FTV News, Boston: Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani visited Boston for the first time on July 4th, on Independence Day. The New England Brahma Kumaris presented Awakening Inner Happiness and Freedom with Sister Shivani, on her first North America tour. The event was held at Ambrosia Weddings & Events, in Foxboro, with nearly 900 enthusiastic participants.
Sr. Mohini, President of the Brahma Kumaris in the Americas, greeted Sr. Shivani and guests via a video message. On behalf of the community, India New England news presented Sr. Shivani with an award for spiritual leadership. Mr. Dev Lingadevaru and Rita Cleary, co-coordinators of NE regional BK activities, welcomed her on behalf of the Brahma Kumaris Boston/New England teachers and students hosting the event. Rita Cleary, and eight BK Raja Yogis from diverse backgrounds, shared their insights and personal experiences of awakening. BK Sr. Elizabeth Padilla sang “We are One Family” and “Om shanti, I am a peaceful soul.”
BK Dr. Kala Iyengar — Director of the Brahma Kumaris Peace Village Retreat Center in New York — offered the possibility of spiritually awakening with loving guidance, and connecting to the Source of inner happiness and inner freedom. She likened awakening with Brahma Kumaris to being awakened by God’s sweet mothers.
Sr. Shivani, greeting everyone with “Om shanti: I am a peaceful being,” invoked a moment of silent reflection, inviting each to personally explore and open to the feelings and experience of inner happiness and freedom. What does independence truly mean to me, the inner being? Sr. Shivani, in her uniquely personable style, engaged all in thinking practically about the connection between thoughts, beliefs, feelings, inner stability, and freeing ourselves from dependence on outer stimulus (objects, events, or people). She offered clear and practical steps toward the Raja Yoga path of true self-independence. By empowering myself to take responsibility for my own creation, my own thoughts, she said, I can choose to create a life destiny of happiness. Today is my independence day!
Sr. Shivani invited everyone to experience more of what she had been sharing by visiting a local BK center. As guests left the hall in peaceful, reflective silence, each received a sweet and a personal blessing card with an angel. One said, with a cheerful smile, “This was the best day of my life.”
The Brahma Kumaris offer meditation classes and practical Raja Yoga courses in 5 locations: Watertown; Cambridge; Shrewsbury; Providence, RI; and Manchester, NH. Call 617-926-1230 or visit bknewengland.org.