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Region 6 - Family Values Day

On Sunday the 4th September, devotees in Region 6 gathered together in Rotherwick, Hampshire and took part in the Family Values Day. This year the event was on the theme of Mother Earth. The event, organised by some of the youth from Reading, aimed to make the day one that got the group thinking about the environment and how our actions are having adverse effects, impacting Mother Earth.

On the day of the event, the English weather lived up to its reputation. But that didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended and those that attended felt Swami’s presence and smile shining on them. The day started off with a short introduction to the theme of the day. The first activity was an interactive session which required those who attended to divide into groups and construct posters in reference to Swami’s quote: (Nature) is in essence Divinity itself…So, treat softly, move reverentially, utilize gratefully.” The twist was that the materials used were recyclable items.

It was wonderful to see the elders and children all getting stuck in and really tapping into their artistic side. Each and every poster created was different, showing us how we all interpret things in different ways, however all ultimately leading to ‘the source’.
The day concluded with a poignant video on the power of nature, but how humankind have contaminated nature’s natural beauty. The video emphasised what Swami teaches about nature being the biggest teacher we have and how important it is to preserve mother earth.

The day was enjoyed by all. It is easy to forget how much is provided by our planet. It is important to understand that every individual’s actions has an impact on our Mother Earth. Small things accumulate and eventually can cause harm. As a Native American proverb says;

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”

Sai Ram
Aran Nagendren