Having an Auntie – is a blessing

Many of us including myself have had the privilege to grow up under the watchful eyes of our aunties, sister of our dad and/or mom. The playful and joyful early education that came from being in her company, is always remembered as a blessing. I also remember the quote of Dr. Truglio, who went on to say, “An auntie is not a teacher. An auntie is all about quality time – and really, time to play”. Going to my auntie’s place always seemed easy. I believe this might be the reason that, when someone is embarking on a difficult task, the expression generally used is, “it is not like going to your auntie’s home”. The life experiences shared by my auntie, be it in regards to education, career, or settling in life were always enriching, especially coming from a joint family my mum would never have enough time for these conversations. When my mom said NO! my auntie said YES!! The warmth of an auntie’s love provides another stable, secure place to sort out life. We don’t always accept and appreciate this within ourselves, but no child ever suffered from too much love that they receive being nieces and nephews, as auntie’s love is unlimited but also full of genuine concern and caring. This is another reason I guess they use this expression in the place from where I come (Maharashtra, India) in Marathi language it says, “maay maro pan mavshi jago”, which means even if you don’t have a mother, or if the mother passes away…. you should have an auntie, only an auntie can love you like the mother.
​Auntie Bettie Narayain, personifies these attributes to the highest degree. She recognized the significance of this relationship, the role that auntie’s love plays in anyone’s life, she celebrated the relation by her gentle presence and loving, caring, ever-enthusiastic nature. She was very aware and intentional about it, and created space in the lives of many souls across the globe for this love-filled relationship, which allowed her to bring millions of them close to our eternal Father. – Tina Agarwal, Brahma Kumaris USA

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2nd International Yoga Day

Join us on 22 June to Celebrate the 2nd International Day of Yoga

Yoga: Connecting Discernment to Decision-Making

It is well recognized that the ancient tradition of yoga reduces anxiety and stress; enhances cognitive performance; increases mental focus and clarity and the capacity to think strategically including reframing problems; promotes emotional intelligence, and improves interpersonal relationships.

Yoga is a significant practice that assists one in experiencing greater clarity of mind and vision. Yoga is a unifying force that harmonizes the spiritual trajectory of awareness, attitude, perception, and action. It connects person to his real and authentic self, awakening the conscience, the domain in which discernment takes place. It also provides one with the ability to tap into a space of greater creativity and to receive inspiration or envision things in a new way, with ‘fresh eyes’. While this affects a person in one’s individual capacity, at the same time, it also impacts communities, organizations and institutions.

This focus of the mind, thinking more creatively and working more collaboratively through yoga allows for the opportunity of those within the United Nations System to undertake decision-making, legal and policy formation, program implementation and other action in a new manner. By engaging in one form of yoga or another, clarity of vision and action can only have a positive impact of the work of the UN– whether it be selecting the new Secretary General, promoting the Sustainable Development Goals or monitoring compliance by States Parties by the specialized human rights treaty bodies expert committees.

New Year’s Message

31 December 2015

Dear friends,

Greetings of peace at the dawn of the new year. These times are such that we are all touched by situations that cause sorrow and disheartenment. When we encounter these situations, and when our friends and relatives experience disheartenment, we feel inspired to serve and support.

To prepare ourselves to serve when we are needed, we have to spend more time in silence. In silence our spiritual awareness allows us to see beyond the discomfort of the moment to the deeper and more persistent truths of inner peace, unconditional love and deep happiness. We find we can speak less, and spread vibrations of happiness through our attitude and our drishti.

At this transition from the old year to the new one, find the time to hear the sound of silence. Keep the whole world in front of you, and send vibrations of peace to the human family and to our common home.

With love and good wishes for the year ahead,

Sister Mohini, Sister Jayanti and the Call-of-the-Time team

Gayatri, Judy, Julia, Luciana, Pratibha, Rita, Sigrun, Thor