Administrative Head of Brahma Kumaris
Dadi Janki (Dadi means elder sister) is a visionary whose uniqueness lies in her unswerving optimism and a heart rich with compassion. She is a soul who refuses to set limits and boundaries as to what is achievable and, in doing so, inspires others to believe that they too can make the impossible possible. As a spiritual leader, she has pioneered the integration of healthy emotional, spiritual and social development with education.
Dadi Janki has travelled all over the world teaching and sharing her wisdom and deep knowledge of the science of spirituality. Driven by her vision of a better world, she has dedicated her life to the uplift of humanity. She campaigns for truth and works tirelessly for world peace. She is a woman of wisdom who, by understanding spiritual truths, has come to a position of personal peace and power.
Dadi Janki has pioneered, exemplified and shared with countless numbers of people a structured and disciplined method of spiritual development that has had a profound impact on the lives of millions across the world.
Through her many years of work, Dadi Janki has provided guidance and support to many, counseling them in a variety of areas, including emotional and psychological problems, family relationships and substance abuse.
Dadi Janki was born in 1916 in Hyderabad, Sindh, in a very traditional community. However, in her early twenties, she disregarded the constraints of social conventions, including the caste system, to become one of the few active women spiritual leaders of the time.
Under her guidance and inspiration, the institution now runs branches in more than 110 countries.
Dadi has been described as the ‘Most Stable Mind in the World’ following tests conducted by the Medical and Science Research Institute at the University of Texas, USA in 1978, wherein her mental state remained undisturbed despite various kinds of external stimuli being applied.
Dadi is one of the Keepers of Wisdom, an eminent group of spiritual and religious leaders convened at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio and at Habitat II in Istanbul to advise on the fundamental spiritual dilemmas that underpin the global issues of the environment and human settlement.
In 1997, the Janki Foundation for Global Health Care was established and launched in her honour in London. Through the Foundation, Dadi has sought to encourage many others to do what has been a passion for her since childhood, to care for and nurse the sick, aiding the healing of not just the body but also the soul.
Together with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and Prince Hassan of Jordan, Dadi is an international Patron of Rights and Humanity, an organisation promoting respect for human rights as a foundation for global economic and social justice and human development. Dadi is also a Global Council Member of the International Museum of Women.
Dadi has promoted inter-religious understanding and co-operation throughout her life. She is a Patron of the World Congress of Faiths and a member of The World Council of Religious Leaders and The Global Peace Initiative of Women.
In 2004, King Abdullah II of Jordan awarded Dadi Janki the Grand Cordon of the First Order of Al Istiklal, Jordan’s highest civilian award, in recognition of her humanitarian services to the world.
In 2005, The Peace Abbey presented Dadi Janki with the 2005 Courage of Conscience Award for a lifetime dedicated to the service of humanity.
Dadi Janki has published several books, including Companion of God, Wings of Soul, and Pearls of Wisdom.