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The Graceful GuruHindu Female Gurus in India and the United States$
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Karen Pechilis

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145380.001.0001

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Gurumayi, the Play of Shakti and Guru

Gurumayi, the Play of Shakti and Guru

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(p.219) 9 Gurumayi, the Play of Shakti and Guru
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The Graceful Guru
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Karen Pechilis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145380.003.0010

Gurumayi (Swami Chidvilasananda) is the current guru of the worldwide Siddha Yoga organization that promotes the uplift of humanity through a collective “revolution” in spiritual consciousness, specifically through the bestowal of shakti. The chapter describes in detail her performance as a religious leader. This chapter also deals with the analysis of “feminine” ways of leadership through reference to positing a feminine “essence,” drawing on Judith Butler's analysis of gender. It seeks to clarify that a guru can be viewed as a “third gender,” citing Monique Wittig on lesbian identity.

Keywords:   Gurumayi, Swami Chidvilasananda, guru, Siddha Yoga, Shakti, feminine, third gender, lesbian identity

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