At the same time as the acrimonious battle over who would be Prime Minister was going on in Canberra, a quietly spoken Indian woman was telling Australians all over the country a contrary approach to life – how to achieve constant peace, power and self worth.
On her debut tour of Australia in August, globally-renowned spiritual guide and mentor Sister Shivani, spoke to 11,000 people in eight cities during her whirlwind lecture tour.
A practitioner of Rajyoga Meditation since 1997, taught to her by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organisation, Sister Shivani is currently based in Gurgaon, a satellite city of Delhi.
While in Brisbane at the end of her tour Sister Shivani explained that Rajayoga “enables us to remain in a state of constant peace, power and self-worth”.
“It imparts a spiritual understanding of our nature, our innate qualities, our relationship with God, the knowledge of time cycle and the philosophy of Karma,” adding that regular practice “rejuvenates the soul and makes emotional stability natural”.
In India, between overseas lecture tours, Sister Shivani conducts motivational courses through public seminars and television programs.
Since 2007, she has become increasingly well known in India, connecting with viewers through a daily television talk-show show Awakening with Brahma Kumaris directed towards personal, emotional, mental, social and spiritual wellness.
The show has completed 1200 episodes and airs in 5 continents. Over the years it has helped millions of people to overcome mental stress, depression, addictions, low self-esteem and unhappy relationships.
“In my programmes within India and across Asia, Europe, North America, Australia and Africa, I talk about spirituality, self-transformation, self-empowerment, life skills, emotional and mental wellness, harmony in relationships, leadership skills, karmic philosophy, overcoming addictions, and value education,” she said..
“I also regularly engage with users on my Facebook page and YouTube channel, which together have an audience of over 2.7 million.”
Prior to starting her spiritual training, Sister Shivani completed an electronics engineering degree at Pune University in 1994 (as a “gold medalist”), and then served for two years as a lecturer in Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune.
Asked which person inspired her the most, Sister Shivani said it was Dadi Janki, the Administrative Head of Brahma Kumaris who “inspires anyone who knows her”.
“She is 102 years of age (will turn 103 shortly) but her steady courage and unshakable faith in the Divine keep her in a flying stage,” she said.
“She has dedicated her life for the service of humanity, and embodies love, peace and compassion. Her day begins at 4 am and she works tirelessly all day. Even now she has been traveling across the globe to share her rich wisdom.
“Under her able guidance, the Brahma Kumaris runs meditation centres in more than 130 countries and has over 20,000 dedicated sisters and brothers.”
Asked what was the best piece of advice she had ever been given Sister Shivani related how, at the Brahma Kumaris, every morning everyone would get together for a spiritual class called Murli, where they studied “the Godly versions addressed directly to us.”
“We churn on his advice, take it back, apply in the day’s situations and see beautiful results.
“When God, who is an Ocean of Knowledge, advises us daily about adopting spirituality to create beautiful relationships with the self, other people and Him, it is difficult to single out the best piece of advice.”
Rajayoga is a unique, versatile, simple and practical system of meditation and spiritual understanding. Anyone can practice it at any time of the day – even while commuting, cooking, walking or relaxing – because it is not just an hour-long practice, but a lifestyle. There are no physical postures or rituals involved. Millions of people are experiencing a life of lasting peace, health, happiness and harmony because of Rajayoga meditation.
In Sanskrit, Raja means a ruler and Yoga means union or connection. So Rajayoga means I become a ruler over myself (Self-Sovereignty). Another meaning is that I connect with the Supreme Power or God by establishing a personal relationship with Him.
Rajayoga enables us to remain in a state of constant peace, power and self-worth. It imparts a spiritual understanding of our nature, our innate qualities, our relationship with God, the knowledge of time cycle and the philosophy of Karma. Regular practice rejuvenates the soul and makes emotional stability natural.