|AHYMSIN NEWSLETTER, ISSUE - Jan 2017|
Meditation in Action
by Wolfgang Bischoff
I invite you all to become still during your meditation time to cultivate the culture of stillness, awareness and meditation.
Sri Swami Rama taught that Yoga is Meditation in Action. That means that the power we are gaining in our silent meditations can show itself and prove itself in daily life: in the ability to learn to ask questions, to listen, to try to understand to realize our permanent judgments and to stop them, because they make us blind.
This form of Meditation in Action lives in the country development project of Odisha, founded by Bhagabandev. For more than 15 years the poorest of the poor children in this world receive a spiritual education, healthcare and a promising future. Every year there is a big celebration with 15,000 visitors at the foundation day of that project.
Last year something wonderful happened: 5 of the oldest girl-students, 15-years old, appeared on the stage and played a drama which they have written and created all alone without the help of any adults.
They expressed the suffering of girls and women in India:
Why do I write this to you? On 12 January 2017, a Full Meditation Day, I became 70 years old. I am serving now the Himalayan Tradition for 36 years and support the Odisha Project for 15 years. Together with Bhagabandev I conduct silence retreats in Güldenholm every November. Out of these silent meditations over 6 days develops the strength to support the now 120 children, girls and boys, to lead a dignified life, to learn and grow. As you can see in the drama, this Meditation in Action helps the children to develop self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. This deserves our full support.
Therefore I would like to ask all of you for a birthday present: please give me one hour of silence to think about these children. After that please give a donation to that bank account: Manini e.V.—GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG IBAN : DE58430609672033038100 BIC : GENODEM1GLS——BOCHUM—GERMANY.
In deepest gratitude and love to be allowed to serve the Himalayan Tradition over such a long time.
I greet you all as my dearest brothers and sisters,
For more about the Odisha project, please use this link: http://www.orissa-soll-leben.de/
Bhagabandev is founder of the schools and founder of the Nava Prabhat Charitable Trust (NPCT). The NPCT is recognised as a charitable non-profit organisation in India and monitors the proper allocation of all funds. Bhagaban Dev is also the school principal. He was raised in the village of Nuapali (new village) in Orissa. As a child he was among the few privileged children who could afford to attend a public school. As early as then he decided that he would later build a school for all those other children who could not afford the fees.
Odisha, a state in India, was formerly named Orissa.