The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe

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Yes International Publishers, Jan 1, 1999 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 186 pages
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Over the last 1,500 years, the ancient, world-wide religion of the Great Mother has been extinguished everywhere. Everywhere, that is, except India, the one place on earth where the tradition of the Mother of the Universe is still celebrated today on a massive scale as it has been for thousands of years. Linda Johnsen takes us to India today and shows us a Goddess who triumphantly flourishes in powerful temples, ecstatic festivals, and in the hearts of millions of devotees. Through wonderful stories and her own learnings, Linda penetrates the heart of the tradition to reveal that the Goddess belief offers not only an honoring of fertility and feminine values, but an amazing revelation of the limitless potentials of human consciousness. This book introduces readers to the vast wealth of India's Goddess literature, extraordinary mystical text in which the Goddess herself reveals who she is, why she created us, and how we can find our way back to her lap.

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Johnson, author of Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India (LJ 6/1/94) and devotee of Amritanandamayi Ma, uses story, myth, and Tantric cosmology to encourage Westerners to heed the rich ... Read full review

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She explains different goddesses of Hinduism and gives wonderful stories about them which are truly wonderful to read. I have used some of this book in a couple of my speeches on various goddesses, too. Read full review


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Linda Johnsen is a long-time student of religious philosophy and spirituality and an initiate in the Shaktavaita Tradition. She holds degrees in Eastern and Western Psychology, and has post-graduate training in theology and Sanskrit. She has travelled to India and lived with women saints. She writes for several spiritual magazines and has contributed to several anthologies including The Divine Mosaic: Womens Images of the Sacred Other. She resides in California.

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