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Ma Jaya teaches from profound inner realization. Ma Jaya's style is very direct and carried by a great love for her students that helps them to untie the knots of the heart and overcome the obstacles of the mind.

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In 1996 Ma Jaya initiated the order of Dattatreya Saraswati Kali sanyas at Kashi. This honor is given after many years of immersion in the teachings of Ma Jaya. Ma looks at the heart of a person, and has broken with tradition by creating women sanyas as well as openly gay sanyas. The order is led by the Acharyas.

The Kashi Sanyas vow is an interfaith vow. It is a vow to respect all religions and all paths, to respect and to learn to serve the human heart and to bring joy and compassion to all who come your way. A renunciate gives up all attachments and is always in the presence of God. A renunciate is in love with God. To view a photo video of the 2008 sanyas ceremony, click here.

Kashi’s Acharyas and sanyasin live in Kashi’s Ashrams in Florida, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles. They come from many different backgrounds and lead diverse lives in their communities. Each sanyasin is steeped in the teachings of Kashi and has a wealth of life experience which they willingly share with everyone.

ADDNYAcharya Durga Das, New York

Acharya Shiva, Los Angeles (deceased)
Acharya Durga Das, Florida

Acharya Rudra Das, Florida

Swami Himalaya, Florida

Swami Moksha Ram, Florida (deceased)

Swami Bhagavati Das, Florida

Swami Krishnabai, Florida

Swami Bhava Tarini, Los Angeles

Swami Narayana, Florida

Swami Anjani, Florida

Swami Dhumavati, Florida

Swami Laxman Das, Yoga Acharya, Los Angeles

Swami Jaya Devi, Yoga Acharya, Atlanta

Swami Uma, New York

Swami Madhava, Florida


 Swami Mata Giri, FloridaSwami Mata Giri, Florida