Our Indian Lineage
Through our association with Jagadguru Her Holiness Sai Maa, we become part of an Indian lineage. This page provides information about lineage in general, as well as the background and presence today of our specific Indian lineage.
What is a Lineage?
A lineage can be described as a group of individuals who can be traced back to a common ancestor or founder. As for a spiritual lineage, the traditions, principles, teachings and practices are passed down through generations of gurus, disciples, teachers, and students.
Why is Lineage Important?
By becoming aware of our lineage, we can appreciate a new aspect of ourselves, and benefit from the resources and teachings of that lineage. We become part of the energetic connection of all those who have devoted themselves to the lineage over the years, and we can form relationships with those who are in the lineage. Finally, we can serve the values and legacy of our lineage through the actions we take.
What is Our Lineage?
First as 1008 Mahamandaleshwar in 2005, and then as Jagadguru in 2007, Sai Maa was initiated into a Vishnu lineage tracing back 2,600 years to the great enlightened sage Vishnuswami who was devoted to Gopal, the baby form of Krishna. This lineage is one of right action and service (Sanatana Dharma), focused on living a life of high values that contribute to the greatest good of society. In 2019, nine members of the Order of Sai Maa Brahmacharya were initiated at the Kumbh Mela into the Vishnuswami lineage as 108 Mahamandaleshwar.
His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Satuwa Baba Maharaj (Maharaji)
A highly respected saint within the lineage of Satuwa Baba and Vishnuswami, Maharaji blessed our community with his presence, teachings about Krishna, and the deep love he expressed for Sai Maa and our community. Many of us were able to visit the Satuwa Baba Ashram in Kashi, India, and to be with Maharaji there and at our Temple of Consciousness Ashram in Crestone, Colorado.
What Exists Today as Our Lineage?
The Nirmohi Ani Akhara furthers the tradition started by Vishnuswami, and is dedicated to continuing the principles and service of the lineage. The Akhara expresses its legacy of service (Sanatana Dharma) through humanitarian projects, ashrams (places of Vedic study), temples, and spiritual seminars across India. Every twelve years, the Akhara gathers at the Kumbh Mela offering food, lodging, medical services, and spiritual programs for all in attendance.
Rajendra Das, the President of our Akhara, is based in Gujarat and oversees the work of the Akhara and its 100 lineage bearers, including Sai Maa and the current nine Mahamandaleshwar within the Order of Sai Maa Brahmacharya.
“Your heart as the shrine of God is to always be kept pure with devotion and humility. Anything you’ve learned has no value without purity. Your mind must stay focused only on what’s real, what can never be destroyed—offer all to that.”
~ Sai Maa