President, The Janki Foundation for Spirituality in Healthcare
I have experienced many illnesses throughout my life, and also nursed others for many years during my service in a spiritual community. I found that compassion speeds recovery, and that ‘blessings’ towards the patient contribute greatly to healing. I would encourage all health professionals to work with compassion and peace.
Dadi Janki is a spiritual teacher and leader who has worked for more than 80 years to develop her own inner peace and power. The stability she has attained is such that, even in her hundredth year, she is able to serve as head of the Brahma Kumaris, an international spiritual training organization.
Born in 1916 in the Indian province of Sindh, now part of Pakistan, Dadi (“elder sister” in Sindhi) has become a source of wisdom in the art of living.
She recognizes that while technological advances in diagnosis and treatment are life-saving and need to be shared globally, many health problems arise from emotional suffering and need to be addressed at a deeper level. Her view is that simple changes in the way we think and feel will secure a healthy future for humanity, and a better world.
From the age of 12, and through much of her life, Dadi Janki has had a series of illnesses. Coping with them has helped to develop and refine her ability to conquer physical infirmity. Her insights, into the role of spiritual consciousness in regaining health, have enabled her to support countless others.
Just as the focus of her own self-care is on the quality of her thoughts, so she emphasizes to health and medical practitioners the importance of their own state of mind in their interactions with patients, because of the way this influences the patient’s recovery. She maintains that filling one’s mind with positive self-awareness creates an environment of love and care, which in turn helps others to regain physical strength.