Dr Nirmala Kajaria's Background
From a young age Dr Nirmala wanted to serve humanity. She trained as a medical doctor, and worked in pediatrics. She didn’t want to marry and have a family, but rather wanted to be of service to humanity through her work.
In the early 1960’s she was introduced to the Brahma Kumaris by one of her friends and immediately became a dedicated student. After some time she asked her father’s permission to use her dowry to open a Brahma Kumaris Centre, and the first Brahma Kumaris Centre in what was then known as Bombay, was opened.
In 1971 Dr Nirmala traveled to London as a teacher of the Brahma Kumaris and by the mid 1970’s she was asked to station herself as the senior teacher in Australia. Under her guidance many Centres were opened in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
Dr Nirmala is best known among students of the Brahma Kumaris for her honesty, clarity and pragmatic approach to life. She is a very dedicated student, teacher and manager, and she has gained the respect, admiration and trust of the BK family in Australia and throughout the world.
Nearing her mid 80’s Dr Nirmala continues to travel the world giving lectures and providing spiritual sustenance for BK students. She continues to manager her administrative role as the Head of Gyan Sarovar Campus in Mt Abu as well as her duties as Regional Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Region. She regularly visits Asia Pacific Region Meditation Centres annually.
Background Information about Charlie Hogg
Charlie grew up in Melbourne and began studies in architecture at Melbourne University before his lifelong interest in spirituality and philosophy called him to travel for over three years through Asia, the Middle East and Europe. During this time he lived in a variety of communities including Buddhist, Christian, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, and Taoist.
In 1975, he learnt meditation with the Brahma Kumaris in London. On his return to Australia in 1977, he opened a Brahma Kumaris Centre in Collingwood, Melbourne, and in 1980 he moved to Sydney to become the National Coordinator.
Having practiced meditation for almost 45 years, Charlie has become a much sought-after meditation teacher, speaker and retreat leader internationally, and his journey has taken him to over 80 countries. From experience, he knows that meditation is an extraordinary tool to maintain mental, emotional and spiritual health in an increasingly challenging world, and he loves to share this with others.
Charlie has also been the National Coordinator of a number of international projects such as the Million Minutes of Peace Appeal (1986), Global Cooperation for a Better World (1988), and since 1996 has been the Coordinator of Peace of Mind – an increasingly popular annual international meditation retreat held at the Gyansarovar complex of the Brahma Kumaris in India.