One then attains to the beginning of Time and enters the Timeless, the Eternal Present. In fact, by this time in her life, Nirmala herself had become the centre of attention amongst the older generation of distinguished Bengalis who were steeped in the spiritual traditions for which the province had been renowned since the mid-19th century. Sadhana mostly took place at night, but her person was changed during the day also. After marriage Ma went to live with the family of Revati Mohan Chakravorty (husband’s elder brother), who was a Railway Station Master. 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. Bhava, while seated or lying in the vedi, was of focal significance for Anandamayi in her new Siddheshwari ashram. This is one answer. Question: . She used to go into deep meditation in Mataji's presence, her body becoming quite stiff, ants crawling over her. No Ma, no Ma Anandamayi or Anandamayi Ma, no politically correct Sri, no Sri Sri and, above all, no quaint retro-anglo-phonetic spelling, as in Shree Shree Anandamayee. Although she was not a sannyasi, the rituals connected with her Mahasamadhi were performed according to the unanimous wishes of all eminent heads of the religious orders who had assembled in conclave for the occasion. It was a truly extraordinary experience, inspirational, uplifting, consolidating. In addition, she had emerged as an exponent of contemplative esoteric, or mystical, religion through direct experience and personal awareness, where the inward sense of the self is one with the feeling of the external world. Mataji wrote on a leaf the word "Narayana" and forbade Didi to reveal this to anyone until a long time after. Whereas there exists a state where everything is possible. And if you imagine that you receive according to what you do, this is not correct either, for God is not a merchant; with Him there is no bargaining. Obviously so serious a commitment is hedged about with all manner of safeguards, for the Indian is as aware of the perils inherent in such a position of absolute authority as is any sceptical outsider - rather more so, in fact, for much experience about the dynamics of the guru-shishya bond has been amassed over the millennia of its existence. Question: What have you to say about those who insist that only one religion is the right one. The area is now in Bangladesh but was then part of the province of Bengal, on the eastern edge of India. After that, I began to hear and understand clearly from within what was going on. There was a common tradition in India that sages, yoginis and rishis used to perform their austerities on ant-hills. She approached the two trees and started caressing their branches and trunks with great affection. When you are in your own house, do you sit in one corner of it? Fellow-travellers who meet on the way, often learn from one another'. So long as there is dissension, one cannot speak of attainment. What is happening is due to the pull of the Unmanifest. Everyone looked at the trees with blank incomprehension, there being nothing to distinguish them from countless others dotting the plain. This seems to imply that, though one is established in Pure Being, one has to get help from the mind when attending to work. Mataji sat absorbed in bhava and replied in this state, providing all the details as to exactly how large and how high it should be, although she was not in a normal state. brother-in-law's house, much of it apparently in trance. He, the Indivisible One! Mataji established her main ashram since Dhaka at Kishenpur in 1936 and three others in the Dehradun area later, with further ashrams in the foothills at Almora and Solan. It is a hallowed spot sacred to Tantrics, with remains of great antiquity. It appeared so suffused with ecstasy that even the roots of her hair swelled, causing it to stand on end. Mahatma Gandhi came to hear of Anandamayi through Kamala; initially he sent his trusted aid, Jamnalal Bajaj, to see her and then he in turn became a devotee. She had been initiated by a Guru who had a very wide circle of devoted disciples. In reality I do not move at all. But to laugh superficially is not enough: your whole being must be united in laughter, both inwardly and outwardly. In this state there is no room for emotional excitement; indeed, it would make it impossible for Supreme Love to shine forth. Question: You say all are God. Nirmala's linking of this mound with Bholanath's austerities in a previous life enriches its charged significance. . To this day I have a vivid recollection of this transfiguration - and probably to the end of my days I shall have it. While in Bengal she visited Agartala, not far from her birthplace. Apr 5, 2018 - Sri Ma Anandamayi » Introduction to Sri Ma’s Life Holding it in her right hand she began, very slowly; with the most attentive care, to wind it round the first joint of her left index finger. For what seemed like an eternity I steadied my breathing and we very gently gazed into each other's eyes. She opened her eyes and tried to speak, but failed. In the parabolical language of the ancients, the important thing was not cause and effect but the overlapping and interdependence of relationships of which the Siddheshwari hierophany is a vivid modern example. At a certain level this is so; again, there is a stage beyond, where the question of whether a trace of the mind remains or not, does not exist. I simply considered them as different manifestations of the Almighty, and served them as such. Her journals, a remarkable account of a 20th-century woman's spiritual pilgrimage towards her final goal as a disciple of Anandamayi, are currently being prepared for publication. Although I knew better than to take offence - Anandamayi, no doubt, would have been highly amused! The Light which is eternal can never be extinguished. ", Bithika Mukeiji says that an Irish journalist asked her, "Am I right to believe that you are God?" Explore mandgu's photos on Flickr. In 1924 Bholanath obtained a job as manager of the Shahbagh Gardens in Dhaka. . In that vision without eyes there is no room for "di-vision". There is love between the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars and in love they are all fixed into the sky above. Kheora is near the eastern border of Bangladesh; the Indian state of Assam is only miles away. They seemed to enter her body from some lofty plane. This midnight journey of Ma and her devotees was an exquisite experience. Mataji would suddenly make or cancel a decision, issue new and perplexing instructions, break off, interrupt or upset elaborate arrangements - or perform some notably dramatic act with the most paradoxical meaning. Arthur Koestler was aroused to particularly contemptuous scorn by this essay, pointing out that this kind of scholasticism went out of fashion in Europe in the 16th century. They come to this world with a pure motive of service to humanity. Members of Bholanath's family did not respond to his wife's strange behaviour as calmly as he did. Till then I had not been informed externally as to how many kinds of asanas existed nor what their names were. Stranded in the middle of nowhere and in tears, she was finally rescued by a helpful Bangladeshi on a motorcycle who took her to her destination. With a manifestation as rich, diverse and visually arresting as Anandamayi's, the important thing is not to lose the whole in the detail. But a little girl needs to be loved and looked after and is dear to the heart of everyone. A strange event was visited upon the good peasants of that nondescript village - an eruption of the sacred which they would puzzle over for many years. At about 10.30 in the evening Mataji called me through Brabmachari Jogesh and asked if I could accompany her. At one time her body lost all co-ordination, with limbs, neck and head so limp as to immobilise her for days on end. Satsang in reality means the realisation of What Is. When in this manner one has matured and been made perfect, one will be filled with the Ganges of wisdom and awakened to Divine Life. Good works and bad works will yield their harvest in great abundance - for He is extremely generous. What language can express that which is neither floating nor diving deep? Work done in such a spirit helps to purify the mind and heart. But where He is and He alone, who is to destroy whom? Then one will find Him to be none other than oneself, the only Atman, the only Self there is, and that He is with form as the world and without form as Chit, Pure Consciousness. It is hard for us now to appreciate how central to the ancient religion of India was the cosmogony - for the simple reason that, in the modern imagination, the cosmogony's connection with the return of the sun after winter and the germination of the seed in spring has lost its metaphorical force. As soon as he sat down, Mataji sat on one of his knees and made Maroni sit on the other. Behind the veil lies Reality, but before you is the veil. Question: How will Self-Realisation come about? He got the reply: "Ever new and ever old, indeed.". Well now, suppose a man follows his own specific path, which happens to be the worship of a deity? All Indian symbolism for this ineffable Beginning helps to "reverse human experience of genesis, reintegrate the wasteful entropy of time and regain the continuing original whole" - Philip Rawson. In her case and in daily terms, her kheyala appears to have taken shape from the needs of her companions. It was lovely to watch the people come and go, some prostrating themselves at Mataji's feet; sometimes she gave an exquisite response, her hands folded delicately in ever-changing mudras, at other times she would become absorbed with a supplicant in brief counselling. So it was arranged that whoever was feeding her would, once during the day and once during the night, give her only as much food as could be held in the tips of two fingers. He advised her husband to protect her from public curiosity as she was clearly in an exalted spiritual state. It is clear to me that even when Mataji seems to be in the ordinary wakeful state, like all people around us, she is really merged in the Universal Soul and her acts therefore are like lila, they do not proceed from any samskara, psychic traces from previous lives, nor do they create any. From the state of ignorance? your own Pins on Pinterest Her breathing was such that it seemed as if waves were coursing through her body from navel to throat. - 'Live in God's presence.'. 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. The delight in the things of this world, in sense objects, is fleeting indeed. "My will would be irresistible if I expressed it. "On the afternoon of Sivaratri, Mataji took Bholanath, my father, Virendra Dada, Nandu, Maroni and myself to Siddheshwari. Gopinath Kaviraj writes of the word kheyala: "Ordinarily it means a sudden and unexpected psychic emergence, be it desire, will, attention, memory or even knowledge without any adequate causal antecedent behind to account for its origin. She personified the warmth and the wide toleration of the Indian spiritual sensibility at its freshest and most accessible. It is, of course, true that the clothes will not be clean unless the soap is rinsed off again. He is without form and He is beyond form and no-form. Her face was bathed in a radiant glow. 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. What dreadful suffering I underwent! ", "Then what do you want me to do? She usually dictated letters at night and was up at dawn to meet the crowd of early callers before they had to go off and do a day's work. In the first, the mind was "dried" of desire and passion so it could catch the fire of spiritual knowledge easily. Answer: Yes, viewed from the level where glimpses occur, this may be said; in other words, there is no transformation despite the experience, but it is attractive to you and you can even express your feelings about it in words that is, you delight in it. This body has served the husband, so you may call it a wife. As and when she started listening to the Lord’s names through kirtans she used to fell at bhava samadhi. She built her life on the predication that this and this alone matters. I had assumed that it would be impossible to take high-speed action photographs of movement expressing inner, spiritual love of one person for another - until, that is, I saw someone prostrate at Anandamayi's feet. By saying "Mother" you keep me at a distance. Your attention is directed towards the world, not towards the Eternal; you are identified with that which is transient in constant flux. In the perishable there is no Self-revelation. There were several great spiritual personalities alive at that time in India, but none remotely like her in this particular respect. What I wanted was clarification on the way I could carry the Spirit into my daily life as a visual artist. Shop amongst our popular books, including 7, Articles On Hindu Mystics, including, Mother of Bliss and more from anandamayi ma. 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. What does it mean? In order to calm our restlessness it is necessary to keep but one single end in view. 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. But can there be parts in the Supreme? So the land containing the altar was purchased and Father started to build the room. He did so. ", Instantly, Nirmala's expression changed and she spoke sharply: "What do you mean? It has done all sorts of scrubbing and menial work, so you may call it a servant. What about Mataji's detachment from the Indian independence movement which raged throughout the first half of her life? This is what she said: Unless bhagavad rasa is instilled into man, unless the nectar of the Divine penetrates deep within him, his slumbering soul does not awaken. My description of this scrutiny no doubt reads as detached, clinical, controlled. You say there is stability within motion and motion within stability. It is commonly said that physical death is the ultimate union with the Source of Life, or that we return to the Ground of our being. At once I thought of the satvic signs: All these states appeared and reappeared one after another. She was often distracted and would be seen gazing into space, her eyes not focused on outer objects. When people talk about the vision of the Self, Atma Darshan and Self-Realisation, it is only from hearsay; still it is necessary to find a way to such firsthand knowledge. This enabled me to get first-hand experience of the great universality of Mataji's teaching, of its innumerable aspects and facets. There were marked changes in her life: well-educated individuals and families of position now began to gather round her. What actually have you realised? AnandamayiMa. So, play with this doll for a little while. 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