Yes, well, we have all had our little joys with the BKWSU IT team.robinramsay wrote:Regarding Saligram Studios, not a registered company, and the WHOIS London address. As a 70 year old not greatly conversant with IT matters, I asked someone who does to register some domain names we might need for Tao of the Traveller and to look after IT matters that I did not comprehend
To the best of my knowledge, there exits a small collection of documents in the British Library taken from the India Office collection. I have been informed that there are some other original documents in a library attached to Oxford University that holds others but I have not seen. I suspect that the BKWSU has also copies, despite its claims to have buried a lot, but despite many high level requests and false promises I have drawn a complete blank there. And, of course, we note that practically every BK prior to last year was in ignorance of the existence of such documents or the contrary nature of them to the current hagiographies and I presume most still are.
I have to admit Robin, that we are somewhat allergic to the usual flannel around here. The effects of spit and polish might have worked wonders to put a sheen on the old boot of the BKWSU but we are looking a lot closer than just the shiny surface here. If you do wish to parade issues, please pay us the respect by continuing to be as accurate and detailed as your first few posts promise. Arjun is correct. I, and I am sure many others, would love to see any early historical documents.
- When did have these?
Where did they come from (or where are they held)?
How did you come to hear of them?
I keep asking "when" because I am aware that the leadership was aware of them and am interested why they did not make them widespread and why they keep pumping out stuff they know is inaccurate. This "sworn to secrecy" aspect of the leadership over the following irks.
As to the 'Tao of the Brahma Kumaris' or 'The Way of the Brahma Kumari Traveller' (... which I offer would be slightly more accurate if less marketable titles ...) I am unfortunately primarily interested in the ongoing financial aspects of BK endeavours and the blurring of borders between individual BK's personal or professional interest and those of the charitable institutions. A trend which appears widespread within the BKWSU these days.
I find these difficult because they appear contrary to Shrimat, Murli and the Maryadas, and yet those same individuals and their products or services are the ones that the Brahma Kumaris leadership use ... extol ... and afford privileges. It is not you and your family that I am interested per se, but the social and philosophical dynamics that the Brahma Kumaris negotiate as they evangelise their religion.
I apologise to you personally, in public, if you find yourself in the uncomfortable position of a 'case study' but my intuition is that you are intelligent enough to see the value of the issues we are raising here. You cannot have spent the better part of your life swearing oaths as a "Captain of the Push" and not be able cope with that. And you have pursued a career in the public eye. If you wont discuss the financial side, as Tamasin suggest to us you would, then perhaps you will engage us in discussion about these ethical aspect from a BK Brahmin perspective? I am not saying it is wrong. I just want to document how the system works and, if there are personal benefits to be had, ensure that all BK followers know how to be cut in on it.
Equally, I hope that you might be able to join us on 'Hello from daughter of BK' where we discuss the BK system exploiting followers for their Wills and their attitudes towards family inheritances. As a Father and BK, I would be interested to read your experience of this.