Durga Ma's education began in a small
mining town in Missouri. After being "discovered" by the
director of the college of music at the University of Missouri, she
spent three years on scholarship completing her bachelors degree
in education and music (piano and choral conducting) before completing
her masters degree at San Francisco State University. She has performed
in concert and recital, is an elementary, secondary and adult education
credentialed teacher, and has taught in the psychology department
at Antioch College West in San Francisco, California.
After owning her own business and raising
her two children, she simplified her life in order to take up the
full time study and practice of an ancient spiritual path of Eastern
origin (shaktipat kundalini yoga) which is passed down through
a lineage of spiritual masters. Having successfully completed all
the stages of this path over a period of several years, she was appointed
to teach her teacher's advanced students in the United States.
many years Durga Ma lived in solitude meditating eighteen hours each
day and studying ancient Sanskrit writings. Her extraordinary gift
for comprehending the inner meanings of these great works, and her
own meditative experience have given rise to her extraordinary grasp
of the spiritual path.
She has written and published on the subject
of meditation and the spiritual path, and has translated various
texts from the original Sanskrit into English specifically for the
Western reader. Realizing that most spiritual and religious writings
and oral teachings have traditionally been carried by and addressed
to men, she interprets these teachings for women in current time
in Western culture.
Her many years of study and experience
have equipped her with an amazing ability for refining ancient teachings
for access to a modern world without sacrificing essentials and authenticity.
She stresses empowerment through conscious choice, and personally
tailors her spiritual guidance to meet each person’s needs
and aims. Her
students represent various religions as well as those seeking Truth
outside organized religion.
Durga Ma occupies all her
time her time in meditation, study, writing, guiding initiates and
students, and responding to their emails. Her life is sustained by
the generosity of her students and well-wishers.
has been installed in response to those of you who have asked how
they might help to support Durga Ma. Thank you for the suggestion.