Kim has been with the BKs for many years. Intelligent and talented, she has developed a fine career.
BRAHMA KUMARIS AUSTRALIA: THE NEW WEBSITE.
Brahma Kumaris Australia, has a new website at www.brahmakumaris.org.au.
Colourful and skilfully presented, with a poetic short video, the site presents a new age makeover for the high demand religion of Brahma Kumaris : a look best described as BK LITE: LITE on the controversial philosophy, LITE on the true backstory....and
no mention that BKA is big business, Australian Public Company ACN 132 195 883, with a $1,000,000 plus annual income (ref ASIC), and generous tax concessions for the company schools, and a property portfolio in excess of $28,000,000.++BKA FINANCIAL 2016 and
BKA still cannot resist having a page appealing for even more of their followers, and the public's, money. No other BK website in the world exhibits such crassness.The new BKA website makes a particular visual appeal to young
people, and why not. Nowadays, committed BKA western stakeholders are rapidly aging, and the 3 BKA retreat centres provide well appointed retirement homes for some of the more elderly BK followers: most residents are over 60, some in their 80's. The centres
are pleasant places to enjoy a companionable semi retirement, and the public are warmly welcomed to the frequent BK service programs.
Crucially, the website does not mention the BK core
message to humanity, that God has arrived and is even now speaking directly to the world from the BKWSU ashram in India!
There is also nothing about the iconoclastic 30 year development of the philosophy to be read on the BKA website, it is glossed over and censored, as it is on all BK official websites.
Some western BKs in Australia who set aside careers and mortgages to devote themselves voluntarily to the group, when they joined in the 1980s, and were promised an imminent 'destruction', heeded the calls (demands?)in the teachings
to donate 'body, mind and wealth' and 'time, money and energy' immediately, on the promise of multifold reward in the imminently arriving Golden Age. But, unknown to them, this Golden Age was first predicted by the founder to
occur in 1950, and then in 1976. Charlie Hogg, director of BKA, writes that these failed untrue 'destruction' dates were the 'teaching methods' of The One True God. Hmmmm... so, why all the denial by management?
It can be argued that by continuing to deny crucial foundational aspects of their history, as well as censoring aspects of the teachings, Brahma Kumaris is continuing, as the new website makes apparent,
to attract followers by stealth.
Though we note that BK Indians resident in Australia, now some two thirds of the active membership, sensibly are mostly married..with good jobs...and mortgages!