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Death of the Guru

Orianne Aymard

in When a Goddess Dies: Worshipping Ma Anandamayi after Her Death

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199368617
eISBN:
9780199368648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368617.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The death of the guru is designated in Hinduism with the term mahāsamādhi, or great samādhi, the samādhi being a state of total illumination, a sort of inner ecstasy. It is generally perceived by ... More


Presence of the Guru

Orianne Aymard

in When a Goddess Dies: Worshipping Ma Anandamayi after Her Death

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199368617
eISBN:
9780199368648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368617.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 4 focuses exclusively on the experiential face of the postmortem cult of the guru, or that which James calls “personal religion,” as compared to institutionalized religion. This chapter ... More


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