Sant Keshavadas delegated the responsibilities of his mission to his wife, Rama Mata and empowered her with the Guru lineage.
A devoted disciple/servant during her marriage of 46 years, she is considered by many in her native India and around the world to be a saint in her own right. This humble woman is now called "Guru Mata" and vows to continue Guruji's work.
Sant Keshavadas, the Founder of Temple of Cosmic Religion, belonged to the ancient line of singing saints and exemplifies the tradition Bhakti Yoga or devotional mysticism. He established numerous temples and meditation centers throughout the United States, as well as the Bhagavad-Gita Mandir and Gayatri University in Bangalore, India and conducted more than thirty peace pilgrimages around the world, he dedicated his life to the goal of world peace. Author of over 20 books and composer of more than 6,000 spiritual songs, his legacy lives on through the dedication of his wife and the spark of God-realization he instilled in his devotees and disciples.
Gurumataji Rama Mata and her son, Murali Pai
Gurumataji Rama Mata, Successor to Sadguru Sant Keshavadas
Guru Mataji the successor to Sant Keshavadas is the President of the Temple of Cosmic Religion and continues to administer its world headquarters at Vishwa Shanti Ashrama in Bangalore, India.
When Mataji was fifteen years old, she attended a celebration on the holy night of Dattatreya. Sadguru Sant Keshavadas, a famous guru only a teenager himself, had been invited to give satsang (a discussion of spiritual knowledge in the company of saints). When this celebrated guru saw her in the audience, he knew she was to be his wife and he advised her to begin using her beautiful voice in the singing of God’s name (bhajans). She traveled the world with Guruji, embracing us with her unconditional love. Just before Guruji attained Mahasamadi in 1997, he anointed her with the Guru lineage. Known as “Mother” throughout the world, Mataji has traveled throughout India, Europe, the U.S. and Trinidad, enlightening our souls with her wisdom, enchanting our ears with her voice, and embracing each of us as her child.
Muralidhar (Murali) Pai
Murali Pai accompanied his father to the United States more than 40 years ago to bring Indian classical music to the West - and never left. His father, the late Sri Sadguru Keshavadas, was a singer who started teaching his son Indian classical music when he was six years old. Murali traveled throughout India and several other countries playing tabla (a pair of traditional Indian drums) during his father’s satsangs. Murali is now one of the most accomplished Indian classical musicians in the U.S. and has performed with celebrities in the world of Indian classical music, yet he remains humble. His motto: “I’m just an instrument.” A guru in his own right, Murali continues to promote his parents’ teachings and often travels with Gurumataji as a devoted son and servant to God and Guru.