Happy 2012! Is this a promising year, or is it, as some think, the end of the world?Misinterpretations of the Mayan calendar claim that the earth will end by the end of 2012. Though I’m not a gambler, I’ll be gladto bet that the earth will continue as alwaysfor many, many millennia. (There would be nochance that I’d have to pay up if I lost the bet).Meanwhile in UK and Ireland the margiicommunity is too busy building up our workto worry much about the end of everything. As we’ll read in this issue we are becoming
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the editors.more active. Our two schools in London areworking at about capacity, our health foodshop, Food For All, is going through severalrenovations and becoming more popular, our pracar work is more focused and effective,much thanks to our new Dharma Pracar Board, and the London jagrti is continuing itsfacelift, a process which should be completebefore the end of the world... unless theMayan calendar predictions are correct.Our work is also growing in various partsof north England and Dharma Cakra andpracar is rising up in Dublin also. A lot of hard work by various AMURT volunteers isgradually leading to progress in our relief work, including some practical work in UKand more fundraising for AMURT projects in
Romania and further aeld.
I look forward to 2012 being a year where weopen the path of Bliss to many more peopleand where we enjoy our Blissful communityof margiis more and more.Doing Baba’s work is always a fascinatingand enriching experience. Organising theautumn conference was no exception. After working in the kitchen for a few years, it waswith great satisfaction and some gratitudethat I handed the wooden spoon into thecapable hands of Pundarika, who rose to the
The other organisers and I wanted to makethe programme relevant to all the activity thatis going on in the mission at the moment whilstat the same time strengthening our sense of community. With all this in mind and a babynaming to include, Roshnii Rose, Dada Raviand I spent many hours, during the coupleof months before the conference, on Skype,designing a programme which would meetall of these goals, while still allowing time for walks and some sleep!
When the time nally arrived for the
conference, I was deeply inspired by thenumber of margiis who came and by theway that everyone contributed in their ownunique way to the event and to the movementtowards Him. I felt a sense of moving
auumn regn Cnfeence 2011
together towards a shared goal and of mutualsupport and love for ParamaPurusa in all hismanifestations. As Premasagar and Roshnii arranged theaccommodation, it was interesting to observethe demographic shift which has occurred inthe region, over the last few years, with fewer single brothers and sisters and more familiesand children. This brought a new challengein the form of supervising, entertaining andeducating the young of our society and asthose of you who were there will surely havenoticed, we need to step up our programmein this area! Subhra did a wonderful job of leading the children’s programme, but shedid not receive enough support. This is oneof the main lessons that I have learned fromthis conference. At Easter we will have aconsiderably stronger children’s programme,which will be supported by all the adults, ona rota basis.
Despite the re alarms, I was very happy with
the conference and I just hope that the other margiis and acaryas attending found it asinspiring as I did! My feeling is that spending