BK Spiritual Headquarters: Mount Abu
India is a country rich in tradition and legendary stories of the intrigues that depict the wars and romances of its ancient kings and their kingdoms of unimaginable wealth; many of these kings or ‘rajas’ lived in the state of Rajasthan, ‘The Land of Kings’. During the hot summers the Rajput kings travelled across the desert plains to the cooling heights of their summer palaces in the Aravali Mountains. Today, winding their way up the serpentine mountain road away from the desert, travelers are wonderstruck by the magic of these mountains. A spiritual vacation could easily be planned with a view to visiting the Brahma Kumaris world headquarter. Call 91 2974238261 to 68 for more information.
The highest peak among the Aravalis is Mount Abu. In ancient texts and folklore, Abu is associated with the names of sages and seers; thus there are many temples and hermitages to be found upon it. One of the most exquisite works of art in India is the 11th century Dilwala Temple built here and maintained by the Jains.
Mt. Abu: The Town
The town of Mount Abu itself is a bustling bazaar: dusty shops burst into narrow streets, vendors cry out their wares and sacred cows wander aimlessly amidst the people. More often than not, the hospitable shopkeepers proudly introduce foreign customers to their family members. The friendly, hardworkingRajasthani people still carry the regal bearing of their heritage – the men are decked in their turbans and the women in their colorful dresses and traditional jewelry.
Spiritual Headquarters Campuses
However, a short walk takes you away from the maze of activity into the tranquil seclusion of this sacred destination whose atmosphere emanates a sense of enchantment. It is THE destination: the worldwide spiritual headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris. It is from here that the knowledge of the king of all yogas, Raja Yoga, is disseminated. The spiritual headquarters complex is humongous and consists of three campuses – Madhuban, GyanSarovar and Shantivan – as well as a recreational park and the Global Hospital & Research Center.The headquarters is one humongous and yet impressively lean and efficient machine, built entirelyout of nothing with donations and labor of volunteers who all
speak different languages.
Mount Abu is the place where folks come from around the world to heal physically and spiritually and to be transported into a totally different world that cannot be found anywhere else. No matter who you are and where you come from, peace and tranquility will descend upon you as soon as you arrive at BK headquarters!
A visit to the BK, Mount Abu is a unique, unforgettable and an awesome experience! You may arrive as a human being but you will leave as a soul!
Madhuban - The Forest of Honey
Cradled by Mt. Abu’s rugged splendor and lush vegetation, and nestled near the still waters of Nakki Lake, lies ‘Madhuban’, the global spiritual headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.
Madhuban is a place where thousands of BK students from nearly 139 countries gather to deepen their meditation practice. Madhuban’s clear and subtle atmosphere of spirituality inspires profound experiences. A practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation has no need to make radical changes in lifestyle or permanently leave home and family. However, a few weeks in Madhuban, away from worldly responsibilities, dramatically assists a student’s spiritual growth. Lectures and workshops provide essential tools which enable students to explore and emerge the powers of spirituality innate within each human being.
The Madhuban CampusOver the decades the Madhuban campus has evolved into an expansive, yet homely, complex of dormitories, residential units, meditation venues and buildings that house dining facilities, administrative offices, a literature shop, a telephone exchange and a medical office.
Om Shanti Bhawan (Universal Peace Hall)
Constructed in 1983, Om Shanti Bhawan, the main gathering place has become a tourist attraction, visited by about 8000 people daily. Om Shanti Bhawanhouses an attractive 5000-seat auditorium, called Universal Peace Hall. The auditorium is equipped to provide simultaneous live translation in 16 languages. It is also equipped with special facilities for Rajyoga education. A variety of spiritual conferences are organized here on a large scale.
Madhuban campus continues to attract thousands of tourists and students in search of life-long spiritual knowledge just as the Mt. Abu,with its cool climate, lured the Rajasthani kings for retreatsin the past.
The spiritual students experience extreme peace as they enter PandavBhawan at Abu. They remember God on the premises spontaneously. It is believed that Pandavas accepted God Shiva as their charioteer after they had renounced all the mundane luxuries. In the same way, the dedicated and surrendered souls who dwell here accept God Shiva as their Supreme Father, Teacher, Satguru! The surrendered brothers and sisters live a very simple life style and experience deep meditation daily
Tower of Peace
Tower of Peace was built in the memory of Brahma Babawho left his mortal body on 18th January, 1969. Itis a memorial that symbolizes sacrifice and tapasya of Pita Shri Brahma and eradicates the vices of the vicious people. The tower of peace, knowledge, might and purity inspire the people to lead pure and yogi life. It creates a feeling as if Brahma Baba is calling his children from the subtle world. The visitors regard it as a living temple. The B.Ks consider it as MahaDham. God says, ‘If you want to be powerful, come to this place.'
GyanSarovar - The Lake of Knowledge
The 2nd campus, GyanSarovar is officially known as ‘The Academy for a Better World’. The name GyanSarovar is reminiscent of ‘Mansarovar’, about which a legend goes that anyone who dipped into the lake emerged in the form of a fairy or an angel. GyanSarovar is an environment which enables individuals to dip into the ‘Lake of Knowledge’ and emerge highly transformed.
In 1969, the Brahma Kumaris founded and developed The GyanSarovar Academy for Better World in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the University. The GyanSaroval Academy is a spectacular retreat located about four kilometers from Madhuban,
The entire campus was developed on a 25-acre land without impacting its original natural environment or its topography. The design integrates modern urban amenities with rural elements creating an eco-friendly, harmonious and holistic environment free of air and noise pollution.
The Academy is an international campus – a place where men, women and children can cultivate the values of our common humanity.
In 1996, the eco-friendly development of the Academy by the Brahma Kumaris was recognized by Habitat II, the second UN Conference on Human Settlements, held in Istanbul, Turkey for Best Practise Initiative for Human Settlements.
The GyanSarovar complex features the state-of-the-art facilities:
The Spiritual Art Gallery exhibits a variety of spiritual facets of Indian Art and murals of international images. The Gallery employs interactive audio-visual shows, laser shows, hologram and multi-media presentations to disseminate the knowledge of soul and Supreme Soul to the visitors. No visit to GyanSarovar is complete without visiting The Spiritual Art Gallery.
Spiritual Art Gallery
Harmony Hall, an 1800-seat auditorium with the-state-of-the-art sound system featuring simultaneous live translation into 16 languages.
The International Center for Higher Learning with 13 wings including Science and Engineering, Media, Sports, Education, Political, Religious, Administration, Cultural, Jurists, Security, Women, Social Service, Business and Industries, Youth, Medical, Transport and Rural. Each wing has an auditorium with a seating capacity for 75 to 150 people.
Spiritual Application Research Center (SPARC).
A residential complex with comfortable accommodation for 250 people.
10 kW hybrid wind–solar–diesel system with battery bank that ensures a 24–hour power supply to the Academy’s telephone and audiovisual systems (BK's and the Environment).
A complete modular solar steam cooking system of 24 7.5 square meter parabolic solar dishes providing energy to cook 2,000 meals per day.
A Meditation Dome featuring a newly–developed ‘dome–and–vault design/ construction technique’ of stabilized mud bricks. This intensely quiet room relies entirely on solar and wind energy for its electricity supply and has an internal earth tunnel ventilation system which maintains a relatively stable year–round temperature.
A dining hall called, Shiva BholaNathBhandara, that can serve meals to 2000 people on 7 serving counters.
A unique waste treatment plant capable of treating 200,000 liters of wastewater (generated by kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities) such that nearly 80% is available for reuse.
30,000 different types of trees and plants on the land make this academy very charming.
Because the Brahma Kumaris see spirituality as the key to an ethical and moral renaissance and lasting social harmony, the programs offered at GyanSarovar include subjects such as self-empowerment, self-management, positive thinking, meditation, practical spirituality and organizational leadership. These programs, courses and retreats focus on achieving long–term and lasting changes in attitude, behavior and lifestyles. They draw on the experience and insights gained, and the methods, techniques and skills developed, during the Brahma Kumaris’ sixty-year history.
Shantivan - The Forest of Peace (Talhati, Abu Road)
Shantivan, the third Brahma Kumaris campus, is located at the foothills of Mount Abu on the left of Mount Abu Road. This sprawling campus was built in response to University's ever-growing, empowering activities in the area of spiritual education and training. It provides an excellent venue for holding large conferences, spiritual congregations and retreats, and features modern means of communication, transport, extensive kitchen and dining facilities, well–laid–out roads, electricity, and solar energy.
The Majestic Diamond Hall
The main attraction of Shantivan is its, awe-inspiringly Diamond Hall, built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the University. Majestic in art, architecture and equipment, this massive structure canaccommodate 20,000 people! The Shantivan complex includes a main auditoriumwith 1200 seats and the system for simultaneous live translation in 16 languages. In addition, there are six smaller halls that can accommodate 350 people each. These halls are suitable for lectures, seminars, workshops, etc. The campus has two meditation halls and a spiritual museum. Shantivan’s residential buildings can lodge 15,000 guests.
Tower of Light (PrakashSthambh)
After Brahma Dada left for the Angelic world in 1969, DadiPrakashmani became the Chief of Brahma Kumaris and selflessly served the institutionuntil she left her mortal body on 25th August, 2007.
The Tower of Light was built on the Shantivan campus to commemorate DadiPrakashmani's spiritual administration for over 38 years as the head of the Institution.
Green oval shaped starlight mounted on the top of the Tower represents "Jewel of Light". The eight sides of the octagonal Tower of Light symbolizeeight divine powers embodied by the late DadiPrakashmani. The raised pedestal at the center of the Tower capped with shape and picture of a globe symbolize the late Dadi's global spiritual services.
Thus the world headquarters continues to grow and expand incorporating spirituality, latest technologies and facilities for all the future generation to come.