While It was turned topsy-turvy in all kinds of positions. In all likelihood, the hole in the ground was a shaft-hole of the anthill over which the vedi was built. He had to By this all the rigid knots in your body will be loosened. Anandamayi was born on 30 April 1896, of a poor but prestigious Brahmin family in a small village called Kheora, in the district of Tripura. I enquired: "Ma, how can I reach that state. She did not feel any inclination to eat until a particular phase of yogic processes had ceased. I feel the same difficulty and hesitancy even now; perhaps all the more strongly with the deepening of my sense of mystery about her . They regretted that so charming and loveable a girl had, in their eyes, become possessed by evil spirits. At night, it became misty and extremely cold, the temperature dropping almost to freezing point. She did this whenever free, but Bholanath was perplexed. In a swift mood-change her sense of humour shone. Reflect thus: "I feel some joy here, but is it of the abiding type called Atmananda, the bliss of the Self?". Nirmala continued her trance states in the vedi over the next few years. Answer: That is what I have been telling you. At one time her body lost all co-ordination, with limbs, neck and head so limp as to immobilise her for days on end. One had to take a long searching look before one found this ultimate redoubt of Selfhood. She had, however, still other symptoms which belong to the pathological domain alone" - The Lotus and the Robot, London, 1960. What is the purpose of this type of meditation? She had, I should say here, not yet come out and very few people had any knowledge about her. She remained uniformly cheerful, good-humoured and more than willing to shoulder other people's burdens. When one has become established in a state of tranquillity, one has become still. There is love between the sea and its water, between the moon and the night and the sun and the day; - the tree is fixed to the earth by its roots, the black bee is attached to the lotus, fish is bound to the water, man is bound to the woman - and all in love. Everywhere there were streaks, veins, marks, striations, dapplings, twigs, bark, lichen, moss, ferns, and thickets. The word "within" has been used only because we think in terms of "within" and "without". Indeed, I was unable to do anything with my own hands. You are yourself the self-evident atma: seeking and finding is all in you. . The events which comprise the founding of the first ashram are all recorded in various publications, but have never been related as a story which clearly indicates its cardinal importance in the life of Nirmala.Yet it is a fascinating tale and one which tells us important things about Anandamayi which no other event affords us in quite so graphic a way. Some would undoubtedly find her behaviour very strange, and her freedom to behave strangely both audacious and disturbing. She did not like hoarding of any kind and threatened Didi that on the day of her kheyala, spontaneous upsurge of Will, she would get rid of all the souvenirs. . That doubts should arise is natural. Then her brother-in-law's wife would scold her. But the fact is she had never been in, so there was nowhere for her to come out from! He filled me with Ganges water, placed me on a pedestal and performed 'Prana Pratistha' and this is how I am able to speak now. Traditionalists point out that people like Sri Aurobindo, Krishnamurti, Swami Ramdas and Swami Shivananda, Mother Meera, Sai Baba and Meher Baba are not Gurus at all but a hybrid phenomenon catering to foreigners. Just as it s said that everything is God's own vigraha it is only fitting that one should strive after the direct perception of this fact. (Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee (A Short Life Sketch and Her Teachings) 11.4 mb) 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. Anandamayi called out to him once or twice without any response. Her aims were by no means counter to his own, although their spiritual roots were much deeper than those the Mahatma himself had put down. Everybody's satisfaction is my satisfaction. She immediately began to recite portions of the Quran, and to perform the Namaj ritual (Muslim prayers). Answer: Long before a man can reach this stage, he will have become incapable of anger. Yet it is natural that I should describe this particular face in such impersonal terms, considering who she was. When the physical fitness resulting from hatha yoga is used as an aid to spiritual endeavour, it is not wasted. Knowledge is one, when it is of the Self. "Being" is one thing and "doing" quite another. At that time there was a strong feeling of Gurubhava towards my husband. It was considered indelicate to portray a revered figure as subject to ageing without recourse to retouching. She was the unassuming country girl from a dirt-poor village home who became the cynosure for all eyes. Now and then Anandamayi would sing - inimitably - in a sweet, youthful, transparent way. He did so. Accept me as such and give me a place in your hearts. ", This astonished the girl and she said with all humility and innocence, "I don't understand what you mean, Guruji." The result of egotism is blindness. They merge their individuality in the Suprenie Reality and are more guided by it than by their own sankalpa. Nevertheless it was in one and the same place. ", Bholanath was seated nearby Mataji smiled and replied, "If I give a truthful answer to this question, Bholanath will be angry with me.". Here (pointing to herself) there is no question of giving and taking, or of serving. Question: If I feel the urge to become a Hindu, should I give way to it or is it right to suppress it, since it is said that everyone has been born where it is best for him? In a letter she sent to a group of sadhakas, Anandamayi reveals her own high-energy inclination: .."Those who are pilgrims on the path must develop great inner strength, energy, mobility and swiftness, so that their lives may become beautiful, to fill their new life with a new current. To this day I have a vivid recollection of this transfiguration - and probably to the end of my days I shall have it. He would, for example, prostrate before the deity and remain in that posture for hours without raising his head, tears streaming down his cheeks. These were moments of pure enchantment when I could watch everyone respond as if to fresh inspiration. Sometimes she was so bemused that while reading aloud she would even get lost in the middle of a word, as if the interval between one syllable and the next had lasted an eternity. I cannot understand this. Up on her balcony; Anandamayi was having her hair carefully combed by an attendant who had just washed it. What is wanted is genuine Awakening, an awakening after which nothing remains to be attained. she, probably, travelled more extensively than any previous teacher in Indian history. It is for you to keep on practising it faithfully; but the fruit comes spontaneously in the form of Self-revelation. It cannot have escaped the reader's notice that here was a woman of radiant beauty and physical allure for whom any kind of sexual expression was quite out of the question. When the car had returned most of the way, it turned off the road and bumped down a track between fields. As she got older, the child's ecstatic states became more noticeable, and many people came to look upon her as retarded, while Didima herself often said she was a simpleton. Then commenced a sort of tug-of-war between the sensuous and the suprasensuous aspects of her life. Her quicksilver temperament and abundant lila sacred play are in stark contrast with the serenity of that peerless exemplar of Advaita Vedanta, Sri Ramana Maharshi of Tiruvannamalai, the quintessence of austere stillness. In that condition, she would cover her body completely with a cloth and for a long time retire to a solitary corner of the house and stay by herself. Then I said to Bholanath. None but a spiritually-evolved soul can understand or fathom their spiritual depth. Nirmala's use of ant-hill mud, both in laying foundations for the vedi and in the making of the image of the goddess, is still common practice in modern India. Nothing was a chore to her. She was a virtuoso in the use of dazzling verbal cadenzas that bounded away from every scriptural score - pure spontaneous extemporisations, not only with the sounds and the puns inherent in word-play or word-lila, but, more importantly; in the import of the thought behind the words. She seemed very remote and her constant companions, puzzled and apprehensive, avoided her. There was a common tradition in India that sages, yoginis and rishis used to perform their austerities on ant-hills. The experience is so complete, even though at one remove from actual physical entrance into the little vedi, that no interpretation of the symbolism is needed. To do pranam means to open oneself to the Divine Power, which is always streaming down on everyone. Visitor: I have no spiritual aspirations; I am happy as I am. She did not have an outer guru, though she did hear voices that told her what religious and meditative practices to perform. Sadhakas, including Bholanath in a former life, had performed tapasya ascetic austerities here. All action is His action. If after coming down from the state of contemplation you are capable of behaving as before, you have not been transformed. The world is concerned with the knowledge that is ignorance. 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. What is required is a realisation that will uproot conflict and divergence of opinion that is complete and free from inherent antagonism. The places on which she would then sit or lie became extremely hot. As there is a state of Supreme Knowledge, likewise there is a state of perfection at the zenith of the path of love. Nirmala Sundari's father, Bipin Bihari Bhattacharya, was a devout Vaishnava with a typical Bengali love of devotional music, which he shared with his daughter, teaching her many songs. But how badly mistaken I was! Where this self is, there the world exists. Take your time over it and use your intelligence. Therefore, you should aim at realising the One Supreme Element which will throw light on all elements. In translation, a beautiful thought which had come tripping from Mataji's tongue, and which could be easily understood by an attentive ear, becomes laboured. Her education was very limited and her writing skills were minimal. There was no exaggerated emotionalism about her; her voice flowed, mellifluous and clear, like the water in a stream, tumbling without hesitation over sparkling pebbles. But there is a stage where this question does not arise. I am happy to say that she often looked at me, but there is a trenchant difference between looking straight into someone's eyes and looking into the lens of a camera behind which the photographer's eyes are hidden. When there is neither form nor quality, what is to be put into language? On the other hand, the latter aims to bring to completion the activities of man's true being, to establish man in his divine nature. When he earnestly begged Mataji to get well soon, she replied: "Baba, this body has no illness at all. In order to find your Self, you must become revealed to yourself. exclaimed the lady. More usually; nama kirtan was an opportunity to generate ardour. I am in my own home even when roaming from place to place'. . her dead body. Anandamayi was born on 30 April 1896, of a poor but prestigious Brahmin family in a small village called Kheora, in the district of Tripura. 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. In the Vedas, the water from a termite mound is cited as a remedy for flux: "Deep down do the Asuras bury this great healer of wounds. In reality I do not move at all. Answer: By keeping satsang for a great length of time. Answer; It is said that the disciple's task is to efface the ego and become a blank. When the mind receives proper sustenance, man moves Godward; whereas by catering to the body he only increases his worldliness. Her nothing special quality did not, however, conceal her distinction of manner and movement, especially in a crowd. She was, I believe, just about as near perfect a human simulacrum of the divine as we are ever likely to encounter on this planet. Witnessing such a state now with my own eyes, I was enraptured. Bholanath signalled his refusal to grant it and she then said, "He forbids me". She was totally detached from what was going on and paradoxically totally united with it. Following her in, Bholanath asked her why she had revealed so much when she herself had earlier forbidden anyone to speak of such things. Playing with the string of a flower garland, very casually, almost in an absent-minded aside, Mataji interjected a one-sentence remark, addressing the Swami respectfully as Pitaji father, but in the lightest of tones. This light gradually seemed to spread out, enveloping the whole universe'. More ideas for you In the Punjab she was given the same place of honour as the Holy Granth Sahab. Whether it is the state of enlightenment or of ignorance - everything is all right. Answer: That is good; we also are talking of happiness. She said to him, "I fail to understand what you aim at by such worship.". He is the Fountain of joy - Joy and Joy alone is His Being. There was a young man who experienced various supernormal states and had many kinds of visions. I have fond memories of sitting with her and Pandit Gopinath Kaviraj, puzzling together over the choice of exactly the right English word in the early stages of translation. Whatever she said was done. Here the cause of the conflict lies in the idea that the ego is the doer of actions. Question: What is the significance of the saying in the Bible: "Knock and the door shall be opened to you"? This is why I say, take refuge at the feet of the Holy and Wise, keep close to them and you will find all you need. 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. I have already tried to show that, in India, assertion of such an audacious claim for the Guru is nothing out of the ordinary. In the meantime, prayers, worship and meditation have to be performed. As I hope to show, this is a matter of fundamental importance to a full understanding of Anandamayi's uniquely distinctive style. 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