Posted by nugroho in Events on Jan 2nd, 2012
Anand Krishna, a spiritual activist also well-known as a prolific writer who has written over 140 books in Indonesian and in English, opened his Ashram’s doors again for his friends and for whoever wished to celebrate the New Year with him.
At the ashram One Earth One Sky One Humankind a new year’s celebration was held in the style of Anand Ashram Foundation (affiliated with the United Nations). The friends of Anand Krishna had come from various areas in Jakarta and also from other cities to celebrate the New Year together at the ashram which is a center of meditation training retreat and self-development.
The event was opened with having a vegetarian dinner together at around 18:15 P.M., the participants relished their dinner. The cool air of Ciawi added to the enjoyment of having a meal together. The occasion was then started at 19:30 P.M. with meditation and singing spiritual songs as a form of gratitude to the Existence which still gives the chance to them to get together to celebrate the New Year.
Enjoying the new year eve
Anand Krishna Gives Inspirational Advice
Anand Krishna also gave his advice to the participants. As usual, his inspirational advice encourages people to explore deeper in themselves. With his typical joyful style Anand Krishna delivered his messages about love. He also reminded everybody that meditation would make them more sensitive. Their senses will be more sensitive, their brain will be sharper. They have to implement all these in their daily lives with the spirit of karma Yoga, the spirit of selfless act. To be observing and selective in relationships are also very important in order to maintain the results of meditation that someone has acquired.
Listening to Anand Krishna’s Advice
Entertainment and Dance a la Anand Ashram
The entertainment and dance a la Anand Ashram held afterwards also added more joy to the evening which was growing late. There was a message to be conveyed through the entertainment. It was about no matter how difficult the obstacles confronting us but if we face them with patience and faith to Him, the One, and then He will come and materialize in our lives. But we should remain aware and introspective in order to keep our mind and heart clear so that we don’t repeat our past mistakes. Like Anand Krishna’s message, “The past has to pass, but the wisdom and lesson should be learnt in preparation for the tomorrow”.
Entertainment a la Anand Ashram adds more joy and cheerfulness to the celebration
Welcoming 2012 with Joy
Outside of the ashram the noise of trumpets and fire crackers echoed and filled the rooms but in As Salam meditation hall everybody had a moment of silence. Then they prayed together, each one prayed according to their own religious beliefs. The event was concluded with singing together in full enthusiasm. And armed with joy everybody is ready for the year 2012. It was a New Year’s celebration which can only happen at Anand Ashram. Thanks to Anand Krishna who was willing to share and provide the facility to whoever wants to empower themselves to reach a better life, a more joyful life.
Anand Krishna’s friends are sharing their stories
Reporter: Su Rahman, Photographer: Prabu Dennaga, Translator: Sylvia Antaresa