Online Shows and Competitions

In the occasion of an Online Yoga Conference, our children performed the yogic dances of Kaoshiiki and Tandava… with full uniform!

We also had Kaoshiiki and Tandava online competition throughout South-East Asia!

Kaoshiiki Competition

This yogic dance was invented by our spiritual master, Baba (“Father”), in September 1978.
For the anniversary this year, a competition was held across South-East Asia.

Our children competed with peers from other countries, enduring it for 20 minutes!

Gracefully bending to the sides, forwards and backwards, Kaoshiiki opens up the major meridians of the body, increasing circulation and energy flow.

This yogic dance develops all the layers of the mind. It is based on mudras, with deeper spiritual meanings.

After our teenagers, it was the turn of our little girls to virtually compete with children from all over South-East Asia.

Tandava Competition

The dancers competed for 10 endless minutes of vigorous jumping, raising from the ground while keeping the arms as straight as possible.

This is the ancient dance of Shiva, known as Nataraja, Lord of the Dance.
(…see this previous post about Tandava)

Then it was the turn of the younger boys to compete…

Meet the winners!

Our Dharma is the best of South-East Asia in the category 12 to 20 years old.

Our Yogesh is the best in the category 2 to 11 years old.

They endured the exhausting dance for 10 minutes in perfect style.
It seemed that they could go on forever..!

Prabhat Samgiita Day

On this special day, our music group virtually joined people from all over South-East Asia to sing songs from the immense collection of 5018 devotional songs composed by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, known as Prabhat Samgiita.

Here, the lyrics of one of the songs performed by our children:

I love this tiny green island, surrounded by the sea.
Touched by the sea, decorated by the sea.
I love this tiny green island, surrounded by the sea.

Am I a secluded figure, in the vast a little, a meager?
No, no, no, no, I’m not alone. Great is with me.
The Great is with me.

For the Online Yoga Conference,
our children also prepared new artistic performances:

“Mora Mukta Bhumir Meye”

In the beautiful setting of our organic farm, where we grow vegetables and fruit by the lake, our little girls performed this joyful song that goes…
“On mountains and hills, beside rapids and rills, in song and dance we whirl… we are blessed girls!”

Shiva Song

Performed by our girls Rochana and Praipana, this is a tribute to Lord Shiva, the great yogi who lived 7000 years ago and gave so many contributions to society, such as music, dance, mantra, meditation, yoga…

The song goes… “Vajra Kathora… ” (You are as strong as a thunderbolt) “Kusuma Koraka… ” (yet you are as tender as a flower bud)

Online Shows!

Even though we have been in lockdown for the most part of this year, we still have been busy with so many activities, and we managed to share and stay connected to the world outside through online streamings.

We celebrated a Wedding online!

We sang, danced, and performed a special meditation and wedding ceremony for the newlyweds, then we had special meals…

The bride and groom wanted us to be very happy on their special day,
and we made sure to make them very happy too, with…

A Super Funny Show!

…Here comes the wedding cake!
…enough with the cake!

Then…

Our musical group spread the Love to everyone, everywhere… with a beautiful song:

“Love is Everything”

Written by Baan Unrak child Lochoy, solo singers Praipana and Mali… Enjoy the video!

Next…

The girls performed a mystical Indian dance…

“Ajana Pathik” – Unknown Traveler

Finally…

We closed with the…

AcroYoga Show!

Here the videos:

Happy Mother’s Day!

Every year, on the 12th of August we celebrate our mothers.

This year, as per tradition…

The children paid homage to their care-mothers
Then, the care-mothers paid homage to Didi…
And then, starting from the little ones…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Watch the video on YouTube:

See the celebrations of the past years:

Mother’s Day 2019

Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day 2017

Young Artists At Work!

Immerse yourself in our children’s…

…Creative Flow!

Sometimes we paint for a special occasion…

A Wedding!

Sometimes we paint with a theme…

The Little Fairies

Watch the video of “The Little Fairies of Baan Unrak”

And…

The New Land

Children have…

…Boundless Imagination

We encourage all our children to paint…

Painting sharpens the mind

Painting is great for mental health and emotional release.
It builds self-esteem, while giving a feeling of joy and happiness…

Creating something beautiful through painting

Just… Canvases are quite expensive…

We couldn’t afford to buy so many canvases for all our children…

Luckily, we found out that a thick fabric that was donated to us, it is good enough to paint on!

…However, some children still prefer to paint on… their faces!
Through Painting,
Children have a chance to discover their inner talent.

To awaken their…

…Limitless Potential

Our Children’s Great Adventures (Part 1)

Here’s the photo story of an epic afternoon adventure…

Let’s go down to the farm!
We went to visit our beloved goats…
…then we followed our goats into the fields!

Dark clouds were fast approaching. Suddenly…

Rain began to fall

Our t-shirts became head covers…

Walking through high grass and plants covered with spines, and…

Someone forgot his shoes!

…but the bigger boys are ready to help!

Here comes the big brother!

Our teenagers Kong and Pa, whose task is to take care of the goats,
joined the children’s expedition…

…helping the younger brothers

We are having so much fun together!

Even though we start to feel a bit cold…

Finally, we reached the river

Let’s dive!

…and dive again!

This vast green land used to be covered by water…

Many months of drought made the water level drop several meters,
revealing a whole new landscape.

The stream of water that remained, flowing unceasingly,
carved its own bed, reshaping the landscape.

The sliding park!

… and more dives!

The tree trunk in the river

Our little explorers

We are in the middle of rainy season.

Now the water level is rising, and it will cover this whole land again…

These green fields will become a lake again… soon!
Let’s go back!

Hurry up, we will be late for meditation!

The Tree-Planting Ceremony

The top of Baan Unrak hill is a very special place.

It is where we practice meditation collectively, at the Pagoda,
and it is where our water supply gets energized in the nearby Water Tank.

Over time, this place is becoming so blissfully vibrated.

In previous years, we had planted a series of trees highly conducive for meditation around the water tank. They are Neem tree, Banyan tree, Bodhi tree, Cotton Silk tree, Wooden Apple tree…
It has been very nice to meditate here since we planted these trees. We can really feel that the energy is very pure.

But the circle was not closed yet. In fact, we had left a gap for a sixth very special tree, that we couldn’t plant due to construction work.

On this special day we planted the missing tree: a little Indian Goosberry tree.

Each of us poured water on the freshly planted tree, while we recited auspicious words all together:

May the tree planted today prove felicitous for us with its fruits, flowers, fragrance, floral nectar, leaves and shade…

May we ourselves prove helpful to the tree through our regular service in providing manure, water and sunshine to it.

We shall lovingly and carefully tend this highly beneficial tree.

The philosophy of Neo-Humanism teaches to all of us that…

We are a Cosmic Family.
We are all Brothers and Sisters.
Humans, animals, plants… all the created universe.

It is our duty to Love and Serve all.

To enjoy the ceremony as the birds saw it…
Fly with us over Baan Unrak, in the video below:

Now that the missing piece of the puzzle has come into place,
we feel more complete.

All the community of Baan Unrak enjoys very special meditation now,
after the planting of the sixth tree.

Is it the purity of mind of the children?
Or is it the circle that has been closed…?
Or is it… the power of the little tree?

The Story Behind the Gift

One day, Baan Unrak received a guitar as a gift.
The guitar was given by a 14 years old boy.
He was so self-conscious, he felt that it was not such a good gift, because the guitar had a broken string. Therefore, he was shy to give it…

This young boy could have never imagined how his gift would affect the life of another boy, of the same age, living here in Baan Unrak.

The guitar passed through many children, and eventually went into Vijay’s hands, who was the most passionate to learn.

Vijay passed all his life in Baan Unrak. He came when he was very small.

He grew up with us.

The guitar was the first big gift he ever received.

He loved it from the start.

However, soon after he had an accident…

Vijay broke his leg playing football.

He got a bone fracture surgery.
The doctors placed a metal rod and screws in his leg.

He had to pass long days alone. He couldn’t move.
During this time, the guitar became so important for him.

Playing guitar helped him a lot to go through this difficult time.

He gradually recovered. We all thought that he was getting better.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, he started to feel intense pain again…

It looked serious so we rushed to the hospital without wasting a single moment.

The doctors discovered a bad infection.

We had to go to 2 different hospitals, in Kanchanaburi and Bangkok.

We needed to find the money urgently.
We didn’t know who to ask.
We reached to our friends in Bangkok…

The young boy who, some months earlier, had donated his own guitar,
heard about Vijay’s emergency from his mother and, without thinking twice, made another incredible gift:

He gave 20,000 Baht of his pocket money savings.

We were amazed by this young boy who, without knowing Vijay at all,
touched his life in such a significant way:

Through the gift of the guitar, he awakened in Vijay the love for music, and made him company during his lonely time. Then, he contributed to save his leg.

The Spirit of Giving

The young boy gave out of his heart,
without expecting anything in return,
without knowing how his action would positively affect the life of another person.

After the operation, everything went smoothly for Vijay.

The guitar turned out to be an invaluable gift.

He could practice a lot, and learned so many tunes.

Now, every day Vijay goes to lead the small children’s kiirtan!

Singing together Baba Nam Kevalam,

Love is All

Baba’s 100 Years

This year, to honor the 100 years of the coming of our spiritual master, on the Full Moon of May, all the children and staff of Baan Unrak participated in a new way to feel connected with a Wheel of Love that touched many countries

We cannot travel but we created a beautiful connection with people far away through the singing of the mantra Baba Nam Kevalam – Love is All.

We started before sunrise, and it went on till the break of day, our Wheel of Love.

We were online streaming on Zoom for 3 hours, being part of a greater Wheel of Love that traveled through many countries around the world, no stop for two days.

Our children were in a spiritual mood…

The Wheel of Love

In the purity of the early morning,
the children were like dew drops, vibrant with life.

Every movement had a silver bell laughter.
Every smile was pure, sparkling white light.

The air was so full of life,
full of awareness, full of joy.

It was so blissful, so pure,
so fresh, so clean.

Then we sat down,
meditating on that Infinite Love,
all-pervading.

We prepared long in advance for this special day:

– We helped the poorest families around us on our Relief expeditions;
– We worked hard on a new project of herbs and medicinal plants;
– We had a Baby Naming ceremony;
– All the children learned a higher technique of meditation;
– We practiced Kaoshiiki, Tandava and yoga asanas to be ready and fit.

The celebration could not be complete without performing

KAOSHIKII

This yogic dance was introduced by Baba on September 6, 1978.

Kaoshikii is a psycho-spiritual exercise which benefits the mind by developing mental stamina and strength.

It is beneficial for everybody, but especially for women. It cures and prevents many diseases, removes complexes, instills self-confidence and encourages self-expression.

On this day at the hilltop we could see our little dancers
dressed in brown chocolate sarongs and green blouses.

We could feel their strength yet their humbleness,
their endurance yet their tolerance.

We felt the incredible potential hidden in their concentrated faces.
It was their feminine power in the purest form.

TANDAVA

The dance of Shiva

It is a vigorous dance which boosts courage, fearlessness and will-power.
It represents the fight between life and death, the fight for existence.

Tandava opens the heart chakra, energizes the whole body, strengthens the brain and nervous system.

The great yogi Sadashiva invented Tandava 7000 years ago, for his disciples to achieve physical and mental purity.

Baba revived it for our times…

Baba loved to see us performing these dances,
as much as he loved to see us gaining strength and getting empowered.

Our spiritual master came 100 years ago…

His ideas, so profound and revolutionary, inspired the creation of our Home.
He propounded the Neo-Humanist philosophy of love and care for all beings in the universe, which guides every thing we do in Baan Unrak.

Affectionately we call him Baba, Loving Father. In his life, he has shown such love, dedication and deep concern for everyone, so that we felt part of a huge, unique, Cosmic family.

He may not be here physically anymore, but he is in our hearts.
Therefore, every year on the Full Moon of May, we celebrate his birthday.

Our New Nurse!

In Baan Unrak we deeply believe in sharing… as much as we can.

During this month we assisted over 200 families on our Relief mission.

Tangmo is with us again!

She grew up in Baan Unrak, and she just graduated from Nursing University.
Now she returned to Baan Unrak, to give back to our Home and to the all community.

The poorest people around us don’t have money to go to the hospital. Therefore, having a nurse with us to give them free care is a great service we offer.

We go to the villages and visit the people in their homes.
Tangmo is very good at communicating with the villagers: she shares the same background, she can speak their language and can understand their worries and feelings.

The villagers feel very comfortable with Tangmo and can easily tell her their problems: from health problems and family problems to economical problems…

Now we have a clear vision of how to substantially help them, and we are starting together some small businesses leveraging their resources:

They have abundance of medical plants…

They are skilled in weaving bamboo baskets…

And they can produce brooms!

We hope that we can use their skills to improve their lives.

Tangmo also helps us at Home…

We feel so safe with her in Baan Unrak. We have so many children, some of them with serious sicknesses…

She is so precious for us!

Baby Naming Ceremony

This is a social ceremony that ignites the vitality in our community.

The naming ceremony is about introducing the baby into society for the first time. With it, the society takes a commitment towards the baby.

We also take advantage of this ceremony to change the name of the children who wish to speed up their progress on the spiritual path, by giving a name which is powerful. A name that is a mantra.

Changing the name into one with a powerful meaning, it helps people in their evolution.

He or she must be at least 6 months old. We started from the smaller one.
His name is…

Da’naviira!

It means.. one who is extremely charitable by disposition.

Niila’

Her name means indigo child.

Kalyana Sundaram

It means… blessedness, beauty of the Divine.

Turiiya

…the Absolute state of non-duality.