BY GEETA MEHROTRA
Atlanta, GA, December 12, 2018: On November 10, a group gathered in a cozy atmosphere at a subdivision clubhouse in Johns Creek, to share their thoughts and understanding about love and the role of choice in our lives.
The international conference was organized by volunteers of Allatra International Public Movement as part of “The Universal Grain” Project, www.allatra.org, whose motto is ‘Good in Action’.
Members fromUkraine,Czech Republic,Slovakia,Italy,Belarus,Germany,Ireland,Russia,New Zealand,Maldives,Kazakhstan,Nigeria,Morocco,Moldova,Canada,Spain,Uzbekistan,England, and Korea joined via zoom meeting. Some of the volunteers came from Michigan, Olga Schmidt, Olga Simpson, Elena McGlone and Natania Zales from Florida.
The first film of “The Universal Grain. Part 1. Choice” is unique international research, that has no analogue in the world, initiated and conducted by people from over 140 countries. This conference will be used as part of the second documentary on the topic of “Love That Gives Freedom”.
Moderating the meeting were Marina Ovtsynova and Olga Schmidt.
Michael Williams -Georgia State Senator District 27 attended the meeting, which was also well-represented by several Indian communities and members.
Representation was from Art of Living, Al Noor Services, Focolare Movement, Samskrita Bharati, Social Media Journalism, Representative of Chinese Cultural Center
Sathya Sai Center of Atlanta, Sukyo Mahikari, Sadhu Vaswani Center Atlanta.
The session started with the introduction of Home organization from Ukraine and other countries joining. The Atlanta group had a panel discussion on Love and Choice. Marina Ovtsynova started the meeting by asking members to share an incident or story that reflected love. And then it moved to how to bring this love into our own lives and how one person can make a difference.
A beautiful conversation flowed from personal experiences and caring for each other. The question that was posed by Ukraine members was what is Jiva, Jivan Mukti and Ishq? Several aspects of Love was addressed and how we can bring that into our hearts and our life.
Some of the thoughts addressed:
• What is Love? From the sociological, scientific, historical, philosophical and religious point of view.
• What can we as individuals and as a society, do to ensure our humane side prevails in us?
• Understand difference between material love and spiritual love
• How love and kindness can be encouraged in society.
The evening ended with tea and light refreshments, and a group photo that always brings smiles.