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The Women of the Family

Margaret H. Case

in Seeing Krishna

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780195130102
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848713 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130102.003.0003
The Women of the Family

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The family is the context within which the one-to-one relationship of individual and deity is nurtured in Hindu society. This spiritual life depends centrally on the adult women who marry into the patrilocal family. In Mahārāj jī's family, there have been one to three generations of women present at any given time. They work hard and are dedicated to care of the family as their spiritual discipline. In addition to performing and overseeing the daily work of the household, much of their time is devoted to preparations for the larger rituals that fill the annual calendar. The center of Mahārāj jī's family was his mother. When she died, his wife played the role. As his wife grew older, his daughter-in-law, Shrivatsa's wife, Sandhyā, assumed the responsibility.

Keywords: Rādhāramana Gherā; Vaisnavas; Mahārāj jī; family; Sandhyā

Chapter.  7208 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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