“You are never alone or helpless.
The force that guides the stars guides you too.”
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Just imagine you have no previous neohumanist educational experience, and you have to work with people of varying backgrounds and organize three successive camps for thirty to fifty people in your humble facilities! That was the challenge for the organizing team of AM Saigon organizing a Women’s Camp, a Youth Camp and a Meditation Camp in March. We had a heap of work to do like a mountain before us: preparation of the infrastructure at our master unit Ananda Uma, work to inspire participation & selfless service, program & work assignments etc. Some incidents happened during this work as if to test us: unexpected latecomers to be taken care of, the water pipeline suddenly breaking down at night, no chef at the kitchen and everyone had to act on his/her own like an orchestra without a conductor.
Intuition gained from regular meditation and Meditation Camps proved to be effective in helping us overcome the troubles and follow the flow.
Although here in South Vietnam we only have two seasons, the dry and the rainy, we celebrate the dry in the context of nature in the best way we know, with lots of kiirtan, Prabhat Samgiita, workshops, and spiritual practices. Sing, dance and let go of what no longer serves us. We have learned from these events the importance of connection and communication. The feedback from the participants has encouraged us very much. Just give everyone a space to express oneself and be acknowledged, then we can move forward together!
Spirituality In Sustainability Symposium
organised by International Islamic University Malaysia in conjunction with UNESCO World Futures Day
Dr. Shambhushivananda was invited to serve as a panelist on the World Futures Day on Dec 2, 2022. He addressed the international gathering on the topic of “Spirituality and Sustainability”.
There are over eight hundred neohumanist Ananda Marga schools in Delhi Sector. At least 165 schools are currently under the Ranchi-led Central Administration. Haridwar school has an enrollment of 700 children (with junior high school enrollment of 575 children), Gaya has over 200, Sagar (MP) has over 500, Bhopal (MP) has over 500, Arvi (Maharashtra) has over 500, a village school in Banka district has over 450, the first school in Lahari Sarai (Bihar) has over 150 currently, Varanasi has over 275, Ghazipur has over 400, Bhagalpur has over 250, Shimla (over 150 children) and so on. Here is some news of a handful of them.
Ananda Marga School Neha Nagar
Makaroniya Sagar MP
The school curriculum is based on Neohumanism. The teaching staff is well qualified. Weekly teacher meetings offer training in teaching Neohumanism and moral values to the students. Computer education has begun. Cultural programs and activities are part of the curriculum as well. The school campus is well maintained. The school has a high academic ranking in the state. Leadership training is also being given to the students.
Ananda Marga School, Haridwar, India
The Ananda Marga Junior High School in Haridwar has ranked as number one in the area. All students graduated out of 8th standard with flying colors and were admitted for further education at the top schools of the area.
Ananda Marga School, Prayagraj, India
A Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Plants(PACAP) program was launched. Water conservation, afforestation, and love for flora and fauna were part of the PCAP initiative.
Ananda Marga School Anandanagar
Arts, Yoga, and Meditation are common features of most of the schools. Kaoshiki competition is also being conducted on a regular basis. Most of the schools are English medium even though mother tongue is also encouraged in all the schools.
Gurukul High School Wardha
Meditation classes are being offered in the Gurukul English High School, Wardha, Maharashtra.
Medical checkups are being done periodically in most of the schools
Ananda Marga High Schools
Among the prominent high schools run by ERAWS (Education Relief and Welfare Section) and WWD (Women’s Welfare Department) and overseen by Ananda Marga Gurukula (the Ananda Marga Board of Education):
Anandanagar, West Bengal, Chakulia (Jharkhand), Panchmukh (Tripura), Bishalgarh (Tripura), Khowai (Tripura), Teliamura (Tripura), Fuladi (Balesore, Odisha), Girls High School in Silchar (Assam), and Girls High School at Uma Nivas, Anandanagar. Khairachatar (Jharkhand), Anandpur (Bihar), Anandapalli (Bihar), Kathua, Gandhidham, Prayagraj (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ranchi, Amha in Supaul district, Sagar (MP), CBSE AMGK High School (under construction and pictured here) at Shyamal Anandanagar near Pundag Railway Station , Jharsuguda (Odisha), Raipur (Chattisgarh), Chaupal (HP), Kullu (HP) etc.
Ananda Marga High School Assembly
Merit Scholarship Awarded
Recently Shambhunarayan Roy Memorial 5th Class merit search and scholarship examination was held. More than 150 students participated in that exam. On 18th April 2023 at Ananda Marga High School Assembly, the first twenty passers were awarded certificates and Rs.2000 each by Ananda Marga Gurukul, Anandanagar.
Renaissance Universal Program on Education for a New Era
The Meerut Chapter of Renaissance Universal invited Dr. Shambhushivananda as chief guest at their program in November 2022. In the presence of dignitaries including the representative of Bhartiya Shiksha Board, Dada spoke on Education for a New Era: Neohumanist Education.
Dada presented his book “Towards a Brighter Future” to Shri Makhan Lal Gupta of Bhartiya Shiksa Board who shared his appreciation of Neohumanist education during his presidential remarks.
Mementos were presented to several leading luminaries in the education field by Dr. Shambhushivananda on behalf of Renaissance Universal.
NEW YORK SECTOR
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Peter and Fran Dodge hosted Dada Shambhushivananda at their beautiful home (pictured here) and organized several meditation sessions, vegetarian dinners and talks by Dada. Edge of the Woods Market in New Haven hosted a talk on “The Spiritual Journey” by Dada which was attended by around twenty interested persons. Many of the participants got inspired by Dada’s personal interactions. Over a dozen persons learned meditation from Dada during his stay in Connecticut.
In addition, Dada visited Delaware and spoke to an interested group at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mallik.