About

Brahma Kumaris in the UK

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK), a registered charity since 1975, opens its doors every day of the year to students from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds to study Raja Yoga meditation. Students find that meditating in this way daily brings a lot of peace and positivity to their lives.

We also join together with many national and local organisations and diverse communities, helping to enhance the wellbeing of people in different spheres of society.

We work across the UK in more than 50 locations and are part of a network of organisations offering activities in over 110 countries. Our spiritual headquarters is in Mount Abu, in the Aravali mountain range, Rajasthan, India.

Brahma Kumaris, UK was established as a Registered Charity in 1975 and charges no fees for any of its activities, being funded by voluntary contributions.

Registered Charity No: England & Wales (269971) and Scotland (SC040512). 

Our volunteers

Our activities are organised and managed entirely by volunteers. Individuals who benefit from our activities often choose to give their time, enthusiasm, skills and support to show their appreciation – and help others benefit too.

Who are we?

We’re a multi-cultural community of individuals – a wonderful mixture of backgrounds, ages and life experiences – and we celebrate that diversity.
Feeling the presence of God in your life is so comforting.The anchor of knowing that I belong to God and coming to that anchor, really helps put things into perspective.
Understanding what our place is within the whole, and caring for that, helps us to have a broader and more genuine impact on the world around us.
Every problem has a solution. And whatever any person is going through, there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s going to pass; so to keep hope alive is most important.
If there is something inside which I want to change and I know it is not right, it is important for me not to deny it. Honesty is a big part of my spirituality.
Often we don’t realise what our need is, and we are looking for something, but we don’t know what it is. It’s about realising that it is already within myself.
Once I’d understood that the soul is eternal then all my panic attacks and dizzy spells finished.
The one big thing is the truth that everything begins with me, everything begins with the self. Whether it be love, whether it be honesty or determination - whatever it is, it begins with me.
Meditation has helped me to look at the small details in life, to be more observant about what’s happening. It makes me more aware, more sympathetic to myself and to the environment.
I have gradually developed patience, acceptance and courage in relationships that weren’t always easy. Old habits come but when you keep practising, things change.
What the world needs at the moment is to understand what love is... to learn a more elevated way of loving, which is more fulfilling and has nothing to do with possessiveness.
In meditation I feel complete and whole. Any sense of lacking or wanting something or any kind of emptiness just gradually disappears, it just dissipates.
The dependency and neediness that I had in my personal relationships have changed to something more like a wise loving, that is seeking to give rather than take. That’s the big shift.
I used to use my mind to escape and to lose myself in experience. Now I lose myself in meditation and, after that meditation, my awareness or perspective has changed andI’m better able to manage whatever I have to do.
The practice of meditation actually gives you the permission to take time out to get to know yourself.
Finding Raja Yoga was a paradigm shift for me. A shift that literally happened in one second, that was a miracle. There was a feeling in my mind and my heart that I have come home.
If there is something inside which I want to change and I know it is not right, it is important for me not to deny it. Honesty is a big part of my spirituality.
The world isn’t completely dark, there is a light there. We just need to tap into that light, and the light is within ourselves. Meditation brings the soul alive again, it brings it into that light again.
God is there - He is there. He is not my imagination, and He is not a hope. He knows me and I know Him. He makes everything very interesting.
Raj Yoga meditation gives us the opportunity to unlearn all that we have been conditioned with. Meditation has given me a 5-second window before a response or reaction happens.
Meditating helps me to keep calm when things are going a bit mad. As long as I start off with meditation everyday in the morning and take time in the day to ‘top up’, I’m fine.
Understanding what our place is within the whole, and caring for that, helps us to have a broader and more genuine impact on the world around us.
I have gradually developed patience, acceptance and courage in relationships that weren’t always easy. Old habits come but when you keep practising, things change.
Every problem has a solution. And whatever any person is going through, there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s going to pass; so to keep hope alive is most important.
If there is something inside which I want to change and I know it is not right, it is important for me not to deny it. Honesty is a big part of my spirituality.
Often we don’t realise what our need is, and we are looking for something, but we don’t know what it is. It’s about realising that it is already within myself.
Once I’d understood that the soul is eternal then all my panic attacks and dizzy spells finished.
The one big thing is the truth that everything begins with me, everything begins with the self. Whether it be love, whether it be honesty or determination - whatever it is, it begins with me.
Meditation has helped me to look at the small details in life, to be more observant about what’s happening. It makes me more aware, more sympathetic to myself and to the environment.
Feeling the presence of God in your life is so comforting.The anchor of knowing that I belong to God and coming to that anchor, really helps put things into perspective.
What the world needs at the moment is to understand what love is... to learn a more elevated way of loving, which is more fulfilling and has nothing to do with possessiveness.
In meditation I feel complete and whole. Any sense of lacking or wanting something or any kind of emptiness just gradually disappears, it just dissipates.
The dependency and neediness that I had in my personal relationships have changed to something more like a wise loving, that is seeking to give rather than take. That’s the big shift.
I used to use my mind to escape and to lose myself in experience. Now I lose myself in meditation and, after that meditation, my awareness or perspective has changed andI’m better able to manage whatever I have to do.
The practice of meditation actually gives you the permission to take time out to get to know yourself.
Finding Raja Yoga was a paradigm shift for me. A shift that literally happened in one second, that was a miracle. There was a feeling in my mind and my heart that I have come home.
For me what’s most important is to have the consciousness that I’m here to better myself and to help others. Then automatically, whatever is the thought process inside is for benefit.
The world isn’t completely dark, there is a light there. We just need to tap into that light, and the light is within ourselves. Meditation brings the soul alive again, it brings it into that light again.
God is there - He is there. He is not my imagination, and He is not a hope. He knows me and I know Him. He makes everything very interesting.
Raj Yoga meditation gives us the opportunity to unlearn all that we have been conditioned with. Meditation has given me a 5-second window before a response or reaction happens.
Meditating helps me to keep calm when things are going a bit mad. As long as I start off with meditation everyday in the morning and take time in the day to ‘top up’, I’m fine.

Sister Jayanti

CEO, Brahma Kumaris (UK)

Sister Jayanti (Jayanti Kirpalani) is Additional Administrative Head of Brahma Kumaris, Director for Europe and the Middle East and CEO of Brahma Kumaris, UK. Based in London, she came to the UK with her family at the age of eight. In 1968 she decided to dedicate her life to self-transformation and serving humanity with the Brahma Kumaris. She worked alongside Dadi Janki, the former Spiritual Head of Brahma Kumaris, for over 50 years, until Dadi’s passing in March 2020. She has been a key figure in establishing the organisation, the spiritual community and the activities of Brahma Kumaris, UK. As the CEO, she continues to teach, guide, support and sustain thousands of students, volunteers and friends of the University.

The Spiritual Headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris international network is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) of the United Nations, accredited with General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Sister Jayanti has been the organisation’s representative to the UN in Geneva since 1982. Since 2009, she has headed the BK delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP), and has spoken internationally on the link between consciousness and climate change. She has brought spiritual principles to the discussion tables of politicians, economists, business leaders, scientists and nearly every stakeholder of our times. 

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Sudesh Didi

European Director

Didi Sudesh (Sudesh Sethi) is European Director of Brahma Kumaris and an outstanding lecturer, teacher and broadcaster on human development, meditation and the creative abilities of the mind. She has travelled in almost 100 countries, addressing conferences and co-ordinating workshops and seminars. Born in North India in 1942, her ambition from a very young age was to serve others. Her teaching abilities were evident from childhood, when unique circumstances made her headmistress of a girl’s school at the age of 16. A few years later, she became a teacher and administrator with the Brahma Kumaris. In 1974 Didi Sudesh left India for the UK to help establish the first activities of the University outside of India in London. For many years based in Germany, in 2016 she took on the directorship of the Seminarhaus Moringen retreat centre there. She now divides her time between serving in the UK and Germany.

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Remembering Dadi Janki

Former Spiritual Head of Brahma Kumaris (1916-2020)

Dadi Janki arrived in London in April 1974, aged 58. She was carrying just a small amount of luggage and spoke no English. She had very little money in her pocket but was full of determination to introduce people outside India to the inner peace, stability and dignity that Raja Yoga meditation can bring.

For the next 40 years. Dadi lived and served in the UK. Starting in a couple of damp rooms in Kilburn, North West London, she went on to inspire and supervise the creation of Global Co-operation House, London,Global Retreat Centre, near Oxford and several ‘Inner Space’ meditation centres on high streets around the country. She returned to India in 2007 to take on the role of Spiritual Head of Brahma Kumaris, but continued to visit the UK and many other countries around the globe until her final year.

Dadi’s powerful vision and energy, founded on her unshakeable faith in God and in the intrinsic goodness of all human beings, have enabled her to give hope, comfort and a clearer perspective on life to hundreds of thousands of people in the UK and beyond.

Dadi Janki passed away on 27th March 2020 in Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India, aged 104. She is perhaps best remembered for the three ‘Om shantis’ she would say to help us keep a spiritual perspective in our everyday lives. ‘Om shanti’ literally means ‘I, the soul, am a being of peace’ and for Dadi provided the answers to the three questions: “Who am I, who do I belong to and what do I have to do? 

Dadi Janki shares her insights on some key themes

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