Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fr. Joe lead us on.......Kripa Celebrating its 34th Anniversary themed A BLEND OF MIND BODY AND SOUL"

Kripa Foundations 34th anniversary celebration  commenced with a thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration by Founder Managing Trustee Fr. Joe H Pereira along with representatives of Kripa Family and Friends, at a scheduled Mass along with parishioners of Mount Carmel Church, Bandra. Fr. Joe in his homily spoke of the work that Kripa does and blended his thoughts with the New Adam - Christ as the Savior from the evil Spirit ( alcohol)Spiritus Contra Spiritum with Mary our Mother to guide us. Fr. Joe's homily was well presented with the help of a power point presentation,  supported by the  choir led by Francis Fernandes.

This is a  red letter day on the Kripa Foundation calendar. It marks the birth anniversary of Kripa Foundation, founded by Founder Managing Trustee Rev. Fr. Joe H. Pereira way back in 1981 which today is having 76 varied facilities in 14 States and various collaborations World wide.
This year the institution celebrated 34 years of service to the marginalized and people afflicted and affected by chemical dependency and HIV / AIDS. 

A musical concert was organized and staged at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra, later in evening. This year Fr. Joe selected Principals of schools and colleges as the guest of honors, as they have contributed immensely in reaching out to those youth of our country, who are unknowingly being trapped in the clutches of addition 

Many famous artists and singers came together to make the evening a truly memorable and exciting one.Rev. Fr. Joe also contributed to the event by singing the Hymn " Shepherd of my soul". The added attraction this year was the Yoga ballet put up by Mimi Batliwala's Institute with girls from D.M. Girls Orphanage Trust & WECAN ( Women's Empowerment Centre & Network).

The guest of Honors were felicitated with the traditional shawl and gift. It was a pleasure to see Mr & Mrs. Julio Riberio, Mrs. Joy Pereira & Family, Mr. Ashish Shelar, Priest and religious, corporators and distinguished personalities and all who loving support the work of Kripa.
At the interval the Guest of Fr. Joe's was treated to a well spread table of snacks namely done by our Kripa Chefs Lester and Sterling supported by Chandu.

Kudos to the organization committee who did a remarkable contribution in making the event a grand success  led by Fr. Joe along with Mr. Linus Pinto, Christabelle Baptista, Sushila kapadia, Millie Castelino, Cynthia White,Constance Amara, laura Rodrigues, Vernon Alvares, Mervyn Rocha, Myra Pereira, Santosh Sadan and Bosco D'Souza.Acknowleges to Ashutosh Mandelia of Rachna Images for the Printing of souvenir well co-ordinated by Xavier Baretto and Stephen Monterio.The backdrop video clips of each singer and designing of the broucher cover by by Bosco D'Souza with guidance and support from Cynthia White.

The clockwork precision in which the entire evening unfolded is a direct result of efforts that Mr. Felix Flor and his team of musicians and dancers, supported by Stage Manager  Mr.Vernon Alvares. and well compered by Mr. Brian Tellis.
The program ended with the singing of Vande Mataram with an applause to all artist that had been called on the stage.
As the guest left the auditorium one could hear feedback's like " Wow what a fantastic program", "Fr. Joe should have at least two such programs a year", "Just waiting for next year", " What talent", " Remarkable work kripa does'

Hearing such comments and looking at the house full auditorium  fills our hearts at Kripa Worldwide that " Together we can make a difference and this world will be a better place to live in'.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Fr. Joe felicitated on Guru Purnima Day

Guru Purnima (Sanskrit: गुरु पूर्णिमा) is a festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Ashadha (June–July).
The celebration is marked by ritualistic respect to thguruGuru Puja. The Guru Principle is said to be a thousand times more active on the day of Guru purnima than on any other day. The word guru is derived from two words, guand ru. The Sanskrit root gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore, a guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance. Gurus are believed by many to be the most necessary part of life. On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their guru
This year at Kripa Foundation, Kripa vasai had the opportunity to pay their respects to Fr. Joe on behalf of the entire kripa Family Globally. 
On 31st  July 2015, Kripa Vasai commemorated Guru Purnima to Rev. Fr. Joe at the centre itself, amidst a gathering of patients and staff.
Fr. Joe was welcomed by the traditional "Aarti", followed by a presentation of a card signed by the kripa Family of clients and staff , followed by presenting a shawl by one of the senior recoveries Rocky D.  Mr. Amit Patel of VRACS took an oath along with the entire community promising to make an attempt to walk in the pathway of Fr. Joe and his teachings.

Fr, Joe in the keynote address spoke so powerfully touching each one enlightening them on his work and what he expects of them to work in the field of Addiction and HIV care summarizing his speech that although he was a Guru to many worldwide he said with all humility  that his supreme Yogi was Lord Jesus.

Indeed a Real Guru.

The program was well organised under the leadership of Ms. Jean Pereira, Mousin, Vijay and the Kripa Staff and a grand success.

Submitted By
Kripa Vasai
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Article of Fr. Joe in O Heraldo - Goa " Maintaining the inner equilibrium"



Maintaining the inner equilibrium

Padmashree awardee Fr Joe and Iyengar Yoga Expert Dr Radha Gopalan reiterate their commitment to helping people in Goa maintain their inner equilibrium as they conducted a workshop on the first anniversary of the Kripa Foundation Yoga Centre

By  | 30 Jul, 2015, 12:23AM IST

Employing the principles of minding the body to mind the mind through the teachings of B K S Iyengar, Padmashree awardee Fr Joe Pereira has been helping people tap and maintain their inner equilibrium, by using the wisdom of the body to bring about a life-altering and healthy way of life. “Iyengar Yoga has become a way of life,” he states.
Heartened by the fact that droves of people from various walks of life have been attending the yoga courses at the Kripa Foundation Yoga Centre in Panjim since its commencement last year, Fr Pereira avers that the anniversary is the perfect occasion to demonstrate the principles and benefits of Iyengar Yoga once again. “People with various major ailments from cardiac to Parkinson’s, back problems and dysfunctional knees have been attending. But make no mistake, just the mere process of learning yoga and practising it for a while isn’t enough; knowing and practising the right poses is important and adherence is the key to achieving results,” he cautions, speaking with an experience culled from 48 years in the line. Keeping in mind the theme of ‘learning to love your body back to life’, Fr Joe has been whetting the appetite of people for authentic practice of yoga to address any health problem.
Demonstrating the sirsasana and virasana poses, Fr Joe points out that people hardly believed that these rare posses could reverse one’s heart condition. Yet it has been achieved. “There are some asanas and propos that are specific to Iygengar Yoga which has helped to cure an amazing array of major illnesses. This is Guruji’s (BKS Iygengar) compassion. I have even seen a person in a cancer hospice benefit from Iyengar Yoga. Guruji has devised a pathway to a dimension within the inner wheel of life which western medicine is trying to cure externally,” he maintains.
 His greatest achievement yet, for which he was awarded the Padmashree, is the integration of Iygengar Yoga into the Alcoholic Anonymous Self-help programme, particularly the 11th step.”I have been teaching people how to use the body for meditation. No medicine is authentic until it brings the body in a hyperbolic state of inner equilibrium. In 34 years of working, I have seen significant reversals,” he shares.

Article by 
Patricia Alvares
O Heraldo