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CHARTER OF ASSOCIATION ON INTERNATIONAL FUNCTIONING OF THE. BRAHMA KUMARIS,We the Brahma Kumaris aspire to, 1 Encourage a deeper understanding of the individual s place and. purpose within the broader context of life, 2 Reaffirm the spiritual identity inherent goodness dignity and worth. of the human being, 3 Encourage a change of awareness attitude vision and behaviour. within the human family,4 Foster a spirit of human brotherhood. 5 Support the betterment of the human condition, The Brahma Kumaris service overseas which began in 1971 now comprises a. worldwide network of centres1 To further the aspirations above we have. resolved to formulate a Charter of Association on International Functioning of. the Brahma Kumaris which caters to the functioning of the Brahma Kumaris. overseas hereafter referred to as Brahma Kumaris BKs. By becoming a signatory to this Charter BK country organizations in all. countries and the centres they represent align themselves with these aims. beliefs and practices and agree to function according to this Charter. CHAPTER 1 AIMS,The aims of Brahma Kumaris are as follows. A To offer learning in principles values and spiritual and moral. understanding to those who are interested to reaffirm the spiritual. identity inherent goodness dignity and worth of the human being. and to foster a spirit of universal brotherhood,As listed in Addendum C. Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 2, B To encourage transformation in individual awareness attitude and. behaviour as the foundation of the overall advancement of the human. condition throughout the world, C To teach BK Raja Yoga meditation and related methods of personal. development and positive thinking, D To promote better understanding of and within the global human. family through insight into the spiritual connections among the world s. E To clarify spiritual and moral perspectives on contemporary issues of. personal community and global concerns and to facilitate a greater. awareness of corresponding rights and responsibilities to foster long. term human centred development, F To enhance the skills arts and talents and higher levels of attainment. and quality in personal professional and public life. Chapter 2 BELIEFS AND PRACTICES,ARTICLE 1 BELIEFS, A God the Supreme is the divine parent of all human beings As such. we are all brothers and sisters through this eternal relationship with. God This forms the basis of brotherhood of the human family under. the Fatherhood of God, B Spirituality is the realization of the self as a soul with the common. thread of understanding of one God and one world family. C Shrimat literally elevated guidance is the spiritual knowledge of the. Brahma Kumaris especially in regard to the Creator and creation. which forms the bedrock of the aims beliefs and practices. D All human souls are entitled to Shrimat by virtue of being eternal. spiritual children of God the Supreme Soul Those who understand. accept and embrace a life informed by Shrimat are known as Brahma. Kumars and Brahma Kumaris BKs,Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 3. ARTICLE 2 PRACTICES,Shrimat is expressed in four areas of practice. 1 Study and inculcation of spiritual knowledge as revealed by. incorporeal God, 2 Practice of the remembrance of one incorporeal Supreme Soul God. known as BK Raja Yoga meditation, 3 Inculcation of divine virtues and application of spiritual life skills in. daily living, 4 Service to others with an attitude of benevolence and the awareness. of the spiritual relationship of brotherhood,CHAPTER 3 ACTIVITIES. We propose to undertake together the following activities to further our aims. as stated in Chapter 1, A To plan and coordinate activities and services to offer Shrimat to every human. being in all parts of the world all spiritual services of the Brahma Kumaris. are offered free of charge, B To formulate procedures and develop course materials to share expertise in a. coherent and integrated way for broad human benefit. C To synchronize efforts to serve beyond national boundaries to regional. intercontinental and global levels, D To empower BK country organizations2 to collaborate with each other on projects. of mutual interest for furtherance of our common aims as expressed in this. Charter and to meet collectively any financial obligations for these projects with. the approval of the National Boards, E To ensure that all activities are conducted with regard for and in alignment with. the independent organizational financial and legal structures in the respective. See Definitions in Addendum A,Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 4. CHAPTER 4 BODIES OF THE BRAHMA KUMARIS, The following are the principal bodies that support the international. functioning of the Brahma Kumaris A Council of International Coordinators. CIC and a Council of National Coordinators CNC, ARTICLE 1 COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL COORDINATORS CIC. COMPOSITION, A The CIC is composed of seven permanent members of the. Management Committee of the PBKIVV the Administrative Head the. Additional Administrative Head two Joint Administrative Heads and. three Executive Directors, B Additional members of the CIC by virtue of their office are the six. Regional Coordinators RCs There may be up to eight additional. members of the CIC appointed by the Administrative Head in. consultation with the Additional Administrative Head and the Joint. Administrative Heads, C Chief Spokesperson for the CIC is the Administrative Head or a person. designated by her, D The office of the CIC is located at the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual. Headquarters in Mt Abu India,FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE CIC. As the Brahma Kumaris seek to advance their aims beyond India they shall do. so with the oversight endorsement and support of the CIC. The CIC shall do the following, A Have advisory consultative and supporting roles in relation to. overseas activities in all matters relating to the Brahma Kumaris aims. beliefs practices and methods of functioning The Council may be. called upon to develop clarify and interpret the same. B Have powers to form committees and delegate tasks to those. committees, C Convene as a complete body chaired by the Administrative Head at. least one time per year at the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Headquarters. at Mount Abu India Minutes of such meetings shall be kept at the. Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 5, HCO3 The Administrative Head and Additional Administrative Head. may invite any person to attend the meetings of the CIC. D The CIC may designate any of its members to attend the Council of. National Coordinators CNC meeting, E Review reports from National Coordinators4 NCs and or National. Coordinating Teams5 NCTs on events activities and developments. since the last such meeting, F The CIC may be called upon to deliberate on matters submitted by the. G Consider any other matters conducive to the fulfilment of the Brahma. Kumaris aims, H Communicate and consult throughout the year with the BK Country. Organizations as required directly or through the individual. representatives in their regions, I Assign such functions to the International Coordinating Office6 ICO. which is located in London UK as it may deem fit, ARTICLE 2 REGIONAL COORDINATORS AS A SUBSET OF THE CIC. COMPOSITION, A The Regional Coordinators RCs are the designated representatives. for the Brahma Kumaris to coordinate activities in 1 Africa 2 the. Americas and Caribbean 3 the Commonwealth of Independent. States CIS and Baltic States 4 Europe the Middle East and 5 The. Asia Pacific, B Additional RCs beyond the current six may be appointed if increased. activities of the Brahma Kumaris warrant such additions. C Sub Regional Coordinators are appointed by the RC s in their regions. to assist them in their responsibilities,Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 6. FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE RC,Regional Coordinators shall do the following. A Have responsibility for pursuing the aims of the Brahma Kumaris for. Aims see Chapter 1 by implementing and supervising the Brahma. Kumaris activities in their respective regions for Activities see. B Inspire and unify the activities of the BK country organization7 in each. country within their region, C Oversee coordinate and implement the Brahma Kumaris affairs and. activities in their respective regions, D The members of the RC shall have as many meetings as necessary and. at least one meeting per year as a whole body The RC may invite any. persons to attend this meeting of the whole, E The ICO shall record and maintain minutes of the proceedings of the. meetings The approved copies of the minutes shall be forwarded to. the offices of the CIC the ICO and the HCO All decisions and action. points shall be communicated to the CNC and all concerned parties. F Establish and maintain within their regions a Regional Coordinating. Office RCO from where the Brahma Kumaris activities within the. region shall be coordinated and which shall serve as the primary. interface between the Administrative Head in India and the BK country. organizations in that region Regional Coordinating Offices shall be. located at Nairobi Kenya New York USA Moscow Russia London. UK and Sydney Australia to coordinate activities in Africa the. Americas and Caribbean the Commonwealth of Independent States. CIS and Baltic States Europe the Middle East and The Asia Pacific. respectively, G Determine the areas of responsibility of each National Coordinating. Office8 NCO in consultation with the CIC, H An RC shall cease to serve as such if found by the CIC not to be acting. in conformity with the aims beliefs practices and methods of. functioning of the Brahma Kumaris,Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 7. ARTICLE 3 THE COUNCIL OF NATIONAL COORDINATORS CNC. COMPOSITION, A The Council of National Coordinators CNC shall comprise all National. Coordinators NCs and or representatives of National Coordinating. Teams NCTs having responsibility for the activities and affairs of BK. country organizations in the respective countries In cases in which a. country is coordinated by a team representatives will be designated. to serve on the CNC in rotation, B NCs and or the NCTs are the representatives of the country to the. FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE CNC, A The members of the CNC shall have as many meetings as necessary in. their respective countries and at least one combined meeting per year. as a whole body The CNC may invite members of the CIC to attend. this meeting of the whole body, B The CNC shall record and maintain minutes of the proceedings of the. meetings The approved copies of the minutes shall be forwarded to. the offices of the RCs the CIC and the HCO Decisions of universal. interest and action points shall be communicated to all concerned. FUNCTION AND POWERS OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR NC NATIONAL COORDINATING. A The National Coordinator is a Brahma Kumari or Brahma Kumar who. furthers the aims of the Brahma Kumaris by inspiring unifying and. coordinating the activities in that country The NC function may be. carried out by a National Coordinating Team NCT, B NC NCT shall regularly consult with and report to their respective. Regional Coordinators, C The NCs NCT will work with their National Boards and cooperate with. them to fulfil their duties as appropriate, D The NCs NCT shall establish and maintain within the country a. National Coordinating Office NCO from where the Brahma Kumaris. activities within the country shall be coordinated and which shall serve. as the primary interface between the RC and the BK Centres in the. Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 8, E An NC or member of the NCT shall cease to serve as such if found. by the CIC not to be acting in conformity with the aims beliefs. practices and methods of functioning of the Brahma Kumaris. CHAPTER 5 ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BRAHMA KUMARIS IN A COUNTRY. COMPOSITION, A Before registering as Brahma Kumaris in any country the RC will have. received a letter of intent from local interested persons BK Group. stating that they desire to organize to further the aims beliefs and. practices of the Brahma Kumaris and agree to follow shrimat and to be. responsible legally and financially, B The RC in consultation with the Administrative Head or the Additional. Administrative Head may then give consent for establishment of such. a legal entity in accordance with the laws and practices of that. country The BK Group Ref A above shall adopt this charter. C The RC in consultation with the Administrative Head or the Additional. Administrative Head shall approve the appointment of a teacher to. carry out the activities of the Brahma Kumaris in that country. D This teacher is designated as National Coordinator NC with the dual. responsibility of fulfilling the aims beliefs and practices of the Brahma. Kumaris in the manner described in this Charter and also acting in. complete compliance with the laws and practices of the country. E The BK Group shall legally register as the Brahma Kumaris and in so. doing create a National Board This registration shall be compliant. with the laws and practices of the country in which it is located. F The newly constituted BK entity is responsible for fulfilling the aims. beliefs and practices of the Brahma Kumaris and for acting in. conformity with the laws and practices of the country in which it is. G As the BK presence in a country expands the BK entity known as the. Brahma Kumaris COUNTRY NAME organization shall expand to include. additional BK Centres and if appropriate a National Coordinating. FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE BRAHMA KUMARIS IN A COUNTRY. A The Brahma Kumaris shall exist and function autonomously within. each country having authority to make decisions and having. Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 9, responsibility for the results of those decisions and always in. accordance with the aims beliefs and practices as described in this. B Each BK Country Organization shall manage its own finances assets. running and operating costs and other liabilities and the regulation. and administration of local activities and affairs Neither the PBKIVV. nor any BK Organization in another country nor the Regional. Coordinator RC nor the National Coordinator NC NCT shall be. responsible for any financial or other liability in respect to the said BK. Country Organization, C No fees or charges for the operation of the BK Country Organization. shall be levied by the PBKIVV Council of International Coordinators. CIC or Council of National Coordinators CNC on its BK Country. Organizations and there shall not be any financial obligations between. the PBKIVV CIC CNC and other BK Country Organizations except as. mentioned in Chapter 3 paragraph D, D All BK Centres in a country will operate within a single legal entity. called a BK Country Organization and shall take care of their own. finances assets liabilities and running and operating costs The. exception to this will be in countries that require state or provincial. registration and will therefore operate within that legal entity In any. case all BK Centres in a country will be coordinated by the designated. CHAPTER 6 INTERPRETATION OF THE CHARTER, A In case of any ambiguity or uncertainty about the interpretation of the. contents of this Charter or its applicability the parties concerned shall. resolve the same through mutual consultation in a manner consistent. with Shrimat and the aims principles methods detailed in this. B If any ambiguity uncertainty or differences relating to interpretation. of the contents of this Charter or its applicability cannot be resolved. within a reasonable time or within four weeks it shall be referred to. the appropriate RC for resolution If necessary the RC may refer the. matter to the Administrative Head whose decision shall be considered. final by all concerned The Administrative Head may nominate a. person or persons to do so on her behalf,Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 10. CHAPTER 7 DISSOCIATION FROM THE BRAHMA KUMARIS, In situations when it is determined that an individual or a group of individuals. or a BK Centre is no longer acting in accordance with this Charter the BK. Country Organization in consultation with the RC may decide to take. appropriate action including dissociation from the Brahma Kumaris If a BK. Country Organization should be found to not be acting in accordance with this. charter the CIC may take such a decision A decision for dissociation will take. effect immediately,CHAPTER 8 USE OF THE BRAHMA KUMARIS NAME AND LOGO. In order to distinguish ourselves and clearly identify our activities and. materials in a coherent manner we authorize and require that all of those. conducting activities or creating materials in the name of the Brahma Kumaris. use the Brahma Kumaris name and logo or the logo alone to indicate. alignment with the aims beliefs and practices detailed in this Charter. Anyone acting on behalf of a BK Country Organization shall do the following. A Register at its own cost the Brahma Kumaris Network Branding as. trademark s in the jurisdiction in which it operates. B Protect Brahma Kumaris Intellectual Property Rights arising from its. activities, C Use the Network Branding only on materials produced in furtherance. of the aims of Brahma Kumaris and not in any manner or context. which could be detrimental to the reputation of the Brahma Kumaris. D Design and produce all materials in ways consistent with the Network. Branding Guidelines9 and include the Network Branding. E Protect the Network Branding agreeing that it will not assign licence. or otherwise dispose of its interest in the Network Branding unless it. dissociates from the Brahma Kumaris, F At such time as a BK Country Organization might disassociate from the. Brahma Kumaris it shall do the following,i Immediately discontinue its use of the Network. See Addendum B Network Branding Guidelines,Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 11. ii Within 28 days return all materials bearing the Network. Branding to the relevant RC or dispose of them in a way. acceptable to the RC, iii Within 28 days transfer all registered Local Marks and. other Intellectual Property Rights incorporating, Network Branding to the Brahma Kumaris via such BK. Country Organization as may be nominated by the,Administrative Head 10. iv In a similar way should an individual a group of. individuals or a BK Centre dissociate from the Brahma. Kumaris they shall do the following,v Immediately discontinue its use of the Network. vi Within 28 days return all materials bearing the. Network Branding to the relevant NC NTC or dispose. of them in a way acceptable to the NC NCT,Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 12. CHAPTER 9 NON INFRINGEMENT, Nothing in this Charter will impose on any BK Country Organization any. obligation or restriction which is inconsistent or incompatible with any of the. A Their statutory duties powers or functions as outlined in their local. governing documents,B Laws of their respective countries. CHAPTER 10 AMENDMENTS, This Charter may be amended by a resolution passed by the CIC with a. majority Any amendment requires a 28 days notice to the members of the. CIC The resolution will be circulated to all concerned. Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 13,Signatories to the Charter. We the following members of the current Management Committee of the. PBKIVV and Regional Coordinators of Brahma Kumaris overseas services. hereby put below our signatures to formally adopt this Charter. Brahma Kumari Janki Administrative Head, Brahma Kumari Hirdaya Mohini Additional Administrative Head. Brahma Kumari Nirmal Shanta Joint Administrative Head. Brahma Kumari Ratan Mohini Joint Administrative Head. Brahma Kumar Nirwair Executive Director,Brahma Kumar Ramesh Shah Executive Director. Brahma Kumar Brij Mohan Executive Director, Brahma Kumari Chakradhari Regional Coordinator the Commonwealth of. Independent States CIS and Baltic States,Brahma Kumari Vedanti Regional Coordinator Africa. Brahma Kumari Mohini Regional Coordinator the Americas and Caribbean. Brahma Kumari Nirmala Regional Coordinator The Asia Pacific. Brahma Kumari Sudesh Regional Coordinator Europe, Brahma Kumari Jayanti Regional Coordinator Europe and the Middle East. Charter revision January 6 2013 Page 14,ADDENDUM A DEFINITIONS. The words and phrases in the table below have the meanings set out. alongside them when used in this Charter, Council of International The CIC is the highest Council for the international. Coordinators CIC functioning of the Brahma Kumaris. Additional members of the CIC by virtue of their,office are the six Regional Coordinators RC s. Administrative Head The highest office bearer within the PBKIVV is the. Administrative Head She is a dedicated Brahma,Kumari who embodies Shrimat at the highest level. and upholds the aims principles policies and,practices of the Brahma Kumaris. Additional Administrative The Additional Administrative Head of the PBKIVV is. Head also a dedicated Brahma Kumari who embodies,Shrimat at the highest level The Additional. Administrative Head is the support and successor to. the Administrative Head, Joint Administrative Head A Joint Administrative Head of the PBKIVV is also a. dedicated Brahma Kumari who embodies Shrimat,at the highest level Joint Administrative Heads. have such authorities and duties as are requested of. them by the Administrative Head, Executive Directors The Executive Directors of the PBKIVV are dedicated. Brahma Kumars who assist the Administrative Head,the Additional Administrative Head and the Joint. Administrative Heads in administration of the affairs. of the Brahma Kumaris They are ex officio, Secretary General and Assistant Secretary Generals. of the PBKIVV, Management Committee Together the Administrative Head the Additional. Administrative Head the Joint Administrative,Heads and the Executive Directors form the. Management Committee of the Council of,International Coordinators CIC. Shrimat Shrimat is spiritual knowledge elevated guidance. revealed by incorporeal God through the corporeal,medium of Prajapita Brahma from 1937 1969 and. subsequently through the designated human,medium of Brahma Kumari Hirdaya Mohini. Spiritual Headquarters The Spiritual Headquarters Coordinating Office.
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