Both of these practices are quite popular at least in New Delhi and I have tried both. I used to religiously watch “Awakening with the Brahmakumaris” and episodes of sister Shivani on Youtube. I even tried to connect to the local practice group in my neighborhood, but they were quite unresponsive. Later, I joined the Nichiren Buddhism group as it was close-by, more organized, had more youth members and relatable. Also, I was a bit familiar with the philosophy because of some quotes my aunt had shared with me when I was small, and even benefited from them. Here’s a comparison of the two practices.
|Type of spiritual workout:||Chanting||Meditation|
|Object/person of worship:||Gohonzon||Shiv baba|
|Perspective on asceticism/material life:||Live with balance- take the middle path||At a higher level, you do take to a monastic existence, is not forced|
|Belief in celibacy:||None||At a higher level. Is not forced|
|Main mantra:||Nam myoho renge kyo||Om shanti|