This is a new one on me, "Brahma Kumaris Educational Society", the BKWSU "sister organisation" with its own school badge!
Is this going to be the bail out name is the "Spiritual University" title is pulled, or just another cover name?
http://www.valueducation.com/ - (highlighting below is mine).
I hope that they will not mind having the light shone back on themselves ... cue the usual UN honour roll etc ... zzzzz! What with their "Certificate Programme in Education in Values and Spirituality", "Diploma of Education in Values and Spirituality" and "Post-Graduate Diploma of Education in Values and Spirituality" the BKWSU really are attempting to become an educational institute of sorts. They are attempting to pass the courses through all the necessary committees for final approval including the Senate and Governor of the State of Surat. Then they will become a permanent part of the curriculum at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University.BKs wrote:Values and spirituality are central to the moral philosophy of human civilization and its legal institutions. Traditionally, values and spirituality are considered to be the prerogatives of the religions and they are viewed as being embodied in the family unit. Yet, for 25 centuries the great and the little known civilizations have been struggling with the issues of human frailty. Our collective inability to live up to our espoused values and moral principles, with the exception of a few outstanding individuals, has paved the way for a long slow moral decline.
- • Formed in 1996 to impart holistic education and integrated knowledge and training in the art, philosophy and science of living beings.
• Emphasises justice, honesty, integrity, tolerance, and responsibility.
• Encourages regard for the human individual, universal love, non-violence and the preservation of the environment.
• Offers integrated and holistic education in moral, human, social, administrative, cultural and spiritual values in a non-competitive atmosphere.
• Stimulates a person to resolve inner conflicts and face the challenges of life with enthusiasm, peace and happiness.
• Promotes a scientific temper and a spiritual vision and experience.
• Re-evaluates current concepts in order to make the world a better place.
But ... it looks like the same old 7 Days course in yet another, albeit classy, watered down, Westernized guise, e.g.; Module 3; Perspectives of the Major Religions in India. [The Tree]. Module 4 Unit 2; Perspectives on God, the Supreme Power, Source of Values.[Lesson Two, "Values" have replaces "Power"]. Module 5 Unit 1; How to Meditate.
I wondered who was behind this and it looks like "Change Leader" - well, thank God she has the humility to skip the "Spiritual Leader" stuff Mike George carries - Sister Denise has been camped out in Mount Abu brewing all this up. Gven her dates, I wonder if she was cut in on the 1976 Destruction predictions. I hear quite a few of the original Westerners were not told about it and the Hindi sisters used to edit the Hindi only Murlis on the trot. Or Guddi. See: www.accelerating.org
The "J. Watumull Global Hospital and Research Centre" is, of course, theBKs hospital in Abu. So lose marks there for careless labelling. Who was J. Watumull anyway?
Change Leader Sr. Denise Lawrence
Advisor of Academic Affairs, Certificate Program in Education in Values and Spirituality, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization
Bio: BK Sister Denise began her spiritual practice with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organisation in London in 1974 at the age of 24. She worked in Television News Researcher with BBC and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in London between 1971 and 1975. She soon decided to dedicate her life to spiritual practice, study and service with the Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. She traveled extensively in India visiting the BK Headquarters in Mount Abu and its centers in major cities throughout India.
She took intensive training with our Additional Administrative Head, Rajyogini Dadi Janki and served as coordinator for the Brahma Kumaris centers in Frankfurt, Germany, Toronto, Canada and in several cities in USA Between 1975 and 1983. She coordinated the Los Angeles Brahma Kumaris Centre from 1983 to 2000. During that time she co-produced and directed 100 TV programmes on Raja Yoga as well as several video documentaries on a wide variety of spiritual subjects.
She spent 2001 to 2005 at Headquarters at Mount Abu to prepare the text books for the Post-Graduate Diploma of Education in Values and Spirituality. The programme was piloted at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, J. Watumull Global Hospital and Research Centre. Two hundred and fifty trainees were developed as facilitators during 2003-2005.
For over 30 years she has traveled extensively throughout the world lecturing on Raja Yoga and Spiritual Knowledge specializing in the development of moral and ethical values, addiction issues and rehabilitation, and the cultural interface between Indian Spirituality and the major religions and cultures of the world.
Sr. Denise is at present advisor of academic affairs for the Brahma Kumaris Educational Society.
Certificate Program in Education in Values and Spirituality
An innovative new program developed by the Brahma Kumaris Educational Society.
The Actor, the Entertainer, and the Ego, Retreat Magazine
Denise Lawrence describes the emergence and the influence of the self indulgent actor who resides in all of us.
From memory, Denise was one of the shining lights of early BK Western service who had intelligence - a psychology degree or something - and a degreee of integrity rather then just subservitude. I remember when she rocked the boat by openingly identifying and questioning the use of female sexual energy in service and Brahmin life. BK sisters and sexuality ... it just could not be. She also pioneered and set the mould for guided meditations to suit Western sensibilities. If anyone else can fill in or correct details, please do.
I find it interesting how the Sister or Sr. monicker has developed or is used by way of religious status, e.g. linke a nun or Reverend priest. I guess it stop guys trying to chat them up when they are out on service.Diploma of Education in Values and Spirituality convocation in Surat
Forty professionals, college and university lecturers signed up for the pilot run of the Diploma of Education in Values and Spirituality at the Department of Education at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University in December 2004.
On Sunday October 23, 2005, 28 graduates received their Diplomas from the hands of the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Rameshchandra G. Kothari. The unique programme was conceived, written and delivered by the Brahma Kumaris Educational Society. BK Sister Denise, the Coordinator of the Diploma programme explains to the audience of Members of the Syndicate, Heads of Departments of the university, the graduates and their families.
The dignitaries on the dais take a few moments of silence to start the programme ... The students make their way to the dais to receive a white shawl from Rajyogini Brahma Kumaris Sarla Didi, Zonal in Change of Brahma Kumaris Gujarat ... They accepted their Diplomas from the Vice Chancellor of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Dr Ramesh Chandra Kothari and mementos and prasad from Brahma Kumar Mruthyunjaya, and Prof. Prem Sharda, Sr. Denise and BK Ranjan ben.
The two Distinction Students Mehulkumar Thakkar, Lecturer in the MBA programme of Srimat Raj Chander Institute of Management and Computer Application, and Pankaj Gandhi, Post Graduate Lecturer and professional in Management, receive special mementos from Sarla Didi. Vice Chancellor, Rameshchandra G. Kothari, expressed his full support and cooperation for introducing the Diploma of Education in Values and Spirituality.
It must now pass through all the necessary committees for final approval including the Senate and Governor of the State. Then it can become a permanent part of the curriculum at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University.