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BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« on: May 11, 2007, 02:09:49 PM »
End of the World Predicted at Meditation Lecture
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On April 19, a lecture organized by the meditation group Brahma Kumaris (BK) was held on the second floor of Bauer Hall. The lecture, entitled "From the Inside Out - A Silent Revolution,” was conducted by Australian BK member Lee James and translated into Korean by fellow BK member Professor Ryu Jeong-hee from the Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, who also organized and promoted the event. Mr. James was visiting Korea on a tourist visa when he gave the lecture.

In the email invitation sent to Korean professors, Mr. James was described as an expert counselor, and in the lecture itself, Mr. James described himself as a successful and experienced counselor. Reviews and advertisements for previous lectures by Lee James describe him as a management trainer, a psychologist, a world renowned youth counselor, and one of 8 psychologists chosen by the UN to counsel 9/11 victims. Despite those claims, Mr. James has no formal counseling qualifications, is not a member of any professional counseling bodies, and is not a psychologist.

Mr. James’ CV describes his one man show The Quiet Guy as being internationally acclaimed, but the Gazette couldn't find any information about it on the Internet to support that “internationally acclaimed” description. Mr. James’ CV also stated that during the 1980s he was at the “forefront of Australian drama,” but no mention was made of any productions he worked on, and no Australians the Gazette spoke to had heard of him.

Other claims made on Mr. James’ CV and comments made by him during the lecture that could not be independently verified include post-trauma work with 9/11 survivors at Ground Zero in New York, hostage negotiations in Aceh Indonesia, counseling former Aum Shinrikyo cult members, helping victims of the 2003 Iranian earthquake, and solving a problem for American scientists who were confused about experiment results obtained from an underground atom accelerator in Virginia.

In answering some initial questions from the Gazette, Mr. James said, “My counseling work has never been professional, but I have been paid for it in Japan teaching therapeutic communication to doctors, nurses, and med students.” Mr. James also said that the CV that was distributed to Keimyung staff was an old one and he hadn't realized it had been included with the invitation email. Mr. James did admit to exaggerating his resume in the past and promised to take steps to ensure CVs sent to promote his lectures in the future are more open and honest. He has, however, so far not responded to further questions.

Brahma Kumaris describes itself on its websites as, “an organization that acknowledges the intrinsic goodness of all people, and teaches a practical method of meditation that helps individuals understand their inner strengths and values.” They also describe themselves as “a well known spiritual value based educational institution which has gained global acceptance and unique international recognition.” Mr. James considers BK a spiritual organization. Critics and former members describe it as a totalitarian cult that demands absolute obedience from its members.

BK brochures and cards bearing two BK websites, www.bkkorea.org and www.bkwsu.org, as well as contact information were distributed to attendees before and after the lecture. Despite that promotion of BK, at no time was any information about BK provided during the lecture and there was no question and answer session following the lecture. Although attendees new to BK left the lecture having received no information about the group, BK officials left the lecture with the contact information of most attendees having requested that information from those entering the lecture hall.

According to another official BK website, www.brahmakumaris.com, the group was founded in India in 1936 after its founder, Dada Lekhraj (1876 – 1969), known to followers as Brahma Baba or Baba, was possessed by the Hindu god Shiva. BK claims that Shiva entered his body via a red ball of light and gave him secret revelations concerning the imminent end of the world. One witness is quoted as saying, “The eyes of Dada had become completely red, as if a red light was glowing inside him. His whole face had become red, and even the room was now illumined, with reddish, otherworldly glow.” On the Internet there are promotional videos made by BK that depict Shiva as a ball of light entering and then speaking through Dada.

That site also describes revelations given to Dada by God of a post-apocalyptic heavenly world that will come into existence after the destruction of this world. “Based on our real life experiences we clearly know that it was God, the Supreme Soul, Shiva, Himself, had entered into his body. It was God who had revealed the truth about the coming destruction, and of the establishment of the heavenly world which would then follow.” The references to Shiva and the end of the world heralding a new heavenly world are chillingly similar to the teachings of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, whose leader Shoko Asahara now awaits execution in a Tokyo prison for ordering the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attacks.

While the advertised subject of the lecture was meditation, Mr. James echoed BK doomsday prophecies by sharing his belief that the world will undergo a cataclysmic change between 2008 and 2012. He was vague about what this change entailed and about how he knew it was coming, but to support his claim he referred to a Mayan prophecy which predicts the world will end on December 21, 2012.

Casting doubt on Mr. James’ ability to predict the future are allegations that BK has made numerous such prophecies in the past that have all failed to eventuate. The years 1950, 1976, and 2000, amongst others, were reportedly touted as years in which the world would end. Former member Adam Shudradas told the Gazette that BK uses the fear of an impending doomsday to cement allegiance and exploit followers. Ian Haworth, an expert on cultic groups who operates the London based Cult Information Center, said he was aware of BK and he had received complaints and letters of concern about its activities in the UK.

Also disturbing are allegations of restrictions placed on deeper members. Those restrictions include no friends outside the group; no movies, TV shows, novels, or magazines; no romance or any kind of sexual activity, even in marriage; and a blind unconditional acceptance that the group’s teachings represent the sole word of God. Another criticism of concern that has been directed against BK is that they breakup families by encouraging members to end relationships with family members who have not joined the group. Those allegations, as well as more critical information, can be found at www.brahmakumaris.info.

The official Australian BK website, www.brahmakumaris.com.au, displays speeches by current leader Dadi Janki that call for complete obedience and the abandonment of reason. In her speech of October 14, 2006, she said, “If your intellect begins to voice doubt, just give it a slap!” The content of those speeches and others lends credence to the allegations leveled at BK.

Dadi Janki, now in her nineties, has been a member of BK from the beginning. Her current official title is Joint Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. According to the BK website, www.companionofgod.com, and the Korean BK site promoted at the lecture, Dadi Janki was declared by scientists from the University of Texas’ Medical and Science Research Institute in 1978 as having the most stable mind in the world.

The Gazette contacted an archivist at the University of Texas Archives who replied, “I have searched the likely places and found no mention of the experiments performed on Dadi Janki in 1978. Indeed, I didn't even find any University of Texas organization called the Medical and Science Research Institute." Despite evidence that the institute that ran those experiments never existed, Dadi Janki recently described to the Indian news site www.tribuneindia.com the experiments carried out on her and repeated the claim that University of Texas scientists declared her mind the most stable in the world.

While Mr. James acknowledged that BK had come under severe criticism, he added that BK was making changes as a result. Critics of the group, however, remain skeptical that any changes of worth have taken place. The use of the lecture to promote BK without giving any information about BK and especially the messianic claims of its leader suggests that they still have a long way to go until they become an open and transparent group worthy of trust. It is worth noting that one of the criticisms leveled at BK on the Internet is that they use non-religious introductory courses in “positive thinking” to recruit new members and only introduce them to Baba once membership has been cemented. That is a description that would seem to apply to Mr. James’ “meditation” lecture.

Of particular concern to Keimyung as a Christian university are the BK teachings that oppose Christian teachings. Mr. Shudradas said that central to BK beliefs is the idea that their dead founder and the God Shiva communicate with the current BK leadership by way of channeling. That is confirmed by Dadi Janki's speeches in which she states she communicates with Baba daily and relays his messages. Mr. Shudradas added that BK also teaches that Christianity does not offer the path to salvation; in fact no religion does, except BK. Those claims are consistent with another recent Dadi Janki speech, “Only we know the secrets of God. God, only we know who You are, where You live and what Your secrets are.”

Mr. Shudradas stated that the official, but guarded BK view of Jesus Christ is that he had two souls, one of which was a BK one. Furthermore, all the major religions were similarly founded by twin-souled prophets. Despite being founded in 1936, BK teaches that their religion is the precursor to all of the world’s religions. When the end of the world does occur, BK teaches that its members will rule the new heavenly world as gods and goddesses. That is also consistent with material found on official BK websites.

The Gazette hoped to interview Professor Ryu to discuss the issues raised in this article, but after initially agreeing to be interviewed she changed her mind and said, "It is not worth my time to discuss this."

While the rights of individuals to choose and practice their own religion should be upheld, that respect should not be extended to groups that use deceptive and manipulative recruiting tactics. Unfortunately, there are many such groups out there that recruit on university campuses. Keimyung University needs to be much more vigilant in future and greater scrutinize groups seeking to lecture and recruit on campus.

May 12, 2007, 07:16:14 PM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2007, 07:16:14 PM »
Here are some video clips from the "lecture".

Lee James & The Mystery of the Atomic Accelerator:


Lee James: The End is Nigh:


July 23, 2007, 03:47:11 AM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2007, 03:47:11 AM »
Captain,

Good going on your article on the BrahmaKumaris. After 30 years due to your good reporting skills they have done a sort of retraction :o as to Dadi Janki being the World's  "Most Stable Mind".  Good on ya! :) You should turn in copy of the retraction (correction :o) that is on the BKWSUwatch http://www.bkwsuwatch.com/ site to your University to show them, you were/are on the right track. ;) If only the UN had minds such as your....one can hope.

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http://www.bkwsuwatch.com/

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Dadi Janki Stable Mind    Exposed. For 30 years the Brahma Kumaris publicized false claims to promote their “Trimurti” senior sister Janki Kripalani, relative of BKWSU founder Lekhraj Kripalani. Following research by a member of the ex-BK run  BrahmaKumaris.Info website forum, and an article on the cult watch Rick Ross.com website, the BKWSU have been forced to withdraw such claims informing its centers, “This has never been said by any scientist“. The question remains, when is a false claim a slight exaggeration or an outright lie? And how far will this new found honesty go?
Known as their “spiritual entrepreneur”, she is the BKWSU’s main fund raiser in the West, the Brahma Kumaris routinely claim that Janki Kirpalani was one of the founding members of the organization in 1937. Further more that she was on the 17 strong management committee. Yet, an official membership list published in 1938, for legal proceedings during which the Brahma Kumaris were being criticized for breaking up families, shows no mention of 22 year old Janki Kripalani. The false claim above remains on her own “Companion of God” website and on many other publicity pages archived by Google.    Dadi Janki Stable Mind
The BKWSU leadership has still to answer for many more serious claims their about falsifying its past and revising the mediumistic messages it considers to be messages from God.

These re-writes have typically been used to cover up for;

    * numerous failed predictions of the End of the World,
    * approximately 20 years of their history when they thought founder Lekhraj Kripalani was a god and their introduction of a new “god” Shiva post-1950,
    * their God’s accounting of the population of the earth,
    * the manipulation of the date of birth of their founder Lekhraj Kirpalani to suit predictions.

Commentators underline a need to address the unaccountable faith-based structure of the organization that allows the leadership to carry out such revision without fear of challenge from their followers. Especially as that unaccountable system allows the seniors, who the BK followers believe are angels and the most enlightened human beings ever to exist, to “banish” individuals for questioning their faith.
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July 23, 2007, 10:25:31 PM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2007, 10:25:31 PM »
Wow, thanks for sharing that!
It was really nice to see my article mentioned there.

Here's an article I came across while writing that article in which Dadi makes those ridiculous claims herself, an she elaborated a little on what that "experiment" entailed.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051121/cth1.htm (scroll down past several other articles)

Time management vital: Dadi Janki
Arvind Katyal
 
Chandigarh, November 20
Managing one’s time is the essence of life; every penny spent is vital; energy should not be wasted. All these bits of wisdom came from Rajyogini Dadi Janki Ji, additional chief of Brahmakumaris who was here in the city for the World Peace Festival.

Dadi Janki, now around 90, had many good things to tell. She recalls her 1978 experience at Texas University, USA, where after a thorough research on her for more than seven hours by top scientists, she was adjudged as the one with the most stable mind. At that time, Janki said, she did not know much of English language, yet she was able to give convincing answers to the flurry of questions asked by the Americans.

Citing an example, she said they asked her to pronounce 100 minus seven, which is 93, then further minus seven, 86 and so on. She could do this with ease and perfection. Then they asked her a host of other questions. Finally, they bestowed on her this rare honour. Based in London for the past more than 27 years, Janki said the Westerners were now showing an interest in spirituality. This was because they were now able to understand what constituted grief.

She said Brahmakumaris’ ashrams were now spread over 90 countries with a network of around 7,000 branches. She disclosed that during the past three decades, she had travelled all over the globe, visiting a lot of countries many times.

She said Indians were blindly following Western culture while losing their ancient culture. She said even Muslim countries like the UAE had evinced interest in the path followed by Brahmakumaris. Though Pakistan had never invited her for any such discourse, she was more than willing to go there. Janki was accompanied by Rajyogini Dadi Hridaya Mohini, who is the Indian chief based in Mount Abu (Rajasthan).


July 24, 2007, 05:48:57 AM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2007, 05:48:57 AM »
Captain,
I think I have one older than this one mentioned above:
Monday, November 21, 2005, Chandigarh, India

Yes, when we give up our critical thinking skills, add some sleep deprivation we can believe anything told.  Wow is right :o.
Abek, a current student recently posted this song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ac_7EmYGXs&mode=related&search
It mentions lying season :o, a reference to the Bapdada Season where the spirit they call GOD (combination of the deceased founder and Shiva?) speaks during the Bapdada Season. :o

So, you uncovered the truth beneath the PR spin of Lee James and Janki
. The You should get an award for unraveling what main media printed as the gospel truth for close to 30 years. I am truly impressed with your journalistic skills. The moral of the story is; if it is to good to be true, start digging..... :D

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August 16, 2007, 11:05:07 AM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2007, 11:05:07 AM »
BKWSUwatch can now only be seen in catched state as the BKs made a complaint about what is in the site as not being true? Is www.GODaddy.com actually supporting the statement that "Daki Janki is the most stable mind in the world?" Heaven, be to Betsy, someone find a scientists quick......http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:kEYmzbvBXJwJ:www.bkwsuwatch.com/+BKWSUWATCH.COM&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&client=firefox-a

The act of deception continues unabated, just a temporary visit to sanity
:o.....it was. Now they are back to making tall tales once again. A Destruction "date" can't be far behind. :o How, many failed dates have there been? ::)

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September 26, 2007, 03:51:30 AM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture...Lee James
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2007, 03:51:30 AM »

Youtube pulled the Lee James video, gee, he must have gotten the destruction date wrong :o and thus, asked for it to be pulled. ??? Can't have miss information out there, even if it came straight out of his mouth.  :o

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September 26, 2007, 10:19:11 AM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture...Lee James
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2007, 10:19:11 AM »
Youtube pulled the Lee James video,

Do you mean the vids I filmed?

My first youtube account was whacked, but that had nothing to do with the BK or Lee James.

I rehosted the videos and they are in this thread.

I think I forgot to update the links on the BK.info forum.


October 02, 2007, 04:28:38 AM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2007, 04:28:38 AM »
Yup, the ones you filmed! :o They were pulled but are available else where...

I will check the links you placed up.

Yes, I see the saga at BK.info continues
http://brahmakumaris.info/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1181&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=
BKWSU commence legal action against BrahmaKumaris.Info

Imagine a non-profit out to get the little guys, the self help support group. Must be all the documenting they do that has them all freaked out and out for blood to protect their PR polished image.  I thought they were above "petty" legal issues as BIG deities! ???
Would not deities be concerned with more important things than a small group of xBKs? Oh, maybe it has some thing to do with once a Brahmin always a Brahmin.

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November 28, 2007, 01:02:21 AM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2007, 01:02:21 AM »
Yup, the ones you filmed! :o They were pulled but are available else where...

Hi MySpiritSings,
They weren't specifically pulled, my old account was, but it was nothing to do with BK or JMS.
I had everything back online within a few days.


December 02, 2007, 09:59:49 AM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2007, 09:59:49 AM »
Captain,

I am impressed. What is the name of the software? :D Can you place a link for the clips as they become available.
Say, www.brahmakumaris.info remains an independent source of information and documentation on the BKs. Yea, Yippy, wow wee!

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December 04, 2007, 12:15:31 AM
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Re: BK: Doomsday Predicted at University Lecture
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2007, 12:15:31 AM »
Captain,

I am impressed. What is the name of the software? :D Can you place a link for the clips as they become available.

Hi Spirit!

The main editing software I use is Sony Vegas:
http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/products/vegasfamily.asp

I have the Pro version, but the cheaper versions do pretty much the same things.

The new effects software I bought, and I still can't believe I paid so much for it, is Particle Illusion 3.
Available at http://www.wondertouch.com/

I'm not familiar with it yet, but it does some pretty amazing things and I'm looking forward using that more.

I haven't had a chance to work on more of the Lee James video, but eventually I hope to get most of his lecture online with subtitles. I'll let you know when I get it done.

And thanks again for all those PDF's!