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Gurus and Goddesses, Deities and Devotees

Vasudha Narayanan

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/9780195145380.003.0007
Gurus and Goddesses, Deities and Devotees

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This chapter discusses the lives and messages of two popular female gurus, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati and Karunamayi Ma, who is also known as Sri Sri Sri Vijayes Wari Devi. They are both portrayed as deriving their teaching from Hindu sources but being ecletic in their teaching. Kali is predominant in Ma Jaya's worship but she also worships other Hindu deities and it is important to note that her first vision was that of Christ. Karunamayi Ma speaks constantly about the equality of religions. She does not frequently evoke the names of Christ or Mary in her talks like Ma Jaya, but is forthright about her view of other religions.

Keywords: Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati; Karunamayi Ma; Sri Sri Sri Vijayes Wari Devi; ecletic; Kali; Christ; Mary

Chapter.  15559 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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