I was always on the lookout for fresh feature material. And last but not least, the tree gives itself. Where the mind is, there is experience. What she said in no way deviated from the doctrine which had been laid down for millennia in texts they had pored over all their lives; she had never read a word of these texts yet had complete command of the doctrine contained within them! Intrinsically she was freedom itself -that was one extremely important half of the truth. What are these varieties of shapes and modes of being, what is the essence within them? Moving around in this manner, she joined the kirtan singers and began to revolve in their midst. Pressing her forehead repeatedly to their trunks she said in soft but clearly audible tones: "Well, well, so you have brought this body here to see you." Everyone is alike to me. There were no external accessories and she herself was Guru, Mantra and Ishta chosen deity. Anandamayi was sensitive to environmental influences as was demonstrated when she once passed a Muslim tomb. But the wonder is that where That is, there is not even room for different stands to be taken. In all your thoughts and outward actions, your sole aim must be to stick to Him steadily at all times. There is a section in the excerpts from the discourses of Anandamayi included here where she comments at length on the spiritual meaning of the Guru. Anandamayi Ma. Nirmala was conspicuously docile, obedient to a degree, with a lively sense of humour, although she was sometimes "absent-minded". Was right? After Kamala's death in 1936 both Pandit Nehru and Indira subsequently visited Mataji on numerous occasions. thoughts of sexuality occurred to Bholanath, Anandamayi's body would Then he carried me away and left me in a heap in a corner. .. "All these asanas and so forth were not done of my own volition. When you say: "He is only this" and then "He is also this". ), "In my country all leaves become gerua in autumn. But it has been so with this body. But when she does command, obedience without asking for reasons is the only way. Here is a strangeness, an indefinable rarity, an uncanny, ineffable quality which comes so near the limits of the recognisably human as to call for a revision of what we mean by that very word "human". What I remember most is the earth itself: we sat right on the sun-baked earth with the peasant's low-angle perspective of ploughed earth clods stretching to infinity under an enormous sky. She no longer stayed in people's homes but only in ashrams, pilgrim hostels, hermitages, or temporary shelters put up specially for her. The mood was relaxed, but also poignant. So, play with this doll for a little while. The other artist had not painted anything at all. I must have looked mortified as I glanced at the innocent blooms, aghast at my occidental crudity. The Essential Sri Anandamayi Ma - Life and Teachings of a 20th Century Indian Saint 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. Do you understand?, saying this, she began to laugh. The three cosmic levels - earth, heaven and underworld - have thus been put in communication. This and all that has been said above is within the Supreme State, of which it is said that even though the Whole is taken from the Whole, the Whole remains the Whole. "What is that wonderful plant right above you?" Mataji was not looking at him, her head bent to the comb as it was passed through her hair. Suppose the body had been suffering some pain or stiffness - lo and behold, after meditation it feels perfectly healthy, with not a trace of fatigue or debility. She retained a youthfulness, which belied her age: 58. Nothing without exception can be rejected or left out where. For the destruction of destruction has not yet come about. She was seated in the pit very near the priest, her face veiled, her hands always positioned in some mudra.". ", "No, dependence is due to fear. However, it was noted that she was scarcely ever heard to cry. But a visit to see the actual birthplace itself is a frustrating experience as Nirmala Sundari's family home was bought by Muslims soon after she left and drastically altered. I said I would stay in the small room near the Kali temple. Can there be any taint or sin attached to it? We were extremely alarmed now, but remembered that Mataji had earlier told us to perform Nama kirtana in such an eventuality. She did not give an impression of coldness in the very least, but her sheer presence was paradoxical. Rising, sitting down, walking in fact any gesture taken up by the body is called an asana. 1915, Astagram: Staying with Bholanath After the demise of Sri Revati Mohan Chakravorty Ma came to live at Astagram where Bholanathji was posted. In 1924 Bholanath obtained a job as manager of the Shahbagh Gardens in Dhaka. Will you please explain? I used to go for walks in the sacred groves and wander around the temples, quite alone. That which Is has to shine forth. Question; Is there no substance to me as an individual? Work and leisure keep the same pace, as if walking together hand in hand. The young woman shed abundant tears of joy. One evening a sannyasi told Anandamayi that some Punjabi women had approached him and asked some questions. It included most of the photographs in this present volume, along with most of the text translated from Anandamayi's own words. Anandamayi Ma Enlightenment Experience: After Nirmala Sundari Devi got married to moved with Ramani Mohan Cakravarti (later renamed as Bholenath) she used to attend kirtans and bhajans at the local temple. Those close to her called her Ma with deep love and devotion, just as those close to Gandhi called him Bapu. I considered it so deeply personal a theme that I could scarcely bring myself to expose it more than occasionally to anyone else, either publishers or friends. For instance, he described how, at moments during an ecstatic dance, she rose on her toes, her head arched over backwards until it touched her back. The eyes of a sage are, of course, the focus of intense interest. You can't offer polluted flowers!". It happens that when people do puja and arati to this body someone invariably exclaims: "Just see how she accepts worship and adoration!". It is entirely beyond such words as "what is or what is not?". Yet later again, whether anyone touched my head or my feet, it made no difference at all. But her parents had misgivings about her future. I went down to the yard and found that the row was between the senior Swami and Mataji's brother. And before that where were you? Mataji's body was taken to the front verandah of the ashram and a vast crowd arrived for darshan. There is nothing unusual about the measurements and the consecration rites, which are traditionally still often performed. Who can tell when the veil will be lifted from your eyes? To say that there is only one Self and that all forms are illusion would imply that the Formless was nearer to Truth than God-with-Form. Where this self is, there the world exists. As author of this book, I made the decision to follow Bhaiji, her first disciple, in simply calling her Anandamayi. Some men have gone to bathe in the sea. Anandamayi would shed profuse tears, laugh for hours, and talk at tremendous speed in a Sanskrit-like language. shall be the same.'" The eclipse was over.". They showed her some of the most secret and carefully guarded of their mysteries and treasures which were hidden away in these immense temple complexes. Do not be in a hurry. But her mind was absorbed in prayer and she was having visions of the Deity. It is important to emphasise this, however obvious it might seem, for most of us lead somewhat compartmentalised lives, divided at the minimum, into "work" and "leisure". This is the easiest way to God, through love and devotion. A few moments before he died she blessed him thrice by passing her hands over his body from head to foot. Whereas, as in the Zen precedent of the famous Ten Ox-Herding Pictures, which represent sequent steps on the path to enlightenment, I would portray the highest attainable state of grace not as a quasi-divine being but as someone who is nothing special. This is how it is with you: your concentration is never complete, there is a break in it, you do not want anything with your whole being. However much love she kindled in the hearts of others, her own exceeded even the totality of that prodigious sum. "Weren't those trees beautiful," the lady in the back persisted as the car sped on. One afternoon, after taking their midday meal, a small group of companions set out by car for Lucknow. The ashram garden was like the wings of a theatre; people made their entrances and exits through its screen of foliage to the handsome terrace over the Ganges. To everyone's astonishment the giant monk just crumpled before our very eyes. The light was perfect; all was quite still. The French devotee, Claude Portal himself among the last of the few to receive Mataji's diksha described Kheora for me after a recent visit: "It is a very peaceful and welcoming village in beautiful countryside quite flat, with many small fields surrounding each little village. By nature she needed very little food. When Paramahansa Yogananda met Anandamayi Ma and asked her about her life, she When this ordeal was over I truly expected to have found lasting peace. Ma was in bhava leaning on me and walking slowly. "And where will you change trains to get the Allahabad connection?" Then the Guru began to worship every part of her body, dabbing it with marks. Time must be used well. It was considered indelicate to portray a revered figure as subject to ageing without recourse to retouching. Bholanath then watched with fascination as she assumed various yogic asanas and mudras postures and hand gestures. There is another state, where He appears with attributes as well as without. While living in Dacca, others came to recognize her spiritual qualities. Answer: Long before a man can reach this stage, he will have become incapable of anger. where she met a young man who was impressed by her quiet None can foretell at what particular time circumstances will cooperate so as to bring about that Great Moment for anyone. All felt hunger, but even Anandamayi's aged father did not take anything without first feeding his divine daughter. It is eyeless - not to be beheld with these ordinary eyes, but with the eyes of wisdom. Without such direction hatha yoga is not beneficial. Yet this is what you have to seize - it can be done at the point of juncture where the opposites melt into one. But that is also too many words with which to describe something which is truly ineffable! Throw it away; lay it at His feet. take on the qualities of death and she would grow faint. Motion (or movement) means not to remain in one place. She also retained a "photographic" memory concerning the sadhana of devotees she might meet only at long intervals. But there is another path too, the path of Immortality; which leads to the knowledge of what you really are. sense but instead had a kind of A moribund lower primary partasala was the only educational institution available to Nirmala - and this she attended only irregularly for one or two years. Answer: What is, is. 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. Give yourself up to the wave and you will be absorbed by the current - having dived into the sea you will not return. It was in 2010 that I discovered the lovely, and oh so powerful, Anandamayi Ma through the book "Death Must Die," a powerful diary of Ma's teachings from one of her most devoted devotees, Austrian-born Atmananda. In the attributeless Absolute, there can be no such thing as quality or absence of quality; there is only the One Self and nothing but the Self. Her given name was Nirmala Sundari Devi, which means Immaculate Beauty; she was a blithe and happy child. Her eyes began to show signs of life and she wept profusely. Hence I was not quite worldly; though always engaged in household affairs. This was a matter she often discussed with others; according to Gurupriya Devi; In reality I have not the slightest tie or relationship with anyone. He gives shelter to whoever cares to come, be it a man, woman, child or animal. It is difficult to tell what their colour was either, but I guess it was a mixture of black, brown and russet. Her body would occasionally become deformed during these events. Again, seen from another side, there is no such thing as relationship. Paramhansa Yogananda translates Anandamayi as … She was known for her siddhis or yogic powers where she could The irises were irregularly flecked, crumbly with golden glints. This is what human birth is meant for. To put it crudely - she's the last sort of person one would expect in our deplorable times. He got the reply: "Ever new and ever old, indeed.". It was a celibate marriage though not by her husband's choice. Precognition, healing and other miracles were attributed to her by her followers. More light may be shed on the meaning of this kheyala if we see in the marriage a "circle" of kheyala flowing between the partners. You speak of the Absolute as Truth, Knowledge, Infinity. In other words, there was direct transmission of Divine Grace. When he withdrew his arm, the warm reddish water again welled up from the mouth of the hole. Kirtan started as soon as the eclipse began and Mataji sat with the men in the circular room. Every day I was exposed to the scorching rays of the sun and every night stored away in the house. By the time I met her, Anandamayi's "genius" went into her public and private discourses as well as her on-going tutelage of innumerable sadhakas. She gave to her daughter Indira the rosary which Mataji had given her. Just as one single tree contains numberless trees, innumerable leaves, infinite movement and untold static states, so does one moment contain an infinite number of moments and within all these countless instants lies the One Single Moment. May 9, 2015 - ma -- the story of anandamayi ma -- part 4. This no doubt marks the end of my tribulations and henceforth I shall enjoy undisturbed peace. For me, this has been the single most important question in my entire life, and remains so. Word of this reached other members of the family. He who would be a guide must have direct knowledge of everything that may occur at any stage, must see it with the perfect sharpness of direct perception. product. Consequently, I gave him the respect and obedience due to my father. Eliade selected a number of my photographs, and this led to further commissions with Seuil. Some eatables were placed before her, not so much for her as for the sake of others, as they wanted her prasada. Question: What is the significance of the saying in the Bible: "Knock and the door shall be opened to you"? The start of a lifelong tendency to attract some of the most solid and cultured people, who would then remain devotees and disciples for the rest of their days. This is why the world is called du-niya - based on duality. For whom can I work since there is only One? As it is not there I am what you may choose to say about me: To the registrar of Dhaka University: 'this entire universe is my home. When we were not conversing, I took pictures of them going about their lives, relating, as they always did, to each other.Nobody looked out of the picture. But the mode of revelation is, at this point in its unfolding, bizarre and obscure, at least at first sight. Mataji never, at any point in her life, did that - not even for a day. At others, it would shrink or its limbs would seemingly go into impossible positions as if the skeletal structure had changed shape beneath her skin. He is with form - all forms are His form, all names are His name -. Here on the terrace people would gather for Mataji's darshan blessing by presence during her promenades. Question: When there is only One, why are there so many different religions in the world? . . That you have no control over the body's need of food and sleep does not matter; your aim should be not to allow any interval in the performance of your sadhana. The One is present in each sect, even though outwardly there appears to be conflict among them, which is due to the ego-nature being full of doubt. But she very soon began to move away to her private quarters, at a pace swift even for her. He is everything, every kind of belief and also the disbelief of the atheist. Answer: That is good; we also are talking of happiness. It is said that the universe has its origin in love, and the chaos is systematised into the cosmos through the bond of love. , nor He (na sha; )it cannot last for ever. But where God and God alone stands revealed, there is no such thing as impermanence. On the seventh day; Mataji entered the room and invited everyone in to sing kirtan which continued throughout the night. "Margosa and banyan - Hari and Hara!" After the glossolalia she might speak for a little while and then turn silent. No word other than "Anandamayi", no verbal comment, either by Anandamayi herself or by anyone else, was called for, other than her sibylline utterance there of mantras. Answer: To ask this question with desperate eagerness. None but a spiritually-evolved soul can understand or fathom their spiritual depth. Past and future, this world and the next - indeed, everything is contained in you. 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. Be very careful whom you accept as your Guru. She could thread so finely that she could put the entire length of a brahmin's sacred thread inside the empty shell of a cardamom. The retinue of women who seemed to accompany her wherever she went looked exactly as one would imagine the Greek Chorus looked -and no doubt had a kindred function. In a similar way, the inner power to know your Self is realised by engaging in sadhana. That afternoon she suddenly opened her eyes and gazed with full attention for about a minute. It is possible to live for a long time in close proximity to sadhus and mahatmas, sages and saints, without being able to recognise their true quality. Mataji wrote on a leaf the word "Narayana" and forbade Didi to reveal this to anyone until a long time after. 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