Brahma´s secret creation. The Indian reform movement of the "Brahrma Kumaris". Sources, teaching, Raja Yoga
The monastic movement of the ´daughters, or virgins of Brahma´, founded in 1936 by Dada Lekhraj, is considered by the author to be the ´largest women´s religion in the world´. It teaches Raja Yoga and is conceptually addressed to women who, without marrying become monastics, culturally violate the traditional Hindu concept of female dharma, i.e., becoming wives. The order is represented in many countries and preaches meditative Yoga and idealistic societal goals. Nagel discusses this ´new kind of feminism characterized by friendly relations with men´ and the relation of the movement in regard to orthodox Brahmanical religion, the traditional kingdom in India, etc. The book includes basic source texts, translated from Hindi, and is the first comprehensive philological and systematic representation of this teaching, and it is a report based on years of experience in India.
Keywords: Brahma Kumaris, Raja Yoga, Lekhraj, D., gender and religion, female religion, religion and women, Brahmanism, kingdom in India, feminism and religion, Yoga and women