Dadi (Elder Sister) Janki has dedicated more than 70 years of her life to the work of the Prajapita Brahma Kumari Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University) of which she is the Administrative Head. She began her spiritual apprenticeship in 1937 at the age of 21 and was one of the founding members. After serving throughout India in the years following independence, she moved to London, UK, in 1974 and from there her vision and drive saw the organisation's teachings carried into more than 100 countries. She has been based back in India since August 2007, at the main headquarters in Mt Abu, Rajasthan, following the passing away of Dadi Prakashmani, the former head.
Now internationally acknowledged as a great spiritual leader, Dadi's lifelong focus has been to align her mind and heart to God's will and purpose. She experiences God as a source of pure love and wisdom, and has made those qualities the foundation of her life. This spiritual strength enables her to be a beacon of light in the lives of others. Dadi is deeply and compassionately aware of the selfish tendencies that currently afflict human relationships and affairs, and that put our world in peril. However, she is a visionary, with an unswerving optimism. "In the winter, we foresee the spring", she says. "Those with a positive vision of the future give us an image of a world on this planet where all things are given freely, where the highest human potential is fully realised." That future world is guaranteed, in Dadi's eyes, but to reach it, our consciousness has to change.
Dadi is a pioneer of a modern form of the ancient art of Raja Yoga. Through this structured and disciplined method of spiritual development, she has shown thousands of people of all backgrounds and walks of life how to regain true selfrespect, becoming free of addictive and negative tendencies and thereby able to contribute more to present-day society as well as a future world.
In 1992 Dadi was invited to be one of the ten Keepers of Wisdom, an eminent group of world spiritual leaders convened to advise the Earth Summit in Brazil on the fundamental spiritual dilemmas which underpin current worldwide environment issues. In 2004 she was awarded the Medal of Independence by The King of Jordan for humanitarian work. She is an international patron of Rights and Humanity, patron of the World Congress of Faiths and a member of the Global Peace Initiative of Women.