BK Jayanti Kirpalani
Director for Europe and Middle East of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) and their NGO Representative to the United Nations, Geneva
As an emissary for peace, Sister Jayanti has a vision and experience that is truly global and deeply spiritual. Perhaps this is because, among other factors, she is a child of two cultures. She was born in Pune, India, in 1949 of Sindhi parents who migrated to England in the 1950s. From the age of eight she grew up and studied in Britain, and experienced the English way of life of that era and its cultural influence. When she returned to India for several months at the age of 19, leaving behind her study of pharmacy at the University of London, she began her life’s path of spiritual study and service with the Brahma Kumaris.
Her earliest focus, in the 1980s, included establishing the work of the University in London, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, Japan, South Africa and several European countries. Around that time, she was appointed the University’s main representative to the United Nations in Geneva, which led her to participate in UN conferences and projects connected to women’s development, the environment, youth and major international projects for the United Nation‘s International Year of Peace.
Now her role within the University is extremely broad. She is currently the Director of the International Co-ordinating Office of the Brahma Kumaris (BK) in London at Global Co-operation House, of the Global Retreat Centre in Oxfordshire and of BK Centres in over 31 countries in Europe and Middle East.
Sister Jayanti’s day-to-day work includes teaching and providing spiritual guidance. She is also a keenly sought after public speaker and broadcaster and her travels take her around the globe.
She has a unique ability to impart the deepest spiritual truths with utmost clarity. Her prominent lecture themes include health, education, racial harmony, women’s needs, religions and spirituality, sustainability, international peace and spiritual values.