Mr green, please! Less of your conjugal bliss. Some of us here are trying to have a deep and meaningful conversation here.
yogi108 wrote:The Yagya recognised that it needs to open up the doors to ex-BKs ...
If there is anything that I am uncomfortable with your vision, it is that there is a recognition of "ex-BKs" as a 'special needs group' or something at all. Elsewhere we are questioning just what this tag that has been stuck on us, "ex-BK", really means.
My tack is slightly different. I am not interested in any conditional agreement that recognises their seniority or intermediary position between the humans and the gods. For me, the Brahma-kumaris, Inc, have become separate from "The Yugya" by their actions and lost any rights to lord it over others. Fine, if they want to run their real estate their way ... let them. Just allow the rest of us, and any BKs, direct access to the knowledge.
Where there are issues with centers, it is twofold;
- a) is more to do with assuring any BK who comes here would not be punished, condemned or prejudiced against. I know many that read but are afraid to post and most would be afraid to raise the issues we do at their own center.
b) with regards the PBKs issue. The BKWSU can no longer pretend that no one knows that they have a poor cousin "chained up in the basement" * hidden away out of shame, and I hope that the BKs either work on that relationship, starting by speaking out honestly about what has been going on.
I think the Yagya needs to grow up a bit, stop messing with people's lives for its own financial benefit, recognise everyone that it has effected as equal in rights to freedom of information and stop treating them like babies needing suckled or punished ... but what else would you expect from some old ladies that never had kids and worked that out of their system? The "Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Kindergarten" would be a better name for it.
The celibacy, and bottom washing, issue for Madhuban is fair though. Except the Brahma Kumaris are more than willing to chuck it and any other principle out of the window IF the person is famous enough. So, let's add that that they make rules and stick to them.
* "chained up in the basement" probably needs explaining as it wont translate culturally. It refers back to less civilised times in the West when "mad" or troublesome relatives were literally chained up out of sight for the embarrassment they would cause the family. I understand the same thing goes on in India even today. Many of the young people put into lunatic asylums in those days were not in any way mad at all. They were often the ones speaking the truth and talking out about hypocrisy or abuse in the family, sometimes it was just for financial reasons, e.g. unwanted or illegitimate children.