Awakening: The Gift of Happiness with Brahma Kumari Shivani


Are you here today to receive the gift of happiness or to give it? Enough of living a life of wanting; you are all here to give the gift of happiness. With this surprising challenge and invitation, Sister Shivani captivated her audience of over 4,500 special souls who came from far and wide to listen to her speak at an event hosted by the Brahma Kumaris at the NJ Convention and Expo Center in Edison, NJ, on June 24, 2017.

In attendance were a number of community luminaries, including Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey, who bestowed upon Sister Shivani a proclamation on behalf of the township of Edison, which welcomed her and encouraged residents to honor her for her pure spirit and dedication to bringing us the gift of happiness.

After a few words on “awakening” by Brahma Kumaris regional director Sister Mohini and other notable members of the non-profit, spiritual organization, Sister Shivani was welcomed to the stage with thunderous applause.

In the pin-drop silence that followed, Sister Shivani explained in the simplest and most relatable of terms how we can control our destiny, our state of mind, and our happiness. She talked about the proliferation of social media and the overwhelming amount of daily input we receive: of news, of emotion, of all sorts of stimuli. At its mercy, we become helpless. How, then, can we prevail? By reading, watching, and listening to what we want to become, not what the world has become. By filtering the flood through a sieve, by minimizing our exposure to negativity the way we cut carbs from our diets, we can ensure our own happiness and empower ourselves to make a gift of it to others.

The evening concluded with a powerful meditation, creating an atmosphere of absolute quiet. In complete silence, Sister Shivani guided thousands of people to exit the venue. This unique ending has punctuated each of the 14 events in Sister Shivani’s US tour, having a profound impact on those in attendance by empowering them to sustain their calm, tranquil state on their way home. Experience it for yourself on YouTube at

Sister Shivani practices Raja Yoga Meditation as taught by the Brahma Kumaris ( She became a popular presenter on the Awakening with Brahma Kumaris TV show by applying Raja Yoga to the common challenges of life. Her unique blend of common sense practicality and unarguable spiritual principles has endeared her to an international audience thirsty for solutions that really work.

Sister Shivani has travelled throughout India, UK, Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East to conduct lectures, workshops, and TV and radio shows on themes such as emotional intelligence, leadership skills, parenting and relationships, self-realization and the practical technique of Raja Yoga Meditation.

Sister Shivani holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Pune University. She received ASSOCHAM’s Woman of the Decade award and is a goodwill ambassador of the World Psychiatry Association. Her first US tour is now drawing to a close, with a grand finale to take place at the Brahma Kumaris Peace Village retreat center in Haines Falls, NY, on July 9th, 2017.

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization in the US is part of a worldwide network of learning and retreat centers dedicated to self-transformation through meditation. We offer instruction in meditation and spiritual living, free of charge as a community service. For more information on classes offered in north Jersey, please call 732-381-1533 or email; in south Jersey, please call 856-786-2800 or email

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