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Sri Natha Devi, is a self-proclaimed universal teacher for world peace, operates a spiritual center in the heart of one of South Central Los Angeles toughest neighborhoods. I (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Devi gives a tour of her backyard featuring a sweat lodge and fire pit. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Inside are religious artifacts, healing crystals, portraits of gurus, and a huge painting of the Blessed Mother of Jesus that, Sri Natha Devi says, speaks to her and her followers. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Talibah Ndidi prays during a women’s circle medidation. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Devi leads a women’s circle medidation. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Abhiram das Harry Grammer plays a didgeridoo, an instrument form Austrailia made from the yucca plant. (Gary Friedman / LAT)