An extraordinary woman of wisdom comes to Vancouver on September 23 after an absence of 10 years. A member of the United Nations’ prestigious Wisdom Keepers, Dadi Janki is an 88-year-old spiritual lighthouse who travels the world speaking at international conferences and sharing her wisdom with world leaders and the community at large.
Born in India in 1916 she survived poverty, war and severe illnesses. A spiritual leader, Dadi Janki seeks not so much to change people but to model spirituality. Having risen above the restrictions of culture, gender and a lack of formal education she has dedicated the last seven decades to serving humanity.
Dadi Janki will be appearing in Vancouver September 23 at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, Hamilton and Dunsmuir, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Special guest performances by Rita Costanzi and Denzal Sinclaire. Admission is free. Tickets required. Contact the festival box office at 604-257-0366 or visit
Following are some of Dadi Janki’s words of wisdom excerpted from three of her books.
Become spiritually attractive
A spiritual path is like a school. Not a regular school where you learn ordinary skills, but a spiritual school where you learn the skills of spirit: like how to remove flaws in your character, or how to remain unaffected by the negative influences around you.
Some people think that if they follow a spiritual path, they won’t be able to cultivate their individual talents. However, what kinds of talent do people really need nowadays? To remove one’s own ego is a great talent; to love others is another.
If you can deal with your own ego, then your own anger can be resolved. This goes a long way to resolving external issues too. With your own ego out of the way you will be able to handle anything! Otherwise it’s just the same old thing - you versus me, yours versus mine, etc.
If your friends and relations do not choose to accompany you on your spiritual path, why should you chase after them trying to get them to change? They won’t listen anyway, no matter what you say. A better approach is to focus on your own change process. A river doesn’t urge people to drink its water. People are naturally drawn to it, provided its waters are pure, free-flowing and sweet. In the same way, become so spiritually attractive, everyone will want to join you, naturally.
Some people don’t want to have anything more to do with love. Because there has been a deception from all sides, they have kicked love away. They think it’s too complicated, too tiring. They say, “I’m not going to love anyone anymore and I don’t want anyone to love me either. I just want to be independent.” Actually, this is a kind of arrogance.
Life without love is like life in the jungle. You are constantly afraid of what might come to you. You are isolated, not receiving support from anywhere.
True love means pure love, and pure love is based on your innermost truth, goodness and desire to bring benefit to others. True love is uninterested in anything false. Superficial emotions that keep you on the surface of things are not the basis of true love.
Live in such a way that love informs every action. This is a natural way to be. However, it requires letting go of certain beliefs and habits that drain us of our strength and interfere in our ability to love.
Let your love be so true that even if others become your enemy, you don’t stop loving them. You have to give love truthfully, from your heart. True love is what everyone wants, and so this is what you need to share. When your love is pure, others will feel that your intentions are pure. There will be love in your vision. And there will be kindness in that love. In pure love there is always kindness.
Just to take the time and effort to understand what love is, is in itself an act of love.
Peace is greater than the atomic bomb
Peace will be created by coming face to face with the things that are tearing our human family apart. Greed, anger, ego, attachment and lust have destroyed peace. There is so much sorrow in the world. It’s not a question of going off to remote places of quiet or following a path that turns you away from the world. It’s a question of learning humility and emerging humanity’s mercy.
Don’t give your mind permission to get disturbed. Thoughts are like seeds. As are your thoughts, so will be your attitude and behaviour. You need to be aware of how much damage is caused by negative thoughts. A disturbed mind is easily influenced. This will cost you your peace. Learn to maintain your peace by freeing yourself from attachments. Competing or comparing yourself with others will not allow you to focus inwards. An inner focus allows you to keep your eye on your higher self. A calm mind is not just peaceful. It is focused, self-directing and divine.
I have faith that the force of Peace is greater than the atomic bomb, greater than any power the world can produce. All of us need to put our faith in this force. I was once asked how I could stay so peaceful teaching peace to so many different kinds of people! I just keep my aim in front of me. I am committed to staying peaceful myself, knowing that this peace will reach my beloved ones and, ultimately, the whole world.
God’s light and love
I have always been cautious not to separate myself from God’s love, not to distance myself even in the slightest, thereby cutting myself off from that experience of Divine love. I am also careful that my intellect does not become engaged elsewhere so that God can use me whenever He or She wants. This is why my heart always stays happy and my mind stays cool. I don’t let anything into my heart that would then require a lot of effort to remove. When you start thinking about the past or the future, you stir old feelings in your heart. Then it takes a lot of hard work to remove them. How can you experience God’s love if you are always busy with those old things?
Many religions believe that God is Light. The wisdom of God is also light. Who made this Light? God did, from a state of eternal enlightenment. By chasing away the darkness of ignorance, God, the Being of Light, makes the whole world light. Light spreads from God, through the children who are open, into the whole world.
Truth and integrity bring power
Anybody who wants to be instrumental in serving the world needs to know how to work with integrity. Integrity elevates character and brings internal power. It reveals a pure attitude. Those with integrity maintain great humility, even while holding positions of high status and commanding a lot of respect. They do not alter their character or virtues according to whom they are with.
Integrity over a long period of time makes the soul powerful. A person with integrity is able to reveal truth through words spoken with wisdom. Truth means wholeness - nothing missing and nothing mixed.
The power of Truth is that you need never be concerned about proving it. Trying to prove Truth reveals only your own stubbornness. You need only be concerned with being it and living it. Truth is always revealed at the right moment at the right place.
It is for this reason that the simplest, most powerful expression of Truth is humility.
In May King Abdullah II awarded Dadi Janki Jordan’s highest honour, the Medal of Independence. As one of two administrative heads of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, she is responsible for meditation centres in more than 80 countries and for overseeing many global initiatives dedicated to the United Nations.
Compiled by Nikki de Carteret from Dadi Janki’s books Companion of God (Hodder & Stoughton, 2004), Wings of Soul (Health Communications Inc., 1999) and Inside Out