I Know How To Live, I Know How To Die

I Know How To Live, I Know How To Die

The Teachings of Dadi Janki: A warm, radical, and life-affirming view of who we are, where we come from, and what time is calling us to do

Life and death explored in the context of frontier science and deep soul awareness.


Frontier science meets deep soul awareness in this unique exploration of the teachings of Dadi Janki, head of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, by Neville Hodgkinson, former Sunday Times science and medical correspondent.

I Know How To Live, I Know How To Die conveys the love and strength that emerge within us, and the huge benefits brought to our work and relationships, when we restore our connection with the divine through spiritual understanding and practice.


One of my enduring memories of Dadi Janki was an occasion at a conference in Uxmal, Mexico in 1994 when the subject was science and silence - we sat with Dadi Janki in meditation, bathing in the atmosphere of peace and love that she exuded. She is now 99 and was one of the original founders of the Brahma Kumaris movement in the mid 1930s. Although led by a former jeweller Dad Lekhraj (also know as Brahma Baba), the senior leaders were and are women. I met the author at their headquarters at Mt Abu in India in 1987. This accessible book is both an account of Dadi Janki's life and teaching as well as giving some history of the movement, which will be well-known to most readers. The BKs have a distinctive teaching about the soul and its relation to God with an emphasis on purity and detachment from identification with the body. They believe that we are at the end of a cycle when God will intervene to renew the planet and we will attain a more spiritualised form of existence and understanding. Neville writes not only about the importance of purity, but also of truth, positivity, honesty, respect and silence. Throughout, he quotes the wise words of Dadi Janki based on 80 years of spiritual practice. The last section is on death, which also means dying to our old natures and the old world as well as leaving the body. The main thing throughout is to maintain a close connection with the Supreme Being in both life and death. ~ David Lorimer, Network Review - Autumn 2015 issue

I pray that this book will help many people rediscover for themselves their divine beauty and by sharing this, bring light into a dark world. ~ Rev. Dr Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths

Neville Hodgkinson
Neville Hodgkinson Neville Hodgkinson is a writer and journalist who worked for more than 20 years as medical and science correspondent of several national new...
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