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Portrait of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

  Hindu - Kali Natha Yoga | Kashi Foundation, Sebastian, Florida, USA



I will always be in debt to my dear Michael for introducing me to Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, called "Ma" for short.  Not long after being introduced to Paramahansa Yogananda whose books introduced me to both Hinduism and its parallels to Christianity, Michael dragged me to the Theosophical Research Society on Los Feliz Blvd. to darshan (to be in the presence of the guru) with Ma.

Ma has shown me so many of my own personal illusions about both God and guru.  She has shown me that God loves us all, as she is famous for saying, "There are no throw-away people."  Regarding guru and messengers in general, I had always sort of idolized them, expecting a certain level of decorum and presentation.  Ma made me realize that God uses whomever He may choose and to judge the message by the messenger may be a huge mistake.  Ma's style is quite outlandish and not nearly what I would have expected of a person of God, I had only been shown these people that acted like they were on Thorazine and not charged with the joy of God.  Ma, on the other hand, is over-amped on God's bliss.

Through teaching the path of "Kali Natha Yoga," she emphasizes both divine service to mankind and meditation.  Ma's emphases on AIDS, care and prevention, and homelessness have made her well-known in major cities throughout the United States.  Her Los Angeles Ashram is overseen by two of her longtime devotees, Laxman Das and Swami Bhavatarini Jaya Saraswati who are two of the sweetest people that I have ever had the opportunity to know personally.


Ma Jaya and Robert - 1995 at Kashi Foundation Fundraiser

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, called Ma or Ma Jaya for short, is a spiritual teacher, gay activist and forerunner in the struggle for human rights and religious freedom, and is a pioneer in the global fight for people with AIDS.  She actively participates in interfaith and inter-religious dialogue and has dedicated her life to peace.

Ma Jaya describes herself simply as "a woman who loves God."

Ma Jaya lives and breathes a profound and passionate commitment to alleviating the suffering in our human society.  Through grassroots efforts locally, nationally and internationally, Ma's Kashi community has become a model for helping others through selfless service.

In 1972 Ma Jaya had her first spiritual experience in which Christ spoke, telling her to "teach all ways, as all ways are mine."  Subsequently, Ma was led to her teacher Swami Nityananda and then to her Guru, Neem Karoli Baba and went on to became a spiritual teacher to thousands.  Ma's teachings are founded in Hindu philosophy and integrate many faith traditions.  As a Master of Kundalini Yoga, Ma created the path of Kali Natha Yoga, the yoga of the Mother, which accesses the energy of the Divine Mother.  Her teachings focus on attaining spiritual fulfillment through selfless service to humanity.

In 1976 Ma formally established the Kashi Foundation, also known as Neem Karoli Baba Kashi Ashram and has since established centers in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Santa Fe, Chicago, Atlanta and London.

In 1990 Ma Jaya founded the River Fund (named after the River of Life) as a service arm of the Kashi Foundation after having worked for more than 20 years caring for the dying, particularly ministering to those with AIDSThe River Fund also helps fund impoverished townships in Cape Town, South Africa and supports Ma's Providence Orphanage, Uganda and orphanages in Mexico while also supporting the Aids Treatment Access Programs in Cuba and South Africa.

In 1997 supported by the Dalai Lama, she founded World Tibet Day.

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati is a Trustee of the Parliament of World's Religions, a member of United Religious Initiative as well as an internationally celebrated artist and author.

Latest News:
On Friday, April 13th, 2012, Ma lost her battle with pancreatic cancer and entered into mahasamadi. For further information on Ma's Memorial Service on May, 26th, it would have been her 72nd birthday, please check at MaJaya.com.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Ma:

There Are No Throw-Away People

Everyone deserves a chance to be heard, to be touched, to be loved.

Do not fear Her, She is the Mother (Kali) who lives only for Her children and protects them beyond the minds comprehension.

Visit Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati's Kashi Ashram Web Site

Visit Ma's Los Angeles Ashram Web Site