A direct incarnation of Durga Ma (Divine Mother) and master of Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga*, Durga Ma devoted her life to sadhana (spiritual practice) and Self-Realization. It was her Divine mission, given by Lord Lakulish (the 28th incarnation of Shiva) through her guru, Yogeshwar (Charles Berner) to bring back the worship of the Divine Goddess.
In addition to the initiation of many into this lineage and practice of surrender meditation, she wrote and taught numerous courses on the science of meditation and spirituality, composed music for inducing effortless meditation, and translated ancient yogic scripture into Western English for the modern seeker without sacrificing authenticity. In particular she translated the entirety of the Bhagavad Gita from the perspective of a female, which is unprecedented and sheds a much needed light on one of the most revered yogic texts.
Durga Ma lived the majority of her life as a hermit in seclusion, in devotion to God and her sadhana to such a depth, that it will remain a mystical event for the times. She raised two beautiful daughters in her earlier years, attended University and attained a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in music and education. Her gifts were unconditional to this world and love unbounded beyond the comprehension of human experience. She lived for God, as God, so that we too may seek and find the Reality of our true Selves.
All of the work that Durga Ma completed in her life is what serves as the educational foundation of ISLAdevi and is what is available to our community and members as a way to guide and support anyone on the path of Yoga and Self-Realization in a way that is suited for the individual in a modern Western world.
If you are interested in knowing more about Durga Ma and her life, you may enjoy reading Living The Mysteries – The Spiritual Journey of Durga Ma (available soon in the Dharma Shop). You can access her translations of the Bhagavad Gita and other yogic texts on her blog Mystical Tidbits.
*Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga has gone by many names, Sahaja Yoga, Surrender Meditation, Natural Meditation to name a few.