Devindree Pillay was born picturesque rural outskirts of a suburb called Chatsworth in the south of Durban. Her formative years were simple and close to nature. Devindree’s years of primary and secondary schooling were focused on academic achievement.
It was during her tertiary studies that Devindree’s thirst for spirituality and truth accelerated and ultimately led her to the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. Devindree’s humanitarian spirit and passion for justice was effectively addressed by the Brahma Kumaris focus on how self transformation creates sustainable world transformation. Devindree sincerely believed that this was the missing ingredient in South Africa’s efforts to attain true liberation and so she chose to engage herself in the service rendered by the organisation. As a member of the core co-ordinating team for Brahma Kumaris service in Kwa-Zulu Natal, she teaches courses in Raja Yoga Meditation, runs workshops and coordinates large scale public awareness programs to encourage spiritual exploration.
Devindree chose to pursue studies in Occupational Therapy, because she resonated with its focus on empowering individuals to attain functional independence despite having a disability. In 2000 Devindree completed her degree in occupational therapy at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. On a professional level, Devindree’s special area of interest is paediatrics and psychiatry. Currently she conducts psycho-social rehabilitation groups for adult and adolescents who are affected by psychiatric difficulties.
In 2011 the Brahma Kumaris Representatives to the United Nations in New York, wished to continue the early visionary work of Dadi Prakashmani, by offering a scholarship in her name, and invited applicants. The Brahma Kumaris United Nations selected Devindree as the first Prakashmani Scholar and BKUN Intern for 2012.