Big screens at the BK Shantivan Diamond hall brought speakers close to the 10,000 people gathered at the Dadis' Big Show.


Governor Draupadi Murmu. A tribal woman, she is Governor of Jharkhand a state in north east where about 30% of the people are tribal:(that term sounds like something of a put down term to me but maybe it isn’t). Her parents, husband and two children all died within a short space of time. She was helped to recover from these traumatic events, by the sisters of the BKs. Indeed when she travels the sisters of wherever she may be bring her her food, and she has a strong commitment to BK.

            Well friends the opening night last Friday 29 January was certainly an exuberant celebration of Indian religion: Shree 108 Jagadgur Mahaswamijee was at centre stage next to the Dadi's, slightly above as per custom. Iman Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Shri Vijay Tiwari, Shree Shree Shivanand Shivacharya, and Rev Michael Moran from Sacramento were all there too.  They boomed and praised and seemed to just enjoy being there. I chatted to my on stage neighbour, the orange robed Swami Sukhatmananda, a jovial Swami from Ahmedhabad whose inspirations to the gathering included a sing along. Previously, Albert from Russia had opened the night entertaining us with a voice of  absolute  class. 

             The next day, I got a bit lost, though I was very touched by the story of Governor Murmu (see pic). The industrialists and politicians were rather dominant, and a long and inelegant 'dance drama' came at us with music ramped to the limit: it was like sitting at a high school pageant in a room full of jackhammers. However, by the final evening cultural order was restored with some dance items from Bollywood, Nepal and Secunderabad ( check out the slide show). Then the fireworks were over,  and the Dadi's quietly departed, thoroughly garlanded...  

                Whether one thinks this kind of show does anything to enhance the reputation of the BKs, and help share their core beliefs and experience, or not, it was a significant and well produced event.

               Some of us were chatting about Shri Shri Ravi Shankar's recent classical music concert with 5,000 flautists and Hari Prasad Chaurasia, leading to a reported silent meditation with 3 million people around the world. I was feeling that the  deep experience  and meditative inspiration that Indian Ragas, music played with heartfelt  expression and love, and the depth that traditional Indian music can bring to the soul, were, as is the norm in BKWSU events, neither present nor appreciated, alas : I was left with a longing for some artistic depth in BK life.Cool




Divine Light Group, Russia
Manjula Ramaswamy Group
BK Murthanjaya onstage, produced Dadis' Big Show
Dadi Janki : Big Birthday at Shantivan
Dancers from Nepal

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25.03 | 12:21

Given that ”God” is whatever you believe God to be (don't tell me your view has never changed), there’s no shortage of ”mysterious ways” to convince ourselves.

13.03 | 01:03

Yes. There is no information on the internet either. Seems to be a complete blackout, like trying to erase the memory of her and her role in the past.

05.03 | 23:45

The short version, to match limited contributions here, he turned up in full ceremonial garb which, for Sikhs, involves a ceremonial bladed weapon. Usual hype.

05.03 | 23:43

The BKs have given more than 3 version of Destruction, the Tree, the 8 Jewels, shape & nature of God/soul etc I'll try and dig out the more reliable account.

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