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How did a French woman succeed in becoming an Indian goddess? Born on February 21st, 1878, Mirra Alfassa left two ex-husbands and a young son in Paris to settle permanently in India by 1921. Renamed “The Mother,” she was declared a Hindu goddess, and spent the next 50 years as a powerful guru until her death at the age of 95. Today, she continues to be worshipped by thousands in India and abroad, heralded as a divine visionary whose ideas will guide humanity into the next millennium. Who was this Mother, really?