Raj’s Last Days and His ‘Lineage’ Today

Jeanne Openshaw

in Writing the Self

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062479
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080489 | DOI:
Raj’s Last Days and His ‘Lineage’ Today

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This chapter focuses on the last part of Raj's life. Sources for a reconstruction of the last part of Raj's life include oral accounts by his disciples, acquaintances and others, and other writings of Raj and his followers. In particular, much can be inferred from Raj's writings other than the Jīban-carit (JC). This is especially true of his songs and Text B, in which, Raj continued writing his life after losing interest in the JC. The chapter considers recent images of Raj as described by disciples and others, during the author's fieldwork in the areas in which he lived. It then follows Raj's life with a brief consideration of the lives of those conventionally viewed as his descendants by initiation, those, in other words, of his guru lineage. Raj's relations with Muslim community has also been discussed.

Keywords: Raj Krishna; oral accounts; autobiography; Jīban-carit; images of Raj; disciples; guru lineage; initiation

Chapter.  14359 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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