The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Unviversity

Categories: The Modern Hindu Movement and Spiritual Leaders

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Unviversity (BKWSU) was founded in the late 1930’s by Lekhraj Khubchand Kirpalani (1877-1969) in Karachi (now Pakistan). He was a wealthy diamond merchant and devout Hindu who later took the spiritual name Pajapita Brahma. The Raja Yoga embraced by the Brahma Kumaris does not involve any mantras, special postures or breathing techniques. It is usually practiced in a sitting position with the eyes open facing a picture of red and orange rays emanating from a center of light. Meditators are encouraged to focus on a “third eye” behind the forehead, the objective being to practice “soul consciousness” recognizing the self not as body but as a soul.