Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya
Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya
Brahma Kumaris 

A university for life-long learning
By B.K. Chandrakala

Few organisations have stimulated as much change and discussion at the time of their inception, or have undergone such expansion in succeeding decades, as the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. Yet, throughout its growth and development, the BKWSU has managed to maintain its original principles and adhere to its original purpose. 

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University acknowledges the intrinsic goodness of all people. We teach a practical method of meditation that helps individuals understand their inner strengths and values. 

A worldwide family of individuals from all walks of life, the Brahma Kumaris are committed to spiritual growth and personal transformation, believing them essential in creating a peaceful and just world. 

Acknowledging the challenges of rapid global change, the Brahma Kumaris nurture the well-being of the entire human family by promoting spiritual understanding, leadership with integrity and elevated actions towards a better world. 

Brahma Kumaris History
Perhaps few organisations have stimulated as much change and discussion at the time of their inception, or have undergone such expansion in succeeding decades, as the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. Yet, throughout its growth and development, the BKWSU has managed to maintain its original principles and adhere to its original purpose. 

When the University came into being under the name "Om Mandali" it consisted of only a handful of men, women and children living in Hyderabad, Sindh (now part of Pakistan, but at that time part of colonial India). After a respected and wealthy member of their community, Dada Lekhraj, experienced a series of visions in 1936, these spiritual pioneers were inspired to transform their lives. 

Founder's Visions
Dada Lekhraj's visions revealed a body of knowledge about the nature of the soul, of God and of time - concepts so simple in their expression but so profound in meaning that they awakened a powerful sense of recognition in those with whom the visions were shared. 

A year after Om Mandali's establishment, the organisation moved from Hyderabad to Karachi. For fourteen years, until two years after the Partition of India and Pakistan, the founding group of nearly 400 individuals lived as a self-sufficient community devoting their time to intense spiritual study, meditation and self transformation. 

World Headquarters
In 1950, the community moved to Mount Abu, a quiet place reputed for its ancient heritage and regarded as a sacred destination by many in search of spiritual rejuvenation and empowerment. Nestled high in the Aravali Mountains of Rajasthan, it provided an ideal location for reflection and contemplation. After a few years in a rented building, the community moved to the site which remains the University's world headquarters: Madhuban (meaning 'Forest of Honey'). 

Expansion of Brahma Kumaris in India 
In 1952, Brahma Baba, as Dada Lekhraj had become known - being aware of the devastating scars the troubled independence process and Partition had left on peoples' lives - felt that it was time to share with the rest of India the knowledge that he had received. He therefore sent a few young women members to Bombay and Delhi 'on service'. Their task was to establish study centres where the knowledge of Raja Yoga could be taught. Today there is scarcely a town in India without a Brahma Kumaris (BK) study centre. 

Since the fifties, the organisation has progressed in leaps and bounds. In 1971, permanent centres were established in the UK and Hong Kong, which soon led to worldwide expansion and consistent, progressive growth, both geographically and in overall membership. 

World Spiritual University
Today there are hundreds of thousands of students attending thousands of meditation centres in nearly one hundred countries. While Madhuban itself serves as the nucleus of these BK centres, the Madhuban complex currently includes two other campuses, The Academy for a Better World, also known as Gyan Sarovar (Lake of Knowledge) located elsewhere on the mountain, and Shantivan (Forest of Peace) located at the mountain's base. Altogether every year the three campuses attract over 2.5 million individuals (students and visitors) from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. 

From humble beginnings, the organisation has come a long way. 
On a physical level, Brahma Baba was a man of stature, with soft white hair and a handsome visage. On a spiritual level, his presence was soothing and gentle, and from his eyes emanated wisdom, understanding, compassion and strength. 

Brahma Baba, born into a humble home as Lekhraj Kripilani in 1876, was the son of a village schoolmaster. Lekhraj was brought up within the disciplines of the Hindu tradition. He did not follow in his father's footsteps as a teacher; instead he entered the jewellery business, earning considerable fortune as a diamond trader. As a businessman and as a family man, father of five children, Dada Lekraj maintained a highly respectable position within the local community and was known for his philanthropy. 

Then, in 1936, at the age of 60, when most of his colleagues were planning their retirement, Dada Lekhraj entered into the most active and fascinating phase of his life, during which he became known as Brahma Baba. 

The intensity of the messages conveyed by the visions was such that Brahma Baba felt compelled to wrap up his worldly business and devote himself to understanding the significance and application of this revealed knowledge. Although the visions ceased, their Source remained with him for the next three decades, guiding his transformation as well as that of those around him. 

Brahma Baba's Legacy
The living skills that Brahma Baba taught have stood the test of time. The young women that he put to the forefront, now in their eighties and nineties, have become beacons of love, peace and happiness in a world increasingly troubled by disordered relationships, greed, addiction, anger and violence. 

Brahma Baba - Tower of Peace
Brahma Baba passed on in 1969 at the age of 93. The Tower of Peace on the Madhuban campus is a tribute to the invincible spirit of this ordinary human being who achieved greatness by rising to the challenge of the deeper truths of life. 

Spiritual Leaders 
One of the first questions frequently asked upon encountering the Brahma Kumaris is, "Is this a women's organisation?" The answer is "no". Although primarily administered by women, it is an organisation in which both women and men participate equally. 

The Role of Women 
In October 1937, Brahma Baba formed a Managing Committee of eight young women and in February 1938, he surrendered all his property and assets to a Trust administered by them. The soundness of his decision to choose women and young girls as administrators and spiritual teachers has been born out by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) becoming a respected global institution under their leadership. Brahma Baba also correctly foresaw that core values based on traditionally feminine qualities - patience, tolerance, sacrifice, kindness and love - would increasingly become the foundation of progress in personal growth, human relations, and the development of caring communities. 

Dadi Janki : Administrative Head - Brahma Kumaris 
As Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris, Dadi Janki provides a working leadership model for all women and men who are seeking to integrate both male and female qualities into their personal and professional lives. Dadi Janki lovingly engages people of all faiths and walks of life to be true to their spiritual self; to undertake their unique and individual part in the play of creating a future world worthy of the generations to come. In short, Dadi Janki calls us all to our potential. 

Dadi Hirdaya Mohini: Additional Administrative Head - Brahma Kumaris 
The name Hirdaya Mohini means 'The one who attracts the heart', and perhaps because she attracts the hearts of one and all, Dadi is popularly known by the name Gulzar, which means 'rose garden'. At the age of eight, Dadi Gulzar was one of the original members of a boarding school set up in Sindh in 1937 by Brahma Baba. Her concentrated training in spiritual principles and practice has continued ever since. Dadi Hirdaya Mohini became a member of the committee of women that administers the Brahma Kumaris and, in doing so, paved the way for many other women to develop leadership skills. 

Brahma Kumaris Students 
Students are individuals aged 18 or above who support the philosophy and teaching of the BKWSU, are committed to its objectives and attend its daily classes at least twice a week on a regular basis. They reflect a diversity of backgrounds, levels of education, occupation and age. Enrolment is free and open to individuals wishing to participate in an active change process through personal growth based on spiritual knowledge and the practice of meditation. 

Present statistics indicate that the University has 825,000 students and over 8,500 centres in 100 countries and territories. 

Sources of Financial Support 
The University and its centres are supported financially by the voluntary contributions of its teachers and students who live and work in the local community. All activities are free of charge and offered as a community service. 

Headquarters: Mount Abu 
India is a country rich in tradition and legendary stories of the intrigues that depict the wars and romances of its ancient kings and their kingdoms of unimaginable wealth. Many of these kings or 'rajas' lived in the state of Rajasthan, 'The Land of Kings'. During the hot summers the Rajput kings travelled across the desert plains to the cooling heights of their summer palaces in the Aravali Mountains. Today, winding their way up the serpentine mountain road away from the desert, travellers are wonderstruck by the magic of these mountains. 

Global Hospital & Research Centre 
Western Rajasthan is one of the least privileged areas of India. Much of it is desert, water is in short supply and the illiteracy rate is high. The majority of the population has long been deprived of basic health measures. This situation began to change in 1990 with the establishment of the J. Watumull Memorial Global Hospital and Research Centre, a Brahma Kumaris initiative. Designed to provide high quality, modern, holistic healthcare services in a tranquil, rural environment, the hospital offers free or subsidised treatment and medicine to 100,000 people, of whom 54,000 are tribal residents inhabiting 855 primitive villages. The hospital is managed and run by a charitable trust established and supported by members of the Brahma Kumaris. 

Peace Park 
The Brahma Kumaris Peace Park is both lovely and serene, a natural environment where silence and recreation co-exist. The park offers a perfect recreational environment, with level playing fields, picnic areas, swings, and nature walks. Nestled between two famous peaks of the Aravali hills-the well known spiritual pilgrimage destinations of Guru Shikhar and Achal Garh-Peace Park is an oasis of natural beauty only 8 kms from the Madhuban campus. 

Meditation is taught as a method of raising self-awareness leading to self-realisation. Meditation stills the mind and empowers the intellect to achieve insight and understanding of the spiritual laws and principles which sustain harmony and can bring natural renewal at all levels of life on earth. 

Raja Yoga Meditation 
"Meditation, accurately directed, makes God accessible to everyone." -Sr. Jayanti, God's Healing Power (Michael Joseph, Penguin Group, 2002) 

Raja Yoga meditation redefines the self as a soul and enables a direct connection and relationship with the Supreme Source of purest energy and highest consciousness. Raja Yoga can be translated as 'supreme union', or as 'highest connection'. Every soul has a right to experience this ultimate relationship. 

The Foundation Course in Raja Yoga Meditation 
At the heart of the University's teachings is The Foundation Course in Raja Yoga Meditation. This course provides a logical and practical understanding of the relationship between spirit and matter, as well as an understanding of the interplay between souls, God and the material world. The series of classes in this course will facilitate your inward journey in an efficient and effective way. 

Positive Thinking Course 
If you are not sure that you're ready for meditation but would like to understand your mind better, gain greater clarity and learn how to manage your thoughts, the Positive Thinking Course is for you. 

Stress Free Living Seminars 
Stress getting to you? Everyone experiences difficult periods in their lives when deadlines, family worries, financial pressures and or turbulent relationships take their toll on our sense of mental and physical well-being. Calm down and learn to relax through a Stress Free Living Seminar. 

Brahma Kumaris (BKs) at the United Nations 
Through its international network of centers, the BKs organize special activities, seminars, workshops, dialogues, conferences, and exhibitions to provide people with spaces to voice their opinions on critical matters that impact their daily lives and to ensure that their messages make their way back to the UN. 

source :-
(The Headquarter of Brahma Kumari: World Head Quarter), Pandav Bhawan, Post Box No. 2, Mount Abu. Rajasthan: Phone: 02974-238261-68, The web site is www.bkun.org)
 

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    B. K. Sudhir Kumar Shri B. K. Sudhir Kumar with a immensely creative personality was born on 15th June 1962 at Meerut, U.P, India. He was born in a business family. Since his childhood he was poles apart from other kids of his age. He always had an immense interest in knowledge of god and religion. He was a bright child in studies and scored well in his examination. He always took a keen interest in Social work from a very early age.

    He Scored a Diploma in electrical and also got through a pretty decent job. It was then on 30th December 1984 when he got to know about Brahma Kumariís and had his first get-together with them. He got enlightened almost instantly, and felt the existence of god. After this meeting, He got detached from the worldly desires and kept moving forward towards enlightenment. He knew there is a purpose with which god has sent him. Thus in search of that purpose he devoted himself to Brahma Kumariís Ashram on September 92 and it was then he knew which path to take for further course of his life and since then he has never looked back.

    After becoming a devotee he managed and successfully executed many projects under his supervision. He has always been favorite of people around him for his work. He is a very creative person and even after becoming a devotee he never let his creativity Die. Today also he is Brahma kumariís official anchor and stage coordinator, he also writes articles, which depict his view about world, His articles can be found on Liveindia.com.

    BK Sudhir has motive of spreading harmony and love in this world. To fulfill this motive he spreads his knowledge and enlightens everyone around. Hope he succeeds in doing so.

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