Ánanda Púrn’ima was celebrated all over the Sector on Saturday, May 18, 2019, with Kiirtana, devotional programs, RAWA cultural programs, service activities, and collective meals. Ánanda Púrn’ima is the celebration of the birthday of Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrtiji (Bábá), the Guru and founder of Ananda Marga. He was born at 6:07 a.m. on the full moon of the Indian month of Vaeshakh (Buddha Púrn’ima.) As the birthday follows the moon calendar, the date of the birthday is different every year.
In New York Sectorial Office we started with Akhanda Kiirtana on Friday evening, May 17 and continued with Prabhata Samgiita, and six hours Akhanda Kiirtana on Saturday morning, starting from 6:07 a.m. to 12:07 p.m., followed by the reading of Ananda Vánii, Baba Video, spiritual sharing and festive lunch. In the afternoon we had a RAWA program with devotional songs and Dharma Cakra. More than fifty Margiis and Ácárya’s participated in the program.
Ananda Purnima Celebrations in Dallas Jagrti and Service at Lindal Nursing Home
Baba’s Birthday celebrations took place in our Dallas Jagrti/PU Office with the singing of Prabhat Samgiita and Akhanda Kiirtana, Dharma Cakra, and Ananda Va’nii reading in different languages, BABA Katha (Stories) and Collective Meal and Prasad, attended by about 35 total Margiis in morning and afternoon programs. All enjoyed the Blissful Satsaunga and Spiritually-charged vibrations and atmosphere created.
After blissful celebrations at our Jagrti, we went to the Lindal Nursing Home, nearby the Jagrti, where sister Nivedita organized a session with the senior/disabled inhabitants, leading all in Blissful Kiirtan, Chair Yoga and simple Meditation, which many expressed that they truly enjoyed the peaceful, uplifting, Spiritual atmosphere generated; many expressed Joy, Peace, Serenity and felt relief from their disabilities, loneliness, depression, health challenges…their Joy is evident in the photos and videos.
Ananda Purnima Celebrations at Ananda Kanak Master Unit in Quebec, Canada
On May 18 afternoon we celebrated Ananda Purnima at Ananda Kanak Master Unit. Seven brothers and sisters plus two kids came from Montreal, Gatineau, and Ottawa. Everyone worked to make the place ready for the program. When sister Jayanti was skillfully leading the collective singing of Prabhat Samgiit the spiritual flow started building up quickly. The Kiirtana accompanied by drum and guitar was very good; that generated a truly blissful flow.
The Ananda Vanii was read in Hindi, English, and French; then followed Baba’s video. The program concluded with a potluck collective meal that everyone enjoyed.
Ananda Purnima Celebrations in Toronto
The Margiis in Greater Toronto joined for three-hours Akhanda Kiirtana at Mehool Dave’s house on May 18, 2019, to celebrate Ananda Purnima.
Ananda Purnima Celebrations in Cuernavaca, Mexico
Ananda Purnima was celebrated in Cuernavaca Jagrti and Didi’s Jagrti with Kiirtana, meditation, and collective meals.