Tara's Secret by William Garlington

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A young boy in 19th-century India has conflicting religious experiences. Gopala becomes a priest at the temple of the goddess Ma Tara in Benares. Helped by the temple owner, a Vedantic guru, and a female Tantric teacher, Gopala comes to know many of the goddess' secrets. His knowledge leads to fame, and he leads a national revivalist movement. But he is dissatisfied: his own visions of enlightenment are at odds with the movement's orthodoxy. The tension between his roles as guru and movement spokesperson heightens with a deepening relationship with a young student, Govinda, who dramatically resolves the Goddess Ma Tar's secret.

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Published April 1, 2004 by White Cloud Press. 188 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jayananda discovers that Govinda is actually an incarnation of a venerable agnivesha, a descendent of the god Agni, and he is to teach Govinda the mystical truths that the world has caused him to forget.

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