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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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• Radhasoami

• Radhasoami

The Healing Offer

(p.184) 12 • Radhasoami
The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

The lack of agreement about who should succeed to the throne when any given guru passes away has led to a number of schisms since Radhasoami was established in the mid-nineteenth century. This chapter looks at the community that has emerged from these struggles as the most populous and globally influential Radhasoami lineage: the stately dera at Beas in the Punjab. It describes what it was like to be there in the presence of Maharaj Charan Singh, who served as guru for the remarkably long period extending from 1951 to 1990.

Keywords:   succession, Radhasoami lineage, Maharaj Charan Singh, Beas dera

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