Ma Jaya’s CV
MA JAYA SATI BHAGAVATI
11155 Roseland Rd. Sebastian, FL 32958
Born: Brooklyn, New York USA May 26, 1940
Died: Sebastian, Florida April 13, 2012
2009: By the River affordable senior housing community
2002: Kashi School of Yoga
2001: Developed and formalized Kali Natha Yoga
2001: Kashi Interfaith Youth Action Program
2001: Kashi Rainbow – GLBT Awareness Organization
1999: Feed Everyone Program
1999: Global Awareness Campaign
1998: Statement of Conscience in behalf of AIDS pandemic
1997: The Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies
1998: World Tibet Day
1996: Dattatreya Kali Saraswati Order of Monks and Sanyasin
1994: The River House – Respite for those with AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses
1990: Mary’s House – Founder – Pediatric AIDS home
1990: The River Fund – Kashi’s service organization
1981: Kashi Sacred Art
1979: The River School
1976: Kashi Church Foundation
2010 Oct Recipient, Interfaith Visionary Award from the Temple of Understanding, New York
2007 Oct. Recipient of Humanitarian Service Award from the Gandhi Foundatio USA, Martin Luther King Center and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
2006 Jan. Recipient of the title of Mata Maha Mandleshwar from the Ma Yoga Shakti Mission
2004 Aug Recipient of the Interparliamentary Paradigm of Peace Award, ratified by 26 parliaments and governments around the world
2004 April Her portrait unveiled in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College – portraits of world peacemakers – by former S.
African President F.W. DeKlerk and Walter Eugene Massey, President of Morehouse College
2003 May Recipient of accolades from President Bush, Governor Bush, state Senators and other political leaders
2002 May Recipient of the United Foundation for AIDS Award
2002 May Recipient of the Universal Way Award
2002 April Inducted into Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers, Morehouse College, Atlanta
2001 May Recipient of a Jefferson Award Certificate of Excellence
1998 April: Recipient of the Extraordinary Voices Award from Mothers’ Voices, national AIDS organization
1995: Service Appreciation Award, Palm Beach County Commission
1994 Oct.: Recipient of the LA Art Core Award
1994 July: Recipient of Woman of Peace Award from Sikh Dharma of North America
1992: Nominated for White House Office of National Service, Points of Light AIDS Service Award
1991: Mayor of Miami City Arts Award
2006 to present Trustee Emeritus of the Parliament of the World’s Religions
2002 to present Advisory Board: Equal Partners in Faith
2002 to present Advisory Board: Institute on Religion and Public Policy
2000 to present Advisory Board of the Gardner’s Syndrome Assoc.
1996 to present Delegate for United Religions Initiative
1995 to 2006 Trustee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions
1995 to present Member of the Parliament’s International Initiative Committee
1994 to present Board of Directors: Project Response, Comprehensive AIDS care program in Florida
1993 to present Member of Assembly of Spiritual and Religious Leaders at the Parliament of the World’s Religions
1976 to present Spiritual Director of Kashi Church Foundation
Major Lectures & Presentations:
1973-April 2012: for the past thirty-five years, Ma has taught almost daily and has
frequently offered weekend intensive retreats at Kashi and throughout the country
Jan. Kashi School of Yoga, Graduate Workshop
Feb.- July Kashi School of Yoga, Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training weekend program
March Women’s Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Unleash Your Shakti
April Workshop, Kashi Atlanta: Expansion, Awareness, and Ecstasy
Feb. Kashi School of Yoga, Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training 2A
March Women’s Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Becoming the Ancient Feminine Warrior
April Workshop, Kashi Atlanta: Manifesting Consciousness
June Workshop, Kashi Los Angeles: Manifesting Spiritual Wisdom
July Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Teachings of the Skull
Oct. Workshop, Kashi Atlanta: Transform Your Life to Transform the World
Nov. Kashi School of Yoga, Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training 2B
Dec. Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Manifesting Freedom Through Discipline
Feb. Kashi School of Yoga, Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training 1A
March Workshop, Kashi Atlanta: Taming The Chaos of the Mind; Awakening the Stillness Within
April Workshop, Kashi New York: Transcending Shame and Unworthiness
June Workshop, Kashi Los Angeles: Mastering Time, Consuming Stress
July Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Igniting Your Intuition Learn the Secrets to Deepen Your Innate Awareness
Sept. Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Breaking the Karmic Cycle
Nov. Kashi School of Yoga, Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training 1B
Dec. Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Transcending Addictions; Living the Spiritual High
Feb. Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: A Journey into the Silence: An In-Depth Meditation Intensive
March Workshop, Kashi Los Angeles: Exploring the Karmic Spaces of Life: Transcending Illusion
April Workshop, Kashi Atlanta: Exploring the Eleven Karmic Spaces: The Path of Transformation and Awareness
May Workshop, Kashi New York: Urban Spirituality: Finding the Depth of Silence in the Chaos of Life
July Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: The Path of Advaita: Experience the Formless and the Journey beyond Duality
Oct. Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Conscious Awakening: Becoming your True Authentic Self
Nov. Kashi School of Yoga, Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training pilot
Dec. GLBT Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: The Soul has No Gender
Feb. Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Exploring the Four Corners of Spiritual Death
April Workshop, Kashi Atlanta: The Yoga of Liberation – Freeing Yourself from Yourself
Nov. Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Becoming the Karmic Warrior, Women’s Intensive
Oct. Naropa Institute, The Role of Kali and Tara in the Liberation and Death
Sept. Workshop, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Kali Yoga for The Kali Yuga
June Workshop, Become the Architect of your Own Destiny, New York City
April Workshop, The Yoga of Spiritual Death, Atlanta GA
Feb. Workshop Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Kali Yoga Intensive: Exploring the Path to Spiritual Ego Death and Liberation
July Workshop: Teaching the Teachers, Advanced Intensive Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies Sebastian, FL
April Workshop: Consuming the Path of Resistance New York City, NY
Lecture, “The Hindu Diaspora,” South Florida Hindu Temple, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar. Workshop: Exploring the Paradoxes and Contradictions of the Spiritual Path Atlanta, GA
Jan. Workshop: Karma, Creation and Destiny Los Angeles, CA
Dec. Workshop: Exploring Karma and Living in the Stream of Consciousness, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Sebastian, FL
Nov. Workshop, Becoming the Spiritual Warrior- Women’s Intensive Retreat: Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Sebastian
Oct. Workshop: Illuminating the Goddess, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Sebastian, FL
July Workshop: Advanced Intensive Retreat, The Art of Non-Reaction, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Sebastian, FL
June Lecture, Creation & Destiny Santa Fe, NM
Keynote, Peace Prayer Day, Espanola, NM
May Workshop: Dancing with the Black Goddess, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Apr. Workshop: The Path of Detachment & Awareness, Atlanta, GA
Mar. Workshop: The Flames of Smashen Kali- Men’s Intensive Retreat, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies Sebastian, FL
Feb. Workshop: The Seven Streams of Shiva, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Sebastian, FL
Jan. Lecture, Unity on the Bay Chaplains ministry, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies Sebastian, FL
Nov. Workshop: The Sacred Art of Worship, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies: Sebastian, FL
Nov. Opening Invocation, Omega Institute Conference: The Adventure of Being Alive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Oct. Workshop: The Tantric Mother Within; Men’s Intensive Retreat: Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies Sebastian, FL
Aug. Delegate, Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, New York City, NY
Aug. Keynote address, Interfaith Youth Assembly, St. Bartholomew Church, New York City, NY
July Workshop, Advanced Intensive: The Cremation Grounds, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies
June Lecture, Kundalini & Shakti, Santa Fe, NM
May Workshop: Kali Tantra: An Experience of the Tantric Goddess, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Apr. Workshop, The Wheel of Time, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Los Angeles, CA
Mar. Workshop: The Art of Detachment, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Sebastian, FL
Jan. Keynote Speaker, Students for a Free Tibet: Direct Action Camp, Kashi Ashram, Sebastian, FL
Dec. Workshop: Millennium Intensive: The Seduction of Mother Kali Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Sebastian, FL
Dec. Parliament of the World’s Religions Conference: Cape Town, South Africa
Keynote Speaker, Inaugural Ceremony: AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
Lecture, Women and Spirituality: The Role of Women as Spiritual Leaders and Practitioners in the 21st Century
Lecture, The Rise of Mother Kali in the 21st Century: A Practical and Esoteric Experience of the Hindu Goddess
Lecture, Voices into the Millennium: The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
Panel Member, Testimonies to Mutual Irradiation
Oct. Workshop: Durga Puja Intensive, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Sebastian, FL
Sept: Lecture, Kali Temple, Laguna Beach, CA
Sept. Workshop: The Heart of the Mother, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Sebastian, FL
Sept. Keynote speaker, Spirituality and AIDS Conference, Florida International University, Boca Raton, FL
July Workshop: Tara Tantra, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies, Sebastian, FL
June Lecture, The Heart of Mother Kali, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM
June Lecture, The Flame of Awareness, The Cenacle, Chicago, IL
May Lecture, The Breath of Kali Tantra: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Apr. Workshop: Chaos & The Mother, Kashi Center for Advanced Spiritual Studies
1999: Keynote speaker, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
1998: Keynote speaker, AIDS & Religion in America Convocation, Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
Religious Delegate; United Religions Initiative Conference: Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Keynote speaker, Columbia University, Chicago,IL
1998 Keynote speaker, Eastern Conference of Religious Science, Jekyll Island, GA
1997-99: Lecture, Vedic Heritage Hindu Temple, Long Island, NY
1997: Religious Delegate, United Religions Initiative Conference: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Los Angeles, CA
1996-97: Lecture, Center for Living, West Palm Beach, FL
Lecture, Source of Life Center, New York, NY
1996 Oct. Keynote speaker, National Interfaith Service, Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C.
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
1996: Lecture, Open Center, New York, NY
Keynote speaker, Interfaith Conference, Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
Keynote speaker, New Life Expo, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lecture, Communal Studies Association, Fort Myers, FL
Lecture, Center for Living, Los Angeles, CA
1995-96 Keynote speaker, National AIDS Conference
Lecture, AIDS Manasota Conference, Sarasota, FL
Lecture, Center for Living, San Francisco, CA
1995 Keynote speaker, Sky Foundation Yoga Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Keynote speaker, AIDS & Spirituality, Duke University, Chapel Hill, NC
Lecture, Center for Living, New York, NY
1994-98: Keynote speaker, AIDS Awareness Week, Brevard Community College Melbourne, FL
1994-95: Lecture, Spirituality & Arts, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Lecture, Harvard University: School of Divinity, Cambridge, MA
1994: Keynote speaker, Philadelphia Action AIDS Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Lecture, Communal Studies Association
New Harmony, IN
Keynote speaker, Hair Cares AIDS Benefit Miami, FL
1993 Aug. Keynote speaker, Parliament of the World’s Religions Chicago, IL
1993 Sept. Parliament of the World’s Religions Conference: Chicago, IL
Lecture, Service is Your Spiritual Work
Lecture, Voices of Spirit and Tradition
Panel Member, Buddhist Christian Dialogue w/ HH Dalai Lama
1993: Lecture, Pierre Cardin Studio/Theatre Complex
1974-75: Weekly Lecture, Jesuit Seminary of Mt. Manresa
Staten Island, NY
Media Appearances & Major Interviews:
2012 “Max & Friends,” LA Talk Radio with Max Tucci
2011 Peace Talks radio show with Audri Scott Williams
2011 EnlightenNext broadcast with Andrew Cohen
2010 “The Art of Living Well” radio show with Charlotte McGinnis
2010 WGCU Public Television documentary, “Florida: Heaven on Earth”
2010 Nothing But Good News, radio show with Kandee Gee
2010 “How Interfaith Thinking Can Design a World of Peace,” Design Your Life radio, Unity FM with Rev. Kevin Ross
2002 May Interview, “The Rhett Palmer Show,” Channel l0 TV, Vero Beach
Mar. Interview, the Stuart News, Stuart, FL
Jan Adelphia Cable, “The God Squad” with Bill Rosendahl, Host
Los Angeles, CA
200l Feb. Interview, “Living in Balance” TV show, The Wisdom Network
Nov. Interview with Living in Balance Magazine
Boca Raton, FL
Sept. Guest, “The Future of Healing”
Enlighten Up South Florida – Live Show, WLRN-TV
PBS affiliate from Miami to West Palm Beach
2000 Aug Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious & Spiritual Leaders at the
Held interviews with:
Whole Life Times
Reuters News Service
The Garden (UK)
New York, NY
1995 – 1996 Bill Rosendahl Show: Public Affairs
Century Cable, Los Angeles
1994 – 2001 Annual radio guest, Transitions Radio KBAC
Santa Fe, NM
1994 – 1997 Cable TV Access: Series on AIDS & Spirituality
Century Cable, Los Angeles
1975 Radio guest, In the Spirit, WBAI
New York, NY
About Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati & Her Work:
Articles & Book Excerpts:
“Ashram Goes on as Founder Battles Cancer,” 32963 magazine, March 2012
“Today’s Kashi Ashram is an example of a community that works,” article in Vero Beach Newsweekly, June 30, 2011
“Who Makes Your Sebastian World Tick?” Sebastian Sun profile on Ma, Dec. 2010
“Tools for Transformation to Heal the Heart of Mother Earth,” Patheos.com 2009
“Ki Jai Kashi: The Essence of Community,” Miracle Journeys Magazine, (July/August 2002)
“Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati: Guru From Brooklyn Creates Sanctuary Devoted to Service,” New Directions Magazine (July, 2001): 24-25, 36.
“Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati Celebrates 61st Birthday,” by Susan Harris, New Directions Magazine (May, 2001).
“Compassion In Action.” by Roshi Glassman, What Is Enlightenment? Magazine (Spring/Summer, 2001): 66-67.
“Don’t Ask Me Why-Just Do Something” – an interview with Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati by Andrew Cohen, What Is Enlightenment? Magazine (Spring/Summer, 2001): 76-82.
The Mystic Heart, by Brother Wayne Teasdale, New World Libraray, Novato, CA (2001).
“Voices of Wisdom: Spiritual Gratitude,” Miracle Journeys Magazine (December, 2000): 32-35.
“There Are No Throw-Away People; The Journey from Brooklyn to God,” One Heart Magazine (November, 2000): 32-35.
“Guru Ma: An Icon for Human Rights,” by Anjali Sharma, News India Times (October 20, 2000).
“Spiritual Leader, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati,” by Anjali Sharma, Desi Talk (October 13, 2000).
“New Rest, New Hope: The Story of Ma,” Karell Newsletter (Winter 2000)
“Kashi, USA,” by Lavina Melwani, LittleIndia.com (1999)
“The Selfless Life of Serving Siva in All: Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, AIDS Angel of Kashi,” By Lavina Melwani, Hinduism Today (February, 1999): 37 – 38.
The Woman Awake: Feminine Wisdom for Spiritual Life, Regina Sara Ryan: Hohm Press, Prescott, AZ, (1998): 192 – 202.
“Guru with a Schtick: An Interview with Ma Jaya,” by Cliff Bostock, Paradigms (April, 1998)
“The Agony and the Ecstasy,” by Mark Matousek, Yoga Journal (March/April 1996): 90-97, 148-150.
“Ma Jaya from the Holy Land of Brooklyn.” by Toinette Lippe, Shambala Sun (March 1995): 8 -10.
On Common Ground – CD-ROM, by Diana Eck, Pluralism Project, Harvard University (1995)
“Profile: Ma Jaya.” by Suzanne Duca, Visions Art Quarterly (Summer 1994): 39 – 41.
“The Service Work of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati.” by Brahma Das, Tantra Magazine (1994): 59.
“My Priests,” Last Watch of the Night (Paul Monette), Harcourt Brace & Co., New York: (1994)
“The School with a Heart.” – Highlights of the programs at the Ma Jaya River School,
Jaya Communications, 2001
“Who Is Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati?” - An introduction to Ma Jaya’s life and work,
Jaya Communications, 2000
Books, Articles and Publications Written by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati:
How God Found Me: Memoirs of a Holy Woman from Brooklyn (forthcoming)
Her childhood and transformation from housewife to spiritual teacher — a journey which has indeed led her to teach “all ways.”
“The Joy of Celibacy,” Aquarian Times Magazine (Summer 2002)
“Ego,” New Life Magazine (June 2002)
“Ego,” Aquarius Magazine (March 2001)
“Manifestations of the Mother,” Miracle Journeys Magazine (January, 2000).
“Kali Who Swallows the Universe,” Parabola (Summer 1998): 18 –21.
“The Light of Every Candle” The Fifty -Eighth Century: A Jewish Renewal Sourcebook (Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi), ed. Shohama Wiener: 265 – 272
Feed Everyone, Jaya Communications, 2000
The River, Devotional poetry, Ganga Press, 1994.
Bones & Ash, Poetry drawn from Ma Jaya’s journals, Jaya Press, 1995.
The 11 Karmic Spaces, Kashi Publications, 2012
She Who Rides The Lion Rides My Beating Heart, Jaya Press, 1997.
Breathe and Dance with the Gods, Ganga Press, 1994.
Nine Meditations, Ganga Press, 1994.
On Death and Dying, Ganga Press, 1994.
The Art of Tantra, Jaya Communications, 2002.
Enlightenment, Jaya Communications, 2002.
The Art of Mysticism, Jaya Communications, 2001.
Facing the Millennium, Jaya Communications, 1999.
The Great Joy, Jaya Communications, 1998.
Death and Awareness, Jaya Communications, 1998.
The Tree of Kali Yoga, Jaya Communications, 1997.
A Guided Meditation, Jaya Communications, 1997.
Living with AIDS Now, Jaya Communications, 1997.
A Memorial, Jaya Communications, 1997.
The Heart of Service, Jaya Communications, 1996.
Living with Illness, Dying Without Fear, Jaya Communications, 1996.
Kali Yoga: How to Consume the Kali Yuga, Jaya Communications, 1996.
Sharing the Heart: A Guide for Caregivers, Jaya Communications, 1995.
Living with Death, Jaya Communications, 1995.
Introducing Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, Ganga Press, 1994.
Dance in the Fire, Jaya Communications, 1996.
Swim in the Ganga, Jaya Communications, 1996.
Bow to the Silence, Jaya Communications, 1995.
Meditations and Talks, Ganga Press, 1995.
2002: California Institute of Integral Studies “The Ancient Mother,” San Francisco, CA
2001: Ocean Drive Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida
Jaya Devi Yoga Center, Atlanta, Georgia
AIDS Manasota, Sarasota, FL
1998: Center for Living, Good Samaritan Hospital, West Palm Beach, Florida
1996: Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania [also 1991, 1990]
Barbara Braethen Gallery, New York, New York
1995: Copeland-Rutherford Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Gallery Ildiko Risse/Landkreis Stamberg, Munich, Germany
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Steiner Galleries, Bal Harbour, Florida [also 1992, 1990]
Abshires Benefit, West Palm Beach, Florida
1994: Architects & Heroes Benefit, San Francisco, California
1993: Angel Art Benefit/Project Angelfood, Los Angeles, California
Laurina Arte, Rome, Italy
Sarasota Visual Arts Center, Sarasota, Florida
Parliament of World’s Religions, Chicago, Illinois
Women’s Caucus for the Arts Benefit, Seattle, Washington
1992: Forum Gallery, New York, New York
Newman Center, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Espace Cardin Benefit for AIDS, Paris, France
1991: Croce-Rock Gallery, San Diego, California
The Art Center of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida
Cure Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Hostelleries des 3 Forces, St. Barth, F.W.I. [also 1990]
Hair Cares Benefit, Miami, FL
1990: Wrenn Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Strauss Gallery, New York, New York
Embassy Gallery, Miami, Florida