FOXBOROUGH, MA–Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani, an electronics engineer-turned Raja Yoga meditation teacher and host of Awakening with Brahma Kumaris television program, visited Boston for the first time and drew over 900 people on 4th of July in Foxborough, MA.
During her discourse on “Awakening: Inner Happiness and Freedom,” sister Shivani kept drawing attention of the audience to just one point: only you can make yourself happy. She emphasized that source of true happiness cannot be found outside but inside.
“Only you can make yourself happy or unhappy. No one else can,” sister Shivani told the packed hall at the Ambrosia Weddings & Events facility in Foxborough.
Sister Shivani, greeting everyone with “Om shanti: I am a peaceful being,” invoked a moment of silent reflection, inviting each to personally explore and open to the feelings and experience of inner happiness and freedom.
What does independence truly mean to me, the inner being? Sister Shivani, in her unique personal style, engaged all in thinking practically about the connection between thoughts, beliefs, feelings, inner stability, and freeing ourselves from dependence on outer stimulus (objects, events, or people).
She offered clear and practical steps toward the Raja Yoga path of true self-independence. By empowering oneself to take responsibility for one’s own creation, one’s own thoughts, she said, that one can choose to create a life destiny of happiness. “Today is my independence day,” she said, incorporating the message with the celebrations of the US Independence Day on 4th of July.
Sister Shivani invited everyone to experience more of what she had been sharing by visiting a local Brahma Kumaris center. As guests left the hall in peaceful, reflective silence, each received a sweet and a personal blessing card with an angel.
The event was organized by the New England Brahma Kumaris and was part of sister Shivani’s first national tour of the United States.
Sister Mohini, president of the Brahma Kumaris in the Americas, greeted sister Shivani and guests via a video message. On behalf of the community, INDIA New England News presented sister Shivani with an award for Spiritual Leadership.
Dev Lingadevaru and Rita Cleary, co-coordinators of New England regional Brahma Kumari activities, welcomed her on behalf of the Brahma Kumaris Boston/New England teachers and students hosting the event.
Cleary and eight Brahma Kumari Raja Yogis from diverse backgrounds shared their insights and personal experiences of awakening. Brahma Kumari sister Elizabeth Padilla sang “We are One Family” and “Om shanti, I am a peaceful soul.”
Brahma Kumari Kala Iyengar, MD, director of the Brahma Kumaris Peace Village Retreat Center in New York, offered the possibility of spiritually awakening with loving guidance, and connecting to the Source of inner happiness and inner freedom. She likened awakening with Brahma Kumaris to being awakened by God’s sweet mothers.
About 80 volunteers helped organize the event in traditionally busy 4th of July holiday.
“It was a great pleasure for the New England Brahma Kumaris centers to host sister Shivani and invite so many people for the program. All the volunteers helped in making this event happen with lot of enthusiasm and without stress,” said Lingadevaru. “For every participant,a snack pack was given and these were cooked and packed by the volunteers with a lot of love and peace. We understand that due to holiday many who wanted to come could not come. We do hope they come to our centers to take benefit of the teachings of the Brahma Kumaris in the near future.”
The Brahma Kumaris offer meditation classes and practical Raja Yoga courses in 5 locations: Watertown; Cambridge; Shrewsbury; Providence, RI; and Manchester, NH. Call 617-926-1230 or visit bknewengland.org.