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Basic beliefs
The Brahma Kumaris is not a religion but a spiritual movement which originated in India, with links to Hinduism. The Brahma Kumaris was originally started in late 1936 or early 1937 by Brahma Baba, also known as Dada Lekhraj. Brahma Baba, a successful diamond merchant received a series of visions through which he was inspired to bring about transformation in the world. He began an organisation known as "Om Mandali", which later came to be known as the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, where he and fellow adherents practiced meditation and a spiritual lifestyle.The organisation offers meditation, and courses in positive thinking and stress-free living and human empowerment.

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) is an international non-governmental organisation headquartered at Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India with over 8,500 centres in 100 countries, territories and islands. As a learning community, it currently has more than 825,000 regular students seeking to strengthen their ability to live by their own higher nature and to improve their contribution to society through spiritual education and reflective practices. The male practitioners of the Brahma Kumaris are called brothers or Brahma Kumars whereas the women are referred to as sisters or Brahma Kumaris. Brahma Kumars or Kumaris who live in the headquarters or one of the many centers around the world live within a strict code of conduct.

The Brahma Kumaris seeks to help individuals re-discover and strengthen their inherent worth by encouraging and facilitating a process of spiritual awakening. This leads to an awareness of the importance of thoughts and feelings as the seeds of actions. The development of virtues and values-based attitudes creates a practical spirituality which enhances personal effectiveness in the workplace and in family life.

Through its international network of centres, the organisation offers courses in Raja Yoga Meditation and a variety of lectures, short courses and programmes in personal development. Outreach projects to the community serve a variety of local needs. Brahma Kumaris retreat centres provide a supportive and nurturing environment where individuals and professional groups can explore meditation and the application of spiritual values in daily life. At the national and international level, by engaging in partnerships and dialogues, the Brahma Kumaris co-ordinates a variety of projects providing opportunities to participate in activities of social and humanitarian concern. The focus is always on developing spiritual learning as the key to individual and world transformation. The guiding principles that form the foundation on which all BK courses, activities, programmes and projects evolve are respect, co-operation, trusteeship and benevolence.

UK website: http://www.brahmakumaris.org/uk

Local Contact Details
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