Such vision is no vision at all, for it is only temporary. The realisation that comes through constant meditation on "I am Truth-Consciousness-Bliss" is Self-Realisation. She came of extremely humble rural origins, though from a family respected over generations for its spiritual attainments. When a restless child is caught hold of, taken inside the house and given a toy, he will, for a short time at least, remain quiet and absorbed. She was given jal-samadhi, immersion in the waters of the Ganges, a privilege reserved for renunciates, on her death in 1985 at the age of 81. Question: Which is the best path to Self-knowledge? Without doubt the very power of the Guru can operate in a special way through this self-reliance, so that there will be no need for any outer teaching. The preservation of energy is essential. You beat the drum, and you hear the sound. Sustained effort ends in effortless being - in other words, what has been attained by constant practice is finally transcended, and then spontaneity comes. If it were a state of Being you would be unable to enjoy it in this way. Whatever the nature of this gift, it afforded those who observed it at close quarters an opportunity to develop their own sensitivity through her example. In exactly the same manner must you aspire at uninterruptedness where the search after Truth is concerned. . Ma Anand Sheela | Sept 2019. Question: If this is so, is it of any use to ask you further questions? It was apparent that I never interfered, but got on with the job as quietly and as unobtrusively as possible. There were no external accessories and she herself was Guru, Mantra and Ishta chosen deity. She also retained a "photographic" memory concerning the sadhana of devotees she might meet only at long intervals. Form is just as much He as the formless. What actually have you realised? Word of this reached other members of the family. Man's true nature is Sva, Svayam, Atma; call it by any name, it is the Supreme, I myself. Ancestors on both sides of the family had attained spiritual distinction: her father came from the well-known Kashyap clan of Vidyakut. To form a mental picture of Kheora it is necessary to appreciate how very remote it was, just one among many villages of the deltaic region. The whole scene miraculously careered along, particularly in the germinal phase, the 1930s, at the pace set by Anandamayi - more or less spontaneously, with no thought-out structure. She was constantly on the move throughout her long life, visiting her devotees and attracting all by the magnetism of her presence till her departure from this earth on August 28, 1982. It is this formidable and poignant capability which tempers the priorities in any individual's relation to Anandamayi and which makes so much in our feeble, cosy little day-to-day lives seem mere trivia - at any rate in my own life. But He has no limitation whatsoever. Attribution of divine status to a living person is deeply entrenched in the Indian spiritual outlook. Now and then I would disengage myself from this deep immersion and look into the room from outside, along with a few bystanders from Vindhyachal. Therefore, whichever side God within the woman's heart prompts her to take, that is right for her.". had a temple built for her by disciples in Dacca but left the day it All felt hunger, but even Anandamayi's aged father did not take anything without first feeding his divine daughter. It seemed as if her body had no weight and was fluttering in the wind. The insects are addressed as 'Ye Divine Ants, who originated at the Creation, ye who are combined with Rita', Rita being the Vedic term for Cosmic Order, hidden in the nether world. Once this body lived on three grains of rice daily for four or five months. It was a crucial feature of Anandamayi's lila, just as paying close attention to her every move was a major feature of her disciples' sadhana. We recall Bhagavan Rajneesh - he of the 87 Rolls Royces - or various cult leaders whose followers committed mass suicide. In the manner of the day she had to endure the ordeal of moving from a carefree childhood into the role of the inexperienced, deeply shy young daughter-in-law - a familiar pattern of domestic drudgery, unremitting hardship and severe discipline. You can see for yourself-just think: there is air and without air our body cannot keep alive. Essential Sri Anandamayi Ma: Life and Teachings of a 20th Century Saint from India (Spiritual Masters--East & West Series) by Anandamayi Ma, Alexander Lipski (2008) Paperback: Books - She would hold difficult yogic positions (asanas) for long periods and spontaneously form When she lay down, which was quite often and for long periods, she would just lie where she was, apparently quite indifferent to her comfort. When I was present on such occasions, she invariably spoke with great warmth and enchantment. For purposes of explication, the cosmogony has been presented earlier in its mythical terms. You become wholly centred on this aspect of Him; then formlessness does not exist for you - this is one state. Desirelessness can consume only that which is combustible; Divine Love and Devotion dissolve only that which is soluble. At that time there was a strong feeling of Gurubhava towards my husband. Very well, the many creeds and sects serve the purpose that He may bestow Himself on Himself along various channels - each has its own beauty - and that He may be discovered and expressed in countless ways, in all shapes and in the formless. she, probably, travelled more extensively than any previous teacher in Indian history. If you fail this, I maintain you have not accepted your Guru. In the case of Anandamayi, it has become obvious, indeed widely known, that we are dealing with a level of spiritual genius of very great rant, Her manifestation is extraordinarily rich and diverse. By virtue of the yoga of sustained practice, the veil will be torn asunder and the Self stand revealed - one will advance towards one's real home. She was visited by avatars and deities In that instant, Rembrandt's great painting of his old age, of the Prodigal Son falling at his father's feet, which I had hitherto regarded as a parable, became a living reality. Question; What is the work of the Guru and what is the work of the disciple? Not daring to risk that, Bholanath reluctantly went home. I would like to express my deep thanks to the Sri Sri Anandamayi Sangha, Varanasi, for kindly granting me permission to publish extracts from their publications, and for their generous help extended to me over the years. Today we are more concerned with investigating how the cosmogony came about, how the universe was created, rather than trying to put ourselves into right relation with it. We left after 9 in the evening and reached Kampurhat station around 1.30 am. "I had one and a half seers, roughly one and a half kilos, of green gram dal.., having cleaned it, and made everything ready, I said to Bholanath, 'Come, let us go to Siddheshwari': Bholanath never put obstacles in my way. What of it? With a manifestation as rich, diverse and visually arresting as Anandamayi's, the important thing is not to lose the whole in the detail. Who or what is that One Self? I would add one further detail to this evocation of village Bengal, which I remember most vividly from a few marvellous days I spent in Bhirbhum district at the home of a remarkable minstrel who had known Tagore, the Baul mystic, Nabani Das. Even this very day, as I am writing this, the newspaper carries on its front page a ten-day-exposure photograph from the camera of the Hubble space telescope of galaxies which exploded into existence at the creation of the universe. Later, Mataji took her to the Ambika temple in Rajpur, where Kamala performed a three-day yajna, a fire sacrifice, according to Mataji's instructions. You should then purify yourself and make a fresh start. There was such an ineffably sweet quality to her person that it seemed as if she might evaporate into thin air. Next the body became still and the Someone who has reached the stage of the last picture in the Zen Ox-Herding Pictures, their commentary explains, is regarded as being so elevated as to look no different from ordinary people: I use no magic to enhance my life; now; when I approach, trees bloom.". Be like a child who never grows up: the only reason why the child-like state does not last is "desire". When you wash your clothes, you have to apply soap. Work without the feeling that it is you who are working. Some people have found themselves swooning away, as it were, intoxicated with joy, remaining in that condition for quite a long time. The contrast between such reductionist confusion and the certainty with which Anandamayi speaks of her own state of mind in infancy is most striking. Find out! At the same time her teaching was totally uncompromising when it came to the essence of things, very tough; but absolutely gentle and generous with people's efforts. "Late indeed," agreed Anandamayi, "there you are right; but go to your real home, not to the dharmasala pilgrim hostel.". No other person in the India of her day incarnated love so purely, so magnificently, so comprehensively, as Anandamayi. What are these varieties of shapes and modes of being, what is the essence within them? During this period we felt convinced that her body was possessed by divine powers making it dance in countless beautiful ways. There is certainly a state where both difference and non-difference exist simultaneously - in very truth. Bengalis are very musical; song, more than any other art form, is the main vehicle for the expression of their emotional nature, the development of their exquisite language and the primary conduit through which the spiritual culture of the region so richly flows. Shiva temple for almost a year without money he asked the frog. Any "difficulty" there may be in following the events is ours, not Nirmala's, in as much as she appears to have kept her own counsel; it clearly was not her kheyala to comment in this instance. There are many stories of gods and goddesses said to have been literally "born from an ant-hill". It ended with both protagonists reduced to helpless laughter by my futile remonstrations. Similarly, I also walk around in my own house - I don't go anywhere - I am always at rest in my own home. "Never mind," Didi put in, "let's go back, driver, please!". All the same He has come to you in the form of the Eternal Sound or the descent of God in the form of the Word, or in the form of an Avatar. She had, however, still other symptoms which belong to the pathological domain alone" - The Lotus and the Robot, London, 1960. She was prepared to talk at length about the first half of my question but not the more urgent (at least for me at that time) second half. Discover (and save!) There was no question of rich and poor, good or bad, high or low there was perfect brotherhood among all. Feeling helpless in the face of adverse criticism, Bholanath finally agreed, but they could not "cure" Nirmala Sundari. They are now presented as my personal temoignage. The other traveller treads the path that is consistent with man's true being and which leads to his real home, to Self-knowledge. "Her exalted states found expression in so many ways that it is impossible to describe them in words. Whereas one who is inwardly prepared and ready for such a contact, may come from a great distance and within a minute know the great and holy for what they really are, it depends on one's capacity to penetrate to the essence of things. Later, my father asked Bholanath to have a word with her requesting her to give my father permission to go ahead. God is everywhere, He pervades everything. We can see how all this developed in the first decade of her travels. In the Punjab she was given the same place of honour as the Holy Granth Sahab. Moreover, due to her linguistic abilities Atmananda was frequently called upon to act as interpreter, not only for foreigners in private talks with Mataji, but also for many Indians who understood neither Bengali nor Hindi, the two languages in which Mataji conversed. This seems to imply that, though one is established in Pure Being, one has to get help from the mind when attending to work. Life and Teachings of Sri Ma Anandamayi: 9788170308102: Books - For the destruction of destruction has not yet come about. Answer: No, even in "not being God" there is only God alone. To know your Self would imply the revelation at that very same instant of what your father and mother - and the entire universe - in reality are. Bholanath then watched with fascination as she assumed various yogic asanas and mudras postures and hand gestures. . But Bholanath did not let such things worry him. 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