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BRAHMA KUMARIS

Meditation


The most important journey you can take is the journey within. This is a journey to the truth of who you really are. This is the place, just beyond every day consciousness, where spiritual empowerment begins. Spiritual power gives you the power to choose creative thinking rather than automated thinking, response rather than reaction, peace, love and harmony rather than stress, conflict and chaos.
Meditation enables you to embark on this inward journey. Raja Yoga meditation gives you a clear spiritual understanding of yourself, helps you re–discover and use the positive qualities already latent within you, enables you to develop your strengths of character and create new attitudes and responses to life.
You begin to remember things about yourself that you once knew, but had long forgotten. You start to enjoy moments of silence and to savour periods of introspection and reflection.
Meditation also helps you disconnect from damaging habits of thought, feeling and reaction. This results in a conscious, positive release of energy which improves the quality of your attitude, actions, and interactions.
The process of going within, disconnecting from harmful habits, connecting to your innate spiritual resources, and reconnecting with your external life, is personally empowering in a lasting way.
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.

Experience Meditation

Like any skill, meditation requires practice to achieve satisfying results. More and more people are adding some kind of meditation to their daily routine either as an effective antidote to stress, or as a simple method of relaxation. By doing a little meditation every day, it soon becomes a natural and easy habit, which generously rewards you for the effort it involves.
Like any skill, meditation requires practice to achieve satisfying results. More and more people are adding some kind of meditation to their daily routine either as an effective antidote to stress, or as a simple method of relaxation. By doing a little meditation every day, it soon becomes a natural and easy habit, which generously rewards you for the effort it involves.
You can travel much further on your inward journey by learning how to meditate through Raja Yoga Meditation. This form of meditation is based on understanding the incredible power of the mind. 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, through Positive Thinking .

Consciousness & Self–Realisation

Consciousness & Self–Realisation
Self–awareness and self–understanding are cultivated in order to realise one’s true spiritual identity. In the meditative state, the self is experienced as conscious energy taking the form of a point of light. This spiritual energy, the soul, is experienced as both different and separate from the energy of the material body.
The roles and interplay between mind, intellect and personality are understood through a process of self–observation. The meditator learns to quiet and control the mind, allowing the conscience to be clearly heard. Understanding the relationship between acquired values and innate values and between values and virtues is emphasised, along with the importance of reviewing and renewing one’s values at the deepest level of one’s life. Conscious awareness of the soul is thus developed, allowing full understanding of the self.

Reincarnation

Reincarnation
Consciousness is ‘meta’ physical. As such, it cannot be destroyed by anything physical. Thus, the soul is immortal. It cannot die. The realisation of the self as an immortal being brings an understanding of birth, life, death and rebirth as the cyclical stages of an eternal existence. more on reincarnation.

Our Home of Silence

Our Home of Silence
Beyond the physical world of planets and galaxies there is a non–physical realm of subtle spiritual energy. Beyond that is a luminous world of pure silence, where souls abide in an incorporeal state–beyond acting or thinking–still, silent, aware, and in total peace. That world ‘beyond sound’ (nirvana) is the original home of all souls, from whence all souls have come onto the earth.

Relationship with God

Relationship with God
As meditation helps consciousness move beyond self–limiting beliefs, the presence of God is experienced in the state of yoga – a mental link with the Source of spiritual power.

The Law of Karma

The Law of Karma
Understanding the natural Law of Karma – which governs the relationships between the human soul, God and the material world – is essential for cultivating right awareness and consciously choosing right thoughts and actions. As the practice ofmeditation leads to an experience of inner strength, practical methods are offered to help shape and direct spiritual power into accurate and effective responses and actions in daily life.

The Eternal World Drama

The Eternal World Drama
Time is perceived as moving in cycles and life as a whole is presented as an unlimited drama on the stage of the world. This perspective of time and constantly changing scenes (history and geography) restores the ability to find meaning and significance in local and global events.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life
The lesson on the Tree of Life offers insights into evolution and creation, illustrating why the world is so fragmented today, and explaining the value, the roles and the relationships between diverse human interest groups and disciplines such as religion, science, politics and business.

A Spiritual Lifestyle

With an improved level of self–understanding comes the awareness of how behaviour and a spiritual lifestyle – which comprises a balanced blend of meditation, spiritual study, vegetarian diet, responsibilities and relationships and spiritual service – can complement and enhance spiritual development in daily life.

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Biography
BK Sister Shivani Verma is a Rajyoga Meditation Teacher and has been studying spiritual knowledge and practicing the ancient technique of Rajyoga Meditation, as taught by the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Mount Abu, for the past 14 years.

Sister Shivani is known for her dynamic, engaging and down-to-earth nature. She is a hugely sought-after speaker due to the clarity of the wisdom she shares. With a background in engineering, she has the ability to analyze the deep rooted causes of the negative emotions experienced in life.

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Brahma Kumaris


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BK Shivani completed her Electronics Engineering from Pune University in 1994 and also served for two years as lecturer in Bhartiya Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune.

Since 2007, she has been on-screen in India and abroad through the presentation of practical spiritual understanding on the TV programme ‘Awakening with Brahma Kumaris’, which is currently being aired on, Aastha and Sanskar ch...See more


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Studying engineering helped me think logically: Brahmakumari Shivani

As Brahmakumari Shivani enters the room in a pristine white saree with a serene smile on her face, one can feel an instant sense of peace.
She has been practising the ancient technique of Rajayoga under the tutelage of Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya for the last 12 years. Her programme 'Awakening with Brahmakumaris' on Aastha channel has garnered her a large following across the globe. The show delves on the art of meditation and spiritual living. A gold medallist in the field of electronic engineering from Pune University, she also runs her own software company and has worked as a lecturer at the Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering for two years.
In Chandigarh for a three-day programme, Sister Shivani revealed that she became fascinated with Brahmakumaris as a child when her parents used to take her for their programmes. "It was almost natural that I joined the group. I never really had to think about it." Addressing delegates in fluent Hindi and English, she said she was aware of the problems and issues currently faced by people at personal, national and international levels.
When quizzed about her education and work, she said she runs a software company and finds her experiences as a student helpful while dealing with people. "Studying engineering has taught me to think logically. Education is always helpful," she says with a smile as she hurries off to prepare for another round of spiritual discussion.

 

BK Shivani of the Brahma Kumaris is one of the most popular speakers on spirituality today, thanks to her clarity, penetration and the purity she emanates, says Suma Varughese

 

In her white sari and simple plait framing a sweet face free of make-up, she emanates a palpable air of purity and peace. Every morning BK Shivani, a Rajyoga meditation teacher belonging to the Brahma Kumaris spiritual organisation, headquartered in Mount Abu, talks to a near worldwide audience through her daily TV show, Awakening with the Brahma Kumaris. She holds forth on subjects such as living life stress-free, developing harmony in relationships, the art of self-management, leaderships skills, emotional intelligence and a myriad other aspects of a happy and balanced life. 

Despite her youth, old and young, men and women, and even children, gain support, comfort, inspiration and guidance from her words. What makes her such a powerful communicator is her clarity and simplicity. Using examples, metaphors and trenchant logic, she cuts through complexities and reveals how truly simple life is when lived rightly. She has a gold medal in electronic engineering, and lives in Delhi with her husband. 

BK Shivani will inaugurate the Life Positive Expo on January 27, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Last year’s delegates will testify that the discourse was one of the highlights of the three-day event. Do be there. Excerpts from a telephonic interview with her: 

Your clarity is amazing, and yet you are so young. What has your journey been like?

I have been with the Brahma Kumaris for the last 15 years. My mother used to go to the centre about four to five years before I joined. Gradually I started going to see what it was about. Then, after my engineering I got married… but during this process I also began understanding these truths clearly. Till then I was not very serious about spirituality.

Oh, you are married? I thought you were celibate...

I am celibate but I am married. I have been married for the last 15 years and I live with my husband but we are celibate by choice. 

Celibacy is not a problem in the marriage?

Not at all. Not that it is compulsory but we do understand the benefits of it. In fact, it makes our relationship very nice. It is an illusion to believe that a physical relationship is vital in a marriage. We are the best of friends.

I go to the centre everyday for the daily study and I see how one can use the teachings in the field of work and in the field of relationships. I think that is how clarity has dawned.

Would you say that relationships are one of the most challenging aspects of life?

Yes, in our show on Aastha, almost 80 to 85 percent of the questions are on relationships. 

Why are relationships so challenging?

Relationships do not work if we do not work on ourselves. The equation does not work if we are trying to care for the other without caring for ourselves. A parent is stressed and anxious, but wants to make his children happy. A spouse is unhappy but wants to make his wife happy. If every soul takes care of itself, relationships will evolve. If I cannot create my happiness, I look to my spouse or my family to give it to me and they are looking to me to give it to them. Both are demanding what they are unable to give to each other.

If a parent were at ease and comfortable with himself, a child would never know how to fear an exam. When they see our reaction to a failure, and how our faces change, they begin to believe that happiness depends on external achievements.

Spirituality, on the other hand, says that I am the creator of my inner state. 

Despite being a gold medalist, how come you chose to put your energy here rather than going into the material world?

Actually it did not happen in one shot. I was staying at home and working with my husband and studying the teaching. Then I shifted from Pune to Delhi and got the opportunity to serve at the retreat centre in Gurgaon. I was also working side by side in my husband’s company, but I could choose my time since it was our own work. My first priority was always the centre. Whenever free, I would work on my husband’s office. So that is how it happened. I was tapping into a natural instinct for a human being to share something they like, even if 

it is a movie you saw or a restaurant you visited. I just like the truths I learnt at the Brahma Kumaris. I saw them working practically. I found a lot of people looking for them and I felt like telling them... it was not a preplanned decision.

Has the teaching clarified the truths for you?

I would not call myself a teacher in the first place. I am still learning. We all have a study class seven to eight in the morning. Whatever the teaching, let us say it is “Criticism damages”, we try to apply it for the whole day. We play with it. Does it work? Does it not? How much can I use it? 

Let us suppose the subject is anger. How long can I survive without losing my temper? When I don’t use anger, does work get affected? Do people listen to you if you don’t get angry? Sometimes I pass the test, sometimes I fail. 

 

 

Science and spirituality are connected. Both say the same things: Don’t believe, experience.

 

 

If you fail, you start all over. It’s like a fun game. You pick up a skill and then you use it.

So it is simply a process of learning, applying and sharing. And because you have tried and tested it, you know how it feels. Suppose I am giving a talk to 500 people saying that everything can be done without anger. When you have the practical experience that this is possible, you know it works and can tell them what to do in certain situations. 

As a science student, how did you reconcile science and spirituality?

When I came into spirituality, I initially found it strange. How can God teach? But then I understood that even in science, you start with a hypothesis. Suppose A=B. Once you prove that this is so, you write, therefore A=B. I asked myself, why not take all they say as a hypothesis and experiment with it? That is how it is done in science. You start with a belief, experiment with it, get the results and then it becomes the truth. Let us suppose I have been taught that you are not a body; you are a soul. You start off with that belief, experiment with it and eventually you experience that you are a soul and not a body.

Spirituality teaches us to challenge our belief systems. In religion we got confused because we left it at the level of belief; because we never experienced the truths. So many people ask you if you believe in God. They never ask if you have experienced God.

Science and spirituality are connected. Both say the same things: Don’t believe, experience.

However, very few people apply this wisdom. Sometimes we listen to profound words and go back in awe of the words and of the person who delivered it. And that is it. We never try to apply it. I also think that it is most important to be simple. The sad part today is that everyone tries to make spirituality difficult. People assume that what is hard to get must be profound. 

Do you find that people are more receptive to spirituality these days?

Everyone is ready, even schoolchildren. I cannot tell you how many children have told me that they watch my show. When I ask them if they understand it, since it was not designed for their age, they say, “However much we understand it is good for us.” Children are having relationships in the 4th and 5th standard. They are facing rejection and hurt. If the disease is starting early, the healing must too. 

Are children really that precocious these days?


BK Shivani a popular spiritual speaker of contemporary timesIn the 5th and 6th standard, they have proper girl friends and boy friends. The sad part is that children cannot talk to parents, because immediately they are told, “You are bad.” There is just so much confusion and hurt. By the time they have got out of school, they have tried everything. There is so much exposure. It is the vibration of today’s times. They need to learn how to handle rejection. They are therefore very ready to learn about spirituality. You have to just give it to them simply and practically. If they understand spirituality will help them with their anger, hurt and so on, they will take it up. 

So are we ready for 2012?

The Brahma Kumaris are clear that the world order is going to change and a new world order means a new samskara. Everyone needs to work on themselves. The shift is definitely happening. Thirty years ago, whoever talked about a spiritual magazine?

What lies ahead?

We are going through a world transformation, not world destruction. It’s already happening. People are taking care of their health, their well-being. That is satyug. In satyug, people will be healthy, wealthy and wise. The key factor to bring out this change is taking responsibility for one’s own life. Hundred per cent responsibility. No blaming anyone else. As samskars (conditioning) change, sansar (world) will change. It will be a gradual ongoing process. We won’t ever come to know the precise moment of the shift. It is just like morning shading into afternoon, evening and night – it flows. 

Can you give us some tips on how to make the spiritual journey easier?

It is a misconception to believe that the journey is a hard one. It’s a beautiful one. Anyone who works on themselves will enjoy the benefit of the change. It is like exercising. It’s not hard, it’s just going to make my life better. Spirituality is like a way of life. Take a small thing like waking up the children. Does it have to be rough, by pulling them out of bed? Or can I do it in a different way? That is spirituality. It is nothing separate from living. It simply consists of doing everything I am presently doing, but taking care of how I am inside while doing it. Stay happy, easy, contented and now do everything. That is spirituality. 

Being normal, being spiritual

 

Here is an outspoken, no-questions-barred interview that covers Shivani's journey from a normal, party-going, 23-year-old engineering graduate from a Pune college to the heart of a 70-year-old organisation, and touches upon touchy stuff like funding, sex, and vegetarianism.
When did you get associated with the Brahma Kumaris?
My parents used to go to BK. Obviously, if your parents go somewhere, there is conversation in the house. It's in the air at home. For two years, I saw the impact on them. They asked me to come with them, but that doesn't work. The more they would ask me, the more I'd block. 

Then, for the next two years I kept going off and on...a function, once a fortnight. I was 23. Then I started going daily.
Did a personal crisis make you go to a spiritual organisation?
This is a very big myth, actually. Yes, for some people, a tragedy shakes them up. It's like starting to go for a walk only after one has been diagnosed with a big health problem. We keep postponing the decision.

I was an extroverted, social person. So I kept away from BK, initially. But I saw the change in my mother...from a very emotionally sensitive person to a strong person, and decided to check it out just to explore, as an experiment, one step at a time, not looking for anything... not looking for God.
There's a notion about BK that it is a secretive cult. There is literature widely available on the Internet that speaks about child abuse in the organisation, people drawn away from their families, patrons forced to donate huge sums. What do you say to that?

It's an organisation where a huge number of people come together with the mission to clean themselves. They come to improve themselves through the practical application of spirituality. It's a journey. When we come here, we are not perfect. 

There is a difference between someone who is born divine -- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, for instance -- is a divine soul. We are not born saints. We are here with our weaknesses, complexes, prejudices ¦ like everyone else. Here, we start working on ourselves, clean ourselves. In BK, we are all learning. You may ask who is the head. The head is only the administrative head. She is not a guru, she is also learning.

Now, if there are nine or ten lakh people coming for purification, there would be one or two who can do 
something. There may be a possibility that one or two cases may have happened, but I don't know about it. But if somebody is saying something has happened with them, total benefit of doubt should go to him or her. It must have happened. But we tend to look at that one case instead of the nine or ten lakhs who are working on cleaning themselves.

You talk about cleaning. Is the detergent fine?

That I have to ask myself after the dry cleaning. It's only for me to know. No one else can know. I can be very 
presentable and sweet, but what is going on inside me, only I will know.

Yes, initially when women were not allowed to step out, some sisters had to leave home. But now, nobody is leaving home. You have to above 21 and your family has to give you permission before you are taken as a 'surrendered sister'. How many such sisters do we have? About 15,000. Rest of the nine lakh people go back home.

Is having you as the young, presentable face of the organisation, especially on TV, a clever spin?

It was not planned at all. There's a production house in Delhi. I helped backend for two years. Post-production, editing etc. Then, when BK started on Sony, they wouldn't accept any tape coming from our Mount Abu headquarters. 

They had certain parameters. Then it was my role to call seniors to shoot at the studio. Now, most of them are occupied with other work. So, it happened absolutely by default. I was pushed on to sitting in that chair just because there was no one else.

Does the name Brahma Kumaris turn men off from joining?
Initially, yes. People go by what they hear. Not now. Today we have equal numbers of brothers and sisters. The name is because initially the administration was carried out by sisters.
Where do you get money from?
We come here like a study group, benefit, feel like sharing, and finally if we want, we contribute. No one knows what I am giving.
Does the organisation never ask for money?
It depends. Suppose there is this programme, we have to hire an auditorium etc. We would sit with 200 people, ask them what's their thought, and if they say let's go ahead, we ask them to contribute on their free will for the event.
Are you in favour of transparency of finances in spiritual/religious organisations? Do you think they should come under audit?
Why not? If you are a spiritual organisation, working cleanly, you should be transparent, open to audit.
Are the young responding to spirituality?
In an amazing way. A huge number of schoolchildren watch the programme. It's surprising. They are going through enough challenges of their own. They are ready to work on themselves. They are being made to do a lot of things in the name of peer pressure, and then they are feeling guilty. So many girls get into a physical relationship in school or college because of peer pressure, or to please somebody, and then go through guilt.
What do you tell them? Not to have a physical relationship? Or not to have guilt?
To work on the inner thing. The outer thing is your choice. You can do whatever you want to do, provided you can keep the right state of emotion. If it is out of your free will and free choice, there is no question of guilt. Guilt arises when you give in to pressure because you didn't have the power at that time to say, no.
Why do spiritual/religious organisation have this track record of professing celibacy?
It's a process. I want to climb up to here, and there are certain things pulling me down. The doctor tells me this is a preventive measure. It's not a compulsion.
Is lovemaking an illness?
No, it's not an illness. In Raja yoga meditation, celibacy is like a preventive measure.
Non-vegetarian food?
Food has vibrations. The animal has gone through certain emotions before it was slaughtered.
So has a plant...
A plant is a living thing, not a living being.
Just because a plant doesn't die dramatically...screaming, shouting...doesn't mean it does not feel pain. We can't rid ourselves of the guilt.

It's not that. A human being is a soul with a body. An animal is also a soul with a body. Not a plant. Human beings impact other beings. Plant get affected by human beings.
I would argue -- human beings get affected by plants too. If there's a tree in front of my window, I'd possibly lead a different life than if there was no tree there. Energy levels of an animal is greater than the energy levels of a plant.
You are discriminating ¦
The other option would be to stop having plants as well.
We'll then have to stop having food.Well, as much killing as we can avoid. In BK, satvik food does not only mean vegetarian, but also getting rid of dark or angry thoughts when we are cooking food.
You are just 38. Do you miss doing stuff that normal young women do...like going to a pub?
I've done all of it. Also, I stay at home with my husband in Gurgaon.
You've ever done a job?
I'm working. I have a business with my husband.
If you were wearing a T-shirt, what would the graffiti be?
It would be: If I had the power, I would choose my destiny.

 

 

Positive Thinking

“You are what you think!”
This simple but accurate statement indicates that what we say, what we do, and what we feel – all have their origin in the mind.
The energy of the human mind is one of the greatest, but least understood energy resources of the universe. When we understand and harness this energy, we possess the keys to happiness and contentment as well as to improving our relationships and circumstances.

Positive thinking: Make Your Mind Your Best Friend

How I think about myself and how I use my mind immediately affects my relationship both with myself and others. Trust, love, respect, understanding, and good communication characterize any good relationship. Am I my own good friend and companion?
Thoughts are like seeds. Loving and happy thoughts produce beautiful flowers and nourishing fruits; or thoughts can be spiteful and depressed, producing painful brambles or poisonous weeds. We can master our life by producing those ‘fruits’ which are wholesome, attractive and nourishing, and which give us the most happiness and contentment.

Positive Thinking Course – The Aim

The aim of the Positive Thinking course is to give you an understanding of the nature of thought. You will learn methods for being more positive and constructive at home, at work and in your relationships.

  • Understanding the energy of thought,
  • Getting to know the mind,
  • Taking control of life’s experiences,
  • Developing self esteem,
  • Creating one’s own reality and
  • Making daily living a positive experience.

 

Stress Free Living

Stress has been identified as a leading cause of many health problems. Largely psychological, rather than physical in origin and therefore much more difficult to prevent and remedy, modern stress affects nearly all of us at some point in our lives. Regardless of its origins, stress drains our physical, emotional and mental energy.
Several myths exist about the causes of stress and the most effective ways of dealing with it. A Stress–Free Living seminar can free you from these illusions and misconceptions and give you a new perspective.
Identify different levels of stress and rise above them to create a relaxed mind and body;

  • Protect yourself from negative influences;
  • Gain confidence in dealing with difficult relationships;
  • Empower your ability to respond effectively in high stake situations.

 

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