Maya Warrier is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter. Her research explores popular Hindu traditions in modern transnational contexts. Her monograph, Hindu Selves in a Modern World: Guru Faith in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission (Routledge-Curzon, 2005) examines contemporary forms of bhakti (devotion) and seva (service) practised by the urban Indian ‘middle class’ devotees of the transnational guru Mata Amritanandamayi (popularly known as Amma). Since 2005, she has been researching the development of Ayurveda (the ancient Indian system of medicine) in the UK, and has authored a series of articles based on this research. She is currently preparing a monograph exploring Hindu traditions in the Western ‘New Age’ complex. Her institutional homepage can be found here.
(forthcoming) ‘Online Bhakti in a Modern Guru Organisation’ in Mark Singleton and Ellen Goldberg (eds) Gurus of Modern Yoga.
(forthcoming) ‘The Professionalisation of Ayurveda in Britain: The Twin Imperatives of Biomedicalisation and Spiritualisation’ in Sax, William et al. (eds) Asymmetrical Translations: Mind and Body in European and Indian Medicine
(forthcoming) ‘Revisiting the Easternisation Thesis: The Spiritualisation of Ayurveda in Modern Britain’ in Paul Heelas (ed) Spirituality in the Modern World: Within Religious Tradition and Within Realms Beyond, Volume 3. Routledge.
2011. ‘Modern Ayurveda in Transnational Context’. Religion Compass. 5, 3: 80-93.
2008. ‘Seekership, Spirituality and Self-discovery: Ayurveda Students in Britain’. Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity. 4: 423-451
2006. “Modernity and its imbalances: Constructing modern selfhood in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission”. Religion. 36: 179-195
2003. “The Seva Ethic and the Spirit of Institution Building in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission” in Antony Copley (ed.) Hinduism in Public and Private. Delhi: Oxford University Press
2003. “Guru Choice and Spiritual Seeking in Contemporary India”. International Journal of Hindu Studies. 7, 1-3: 31-54
2003. “Processes of Secularisation in Contemporary India: Guru Faith in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission”. Modern Asian Studies. 37,1: 2