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Prabhata Samgiita Day Celebration in Toronto, Canada 2017

Prabhata Samgiita Day was celebrated on Saturday September 16, 2017 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Cyril Clark Theater, 20 Loafers Lake Lane, Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

The program was organized under the banner of RAWA (Renaissance of Artists and Writers Association) for celebrating the Prabhat Samgiit Divas. More than 30 various artist (including professionals & margiis artists) participated  and made the event successful. Artists presented dance, Prabhat Samgiit and performed instrumental music as part of the performances. There were also a few speeches about the importance of Prabhat Samgiit Divas, Ananda Marga and our beloved Baba – Shri Shri Anandmuti Ji.

Shrii P. R. Sarkar (also known as Shrii Shrii Anandamurti or Baba) composed the first Prabhata Samgiita song  “Bandhu he Niye Calo” September 14, 1982 in Deoghar and he continued composing more and more songs until October 20, 1990. Those 5018 songs are so beautiful and give lyrical and musical expression of the deepest spiritual feelings that we can experience in our meditation and daily life. Samgiita means combination of melody, rhythm, ideation, poetry, instrumental music and dance. This rich musical form was used by Baba to create the Prabhata Samgiita songs, full of aesthetic beauty, spiritual ideation and devotional feelings.

Beautiful songs and dance performances continued without brake for four hours. During the performance, delicious vegetarian dinner and homemade Indian sweets were served at the reception area of the theater. Many children and teenagers from different spiritual communities in Brampton and nearby areas performed the Prabhata Samgiita songs with tabla and harmonium accompaniment. Famous singer Rachna Mehra performed two Prabhata Samgiita. She is has achieved so many awards and recognitions at state & national level in both Tabla as well as Vocal in India and is currently teaching here in Greater Toronto.

Girls of different ages performed Bharatnatyam Indian classical dance to Prabhata Samgiita songs. The quality of the dance performances was very high with most of the dancers having trained classical dance since early childhood.

This program was the biggest public program organized by Ananda Marga Canada this year with participation of 150 people, mostly from Greater Toronto area but also from Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and USA.

Acarya Parinirvanananda Avadhuta, Acarya Diiptimanananda Avadhuta, Acarya Dayashiilananda Avadhuta, Avadhutika Ananda Rupadhara Acarya, Avadhutika Ananda Acira Acarya were all present and with the help of the Canadian Ananda Margiis, sympathizers and community members helped to make this program a reality. All participants were awarded with certificates and praised for their volunteer participation.

 

Commemoration event for 9/11 victims in New York

16 anniversary on 9th Sep 2016 at
Beach area New York. At the presence of Supervisor Anthony J Santino of Hampstead town the commemoration service was attended by several religious leaders of different faiths. Acarya Abhiramananda Avadhuta toghether with Acarya Shankarananda Avadhuta and Arish Sahani were representing Ananda Marga.

AMURT and AMURTEL relief in Houston

Today September 15 for the first time we went to the Houston city distribution center and we received a pallet of cleaning buckets and 4 boxes of brooms and mops plus masks and other supplies.

Erick greeted us and with no formalities he loaded our van with all the cleaning supplies.

At Tee’s house we swapped some of the buckets for more water and other requested supplies . Now the van is full and tomorrow Janaka will deliver to a needy family and more at the civic center of West Columbia which is one of the most affected areas.

The images refers to the relief activities ongoing since the beginning of September when brother Krsnatma started the field work immediately after the Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area.

AMURT and AMURTEL Teams are still at work with new volunteers coming on regular basis.

 

Amurt Dallas Team relief in Garland Warehouse

Images from the relief activities in Dallas where Dada Advayananda and Margi are doing service on a regular basis.

Vikash, 95% blind brother doing his bit–lovely Kiirtan soothing relief workers AMURTeam & others, some appreciated the good vibes!

Brother Tanmaya helping in the warehouse

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) Response to Hurricane Harvey and Houston Flooding

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The unprecedented effect of Hurricane Harvey on Houston, Texas and the surrounding region including Corpus Christi, Rockport and many other communities, has disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands, impacted business, and damaged property.  Needless to say, the need to reduce and stop the suffering is of the highest priority.  Ananda Marga is preparing an emergency response through AMURT as it has in many other disaster afflicted areas in past decades.

The disaster relief efforts of AMURT/AMURTEL require people power and material resources to ramp up and continue an effective response.  During past disasters in the US, our Ananda Marga volunteers provided qualified mental health counselling, managed shelters, cleaned out damaged homes and businesses, and performed many of the countless other tasks to bring normalcy back for the victims and their families.

To support Ananda Marga in placing our dedicated volunteers into the affected area along the Gulf Coast, supporting them to do effective relief work, and to provide the needed materials locally, the best way to help is to provide tax exempt cash contributions, please use this secure link https://donate.amurt.gift/checkout/donation?eid=142997.

AMURT is a member of NVOAD, a national network of organizations active in disaster services, which includes the American Red Cross, Mennonite Disaster Services and other reputable agencies.  AMURT and the other NVOAD agencies coordinate with local, state and federal agencies in the attempt to work effectively immediately and over the long-term.

Also, if you have a week or more of time to give to the effort, please let us know at the earliest so that we may qualify and place you into the disaster area.  If you wish to organize fundraising activities in your area, this would be very welcome.

Information updates with news of progress, coordination, and challenges will be issued periodically.
If you have any questions, please contact Acarya Muktatmananda Avadhuta, who is coordinating the relief work. His mobile is (818) 414-7737 and email: mukta10@gmail.com

Thank-you for the support,

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

P.S.  Again, the link for direct financial contributions (tax exempt) to the AMURT Harvey Hurricane Relief  — https://donate.amurt.gift/checkout/donation?eid=142997

Ananda Marga meets with Nassau County Comptroller

Ananda Marga meets the Nassau County Comproller George Maragos in a friendly meeting at his office. Acarya Abhiramananda Avadhuta – Sectorial Secretary of Ananda Marga in New York Sector had the opportunity to share the vision of Ananda Marga for education which is promising the opening of more Ananda Marga schools in New York and in the Sector. Acarya Abhiramananda was accompanied by Acaryas Anudhyananada Avadhuta and Acarya Iishvarakrsnananda Avadhuta together with the Indian Consulate representative.

Indian Independence Day Parade in New York

August 15 is the anniversary of the Independence from the British rule for the Indian community in New York and allover the world. It is a big celebration with an annual parade that see thousands of people coming together. Ananda Marga is always most welcome to re joy together with the Indian Community .

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Conversation on Economic Decentralization

At the Pomonok Public Library in Queens New York Ananda Marga hosted a conversation on Economic Decentralization . The video below records a good part of the entire conversation which lasted one hour full of ideas for increasing the participation of the community in the economic local affairs.

At the event we summarized in one page the main points of the Economic Decentralization platform based on the original discourses of Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar, founder of PROUT – Progressive Utilization Theory:

The most important economic issue before the leaders of all the countries in the world today is how to increase the standard of living of their citizens through the economic prosperity of the state. 

There is only one way to stop economic exploitation and alleviate the plight of the common people, and that is to implement a policy of decentralized economy in all the sectors of the economy. 

Decentralized economy is the only way that people can attain all-round welfare because it will not only guarantee economic prosperity, but also pave the way for individual and collective psycho-spiritual progress. 

  1. Principles of Decentralized Economy

The first principle of decentralized economy is that all the resources in a socio-economic unit should be controlled by the local people. In particular, the resources which are required to produce the minimum requirements must be in local hands, and all the industries based on these resources will have to be controlled entirely by the local people. Local raw materials must be fully utilized to produce all kinds of commodities necessary for the economic development of a socio-economic unit.

The second principle of decentralized economy is that production should be based on consumption, not profit. Most countries in the world have adopted economic systems which are profit oriented – that is, production is undertaken for profit. Producers give first preference to those items which bring maximum profit, so everywhere there is keen competition regarding the production of the most profitable goods. India is no exception. To increase the standard of living of the people, a new system of production will have to be introduced. Consumption, not profit, should be the underlying motive in the field of production.

The third principle of decentralized economy is that production and distribution should be organized through cooperatives. One of the principal reasons for the past failure of the cooperative movement is economic centralization. It is extremely difficult for cooperatives to succeed in an economic environment of exploitation, corruption and materialism, so people cannot accept the cooperative system wholeheartedly. Cooperatives are forced to compete with the monopoly capitalists for local markets, and the rights of the local people over their raw materials are not recognized. Such circumstances have undermined the success of the cooperative movement in many countries of the world.

The fourth principle of decentralized economy is that the local people must be employed in local economic enterprises. Unless the local people are fully employed in the local economy, unemployment can never be solved. Local people should determine the quantum of minimum requirements and the basic policies connected with their own economic well-being. If this principle is followed the problem of outside interference in the local economy will not arise at all.

The fifth principle of decentralized economy is that commodities which are not locally produced should be removed from the local markets. As decentralized economy aims to develop local industries and create employment for the local population, those commodities which are not produced within the local area should be banished from the local market as far as possible. It is essential that the local population utilize the commodities produced in their own area to ensure the prosperity of the local economy.

In order to involve the community in the economic decentralization process we need welcome participation and initiatives from all.

Gingered Beet Pickles

Makes 1 quart

  • One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/8-inch thick disks
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 pounds beets, peeled and very thinly sliced (using a mandoline, if you have one)
  1. Pour 1 cup water into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and add the ginger, vinegar, salt, and sugar. When the brine simmers, add the beets, and when it returns to a simmer, continue to cook for 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, cover loosely, and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a quart-size glass container with a lid, and seal tightly. Chill further in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until ready to serve. The pickles will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.