The journey to Oprah Winfrey’s home took place on a Thursday. In Indian culture, and in my spiritual practice of the Brahma Kumaris, Thursdays are recognised as the day for the omens of Jupiter, where all goes right. This magical event happened on the right day.
If you have been journeying with me and my friends at Values Partnerships on our Belief path, you know that we are examining both our own faiths and those of others. I have appreciated letting go of old interpretations, as well as holding on to a more refined inner awareness of my relationship with God and all of humanity.
When I first received an email from Oprah’s staff inviting me to join other faith and community leaders and celebrities to a screening of Belief followed by dinner at Oprah’s home, l did not believe it was real. Then, I received an email from Values Partnerships, stating that they did not see my RSVP and adding, “Sister Jenna, we would really like to see you at Oprah’s for dinner!” Still unclear, I asked, “Is this for real?”
“Yes, you have played such a key part of all we’re doing. Couldn’t imagine you not being there,” she replied. I shared that I was not expecting anything in return, I am here to simply help and serve.
The invitation was sincere, and it would be a wonderful opportunity to meet members of Values Partnerships and the Belief team, guests from Super Soul Sunday, spiritual and community leaders, celebrities, and many more people from across the country. As we gathered in the lobby of the Fess Parker Hotel in Santa Barbara, California, we met each other and learned about each other’s contributions to service. Each person had contributed something unique and special, and Oprah wished to meet them. It was a gathering of folks who truly wanted to offer a better part of themselves, through connections, relationships, and the acceptance that on a deep level, we are all connected.
After the screenings, a female Islamic leader had tears in her eyes, and there were echoes in the Riviera Theater of, “I get it!”
When dinner concluded, I walked up to Oprah quietly, simply to say with eyes of silent love and appreciation, “Thank you!”
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) is an international non-governmental organisation, which intends to help individuals re-discover and strengthen their inherent worth by encouraging and facilitating a process of spiritual awakening.