Half yearly report and good news around the world

Wish you Blissfull happy New year and Baba's grace , good health and Sadhana , May you have Baba's feeling and His dreams at all times.
Namaskar Good news from the World , Hope you can get inspired by readining it.

HALF YEARLY REPORT HIGHLIGHTS OF PUBLIC RELATION WORK IN DELHI SECTOR & Overseas Sector 2008
Ananda Marga is a Socio Spiritual Organization, PR Department have a great duty to propagate the comprehensive Philosophy through Public Program, electronic media, print media, symposium, seminar and Renaissance Universal/RAWA (Renaissance Artists & Writers Association), service program like Natural Calamities, flood and other Relief Activities.
During this half year, PR Department did an efficient public programs in different places of the sector received the appreciation from Higher Government Officials and incredible public opinion of our service activities.
RANCHI REGION:
Second phase Diocese and Dit. level seminar program was held in RANCHI Region.
Bhopal DS organized symposium on the occasion of Prabhata Samgiita Divas held on 14 September 2008, where Dr. Urmila Sirish, an eminent writer from Bhopal was Chief Guest.
First Diocese seminars of Raipur and Bilaspur were held in June 20, 21st and 22nd, where 137 Sadhakas and Sadhikas attended. Press conference was organized during this seminar and Bhukti committees of Raipur, Durg, and Balaghat were constituted. Electronic media and newspaper highlighted this news.
In Sehore, on the occasion of First Diocese Seminar, Procession was organized on 5th July under the special security of Police and local administration. This news was printed and circulated widely by electronic media. Narayana Seva was held where 350 people were benefitted.

Dharma Maha Sammelan at Anandanagar, India

Dear Brother's/Sister's
Namaskar,
Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha will hold Dharma Maha Sammelan on 30,31st Dec. 2008 and 1st Jan. 2009 on the occasion of New Year's Day.

Your are requested to come with all your family members to participate in a big numbers on this holy occasion of New year's Day DMS of 2009 and to get yourself spiritually vibrated by our beloved Baba's Varabhaya Mudra.

In Him
A'carya Nigamananda Avadhu'ta
Public Relations Secretary (Central)
A'nanda Ma'rga Praca'raka Sam'gha

Vegetarians at Brookhaven

Going meatless more than a choice, it's a lifestyle
By: Glenn Sovian, Contributing Writer
Posted: 11/14/05
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it would be unimaginable to most Americans to spend the holiday without turkeys on their tables. For some vegetarians at Brookhaven College, it's the way of life and for good reasons.

A growing number of people are choosing to eliminate animal products from their diets. According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, 2.8 percent of Americans may be considered vegetarians, but many more follow some form of vegetarian diets.

At Brookhaven, those who follow or try to adopt vegetarian lifestyles do so for different reasons, but the overwhelming majority seem to associate it with health issues.

"Personally, I am a vegetarian primarily for health reasons," Brookhaven philosophy instructor Dr. Jerrod Scott said he has been a vegetarian for almost four years. "The consumption of meat is directly linked to different forms of health conditions."

Since becoming a vegetarian, while combined with a daily exercise regimen, Dr. Scott has lost 70 pounds and no longer suffers from other common health conditions.

Yoga Anyone?

Yoga anyone?
By Onkarnath Pandey and Shambhu Sharan
Special to the News Register

Happiness is in the mind, and the mind is supported by the body – a healthy mind lives in a healthy body. Your happiness depends on your mind and it depends on your body. Without physical health you can't be completely happy, and without mental happiness you can't be completely healthy. Health is a positive state; not just the absence of a negative one.

Yoga means “to unify.” It's the holistic approach to all aspects of life: physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga views the person as a whole; as a unique combination of body, mind and soul, and its techniques maintain that body-mind-soul harmony.

By practicing this technique, you can expect the following benefits:

• Increase health, longevity and resistance to sickness
• Attain inner happiness and stress-free environment
• Stamina, vitality, zest for life
• Clarity, concentration and memory
• Increase mental power for more effective study
• Self-confidence and awareness
• Increase creativity and problem solving capacity
• Love for all

Prevention is better than cure.

Nobody can deny that to prevent an illness is far better than to have to cure one. So it's important to live a life that prevents illness from developing, rather than to have to deal with it afterwards. We want to be healthy and stay that way.

Know yourself; take responsibility for your own health; be your own doctor. I'm not saying you're never going to need specialized medical treatment, but at least you can minimize the chance of needing it. What's the use of going to the doctor for something you can cure ten times easier yourself? Or even better, something you could have prevented yourself, with no extra demand on your time or your finances!

Well, the good news is you can start from today! It's not a matter of learning – just knowing what are the right things to do. And it's the doing that counts.

Yoga: A journey within

Yoga: A journey within
NLC student club teaches art free
By Shambhu Sharan

Inner odyssey begins with the physical body – in fact, the body is the vehicle for the journey.

The complex symphony of the body is conducted by a system of glands known as endocrine glands, which secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones have a profound effect on all the body functions – growth, digestion, energy level, heat, metabolism, sexuality, and also on the mind. Over or under secretion of various glands can cause mental disturbances and negative emotions such as anxiety, hatred, fear or anger, which destroy peace of mind.

The most mysterious gland in the human body is the pineal gland, located directly in the center of the brain. Yogis recognized the tremendous importance of this tiny, mushroom-shaped gland, which they called “the place of soul” and “controller of thought.”

Long ago, underdeveloped creatures such as lizards had a third eye in the top of their heads. Gradually, over millions of years of evolution, this ‘eye’ descended into the brain, and became the pineal gland in the human beings.

Scientists found that the pineal gland secretes certain hormones ,which affect all the lower glands and sub-glands. For centuries yogis have realized the proper balance of the hormonal secretions for the control of the mind., and they developed a series of yoga positions designed specifically to affect the endocrine glands.

The physical body is made of food which is the vehicle of mind. The fundamental awareness of spiritual development is the realization, “I am not this physical body.” Thus physical body is a machine and the conscious mind is the controller.

Making a difference

Making a difference
By Glen Sovian
Staff Writer

Day in and day out, first at the Dallas Convention Center and then at Reunion Arena, a bearded man dressed in a characteristically simple, orange-colored outfit and a turban volunteered his time. He was among the most recognizable of volunteers who were handing out fruit drinks and canned food on a daily basis to the Hurricane Katrina victims in Dallas.

He is North Lake student Shambhu Sharan.

More affectionately known as Dada Shubha Cetanananda, Sharan is the president of Renaissance Universal Yoga and Meditation Club at North Lake. On a larger scale, he is also the president of Ananda Marga Dallas Region.

Ananda Marga is a worldwide organization dedicated to dharma (righteousness) and social service by providing services to those in need.

“Since my childhood, I have become used to doing service relief work to help people who suffer from natural calamities or disasters in India,” said Sharan, an international student from India.

The organization has responded to natural and man-made disasters in every continent of the world by providing aid to the victims of earthquakes, fires, droughts, famine and war, including the recent devastation from the tsunami in Asia and now the agony of the Hurricane Katrina. Sharan seeks out those who are in greatest need, even if it means putting himself in discomfort or working long hours.

“I volunteered every day for five to six hours in the weekdays and up to 10 hours in the weekends,” added the freshman, who is interested in peace studies.

Benefits of exercising and dieting

David Cosnecos At 215 pounds is happier and healthier than every he was a year ago. Now he is motivated to help others.

David Cosnecos demonstrates the streches he used to shed more than 110 pounds.
Students makes healthy choices
By: Shamhbu Sharan
Posted: 11/26/08
Eastfield nutrition and exercise science sophomore David Cosnecos (19) lost 110 pounds in one year by exercising and dieting.

"During my young age it didn't matter for some reasons," Cosnecos said. "I felt bad about my shape, especially in high school. When I got older, I became self-conscious."

After graduating from high school in November 2006, Cosnecos started riding his mountain bike, cycling, running and practicing yoga.

The first time, he rode his cycle 20 miles to Eastfield from his home, and continued using it, going to a gym and other places.

He started running for three to four minutes and it gradually increased his running time.

In addition to exercising, Cosnecos controlled his eating and drinking habits. He was eating until he was full. He started eating portions serving size. He stopped drinking sodas, and eating cookies, cakes and chips.

Cosnecos now eats rice, oatmeal, and vegetables; broccoli, carrots, potatoes and celery," "I stay away from fried food." Cosnecos said.

He used the internet to find good food choices.

Cosnecos lost his weight gradually and felt good. He exercises regularly 12 hours a week.

"I tried to lose weight to look better, to be healthier and happier," Cosnecos said.
"That was my motivation."
Cosnecos feels differenct after losing his weight.

"It is such a big difference being a different person," Cosnecos said. "I was less resistance to gravity. It is so much difference. I couldn't imagine it."

Cosnecos practices yoga and meditation as form of exercise.

"I started doing yoga and meditation, which helped me to keep myself focus and gave me a lot of mental strength," Cosnecos said.

Yoga classes offer promising benefits

Yoga classes offer promising benefits
Written by Michelle Leverett
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 08:42 PM
UTA students, faculty and staff can take part of the world of Yoga and Meditation.

Shambu Sharan, UTA Universal Yoga-Meditation Club President started the club to teach free classes to promote physical and mental health.

Sharan said the classes include yogasanas (yoga positions), self-message and relaxation techniques.

He said practicing yoga regularly makes the body flexible, energetic, relaxed, and can help cure physical and psychic diseases through balancing the glandular secretion of hormones.

Sharan said meditation also gives mental awareness, calmness and peacefulness.

“One can achieve happiness and peace of mind through meditation,” he said. “This can be done through the pineal glands, which is a master gland secreting melatonin and serotonin.”

Classes are Wednesdays from 5:30–7 p.m. with varying locations each week.

Class scheduled today will be at the University Center Neches and Pedernales rooms. For information, contact Sharan at 214-315-0869 or shubhany@yahoo.com.

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Yoga- a way to get inner peace

Become a pretzel and find inner peace
By: Jason Boyd
Posted: 1/29/07
Pretzel shapes and limber joints aside, yoga has applicable benefits for life in a physical, spiritual and mental capacity - even improving grades - according to Eastfield yoga instructor Ike "Dada" Theo.

In addition to teaching the positions, Theo teaches some of the holistic and philosophical aspects of yoga.

The word comes from the original Yuj, which in Sanskrit means "link or connection," Theo said. The connection is between the physical, spiritual and mental.

Positions, according to Theo, compress or relax certain glands, thus balancing hormonal distribution. For example, a position of laying on one's back with feet straight in the air above the chest will compress the neck and the neck's thyroid gland. A consecutive position will have the neck arched, which relaxes the neck and the corresponding gland. It's through this, and meditation, that the mental state is improved.

Meditation is not sleeping, Theo said, it's actually much more focused thinking.

The mind can only think of one thing at a time, but through rapid and chaotic thoughts it seems like our minds are split among several things, he said.

Haleen Sookoor, SPAR receptionist and yoga practitioner, takes lessons from Theo. She described the meditation as her favorite part of the class.

"The instructor told us to lie still, shut the eyes, take deep, slow breaths and imagine floating on clouds," she said. "The lights were turned down, there was soft, soothing music playing, and the voice of the instructor encouraging us to relax, relax, relax, feel the body floating on clouds, feel the cool breeze, listen to the sounds of water, hear the birds chirping."

The need for meditation may be more prevalent in the United States, Theo said.

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