Anubhuti, as the name says, is a place to experience. It was a delight to see numerous people gather on the retreat center’s premises to celebrate the power of inner freedom and leave with happy hearts.
On the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day, Anubhuti hosted ‘The Soul of India’ in collaboration with North Bay Hindu Center and North Bay Indo-American Association. This was our first in-person public event after Covid years.
Novato’s Mayor Eric Lucan graced us with his presence. Carrying his 4-year-old son in his arms, Eric appreciated the love and kindness Anubhuti has shared with the city. Mayor, city council members, and other dignitaries hoisted the American and Indian flags, followed by the national anthems. Guests also participated in tree planting.
A few school students dressed up as India’s freedom fighters, walked to the stage and told the stories of their courage and conviction. Everyone stood up and grooved to the tunes of Indian energetic songs as dancers performed on the stage. Sister Kyoko, who is a professional harp musician, presented live music.
Senior meditation teacher and author Sister Diane, through her meditation commentary, took the ambience to a whole different level. Participants later shared that meditation was one of the activities they cherished the most. Sister Sukanya facilitated the activity ‘Link of Love’ as everyone tied a white ribbon to the person seated next to them. The message was to strengthen the divine love that we souls share with each other.
Besides the stage program there were several booths with games and fun activities along with the Raja yoga exhibition.
Around 280 people who attended the event in-person enjoyed an Indian vegetarian dinner at the end. The event was live streamed via YouTube and Zoom and was attended by 100+ participants online.