Last week, the Here and Now 365 team were lucky enough to receive a visit from Sister Jayanti of the Brahma Kumaris in the UK for a talk about her journey towards spirituality and peace, as well as a short guided meditation.
Who Are The Brahma Kumaris?
The Brahma Kumaris are a spiritual organisation, founded in India in the 1930s, who practice and teach a form of soul-focused meditation. In their many courses and meditation classes, they emphasise that we are souls with bodies, rather than bodies that happen to contain souls, and that the inner peace, wisdom, and serenity that all pure souls possess is something that we can rediscover through the power of meditation.
They are a unique movement in that they are female-led, with the main leadership roles being held by women. Sister Jayanti herself has been dedicating her life to the Brahma Kumaris since 1968. She played a key role in establishing them as an organisation in the UK and worked extensively alongside Dadi Janki, the former spiritual head of the BKs, until the leader passed in 2020 at the age of 104.
Sister Jayanti spoke to us about her life, from her childhood to her discovery of her spirituality in her late teen years – which came as a surprise to her family – as well as her and Dadi Janki’s work establishing the BKs in London.
Aside from her valuable administrative work as the CEO of the BKs in the UK and their representative in the UN as an NGO, she has also spent over 50 years teaching, guiding, and supporting the spiritual development of the students, volunteers and friends that find their ways to the doors of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
Sister Jayanti’s presence was calming and peaceful as she lead us through a short sitting meditation – just a small example of the work she does with people that study with the Brahma Kumaris.