BRAHMA KUMARIS

BRAHMA KUMARIS


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed condolences on the passing away of Rajyogini Dadi Janki Ji, the Chief of Brahma Kumaris.


BRAHMA KUMARIS



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    WHO ARE BRAHMA KUMARIS?



    The Brahma Kumaris are a Spiritual movement that originated in HyderabadSindh, during the 1930s. The Brahma Kumaris (“Daughters of Brahma”) movement was founded by Lekhraj Kripalani. The organisation is affiliated with the United Nations and is known for the prominent role that women play in the movement.


    WHAT ARE THE BELIEFS OF BRAHMA KUMARIS?



    The movement has distinguished itself from its Hindu roots and sees itself as a vehicle for spiritual teaching rather than as a religion


    It teaches a form of meditation that focuses on identity as souls, as opposed to bodies. They believe that all souls are intrinsically good and that God is the source of all goodness. The organisation teaches to transcend labels associated with the body, such as racenationalityreligion, and gender, and it aspires to establish a global culture based on what it calls “soul-consciousness”


    In 2008, the movement claimed to have more than 825,000 regular students, with over 8,500 centres in 100 countries.


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    WHAT IS THE LIFESTYLE OF BRAHMA KUMARIS?



    Brahma Kumaris recommend a specific lifestyle in order achieve greater control over physical senses. However, many participate in a casual way, electing to adopt whichever beliefs and lifestyle disciplines in the following list they wish:

    • Complete celibacy, whether in or out of marriage.
    • Sattvic vegetarianism, a strict lacto-vegetarian diet (excluding eggsonionsgarlic and/or spicy food) cooked only by the self or other members of the Brahma Kumaris.
    • Abstaining from alcoholtobacco and non-prescription drugs.
    • Daily early morning meditation at 4:00 to 4:45 am, called ‘Amrit Vela’.
    • Daily morning class at approximately 6:30 am.
    • Brahma Kumaris can be identified by their frequent adoption of wearing white clothes, to symbolise purity.
    • Students often prefer to keep the company of other BK followers as opposed to non-BKs.



    WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY BRAHMA KUMARIS?



    EDUCATION: Brahma Kumaris conducted an introduction to meditation consisting of seven two-hour-long sessions. With the support of Vicente Fox, the Brahma Kumaris introduced their meditation practice and philosophy to the Government of Mexico through the “Self Management Leadership” (SML).


    RENEWABLE ENERGY: Their work in solar energy and sustainable energy has included the 2007 development of the world’s largest solar cooker, and a solar thermal power plant in Talheti at the base of Mount Abu, where the international headquarters is located.


    SUSTAINABLE YOGIC AGRICULTURE: Sustainable Yogic Agriculture (SYA) is a program started in Northern India in 2009. The program has been a collaboration between Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University in Gujarat India and the Brahma Kumaris Rural Development wing. The program has now been publicly backed by the Indian Government

    • With the governments support the program has been redesigned into Akhil Bharatiya Krushak Sashakatikaran Abhijan (ABKSA), and was launched in December 2015.
    • ABKSA extends the initial scope of the SYA program to include teaching meditation and self-empowerment to the farmers themselves.
    • ABKSA now comprises three main elements: 
    • A self empowerment program for Indian farmers;
    • Ongoing research on whether the use of meditation can improve crop yields;
    • Education on a blend of traditional and organic farming techniques;
    UN CONSULTATIVE STATUS: In 1998 the Brahma Kumaris gained consultative status with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.



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