Puri, Orissa, Land of Magic- India

I left Northern India in the west to travel by 2 planes to Bhubaneshwar on the east coast of India, which is on the Bay of Bengal‎. I had been invited to the Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre at Puri, on the sea for 5 days, and had no idea what to expect! I was greeted at the airport in a big jeep with flags by the BK family for the hour and half journey to Puri. I got into the car and all the bags opened for a wonderful picnic lunch, even with a tablecloth. When I arrived I was greeted by long line of sisters as the car drove up driveway for a wonderful welcome with flowers etc, the Centre has head spiritual Sister Marjiwa, who I have nicknamed ” The  Fearless One,” she is an excellent manager, she cares very much, plus is superb at training and nurturing. The centre is located on over 3 acres with 20 Sisters and Brothers who live there with a Museum, Art gallery, Meditation hall and meeting rooms. On the day I left they were holding a conference for 800 people; the topic was, Safety for Woman in India.

As you know Indian food is not my favourite, but they had organic garden which was spectacular, everything was grown, even cashews! The food was fresh and beautifully cooked by the sisters. Sister Alka watched over me, she was lovely and very clever.

One morning I had sore throat, so I asked for hot water and lemon, and of course they ran to the trees to pick limes and lemons ( so lucky was I). My role there was to help develop a relationship with hotels, and the Bk’S(Puri is large tourist area‎) , so I had a meeting with  the hotel, and the next day 10 managers showed up for tea, a tour and chat. The Bk’s have about 5000 people through their doors every year, so it could be beneficial for both, it went very well. Marjiwa has invited me back next year to pursue a hotel project, we shall see!!

It was amazing 5 days in so many ways!! I felt very fortunate!!

 

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About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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2 Responses to Puri, Orissa, Land of Magic- India

  1. Prue Chambers says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful report Betty! So glad all is going well for you. Take care and we will stay in touch, love as always Prue >

  2. Prue Chambers says:

    Super pictures! What an excellent experience that visit was for you!

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