Shivani Verma

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BK Shivani and Suresh Oberoi appearing on the television program Awakening with Brahma Kumaris in Bangkok

Shivani Verma (born in Pune), on May 31, 1972, better known as Brahma Kumari Shivani, Sister Shivani, or BK Shivani,[1] is a teacher in the Brahma Kumaris spiritual movement in India.[2]

Biography[edit]

Verma's parents began following the Brahma Kumaris when she was a child. She began to attend meetings in her early 20s.[1]

She is married and has a software business in Gurgaon with her husband Vishal Verma. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate in electronics engineering at the Savitribai Phule Pune University where she was an academic gold medalist, then completed a master's degree in computer engineering from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. Initially, she worked backstage at the production of Brahma Kumaris television presentations in Delhi, where senior teachers would record the teachings. Then in 2007, due to the unavailability of other teachers, she was asked to start answering the viewers' queries herself.[3] In 2007, a pay-to-broadcast television series Awakening with Brahma Kumaris was produced for the Aastha channel, in which BK Shivani was interviewed by co-host Kanu Priya.[2][1]

Her TV series of conversations with Suresh Oberoi was adapted into the 2015 book Happiness Unlimited: Awakening With Brahma Kumaris.[4]

BK Shivani travels in India and abroad, appearing at charitable events ranging from the promotion of organ donation[5] to parenting programs,[6] as well as Brahma Kumaris events. In 2017 she was named as a goodwill ambassador of the World Psychiatric Association.[7]

She has the YouTube channel called BKShivani.[8]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

She received the Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ASSOCHAM Ladies League in 2014[9] and the Nari Shakti Award in 2019.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Being normal, being spiritual". Mid Day. 12 December 2010. Archived from the original on 16 February 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ahuja, Aditi (7 June 2010). "Studying engineering helped me think logically: Brahmakumari Shivani". The Indian Express. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  3. ^ "'Ensure that your happiness doesn't depend on others'". The Times of India. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  4. ^ Shivani, 1972- (2015). Happiness unlimited : conversational adaptation from the internationally acclaimed TV series : awakening with Brahma Kumaris. Oberoi, Suresh. New Delhi, India. ISBN 978-81-8274-826-2. OCLC 910236837.
  5. ^ "Greatest gift, say spiritual gurus as doctors allay fears". The Times of India. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Brahma Kumaris in association with New Delhi Times organizes spiritual program at India Islamic Cultural Centre". New Delhi Times. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  7. ^ "General Assembly – Berlin 2017". World Psychiatric Association. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  8. ^ "BKShivani - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  9. ^ "BK Shivani". HuffPost India. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  10. ^ "President confers Nari Shakti awards on 44 women". The Tribune. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2020.