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Ratna wrote:Coming back in Golden Age is a choice and not mandatory, you can either stay spiritual or obtain a new material body and continue the fall to impurity and regaining purity back through salvation and self-realization.
Just to translate ... Brahma Kumaris believe that only they, or all human beings, will incarnate into a Golden Age on earth. To do so, one must surrender one's self to the BKWSU, commit 100% of one's mind,body and wealth to the Brahma-kumaris leadership.
To state that, according to Brahma-kumaris philosophy, entrance to heaven is a "choice and not mandatory" is correct. It mirrors the Brahma-kumaris skillful method of telling their mentally conditioned followers that, "they can leave any time" ... Of course they can leave, it is not "mandatory" to stay and make "efforts" ... but the bitter pill is that BK followers have been conditioned to believe that if they do leave they will be doomed for eternity, fail, never reach heaven, be a traitor to 'The Baba' and The Family etc. Lose everything.
It is in this vice that individuals like Esther existed until she finally cracked ... a "weak brick" to use the Brahma Kumaris terminology ... which exploded in the "kiln" of the BKWSU that is baking the "bricks" (the souls of the BK followers) for the Golden Age because she was unable to keep up the lifestyle they demand of followers, especially women. (Although Ratna does not seem to be a BK proper with all this talk of "Heavenly realms". They don't exist within the BKWSU teachings).
What happened to Esther ... my guess, to date, was a failure in faith following a failure of 'The Baba' to do everything he and the Brahma Kumari leaders promise he does. The realisation that Brahma Kumarism is all not what it says it is and does not do what it promises. The Baba does not deliver.
To understand this suicide, one must look at suicide in women in general, suicide within her community (As Esther Lung and being from Hong Kong, I understand she was Chinese diaspora) and the chose of method of suicide. As primal.logic points out, the chose of hanging is a very, very serious determined decision ... not a "cry for help" as many might belittle an overdose etc.
Where were the caring, divine Brahma Kumaris having taken over someone's consciousness so far ... how separated was the individual from her physical family ... did she have no friends etc?
The typical answer to the last two would be "separated by the BKWSU teachings" and "none". That is what the Brahma Kumaris do to people. Leave them with nothing, internally and externally, but dependent on the organization for trifles; a sweetie or a pat in the head from Dadi, some 'fortune cookie' advice over the phone from Jayanti.
The most information I have to details leads to two addresses in Derby, England where the BKWSU had a center at 82 Leman Street, Derby, DE22 3UX T:01332 202419 nearby her last addresses (which I have, if anyone local wishes to follow up on this). It now seems to have closed.
Esther was involved in two vegetarian food businesses http://www.cafeharmony.co.uk and http://www.fulldragon.co.uk whose websites are now down. By any chance, did she come back from Hong Kong with some service connection to the Brahma Kumaris center in Derby? (I don't know, I am asking). I am also asking if it is likely that with the nearest BK center closing, and perhaps her businesses failing, she was trapped and had no support? She was also active promoting Living Values programmes and is listed on the BKWSU front, LVEP website.
I wonder how much time and money the Brahma-Kumaris got out of her before she died? Sure, they will just dismiss her as being "mentally unstable". Stable enough to take money off during the good times, forgotten about when questions start to arise.
We need to know more about this case and the BKWSU Derby centre. Can anyone find out more?
This is a picture of Esther last business ...
- Ester Lung RIP
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