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Why Suffer? – A dialogue between Dadi Janki, yogi & Dr Andrew Powell, a psychiatrist – in London



  • Event Date

    31, May 2012
    @ 7:00 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Event Location

    Global Co-operation House, 65-69 Pound Lane, London NW10 2HH

  • Event Organizer

    The Janki Foundation

Suffering is universal and no one escapes it.

Is there a meaning and purpose to suffering or is it merely a fact of life? Does suffering diminish us or can we use it to learn and grow?

Such reflections deeply concern both spiritual leaders and mental health professionals and call for a dialogue with a shared aim – how to overcome suffering and find peace of mind.

Dadi Janki, a world renowned spiritual leader, has worked for more than 70 years to acquire inner strength and resilience, linked to maintaining humility and an attitude of giving to others in the face of adversity. Having faced several life-threatening illnesses, she is a practical example of how mental mastery releases enormous potential in our ability to create our own state of well-being as well as strengthen our capacity to uplift and serve others. At the age of 96, she continues to inspire millions! Dadi Janki is President of the Janki Foundation, and Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.

Dr Andrew Powell is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and founding chair of the Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists ( He is co-editor of ‘Spirituality and Psychiatry’ (RCPsych Publications 2009). His papers on spirituality and mental health are available online from the publications archive of the Special Interest Group.

Chair: Neville Hodgkinson, Former Medical and Science Correspondent, The Sunday Times; author, ‘Will to be Well – the Real Alternative Medicine’ and ‘Aids: The Failure of Contemporary Science’.

The event is free of charge. No registration required.


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