[Self-knowledge is the greatest means to attain salvation. People are born as human beings due to their past good samÌskaÌras, but to attain non-qualified liberation, salvation, they will have to attain self-knowledge.]
Ananda Marga summer conference for New York Sector took place at Ananda Kanan from June 29 to July 5, 2014. Participants came from various parts of USA, Canada and Mexico.
There were around twenty five Ananda Margiis participating, seven Dadas and three Didis.
The main speciality of this conference was the blissful and soothing atmosphere created by the kiirtana and the sincerity of everyone in their spiritual practice. Eight akhanda kiirtana took place, mostly in the early morning after paincajainya and in the afternoon. The spiritual vibration was building up until the last day and the kiirtana was getting more and more intense. The devotional feeling that was felt by everyone made the whole day blissful and all the other programs enjoyable. (READ MORE)
The Sarkar Game has been one of the major highlights of the Summer Conference. In the image some of the participants act according to their group belonging varna or color. Participation in the Sarkar Game opens to the practical understanding of PROUT - Progressive Utilization Theory.
Dada Divyalokehananda was the celebrated guest at the biggest theatre in Cuernavaca called "Theatre Ocampo Cuernavaca".
Friday 11th of July 2014 Ac. Divyalokeshananda Avt. accompanied three songs on the violin in a group of eight persons promoting Nawatle language in a three hour program organised by the Governor of Morelos to promote indigenous languages in the biggest theatre in Cuernavaca. The theatre was packed full with at least 600 people and the program was broadcasted live on TV to over one million homes in Mexico. "Of course I was in full uniform. This was a program sponsored and organised by the governor himself. I was even paid for it and will get a certificate for my program and participation. This program is exactly what Baba likes so much. To promote backward casts, classes, minority groups, exploited groups and nations etc. So, Ananda Marga was involved on grand scale in it
Saturday, 5th of July 2014 Dada was on radio live! He was given an interview with a radio station called Lucaradio and could speak for half an hour about the link of music and meditation. He played live a music piece by J.S.Bach and then talked about meditation, yoga, diet and Ananda Marga philosophy. This radio program was signaled up to Venezuela. A few days later meeting the director of the radio station Dada was told that people reported to have been crying out of happiness.
Wednesday 11th of June 2014, Dada gave a public sitar concert in an educational institution called CIDHEM (Centro De Investigation y Docencia en Humanidades Del Estado De Morelos) with tabla accompaniment. It can be seen on you tube now.
AMURT Lebanon Child Friendly Spaces
May monthly report 2014
New Location and Opening Ceremony
As reported last month, we completed construction work on the second floor of the AMURT office in Boqaata and began Child-Friendly Space (CFS) operation in late April. In May, the total number of registered children reached 121, with an average attendance of 75 children on a daily basis.
The children were asked to choose a name for the CFS. They said they were like flowers in a garden, as the space is very colourful and finally decided to call it Children's' Garden. (READ THE FULL REPORT)
Bok Choy Salad Recipe by Bhaeravii
Baby bok choy is a type of non-head forming cabbage that is smaller and has a milder flavor than a regular bunch of bok choy, which is the size of celery. Bok choy, also called Chinese cabbage or Shanghai bok choy, is a cruciferous vegetables that has long been a staple of Asian cooking. Baby bok choy is more tender than regular bok choy and has succulent pale green stems with slightly darker green leaves, so it makes a great raw salad as well as braised vegetable. Bok choy is in the turnip family along with cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. In Cantonese, bok choy translates to white vegetable.
Bok choy is one of the popular leafy-vegetables very low in calories. Nonetheless, it is very rich source of many vital phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals and health-benefiting anti-oxidants.
As in other Brassica family vegetables, bok choy too contains certain anti-oxidant plant chemicals like thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates. Along with dietary fiber, vitamins these compounds help to protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" levels in the blood.
Bok-choy has more vitamin A, carotenes, and other flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants than cabbage, cauliflower, etc.
Fresh bok choy has many vital B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B6), riboflavin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine, and thiamin (vitamin B-1), great news for vegetarians. These vitamins are essential in the sense that our body requires them from external sources to replenish.
Bok Choy Salad with Soy Vinaigrette Serves 2 to 4
1-1/2 lbs baby bok choy (3 or 4 heads) 1/4 cup sliced or slivered raw almonds Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons) 2 tablespoons soy sauce (regular or reduced sodium) 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon olive oil Slice baby bok choy crosswise into thin strips, discarding base. Rinse in a colander and spin dry. Put in a salad bowl. Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden; pour onto a plate and set aside to cool. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, soy sauce, and sugar; stir to blend in sugar. Stir in oil. Pour over bok choy; add almonds and toss well. Serve right away.
Welcome to Radio Ananda Marga. Listen to beautiful Kiirtans, amazing Prabhat Samgiita and a selection of discourses given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, founder of Ananda Marga. Visit ram.ampsnews.org and select your playlist.
Published by Ac. Vimalananda Avt. - Sectorial Secretary