The world is surrounded by Western culture. Even in India, there is a big change because of that influence; Western culture is everywhere.
When Westerners take a look at one particular religion or philosophy because they found something interesting in them; usually they will explore their history, their whereabouts, reviews from others and their degree of acceptance into “mainstream” culture. This is the typical “check up” list.
Unfortunately none of those items are “valid” when dealing with a spiritual experience.
Pretty much, if someone wants to know how to swim (spiritually speaking,) it doesn’t matter how many “good coaches” that person finds through different reviews; (new age gurus, self help books, CDs and the like) but unless that person is willing to get into the water “of tests” and receive instructions on how to swim “there,” that person will only be a “theoretical swimmer.”
In spirituality, being an intellectual theorist is truly a waste of time, for to know about definitions and descriptions, which is a westerner “sanskara,” is of no help.
In spirituality, it doesn’t matter “who invented swimming,” or the history of swimming, or the “reviews” about swimming that “knowledgeable and respected authorities” have about swimming. What matters is a “personal experience,” which could be “good, bad, ugly or beautiful,” but again that cannot be used as a “review,” by someone else who is willing to learn how to swim.
There is the skill of swimming. There are different types of “styles” on how to swim (religions, philosophies, isms, you name it) and every type will fit a particular “wanna be” swimmer.
A coach becomes important as far as giving guidance to improve the student style as long as it is “personalized instruction,” but at the end; it is about the capacity of the swimmer, his physical strength and stamina which will make the difference if the goal is to be the at the “top,” to be the “fastest.”
Otherwise, as long as someone could float and move in slow motion in the water, that should suffice.
Most individuals are comfortable with “floating,” and enjoying the view… under the “spiritual” label. It is about burning incense, wearing white, the latest book, hatha yoga and a vegetarian diet if they are “really serious.” There is no much about consciousness and awareness or soul consciousness.
Brahma Kumaris is a spiritual path if you want to be a “fast swimmer.”
This path is not for those who just want to float in the ocean away from the waves. This path entails disciplined training, where your “life is your training, 24/7 for the rest of your life.” 🙂
This path will put you in the ocean with waves as soon as you know how to float.
If those who are in the Brahma Kumaris path have not experienced that, then; they are still learning how to float. Perhaps in the comfort of their own swimming pool rather than out there, by the ocean. 🙂
Therefore, the significance that Brahma Kumaris have for the world is in sharing this knowledge, aka “gyan.” The how to swim while in the water. Practical stuff.
This shouldn’t be strange, for originally that was the aim of Brahma Baba but in a different setting, in a Eastern devotional tradition.
To explain this knowledge in function on how the “Father,” the “lifeguard,” will be close to you so you will not drown, is a personal experience which is not really related with the depth of this knowledge; that is the knowledge of how to swim in the ocean, fast.
This knowledge is universal. This knowledge is not about changing the “lifeguard” Jesus for the “new ” lifeguard Brahma Baba. Every person has their own ingrained traditions and this knowledge acknowledges that. Change happens gradually. Not everyone should be a BK. That is not the “law.” Therefore, to acknowledge variety and support variety is very important.
The significance of Brahma Kumaris is in the knowledge that it represents. Note that I am not saying that “it possesses,” because Godly knowledge does not wear specific “t-shirts.” It is universal and manifests according to time through different individuals. At the end, “son shows the Father,” as a great swimmer, makes his coach to be well known.