Behind the Counter: Meet Sister Jenna from the Meditation Museum

Events hosted by the museum are free.


In the heart of the bustling downtown sits a place that’s home to people of many cultures who find relaxation beyond its doors.

The Meditation Museum, located at 8236 Georgia Ave., provides a place for people of diverse cultures to attend courses on meditation and stress management.

Over the past decade, the director of the center—Jenna Mahraj, who is known as "Sister Jenna"—travelled the world spreading her positive message to more than 80 countries, including India, Egypt, Korea, Japan, Greece, and Italy.

Patch sat down with Sister Jenna to chat about her accomplishments and goals for working inside of the museum.

Patch: Why did you decide to start this particular business?

Sister Jenna: Washington, D.C. had so many museums but none that helped us to explore the power of thoughts, relationships, and our soul's process on this journey we call life.

Patch: Tell us about your business and its benefits to the local community? 

Sister Jenna: The Meditation Museum is operated by the Brahma Kumaris, a not-for-profit organization with 5,000 branches for meditation in 120 countries. We chose to open in Silver Spring in 2009. It just seemed like the right space and time.

It is a unique museum which invites visitors to enhance the quality of their thoughts, their lives and the world around them. The museum is specifically designed to bring us back to a natural knowledge of our true selves and our responsibility to humanity. The art works, the events, and the space are designed to nurture you, the inner being...that part which is often neglected in the world of chaos and constant distractions.

The Meditation Museum features interactive displays and tailored training sessions providing tools for personal and spiritual change. It hosts a variety of well attended conversations, workshops, special presenters, dialogues, seminars and, of course, sessions on how to silence the mind. Courses include Raja Yoga meditation, stress management and practicing inner powers to make relationships work. 

Patch: Can you describe the overall goal of your business?

Sister Jenna: This is a treasure of a place, where one can visit to experience peace, wisdom, power and love. While in this virtual space we hope you can "remember" who YOU really are. Our hope is that everyone who experiences the museum finds his or her own authentic meaning for life.

Patch: What are some reasons people should visit the Meditation Museum?

Sister Jenna: People can come to visit the Museum to realize themselves. To be able to include thoughtful reflection in our choices knowing they create ripples to our city and the world. It is to come and rekindle your peace, love, and inner power. It is to find You and strengthen You so that you can bring authenticity and wisdom to your environment and relationships. The moment you enter the Museum, you will feel, "This is a different world".

Upcoming event:

 On Aug. 24, 2012, the National Meditation Museum will host "America Meditating – Make a Shift," at the , from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no charge to the public, however, pre-registration is required.

D.B August 23, 2012 at 02:50 AM
The Brahma Kumarism are a strictly "End of the World" religion based on mediumistic teachings from a “spirit entity” adherents believe is the God of all religions speaking to humanity exclusively through their psychic mediums onlyCentral to Brahma Kumari beliefs is that 7,000,000,000 plus human beings must die during an imminent and desirable ‘End of the World’ which they called “Destruction” and will inspire, in order that 900,000 of their faithful followers will inherit a heaven on earth around 2036. They encourage adherents to believe that a high status can be achieved after it by donating money, property, free labor and unquestioning mental submission to their leadership, who will rule the world as Emperors and Empresses. Specifically, they teach their followers that the world is to be “purified” by an unavoidable nuclear holocaust, which they will “give courage” to scientist and military leaders, and inspire. All other continents except for India, which the BKWSU predicts it will rule, will sink below the oceans. This is referred to as “The Knowledge” and largely kept hidden from outsiders. The Brahma Kumaris were declared an "enemy of the state" by the government of Greece in 1993, classified as dangerous cult by the government of France in 1996, and featured in reports by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Security and the Generations (Bundesministerium für soziale Sicherheit und Generationen) and as a "Totalitarian Cult" in Russia.
tatiana August 23, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I have been by the Museum and I love the space. The people are very natural and easy. The wisdom makes me have to work real hard on myself but it's good for me.
Special Travelers August 23, 2012 at 08:27 PM
There are some places in this world that create an instant feeling of love and peace when you walk in the door. The Meditation Museum is one of them. If you chose to stay a while or return for a visit, you will discover that it is not a foreign feeling but one that is very close to home. One that you can continue to return to throughout your busy days, wherever you are simply by pausing to breathe and be with your true, inner self. This is the intention of the Museum, to share peace and inspire others to discover it for themselves. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and experience it... Someone will be peacefully waiting behind the counter for you.
Allen August 26, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Great interview with Sister Jenna about the Meditation Museum. I have attended various workshops and classes there over the last year and have found it to be a very inspiring and warm environment. My experiences there have helped to improve my meditation practice and encouraged me to be more compassionate towards others. If you have never been there, you are missing out on this hidden treasure.
kathleen satterley August 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM
The Brahma Kumaris are known throughout the world for their humanitarian efforts and peaceful and lovely presence. They have an office at the United Nations and work tirelessly creating Peace programs all around the globe. We recently celebrated Dadi Prakashmani day. Washington DC's local Government declared June 10 Dadi's day and we often sit by her Peace tree planted on Capitol Hill. Studying with the BK's has changed my life for the better. Meditation gives me a deeper understanding of myself and the world around me and reminds me that Peace is my most natural state. Come and see us at the museum, you will see, Peace is inside... :)


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