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From Jamalpur – India

“Namaskar from Dada Ragatmananda, sending from Jamalpur lots of strong vibrations here and good pracar more kiirtan and meditation .”

Jamalpur is the birth place of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti , founder and preceptor of Ananda Marga. It carries a special significance in the heart of the devotees. It is here that at special occasions Ananda Marga monks and nuns gather and enjoy the deeply seeded spiritual vibration.

 

Wellness Retreat at Sectorial Office

The first wellness and detox retreat was conducted by Ac. Diiptimanananda Avt. at the New York Sectorial Office on the weekend November 11 and 12, 2017. This retreat was the start of an initiative to reach out to the public with regular detox retreats that are conducted in the city and give people introduction to the basic concepts of healthy yogic lifestyle. The retreats will have one day of juice fasting, and two days of graduated fasting, classes on natural treatments, yoga and meditation, walks and workshops on various topics.

Photo description: During the retreat we made Sauerkraut and fermented carrots. On Sunday everyone joined for Dharma Cakra.

Ananda Kanan Winter Bliss Retreat

Ananda Kanan Winter Bliss Retreat

December 27, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Namaskar!
I would like to warmly invite you to the Winter Retreat at Ananda Kanan!

Ananda Kanan Winter Retreat is a special opportunity to enjoy deep meditation, Akhanda Kiirtana, Sadhana Shivir and Satsaunga and enter the New Year with new inspiration and blissful devotional feelings.The program will include every day Akhanda Kiirtana (mantra chanting), ample opportunity for meditation, classes, cultural and devotional programs and enjoy cooking and sharing meals together as a spiritual family. Ananda Kanan is beautiful in the winter and iit is refreshing to take walks on the paths through the woods and around the pond.

Yours brotherly,

Ácárya Diiptimanánanda Avadhúta
Sectorial Office Secretary (SOS) of Ananda Marga in New York Sector
Address: 149-02 Melbourne Avenue, Flushing, NY 11367-1356, USA
Tel. +1 718 898 1603
Mob. +1 9292578099


Devotion in Motion Tour

Didi Ananda Aparajiita and Didi Ananda Kalyanmitra are touring the West Coast under the slogan of
Devotion in Motion, bringing inspiration to margiis and reach out to new people. Starting from the Bay
Area, passing though Los Angeles and now in Phoenix, AZ. Next they will visit Albuquerque, NM and
Denver, CO. To follow the tour check Fb page: https://www.facebook.com/DevotionMotion/
The Didis are planning their next tour. If you like to invite them to your location email to:
devotion.motion@gmail.com

New Page on Facebook: Ananda Marga for Beginners
Devotion in Motion Team is opening a page for those who are not yet initiated and/or are newly
initiated. The goal of the page is to introduce basic AM practices and answer beginners’ questions.
If you know anybody who might be interested to join, send them to:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/AM4Beginners/

Borikén Florece by Acarya Vimaleshánanda Avadhuta

It is already 6 weeks that I am in Puerto Rico and in the colorful language of the people living on the island “Comenzan a aparecer las manchas de platano”. In English it can be translated as “The spots of the banana are starting to come out (on the skin)”. Those little black spots that indicates that the banana is ripe, or overripe in some places. It is just an expression that indicates that a person started to adjust to the climate and customs of the tropical island.

Borikén is the native name given by the Taínos to the Island of Puerto Rico. Borikén Florece or Borikén is flowering is the name and slogan that has been adopted for a street festival in Mayaguez, the third largest city in Puerto Rico. It has been launched as a reaction to the depression caused by Hurricane Maria. In such a dreadful event causing so much suffering and loss the people of Puerto Rico have reacted positively doing what was in their capacity to resurrect. And indeed even without water and electricity they have been able to support each other and feel more united. Nobody blame those who have been compelled to leave the island due to circumstantial pressure but those who have remained to struggle overcoming sorrow and despair have been shining as great examples of true heroic spirit.

“I am Boriqua” was telling proudly a bare breast man in the mountains of Las Marias when we visited the area for distributing food, solar lamps and other supplies. In the area of Las Marias we found a school closed just before the hurricane . In Agnasco Playa where we did as AMURT and AMURTEL together with the Institute of Community development of the University of Mayaguez three weeks of all-round service the local school is also closed. In the whole island hundreds of schools are closing or are already closed. Local people feel that the reasons given by the Government are excuses for a process of privatization that is not in the interest of the people. They decided to occupy the Ministry of education.

Today is Yoga Class for the mentors of the Institute of Community Development lead by Luisa Sejgo Maldonato. From the first time I saw her in the Institute she requested me to lead a Yoga Class for those students who goes to the individual community and represent the Institute in the delicate process of community development. We don’t have the physical space for doing asanas and we have been doing more guided meditation and internal practices. “Yoga is not competition”. This was what my first yoga teacher told me in 1985 when I started. Till today I feel it is worth remembering it. Everything happens by the grace of the Almighty. A Hurricane can be a blessing if it is possible to capture the positive aspects of a process of transformation which is so powerful and dramatic.

This morning I spent the morning trying to raise a fallen coconut tree in the farm where I am guest in the locality of San German. It is actually three days that I am struggling with that single tree. And in the night new solutions come to mind and eventually fail. It is just a coconut tree but for me it is more than that. Puerto Rico has a very fertile land. Locals told me that it is possible to get four harvests in a year. Leo is an Anthropologist who works the land  since fifteen years growing all kinds of vegetables. He showed me the tiny little plants which give ginger roots. They are for a Institute in Aguata which teaches a raw food diet. Here I learned how to open a coconut by removing the skin. Tomey living on the farm as a tenant taught me to use the strength of the body and not of the hands. Nature is so important for human beings and here in Puerto Rico I enjoy fully that simple contact everyday. Two more weeks till the flight to new York will bring me back to mainland United States. But the work of AMURT and AMURTEL is still on with one container of goods waiting to be shipped to Puerto Rico. Volunteers are coming and the relief activities are still going on in several communities. I believe that in Puerto Rico there is a great opportunity for a model society. And I hope to keep that vision long enough to see it materialize with the help of all.

Hurricane Maria: Amurt and Amurtel response

AMURT & AMURTEL are distributing basic supplies to people affected by Hurricane Maria near Anasco town on the western coast of Puerto Rico. We are working in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez) and a local organization, Brigada Solidaria del Oeste.

In Puerto Rico there is a refreshing solidarity among people, with citizens helping each other as a natural expression of human goodwill. AMURT & AMURTEL team members have joined this positive movement of social recovery. Our volunteers are a part of the community, going house-to-house to support people as required.

AMURT & AMURTEL will continue to support the recovery of Puerto Ricans into the foreseeable future, and still need your help to continue getting supplies such as mosquito nets, water filters, roofing materials, solar lamps and food to the people in need.

Read the full article on Amurt.net .

 

AMURT and AMURTEL in Puerto Rico

AMURT & AMURTEL are distributing supplies to people affected by Hurricane Maria near Anasco town on the western coast of Puerto Rico. We are working in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez) and a local organization, Brigada Solidaria del Oeste.

Affected families still have the basic structure of their houses intact, but lost everything inside their homes. Hence, AMURT & AMURTEL have been providing basic supplies such as food, toiletries and solar lamps.

Many of the communities have organized communal kitchens to feed themselves as cooking gas is in short supply and their stoves were destroyed by the floods. They still need more equipment for these kitchens.

AMURT & AMURTEL will continue to support the recovery of Puerto Ricans into the foreseeable future, and still need your help to continue getting supplies such as mosquito nets, feminine products, roofing materials, solar lamps and food to the people in need.