This chapter examines the globalized new religious movement, the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (Brahma Kumaris or BKs), established in northwest India in the 1930s. Today, despite its footing in a Hindu cultural and geographical base, the BK has a global presence with 8,500 centres countries across all continents. Part of the success of its expansion lies in the flexibility of the organisation, especially in recent decades, to accommodate different patterns of residence, work and family, and desires for relevance, such that the BK has increasingly moved from monasticism to outreach. Even so, we argue that its ability to attract members from vastly different cultures and life experiences has been facilitated by the central doctrine of purity, and the associated practices of meditation and divine experience.
|Title of host publication||Flows of Faith: Religious Reach and Community in Asia and the Pacific|
|Editors||Lenore Manderson, Wendy Smith, Matt Tomlinson|
|Place of Publication||Heidelberg, Germany|
|Pages||51 - 70|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|