Brahma Kumaris.The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) teaches Raja Yoga as a way of experiencing peace of mind and a positive approach to life. The University provides opportunities for people from all religious and cultural backgrounds to explore their own spirituality and learn skills of reflection and meditation derived from Raja Yoga, which will help develop inner calm, clear thinking and personal well-being. Across the UK they work with national and local organisations and community groups in such areas as inter-religious dialogue, youth programmes, prison outreach, social work and women's and men's groups.
BKWSU (UK) was established as a UK charity in 1975 and charges no fees for any of its activities, being funded by voluntary contributions of its students and teachers.
The University is part of a worldwide network of over 8,500 centres in more than 100 countries, the first of which was founded in the 1930s in Sindh (formerly part of India, now Pakistan). Today the World Headquarters is located in Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India. Regional Offices of the Brahma Kumaris are in London, Moscow, Nairobi, Sydney and New York.
The VisionInspired by a series of revelations in 1936, Brahma Baba, (1876-1969) founder of the University, dedicated the final 33 years of his life to his vision of a world where all live together in peace, harmony and abundance. A spiritual community of nearly 400 formed around his teachings, which emphasise meditation and understanding as routes to peace and happiness, and they devoted their time to intense spiritual study and selftransformation. The community moved to Mt. Abu in 1950 and activities to bring Brahma Baba's vision into reality spread throughout India.
One of Brahma Baba's most revolutionary inspirations was to place women in the major leadership roles of the University. This continues to present day with the Administrative Heads all being female. Now all in their 80s and over, they still share platforms across the world with political and religious leaders at the highest level.
A New Way of Living and LearningThe University's core teaching is Raja Yoga Meditation, an ancient system of meditation practices and deep spiritual understanding of the self and God. Other free courses and seminars for personal development are offered, which include Positive Thinking, Self-Esteem, Stress-Free Living and Overcoming Anger.
The Brahma Kumaris believe that the soul is the eternal identity of a human being. It travels through an ongoing cycle of death and rebirth into a new human body. God is the Supreme of all souls - an unlimited source of light, love and peace. They emphasise the importance of the 'dharma' element of religion - inculcation of the universal principles, taught by God to humanity, for spiritual renewal. The purpose of 'dharma' is to enable us to come close to God so as to receive the power to live by our highest motivations, and put an end to our negative tendencies. When our actions become aligned to universal principles, this becomes a basis for the advancement of the world.
There are four main principles the Brahma Kumaris live by: Daily Study of spiritual knowledge, Meditate with the practice of soul-consciousness and a connection to God, Practise to live a life dedicated to improving one's character, and Serve by sharing with others on the basis of one's own life experiences.
Take Time to Create Time: Retreat Centres and Inner SpacesGoing on retreat doesn't mean running away from life, but to walk quietly and earnestly towards ourselves.
Global Retreat Centre, Oxfordshire: a 17th century stately home in 55 acres of historical landscape and gardens overlooking the River Thames. One-day and residential retreats are hosted throughout the year for people from all over the world.
Lighthouse Retreat Centre, Worthing: a quiet, intimate atmosphere with a sea view, where Raja Yoga meditation residential retreats and silence weekends are hosted.
The Inner Space Centres: bringing calm to the heart of the city, making it accessible to local communities and business. Each centre has a Quiet Room to take time out to reenergise and most have a bookshop. The Inner Space Centres are in Covent Garden (Central London), Wembley (Greater London), Romford, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Glasgow and Oxford.
Brahma Kumaris in NottinghamTo find out about free courses, talks and other activities in the Nottingham area, please contact us:Tel: 0115 981 7331
The Brahma Kumaris in the UK, their publications and other information may be obtained from these links.