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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

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

Karen Pechilis

Oxford University Press

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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