At the Roof of the World
BK Didi Sudha visited Tajikistan
Brahma Kumaris started its activities in Tajikistan in March 2013. Despite some doubts regarding differences in traditions, culture and religion practice and spiritual knowledge of Brahma Kumaris were received with great interest. From 2013 to 2015, different meetings, seminars, conferences were held in all regions of the country, resulting in two centers opened in the major cities of Dushanbe and Khujand.
In August 2015, BK Didi Sudha, the Deputy Director General of the Brahma Kumaris in Russia, CIS and Baltic States visited Tajikistan.
Tajikistan is a small mountainous country in Central Asia, located in the foothills of the Pamir Mountains. It is bordered by Uzbekistan to the west, China to the east, Kyrgyzstan to the north and Afghanistan to the south and separated from Pakistan by a narrow mountain valley. In the past, it was one of the Soviet republics. 93 percent of the country is covered by mountains, land is rich in minerals, but the main asset is the Asia’s largest stock of clean drinking water. 98 percent of the population professes Islam, mostly the Sunni, with rather conservative cultural and family traditions. Tajikistan is an Iranian-speaking country. The ancestors of the Tajiks called their country "Ayiryana Vaeja", which means "land of the Aryans."
The visit began with the city of Khujand, Tajikistan's business capital city, located in the north of the country, on the banks of the pearl of Central Asia, the Syr-Darya River. The city that once was a center of ancient civilizations remembers the times of Alexander the Great, Mahmud Ghaznavi and the Great Silk Road. Ancient mosques and forts in the city blend with ultra-modern constructions and European fashion. People here are always ready to learn and gain new experiences.
The first meeting was held in the Arvand Bank and attended by business people. The big hall of the large bank was full. Didi Sudha shared her views on the main components of success in business and building a successful team. Patience, sense of purpose, clarity of thinking and ability to cooperate help to create like-minded group and get things done. Her words how to learn to manage stress and always remain content touched the hearts.
On August 18, the inauguration of the Brahma Kumaris center in Khujand took place. About 100 people came to give dear guests a cordial welcome and celebrate together. Didi Sudha shared invaluable spiritual treasures: how to learn to forgive and forget, to leave aside waste and trifle matters, remain content and happy and do something good for others.
On August 20, employees and visitors of the ‘Siberian Health’ company office got together to listen to presentation on “Seven Secrets of Health”. All listened attentively, did exercises with enthusiasm, wrote down the homework and made promises to change their way of thinking as well as their lifestyle. Alisher and Svetlana Abdulayev, National leaders of the company extended their heartfelt thanks to Didi Sudha on behalf of the whole audience and expressed a request to continue this cooperation in the future.
Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan, located in the Gissar Valley in the west of the country.
Students of Brahma Kumaris center gave the guests a hospitable welcome and decorated them with multi-colored skullcaps and shawls according to national traditions. Dances, songs and poems filled hearts with joy. Many shared their experiences: what they had gained attending classes at the center, and how their lives had changed.
Didi Sudha gave three lectures in the ‘Siberian Health’ company office of Dushanbe. The audience wanted to understand the secrets of success, harmony and health.
Representatives of different yoga schools attended one of the meetings. They came to get an answer to the single question: what to do to keep balance between the body and the soul. Didi Sudha being an expert on spirituality and Raja yogi with a long standing shared her unique experience of how to achieve harmony between the physical and the spiritual and get strength and inspiration.
No matter what audience was at the meetings, all were united by sincere desire to learn, understand and change. Tajiks are very hospitable, uncomplicated and grateful people therefore warm smiles and embraces, small presents with whole-hearted feelings and requests to make a photo along with the guests followed them everywhere, even on the streets. It seemed that all divisions disappeared and everyone felt like being one spiritual family.