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Brahma Kumaris

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.

Website: http://www.bkwsu.org
Location: Mount Abu, India
Members: 28
Latest Activity: Mar 20, 2015

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Comment by Joylyn De Villa on April 29, 2014 at 12:05pm

Om shanti..

Comment by Apolonia on May 25, 2009 at 3:25pm


Hello everybody! I took part in some workshopos BKU and it helped me a lot!
Comment by Minerva on January 17, 2009 at 1:32am
I have attended a few Workshops over the years...they were wonderful and i feel you have a very beautiful perspective of the world. Thank-you for being here. :) xxx
Comment by Sandra Reis on January 8, 2009 at 8:11pm

To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To meditate means to observe.
Your smile proves it.
It proves that you are being gentle with yourself, that the sun of awareness is shining in you, that you have control of your situation.
You are yourself, and you have acquired some peace.

~ Thich Nhat Hahn
Comment by maryse on January 3, 2009 at 9:49am
Love Light and Peace for the New Year

Comment by L Condor on December 26, 2008 at 7:10pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsGl0SGuitU
Comment by shanti_111 on December 13, 2008 at 10:11am


Blessings to all beings ~ 2 footed and more footed, finned and feathered. Namaste'
Comment by Narayan*** on December 13, 2008 at 6:59am

Brahma Kumaris Academy For A Better World
Facts and Figures

Academy for a Better World is an Institution of higher learning, established by the Brahma Kumaris. Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya with World Renewal Spiritual Trust and Raj Yoga Education & Research foundation. World Renewal Spiritual Trust is a sister institution, and Raj Yoga Education & Research Foundation is a creation of Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. Both these institutions also are serving the society through education in Values, etc. Brahma Kumaris is also known as Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in several countries. It is affiliated, as an NGO, to the UNICEf and the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations as or Consultative Member. Presently, it has more than 3000 educational centres and Sub-centres in India and about eight other countries where education in Values, Human Resource Development, Meditation, Positive Thinking, etc. is imparted.

The Academy for a Better World will be known, in Hindi, as Gyan Sarovar Vidyapeeth. The term gyan Sarovar means: The Lake of Knowledge. The name reminds of Manasa Sarovar in Himalayas, the lake about which the legend and the myth say that anyone who dipped into it, emerged as a fairy or an angel.

The institution has built a modern village in a retreat atmosphere, without disturbing the natural topography and the original environment. One can see here a happy blend of hills, village and urban and forest elements and an eco-friendly atmosphere, Here are you will find a couple of artificial lakes. This area is absolutely free from industrial smoke and from the noise of mega cities. Solar and Wind Energy and Electricity have been used to have an environment free from pollution. The Academy has many modern means of communication so as to be in touch with the outside world.

Auditorium

The Academy has an Auditorium, named Universal Harmony Hall, measuring 150 x 100 ft. It has seating capacity for about 1800 persons . The Auditorium has facilities for simultaneous translation in more than 16 languages. International Centre For Higher Learning (Lecture Rooms, Library, Research Facility).

For imparting courses to different sections of society, there are twelve Seminar Halls or Lecture Halls. There will also be a Library and Research Facility. The Seminar rooms have a seating capacity, ranging from 75 to 150. All these together constitute the International Centre for Higher Learning.

Residential Complex - Rajshri Bhavan

The Academy has a residential complex that can presently accommodate about 700 persons and, very soon, the adjacent residential complex for about 500 persons, who come for various courses or seminars, will be ready.

Meditation Halls and Picture Gallery or Museum

The Academy has two Meditation Halls for practical courses in Meditation and Consciousness-training and a Museum that promotes positive attitudes and universal moral, human, social and spiritual values. The museum has some excellent paintings, models pictures that very thought provoking.

Residential Complex - Rajshri Bhavan

The Academy has a residential complex that accommodates about 700 persons. The adjacent residential complex accommodates for about 500 persons, who come for various courses or seminars.

Dining Halls and Kitchen

The Gyan Sarovar Complex has a very big Kitchen and a number of dining halls to serve vegetarian and Sattwic food to about 1200 persons at a time. Delicious food is prepared here. Smoking and alcoholic drinks are totally prohibited here as elsewhere in the whole complex. This gives a new experience to people.

Eco-Friendly Environment

After this land was acquired, the Academy planted about 10,000 trees so as to provide fruits and eco-friendly and retreat atmosphere. Great care is taken to protect the plants from the extremity of weather and 'drip system' of irrigation has been adopted to ensure regular supply of water. There are many other green spots and hundreds of flower vases in order to make the environment refreshing and health-promoting.

Administrative Block and Other Facilities

The Academy has an Administrative block and such other infrastructure and facilities as are essential to such an institution. It has Reception room, Plaza, photo-copying and photo sections, Audio and Video sections, dispensary, etc

Built in Record Time

The whole complex was built in record time of about 20 months, after its foundation stone was laid. Hundreds of Brahma Kumaris, voluntarily contributed their skills, time and energy. Many engineers, architects, contractors, business agencies, also made some voluntary contribution of their know-how and supplies.

Various Types Of Courses

The Academy will provide courses in Value education, suitable for different professions, such as Business & Industry , Teachers, Scientists, Media persons, Doctors, etc. and also for different age-groups, such as youth and also for women, families, etc. But the main thrust of the teachings would not be to have merely scholars and academicians but better human beings so that we can have a Better World.

Aim and Objects

The Academy for a Better World (ABW or AfBW) will, as the name implies, is a center of Knowledge and Wisdom for the betterment of the world. Its main focus will be the holistic development of the human beings and human doing so that human beings have health, wealth and happiness or purity, peace and prosperity.

One of its main objectives will be to impart education in moral, social and spiritual values so that there is peace and harmony and the world becomes a better place to live in. For this purpose, it will employ only such knowledge, experiences and methodologies that have the validity, the vitality and the potentiality to elevate and enrich the human experience and make the society qualitatively better.

So, only such quintessence or fundamentals of, or rationale behind, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Health Sciences, Ethics, Natural Sciences, Mythology, Culture, Jurisprudence, Principles of Administration and Management, Conflict-Resolution, Ecology, Religion and other disciplines that improve man's perspicacity, comprehension and sensibility and ennoble human outlook, attitudes and behavior, will be used necessarily (though not under that name) to make better the human conditions of living and experiencing.


Facilities

The International headquarters of the University is situated in Mt Abu, Rajasthan-India, where people from around the globe come for retreat each year. In addition, just four kilometers away from the headquarters, the recently constructed Academy for a Better World is situated. Here, nestled in the natural terrain, the Academy consists of a 1600 seat auditorium, 13 Seminar Halls, accommodation and dining facilities for 1200, natural energy generators, administration facilities, park grounds and lakes.


With United Nation

Our global spiritual perspective highlights and affirms the ideals and principles underlying the work and spirit of the United Nations. Speaking with the authority of an increasingly large segment of civil society concerned with human and social values, we support UN programmes over a wide range of developmental, humanitarian and other issues. Our special competence brings a unique ethical and spiritual approach to world concerns and enables this approach to be clearly expressed within the broad forum of UN circles.

The Brahma Kumaris became affiliated as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to the UN Department of Public Information (UNDPI) in 1980 and has had Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1983 and with UNICEF since 1988. In July 1998, ECOSOC, on the recommendation of its Committee on NGOs, approved an upgrade in our status from ‘NGO on the Roster’ to ‘general consultative status’. The upgrade recognises the broad range of issues we have contributed to in relation to the work of ECOSOC.

We have sent sizeable delegations to most major UN Conferences over the past two decades, including Nairobi, Rio, Beijing, Copenhagen, and Istanbul.
In pursuing the goal of upholding the human rights of all people we work with UNICEF and UNESCO at UN headquarters and within national committees & commissions, promoting value-based programmes and initiatives through our local and national centres. These often include activities specifically designed for women, youth and children.

During 1986, the UN’s International Year of Peace, the Institution launched The Million Minutes of Peace Appeal, which reached 88 counties, involved millions of people and won the support of hundreds of companies and organisations. Emphasising that peace begins within each individual, the project collected contributions of over one billion minutes of peace in the form of prayer, meditation and positive thoughts.

As a result of this Appeal, the Brahma Kumaris received 7 UN Peace Messenger Awards. This inspired the first International Peace Messenger Initiative dedicated to the UN, Global
Co-operation for a Better World. Launched from the Houses of Parliament in London in April 1988, this project creatively collected hopes and visions for a better world from hundreds of thousands of people in 129 countries. They were synthesised into The Global Vision Statement, which forms the heart of the UN Peace Messenger and UNESCO supported publication, Visions of a Better World. The programme concluded with an international conference at Mt Abu Headquarters of the institution. On this occasion, a document titled “Mt Abu Declaration” was adopted which was later put on the Agenda of the General Assembly of the UN and was officially adopted.

In 1994, the Institution launched its third international project, Sharing Our Values for a Better World, aimed at raising awareness of 12 universal core values and promoting their development at both individual and collective levels. These values were the central focus of Living Values: A Guidebook, published in honour of the UN’s 50th Anniversary. Using the Guidebook and the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child as a framework, educators from around the world helped to develop Living Values: an Educational Program (LVEP). LVEP, used today in over 70 countries, is a partnership among educators, supported by UNESCO, and is sponsored by the National Committee of UNICEF (Spain), Planet Society (UNESCO) and the Brahma Kumaris, in consultation with the Education Cluster of UNICEF (New York). Its purpose is to provide guiding principles and tools for the development of the whole person, including his or her physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions.

In February 1996, a paper was submitted to the UN Economic Summit at Stockholm . The summit discussed measures for Poverty alleviation. It had all social agenda for
Comment by Narayan*** on December 8, 2008 at 7:25pm

Om shanti to all. Feeling glad to join this group.
-BK Narayan
Comment by RajaYogi BK Karunaji on December 5, 2008 at 12:25pm
We are very glad to know that every human being is againist the terrorism.....
Terrorism doesn't know the language,religion or region............
We should all win the war against terrorism..........
Our Indian Government's Embellam is "TRUTH ALONE TRUIMPHS"....
JAI HIND.....& JAI HUMANITY...........
 

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