Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

From Totapuri to Maharaji (Prem Rawat)? Reflections on a Lineage (Parampara)

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Ron Geaves [+-]
Liverpool Hope University
Ron Geaves is Professor of Studies of Religions in the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of several books including, most recently, Islam and the West Post 9/11 (Ashgate, 2004) and Aspects of Islam (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005).

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This chapter shows that various scholars who identify Maharaji’s roots as Sant Mat are mistaken. Moreover, it shows that a more accurate exploration of Maharaji’s historical background provides an excellent opportunity to study the complexity of the various ways of organising such lineages and can demonstrate how major strands of Hinduism can interweave with each other to create new paradigms to assert an ancient teaching capable of transcending discrete religious borders. The investigation of lineage further highlights the relationship between charisma and institutionalisation in the Indian context and allows for a revisiting of Gold’s classification of Sant tradition in particular.

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Geaves, Ron. From Totapuri to Maharaji (Prem Rawat)? Reflections on a Lineage (Parampara). Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 265-290 Mar 2007. ISBN 9781845531690. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21457. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21457. Mar 2007

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