9th International Bali Meditators’ Festival : Soul Awareness Retreat - Unveil the Secret of the Soul and Reincarnation
About the Venue and Teacher
The Anand Ashram Foundation is the Centre for Wellbeing and Self-Empowerment. It was founded on January 14, 1991 by Mr Anand Krishna who being inspired by an experience in which he was mysteriously cured from leukemia, then introduced meditation as the cornerstone of his holistic health strategy, especially for those living in big and busy cities like Jakarta. The Anand Ashram’s Vision is One Earth, One Sky, One Humankind The Anand Ashram’s mission is To create an Enlighting Society based on Universal Value of Peace, Love and Harmony I. Meditation exercises at the Anand Ashram The Anand Ashram meditation exercises start with the cleansing of the emotional baggage, such as anger, sadness, disappointment and trauma, which has been dormant for a long time. Only then can a person enter the realm of meditation in which the balance of mind, body and spirit can be achieved. That way a person can think clearly, be calm and not agitated, creative and able to maximize all the potential in himself or herself. After that, change will happen of itself, starting from himself or herself, then the environment, the state and then it extending out to the world. II. Various Activities at Anand Ashram The various activities at Anand Ashram are the result or the fruit of meditation exercises given by Mr. Anand Krishna. Then, the potential that has emerged in the participants can be channeled into various activities such as Pluralism, Economics, Education and Social Service. Therefore, the meditation taught in the Anand Ashram, is not only about a sitting still meditation but also a dynamic one, being not only useful for the participants themselves but its usefulness extending also, to the wider public. A. Pluralism Concern for the values of Pluralism. Seeing the eroding sense of brotherhood among the nation’s children and the absence of pride in being Indonesian nationals prompted Anand Krishna to create activities that are both educational and entertaining. These activities are: The National Symposium – This is held once a year on the 1st September and at the same time commemorates the Service Day for Mother Earth which was launched by Indonesian Minister of Defense Juwono Sudarsono. It invites different national figures to revive the pride of being Indonesians. The People’s party of NIM – This is held once every two weeks on Sunday (06:00 up until 07:00) at Monas. It is attended by more than 4,000 people and is a combination of laughing as a form of sport, dance, singing and role play which are filled with messages around pluralism that are educational in nature. Student Discussion – This takes place once every two weeks on Saturday (16:00 up until 17:30) at One Earth, Ciawi, in Bogor. It presents renowned speakers and student participants from various universities, working together to find solutions and real actions in order to solve national problems. The award of “I’m Proud to be Indonesian”. It is an award distributed once a year and given to national figures such as Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, Adnan Buyung Nasution, Titiek Puspa and Bob Tutupoli. B. Education The main key to national progress is education and therefore, Mr. Anand Krishna has brought about several educational activities: The Soul Awakening Forum (FKJ) – It’s goal is to awaken the human soul which ultimately can restore the dignity, humanity and integrity of the Indonesian nation. The Forum of Teachers, Doctors and Psychologists for Motherland (Foradoksi BIP) – This is a forum of cooperation between teachers, doctors and psychologists. Schools must enlist the help of doctors to help the children to stay healthy, psychologists to understand and develop the children’s mind and teachers to educate and provide them with knowledge. Teaching without Stress (MTDS) – This is a Special Program for Teachers which enables them to teach without the burden of stress. It has been attended by more than 18,000 people in numerous cities and they have already felt the benefits. The One Earth School – it is an inter-faith school which aims to make children appreciate the beauty of diversity without being suspicious of each other. C. Economy In the economic field, Mr. Anand Krishna advocates a cooperative economic system for the Indonesian people. This is an economic idea which was endorsed the Indonesian Cooperative Founding Father, Mr. Hatta. TheAnand Krishna Global Cooperative, is the first spiritual cooperative in Indonesia.It serves others and it is independent. D. Social This social field is an opportunity provided by Mr. Anand Krishna in order to serve and relate directly with the community of various groups. It shares the fun, learning from each other and appreciates the beauty of difference. The Medical Camp is a social service which is delivered in the form of health education, community empowerment, the provision of drugs, relaxation therapy and a cheap bazaarfor the underprivileged people. The Social Service, visits social institutions such as women’s prisons, homes for the elderly and orphanages in order to share the joy and the opportunity of serving fellow human beings. Friendship International This aims to visit various countries in order to introduce the richness and diversity that Indonesia has to offer. Mr. Anand Krishna also provides practical solutions derived from the local wisdom of Indonesia to matters presented in international forums. The countries ever visited are: Australia, Mr. Krishna was invited to attend the Parliament of World Religions from 3 to December 9, 2009. Here he introduced Pancasila and Unity in Diversity as a solution for world peace. Brazil, Mr. Krishna was invited to attend the Earth Dialogues on Water Planet in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (November 26-28, 2008). This forum was formed by Mikhail Gorbachev (former President of the Soviet Union). There were three main objectives discussed in the forum which were the anticipation of disasters, reduction of poverty and human development. California, Mr. Krishna attended the 60th annual United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information from 5-7 September 2007 on Climate Change. Tibet, Mr. Anand Krishna presented a large statue of Buddha to the Tibetan nation (it was presented to His Holiness Dalai Lama) as an honor for having preserved the noble teachings of the Indonesian nation which have already been forgotten, i.e. Tong Len meditation (giving and taking meditation). This proves the Indonesian nation is full of the treasures of wisdom. E. Organizational Structure Organizating Committe Chairperson : Dr. Wayan Sayoga Vice-Chairperson : Dian Marthin, ST Treasurer : Fatin Hamamah ST Secretary I : Putu Sri Puji Astuti W. Secretary II : Joehanes Budiman, BSBA Board of Trustee Liny Tjeris Ir. Made Yudanegara Dr. Ir. N. W. Suriastini, M.Phil Maya Safira Muchtar Board of Supervisory Ir Gede M Merada H Slamet Harsono Prashant Gangtani
Swami Anand Krishna(Sindhi: سُوامي آنند ڪرشنا) is an Indonesian of Sindhi/Indian descent spiritualist, inter-faith humanist, and productive writer who is currently living in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.His consistently attentiveness and concern about the condition of spiritual soul and local wisdom and culture of Indonesian have been putting in practice by founding many humanitarian initiatives and spiritual establishments, particularly Anand Ashram Foundation (affiliated to United Nations Department of Public Information since 15 December 2006) as Center for Wellbeing and Self-Empowerment since the year of 1991.He has been promoting Love is the Only Solution as the way to create an enlightened society by working on InnerPeace, developing CommunalLove, and realizing GlobalHarmony on One Earth under One Sky and in One Humankind.BiographyBorn in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia as predicted by the Shuka Nadi is his Karma Bhoomi, on 1 September 1956, Anand had spent his early education in Lucknow, North India, where he met his first spiritual mentor, Sheikh Baba. A simple ice vendor, the saint was not known beyond the area he lived in, but played major role in the "making" of Anand Krishna who was already familiar with Sufi poetry and teachings of Shah Abdul Latief of Sindh, through his father, Tolaram.Swami Anand Krishna earned his master's degree from a reputed university and was at the top of his career as Director and Shareholder of a Garment Factory in Indonesia, when, suddenly, he fell ill. Medical diagnosis showed that he was suffering an acute Leukemia in critical stage. His body was no longer responded to the medical treatment/therapy for Leukemia applied. Thus, in 1991, at 35, he faced certain death.After months of suffering to find cures for his illness, mysterious meetings with a Tibetan Lama in the Himalayas, and miraculous recovery from his illness, Anand decided to devote his life to sharing his healing, peace, love and joy.Later, he shared his personal experiences on the basis : "Be Joyful and Share your Joy to Others". One Earth Retreat Centre, Ciawi - IndonesiaIn the last 25 years, Anand has spoken to millions through television shows, radio talks, inhouse trainings, books, newspaper interviews and articles, as well as daily meetings and workshops held at Anand Ashram (affiliated with United Nations), One Earth Retreat Center Ciawi, Anand Krishna Center and Ashram@Ubud, the four centers of meditation established by him in the Indonesian Capital of Jakarta, the suburban city of Bogor, the palatial ancient city of Yogyakarta, and the beautiful island of Bali.Humanitarian InitiativeHe has also inspired several popular movements, and Centers for Self Development, among others:1. International Bali Meditators’ Festival (IBMF) 2. Forum for Revival of Human Spirit – which has given free Self Development Programs to more than 25,000 teachers within last 5 years.3. Anand Krishna Centres in many major cities, and L’Ayurveda Healing Centers in Jakarta and Bali.4. AK Global Co-Operation, a national co-operative society with branches in several cities.5. The National Integration Movement, with almost 30 branches all over Indonesia and overseas representation, including one in the Middle East 6. California Bali Friendship Association 7. Brazil Indonesia Friendship Association 8. Secret Garden of The Mother Divine, Dedicated to Healing Mother Earth and All Her Children, located in Kuta (Bali)9. AK Education Foundation, First Interfaith School in Bali, for which land has been acquired (about 2,500 sq meters in the prime area of Kuta)10. Bali Dvipa Charitable Clinic in Bali11. One Earth Integral Education Foundation 12. Regular Free Medical and Trauma Relief Camps13. Global Harmony Monument in Ashram@Ubud – Bali 14. The Charter for Global Harmony http://www.charterforglobalharmony.org/Anand had been a source on all major National Medias, several Regional Medias – both Print and Electronic. He had a weekly column in one of the Major Print Medias, and a monthly TV as well as Radio Shows - both in Bali Island. He also writes regularly for several other medias nationwide.In Jakarta, he has completed a 13-episode serial on "Q" and "Swara" TV Channels, entitled "Building Indonesia Anew with Anand Krishna". Currently, the next season of the show is already on air, which is titled "Building The World Anew with Anand Krishna".Among other prominent members of Indonesian Society, those who have so far appeared on these shows are the 4th President of Indonesia, The Abdurrachman Wahid; Special Police Commissioner in charge of Narcotics Bureau, Mr. Mangku Pastika of Bali Bombing Case Fame; Sultan of Yogyakarta; The Ambassador of Australia for Indonesia; Several MPs, Artists, etcetera.However, his most outstanding contribution and legacy are his 160 over books published within last 25 years with more than half a million copies sold all over Indonesia. He has also been becoming the trendsetter of Meditation as lifestyle in this archipelago. One of his books, in fact one of the three titles in English, "Voice of Indonesia" was released in California and discussed on the Campus Radio of University of California at Santa Barbara.International SpeakersConference on Sufi Movements in Contemporary IslamAfter attending The 60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference of United Nation " Climate Change : How It Impacts Us All" in September 2007, Anand Krisha was invited to present his paper on Sufi Solutions to World’s Problems in Conference about Sufi, held by National University of Singapore and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, on August 4 – 5, 2008Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2008 Earth Dialoques on Water Planet Nov 26-28, 2008Earth Dialogues on Water Planet 2008Anand Krishna became one of speakers in Earth Dialogues on Water Planet (Dialogos da Terra no Planeta Aqua) hosted by Government of Minas Gerais and Green Cross International in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on 26 – 28 November 2008. The Dialogues adopted the " Minas Gerais Charter" prescribing targeted action plans to further sustainable development both in Brazil and globally.At the event, Swami Anand Krishna presented his paper on Water of Life, Wisdom of the Ancient – In Pursuit of the Indigenous Wisdom of Sundaland and South America to Save Our Planet, a spiritual study of how important water for the life of man in this planet based on the local wisdom and culture. His paper had been published as a book with the same title in 2009. Swami Anand Krishna gave talks at Parliament of World's Religion, Melbourne - AustraliaAmbassador of Parliament of the World’s ReligionSwami Anand Krishna also attended Forum Parliament of the World’s Religions as one of the speakers in Melbourne, Australia, on Dec 3-9 2009, by presenting "Addressing Religious Radicalism in Indonesia : Appreciating and Cultivating Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) and Pancasila (Indonesia’s Preambule)". He had been appointed as Ambassador of Parliament of the World’s Religion Council since September 2009.Selected WorksAnand Krishna's books and audiobooks (details below) are available.In English Anand Krishna, Life – A Traveler’s Guide to Journey Within (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) 2003 ISBN 979-22-0157-2 Anand Krishna, Soul Quest – Journey from Death to Immortality (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) 2003 ISBN 979-22-0153-X Anand Krishna, "Voice of Indonesia" (AK Global Co-Operation) 2007 ISBN 978-979-16787-0-4 Anand Krishna, "Christ of Kasmiri – The Incredible Saga of Sage Yuzu Asaph" (AK Global Co-Operation) July 2008 ISBN 978-979-16787-3-5 Anand Krishna, "Tri Hita Karana : Ancient Balinese Wisdom for Neo Humans" (AK Global Co-Operation) 2008 ISBN 978-979-16787-5-9 Anand Krishna, "Sufi Solution to World’s Problems" (AK Global Co-Operation) 2008 ISBN 978-979-16787-4-2 Anand Krishna, "From Bali to Belo Horizonte – In Pursuit of the Indigenous Wisdom of Sundaland and South America to Save Our Planet" (AK Global Co-Operation) 2009 ISBN 978-979-16787-7-3 Anand Krishna, "One Earth One Sky One Humankind – Living Prayerfully in the Spirit of Unity in Diversity" (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) 2009 ISBN 978-979-22512-6-5 Anand Krishna, "The Hanuman Factor : Life Lessons from the Most Successful Spiritual CEO" (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) 2010 ISBN 978-979-22-5296-5 Anand Krishna, "The Wisdom of Bali : The Sacred Science of Celebrating Heaven on Earth" (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) January 2010 ISBN 978-979-22-6318-3 Anand Krishna, "The Zen Yoga : An Integral Approach to Spirituality" (Parimal Publication India) 2011 ISBN 978-81-7110-373-7 Anand Krishna, "Sai Anand Gita: Lord’s Song of Bliss Eternal" (Sri Sathya Sai Books and AK Global Co-Operation) Nov 2011 ISBN 978-602-95405-5-0 Anand Krishna, "Guru Yoga : The Way Within" (AK Global Co-Operation) January 2012 ISBN 978-602-95405-6-7 Anand Krishna. "The Wisdom of Sundaland : The Ancient Unrecorded Prehistory of Indonesia Archipelago" (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) 2012 ISBN 978-979-22-8657-1 Anand Krishna, "The Kaligis Success Factor, Lesson from a rare Man of Law" (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) 2013 ISBN 978-979-22-9944-1 Anand Krishna, "Dvipantara Dharma Sastra : Sara Samuccaya-Slokantara-Sevaka Dharma, Ancient Indonesian Wisdom for Modern Human" (Centre of Vedic and Dharmic Studies) May 2015 ISBN 978-602-17679-4-8 Anand Krishna, "Live Yoga : The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali for Modern Times" (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) 2015 ISBN 978-602-03-1529-4
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