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MESSAGE FROM BOB HARVEY:

Time for a career change!

I am on my way to India to work with the team on our Five Year Plan. We are setting out our vision for the future of the Building Blocks educational project.

When we have determined our specific objectives, we shall work out how to achieve our ambition of creating an Escape from Poverty for thousands of children who currently live in slum conditions.

You'll find more details by following this link to the blog. https://bobharvey5.blogspot.com/



25TH ANNIVERSARY OF FR. BEDE'S MAHASAMADHI 13TH MAY


FR JULES MONCHANIN'S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY 10TH APRIL



2ND GATHERING OF FRIENDS AND OBLATES OF SHANTIVANAM

at Saccidananda Ashram Shantivanam 

3RD - 8TH DECEMBER 2018

"Deepening our Relationship"  

"Deepening Our Relationship with Shantivanam And Ashram Friends"

For those who would like to visit Tiruvannamalai - the holy hill of Arunachala, Sri Ramanasramam etc.

a tour/pilgrimage will take place after the Gathering organized by Michael Giddings

Christmas Retreat at Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh after Arunachala - organized by Zen Moraes

ENQUIRIES:- shantivanamoblates@gmail.com

FOR DETAILS CLICK HERE



APRIL - NEW PRIOR OF SACCIDANANDA ASHRAM CLICK HERE


FEBRUARY 2018


GENERAL SHARING - UPDATED

SHARED PHOTOS - ADDITIONS

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND SHARING - UPDATED


Bonjour, Namaste,
 

A 20 jours de notre retour en France nous vous adressons ce nouveau numero de EN DIRECT DE KAVALI en PJ et en PDF  Bonne lecture et a votre disposition si vous le desirez...echanger et partager , y compris les desaccords, ne peut etre qu'enrichissant. En Cliquant sur le lien  http://andre-mage.com/  vous aurez en lecture direct l'article que j'ai redige.

Bien Cordialement.

Andre et Catherine Kavali / Kandukur

 
Andre Mage


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In India Children's Day is celebrated on 14 November, on the birthday anniversary of the first Prime Minister of independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Father Pinto has sent some photos of celebrations at the Day Center Creche which is supported by Shantivanam. click here to see photos


Aranya Ashram


"Aranya Ashram is an interspiritual and contemplative ashram in Rishikesh, northern India, which springs from the tradition of the Hermits of Saccidananda. The foundress and co-ordinator is Carrie Lock. She has uploaded nearly forty talks that she has given at the ashram in recent times, which will be of interest to many oblates and friends, including the series of three talks on "The Hermits of Saccidananda", specifically related to Jules Monchanin and Henri le Saux. The audios are available for free download or listening at www.ivoox.com/en/carrielock "





------- Forwarded message -------
From: "Escape from Poverty"
mail@bobharvey.co.uk

Subject: A superb show by kids from Building Blocks
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:50:11 +0200

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School is all-singing, all-dancing, when it's Indian National Children's Day!

                        

http://escapefrompoverty.org.uk/




November 2, 2017

Another wonderful account of Dr. Alexander's journey in his heart of consciousness.
From the viewpoint of a deep mystical experience the Inner Universe is ultimately liberated from any vision and imagination. The pure void (Sanskrit: Sunyata) is the fullness of life beyond birth & death.

In Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, chapter 47, we read and learn:
Without going outside, you may know the whole world.                                                                                                                                                                                 Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus the sage knows without travelling;

He sees without looking;
He works without doing.

With all respect, the book "Living In A Mindful Universe" does not reveal new insights into the innermost temple of the Holy & Universal Spirit.
We all need to unveil the veil of ignorance (Sanskrit: Avidya) to get access to the Castle of Brahman.




Happy Diwali! 

May you all attain full inner illumination! May the supreme light of lights enlighten your understanding! May you all attain the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the Self! May you all prosper gloriously on the material as well as spiritual planes!

Swami Sivananda. 





FROM ROLAND ROPERS

On October 17th Dr. Eben Alexander’s new book will be released, world-bestseller-author of „Proof of Heaven - A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife“ (German edition: „Blick in die Ewigkeit“). At present everyone can follow a 33 Day Journey into the Heart of Consciousness.

Today’s topic deals with „reincarnation“.

You may read and follow (?) my respective comments:

Roland Ropers says:

We need to make the distinction between reincarnation and rebirth. From a deep spiritual point of view life is a never ending process beyond the duality and polarity of birth and death. Life is eternal without beginning and end. Every moment we are reborn. We undergo a permanent change, our innermost essence remains immortal. After-Life is a wrong terminology. We need to correct our concept of life. The visible existence is the smallest part of our eternal life.
Roland R. Ropers


 


2ND GATHERING OF FRIENDS AND OBLATES OF SHANTIVANAM

3RD - 8TH DECEMBER 2018

For those who would like to visit Tiruvannamalai - the holy hill of Arunachala, Sri Ramanasramam etc.

a tour/pilgrimage will take place before or after the Gathering organized by Michael Giddings (details will be available at a later date)

a tour/pilgrimage may be arranged to visit Rishikesh (details will be available at a later date)
           




19th June Feast of SAINT ROMUALD (founder of the Camaldolese Order)

February 7th, is the historical feast day of St. Romuald which is now celebrated on June 19th the day he died in 1027.

“Realize above all that you are in God’s presence, and stand there with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him.”

St. Romuald 


 



13th May 2017- Mahasamadhi Anniversary of Fr. Bede Griffiths


"Behind all the differences of religion which are infinite in the scale of multiplicity we find a common tradition a common wisdom which we all share and that’s the hope of the future – religions will discover their own depth. As long as they remain on their surface they will always be divided in conflict." Bede Griffiths


See General Sharing contributions



from: Bob Harvey in Lincoln mail@bobharvey.co.uk

We can finally launch Escape from Poverty
A Lincoln-based fund-raising operation to support the education of slum kids in India

Escape from Poverty is now part of UK Charitable Trust 1000179 and is partnering with Family Development Services (an Indian Charity) to raise sponsorships and scholarships to fund the education of children from the slums of Bangalore through to age 16.
Family Development Services operates seven"Building Blocks" pre-schools for 3-year-olds from impoverished slum districts. By the age of 6, many of these children gain places in good quality English-language-medium schools.
We raise sponsorships and scholarships to cover school fees and after-school coaching and tutoring through to age 16...


21ST MARCH 2017

GENERAL SHARING: SR. JUDITH SHARES HER OBLATE CEREMONY TODAY

Today 21st March is the Anniversary of Saccidananda Ashram Shantivanam
Saccidananda ashram Shantivanam was started on 21st March 1950
"...'Our Advaita and the praise of the Trinity are our only aim,..." wrote Monchanin

Oblates of Shantivanam website officially started 21st March 2013 on the Anniversary of Saccidananda Ashram Shantivanam


Please click on link from Bede Griffiths Sangha's facebook for the eulogy given by Sr Neethi at Sr. Marie Louise's requiem mass in the temple of Shantivanam. She is buried just by the temple. https://www.facebook.com/bedegriffithssangha


Sister Marie Louise of Ananda Ashram

FR PINTO'S ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SACCIDANANDA ASHRAM SHANTIVANAM FACEBOOK

Dear Brothers, sisters and Friends,
Saccidananda Ashram Shantivanam is saddened to announce the death of our dear sister Marie Louise. Who passed away this evening Sunday 12th March 2017 at 08:45 p.m., in Ananda Ashram.
Eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in peace… Amen.




click link below for post on The Golden String Newletter:-

From:BobHarvey-Volunteer

To all who were with me with your thoughts and best wishes

The event smashed its target

A BIG Thank - You!

From:BobHarvey-Volunteer <mail@bobharvey.co.uk>
22/02/2017
On Friday night I shall be sleeping rough outside Lincoln Cathedral to increase awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for Nomad Trust - the local homeless charity. 
                                                   
                           

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Robert-Harvey5


To All the Oblates and friends of Shantivanam the happiest of New Year's ever. May we first of all ask Mary, Jesus' Mother to let HIM know our need.  And when HE asks her "what does that have to do with me?"  She knows what to answer with -  "silence" to HIM and whatever else needs to be asked of whomsoever.  And may the "wine" that comes forth last you, each of you and all of us - last all year!  No doubt, dear Fr. Bede is adding a word for/to each of us "do whatever HE tells you!" Prayers for each of you - and as Pope Francis so often requests "pray for each of us too."please include all Americans."  

One sr. pascaline and all your fellow Oblates

 

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS
May the Christ Child live in our Hearts and may we carry the Spirit of Christmas throughout 2017

PEACE IN OUR HEARTS

PEACE ON EARTH

Notice below shared by
ROLAND R. ROPERS 
Sprach- & Kulturphilosoph

Kolumnist WORLD ECONOMY S.L.
Kolumnist EPOCH TIMES, Berlin
Kolumnist KIRCHE IN, Wien

Alte Münchner Str. 12
D 82407 Wilzhofen


75 Mystic-Giants of our times - book presentation Vienna, 4th April 2017



CHARITIES

http://bgct.org.uk/    - The Bede Griffiths Charitable Trust (for those who wish to support Shantivanam in helping the poor surrounding the ashram)

Bob Harvey-Volunteer <mail@bobharvey.co.uk>http://bobharvey5.blogspot.com (Bob Harvey is now involved in helping poor children in India).

SEE BELOW FOR THE LATEST PROJECT AT SHANTIVANAM:-


LECTURE ON LEWIS-GRIFFITHS

BY RON DART

this autumn at the annual Inklings Institute Canada (IIC) conference at Trinity Western University

Contact - Ron Dart

rdart@shaw.ca

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PREACHED RETREAT: RON DART


Topic: C.S. Lewis and Bede Griffiths: Soul Friends:

When: April 21-23 2017

Where: New Camaldoli Monastery, Big Sur California

This retreat will explore the ever deepening

friendship between C.S. Lewis and Bede Griffiths

and Griffiths' ongoing defense of Lewis after his

death in 1963. We will, in the process, examine

the nature of spiritual friendships using Lewis

and Griffiths as markings on such a journey.


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JILL HEMMINGS SHARES HER STORY -  A Greek adventure!

20th May 2016

My dear friends,

I am sorry to send you a round robin but it feels more personal than Facebook and I wanted to be in touch with you all so

Greetings from  Alexandreia , Northern Greece  near the border with Macedonia. As many of you  know  when the Pope took 3 Syrian refugees familes back to the Vatican I decided it was time to stop shouting at David  Cameron on tv and radio and do something  myself so ... here I am  and some of you sweetly asked me to let you know how things are going  so  I will do my best to share what I have discovered ....But where and how to start?  The problem so immense, the suffering so vast , the pain so huge and at times overwhelming.

Spent the first 3 days in Athens  just trying to find out whats going on ,not easy but on day one went to Victoria Square where refugees from Syria,Afghanistan,  Morocco, Libya, Somalia etc gather. It was pretty heartbreaking. Families wandering about with nowhere to go filling the benches in the park. Police politely asking them to move on which they did but where to go? The day is so long when you have no home. One delightful young family from Afghanistan told me they are in a camp but no money ,no work,he was a medical engineer back home ,no hope ,and wish they had never left the violence, better to die on the spot at the hands of the Taliban than die here every day,they will ask to be repatriated and probably killed.  For now all they do is wait, and wait and worry about their children who should be in school . Processing applications takes for ever.They can't leave till given permission!

Checked out Hotel  Plaza off the square ,huge place ,squatted 3 weeks ago by young Greek volunteers  now home to 300 families delighted to have a room per family, bathroom, running water ,security, privacy, almost luxury after the gruesome conditions at the port .Fed by volunteers carting boxes of fruit and veg up the interminable  stairs to the fancy hotel kitchens.  Apparently it was owned by a wealthy Syrian who wasn't planning to evict them.They had struck lucky at least for now. But  sorry its FULL !said the notice on the door.

Day 2 and 3   I spent at the port of Piraeus where thousands of refugees had landed after their terrifying journey from their homelands and huge cruise liners are arriving full of wealthy tourists. The docks had been covered with tents but now refugees are hastily been shipped out to camps in Athens and around Greece, tent cities not a pretty site for the tourists and the Greek  economy desperately needs any money it can get.   Greece is currently accommodating something like 59,000 refugees!  A bankrupt country burdened with such a tide of suffering, dispossessed humanity!  What a tragedy!

But at dock E1 and 2 hundreds of refugees remain in their tents on the  tarmac mainly Afghanis .Syrians seem to get priority.  Volunteers cooking vast meals in huge dark smelly warehouses also filled with tents!  A ghastly environment in which to set up home.  A wonderful woman from USA had arrived in February gathered a couple of caravans and set up a  support centre for women, offering pregnancy testing, check ups with midwife or doctors who are on site,   contraceptive advise and a particularly sweet van offering warm water baby bathing! lots of cuddles and love! I spent  a happy day filling carrier  bags with nourishing food for pregnant and nursing mums. Many are suffering from malnutrition.  Generous donors from  Sweden and Ireland dropped by with boxes of goodies. Tuna,nuts ,raisins high energy bars,fruit.

Conditions were grim. Unfortunately I had to use the toilets ,truly disgusting in spite of the good offices of the port cleaning gang.  For people used to squat toilets they must be a nightmare.  I am truly amazed that the refugees seem to cope as well as they do. Constantly  being checked by the police for their papers.  Living in gruesome conditions. Of course I don't really know anything!

So I had done the research now what should I do? Where should I volunteer for the next couple of weeks?
Athens didn't feel the right place to stay. Too chaotic, I needed a proper project so looked on Facebook my new toy and found Paul Hutchings and this camp in Alexandreia. Applied to sign up,was accepted and I was on my way.

So Day 4 a splendid train ride, 5 hours for €33 up to  Alexandreia, the birthplace of Alexander the Great...well .its a pretty deprived and impoverished town now...Fine hotel for  £15 a night including breakfast , special rates for volunteers! Yanya a delightful  hostess  making us all so welcome. Feel very blessed and relieved to have a quiet and comfortable place to recover from a day in the camp.

Now I am working with a good team of volunteers in the camp set up at the beginning of April on a disused  army camp along  with the police . Paul and John another Brit  set up www.refugeesupport.eu   to finance the work here  and I and others chose to come here cos they have a pretty good structure and an organisation to navigate this complex situation. They have done a brilliant job but still life is incredibly tough for the 700 refugees here so far. Tents are pitched on tarmac and cement , its hot and uncomfortable and floods when it rains.
Its pretty heartbreaking as you can imagine.  750 Syrians are living in tents provided by UNHCR  ,pitched on tarmac and concrete, some lucky ones have shelter from the sun under roofs but mainly they are in full sun and its hot already.  I took  tea with a  sweet  family,husband, wife and gorgeous one year old in their tent,both graduates Kurds from Aleppo speaking perfect English . They had lost everything but what does the future hold for them,begging me to get them to England?  " How will we live in this tent in the summer, already its too hot for Judy ?the little one we need air conditioning, and in winter how will we survive?  " They are desperate, hundreds of desperate people.   over 50% of the camp residents are children so far with nothing to do. No hope,no future?

Our job as volunteers is to run and stock the shop . The camp is divided into 7 groups and twice a week they come to collect food supplied by Mr John and Refugee Support with donations from  abroad. 500 kilos of muesli from  Germany,  bras are on their way from?  Milk ,soap powder ,shampoo ,pampers coffee ,sugar etc is sourced locally by Mr John . The army provides 3 meals a day croissant and box of juice for breakfast, pasta for lunch ,potatoes for supper.  no sauce, no fruit, no vegetables!   Again  John  tries to provide some fruit but such a mass of people to feed!  A bottomless pit ! A nightmare?  
Have spent the last 2 days sorting endless bags of clothes and shoes so that on Monday we can open a clothes shop.  Everyone needs new clothes and their shoes are in dire condition!  Its raining today!   Apparently another 100 refugees are on their way.  The camp at Idomeini near the Macedonian border is being closed . They were teargassed yesterday. 40 unaccompanied  children  will also  join us!  Mr Cameron are you listening? 

I  am so inspired by the volunteers, hundreds of them here in Greece,  mainly young people from Europe, the US willing to give up their jobs to come and serve the refugees. Mr John is not young!  A few oldies around !  And amazed on the whole  by the resilience of the refugees who come into the shop,never grasping ,grateful for everything they are given  , saying no we don't need more sugar ,only one milk please? Extraordinary!  How would I behave in their shoes? I hope I would be so pleasant.

Slowly  other NGO s are coming in cos the camp has a good  reputation thanks to John and Paul.  Some are  here to provide  health and safety for kids ,women and men , others offering education ,some sport. A clown shipped up yesterday ,great fun.Today  250 beds were distributed by UNHCR .  The greek government has committed to provide education for all children but... These are traumatised  people  with huge needs both physical, psychological and spiritual.  There are Syrian Muslims,  Kurdish Muslims,  some Christians,  Zoroastrian and a Sufi I think there is an Imam here too.

How will this humanitarian crisis be resolved?  Apparently in a couple of weeks  assessments will begin  ,some will qualify for  Germany but what will happen to   sweet Judy and his mum and dad?  They have no relatives in Europe, they left too late to get over the borders  they have no money, they can't work,can't go back .....Few want to come to England  Cameron will be pleased to hear!

So dear friends I am soooo glad I came.  It will be hard to leave after 3 weeks ..If anyone feels they could offer a donation however small that would be wonderful  ,just go to the website  www.refugeesupport.eu  and read all about the work here  . The needs are  huge,  our sisters and brothers are suffering unbelievable hardships

my love to you all
Jill  xx


16th May 2016 


"Pentecost is the celebration of the divine spirit dwelling in our heart. 
A day of love and understanding of different languages. 
My wish as an oblate of shantivanam is that we all could deeply merge into the inspiration 
and „language" of each other and the different cultures and spiritual traditions, 
finding love and unity in diversity."

Peace and love

Andreas

 


10th April -

Birth Anniversary of 

Fr. Jules Monchanin
(born10th April 1895)


He would give his last rupees to the poor
 and would then have to beg for a few annas from the parish priest

Fr. Monchanin gave his all for Shantivanam.

click to read MESSAGE FROM BR MARTIN FOR THE BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF FR. JULES MONCHANIN

MESSAGE FROM  Aranya Ashram, Rishikesh FOR THE BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF FR. JULES MONCHANIN

Dear Friends, 

Sunday April 10 will mark the birth anniversary of Jules Monchanin (1895, France), founder of the tradition of the Hermits of Saccidananda, on which Aranya Ashram, Rishikesh, is inspired. 

Yesterday, whilst reading Thomas Merton's book "Contemplative Prayer", I chanced upon this quotation from Monchanin. Here, Monchanin is referring to the vocation of the contemplative, and I'm sure - more specifically - that of a Hermit of Saccidananda. They are words which bring me great consolation!

"For us, let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place God wants for us (in the modern world), and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results. Now is the hour of the garden and the night, the hour of silent offering: therefore the hour of hope: God alone. Faceless, unknown, unfelt, yet undeniable: God." (From Ecrits Spirituels, p.126)

Praise for the life and teachings of Jules Monchanin, and for the desert he entered with faith, hope and love.

Aranya Ashram welcomes enquiries from women seeking to be part of this interspiritual, contemplative community longer term.

To keep in touch with Aranya Ashram news, please feel free to follow on FB.

OM!

Atma

Aranya Ashram, Rishikesh

FROM: ARJAY BOB HARVEY

 mail@bobharvey.co.uk

1st April 2016

Starting tomorrow we are serving 2,000 meals every day to refugee families

                           
Now working in partnership with Refugee Child
in
Piraeus. Follow the story in the blog at http://bobharvey5.blogspot.co.uk/
11th March 2016 


"Next Saturday (03/12/2016) at 15:00, the dialogue will take place between Hinduism and Christianity: from the life and work of Bede Griffiths, here in São Paulo.

The meeting will be attended by the theologian Angelica Tostes, a member of the Collective for Libertarian Spirituality, oblate of Shantivanam, who has been studying the relationship between Hinduism and Christianity, the work of Bede Griffiths, and the Sangha."



No próximo sábado (12/3/2016) às 15h00, ocorrerá o Diálogo entre hinduísmo e cristianismo: a partir da vida e obra de Bede Griffiths, aqui na cidade de São Paulo.

O encontro contará com a presença da teóloga Angélica Tostes, membro do Coletivo por uma Espiritualidade Libertária, que vem estudando as relações entre hinduísmo e cristianismo, a obra de Bede Griffiths, assim como a Sangha. O diálogo será mediado pelo Gabriel Macedo e pelo Stephen Dass.



 

Anniversary of Saccidananda ashram Shantivanam 21st March 1950 - 2016



Anniversary of Oblates of Shantivanam website - officially started 21st March 2013 on the Anniversary of Saccidananda Ashram Shantivanam

 

SWAMI ABHISHIKTANANDA'S QUOTES FROM SETU AND WORDS OF INSPIRATION HAVE BEEN PLACED UNDER HEADING - ABOUT - Founders


 

GATHERING AT SHANTIVANAM evening of 13TH - 17TH DECEMBER 2015 - We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Eternity is here

Jesuit-Father and Friend of Mahatma Gandhi Michael Anthony Windey

A Dialogue with Roland R. Ropers

See subheading SHARED ARTICLES AND REFLECTIONS 1

 


SHARED ARTICLE -January 6, Epiphany in the Christian tradition

Homily by Fr William Skudlarek,  Secretary General, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue



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WISHING YOU MANY BLESSINGS THIS CHRISTMAS AND THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR
PLEASE READ A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM BR MARTIN - The meaning of Christmas:
  See subheading under NEWS 

and A parable on The Virgin Mothers of God -see under heading BR MARTIN

 

FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRAYERS OF THE SHANTIVANAM COMMUNITY - PLEASE CLICK ON SUBHEADING Morning, Midday and Evening Prayers

You may also listen to mp3's of chants above the prayers


A monk of the diaspora - Witness

New Catholic Times, Jan 5, 2003,

by M. Charles Brandt

Article shared by Sr. Pascaline Coff with permission from Fr.M.Charles Brandt

(see subheading SHARED ARTICLES AND REFLECTIONS 1)

 

How do I experience God?  See subheading "Topics for Discussion and Sharing"

New reflections have been shared. Please let us have your contributions. Thanks.

 

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