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Description: The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) was founded in 1936 by Prajapita Brahma, and is today affiliated with the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization. BKWSU is the parent organization for some 2,000 centers world-wide, including the Brookline-based Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. The main activity at this center is Raja Yoga meditation. In addition, there are ongoing introductory courses, which are available in a variety of formats. The basis of the introductory course is a spiritual understanding of oneself and the world around one. Aspects of the course include understanding our relationship with God, the philosophy of action, positive values and the need for spirituality in today's world. Members participate in a number of international projects designed to promote world peace. The BKWSU reports that their most recent project, in cooperation with UNICEF, focuses on working with the K-12 school systems to develop "a school ethos and a sense of community based on universal core values." While serving a membership and a public of both men and women equally the BKWSU is the only institution of its kind which, since its inception, has been administrated solely by women. In recognition of its contribution to world peace, the BKWSU has received six international Peace Messenger Awards from the United Nations in the last seven years. To ensure its accessibility to everyone, all activities of the Brahma Kumaris are totally free of charge.