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The Shanti Ananda Nature Concept School (Upper Primary English Medium School) is located on an area of 9,5 acres at the water tank in Mudigubba, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. 2010 - 2016 we built an eco sustainable school including buildings, gardens, play ground, bicycle parcours and other facilities. Our concept includes reforestation and plantation; more than 3000 trees have been planted within the last years.

Rain Ceremony

 On 8th March 2017 a rain ceremony was arranged in the Medicine wheel (located between Guest house and LKG class room). As the temperatures are crossing 40 degrees and the drought is increasing we felt that it might be useful to celebrate once again a rain ritual inspired by Red Indian culture. Within the last few years we had several rain ceremonies and several times rain coming afterwards. So we hoped this time it would also happen…

All the students, teachers and staff members gathered around the Medicine wheel. Our musician Horst Wagner explained that for the Red Indian people special Gods were responsible for rain. After reciting of the Gayatri mantram 9 times we sang three songs (“We are opening up in sweet surrender to the luminous love light of the One…”, “Mother I feel you under my feet…”, “Goate leno leno maote…”).  There was a high energy on the area created by singing, clapping the hands and marching around the circle. At the end of the ceremony a big cloud was visible on top of our heads...

After the ritual we planted three holy trees on the premises. More than 3000 trees have been planted within the last seven years. It is a challenge to water all of them regularly...  As our bore wells do not deliver sufficient water we have to fetch water from a nearby bore well rented to us. Every day three to four tractor loads are needed... But we are acting as the German reformer Martin Luther (1483 – 1546, professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation) recommended: "If tomorrow the world would collapse today you should still plant a tree...." We believe that the only option to improve climate for India and the whole world is to plant more trees. By the way: the rain took 6 days to come down after our rain ceremony…. But as soon as I started to write this blog it started raining (first time since three weeks) !!!!

 

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