Big Heart balloons line the roadways at BK Shantivan


Hello dear friends,

Greetings from Shantivan. 
          So here things are hotting up for one of  the most significant programs that BK has ever held, or so I am told :  a  governor attending, some ministers and a good size list of  distinguished folk from media, politics, religion, industry and bollywood. Security is tight...the decorations are a marvel : every possible vertical surface is draped in flashing, running and jumping fairy lights...and now  I can see the big trees are wound with brightly lit garlands of green. Everything that isn't alight is festooned with bunting and great swirls of coloured cloth..and big Dadi heart balloons are strung along the roadways and dance in the breeze...and floating above everything is a really big round Dadi balloon at the ned of a string of red lights.
          In the 20,000 seat Diamond Hall the stage has been widened to twice the size, and there are rich red drapes hung across the back of the stage in a great arc and a big screen now obscures the customary founder portrait.  'Dadi Prakashmani's Meeting Room has been turned into a pleasantly posh VIP dining room, and, blessings upon us, there  be subtle mealtime music there played from the little stage. The Russians, Indian dance groups and Bollywood session singers are entertaining between this and that and all the well known Indian BKs will be sharing from the stage from time to time:  its a 3 day event. If the Medicasl Wing conference a few days ago, a modest affair for 2000, is anything to go by , this will be spectacular!
          I am hoping to be sitting near to Anna Hazare the activist or, imagine, the religious icon "His Holiness Shree1008 Jagadguru Channa Sidharam Pandtardhya Shivacharya Mahaswamijee -Jagadguru Suryosimhasan Mahapeeth Shrisailam Shreesail Peetha". There's lots more Swamis, at least one Imam and a peace and civil rights activist Christian priest from Sacramento. Oh yes and another Swami who is a famous Pontiff.
          So as you can see the latest Dadi Janki 100th birthday party  has morphed, as per the 30 page program, into a celebration of the roles and achievements of both 'Global Divine Mother Dadi Janki' and 'Divine Messenger of God Dadi Gulzar'...though as more and more party balloons are blown up and tied around the hall, to barriers, ceiling braces and everywhere there's a knob, it looks more like a huge party that the Grannies are throwing for the kids...very appealing! This morning's 'Bhog Message' suggested a feeling for the Subtle would  be a good theme for the event..but..well... we'll see what the children come up with.
           Dada Janki is giving brief and chatty classes which are both endearing and motherly, her energy at 100 astonishes ..though myself... I visit the silence of Tapovan ( a creatively designed  organic farm nearby) and sit in the little forest every afternoon for an hour or two, have a lemongrass chai, pat the dog,  wander round the herb garden along its stony massage path... and  watch the cabbages grow. Recommended.
Love to all
Dadi Gulzar vibes the world!

MABK INFO 22.03.2016 11:14

Hello Pink : DJ join4d some time after 1937 I understand. Or joined and left and rejoined post marriage. 1916 birth date is pretty right.

Pink Panther 23.03.2016 02:19

Story she told- wanted to join but couldn’t till adopted out her baby. Married+gave birth at 14, joined a few years later aged 17ish. Any documentary evidence?

Pink Panther 22.03.2016 09:33

2016-100=1916. However DJ was approx 14-16 y.o. in 1936 she was a child bride with a baby when Om Mandli started, her birthday was around or after 1920 surely?

Anne-Maree 04.02.2016 11:36

Love this wonderfully comical article sharing the unique methods of celebration bk Indian style😍

MABK INFO 30.01.2016 00:37

hardly 'lavish'. 'posh' means chairs and tables instead of forms + benches.indian bks stay in dorms, westnrs + guests good 3 star w/bath. simple+ comfortable T!

MABK INFO 29.01.2016 10:36

Also to consider Tanya is that BK has and continues to provide meaningful employment, skilled and less so, and free health care to hundreds of local people.

Tanya Rose 29.01.2016 11:42

Is providing meaningful employment and free healthcare, a justification for over-spending lavishly? Spiritual organisations should be known for their simplicity

Tanya Rose 29.01.2016 04:58

In a country where a significant amount of population is malnourished and die due to starvation, such extravagant and opulent celebrations seem preposterous!

MABK INFO 29.01.2016 09:48

Absolutely Tanya ..and many would agree, also note the 'blog message'
reference'..which is why I prefer the Tapovan option...

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18.07 | 05:20

dadi prakashmani was a great leader and one of babas favourite students baba use to take her name in sakar murli as an example. Baba used to call her kumarika.

18.07 | 05:16

baba uses destruction word so that brahmins do teevra purusharth

18.07 | 05:11

in murli baba has said sangamyug is 100years baba talks about destructrion so that brahmins purusharth can take lift.babas words are kalyankari

14.06 | 22:39

Goodonya Robin.