Mother of Bliss

Mother of Bliss

Author: Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195344316

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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This book examines the life of =Anandamay=i M=a, one of the most renowned Hindu holy women of modern times. Lisa Hallstrom paints a vivid portrait of this extraordinary woman, her ideas, and her continuing influence. In the process, the author sheds new light on important themes of Hindu religious life, including the centrality of the guru, the influence of living saints, and the apparent paradox of the worship of the divine feminine and the status of Hindu women.

The Graceful Guru

The Graceful Guru

Author: Karen Pechilis


ISBN: 9780195145373

Category: Gurus

Page: 272

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A distinctive aspect of Hindu devotion is the veneration of a human guru, who is not only an exemplar and a teacher but is also understood to be an embodiment of the divine. Historically, the role of guru in the public domain has been exclusive to men. The new visibility of female gurus inIndia and the U.S. today, and indeed across the globe, has inspired this first-ever scholarly study of the origins, variety, and worldwide popularity of Hindu female gurus. In the Introduction, Karen Pechilis examines the historical emergence of Hindu female gurus with reference to the Hinduphilosophy of the self, women spiritual exemplars as wives and saints, Tantric worship of the Goddess, and the internationalization of gurus in the U.S. in the twentieth century. Nine essays profile specific female gurus, presenting biographies of these remarkable women while highlightingoverarching issues and themes concerning women's status as religious leaders; these themes are nuanced in the afterword to the volume. The essays explore how Hindu female gurus embody grace in both senses--as a feminine ideal and an attribute of the divine-and argue that their status as leaders isgrounded in their negotiation of these two types of grace. This book provides biographical profiles of the following female gurus plus sensitive scholarly analysis of their spiritual paths: Ammachi, Anandamayi Ma, Gauri Ma, Gurumayi, Jayashri Ma, Karunamayi Ma, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, Mother Meera,Shree Maa and Sita Devi.

Encountering Bliss

Encountering Bliss

Author: Melita Maschmann

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 8120815718

Category: Hindu women saints

Page: 292

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About the Book : Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), the Mother imbued with bliss , as she was called by her followers, was one of the most significant Indian Saints and one of the very few woman-gurus of our times.This book was first published in 1967 under the

South of Tradition

South of Tradition

Author: Trudier Harris

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820324333

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

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With characteristic originality and insight, Trudier Harris-Lopez offers a new and challenging approach to the work of African American writers in these twelve previously unpublished essays. Collectively, the essays show the vibrancy of African American literary creation across several decades of the twentieth century. But Harris-Lopez's readings of the various texts deliberately diverge from traditional ways of viewing traditional topics. South of Tradition focuses not only on well-known writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Richard Wright, but also on up-and-coming writers such as Randall Kenan and less-known writers such as Brent Wade and Henry Dumas. Harris-Lopez addresses themes of sexual and racial identity, reconceptualizations of and transcendence of Christianity, analyses of African American folk and cultural traditions, and issues of racial justice. Many of her subjects argue that geography shapes identity, whether that geography is the European territory many blacks escaped to from the oppressive South, or the South itself, where generations of African Americans have had to come to grips with their relationship to the land and its history. For Harris-Lopez, "south of tradition" refers both to geography and to readings of texts that are not in keeping with expected responses to the works. She explains her point of departure for the essays as "a slant, an angle, or a jolt below the line of what would be considered the norm for usual responses to African American literature." The scope of Harris-Lopez's work is tremendous. From her coverage of noncanonical writers to her analysis of humor in the best-selling The Color Purple, she provides essential material that should inform all future readings of African American literature.

Would You Do That to Your Mother?

Would You Do That to Your Mother?

Author: Jeanne Bliss

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780735217829

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Customer experience pioneer Jeanne Bliss shows why “Make Mom Proud” companies outperform their competition. Her 5-step guide to customer experience and culture transformation makes this achievement possible. Bliss urges companies to make business personal to earn ardent fans and admirers, by focusing on one deceptively simple question: "Would you do that to your mother?" “Make Mom Proud” companies give customers the treatment they desire, and employees the ability to deliver it. They turn “gotcha” moments into “we’ve got your back” moments by rethinking business practices, and they enable employees to be part of the solution to fix customer frustrations. Bliss scoured the marketplace seeking companies who excel at living their core values, grounded in what we all learned as kids. She offers a five-step plan for evaluating your current behaviors and implementing actions at every level of the organization. Step 1. “Be the Person I Raised You to Be” Understand how you are hiring, developing and trusting employees to bring the best version of themselves to work. Vail resorts, for example, the world's largest ski resort operator, banned the three words "Our policy is..." from their vocabulary, freeing employees to take spirited actions to deliver "the experience of a lifetime." Step 2. “Don’t Make Me Feed You Soap” Learn the eight key frustrations that bind us as customers (waiting, fear, anxiety, the black hole of no communication, etc.) and how to apply actions from companies who are delivering a seamless, frictionless and easy experience. Step 3. “Put Others Before Yourself” Determine if your focus is on helping customers achieve their goals – and evaluate how that is fueling your growth. Canada's Mayfair Diagnostics, for example, spent over a year studying the emotions of patients entering an imaging clinic, so they could redesign their welcome to deliver warmth and caring over procedure and process. The newly designed clinic achieved profitability in record time. Step 4. “Take the High Road” Learn how companies who do the right thing rise above the competition. Virgin Hotels, for example, named #1 U.S. hotel by Conde Nast Reader's Choice Awards, walked away from price gouging at the mini bar, so you'll never pay more for that Snickers bar than what you'd pay at the corner market. Step 5. “Stop the Shenanigans!” Evaluate your current company behaviors and identify the key actions that you can begin immediately. With 32 case studies and examples from more than 85 companies, this is a practical and easy to follow guide for your experience and culture transformation. Filled with comics to snapshot our experiences as customers, a “mom lens” to reflect continuously on your performance, and a “make-mom-proud-ometer” quiz – the book makes Bliss’s approach accessible and approachable. Join the movement to #MakeMomProud by applying this book across your organization. Whether you're contemplating your company's returns policy, its social media presence, or its big-picture strategy, this approach will help your company anticipate both employee and customer needs, extend patience, and show respect at all times.

The Lives and Liberation of Princess Mandarava

The Lives and Liberation of Princess Mandarava

Author: Bsam-gtan-gliṅ-pa Phrin-las-ʼgro-ʼdul-las-rab-bde-ba-rtsal

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861711444

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 241

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This translation of a Tibetan "treasure text" tells the story of the Indian heroine Princess Mandarava, principal consort of the eighth-century Indian master Padmasambhava, recounting her struggles and triumphs as a Buddhist teacher in her many lives.

Fallen Star

Fallen Star

Author: Tara Nicole

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 9781645847014

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 194

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What do you get when you mix a bitter crime novelist, a cynical celestial being, and a demon-possessed fighter pilot? One hell of an adventure. After being cast from the heavens, Beltus finds himself stuck on earth. With nothing left to do but lick his wounds, Beltus takes up demon hunting. But while tracking a powerful demon, whose presence on earth raises many questions, he meets the beautiful and intriguing Bliss. Through Bliss's connection to the demon lord's newest human flesh suit, Beltus is able to gain powerful insight and enlists her help in finding him. But Bliss has her own demons to face as the journey proves to bring back memories of a terrible past. Together they travel down the coast on a wild ride of bad motels, strip clubs, and a whole lot of hell.