Message from Sister Jayanti on the Grenfell Tower Fire, London UK

We extend our deepest sympathy to all those affected by the fire in Grenfell Tower.  This disaster has shocked the nation.  Yet in the midst of tragedy we have seen the most amazing community spirit, support and generosity.  This gives hope for the future.  It shows us that value for life goes beyond gender, ethnicity, religion, culture or socio-economic status and that the most important thing is action in the spirit of compassion.

It is important now to focus on healing divisions and moving forward together.  Love and co-operation creates an atmosphere for change.  We cannot effect change on our own; the strength of being together multiplies the efforts of each one of us.

Whatever we can do, practically or in prayer and meditation with love, will help not only those affected by the Grenfell fire, but the whole of society.

On the third Sunday of each month, Brahma Kumaris around the world link together to meditate for world peace at 6.30pm – 7.30pm local time.

We invite you to join us for an hour’s meditation dedicated to those affected by the Grenfell fire and disasters wherever they strike, this Sunday 18th June at 6.30pm.

 

Message from Sister Jayanti on the attack on London Bridge, 3rd June, 2017

Once again within 3 months we are witnessing a tragic attack in the heart of London.  Those involved directly in the attack may be a few, but in reality the whole country is affected by fear.  Fear leads to defensiveness and even aggression.  Everyone needs peace and the country needs to be able to trust again.  Trust that staying true to our highest values is the best means of safety.  When values such as non-violence, selflessness and generosity of spirit are visible in our decision making and in our way of living, it brings a reciprocal response.  What we can do is to serve others with love, purity of spirit and peace, rather than to blame.  Everyone needs peace.

Message from Sister Jayanti on the terrorist attack in Manchester, UK, in May 2017

We join millions of people around the country and around the world in sending thoughts of sympathy and peace to those directly affected by the terrorist attack on Monday evening in Manchester.

We are, in fact, all affected.  And, wherever we are, whoever we are, we can – through our thoughts – offer support and healing at this time. Our loving and peaceful thoughts can contribute in creating an atmosphere of trust, belonging and hope. By keeping compassion and courage in our thinking and in our hearts, others are inspired to experience their own courage and compassion.

When we nurture our own values and inner strengths, and express these in our lives, we empower ourselves and  others. Every human being has the right to dignity and respect based on a loving and honest relationship with the self, with God and as part of one human family.  

We invite you to spend some time every day in reflective silence.  With a  mind and heart that are quiet, calm and loving, we can send gentle waves of courage and compassion to the whole world. Together, with everyone’s co-operation, we can help create an atmosphere of peace in the world.

Om shanti. I am peace.

Message from Sister Jayanti on the recent terrorist attack in London in March 2017

We wish to express our deepest sympathy for those affected by the terrorist attack in London on Wednesday 22nd March.

The strength of the City of London is the solidarity that is expressed between religious communities and between people of all cultures. London has opened its heart to people from across the globe and will continue to do so. Solidarity comes from a deep commitment to faith in the original goodness of each human soul and to the values that we share. Solidarity goes deeper than words; it is a solidarity of the heart which expresses itself in many ways. True solidarity comes from the understanding that we are one family of humanity and that we belong to One Supreme.This awarenessallows a feeling of belonging to grow and is our greatest protection against prejudice and violence.

At the Vigil held at Trafalgar Square on 23rd March, people of several faiths came together to show their respect for each other with peace. They expressedtheir compassion for those who are victims of violence and also for those influenced by extremist ideologies.

We invite you to join us in spending some time in silence, each day, wherever you are, to contribute to such an atmosphere in the world.

Om shanti – I, the soul, am a being of peace

Message from Sister Jayanti on the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015

‘Our thoughts, meditations and deepest sympathy are with our brothers and sisters of France at this distressing time. What is happening in France, and in many other parts of the world, is an expression of the extreme insecurity and fear that lead to acts of violence. There is a spiritual void within individuals and communities, which is quickly filled by anger and hatred.

At the present time, it is of paramount importance to counteract the fragmented atmosphere of fear with a healing atmosphere of love, founded on our love-filled thoughts, attitudes and intentions. For this, every individual needs a deep and sustaining inner strength, the depth of strength that comes from our connection with God. A healing atmosphere will help restore lives and build bridges between communities and religions, diminishing the accumulation of fear and negativity. This is the greatest means we have for lasting change in the world.

We invite you to spend some time in silence each day, allowing your mind and heart to be a reservoir of love for those in Paris and for those driven to such desperate acts, and to create an atmosphere of peace in the world.

Om shanti. I am peace.’

Message on the situation on England’s streets in August 2011

‘The violence we saw that week in our cities has created an atmosphere of anger and fear. In itself, this can spread like fire. How are we to respond? Will more anger and frustration help?

There are many causes for the unrest, but this is a crisis that goes very deep—to the very foundation of our society. We appreciate more than ever the value of the police force that provides security, and applaud the thousands of Londoners who showed their community spirit by organising a street clean up, but in the long term profound healing needs to take place. The rioting was also an indication of a deeper sickness in our society. Greed, inhumanity, and lack of integrity in the pursuit of financial or political gain are hardly the preserve of the young rioters. Young people are particularly susceptible to the myth peddled to them by society that happiness lies in material gain; this has left a huge vacuum inside with nothing to fill it.

Over the coming days and months it remains important that instead of thoughts of condemnation, anger and blame we contribute to society with our humanity. The father of one of the three young men who were killed in Birmingham showed no bitterness but asked for our youths to remain calm and for the community to stand united.

By accepting collective responsibility we can strengthen our own capacity to live by positive values and to embody the behaviour that we wish to see in our children and young people. This will lead to much greater effectiveness in finding the answers and solutions over the coming weeks, months and years.

Om Shanti – an affirmation of peace to you all.’