DADI JANKI A CENTURY OF SERVICE
By Liz Hodgkinson
Dadi Janki is one of the world’s great spiritual leaders. After many years’ service with the women-led Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in India, she arrived in London in 1974 at the age of 58 to conquer the West. As she approaches her own centenary, this book describes how she did it, through the eyes of many people who have been inspired by her example and dedication.
Born in 1916 into a traditional Hindu family, she was expected to follow the standard pattern for Indian women of the day, which was to succumb to an arranged marriage at the earliest possible opportunity and then disappear from view. But she had other ideas. Since the age of two, she has only ever wanted to connect to one being, and that is God. She never sought nor desired any other relationship and she managed to escape her unwanted marriage in order to dedicate her life to spiritual study, service and contemplation.
She joined the Brahma Kumaris, then in its infancy, in 1937, and for many years, ran centres in India. In the early 1970s, the decision was taken to try and introduce the movement to the West and Dadi Janki arrived in London with no real idea how she would do it. Her task was made especially difficult as she arrived not speaking any English, with no money, no influence and nowhere to live. But with God as her constant companion, she never gave up and within 20 years of being in London, had established the Brahma Kumaris as a respected, influential, worldwide organization.
This is the story of how she did it.
Liz Hodgkinson is a newspaper journalist in the UK and the author of more than 50 published books. She was previously married to Neville Hodgkinson, who himself became a BK in 1981.
Book is 21 x 14cm