from / deepian / going beyond / alchemy    posted by Ian Howie   on 08 Aug 08 at 00:00  

BapDada is the spiritual leader of the Brahma Kumaris. BapDada explains himself as the combined form of God the Father (Bap) - a.k.a. Shiva, or Shiv Baba - and the angelic form of Brahma Baba (Dada), founder of the Brahma Kumaris. Or, as they put it:

"God The Supreme speaking with the angel Brahma to his Brahmin Children"

BapDada teaches that the way to world transformation is self-transformation through union with God. This is a form of divine alchemy, whereby the lead of "body consciousness" is transformed into the gold of "soul consciousness".

Brahma Baba left his physical body in 1969, but remains in control of the Brahma Kumaris in avyakt (subtle, incorporeal) form since that time, as Avyakt BapDada, speaking regularly through a trance medium (Dadi Gulzar) in Madhuban, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India.

A extensive archive of these speeches is presented on the site. on 18 Jul 17 at 19:32

The writings at are cleaned-up translations of original speeches in Hindi by BapDada to the students of the Brahma Kumaris. BapDada is the spiritual leader of the Brahma Kumaris: "Dada" (meaning "elder brother" in Hindi) Lekhraj Khubchand Kripalani, self styled as "Brahma Baba". Lekhraj claims to be combined, when speaking, with the supreme soul - i.e. God, the Father ("Bap" meaning "Father" in Hindi) - whom he names as "Shiva".

The Brahma Kumaris term these speeches "murli", meaning flute, as in the flute of Krishna. Originally the speeches were channeled by Lekhraj directly ("Sakar BapDada"). Since his death in 1969, BapDada ("Avyakt BapDada") has been channeled through the corporeal body ("chariot") of a trance messenger - Dadi Gulzar of the Brahma Kumaris. The Brahma Kumaris claim the copyright of the original speeches, but also claim that they are the direct words of God (Brahma Baba acting simply as a mouthpiece, and Gulzar

Brahma Kumaris on 02 Sep 12 at 22:36

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, or Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, is a monastic, renunciate millenarian religion of Indian origin. They project themselves as a vehicle for spiritual teaching, rather than a religion. They teach their own flavour of Raja Yoga, a spiritual practice centred on meditation.

The Brahma Kumaris (BKs) beliefs and customs are primarily Hindu in origin,

seva on 31 Aug 12 at 18:21

Seva means spiritual "service": to help others in a spiritual context. The symbol of seva is the conch shell, meaning communication. The primary aspect of seva is thus communication of spiritual teachings, but there are many other ways in which to do seva also.

Seva is one of the four pillars of Raja Yoga.

Seva includes both physical service methods, and subtle service methods.

Physical service

trimurti on 31 Aug 12 at 17:52

The trimurti represents three aspects of material existence:

Each character is symbolic.

the four pillars on 31 Aug 12 at 16:27

The four pillars of Raja Yoga, also known as the four subjects, are:

  1. yoga (union): meditation, leading to union with the divine
  2. dharna (virtue): inculcating virtues through self-checking and self-discipline
  3. seva: (service): serving others
  4. gyan (knowledge): study, leading to understanding (wisdom, enlightenment)
dharna on 31 Aug 12 at 15:35

Dharna is the inculcation of divine qualities through working on the self. Dharna is one of the four pillars of Raja Yoga.

The symbol of dharna is the Lotus Flower, which grows pure, white, and beautiful, out of the mud.

I am a soul on 21 Jul 12 at 13:04

I am a soul

I am not my body

I am not flesh and bones

I am a being

the three worlds on 21 Jul 12 at 13:03

BapDada talks about three worlds - these are:

1) The Physical World - this familiar world (and universe) we live in...

2) The Subtle Regions - subtle dimensions beyond time and space, where the soul has a subtle body

soul consciousness on 12 Jun 10 at 07:35

In body consciousness we identify ourselves with our physical bodies, our physical possessions, and our current life in this physical world. We forget our true identity. We are easily deluded and confused, suffer from fear, insecurity, stress, and anxiety, and fall prey to vices such as lust, attachment, greed, anger, and selfish ego. This is the normal state for most people for most of the time.

In soul consciousness we remember our original form of a point of light,