There is something you can do to help create peace
in the world, and that is to make yourself peaceful
Even though I may not see the results immediately,
love always works
To be wise means to respond to situations with
understanding, care and compassion
is when I use every moment well
Brahma Kumaris at COP27, Egypt
An international team from the Brahma Kumaris are at the UN Climate Change conference, COP27 in Egypt. Their role is to raise awareness of the link between climate change and our consciousness. Sister Maureen from Global Co-operation House in London took part in an intergenerational discussion among climate champions, youth fellows and young people from the Brahma Kumaris at the Children & Youth pavilion entitled Actions of the Present, Attaining a Just Future. Click here for more about our activities at COP27 and other environment initiatives.
Brahma Kumaris at the Om Yoga Show
Brahma Kumaris UK had a presence at the Om Yoga Show at Alexandra Palace, London Fri 14 - Sun 16 October. Meditation taster sessions on different themes were offered every half hour each day, as well as talks and other activities. These included the Emergency Optimist, the Virtue Wheel and a display of Inspired Stillness publications. Many commented on the peaceful vibrations they experienced there in the midst of all the noise and bustle of the big hall.
Sister Jayanti's Diwali message at Trafalgar Square
Over 40,000 people took part in the colourful and vibrant celebrations at Diwali on Trafalgar Square on Sunday 9th October. Sister Jayanti's message was broadcast on the big screen - you can watch it here. Sister Jaymini's short meditation brought the crowd into a collective experience of stillness and strength amidst all the joyful noise and activity. Brahma Kumaris also offered a Glimpse of the Goddesses - reminding us all of the inner, spiritual powers that we can develop through the practice of soul-consciousness and a loving connection with the Divine.
Online from Global Retreat Centre
Global Retreat Centre is now running a weekly outreach programme called Short Talks, Deep Insights on Zoom. Every Friday from 6.30 to 7.15 PM, an experienced spiritual thinker and meditator shares their thoughts on a particular spiritual subject for 30 mins, followed by Q&A and a short reflection. To find out more click here
Faiths Run For Change
A total of 24 Brahma Kumaris runners of all ages and running experience took part in an Interfaith Fun Run entitled 'Run for Change' at StoneX Stadium, the Saracens Rugby Team home base in Barnet, North London on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August. Organised by the London Faith & Belief Forum, there was live music, arts and crafts activities and stands representing many faiths and cultures. Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, the Queen's representative in Greater London is seen here with Georgina Long and Rosemary Turberville by our Virtue Wheel which was a great hit. It was a magical family day out for all.
Connecting with Commonwealth Athletes in Birmingham
A Brahma Kumaris representative met a number of Commonwealth athletes from India at the NEC and Commonwealth Village in Birmingham last month. Here, Sister Neena, who looks after Brahma Kumaris activities in the Birmingham area is shown meeting Anil Khanna, Acting President of the Indian Olympic Association, and Commonwealth Games Association of India and their Treasurer Dr.Anandeshwar Panday.
Wembley Interfaith Peace Walk & Tree Planting
Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North, Brent Council Leader Cllr Muhammed Butt and the Mayor of Brent Councillor Abdi Aden joined a Peace Walk & Tree Planting on Sunday 20th November in Wembley/Harrow, organised by Brent Multt-Faith Forum as part of Interfaith Week. The walk started at Inner Space Wembley, with meditation followed by delicious snacks. It then took place in St John’s Church, the Zia Ul Uloom Masjid mosque and Shri Sanatan Hindu temple, before finishing at Mount Pleasant Open Space for the tree planting ceremony. Despite the poor forecast, the weather was fine - until the time when the newly planted tree needed some water!
Sister Jayanti at 'Facing the Future' Sustainability Conference
Sister Jayanti spoke at a conference on “Facing the Future: Human Ecology and Higher Education”, organised by the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany on 1-2 September. She contributed online to a roundtable discussion about 'Transdisciplinarity' , speaking on Exploring different ways to know and to transform” and conducting a meditation. The following day she attended in person and that evening joined Prof Dieter Gerten of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Jóhanna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Director of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in a dialogue event on the topic "Turning Point and Transformation - Leadership and Governance for Well-Being" at the Brahma Kumaris centre in Berlin.
Celebrating the Link of Love - Raksha Bandhan
August is the month when we celebrate the beautiful festival of Rakha Bandhan - or 'Rakhi' as it's often called. Raksha Bandhan actually means 'the Bond of Protection'. It is a beautiful, silent ceremony in which we are reminded of the inner purity and protection that we experience through a loving connection with the Divine.
Rakhi celebrations will be taking place in many locations around the UK. Find out where you can join near you on our Events page (see Events menu above).
To find out more about the festival and experience a short meditation on the theme of Raksha Bandhan,
Click here for more details.
Indian Triathlete Pragnya Mohan in Third Nehru Centre Conversation in August
Indian Triathlete Pragnya Mohan was our special guest speaker for the third online conversation on Thursday 18th August at The Nehru Centre marking the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence and the 50th anniversary of the Brahma Kumaris in the UK. Pragnya had been in the UK to participate in the 2022 Commonwealth Games and joined bestselling author and Nehru Centre Director Amish Tripathi and Sister Jayanti in a lively conversation about Ancient Future - Rising Humanity.
The conversation can be viewed again here.
Ego is not just having a big head. Ego is present every time you feel any kind of fear, or hear yourself saying “That’s mine”.
The truth tells us that nothing is ‘mine’ or ‘yours’, we are all trustees, and fear is only present where there is the voice of attachment.
Detach from everything, and you will banish ego, fear will be no more, and only then can true love return.
Thought for Today
Good thoughts for a healthy mind