They have a lot of secrecy surrounding their true beliefs. The BKs as a whole go to great lengths to hide what the really believe. You can read some of that material for yourself on this website.
Most BKs will only answer your questions in a secretive cryptic manner until they feel 'your intellect has opened' this means they feel you are ready to understand the bigger picture or the whole truth as they see it.
I agree wholeheartedly. Watching the downloads of JAM in London reminded me of 2 things: what good spin doctors Jayanti and co' are and how profoundly they believe their own stuff - and I don't mean in a faithful way, but in a 'I need to believe this' way.
The 'knowledge' promises heaven and earth, literally. (After we all die of course). But the interim concepts of divine bliss and purity and meaningful peace are promises. And they are promises that dysfunctional, or stressed, or just unhappy souls are more than willing to buy into. But they are only promises.
But the real act of treachery is the guarantee that the BK's give that these promises will be fulfilled. These guarantees are simply spin - spin that passes for truth. Spin that even the 'Seniors' believe. Spin that they MUST believe, because they have invested so much of their lives in, and for whom there is no other option but to continue to believe. Until they achieve the highest stage - dementia (re: Dadi Prakashmani).
Old BKs know from experience that the early days of BK life are very promising - thats the buzz, thats why we buy into it. God has chosen me, he has given me a community, a purpose and a destiny. If you have a prior belief in an eternal soul, if you love the idea of becoming a better (pure) soul, and there is an appearance of method, then yes, of course we will buy into it.
But at the end of the day it is all well spun promises. I am sorry it took me 15 years to work that out. Nearly all of that time as a so called surrendered soul.
I can hear the protests of current BK's - "poor thing (thats me), such is his fortune, the burden of his karma, the influence of Ravan, the pull of Maya ... yada, yada" I know, I used to think like that. I used to sit on the esteemed gaddi in front of the class and spin the same promises, writing off those same poor souls who had left and were damned. But in my heart, like all Bk's, I was waiting for the day the promises would become reality, stressed because purity, peace and bliss were as fleeting as the last meal I had.
Once the honeymoon is over, the battle with Maya begins - the battle between being human and trying to fulfill impossible promises. When I realised that it was only the promises of misguided humans devoted to the 'teaching's of an idealised, romantic notion of an 'elevated' human I left. There was no more effort that could be made - I had started and developed service in an entire country, opened a dozen centres, created 100's of Brahmins, and made every conceivable effort for myself, god and the 'divine family'. It was on that basis that I left without guilt - I know it simply doesn't work.
Watching the Jam clips and seeing Jayanti sparked many memories - for me Jayanti embodies all the unfulfilled promises - everything from the intellect, nothing from the heart. She has always been like that - from the time I became a Bk in 1984 and her mantra was "destruction in 6 months, destruction in 6 months...". No compassion at all - not from the heart - just a rationalized view of what it means and an intellectual attempt to express it (unsuccessfully).
Jayanti always resented a white boy being fully surrendered (I think I was the first, or at least close to it). It is the Brahma 'Kumaris' after all. And not being Indian just added insult to injury. On her first visit to the country I was 'instrument' for she brought an unknown Indian kumari with her. It became evident to many very quickly that it was her plan to replace me with her. But that did not eventuate (the sister concerned had the IQ of a bunny rabbit).
Jayanti then spent the next many years blockading and isolating us, trying to circumvent my role in any way she could. You cannot imagine, but she is one of the most esteemed of our Seniors, and I exaggerate not - it took so many years to realise what was going on and the problems it caused. She did not make problems, but she took available opportunities to starve me out and get me replaced. Pity, she could have just looked at the fantastic results we were creating rather than buy into gossip and her own impure sanskars.
An even greater pity was that she could have simply expressed her intentions, or views, and saved me all that grief. But she couldn't, they were based on discrimination and contempt.
It all came to a head in Madhuban many years later - in a private meeting she let fly with an extended, articulate tirade of horrendous abuse - it floored me. I had never heard or felt anything like it. I was equally devastated by the fact that she was 25 years 'in Gyan' and she was actually capable of something like that. What did that say about the 'promises'?
I am not the only one with a story like that. The woman is a repressed, heartless ***** who dares to stand up in front of an audience and talk about love and peace?!
Okay, I am annoyed. I think I have a right to be. But the reason I am venting is because she is the embodiment of all things BK - impossible promises, nowhere else to go, repressed, and up in her head.
If you read the string 'honour roll' you will understand - she and Ranjana had lived and 'served' together for many years. When Ranjana committed suicide she spent months on a slab in a morgue without any inquiry - even from her 'compassionate, loving, concerned' sister Jayanti. And then it was all kept quiet. In the 20 years since Ranjanas tragic and unnecessary death, no policy, plan or otherwise has been put in place to ensure that something like that would not happen again.
The topics of depression and suicide have never been raised. Concern for souls who are depressed has never been expressed. Rather, a questionnaire was given to souls who might be chosen to live in a Centre asking if they suffered depression - the reason was to prevent them from moving into a centre - to be effectively discriminated against. And told to have more Yoga!
That way the Brahma Kumaris can keep up its public face of compassion, peace, bliss and loveliness. And continue to make impossible promises.
To the time she ripped me to shreds in Madhuban nearly 10 years later - if you want an insight: we were having a meeting in Madhuban.