few organisations have stimulated as much change and
discussion at the time of their inception, or have undergone
such expansion in succeeding decades, as the Brahma Kumaris
World Spiritual University. Yet, throughout its growth and
development, the BKWSU has managed to maintain its original
principles and adhere to its original purpose.
When the University came into being under the name "Om
Mandali" it consisted of only a handful of men, women and
children living in Hyderabad, Sindh (now part of Pakistan,
but at that time part of colonial India). After a respected
and wealthy member of their community, Dada Lekhraj,
experienced a series of visions in 1936, these spiritual
pioneers were inspired to transform their lives. Founder’s
Visions Dada Lekhraj’s visions revealed a body of knowledge
about the nature of the soul, of God and of time – concepts
so simple in their expression but so profound in meaning
that they awakened a powerful sense of recognition in those
with whom the visions were shared.
A year after Om Mandali’s establishment, the organization
moved from Hyderabad to Karachi. For fourteen years, until
two years after the partition of India and Pakistan, the
founding group of nearly 400 individuals lived as a
self–sufficient community devoting their time to intense
spiritual study, meditation and self transformation.
World Spiritual Headquarters
In 1950, the community moved to Mount Abu, a quiet place
reputed for its ancient heritage and regarded as a sacred
destination by many in search of spiritual rejuvenation and
empowerment. Nestled high in the Aravali Mountains of
Rajasthan, it provided an ideal location for reflection and
contemplation. After a few years in a rented building, the
community moved to the site which remains the University’s
world spiritual headquarters: Madhuban (meaning
'Forest of Honey').
Om Shanti !!!