhat Samgiita (Songs of the New Dawn) Microvita theory (said to be 200 years ahead of its time) Ananda Marga Gurukula (Ananda Marga’s education system) Yogic Treatments and Natural Remedies The sciences of yoga psychology and biopsychology Notes on Ideal Farming Ananda Nagar and many other master units (spiritual ecovillages) around the world