Past Events and Resources
Festival of Light Event in Manhattan, NY
Ananda Marga jointly organized with World Yoga Community a Festival of Light (Diipavali/Diwali) event in Manhattan on November 6, 2016. Special thanks to our guests of honor: Cantor Rev. Judith Steel, Grandmother Bishop Lygia De Castro, Brother Oneness Raj Bhushan Esq., Puja Parikh, Priyata Dey, Rev. Beryl Green, Dr. Remi Aleppo, Dr. Idris Ena Kone, H H Jagat Guru Dileepji Maharaj, and other ethnic leaders. Also thanks to our Acaryas: Ac. Abhiramananda Avadhuta, Ac. Diiptimanananda Avt., Ac. Vimaleshananda Avt, Ac. Anudhyanananda Avt, Ac. Shankarananda Avt., Ac. Iishvarakrsnananda Avt., and Avadhutika Ananda Tapomaya Acarya and all Ananda Margiis attending and helping with the program.
Prabhata Samgiita Day, September 14, 2016 was celebrated at Ananda Marga Yoga and Meditation Center in New York with two hours of singing of Prabhata Samgiita, followed by Dharma Cakra and dinner. Prabháta Samgiita is a collection of 5018 songs that Shrii Shrii Anandamurti composed. He composed the first song “Bandhu He Niye Calo” on September 14, 1982 in Deoghar, India and then continued adding songs to the collection until the penultimate day of his life, more than eight years later. Prabháta means ‘dawn’, signifying the dawn of a new era of human history. The songs are devotional in nature and describe the feelings of the spiritual aspirants in their deepest meditation and their spiritual realizations, feelings of joy, bliss and pain of separation from the Lord.
During the event, as the Margiis, Dadas, and Didi continued singing the Prabhata Samgiita songs, gradually the devotional feelings increased. Singing those beautiful devotional songs helped us to enrich our meditation and bring the mind to a realm of mysticism and love for the Supreme, ever present in every aspects of our life.