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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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Brahma Kumaris
World Spiritual Organization
(Raja Yoga)

In 1876, the founder of this religious group, Lekh Raj, was born in Hyderabad, Sindh (now Pakistan). He was the child of a village headmaster, certainly a humble beginning. Later in life, he became a very successful and wealthy diamond merchant, known for his philanthropic treatment of the poor. Around the age of sixty, "Dada" (as he was affectionately called-meaning "elder brother") felt compelled to spend a great deal of his time in solitude. His focus was the contemplation of the true nature of God and the self.

During meditation he claimed to receive a series of divinely inspired visions. A dominant prophetic theme involved a soon-to-come era of great destruction on the earth-through natural calamities, war and the use of powerful weapons (evidently a reference to what would later be known as nuclear arms). Another vision revealed souls descending like tiny stars to the earth. Upon arriving here these souls were trans-formed into divine beings in a restored world of celestial-like peace, love, harmony and happiness.

One vision was most pivotal to Lekh Raj's view of his own role. He claimed to see the four-armed god Vishnu who revealed, "I am you." It is also taught that around 1937 god Shiva began descending into Lekh Raj's body expressing his wisdom and insights concerning the closing of a dark cyclical era (called "the Iron Age") and the dawning of a new and glorious era (called "the Golden Age"). When Shiva alledgedly spoke through one of Lekh Raj's disciples, the name Prajapita Brahma was supernaturally bestowed on him. It was also communicated that he would be Brahma's instrument to awaken the ancient yoga system of India and to establish the new world. He was especially known for preaching the equality of women with men in a society and during an era in which the opposite view was much more dominant and widespread.

This religious group explains that on January 18, 1969, Brahma Baba reached karmateet-the stage of being freed from all karmic accounts. His soul departed to higher spiritual realms where he continues to work toward this goal of a transition into a golden-aged new world. Those who follow his teachings are known as Brahmins (the "twice-born"). Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (or Organization) has many centers all over the world. Their system of meditation and spiritual discipline is referred to as "Raja Yoga." Their views on key doctrinal issues are quite unique as compared to other yoga groups.

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