Vishwa Shanti Sarovar, Nagpur

Few Words About Us .

Vishwa Shanti Sarovar,  first of its kind, in Maharashtra at Jamtha, Nagpur is a multi-functional traning centre being located at the umbilicus of the country. As a place of inner reflection and self-development, it helps to nurture the spirits of thousands of people by enabling them to draw the power from the Supreme Being. The campus with its’ calm and serene atmosphere, beautiful landscaping and greenery, is a perfect place to take a break from the frantic pace of modern life and rediscover one’s inner peace and power.

The training centre, as an academy for higher learning of values and spiritual skills, host a variety of events, courses, training, seminars and workshop that help the participants to use the spiritual principles in their personal, social and professional lives to achieve a happy state of mind, harmonious relationships and better efficiency at work. The training center  serve a broad spectrum of the community including individuals from the fields of business, engineering, health, education, media, social service, women and youth.

   The VSS provides state-of-the-art facilities for learning, including 100 seats training halls, a 500-seats seminar hall, a larger 3000-seats auditorium, meditation rooms and a library. A 100-kilowatt solar power plant at the VSS is the largest of Nagpur. Since 2013,The training centre is 2.6 Acer situated in peaceful surrounding just 2 km away from the metro station, 5 km from MIHAN & 9 km from Nagpur airport.

FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

The most important thing to know about our Retreat Centres is that The Brahma Kumaris community values a healthy, safe, clean and spiritual environment. We strive to create a conducive atmosphere where everyone can benefit and feel safe.

In keeping with our spiritual principles, smoking, drinking alcohol and consumption of non-prescription drugs or take-away meals (and meat) are not permitted in buildings or around the grounds

Each Retreat Centre offers a different range of activities including morning meditation before breakfast, a program with facilitator input, meditation experiences, group activities, personal reflection time and conversations with other like-minded people.

For the benefit of all participants, we ask that everyone commit to attending the entire training, arriving from the beginning and staying

All retreats are open to adults aged 18 and above. There are specific retreats for children aged 6 - 12 (Camp for Joy), and also for the youth aged 13 to 21 (Youth Retreat). The Center welcomes individuals from all sects and religion, ethnicity and nationality.

We offer freshly prepared vegetarian meals, which are cooked in a state of meditative reflection and served in an atmosphere of peace for all registered participants.
Please let us know if you have a special diet.

Everyone needs to book in for our Training center and our website system operates on a first come first served basis. Often ourtraining center can get booked out, so please only book when you are committed to attend the training , as you may prevent another being able to book in.

Request for Confirmation emails are sent out a week prior to the training for you to confirm or cancel your place.

The Brahma Kumaris share their spiritual knowledge free of charge (worldwide) in the spirit of making it available to everyone. The Centre is run by volunteers who are financially independent.

Although our programs have no fixed fee in the spirit of community service, guests are encouraged to make a financial contribution towards the running costs of meals, accommodation and the maintenance of facilities at the Retreat Centres owned by The Brahma Kumaris. For further information, please email or phone.

Costs for our retreats held at The Hinterland, a Retreat Centre we rent from time to time for our retreats in Queensland, will be found on the booking page.

Who we are and what we do

Brahma Kumaris (BK) was founded in India in the 1930s by Brahma Baba and now has its spiritual headquarters in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India. Brahma Kumaris service outside India began in 1971 and now comprises a worldwide network of centres in over 130 countries and territories. There are currently estimated to be around one million students. It provides spiritual education and reflective practices for people from diverse cultural backgrounds, inspiring them to live according to their own higher nature and contribute towards a better world.


1. To encourage a deeper understanding of the individual's place and purpose within the broader context of life.

2. To reaffirm the spiritual identity, inherent goodness, dignity and worth of the human being.

3. To encourage a change of awareness, attitude, vision and behaviour within the human family.

4. To help individuals rediscover their latent personal relationship with the Source of all goodness.

5. To foster a spirit of human brotherhood - every human being, irrespective of their religion, their race, their gender or their nationality, can draw profound inner strength from a relationship with their eternal Parent, the Divine.

6. To support the betterment of the human condition by remaining fully engaged in our communities and to support programmes, projects and initiatives with this rediscovered inner strength.

7. To establish a relationship between human beings and the environment based on the principle of non-violence.

Through its international network of centres Brahma Kumaris offers courses in Raja Yoga meditation and a range of lectures, workshops, short courses and programmes in personal development. There are also many community outreach projects that serve a variety of local needs.

At a national and international level, Brahma Kumaris co-ordinates and works in partnership on a variety of projects that provide opportunities for people to participate in activities of social and humanitarian concern.

Brahma Kumaris often plays a significant role in outreach to local communities. We conduct seminars, courses and workshops on meditation, personal development and new ways of working together in the community. The courses and the presentation vary according to country, culture and local facilities. To find out about the course in your area

These courses are held at community centres, prisons, hospitals, homes for the elderly, drug rehabilitation units, schools and local businesses. They are based on practical and applied spirituality with a view to enhancing well-being and quality of life. The content is drawn from the teachings of Brahma Kumaris. Individuals are able to deepen their self-understanding, explore and experiment with spiritual life skills for easier relationships and for greater fulfilment in life.

In addition to Raja Yoga Meditation, courses we offer include :-

Overcoming Anger. Understanding the underlying causes and subtle forms of anger, the effects of anger on our well-being and how to use one's energy in a more productive way.
 Positive Thinking. Exploring the role of thought in shaping our perceptions, sense of meaning, and actions, and how to reclaim our authenticity, freedom and self mastery.
  Self-Esteem. How to re-build innate personality traits that contribute to self-respect and self-worth.
Stress-free Living. Understanding, recognising and managing the varying levels of stress, worry, and tension, and learning some simple ways to minimise these, by making a change in lifestyle.

Further support is provided for:

♦ empowerment for women and men

environment

leadership

youth

Other areas of activity include education, healthcare, interfaith and places of detention. There are also residential retreat centres, which provide a supportive and nurturing environment, where individuals and professional groups can explore meditation and the spiritual underpinnings of their personal, family and work life.

Teachings and way of life

At the heart of the Brahma Kumaris teachings is the Foundation Course in Raja Yoga meditation. This course provides a practical understanding of the relationship between spirit and matter, as well as an understanding of the interplay between souls, God and the material world.

The series of classes in this course will facilitate your inward journey in an efficient and effective way. Learn about:

consciousness and self-realisation

connection and relationship with God


♦ the law of karma

♦ the cycle of time

♦ the Tree of Life

♦ a spiritual lifestyle

The lessons are offered in two parts:

  • Part 1: offers the basic knowledge and practice of Raja Yoga meditation. This is for people who are interested in only learning how to meditate as a regular practice.
  • Part 2: offers the teachings of Raja Yoga as a study. The teachings take the aspirant into the depths of universal truths. The goal of the teachings is to learn how to concentrate the mind and to discover the innermost core of the soul's divinity. This is for people who want to exercise their own reason and judgment; who want to learn from the authority of their own experiences and sustain a lifestyle on a more elevated spiritual plane


1. To encourage a deeper understanding of the individual's place and purpose within the broader context of life.

2. To reaffirm the spiritual identity, inherent goodness, dignity and worth of the human being.

3. To encourage a change of awareness, attitude, vision and behaviour within the human family.

4. To help individuals rediscover their latent personal relationship with the Source of all goodness.

5. To foster a spirit of human brotherhood - every human being, irrespective of their religion, their race, their gender or their nationality, can draw profound inner strength from a relationship with their eternal Parent, the Divine.

6. To support the betterment of the human condition by remaining fully engaged in our communities and to support programmes, projects and initiatives with this rediscovered inner strength.

7. To establish a relationship between human beings and the environment based on the principle of non-violence.

The journey towards self-realisation involves observing certain lifestyle disciplines, which are recommended and not imposed. Brahma Kumaris' environments are nurtured by observing these disciplines.

Spiritual study and practice underpin an individual's spiritual journey. It is the responsibility of each person to discern and choose what lifestyle disciplines they are ready to implement, and at whatever pace suits them.

The two main lifestyle disciplines observed are:

  • Satwic (pure) diet: a vegetarian or vegan diet contributes to general well-being and helps develop clarity and concentration. No substance abuse, including not using any alcohol or tobacco.
  • Celibacy is seen as the basis for cultivating a safe and pure way for people to be and live together. This choice can make people stronger in themselves, more autonomous and more self-confident. It liberates both genders from their over-reliance on each other and supports greater equality. The Brahma Kumaris view celibacy as fundamental to self-realisation and to recreating a loving relationship with God and to creating a culture of peace and non-violence.

No. This is a learning community in which all the participants are involved in a process of spiritual development. Each individual chooses what to take from the curriculum, according to their interest. It is an open learning environment, to which people from diverse backgrounds come, bringing with them the richness of their specialties. The level of commitment is a personal decision. 

There is no specific dress code, although casual, modest dress is generally appropriate, when attending BK courses or activities. White is the preferred colour within the BK community, as it reflects the inner aspirations towards living a life of simplicity, purity, cleanliness and truth – qualities to which the practice of Raja Yoga meditation gives rise. 

The Brahma Kumaris emphasises the importance of the ‘dharma' element of religion – the inculcation of the universal principles, taught by God to humanity, for spiritual renewal and restoration. The purpose of ‘dharma' is to recognise that spirituality is the key to bringing justice, peace and well-being to humanity.

Every soul, regardless of the religion, is spiritually moulded by his or her relationship with the Supreme, and their understanding and practice of faith and life experiences. The way forward is a return to the spirituality at the heart of the great faiths. In practical terms, this would mean living the highest ideals that faith inspires within souls - of love, compassion, truth and non-violence.

The Brahma Kumaris teachings are set within the context that the world is at a turning point at which a transformation of consciousness is taking place. One of the main teachings is that the tree of humanity has one seed, God, the Supreme Soul, who stays eternally full of all divine qualities. As children of the one Seed, human beings are one family. By making a subtle shift from an outer, material dependency to an inner, spiritual awareness, human beings realise their true selves and recognise the Source, God, and restore themselves to their original nature of peace, respect and love. 

Raja Yoga meditation requires the individual to study spiritual knowledge. Understanding of the knowledge is essential to its practice and application. The aim of Raja Yoga is self-sovereignty and self-mastery and so it is important for the individual to be discerning on his or her spiritual journey. The process of learning is a simple one: listening to and understanding the teachings; contemplating and making sense of how to apply the teachings in life; inculcating the teachings and emerging the innate qualities into the awareness of the self; experiencing the meaning of insightful wisdom and deciding the quality of one's actions. 

The process begins at the personal level with a collective momentum building, and eventually leads to a shift from a world torn apart by anger, attachment, arrogance, greed and lust to a kinder, gentler world, with only the finest in human virtues – happiness, love, peace and purity.

The term ‘teacher' is used for a person facilitating the process of taking an individual through the lessons of the Raja Yoga Meditation Course. The teacher's role is more of a spiritual coach.

Funding

The Brahma Kumaris runs on voluntary contributions, both financial and in kind, from individuals who have benefited personally through its courses and activities. Brahma Kumaris students, inspired to serve others, choose to contribute regularly in support of the work, according to their means. There is no membership fee.

Funds from philanthropists, national or international agencies are sometimes received for humanitarian and environmental initiatives, in such fields as solar energy projects, health and education. 

From its beginning, the work of Brahma Kumaris has been based on the principle that spiritual knowledge is a basic right of every human being. It was the founder's (Brahma Baba's) aim to provide opportunities for everyone to develop their own spiritual potential, without charge, regardless of age, gender, background or financial circumstances. This ethic is practised by all participating BK teachers and students.

Participation

All adults are welcome to participate in any activity of their choice. Informal open-house meetings and visits provide an opportunity for individuals to learn more about the organisation even before deciding to participate in any of the courses or activities at local centres. For many of the courses and programmes, prior registration is required.

Young people aged 16 and over may join group classes and activities. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by their parent/carer. 

All Brahma Kumaris centres carry child-protection policies, in accordance with the laws of their respective countries and cities.

In general, anyone can benefit from Raja Yoga Meditation. If you are uncertain or if you are suffering from a mental illness, it is advisable to ask your doctor's opinion before learning to meditate. It is also important that you do not discontinue any medication without first consulting your doctor. 

The organisation does not offer counselling at any of its centres. It provides a wide range of courses in spiritual knowledge. Individuals are free to choose what they wish to practise.

History and Leadership

It was founded in 1930's in Hyderabad, Sindh (now part of Pakistan, but at that time part of colonial India) by Brahma Baba, formerly known as Dada LekhrajKripalani, who had a series of visions depicting world transformation. In 1937, he formed a managing committee of eight young women and established an informal group that grew into the Brahma Kumaris of today. 

Dada Lekhraj was a successful and much-respected jeweller. In 1936, around  the time when most people at his age start to plan their retirement, he actually entered into the most active and fascinating phase of his life. After a series of deep spiritual experiences and visions, he felt an extremely strong pull to give up his business and dedicate his time, energy and wealth to laying the foundations of what later would become the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. He soon became known as Brahma Baba. He spent the rest of his life bringing people of all cultural, socio-economic and religious backgrounds together to rediscover and develop the spiritual dimensions of their personal lives and to integrate this into their world. He insisted that his role was that of a simple instrument and not that of a guru. He recognised God, the Being of Light, the Benevolent one, as the primary inspiration for Brahma Kumaris and their work. In May 1950 he moved with the other founding members from Karachi, Pakistan, to Mt. Abu in India, where he remained until his passing in 1969.

Organisation and Administration

When the founder, Brahma Baba passed from this life in January 1969, the leadership of the community continued with members of the original group of young women. Today, the few surviving leaders, mostly in their eighties and nineties, carry a powerful presence, having spent a lifetime mastering the inculcation and application of spiritual knowledge. Dadi Janki currently serves as Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris worldwide, Dadi Hirdaya Mohini as Additional Administrative Head and Dadi Ratan Mohini as Joint Administrative Head.

These women, fondly called Dadis (elder sisters), serve as instruments who share a total dedication to God. Regarded as senior yogis, they have an immense love and regard for one another and an absolute commitment to world service.

Brahma Kumaris means ‘daughters of Brahma'. Seminal to the vision of world renewal was the revelation of the important and prominent role of women as spiritual teachers. Brahma Baba correctly foresaw that core values based on traditionally feminine qualities – patience, tolerance, sacrifice, kindness and love – would increasingly become the foundation of progress in personal growth, human relations and the development of caring communities. To maintain the emphasis on this vital core of leadership, he named the organisation The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. 

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