New York Sector Good News – May to August 2018

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25th of May. Queens Chamber of Commerce invited Ananda Marga to Free Skill Training. More than ten organizations, non-profit and spiritual organizations were there. Ananda Marga also participated in the program. The president of Chamber of Commerce was introduced to Ananda Marga. Ac. Abhiramananda Avt. and Ac. Kovid Brc. Participated and made good relations.

“Curtain Raiser for International Yoga Day” May 29. International Yoga program was organized by TV Asia, Mr. Shah

Mr. Sandeep Chatterjee, consul of India was the main guest of the program. Ac. Abhiramananda Avt. and Ac. Sarvajiitananda avt. participated in the program. It was highlighted Ananda Marga amongst all the media and members of the yoga organizations and consulate of India and the president of TV Asia News Channel have recognized the presence of Ananda Marga in the programs.

May 30. HWPL organized the program at United Nations with Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL. Usually every year they organize a program to celebrate the peace agreement in the United Nations. The chairman of this international organization was the chief guest and numbers of high dignitaries of UN, religious leaders and the civil society, and other activists and media were present. Ananda Marga was one of the delegates. It was a wonderful conference and Mr. Lee met with Acarya Abhiramananda Avadhuta, a representative of Ananda Marga. He appreciated his presence and invited to Korea for an international event. A great historic program was conducted and numbers of sympathizers and VIP dignitaries of UN came in contact with Ananda Marga.

Detox Program was organized in the NY Sectorial Office from 28th of May to 5th of June. The incentive was taken by Ac. Abhiramananda Avt, and Ac. Anudhyananannada Avt. and Ac. Kovid Brc., and Ac. Dharmavedananda Avt. was the coach of the detox program It was wonderful pracar program was conducted more than 25 people participated and two senior centers and two yoga centers were visited and talked about the benefit of detox and Ananda Marga meditation. More than 200 people were accessed during the program. Four were initiated and numbers of sympathizers were created. It was a good impact made in the eyes of New York City residents.

International Yoga Day on June 21 was celebrated in New York with several events. 

On Saturday, June 16, the Consulate of India organized a major program on the Governors Island in New York. Sandeep Chatterjee is the consul general and invited Ananda Marga to participate in this event. Various yoga organizations were there and a New York City yoga dance group, the Battery Dance performed. Ananda Marga in collaboration with the World Yoga Community performed a devotional song before all the guests and yoga participants. A number of organizations recognized Ananda Marga and their performance.

On June 20 and 21, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations organized important events at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York. It was the great chance of Ananda Marga during the events of Yoga Day in United Nations. Thousands and thousands of people participated in yoga workshops by different yoga experts. A great number of yoga groups, civil society, spiritual groups, scientists, doctors, and high officials of India, ambassadors of different countries were invited by the Permanent Mission of India. Ac. Rudrananda Avt., Central Representative accompanied with Ac. Abhiramananda Avt., Ac. Anudhyanananda, Ac. Diiptimanananda Avt., Ac. Kovid Brc, and Avtk. Ananda Acira Ac. During the event, we met numbers of people, introduced Ananda Marga, numbers of VIP contacts were contacted. Ac. Rudrananda Avt. was interviewed by TV Asia and different other channels. So many media people were attracted to the orange dress and one of the best highlights of the program was the UN News highlighted the participation of Ananda Marga. Many groups were taking pictures with the Dadas and Didis. Thousands and thousands of people were accessed and presented by Ananda Marga. A number of sympathizers were created.

The event on June 20 was held outdoors in beautiful weather. The program featured several spiritual groups, important spiritual teachers of India, artists, and yoga teachers. Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin gave a speech on the importance of yoga and other dignitaries. The Central Representative, Acarya Rudrananda Avadhuta, Acarya Abhiramananda Avadhuta (SS NY), and all Dadas and Didis that are currently working in New York participated in the program and were interviewed by TV stations and local newspapers. 

On June 21, the Permanent Mission of India to UN held a Yoga International Conference inside the United Nations. It was a great exposure to Ananda Marga during this conference. We were more than 8 Dadas and Didis. A huge presence was shown during the conference. The panel discussion on “Yoga for Peace” in the conference area of the United Nations Building. Many important contributors to yoga were present in this panel discussion. The Ananda Marga Central Representative, Acarya Rudrananda Avadhuta shared his views on how Ananda Marga yoga and spiritual practices were transforming people’s lives in Russia, and how young people are joining Ananda Marga Whole Timer training is training in the Philippines and India. All Dadas and Didis currently in New York participated in this event and interacted with the other participants after the panel discussions had finished.

The chief guest of the panel, Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Founder and Chancellor of the S-VYASA Deemed University in Bengalaru, Eric Bowman a peace activist, Lila Lolling, founder of Deaf Yoga Foundation, Srinivasan Swami in the International Shivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, John Bennet, war veteran of USA and Madhusudhan Balasubramanian, founder of Virtual Reality MYSTICS. These were the panelists of the conference. Various participants were from different corners of the world like spiritual groups, yoga groups, civil society, scientists, ambassadors of different countries, non-profit organizations and high dignitaries of the Permanent Mission of India. Ananda Marga was one of the delegates was recognized during the conference. It was healthy discussion in the field of health and happiness done by the all the panelists of this conference, in the last, during the Question and Answer session, Ananda Marga got chance to share something about contribution of yoga and health for the humanity. Ac. Rudrananda Avt. shared his view and how the new people from Russia, USA, Phillipines, India and different corners of the world are working closely with the soeicty and youth. Yoga is the pioneers to unify and make their mind positive and universal. All dignitaries were recognized and after that all come to end and the ambassador of India, was appreciating Ananda Marga contribution. Collective photographs and individual photographs were taken. It was a great history in United Nations.

June 22 in Sectorial Office a wonderful event was organized. We invited different sympathizers, Margiis, yoga teachers, and other delegates, and religious organizations, non-profit organizations, and Ac. Rudranand aAvt. Was the chief guest in this program. The president of World Yoga Community was the guest of honor. The Mystic Visual Yoga Group, Madhusudhan was invited to the program. One Swami from Bharata Ashram. It was very peaceful and religious gathering. During the program we represented Ananda Marga by slideshow, practical yoga postures, and different delegates shared their positive view in the field of health, happiness, and yoga. Everyone feel relax, homely and positive. The output of the program was that one Chinese sister, Ping Ping and her family attracted to this program. She was so closer with Ananda Marga and Ac. Rudrananda. She is a good sympathizers and merging ahead. In the future become good Margii. In this particular event present to the ambassador of India.

International Yoga Day on June 24 was organized by RSS in New Jersey in collaboration with Gayatri Samaj and other organizations. Ananda Marga was invited and Ac. Rudrananda Avt. was the chief guest. He lightened the candle and inaugurated the program. More than six hundred participants of New Jersey were participated in the program. The Consulate General of India representatives recognized and appreciated Ananda Marga in the International Yoga Day. Different media interviewed Ac. Rudrananda Avt. The president of Gayatri Samaj came closer and the mayor of the city Brian C Wahler, Piscataway Township, New Jersey. It was good exposure and explore in different way Ananda Marga in USA during the International Yoga Day.

25th of June one of the senior center of Long Island called Apnaghar, Shrii Bobby Kumar invited. He is a known politician of Long Island. He invited Ananda Marga to celebrate, to educate the seniors about their health and happiness. Ananda Marga spent time with the seniors. Ac. Rudrananda Avt. Ac. Abhiramannada Avt, and Avtk. Ananda Sutiirtha Ac. were guests and teachers to educate the seniors. To perform yoga practically and with theory. It was a wonderful program and many people were benefitted. In the eyes of Long Island people, Ananda Marga was the best organization around the globe, and particularly the monks and nuns are working hard for the upliftment of the mankind and the values.

Ananda Kanan Spiritual Conference, July 1 – 7, 2018

Ananda Marga Spiritual Conference was held at Ananda Kanan Master Unit July 1 – 7, 2018. Acarya Rudrananda Avadhuta was Central Representative and gave classes on spiritual philosophy and inspiration during various occasions. Sixty Margiis and twenty Whole Time Acaryas participated in the retreat. It was a great emergence was shown during the conference of New York Sector in the month of July 2018 at Ananda Kanan. Ac. Rudranand aAvt was the Central R. and source of inspirtation. For the highlights of the program was seminar, organizational meetings, RAWA program, Anadna Mela, and different workshops. The output of the program was two LFT were created, many new Margiis participated in the program. The program was so peaceful and inspiring and devotional and output oriented. This year the Sector is merging ahead to take the better responsibility and teamwork of all Dadas and Didis and Margiis. It was the great achievement last one year. More than 22 units are active and ACB members, Bhukti Pradhans, and WWD presence, active participation was shown. These are the achievements of the event. Every year the number is increasing and structurize and safe of the Sector. The Conference started with Ananda Marga Seminar. Central Representative Acarya Rudrananda Avadhuta gave classes on Yoga and Bhakti and Adarsha and Iista, and Acarya Diiptimanananda Avadhuta gave class on Sadvipra. On July 3 afternoon the seminar concluded with Departmental and Trade meetings, review of last six months and presentation of the plans for the next six months.

Most of the evening programs were devotional in nature with two Katha Kiirtana and story telling by the bonfire on the last day. The last program of the day was always Avarta Kiirtana and collective meditation.

On 4th of July, everyone joined the Parade at Willow Springs. The annual parade is a very nice event where all the residents of Willow Springs and nearby farmers line up at the side of the main street of Willow Springs. The Parade has normally many decorated vintage cars, tractors, horse carts and other special vehicles where the owners also dress up in costumes and throw candy and other sweets to the children and adults watching the Parade. 

The celebration of the 4th of July has a very local and characteristic feeling and Ananda Marga is accepted in the community and adds color to the festivity. The Margiis, Dadas, and Didis walked with Ananda Marga banner and sang Kiirtana for everyone.

Ac. Dhruva lead a small team of volunteers for the annual road cleaning by the highway close to Ananda Kanan, and was joined by more Margiis and WTs after the Parade. 

In the evening of 4th of July, a RAWA cultural program was organized by Devika, Bhagwanti, and Sandeep Khanuja. The program was very lively with many nice performances. Some of the highlights included a beautiful yoga dance performed by Akhileshvarii and Svasti and choreographed by Avadhutika Ananda Acira Acarya. Yudhisthiira from Phoenix performed an American folk song, LFT brothers Rajdeep and Trimurti did a Martial Arts demonstration, and Margiis performed Bhajans and Prabhata Samgiita. 

On 5th of July most of the participants went for outing by the nearby river. The weather was very pleasant during the outing and the Margiis, Dadas and Didis enjoyed outdoor meditation and picnic. 

On the last day there was Ananda Mela, a sport and game program where everyone, old and young joined fun games and sports in the hot morning sun. The conference concluded with Akhanda Kiirtana, closing ceremony, and Baba Video. 

During the conference all the programs were smoothly on time by the collective effort of everyone and good time keeping and humorous reminders of Acarya Satyamitrananda Avadhuta. Two LFT brothers, Trimurti from San Fransisco and Rajdeep from Brazil helped with the programs and preparations and lead the team of young Margiis. The young Margiis performed dramas and dance in the RAWA evening program, and took active part in other programs. Acarya Muktatmananda Avadhuta did a wonderful job in organizing the kitchen cooking and cleaning that was all done by the participants. Brother Sudhiira is taking care of Ananda Kanan with the help of Acarya Krsnabuddhyananda Avadhuta. Sudhiira’s untiring effort to keep Ananda Kanan in optimal condition is appreciated by everyone. 

The preparations of the conference have been going on for the last one year under the guidance of Acarya Abhiramananda Avadhuta, Sectorial Secretary of Ananda Marga in New York Sector. Many thanks to the NY Sectorial ACB Committee Members who took active participation in the plannig and preparation of the Conference, and other Margiis, Dadas and Didis. 

RAWA Cultural Program in Sterling, Virginia

RAWA Cultural Program was held at Sterling, Virginia on Sunday, July 15, 2018, featuring Indian classical Bharatnatyam dance based on Prabhata Samgiita and Indian Bhajans. The RAWA program was organized by Sandeep Khanuja and his family, Bhagwanti Khushalani, and the Margiis in Virginia and Washington DC. The dancers were from a dance school in Sterling, Virginia lead by the renowned dancer and choreographer Lavanya Gantashala. The dancers were all students of the school and were from elementary school to graduate. Acarya Diiptimanananda Avadhuta, Bhagwanti, and Sandeep also sang Prabhata Samgiita with the accompaniment of tabla.

The dance performances were very well performed and choreographed. Thirty-five families of the children were there. Around one hundred fifty people attended the program including the performers and guests.

Acarya Iishvarkrsnanda Avadhuta is the RU/RAWA Secretary of Ananda Marga and he gave a short introduction to RAWA at the beginning of the event. Acarya Rudrananda Avadhuta gave a talk about RAWA and culture.

Ananda Marga Presentation at Queens Business Expo

On June 21, 2018, a team of Dadas and Didis had an information table at the Queens Chamber of Commerce business expo at City Field, Mets Stadium in Queens, New York. This was a good opportunity to network with other non-profits, businesses, and other people. More than fifteen hundred people attended the event and many passed by at the information table and showed interest in learning Ananda Marga meditation and yoga.

The Los Angeles Jagrti has been under renovations for the last one year. Acarya Muktatmananda Avadhuta has taken all necessary permits from Los Angeles City. The parking lot and driveway had to be redesign and pawed with concrete. This was needed to continue the permits for the feeding program at L.A. Jagrti that currently serves around 30 tons of food monthly to nearby families and homeless people in downtown Los Angeles.

Ac Dayashiilananda Avt (DS Montreal) takes care of the Ananda Kanak Master Unit in the summers. On August 3 – 5, Margiis came from Toronto and had a weekend seminar in the Master Unit. In the summer, Margiis and Ananda Marga sympathizers often visit Dada in the Master Unit for Satsaunga and enjoying the beautiful environment.

On June 30, Dada was in Ottawa on the occasion of African countries cultural week, and met different groups and interesting people who were curious to know about Ananda Marga.

Ac. Unmantrananda Avt. (IFACE) visited New York Sector this summer, participated in the RDS and retreat at Ananda Kanan and organized ETC Camp for the workers and LFTs.

The Project Management Seminar held on July 8 – 10, 2018 at Ananda Kanan was a success with the participation of 20 acaryas and Margis of New York Sector. Dada Unmantrananda led the seminar in a professional fashion and allowed all the participants to gain a better insight into the Project Management phases of development

AMURT in Bangladesh runs 3 Child Friendly Spaces for 550 Rohingya Refugee children.

Ac. Anudhyanananda Avt. (CSS) got the US visa and came to USA in May. He organized a detox camp in Sectorial Office and all the summer programs in New York and Ananda Kanan.

A’carya Parinirva’na’nanda Avadhuta (D.G. Seva Dal)

Weekly classes on Yoga Meditation & Social & Spiritual Philosophy/ in greater Toronto area colleges & universities, Temples.

Regular Mass feeding in Downtown Toronto every Sunday afternoon more then 200 people are benefitted.

2 mini-Seminars to total 20 new youths & students on spiritual & social philosophy, Kiirtan & Meditation at Scarborough May 12 — 3 Initiations.

Ac Kovid Brc (RS Los Angeles) An RU Club has started up in Guatemala City. Repairs were made so that the Guatemala Jagrti was reconnected to the water supply.

Ac. Advayananda Avt (SFS-PU)

*Free regular weekly classes on Yoga Meditation & Social Philosophy/PROUT in Dallas area colleges & universities, Addictions Recovery Center to help drug/alcohol addicts-Yoga Meditation for All/Poor Program

*2 mini-Seminars to total 20 new youths & students on spiritual & social/PROUT philosophy, Kiirtan & Meditation at end of Dallas Area College/University semesters May 02 — 3 Initiations.

* July 21, Frisco, Texas—1 seminar for new professionals and students organized, 25 persons, Spiritual & Social Philosophy, total 6 Initiations.

* Ongoing work with senior PROUTists Professor Ravi Batra, others to popularize PROUTist concepts, programs through seminars, literature, meetings in Dallas and around the sector. Yogendra and Devadiip in Mexico networking with activists, politicians in recent national elections.

Yoga Teacher Training was organized at Sectorial Office in New York. More than eight Dadas participated and five graduated. The training was 200 Hours and now we are recognized by the Yoga Alliance in America. We are able to give the class in any corner of USA and internationally. Graduated in during the program Ac. Abhiramananda Avt., Ac. Anudhyanananda Avt, Ac. Sarvajiitananda Avt., and Ac. Satyamitrananda Avt.

Arsya Vidya Gurukulam in Pensylvania invited Ananda Marga to their 32 Birth Anniversary of their Swami Dayananda, the founder of Arsya Vidya Gurukulam. More than six hundred participants were there. A hub of nature, the Ashram was built, the Gurukul taught to the community, meditation, Vedanta, yoga, culture, Ananda Marga is one of the best friend of Arsya Vidya Gurukulam. Usually the president invited from time to time to educate the people. The 12th of August It was huge gathering of the devotees of the Gurukulam. The numbers of the dignitaries were there. Ananda Marga was recognized during the program. Ac. Abhiramananda Avt. and Ac. Anudhyanananda Avt.

August 15 Flag Hosting Program by Consulate General of India.

Indian Independence Day

A parade was organized by the Indian American Cultural Society of New Jersey and the Indian American Man Making Group of New Jersey. The president of this organization, Shree Pradiip Kothari invited Ananda Marga. During the flag hosting, numbers of high dignitaries, consulate of India and many media people and religious organization and non-profit organizations participated. Amongst the India American community. Ananda Marga was recognized and highlighted. During the program, Ac. Abhiramananda Avt and Ac. Anudhyanananda Avt. were interviewed by TV Asia and the Mayor of New Jersey, Edison was recognized and came into the closer. Then he was so happy and invited Ananda Marga to open one center in New Jersey, Edison. And all practical help and support will be given. In the future Ananda Marga will present their proposal to the mayor of Edison. A number of sympathizers were created during the program.

India parade was organized by the Permanent Mission of India and different India American organizations. A successful India Independence Celebration was organized. More than 200 organizations and their different cultural exposure and effective performance was performed during the parade and showed their strength of India and in the Gov of USA. More than 25 thousand Indians participated in the program and the India Independence Day was effectively celebrated in New York. Numbers of media of the world were interviewed and publicized and highlighted this India parade. The Gov. of US supported a lot for this event and all high officials, security, and city support was there. Durig the program Andna Marga was highlighted. Ac. Anudhyanananda Avt. Ac Abhiramananda Avt. And Ac. IK were present with the collaboration of World Yoga Community during the parade. A number of the people were attracted by the uniform and the more than 300 leaflets were distributed. Many of the people came into the close of Ananda Marga.