Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University

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Comment by simonb on March 17th, 2009 at 2:03 am

Hi, The article seems to be largely lifted from the Wikipedia article. I have in the past been involved in the editing of that article. A quick scan of the discussion pages will show my involvement there up until about Jan 2008.

Unfortunately, the article is currently biased so as to make the subject look crazy, dangerous and foolish. It is unfortunate that the article is now taken as gospel as being an authoritative account of the BKWSU. It is nothing of the sort. The reference are cherry-picked to show the subject in an unfavorable light. The article is weighted towards controversy, especially surrounding it’s begining. It doesn’t really give an accurate impression of how you would actually find a typical BK centre, and BK adherents now.

The first paragraph uses shocking language such as “celibate nuns”, “neo-Hindu sect”. This is non-neutral language which makes the subject look a lot more extremist than it actually is. I certainly wouldn’t expect to see language like that in, say, the Encyclopedia Britanica.

I would really appreciate that you take a look at an alternative article of the BKWSU such as the one I contributed to Citizendium.
If you want to use the content then by all means take last version of the article only edited by me and use it under the GFDL license.

I also recommend chasing the sources used to make the article. They also give a different impression. I hope that it will be clear then how they have been misused according to an agenda to make the Wikipedia article.

Comment by Julia Day Howell on September 15th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

In the footnotes to this article Wendy Smith is wrongly cited as the author of my 1998 article “Gender Role Experimentation in New Religious Movements: The Case of the Brahma Kumaris.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 37, 3:453-461.
Please correct this.

Comment by Sarah Emily Buckley on September 2nd, 2011 at 12:09 am

Greetings. I notice that you referenced this book in your list of references:
Could you please tell me where you got a copy, and how I could get one. I have been seconded to do special indepth historical research into the Brahma Kumaris and it would be very useful. Everyone I have contacted says the book is missing, but – given that you wrote it in your list of references – you must have referred to it (otherwise it would be unethical of course!). Please – I would so appreciate your help. Do let me know how I can receive access to a copy.
Best regards and thanks,

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on September 15th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Thank you for your comment, Sarah. Indeed the link does show the book is currently missing. Sorry, but I do not know where you can obtain a copy.

Comment by DanH on November 19th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Hi there,
While the article has improved substantially since I last looked, it still carries a range of inaccuracies on content that appears to be lifted directly from Wikipedia. Wikipedia has recently blocked the troll editor so it may be worth seeing the content now that it is written more neutrally:
The controversies section is a problem in this article. Also I have never heard the BKs teachings described as militant as per the lede here – they believe in non-violence, so that is an unfortunate choice of words. The BK is millenerian, but not eschatological as there is a belief in an eternally continuing human population on the planet who pass through different phases of the ‘cycle’ of time. While there is upheaval, it’s believed people are immortal souls who return to Nivana/soul world. So even the millenerian views are on the ‘softer’ side.
The early history section also has issues here. The new section in Wikipedia now draws heavily on reliable sources proximate to the time and covers the more poignant aspects of the movement.
Also, I don’t think there is evidence that BK followers are “status driven” in their personal aims (tree of humanity section). Most material I’ve read suggests the organisation is heavily service driven, believing that whatever good karma they perform will ultimately come back to them – so more like a community of nerdy “do-gooders” (no offence intended).
I hope that helps. Kind Regards, Dan

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on November 20th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Thank you, Dan for your feedback. The article will be revised according to your suggestions. Thank you again for taking the time to comment and help make NWE a valuable information resource.

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