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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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The Life of Gauri Ma

The Life of Gauri Ma

(p.65) 2 The Life of Gauri Ma
The Graceful Guru

Carol S. Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the motives behind Gauri Ma's desire to lead a life of intensive meditation and ascetic practice as a tapasvini. It also describes the circumstances surrounding her attendant shift of attention and effort to “serving women”. This chapter further determines the extent of her uniqueness in both her life and her establishment of a women's ashram in 1895.

Keywords:   Gauri Ma, meditation, ascetic practice, serving women, ashram, tapasvini

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