Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations, in general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. It is also affiliated to the UN Department of Public Information. Through its international network of centers in 108 countries, the BKWSU provides people with opportunities and settings to voice their opinions on critical matters that impact their daily lives and ensures that their messages make their way back to the UN through written and oral statements and other publications presented at UN conferences and meetings.
The principles of the BKWSU are aligned in particular with the tenet contained in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations: “… to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person…” The BKWSU strives always to promote awareness and highlight the great aspirations of the purpose and principles of the UN.
At the core of the Brahma Kumaris’ work is the understanding of the connection among awareness, attitude, vision, action, and world. All real change — big changes in the world and small changes in a single life — occurs as a consequence of subtle shifts, beginning with a change in awareness. A change in awareness precipitates a change in attitude; one’s attitude colors one’s vision; when we see the world in a new way, we can no longer take the same action we would have taken before; and our new actions generate a new world. So the subtle sequence for all real change is awareness, attitude, vision, action, the world. This subtle sequence is referred to as a “spiritual trajectory.”
The spiritual trajectory is values-neutral. The way one chooses to apply this, however, can have either positive or negative outcomes. Whether the global future is bright or dark, or whether the path is filled with misery or hope, depends on individual or collective choice. This spiritual trajectory is the vital force that influences whether we move towards a socially, ecologically, and spiritually satisfying future or whether we move into further violence, poverty, and environmental degradation.