Prabhat's Birthday: April 17 (3 hours before Dharma Cakra and Celebration Afterwards)

Prabhat's Birthday: April 17 (3 hours before Dharma Cakra and Celebration Afterwards)
By Kamal Albright

This Sunday we will be celebrating Prabhat's Birthday! Everybody come celebrate this special occasion in the good company of fellow Margiis. There will be 3 hours of Acanda Kiirtan, DC, and dinner afterwards.

Japan Earthquake Fundraising Booth SignUp/Materials: April 16 (All day) at Sabzi Mandi, Garland

Japan Earthquake Fundraising Booth SignUp/Materials: April 16 (All day) at Sabzi Mandi, Garland
By Kamal Albright

Here is the google spreadsheet outlining the shift timings for our fundraising booth this weekend. We have the booth all day this Saturday, so feel free to do Seva (service) and sign up for any amount of time. The booth materials and people bringing them are also listed.
Table: Provided by Venue
Tablecloth: Dada
Donation Box: Kamal/Austin
Disaster Video and Service Video: Compiled by Apekshit
Ananda Marga Banner: Provided by Dada
Chairs: Provided by Venue (I think Apekshit mentioned that he might bring extras)
Black and White Paper Poster of Japan Disaster: Kamal/Austin
Laptop 1: Kamal
Laptop 2: Apekshit

AMURT volunteers helps to Japan earthquake evacuees

AMURT & AMURTEL Japan Relief Work report for April 1st

To keep in line with the tradition of April fool day, our day started with a little joke to one of our volunteers who had spent the night at the international village refugee center. We called him and told him that we were tired and planned to take a day off, and he believed it!
It was a day of intense work clearing mud and ruined furniture from an elderly couple’s home. The house was big and so the whole team went there, and working silently and fast the job was done much earlier than expected.
And it was very good because we wanted to return to Sendai in time to send off Dada Karunamayaji, who had to return to Taiwan. He was with us from the very beginning of the relief operation and has been a powerful source of loving care for all.

Japan Eartquake fundraising event

Ananda Marga Dallas Region, a non-profit charitable organization, is raising funds for the Japan earthquake evacuees at Taj Grocers, Plano starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Kamal Albright and Austin Albright is organizing the fundraising event to help the Japanese earthquake victims. Contact Kamal at 972.800.3420 to volunteer.

Ananda Marga Dharma Maha Sammelan Jamalpur news

The Dharma Maha Sammelan was held at Jamalpur on March 26 and 27 2011 the Holy Birth place of our BABA. This year the program was held in the township of Jamalpur itself, the venue was within 200 meter from Historical place where Ananda Marga was born and the first few disciples of Rev. Gurudev were initiated directly by BABA Himself. The Jamalpur itself has become a history, the devotees of Ananda Marga rush to the holy birth place of Rev. BABA with deep reverence, sincere devotion and spiritual inspiration.

AMURT & AMURTEL Japan Relief Work Report for March 29

Today we started our day working together with other volunteers at the storage hall of the Shichigahama volunteer centre. The volunteer centre had received an assortment of donations from all over Japan for their residents. The donations ranged from water and food items to diapers and chopsticks, etc. All the items arrived in their original boxes; were sorted out and countered and stored.
The team plus a few teenaged boys from the refugee center where we have our camp office also joined us and we all had a good time also because our effort was very much appreciated.
While we were at the International Village refugee center we happened to meet again Yoshihiro Murai, the Miyagi’s governor who recognized our team and spent some moments with us.

An Ideal Life

Yacchedváunmanasiiprájiṋastadyacchejjiṋána átmani;
Jiṋánamátmani mahati niyacchettadyacchecchánta átmani.

[Wise persons first merge their indriyas into their citta, then their citta into aham, then aham into mahat, then mahat into jiivátmá, and finally their jiivátmá into Paramátmá, Supreme Consciousness.]

I have already told you how spiritual aspirants should live their lives. I have said that a real sádhaka [spiritual aspirant] will properly discharge his or her duties in the relative world, and will at the same time attend properly to his or her duties in the spiritual world; and between the two worlds, there will be a happy blending. In the external world there should be an objective adjustment, and at the same time there should, in the psychic world, be a subjective approach.

AMURT volunteer shares his Japan relief efforts

AMURT/AMURTEL JAPAN Relief Work 22 March 2011
Today was the first day of operations of our team and we chose to travel to the town of Tagajo, which has been severely, affected by both earthquake and tsunami.
The manager of the town’s social service department Kenta Tesaki remembered us from our previous assessment visit last week and he was happy to register us to work in coordination with the governmental relief plan.
We expressed to him our wish to assist the elderly in cleaning up their homes so that they could move back and regain at least some measure of normality in their lives that have been so heavily shaken in the past two weeks.
While waiting for the assignment, we enjoyed the company of many youth who were also volunteering to help cleaning up the town. They were excited to see us there and, winning their hesitation to express themselves in English, they told us how thankful they were for our gesture of real solidarity.

AMURT starts relief to Japan earthquake evacuees

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT/AMURTEL) arrived from Taiwan to help Japan earthquake evacuees.

AMURT & AMURTEL Japan Relief Work Report for 26 March

Another day has come and gone in cold, snowy Tohoku and our spirits are higher than ever. Every shelter visited, every home cleaned, every connection made, every smile exchanged have confirmed the difference we can make here.

At the Tagajo Volunteer Center, we shared our intent to focus our efforts on the Shichigahama area due to the relocation of part of our team there. While not necessary, this short visit to the Center was important to us in order to maintain the good relationships we had established there. We still plan on providing a helping hand in Tagajo from time to time.


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