Ánanda Púrn’ima Celebrations 2019 (Bábá Birthday)

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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. 

Acarya Shankarananda Avadhuta sharing his spiritual insight on the topic of the Ananda Vanii
Brother Siddhartha Dev singing a beautiful devotional song in Bengali and accompanying himself on guitar.
Six-hours Akhanda Kiirtana on Saturday morning.

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.

Akhanda Kiirtana on Ananda Purnima in Dallas Jagrti
Akhanda Kiirtana on Ananda Purnima in Dallas Jagrti

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.

Service on Ananda Purnima – Dada Advayananda with disabled seniors at the Lindal Nursing Home.
Seniors enjoying Kiirtana on Ananda Purnima
Nivedita was the main organizer of the Ánanda Púrn’imá service program at Lindan Park Nursing Center, teaching wheelchair-bound seniors Kiirtana.
One touching heartfelt moment that was captured during the service at the elderly nursing home – Both are one-handed and Dada joined their hands.

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.

Spring cleaning before Ananda Purnima at Ananda Kanak Master Unit
Kiirtana during Ananda Purnima Celebrations at Ananda Kanak
Dharma Cakra
Collective meal on Ananda Purnima in Ananda Kanak Master Unit

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.

After collective meditation during the Ananda Purnima Celebration in Didi’s Jagrti in Cuernavaca
Nice birthday cake and cupcakes at Baba’s Birthday
Collective Meditation (Dharma Cakra) in Didi’s Jagrti in Cuernavaca

Collective meal after the Ananda Purnima program in Cuernavaca Jagrti