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Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Working together with the Institute of Community Development of the University of Mayaguez in the relief operation of AMURT and AMURTEL in Puerto Rico continues to bring inspiration and hope regarding the opportunity of bringing social change through selfless service.

Ananda Marga had opportunity in the year 2017 to be represented more than one time in global meetings at the United Nations and there is a progressive convergence in the humanitarian goals shared at all levels in the global community. In the year 2015 a new resolution has been adopted and endorsed by the United Nations called Agenda 2030 . It has been a revision and further projection of the Millennium Goals adopted till then.

Agenda 2030 envisions a sustainable development for ALL nations based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals which can be broken down into 169 targets. One of them is number 13 goal – Climate Change:

“Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy.”

Below are the 17 goals as reported in wikipedia:

Goal 1: No Poverty

“End poverty in all its forms everywhere.”[14]

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.”[17]

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”[19]

Goal 4: Quality Education

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”[21]

Goal 5: Gender Equality

“Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”[22]

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

“Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”[26]

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

“Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”[34]

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

“Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”[35]

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

“Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”[37]

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

“Reduce income inequality within and among countries.”[39]

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

“Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”[41]

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

“Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.”[43]

Goal 13: Climate Change

“Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy.”[44]

Goal 14: Life Below Water

“Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”[48]

Goal 15: Life on Land

“Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”[59]

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

“Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”[62]

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

“Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.”[64]


Ananda Marga Publications in New York Sector is making available the Crimson Dawn Souvenir 2018 which offers a graphical portray of the activities and events in the last 6 months of the year 2017.

The publication is also available in Print on Demand at the cost of $10.00. All books of Ananda Marga are available online at anandamargabooks.com

Jeweled Tabbouleh – Monthly recipe by Bhaeravii Devii

Jeweled Tabbouleh is a joyful cracked wheat salad studded with colorful, gem-like fruits and nuts…if your body is a temple, this is definitely something  you’ll want to invite inside.

Tabbouleh is a traditional Lebanese dish made with bulgur wheat that’s been soaked and softened.  It marinates in a simple dressing of really good fruity olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice.  It’s mixed with TONS of fresh parsley and mint which gives it a unique refreshing flavor.

The ‘jewels’ in Jeweled Tabbouleh are chopped dried fruits and nuts that give the salad a beautiful look along with lots of contrast of flavor and texture.  I’ve used classic Middle Eastern touches like almonds, pistachios, apricots and pomegranate seeds.  The inspiration goes back to a opulent Persian dish called Jeweled Rice that was served at special occasions like weddings.

Typically tabbouleh is made with bulgur alone, but in this salad I combined it with wheat berries for a blend of textures.

What You Will Need
    • 2 cups soaked cracked wheat (measure AFTER soaking)
    • 2 cups cooked wheat berries (measure AFTER cooking)
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
    • 2 large bunches WELL WASHED fresh parsley, stems removed, finely minced (I pulsed it in a food processor)
    • 1 small bunch of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
    • 1/2 English cucumber, finely diced (the kind that comes wrapped in plastic, don’t peel)
‘jewels’
    • 1/2 cup raw pistachios, rough chopped
    • 1/2 cup dried apricots, finely diced
    • 1/4 cup blanched almonds, rough chopped
    • 1/4 cup golden raisins
    • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (arils)

InYou will need 2 cups soaked cracked wheat and 2 cups cooked wheat berries. Follow the directions on the packages. Once soaked and cooked, measure out 2 cups each and put in a large bowl.

  1. Mix the dressing by whisking the olive oil and lemon juice together. Pour it over the wheat and toss to combine well. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and lots of fresh cracked black pepper. Toss again.
  2. Add the minced parsley, mint, cucumber, toss well. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Toss the salad again, and taste to adjust any of the seasonings. When you are ready to serve, top with the ‘jewels’.

Renaissance of Artists and Writers Associations (R.A.W.A.) in New York Sector

On December 17 2017 the Annual RAWA Program was conducted in collaboration with the World Yoga Community. The event in Manhattan saw the participation of several artists highlighting the spiritual value of the arts for the promotion of social welfare. In the picture among others Ac. Abhiramanda Avt. , Sectorial Secretary of Ananda Marga in New York Sector and Guru Dipil Kumar , President of the World Yoga Community.

Devotion in Motion

(Group picture at the Interfaith Vigil for World Unity at the Methodist Church in Grass Valley, CA)

In November 2017 Didi Ananda Aparajiita and Didi Ananda Kalyanmitra decided to start a devotional and inspirational team to do pracar, meet margiis, and promote Ananda Marga retreats. The duo tour started in California (Los Altos Hills, Stanton University and Los Angeles), passing by Arizona (Phoenix), New Mexico (Albuquerque) and reaching Colorado (Denver).

During our first tour we had the chance to meet many margiis and new people. It is always a pleasure to give classes to people interested in learning meditation, to see the spark of devotion arouse inside them and share our love for kiirtan, spiritual practices and Ananda Marga philosophy.
We also opened a FaceBook page, so you can follow us, see the places we visit, the activities we did and LIKE us too!
https://www.facebook.com/DevotionMotion/

 

 

We are planning another tour later this year: if you would like us to come and visit you, organize Kiirtan, meditation classes, initiation, pracar, and open PWSA club please contact us!!

Ananda.Aparajiita@gmail.com +1-210-941-6861

anandakalyanmitra@gmail.com +1-530-615-9529

 

PWSA program in Denver

Devotion in Motion organized a Program – Progressive Women’s Spiritual Association Retreat in Denver.

We gathered first at the Jagrtii for a brief introduction and ice breaking game; after that we had a sharing talk on what’s PWSA and how to implement its goals in our surroundings. We had different generations of women and it was nice to see the progress in women’s rights and mental attitude from one generation to another. All of us were very inspired to start something in Denver.

After the gathering in Perl Street Jagrtii, with the help of some brothers we prepared food for distribution to homeless in 2 areas of the city and went distributing all together. After the distribution we continued our PWSA gathering at Morning Star Pre-school on Washington St.

Our program continued with kiirtan and meditation, potluck lunch, a lovely jamming program organized by MahaJyoti, more brainstorming with the sisters on how to apply social service and uplifting programs for women and children in the city of Denver and a class on Bio-Psychology given by Didi Ananda Kalyanmitra.

All the sisters who participated in the program were really inspired to take duties on continuing serving women and children in difficulties and decided to form a PWSA club. It is a long time since such a club was established in NY sector and we hope it will serve as a pilot and an example for more clubs to come.

New FB group for Beginners

Devotion in Motion team opened a new Facebook group for beginners, to serve as a platform for learning and asking questions about Ananda Marga practices and philosophy.
The group is opened only for beginners who are either not initiated at all, or got initiated in the last one year. Membership in the group can last up to two years.
The idea behind this group is to have a beginners environment, dedicated to study and sharing different beginners struggles and experiences.
If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please invite them to join.
The FB name is: Ananda Marga for Beginners

The address is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AM4Beginners/

Amurtel Relief in Mexico region

A Relief Storage Center of Amurtel in Cuernavaca was opened in the aftermath of the earthquake that affected the area south of Mexico City . In the picture are recognizable our volunteers Karuna, Prabhat and Devadiip.

Relief was given in the community of Jantetelco by distributing food and other supply for one week.

A technical evaluation of the structural damages suffered the building was also offered.

Once other organization started to provide help to Jantetelco the Amurtel Team moved to the community of Tlatempa where till today there has been continuous effort to provide necessary help.

Most of the help is offered through an health dispensary that was built  on the location.

We provided metal shelves for organizing the medical supplies.

We supplied tools for the construction of wood houses.

The relief operation is ongoing in Tlatempa.

 

Good News from Toronto – Canada

On November 26, 2017, we had gathering in Toronto.  On this day, Didi Ananda Acira delivered class on Natural healing through detoxification, yoga, and meditation. We had long discussion and very nice sharing. At the end of the program we enjoy the healthy vegetarian food.
On November 27, 2917.  Workshop on “meditation for peaceful life” delivered by Didi Ananda Acira, it was held in Mississauga attended by 50 peoples.  On that day, we introducing Baba Nam Kevalam meditation to them.  Participants was feeling very peaceful after the meditation practice.
On November 13, 2017.  Workshop on “Yoga for holistic health” by Didi Ananda Acira, was held at Mississauga Valley Community Center.  After the class everyone feeling very joyful, and after this workshop they decided to have regular yoga for seniors in that Community Center twice a month.  The class still going on until now.

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


International Spiritual Gathering (DMS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil – February 9 -14

🙏 DMS (Dharma Maha Sammelan) literally means a big spiritual gathering to achieve Dharma (divine essence) 💫Ananda Marga holds DMS in every part of the world and it has been 25 years since our last DMS in South America.

We are fortunate to have it again in 2018 with our special guests from India and around the world. 🌎💛🕉

During these 5 days we will have spiritual discourses, lectures and workshops from our special guests and also practice of yoga, meditation, spiritual songs, kiirtan (spiritual dance) and cultural program. 🎶💛🧡

During all this event, a continuously Akhanda kiirtan (spiritual dance) will be going on side by side for 5 days. 🙆‍🙏

We would like to invite you to come and join us in this coming especial event. Do not lose this unique opportunity. It will be a great celebration of our universal family as propounded by our beloved guru and guide Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. 🙏💫🌎🕉

Together we can create a strong spiritual force that will inspire and heal ourselves and this earth. Together we can make this world different! 💚💛💜💙

Yours brotherly always,

Sectorial Secretary GT sector

Ac. Siddheshvarananda Avt

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📍 How to reach
You can come to the Ananda Daksina master unit by Uber or Taxi from airport: search on GPS or GoogleMaps with the destination “ Fazenda Ananda Marga Viamão”. Uber costs around R$45 ( US$15) and taxi costs R$90 ( US$30)

📍 Or you can just contact us by filling up the registration form or through email dmsgt2018@gmail.com, then we can arrange a known taxi driver to go to pick you up in the airport with the sign Ananda Marga.

🔸REGISTRATION FORM ➡ http://bit.ly/dms18_inscricoes

🔸Investment: https://anandadaksinaum.wordpress.com/investimento/

When: 10 a 14 de fevereiro de 2018

Wherel: Unidade Mestra Ananda Daksina em Viamão – RS

❗ Information:

http://bit.ly/dms2018-infos

www.anandadaksinaum.wordpress.com

email: dmsgt2018@gmail.com

🔸 🔸 🔸 N A M A S K A R 🔸 🔸 🔸

You Are Worth It! – 5 min Self-Care Routines To Include In Your Day

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You are an amazing human being doing amazing things all day.  If you are like me, you want to keep doing those amazing things.  I know it sounds like a cliche but, to keep moving you have to take care of yourself.  I must admit, self-care did not come easy to me, I can give easier to everyone except myself.  Although, through burnout and stress, I realized just how important self-care is.  Plain and simple, things just flow better when I take the time for self-care.  It does not have to be expensive or cost any money.  You have the tools you need.

There are a lot of ways to spend our time and that leaves us feeling like we have no time.  There is time.  The average American wastes 55 minutes a day (roughly 12 days a year) looking for things they own but can’t find.  Really, think about that, it is wild.  Think what your day would look like if you took those 55 mins and spent if on self-care.  I used to feel I did not have time for self-care, but I would look for my phone for 10 minutes, or have to turn the car around and come home because I forgot my computer.  Being stressed, frazzled, and tired takes up unplanned time in our day.  Self-care leads to being more relaxed, focused, and conscious.

There are apps that you can install on your phone that tracks how many minutes you spend on social media apps each day.  We do have time in the day, we have 1440 glorious minutes in a day and they are all ours to decide what we want to do with them.  We fill our day with 5 min distractions, and some of these can be dedicated to self-care.

I know not everyday is a spa day and we have many responsibilities throughout the day, but there are some quick ways to add self-care into your day.  Below, are 10 easy 5 min routines to add to your day.  Try one or two and if it feels good, add a few more.  If you like it, extend some of those 5 mins into longer sessions.  This life is yours to live.

  1. Take time to breath in the morning.  It is wonderful if you have an hour in the morning for meditation, but if you do not, take at the very least 5 mins.  Honestly, 5 mins can make a big difference in your day.  Set your alarm for 5 mins earlier if you feel you need to.  When you wake-up please do not grab your phone.  Before you take on the world that lives in your phone, just take a few minutes to take deep breaths.  I practice mantra meditation.  The basic principle is to fill your mind with positivity.  Instead of trying to clear your mind, try to fill it with good.  You can pick a positive word such as peace, love, or a traditional sanskrit mantra and breath that in.  When you start thinking about your list of things to do and how late you are going to be, just take a few minutes and breath in that word.  There are a lot of meditation timers to help.  It is best to have a set place for you to meditate each morning that is not your bed, but first just do what works.  For years, my children could sense the moment I woke-up, so I usually just sat up in bed to meditate, so they would not wake up.  This is something you can even do laying down (just try not to fall back asleep!)  The main thing is to start your day in a peaceful and calm way before you tackle the rest of the day.
  2. Love your routine.  Many people have a morning hustle to get out the door in the morning.  Do you love your routine?   Try to take a few minutes of consciousness to bring love into what you are doing.  Do you love your morning shower, your morning smoothie?  Can you add music to your morning routine.  Sometimes we get caught up in the things we “have to” do.  We can still do all of those things we have to do but we can twist the vibration of it all.  Is there something that makes you function better?  Make more time for those things.  Music has a huge affect on my life.  I invested in a wireless speaker and spotify, so I always have music easily available.  It can turn the morning hustle into a whole new feeling.
  3. Close your eyes.  This one is a hard one for me, but 5 mins goes a long way.  If you are able to lay down, that is even better.  If you can not, then just take 5 mins to close your eyes at your desk, or when you are parked in the car line while you are picking up the kids (just make sure you are in park).  If I have been in meetings, on the computer, or with clients, it is very hard to stop, but it is worth it.  I find closing my eyes and lying horizontal can really revive me.
  4. Do what you love.  If you add more of what you love to your day, you are happier.  If you are happier, you are more productive, and it will also affect those around you.  Is there a song that tickles your brain when you listen to it?  Does dancing around the room make you smile?  Is there a yoga posture you can do that will leave you happy and revived?  Does scrolling on instagram and seeing photos of your friends leave you feeling uplifted?  Does going on youtube and looking a cat videos make you laugh out loud?  If you love it, add it into your routine.  I love essential oils, they transport me to another place and make me feel connected and calm.  I take time to apply them and let them soak in.  Sometimes I lay on the floor in child’s pose.  Sometimes, I go on facebook and look at what the rest of the world is doing.  The idea is to take a break and fill it with what you love.
  5. Drink water.  I might have to write a whole other blog on just water.  We are make of cells, cells are made of water.  When we drink water, we replenish our cells, and flush out toxins.  There are endless benefits of drinking water.  There are hundreds of types of water bottles out there, find one you love and start toting around one of the greatest resources we have in life.
  6. Go Outside.  If you have more than 5 mins then please stay outside as long as you can.  But if all you have is 5 mins, then just get out there.  You do not have to be on top of a mountain, or near a park, just feeling the elements on your face can have amazing affects and change your day.  Don’t let rain or cold weather stop you.
  7. Stretch and do yoga.  Moving, stretching, and breathing all changes our perspective and helps us relax and rejuvenate.  If you only have a short amount of time, do some light stretching, and pick one pose you would like to practice.  There are even stretches and poses available that you can do right at your desk if you need to.  Of course if you have more time, do more.
  8. Shut the screens off.  We love our screens, they are these amazing devices that connect us to people, ideas, discussions, entertainment, and endless information, but we do need to shut them off and reconnect with what is around us.  This one, I suggest doing for more than 5 mins a day.  If grabbing your phone has become a habit when you are waiting in line, on public transportation, eating, or sitting in a park.  I suggest holding off for five minutes and take in your surroundings, connect with what is around you.  Sleep studies have also suggested for optimal sleep, shutting off screens at least an hour before bed and not using them in your bedroom.
  9. Think of a few things you are grateful for.  I aim for 3 each evening.  You can of course do this at anytime of the day, but it is something that I have worked into my evening routine.  It can be something that happened that day or something that you are overall grateful for.  For me this helps me wrap up the day on a positive note.
  10. Take time to breath, meditate, and sleep.  Right before bed when my mind quiets down, is when I tend to remember all of the things that I did not do that day, and all of the things that I have to do the next day.  Just write them down and move on.  This day is done and tomorrow is an entirely different day.  Let this day go.  Take another 5 or more minutes to breath and meditate.  Go back to that positive mantra, fill your mind with that thought and let all the other distractions melt away, so you can enjoy a night of rest and start again fresh tomorrow.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Maietta

Rachel is the office manager at Prama Wellness Center, office assistant at Prama Institute, and a dedicated mother.  She holds BA in Developmental Psychology from Suffolk University.  She started her interest in health and wellness when starting her yoga and meditation practice 18 years ago.  Since then she has attended many workshops, retreats, and trainings on the subject.  She has happily lived and worked in the Prama community with her husband, Alex and their two young boys for the last three years.