Children’s Peace Home update

The orphan children of Children’s Peace Home, Dang are painting their newly built hostel. How nice!!!

They are homeless but not hopeless; they have terrible history but a beautiful future too.

Thanks sent from Dr CM Yogi for the wonderful support.

Nepal Trip 2018

Joan O'Connor has recently led a group of 11 people from GCP around Nepal to introduce them to the programs and distribute resources to the Shanti Sewa Ashram, three schools and the Children's Peace Home under the direction of Dr Chintamani Yogi.

"I am delighted to have led this group of amazing volunteers around our programs in Nepal. They have given generously to support initiatives that will help the community in health outcomes with a water filtration unit and in valuable literacy and numeracy resources for the Women’s Ashram and schools with laptops and tablets. We have been given so much care and love visiting many schools and community programs. We feel blessed and look forward to returning to beautiful Nepal and the Yogi family and friends who have made our journey so special. Namaste until we meet again. Global Communities for Peace continues to support many projects in Nepal. We will return."

Cultivating Values in Children

Article by Dr Chintamani Yogi

Our dream is children. Dedication of our whole life is for the children. Every parents want to see their children happy, healthy and prosperous. Even animals are dedicated for their children. Its the system and ideals of a nice family. We get love, blessing, care and nurture from our parents and then we give same service to our children again without any condition. Children are strength not only for a family but for a whole society; not a hope for only parents but for entire humanity. Children are not only our future but our present too. Children are not only a duty but a beauty too. In short, no children, no family and then no society and no world!!

But loosing family system is a great loss of this modern society. We think we reached at top; but we lost our roots.

We think we have achieved a lot but forgot to be with our own family and with ourself.

We think we have now enormous progress but by loosing our own peacefulness. We think we are now connected with the whole world but we lost relationship with our own family. What a pity!!

I remember, our father, Buwa, taught us “Gyan Yoga” the path of wisdom, though he was uneducated; but was raised and trained by the mother nature, the university of nature, itself. He taught us at very early age, every single thing which made a strong foundation of our life as a human being. When we were very young sharing food was a common practice, not only with family but with whole village. Celebrating festival was a time of deeper understanding and sharing and celebrating. Similarly, our mother, Aama, taught us the “Bhakti Yoga” the path of devotion or the path of unconditional love. Working with her in the field was not only for better production but was a time of great learning to understand the whole nature and being communed with nature. Singing or chanting while working was not only reducing our emotion or stress but was a best practice to harmonize ourselves with family, community and nature. I still feel that our mother did not feed us only a food but a “Prasad” (holy food as a blessing of God) which transformed our entire life.

But now the world is changed; everyone is running here very fast but Where? that they don’t know.

Running is now like a habit but Why? Where? and How long?

That we don’t want to know or we have forgotten. As we have forgotten to be with ourselves so then how could we be with our family? So now there are some burning issues which every family is facing now. No matter, the east or west, our children are heading towards a dark future where they may have everything but no peace, no joy, no hope, no faith and no childish-ness! In this so called modern age–

– Devices have devided our children’s life.

– Artificial intelligence have destroyed their emotional and spiritual intelligence.

– The life is disconnected from the roots but only with digitals.

– Right relationship is with soil and soul is forgotten.

– The mind and body have become very giant but not gentle.

– The mind is shouting but the heart is crying.

– Rights are followed but Duty is forgotten.

– The understanding of What I Want? and What I Need? seems now lost.

Seems that now the purpose of education is not for a well being but for a well living or high living only. Gandhi said “Simple living, high thinking” but now the children want “High living and high thinking”. Not only that, we have seen now “High living but very simple thinking” also. Actually its a terrible degradation.

We are heading towards a narrow path where we will have all prosperity but no heart to feel anything.

Imagine for a while; where we will have everything for living but no any spirit of life!!! Therefore, few questions must be addressed on time. What we hope actually for our children?

– Making them Great or Grateful?

– Making them Successful or Peaceful?

– Making them to be Smart or Sincere?

– Making them Competetive or Cooperative?

– Making them Independent or Inter-dependent?

Well, let me share something, what we are trying to do here in Nepal? We have not achieved yet anything very special but we have a dream beyond any borders and we have dedication with purest intention. In spite of many problems and and lack of resources also, we have continued our journey of Selfless Service for last more than 3 decades as it gives us purity of mind and combined us with every one and every being.

— we have 3 HVP schools which are based on Human Values and follow the principles of holistic approach of education; these schools provide modern education but with high focus on human values, ethics, culture and spiritual wisdom.

— we have an organization called- ‘Children’s Peace Home’ in Dang, a small village of western part of Nepal; it’s a sort of orphanage to provide holistic education with life skill training and vocational training.

— likewise, we have ‘Children’s Study Club; too in Kathmandu; it provides education with holistic care to underprivileged children.

— we have an organization called – Youth Society for Peace -too; established by the youths which works in different schools/colleges to form ”Peace Clubs”. And we try to empower youths by sharing true spirit of service in their life!!!

— and similarly, we have ‘Peace Service Center’ (Shanti Sewa Ashram) in Kathmandu; it’s our biggest project of integrated service for disadvantaged children, young girls, women, senior citizens and marginalized community.

im happy to state that I have been in the filed of selfless service, the path of Karma yoga, for last nearly 35 years; started my journey of Sewa at the age of 21 as a founding principal of HVP school and now we have around 10 organizations working in different areas to serve community and humanity.

In my opinion, no one should give any pressure to children for obtaining only high marks but high morals.

Also, no one should give pressure to be the Best but only Better. We should tell our children that just becoming a doctor, engineer, IT expert or any high paid job is not enough now but it’s the time our children should know from the very beginning that–

– How happy I am?

– How positive I am?

– How well behaved I am?

– How visionary I am?

– How faithful I am?

Humanity should be the central point of our every teaching or curricular of our schools; and in temples, churches, mosques etc too. And I think spirituality helps us to understand humanity. We have created doctors, engineers, experts and so on but still not a Whole Human!! What a terrible paradox!! Our intelligence have become now artificial, so we are also becoming artificial day by day. But now the time has come or its already late, we all should go further–

– Religion to Realization.

– Ritual to Spiritual.

– Dualism to Non-dualism.

– Knowing to Being.

– Emotion to Devotion.

Scriptures are good but still the question is- number of attendees is increasing in every church, temple, mosque etc but the part of transformation is still neglected. People are following the crowd from the childhood but not questioning themselves- Who Am I?

Sometimes I feel that in the name of educating our children we are destroying their life, their future. We try to make them a doctor or engineer but Why? We force them to be a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim or Hindu! but Why? We decide their choices, their path, their future! Why? I believe that every child can transform her/his life; if–

– no negativity is inculcated in their tender mind.

– no any violence is shown to them at very early age.

– his natural freedom is not suppressed .

– his basic needs are not destroyed.

– they are given heart centered education heartily.

The eastern world has one kind of problem and the western world has other type. But if we go into the depth, we will find that the heart is crying everywhere in this modern world. We read few words in books nowadays- truth, love, peace etc. But is there any true feeling of these words? The west is suffering by extremism; and every extremism brings finally materialism and militarism. And the countries like Nepal suffering by terrible poverty. But Nepal also has some beautiful messages which are neglected. A tiny country, like Nepal also can play a vital role to make this world a peaceful place because it has most ancient ageless wisdom; such as–

– Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is our family)

– Aatma Khalu Viswa- mulam (consciousness or soul is the root of the world)

– Sarve Bhavantu Sukhin (may all be happy)

– Gyanat Shanti Anantaram (Peace through wisdom)

– Bal Devo Bhav (children are like God)

No matter, where we come from? But let’s think where we should go now? No matter, what my identity is? But how can I recognize my inner identity? No matter, what position and profession I have? But how I practice and preserve humanity? No matter, what my past was? But how can I make my future more meaningful and peaceful by being together with all? No matter, what I have learned till now? But how aware I am?

Therefore, now we need a new education system which should be value based, culture based, heart based, nature based and spirituality based. We need now very ideal, committed and dynamic family which can raise their children as praying God!!

Thank you so much.

More news from the girls home in Nepal

Works continue on the girl’s home in Nepal and more progress has been made over the past couple of months. It’s wonderful to see the building taking shape and to witness the community coming together to create this important space for young Nepali women.

 

Girls Home Update

Bhola has sent us another update on the building of the Girls’ Home. More incredible progress has been made and we are so grateful to all those who have contributed towards this project!

Namaskar from CPH Dang! We are axpecting that the Ground floor will be finished in 15 days time then painting and wiring and other work will be started acording to the budget…. Other hand, first floor also will start at the same time. let’s see how much we can afford…….
All the best.
Bhola

Another building update from Nepal

The buildings are really starting to take shape now – amazing progress has been made on the Girls Home. Thanks again to Bholanagth Yogi for sharing these images with us. 

An update on building works in Nepal

Thanks to the generous contributions from our community there have been some great advancements in the building works for the new Girls Home in Nepal. Our thanks to Bholanagth Yogi for sharing some images with us.

What peace means to children

Today is International Day of Peace so what better time to reflect on what peace means to our future generations…

Being kissed goodnight

At least one hug a day

Getting Dorothy back

The angel in my heart

A warm bed to dream in

Using your voice for good

Sending all soldiers home to their families

Knowing anything is possible

Happiness for all, peace on earth and pizza for all people

Get more insights into what peace means to children here: http://www.naturalawakeningsmag.com/Natural-Awakenings/September-2013/What-Peace-Means-to-Children/

2016 Reconciliation Peace Walk

101_0008 101_0014 101_0018 101_0024 101_0029 101_0034 101_0037 2016-06-01 11.50.33GCP and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield held their 2016 Reconciliation Peace Walk yesterday in celebration of Reconciliation Week.

It was a privilege to have Margaret and Bonny Brodie lead the Peace Walk across the Jervois Bridge to Laterlare Park where Margaret gave a welcome to country and shared her story.  More than 1500 people attended this beautiful walk for peace from a range of schools and communities led by Alberton Primary School and Thebarton Senior College and Imam Tawhidi and friends from the SA Muslim Community.

Thank you so much to all who were involved in this amazing event.

Peace is Personal Exhibition Launch

DSC_6331GCP proudly opened our inaugural Peace is Personal art exhibition launch at the Black Diamond Gallery in Port Adelaide on Sorry Day in Reconciliation Week last week. The exhibition is filled with wonderful paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs from artists of all ages; each one of them a fitting and personal response to peace.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the City of Port Adelaide Enfield for all their support, and the No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability and the Kurraru dancers for an absolutely beautiful performance.

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