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Introduction: Hindu Female Gurus in Historical and Philosophical Context

Karen Pechilis

in The Graceful Guru

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195145380
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849963 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145380.003.0001
Introduction: Hindu Female Gurus in Historical and Philosophical Context

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The Graceful Guru, signifies the female gurus' participation in a very established category of Hindu religious leadership—and in the modalities of continuity and change in Hindu tradition. This book highlights the translocal aspect of the female guru's universality, especially their presence in the West. That Hindu female gurus frequently visit, or reside, in the United States is a post 1965 development occurring in the context of the abolition of immigration quotas; in the context of profound social criticism through the antiwar, civil rights, and feminist movements; and in the context of popular interest in Asian religious traditions, especially meditation. The remainder of this introduction provides philosophical and historical information that contextualizes the female gurus in this volume.

Keywords: female guru; Hindu tradition; civil rights; meditation; feminist movement; Asian religions

Chapter.  24329 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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