El Morya's Garden
Celebrating the Sangha and the Can-Do Spirit!
by Revs. Jaspal Soni and Lois Drake
“Blessed ones of God, it is to the saving of the earth that we call twin flames in service. It is to the saving of the earth that all have come. Focus, then, thy desiring and thy love to this end. Give thy life to the cutting free of India, America, first and foremost holding the balance of heart and head unto the planet.” (Beloved Chananda, Pearls of Wisdom, Vol. 28, No. 32, August 11, 1985)
Like every year, the recently concluded summer conference and Summit University events at the Inner Retreat were heavenly experiences. The Chananda Cultural Society was given two opportunities to share the update news of its ongoing activities in India.
First Update: The first update was given during the Leadership Conclave on July 1 at the Lighthouse Restaurant situated across the Yellowstone River on Hwy 89. More than 80 people were in attendance that evening. Using a PowerPoint presentation, we gave an overview of the outreach work being done in New Delhi, including spreading the violet flame, weekly Sunday meetings held at the ashram by faithful Keepers of the Flame, and two quarterly newsletters: Star of India (for the global audience) and The Violet Flame Voice (for our Indian audience) that are gaining popularity. The presence of the Chananda Cultural Society on the website and Facebook is also well-established.
During the fall, a one-day workshop on ‘The Creative Power of Sound’ is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on September 26. The pocketbook, Violet Flame to Heal Body, Mind and Soul is being translated into Hindi and will be ready to go to the publisher in early 2017. More outreach events are planned for winter and spring 2017 in other cities surrounding New Delhi. A radio and television ministry is planned in 2018.
Second Update: The second update was given at a special open meeting held on June 30 at Lois’ residence during the lunch break from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm. More than 20 persons attended. Following were the points of discussion:
“We would free the world to understand that in a spirit of oneness in the heart, the light from the heart can prepare the way for the coming of the golden age. And if, then, we decide to open a physical focus of our light here in Darjeeling, it will also be the tying together of the hemisphere here with the hemisphere there. And it will come to pass that we will be the binding up the world and binding it up so that the golden age may manifest more quickly. This, however, is up to humanity. It is up to those who respond to the light to make their own determination.” (Beloved El Morya, April 9, 1970, Unpublished dictation used by permission of Summit Publications, Inc.)
The SU students in Darjeeling gave their thoughtful feedback to El Morya’s comment during their small group discussions under the ‘World Service Project.’ Their response was overwhelming, unequivocal and unanimous. Everyone felt that the time is now for the establishment of El Morya’s ashram in Darjeeling. The outcome of these deliberations allowed us to move forward with this task by forming four committees: (1) the Fund-raising Committee; (2) the Spiritual Committee; (3) the Publicity, Education and Outreach Committee, and (4) the Youth Committee. In December 2015, a fund-raising letter was sent to the pilgrims who had attended SU in Darjeeling with a goal of raising $250,000. The letter was published in the summer 2016 issue of the Star of India newsletter. It was distributed to the worldwide readership in May 2016. To date approximately $24,000 has been raised. The goal is to raise $250,000 by the end of 2017.
The Chananda Cultural Society is grateful and extends our heart-felt thanks for your kind support and prayers!
God Bless you and all who are working to anchor the Light in India. Good fortune on your fundraising. I truly enjoy your newsletter!
Several years ago I heard the live dictation by Chananda and the need for a study group in India. He sounded so sad. When I read this I knew his request has been met. India is a big country and needs more study groups.