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BEACONS OF LIGHT

Ideological Flow and the Eightfold Path

by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
So many times I said that human existence is an ideological flow. You know, plants, animals and humans all are living beings, but there are certain differences amongst them. Plants cannot move, cannot walk, and certainly they are underdeveloped – they have underdeveloped intellect. They have got intellect, but less development. And in the case of animals, they can move, and they have got a bit developed intellect. In the case of animal life, life means physical pleasure – eating, sleeping, dying. But in the case of humans, it is an ideological flow. That is, a human can desert anything and everything for the sake of his or her ideology. A human can die for the sake of his or her ideology. But animals have got no such ideology, no goal of life; it is a goal-less movement. Animals' movement is a goal-less movement, moving only to get food. (READ FULL ARTICLE)
WINTER BLISS
 
 
We warmly invite you to attend the Winter Bliss retreat at Ananda Kanan 2014 - 2015. Arrival on December 27 and departure on January 1, 2015. The program will include devotional programs that culminate in akhanda kiirtana into the New Year. 
Further information will be posted in the coming weeks. Please contact the Sectorial Office Secretary (SOS), Dada Diiptimanananda for registration and information. 
Telephone: +1 718 898 1603
Meditation Weekend at Los Altos Hills
 
Welcome to join a meditation weekend at Los Altos Hills jagrti during the weekend December 6 & 7, 2014! This will be a chance to go deeply into meditation with sadhana shivir, akhanda kiirtana and sharing of devotional stories. Arrival is on Friday Dec. 5 evening and the program will end on Sunday afternoon (after akhanda kiirtan and collective lunch.) For further details contact SOS, Dada Diiptimanananda.

GLOBAL NEWS

Dharma Maha Sammelan is a program that is bringing Ananda Marga to be appreciated in all its aspects: spiritual, cultural, artistic and social. In the picture the DMS in Malur near Bangalore, India
AMURT volunteers Dadas and didis serving flood affected people in jammu and kashmir
Dada Anudhyanananda: October 8 Deoghar, India - Today is kiirtan day. The place where I m standing in this picture is the place where first collective kiirtan "Baba Nam Kevalam" was sung by many devotees.

AMURT Lebanon secured funding for an education project benefitting 800 Syrian refugee children in for one year. 200 will study at the AMURT facility and 600 will be supported in the public school. The AMURT project and office is now located in a spacious facility with 9 classrooms, large hall, sports field and adjoining offices. - Dada Unmantrananda

ITALY - Participated in the Alimentanima Festival together with other 6 acaryas. More than 3.000 people intervened at different times. I was recorded in a video interview, which will be part of the CD with all the panelists of the conferences. The event was organized and managed entirely by Ananda Marga with profits for the Burkina Faso projects managed by Dada Padmeshananda who came and participated. This was the fourth edition for an event spanned over two days in Rome. - Dada Vimaleshananda

NEW YORK SECTOR NEWS

CANADA - Regular Yoga classes in 2 locations of Greater Toronto area.

Lectures on the topic "What is Dharma?" in University at Oshawa Branch UFT. 62 Students attended. Professor James Mcgawin invited Dada Parinirvanananda as guest speaker at the university.

Regular mass feeding in Toronto City with 200 to 300 people benefited.

Meditation Weekend. Dada Diiptimanananda with students from University of Ottawa and Carleton University at Ananda Kanak Master Unit. The picture is taken in the forest of our Master Unit land during a walk in the afternoon.
Ananda Marga Yoga and Meditation Clubs are registered at University of Ottawa and Carleton University since January 2014. This semester started very well with more than three hundred students signing up for email updates on our weekly classes and total of about 35 students coming to the classes that are offered four times a week. Many of the students are already doing meditation and more than half are vegan or vegetarian. There is a growing interest among the students for deep spiritual practice and yoga that includes a holistic spiritual lifestyle. 
We organized a meditation weekend during Sept. 27 - 28, 2014 at Ananda Kanak Master Unit that is located around one hour drive from Ottawa City. The students enjoyed the tranquil environment at the Master Unit and participated in making breads and cake, delicious meals and singing kiirtana and doing meditation both inside and outdoors. Dada Dayashiilananda is now continuing the weekly classes at the universities. - Dada Diiptimanananda
 Last month I went to Florida for pracar work. One old margi family is staying in Orlando since last 3-4 years there. He arranged one meeting for me of few families there and he initiated 4 person there. Now they do Dharma Cakra every Monday there. Attached photo is from Orlando. 
  Last week me and Dada Dharmapremanand ji went New Jersey to give talk in one indian family house where around 25 people attended . Many were interested to know more about Ananda Marga but due shortage of time we left from there. Next visit time we can initiate them.-  Dada Anudhyanananda
Ananda Priti is a beautiful Master Unit situated near San Antonio, Texas.
There a group of margiis welcomed Didi Ananda Dyotona's to their weekly DC. She had come from India to see our WWD projects here in NY sector.
 
In the photo from left to right:
 Didi A. Tapomaya, Didi A. Suthiirta, Bhavasuddha, Kamala, Didi A. Dyotona, Maitreii, Bhaktidevii, Didi A. Hitaesana, Ainjali, Nityananda, Usha', Ainjali's and Nityananda's son, Krsna and Rainjan.
Last weekend Dharma Cakra at Didis' Master Unit some margiis came from Houston , Nityananda and his wife Ainjali. Here she is telling a very touching and also a funny Baba story, her own experience of Baba's grace.
NICARAGUA - The images above refers to a regular feeding program happening every Friday in the Ananda Marga school of Managua. In cooperation with "Comemos Juntos" children of the school help and participate in preparing vegetarian meals learning the cooking skills too. Dada Visnupremananda is the Rector of the school and he is recovering for a multiple fractures accident. Talking with him on occasion of "Dia de la Raza" he mentioned how the school is doing well and he sends greetings to all.

MEXICO AND GUATEMALA - Meditation program in San Cristobal. 20 people attended they learned BNK meditation and about Ananda Marga. Attended two days retreat in Guatemala mountain area. 14 people attended. Cultural pracar program in San Cristobal restaurant. Dada Ragatmananda and friends played music and distributed leaflet and taught Baba Nam Kevalam. 21 benefited. - Dada Ragatmananda

GLOBAL TRENDS

"Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood" (WIKIPEDIA)
What is wrong with being exceptional
by Ac. Vimaleshananda Avt.
 
Autism is a word I discovered recently. Initially I thought it could something related to cars. But it seems accepted that it relates with a peculiar set of behaviors mainly in children in their early age. Among the behaviors is listed the attitude of putting things in order or to play with one object in an obsessive manner.
"I think climate change is Mother Nature's gift to us... And I believe it's not too late and that she is providing opportunities for us to change." — Mark 'Coach' Smallwood, The Rodale Institute
(READ ARTICLE ON COMMON DREAMS)
Suva Spring Rolls
Recipe by Bhaeravii
Ananda Marga River School Spring Festival is held the end of August in Suva Sector and the Maleny Sustainable Wood Expo in the fall in May (the southern hemisphere is opposite seasons than northern in NYS and Berlin). Kamala Alister directs and organizes the entertainment, food, and talks. The food stalls offer what Kamala calls an Indian Feast plate plus a variety of hand foods. Food preparation includes hundreds of samosas and spring rolls aka tasty noodles and vegetables. 

(READ FULL RECIPE)

PRABHATA SAMGIITA

1483 (04/04/1984) K

MUKTA VIHAGA BHESE JÁY
JÁNE NÁ KOTHÁ HOTE ESECHE KON SHROTE
KOTHÁY BÁ SE JE DHÁY DHÁY DHÁY

MUKTA VIHAGA BHESE JÁY

NABHER KON KOŃE JÁTRÁ SHURU HOLO
KOTHÁY BÁ TÁR PÚRŃATÁ ELO
E SAB KE BÁ JÁNE KE BÁ BOJHE
KE BÁ TÁ JÁNITE CÁY CÁY CÁY

MUKTA VIHAGA BHESE JÁY

E VIHAGA ÁCHE SAKALERI MANE
JINÁNE VÁ AJINÁNE NIIRAVE GAHANE
EI VIHAG KE SE SADÁ BHÁLOBÁSE
E KE CHEŔE THÁKÁ DÁY DÁY DÁY

MUKTA VIHAGA BHESE JÁY

BALÁKÁ LOKÁTIITE JÁY JÁY JÁY
MUKTA VIHAGA BHESE JÁY

The free bird keeps on flying.

It does not know
where it came from,
what its origin is,
and where it is heading to.

It does not know
from which recess of the sky its journey started,
and where its fulfilling destination lies.

Who knows and understands all this?
Who cherishes to know it?

This bird exists in everyone's mind,
knowingly or unknowingly,
in deep silence.

It is to be loved always,
because it resides within.

The swan drifts on,
unto a sphere beyond this world.
Published by Ac. Vimalananda Avt. - Sectorial Secretary
Ananda Marga New York Sector
97-38 42nd Ave
Corona, NY 11368
ssny@anandamarga.us
Edited by Ac. Vimaleshananda Avt.
Public Relations Secretary
Ananda Marga New York Sector
prsnys@ampsnews.org
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