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The Ananda Marga women’s and children’s center in Meinong continues to grow and thrive:
Due to our regular service activities over the past three years at the Elderly Care Center at Zao Ru, Taipei, Ananda Marga was invited to its 10th anniversary celebrations. Dada Kaladharananda attended the ceremony and had the opportunity to meet Taiwan’s Vice President, Wu Den Yih, who appreciated Ananda Marga’s efforts.
Youth Yoga and Meditation Camp
More social service images and videos:
As in the previous three years, in 2013 we had our annual 15-day Taiwan Kiirtan Parikrama, a great opportunity for devotees from all over the island to drift in bliss and sing the name of Divine in unison. We visited most units of Taiwan with a blissful 3-hour Akhanda Kiirtan and sensed a wonderful family feeling everywhere.
We were unable to visit Yilan, Hualien and Taitung this time due to road problems, so instead we organized 2 days of social service in the south, which brought the perfect blending of inner inspiration through kiirtan and giving happiness to all through serving those in need.
The first social service took place in the Home of Love nursing home in Kaohsiung. Local margiis joined the Kiirtan Tour Team to bring the Divine’s love and care to the elderly, creating an unforgettable experience for everyone.
See photos from Home of Love nursing home here.
We have visited nursing homes many times, so our second social service was much more unusual, yet very special and touching. We visited a dog shelter on the outskirts of Meinong. A single lady, Gao Mama, looks after more than 600 dogs by herself. Her daughters and their husbands are able to help from time to time and volunteers come sometimes. We helped to clean up a lot of things, cleared some areas for better use, and generally gave love to every dog that crossed our path while being there.
See photos from dog shelter here.
The Kiirtan Parikrama ended at the Ananda Suruci Master Unit, where lots of devotees gathered to sing Baba Nam Kevalam.
Some kiirtan from the 2011 DMS:
Previous Taiwan news is in the Rasa Vanii newsletter:
Following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and 10-meter high tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011, AMURT & AMURTEL worked in the coastal towns of Sendai, Tamajo, Shichigahama and Tagajo, serving the elderly by clearing their houses and providing psycho-social programs for the internally displaced people in the camps managed by the local authorities. A large influx of Ananda Marga members from many areas of Japan sacrificed their limited free time to volunteer.
As well as clearing mud and detritus from homes and cleaning parks and beaches, AMURT & AMURTEL ran children’s programs including games and English classes, distributed bicycles to schoolchildren and elderly left grounded by the tsunami, and generally offered emotional support to anyone in need by listening to their stories and plans for the future.
Baan Dada is an Ananda Marga children’s home on the Thai-Burmese border. It started in 1994 in an effort to protect the growing number of orphaned and disadvantaged children in the area. Many refugees and migrant families moved to this area due to poverty, disease and political repression by the Burmese military government.
There are two dadas at Baan Dada who are responsible for the development of the children, the home and many community-based projects in the area.
The main objective is to empower the children through education, both formal and non-formal. They are encouraged to learn many subjects including music, handicraft, art, language and technical skills. The children are taught to practise vegetarianism and respect all people, creatures and religions, based on the Neohumanist philosophy of love for all created beings of the world.
Baan Dada supports the local area by providing jobs for single mothers and families, who help care for the children and assist with farming, construction and weaving projects.
The home is proactive in helping itself. The children draw cards and bookmarks to sell, and take part in musical, cultural dance and yoga performances. Baan Dada grows many fruits and vegetables, and have planted rubber trees for future harvest. Of course, we also welcome support from volunteers and donors.
Take a look at this documentary on Baan Dada:
…and a music video by the children:
Vietnam, with its 90 million inhabitants, is developing a vibrant yoga scene and about 80 percent of the yoga centers in Hanoi are run by Ananda Marga or AM related centers. Needless to say there is a high demand for qualified yoga teachers. In August Dada Shankarsanananda from Ananda Marga Yoga Academy (Singapore) conducted advanced yoga training in Hanoi to 150 yoga teachers.