The Bramhakumari’s Rajyoga meditation center Suva celebrated the pristine festival of Raksha Bandhan organized by the National Coordinator BK Shanta Ben. 

The Deputy Speaker & the Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Veena Bhatnagar officiated as Chief Guest at the celebrations. Also present at the function was Her Excellency the Indian High Commissioner Madam Padmaja. 

The Rakhi thread is not merely a simple thread; it enshrines multiple sentiments, love and the unbreakable bond of protection.

We have come a long way since the traditional concept of  Raksha Bandhan, in today’s context the Rakhi thread is not limited to that of a brother sister relationship, it has well broken conversational barriers, not only to further human relationships ( sister to sister / brother to brother / Guru to disciple and even child to parent) but also to social issues.

These were the words of Assistant Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Bhatnagar as she officiated at the Fiji Brahma Kumaris Rajyog Meditation Suva Centre’s annual Raksha Bandhan celebration at Moti Street.  

Hon. Bhatnagar went on to say “the Festival of Rakhi has expanded the scope of idea and understanding of the traditional concept of Raksha Bandhan. Its significance in today’s context embraces it as a festival of making relationship stronger with a bond of infinity and love beyond human relationships. 

Relationships are the essence of any festival; goodwill, love, affection and warmth are all aspects of Raksha Bandhan that unite us.  

Hon. Bhatnagar urged all children to understand the essences of Rakhi and to pledge their dedication towards maintaining their relationships and fulfilling their responsibilities as children and to advocate for the protection of our senior citizens. Very often we see our elders neglected and abandoned thus this Rakhi, let’s accept our responsibilities and fulfill it with love, care and compassion.     

She also stressed on the responsibility us humans have in protecting our environment. 

“Today when we talk about celebrating Raksha Bandhan in a new form, we must consider the safety of the Universe and our environment, we all should make a resolution this Raksha Bandhan, that we will take ownership of our environment and its care, by doing this we will engage in establishing a sentimental value to our materialistic life, and attempt to create a balance of peaceful coexistence with mother nature.” Hon. Bhatnagar added.  

Hon. Bhatnagar congratulated the Fiji Brahma Kumaris Rajyog Meditation Centre for their commendable work, and actually practicing in their work the spirit of giving, the spirit of healing, and the spirit of inculcating positivity in the hectic lives of our fellow Fijians. She wished all Fijians a blessed and fulfilling Raksha Bandhan. 

Hon. Bhatnagar concluded by thanking Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, all the frontline workers and all the Fijian citizens for upholding the COVID-19 prevention measures which put in place by the Government. 

Also present at the event, Her Excellency the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Madam Padmaja, she mentioned that Rakhi is Raksha Bandhan is considered symbolic of purity within the human relations as in the case of relations between a brother and sister.

“This festival is described in scriptures as ‘Punyapradayak’ or bestower of good fortune and ‘Vishtodak’ or vice demolishing. These descriptions show that this festival is related to abstinence from vices and practicing purity in life to become a virtuous person”.   

Bramhakumari’s Rajyoga meditation center Suva’s National Coordinator BK Shanta Ben’s message for this Rakhi centered on the pure love between brothers and sisters as glorified by Rakhi festival is symbolic of a great cultural tradition.

“This festival is described in scriptures as ‘Punyapradayak’ or bestower of good fortune and ‘Vishtodak’ or vice demolishing. These descriptions show that this festival is related to abstinence from vices and practicing purity in life to become a virtuous person.

That is why the sacred string of Rakhi used to be tied both byBrahmins as well as sisters. It was customary for Brahmins to visit each house and tie this sacred string of protection to each individual. This custom signifies that rakhi can be tied only by those who observe purity in life, and every individual requires the divine protection”.

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