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GCH Health Awareness Report

17 November 2017

This year, the health awareness event at GCH consisted of a morning session focused on ideas from the field of Health Psychology and how we think about illness and health as well as exploring wellbeing and other aspects of diabetes health care..


The Health Psychology component (presented by Dr Kala)) considered ideas such as where we get our attitudes to illness and health from.. We touched on how we obtain information on health today – but spent more time looking at how much control we feel we have when it comes to health . This was encapsulated in the idea of a personal ‘locus of control’’. This is an idea from psychology which describes where we think responsibility for or control in our life comes from. We might have an internal or external locus of control or something on a continuum in - between.. It can be part of a general attitude to life and a simple question to ask ourselves i s: do I control my destiny or am I controlled by it? – Think about the locus of control for your health and for your life goals: Is it different? The audience was asked to reflect on this and how this influence s decisions they make .


An other way to look at it is: Am I passive or active in my approach to health? The audience were invited to check themselves by trying out a ‘test’’ on-line on the Mind Tools website or to try the link below:


Other topics covered included examining our health beliefs a little more by ask ing questions of ourselves such as :

◦ Do I believe I have a condition?

◦ Do I believe that there is a treatment for this?

◦ Do I believe it is the right treatment for me?

◦ Do I believe that if I take it the condition will improve?

◦ Do I beli eve the treatment for this condition is worth it to me?


We also looked at personal psychological factors and how these might affect the outcome in our coping with illness.. These factors can be complex, and are really about the attitudes we adopt when unwell::

◦ Hopeful…….. Or optimistic outlook .

◦ Passive and giving up; not hopeful.

◦ In denial – resistive and angry perhaps ….. But determined to not be defeated .

◦ Accepting of treatment and diagnosis,, and the prognosis and giving up when the time has come? ( Thoughts of sadness perhaps ? )


There are many thoughts about illness causation and health around today, from the modern , evidence - based and often very physical focussed causes to the sub - clinical , and the subtle or energetic level. There are many alternative and complementary therapies around to help facilitate care with some of these conditions.


We also looked at attitudes that can help us be proactive and some ideas from the murli that can help were shared, eg that we are looking after the body as an instrument, this is important, it is a Karmic account – and I am settling it and its OK. On a creative level, I can help others and accrue blessings or generate positive actions generally as an insurance for my future; or ensure I take care and health advice if necessary eg exercise or treatments and so be proactive in managing health.


We also looked at things in the context of chronic health and that many people become more passive when illness is long - term or becomes long standing. This was an important reflection point and made a natural link to the session on diabetes. W e ended by doing a workshop in which 90%% of participants chose to discuss the 3 rd of the following 3 questions.


~ What actually influences me personally when I choose healthcare options? Con sider personal factors,, country,, culture,, past experiences.

~ Given the choice, which health care system would you prefer for acute o r chronic health and why?

~ Is everything destiny? Or do I have a choice? And if I make a choice - can it make a difference?



The diabetes session started with a medical overview with an explanation of pre - diabetes, diabetes Type 2 and how Type 1 is different, AND how important it is for long - term health to control diabetes well, (avoid development of complications and ‘ metabolic syndrome’). Some discussion of causes of diabetes were ‘ floated ’ - the most recent being inflammation of the pancreas and Dr Isabella explained that it may be possible for us to control some of this inflammation by eating correctly. She outlined some foods that help fight inflammation in the body and also shared that there is new research in this field.


Two sisters shared their own stories – Shipra ben explained how taking anti - diabetic treatment and paying good attention to her diet and taking any opportunities she could to exercise - such as walk ing places rather than driving a car, us ing the stairs, regular exercise sessions etc - can help to control it well.. She discussed some of the challenges and how in the past,, it was appealing to neglect one’s health needs due to demands on time and pressures of life. However paying more resolute attention now, she finds it has been possible to avoid the hazardous complications of diabetes ( despite having lived with it for over 25 years ). She talked confidently about the benefits of a balanced diet and well - adjusted life - style,, with various activities and mentioned especially the role of taking responsibility and staying busy, so that there is little time for repetitive thoughts dwelling on illness and health.


Sister Davina shared how s he was given a diagnosis and a blunt statement about ‘life - long illness ’ and she decided she would not and could not accept that ‘hanging over my head’’ . After an important meeting with her local doctor,, she set herself the ‘impossible’’ task of overcoming diabetes and much to other people’s surprise , she has found that it was possible to ‘ beat it ’ ! She acknowledged that certain factors may have worked in her favour, eg she has a more recent diagnosis and that she saw it as and was ready for a ‘challenge’’ , however a key factor in her success has been paying great attention to her diet and her attitude s,, as well as exercise routines.. Davina has in fact set up her own programme (on-line) to beat diabetes and m any participants voiced interest in the details of her programme . The programme offers hope of being free f rom diabetes , but we note it is not a ‘walk in the park’’ and in fact requires continuous attention to diet,, workouts and ‘self-unlimiting’ beliefs.


Nayan bhai, who is a specialist in foot care,, join d the panel of diabetes presenters to answer questions from the audience about general health care and specific ideas for diabetes and chronic ill - health . He shared some of his wealth of experience and afterwards informed us about a very useful booklet on diabetes and foot care put together by The Society of Podiatrists; an e-version of this can be downloaded from the website


It was concluded that we had a rich meal with both profession al and patient perspectives and that there may be many pitfalls in managing our own illness es . We need a strategy to manage chronic illness in particular and that includes taking a positive attitude as well as treatment and care. Being ‘ yogi ’ help s and so we finished with silence and some healthy snacks and toli.


Many thanks to MC Samantha and the BK Health professionals team of the day, who respectfully sailed us through the event,, giving flexible time for each session, for breaks and closure , and to all brothers and sisters for their joyful participation.


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'Hospital with a Big Heart.....helped into being by the hearts of many' - Special Event at GCH on behalf of Global Hospital

6 June 2017

Please find below short report, attached photos and video links from the recent event about Global Hospital & Research (GHRC), 'Hospital with a Big Heart....helped into being by the hearts of many'.    Both the short and full reports are also attached.  We received wonderful feedback of the programme with some enquiries about the work of the hospital. 


Video of the event:


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Slide show of GHRC shown before the conversation started: 


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‘Hospital with a Big Heart…..helped into being by the hearts of many’

Dr Pratap Midha and Sujata Rathi in conversation with Dr Julia Phythian-Adams and

Address by Sister Jayanti


Organized by the Janki Foundation and by the Brahma Kumaris

16th May  2017, Global Co-operation House, LONDON - SHORT REPORT


David Kilowsky welcomed everyone into the hall with beautiful live music and sounds of the flute whilst a slide show of J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre (GHRC) was being played with over 210 present and 110 joining online

Dr Julia Phythian-Adams introduced the evening and invited Dr Pratap Midha and Sr Sujatha Rathi to a conversation.  She also introduced the organisers, the Janki Foundation (JF) and the Brahma Kumaris, and explained that one of the key objectives of JF is to support GHRC by sending regular financial support.  Julia is a doctor by profession, and particularly interested in holistic healthcare.  She practiced as a GP in multicultural and poor urban areas of Sheffield for many years.  Since childhood she has been interested in working as a doctor in India or Africa, particularly village outreach work.  


Both Dr Pratap and Sr Sujata have both been involved with the hospital since its inception…The hospital started 25 years ago in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India, and has developed over the years into a fully-fledged hospital with a particular emphasis on holistic healthcare.  One person was touched when they noticed that the hospital was built around a tree and that this somehow ‘creates an energy of love not fear’.  The mission of the hospital is to provide world class, complete healthcare services responsibly, yet with a human touch, and part of the vision was to create healthcare for all regardless of economic or social background.

Many points and questions arose in this fascinating conversation that focused on the achievements of GHRC as well as the challenges that it has faced in its development. A few main points are given below:

Ø  Patients want and need to share their dilemmas and so we wanted to come up with a patient centered hospital.

Ø  This hospital is based on spirituality.  Whilst working in the hospital we have grown spiritually.. and also it doesn’t feel like a hospital…….it is such a nice environment.

Ø  The hospital is a ‘hospital without walls’ and reaches out to the local community and beyond.

Ø  There are over 400 people employed in the various different sites that have now developed.  It is also a training hospital.

Ø  Compassion, love, care and listening with attention make all the difference. We need to accept the patient

Ø  The most important aspect of this as a professional, is self-care. 

Ø  Early morning meditation brings great mental health.  We discovered that the vacuum within us needs to be filled with meditation

Ø  After 25 years the hospital has come a long way…what would you like to see happening in the next 25 years?

Ø  Research, development and technology.

Ø  It is not as though we are saying one thing is best.  We are not trying to undermine modern medicine.  It is needed and is vital to our health, but if we are open in our approach and we focus on lifestyle and right kind of diet and stress management then people would benefit much more.  We can put all the ways under scientific scan.  There are so many studies on meditation and now in many medical schools spirituality is seen as relevant to our lifestyle and healing.  Yet the policy makers and those who design the courses need to pay attention to this. 


Sister Sujata led a fitness demonstration to everyone’s delight and completed it with chanting of OM.  Everyone felt invigorated and calmed before listening to Sister Jayanti’s address which highlighted the importance of practicing spirituality both individually but also in all spheres of life to help the world become a more peaceful, loving and true place.  Sister Jayanti closed with a few minutes of reflection which took everyone into their inner space of peace, to impact both mind and body and facilitate a return to harmony and order within so we can carry peace within and become instruments for peace. 

Sister Jayanti also shared that Dadi Janki, after whom the Janki Foundation is named, and who is now aged 101, sent her love and greetings for this event and that her thoughts and good wishes were very much with everyone.

Julia gave thanks to everyone, and a sweet plus gifts were then shared with all.                                                      

With best wishes 

The Janki Foundation 


"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.  Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens."    Carl Jung


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New Videos on De-Addiction from the Medical Wing

1 June 2017

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January News Letter of Shivmani Home, GHRC, Shantivan

3 April 2017

Dear Divine Family,


Greetings of love and peace!


We are delighted to share the News Letter of Shivmani Home (Project of Global Hospital & Research Centre) for the quarter ending March 17.  Please see attachment here.




On Godly Service

BK Om Bhai

Shivmani Geriatric Home

Near Shantivan



Video Links for 'The Psychology of Meditation: Research & Practice' - Janki Foundation Lecture 27 Sept, and 'Yoga: The Practice & the Science' - 6 July

5 December 2016


The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice


Please note that the original report and additional photos are posted below this article and dated 30 October 2016


The Janki Foundation Annual Lecture 2016 - Professor Michael West, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund and Professor of Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, gives a well researched presentation on the therapeutic value of a meditation practice, as well as the powerful and positive impact a meditation practice can have on any individual’s overall health and well-being. He covers the difference between meditation and mindfulness, the current research into these practices, the processes from a psychological perspective, the therapeutic benefits of each and the personal and spiritual impact on people’s lives. Then

follows a fascinating conversation between Prof West and Sister Jayanti, European Director of the Brahma Kumaris, a teacher of meditation for over 45 years.


Sister Jayanti shar e s many points on the profound benefits of her many years of experience as a practicing Raj Yogi, including how there are many seeming paradoxes that exist.  Click on the above image or the film title to watch the 1:43:26 minute film.


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Yoga: The Practice and The Science


Professor Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Department shares his insights and research on yoga. He is later joined in conversation by Maureen Goodman, UK Director of the Brahma Kumaris. This is an event organised jointly between the Brahma Kumaris UK and the Janki Foundation , UK.  Click on the above image or the film title to watch the 1:36:52 minute film


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" The Psychology of Meditation: Research & Practice" - Janki Foundation Annual Lecture 27th Sept, GCH - Reports and Photos

30 October 2016

Dear Friends 


Greetings of peace. Please find below short report and photos from the recent Janki Foundation (JF) Annual Lecture: The Psychology of Meditation: Research & Practice.   Also attached are both the short and full reports.  We received excellent feedback of the event and many requested a copy of the presentation.  Prof Michael West has very kindly agreed for his Power Point presentation to be put onto the JF site as long as the source is acknowledged, and Dr Rachna Chowla too is happy for her poems to be put on the JF site.  Both will be put onto the site as soon as it is practical.  In the meantime, please email us if you want a copy of either or both by email.


Please feel free to pass on the reports to colleagues and friends who maybe interested.  The link to the video of the event will be sent in due course.  Thank you.  


The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice

With Professor Michael West and Sister Jayanti

The Janki Foundation Annual Lecture, 27th September 2016, 7pm, GCH, LONDON



With around 240 people present and 50-60 joining online, MC, Consultant Psychiatrist,  Dr Sarah Eagger, introduced the evening led by Professor Michael West, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund and Professor of Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, who captivated everyone for 45 minutes with a scholarly and beautifully researched presentation on the therapeutic value of a meditation practice,  as well as the powerful and positive impact a meditation practice can have on any individual’s overall health and well-being. Some of the benefits that were explored by Professor West were how on a personal level meditation can bring about the following:

o   Profound peace of mind

o   Deeper sense of the meaning of existence

o   Connection, compassion and altruism

o   Deeper meaning of existence, insights about the conditioning of the mind. 

This was framed by eloquent poems by Dr Rachna Chowla, on the interconnectedness of existence: Come and see and live out of your own story’s mask! 


Then followed a fascinating conversation between Sister Jayanti and Professor West.  Sister Jayantishared many points on the profound benefits of her many years of experience as a practicing Raj Yogi, including how there are many seeming paradoxes that exist. Professor West had noticed and shared that ‘When I sit by my pond and I feel the wind…..there are times of real stillness which are very here and now, and are filled with feelings of gratitude and love...this then feels transcendent and it is connecting’.  


Sister Jayanti shared how ‘often what it doesn’t say on the tin with secular practices like mindfulness is that it will take you to experiences that are far more meaningful than just the therapeutic experiences.  Mindfulness fits in with Raj Yoga meditation.  There is the experience of Om…I am present…..coming to the awareness of the peace and stillness that sits within’.  


The evening was closed with a meditation commentary by Sister Jayanti, and MC Dr Sarah Eagger thanked both the speakers saying ‘we appreciate your presence and your roles as amazing people doing amazing work in the world’, and thankyous were given to Rachna for the beautiful poetry as well as to the whole organising and production teams for the evening.




With best wishes 

Janki Foundation



Meditation Retreat for Health Care Professionals, Oct 8-10

1 October 2016



2017 Health Field News Archive