yogi108 wrote:I am talking of junior Sisters' struggle in terms of, "They do not have any source of Income to take care of their personal stuff like going to meet their own family, buying stuff which they would need on a day-to-day basis". If they want to work, then the Senior Sister is worried that Maya will catch them!! ... I know of one case where a Sister was going back from the US to India and she did not have any money to take care of emergency situations that might come up during travel ... One of the students out of his generosity gave a couple of hundred dollars and she was so happy .."
this sensitive issue is a big taboo in Yagya. Your post is a classic and very shocking for me. I wished that Dadi Janki and all Seniors read it.
How embarrassing it must be for the young BK sisters to depend on "donations" or "sponsorships" from the students. How embarrassing it is for the students to observe the situation of the surrendered BK sisters and have to offer them help. How embarrassing it is for the leadership of BKWSU to let the Mahavirs of their Shiv Shakti Army beg. Especially given the fact that to give and take money between the BKs is strictly forbidden according to the Maryadas. No need to mention how shameful it is even in lokik terms to take money for personal needs from a student.
In the centers i lived, in the West where no Indian surrendered sisters were living, we have been encouraging all young BK sisters and brothers to study and to find a good job in order to be independent.
But for decades I had the possibility to meet highly intelligent BKWSU teachers, sisters and brothers of mostly Indian origin and also some surrendered double foreigners, who were in their young age “convinced” by Dadi Janki or other Seniors not to waste time (!) with university as “Destruction is ahead” and to give up the idea of a career for the sake of Baba's service. Because of the sensitivity of the issue, it is difficult to ask direct questions but the hearsay system in Yagya is functioning very well. Even if those BK teachers would one day understand what they missed due to lack of university education and their forced dependency on the BKWSU system to survive, it is too late for them.
What happens with those sisters and brothers if they don’t leave BKWSU and don’t find any lokik job? If they are skilled and have good relations with Dadi Janki and the leadership they become center-in-charge’s and teachers who are allowed from the BKWSU leadership to live off Baba’s Box and on honorariums from organized public events, when they are invited to give a talk? (Of course, indirect "soft Gyan").The sister in charges however may get a monthly compensation from Dadi Janki if the center’s income is not sufficient.
I was shocked reading that BKWSU gets Government’s funding for “teachers training” in many centers.
ex-l wrote:BKWSU, the business, money and selling Gyan, ex-l’s post from 12th of May 2008
“More government funding for the BKWSU for "Teacher training Programmes" from Government of India, Higher Education Department. Now, bearing in mind that we presume the BK teachers involved are unpaid and the centers/properties either privately own or paid for by donations ... where does the money go to do what?”
“I am ABSOLUTELY SURE that I am only scraping the surface here but I calculate this lot to be, 5,147,000 rupees or $ 125,659 USD. Any leads of further information, which I am sure are scattered around different Departments and States or corrections would be welcome."
"The average household income in India is around $550 USD per year. However around 25-30% of the population earning close to only $1 per day. Now, how much did we say the BKWSU gave to the Tsunami relief fund? Oh, that is right. They never said or would not tell us.”
The sums are great, considering that those young teachers besides the center-in-charges and sometimes the co- center-in-charges are not getting anything for their own needs from Yagya. In some centers the center-in-charges are financing or supporting the expenses of the centers with their own income from their lokik families or from their lokik jobs.
In some regions however the donors are very generous :
BKWSU, the business, money and selling Gyan,ex-l’s post from the 6th Feb.2007: “On the Charity Commission website, the Total Funds for the UK have risen to £16.29m."
See please the official accounts in the "BK Financial,
Now we must ask, what is BKWSU doing with above mentioned funds and the Government funds for teachers training?
We must ask further why is BKWSU leadership not covering the expenses (in a sensible amount) of all surrendered young sisters, who are assistant teachers and great helpers in the household of the centers all over the world, who are not allowed to study and not encouraged to find a job (to protect them from Maya!) or who can not find any job because of their lack of education.
Seeing Dadi Janki going on tours of collecting donations from lokik ones and from the students (See: Forum, Mukrimata Funding
), seeing and hearing that centers have started to ask by e-mail from the students donations:
And warrior attached to his post a letter from a United Kingdom Center sent to the students asking for donations for the expenses.
Taking into consideration the yearly official accounts (see BK Financial
, Downloads) and the Governments funds, and unregistered donations (who knows the real amount of the unregistered cash donations from the boxes and personally presented cash donations to Dadi Janki in Madhuban and all over the world) and that no charity work worth mentioning is done by BKWSU ( See: Forum; BKWSU Response to Burma Disaster
) and learning that the young surrendered sisters are left to the mercy and donations of the students (see yogi108 post above), I think we may describe this period as “The Ultimate Beggary Period”.