Last Updated on September 22, 2020
Shivani Verma (born in Pune), on May 31, 1972, better known as Brahma Kumari Shivani, Sister Shivani, or BK Shivani is a teacher in the Brahma Kumaris spiritual movement in India. She is indulged in motivational courses and public seminars. She increasingly gained popularity since 2007 with the show Awakening with Brahma Kumaris which aired on Aastha channel. An electronic engineer, Shivani is married and runs a software business with his husband in Gurgaon. Bhrama Kumari Shivani believes meditation is the key to answers one is looking for. She preaches the upliftment of the soul from that of the mind. She is a goodwill ambassador of the World Psychiatric Association
Verma’s parents began following the Brahma Kumaris when she was a child. She began to attend meetings in her early 20s.
She is married and has a software business in Gurgaon with her husband Vishal Verma. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate in electronics engineering at the Savitribai Phule Pune University where she was an academic Gold Medalist, then completed a masters degree in computer engineering from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. Initially, she worked backstage at the production of Brahma Kumaris television presentations in Delhi, where senior teachers would record the teachings. Then in 2007, due to the unavailability of other teachers, she was asked to start answering the viewers’ queries herself. In 2007, a pay-to-broadcast television series Awakening with Brahma Kumaris was produced for the Aastha channel, in which BK Shivani was interviewed by co-host Kanu Priya.
Her TV series of conversations with Suresh Oberoi was adapted into the 2015 book Happiness Unlimited: Awakening With Brahma Kumaris.
BK Shivani travels in India and abroad, appearing at charitable events ranging from the promotion of organ donation to parenting programs, as well as Brahma Kumaris events. In 2017 she was named as a goodwill ambassador of the World Psychiatric Association.
She has the YouTube channel called BKShivani.
Awards and recognitions
She received the Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ASSOCHAM Ladies League in 2014 and the Nari Shakti Award in 2019