When man awakens to the acute consciousness of this sense of want, then only does spiritual inquiry become genuine. Discover (and save!) Almost indistinguishable from many others - how small it is! One of them was as follows: Question: When I get home I shall no doubt be asked to give talks on India over the radio, in clubs and societies. To others, whose spiritual practice, worship or yoga proceeds with the help of images and other intermediary aids, this same path may also become disclosed. A sense of agony and dryness of the soul followed by the bliss of union had their own places in this self-enacted drama. She had a curiously tele-grammatical way of constructing her sentences, leaving out any words which her care over clarity of meaning could dispense with, as if there was no time for lingering; so swift was her mind, so direct its route. So, play with this doll for a little while. The following account of Anandamayi in bhava, by a great devotee, Girija Shankar Bhattacharya, perfectly exemplifies just the kind of attitude she was proposing among her followers. She was at home, among her people, perfectly natural, charged with life. When we sought Mataji's opinion, she said, "You settle it yourselves. Here I watched many scenes of breathtaking beauty. She came of extremely humble rural origins, though from a family respected over generations for its spiritual attainments. Because they had known her, and each other, for a great many years and had witnessed many extraordinary scenes associated with Mataji, there was a vast repository of oral history at the disposal of anyone like myself who was interested in the anecdotal level of so lively a scene. 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. Then the Guru exclaimed, "Ah, poor girl, everything you possess is now mine. "Sometimes such states would occur while she was cooking," Gurupriya Devi relates, "and people thought that this daughter-in-law was a rather sleepy one. And so on . 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. In the present instance, Mahamahopadhyaya Pandit Sri Gopinath Kaviraj, who was before his retirement head of the Sanskrit College in Varanasi, devoted long study to this issue in an essay published in 1961. Sometimes she would go to the station and simply board the first train which happened to arrive. Find out! There is an indwelling lyricism in this rural culture which comes through in the writings of modern Bengal's great poet, Rabindranath Tagore. Didima put Nirmala under a tulashi basil plant for a while on the morning after she was born and, for 18 months, she would put the baby under the plant every day. ", "Certainly; have I not come all the way to India for this purpose?". take on the qualities of death and she would grow faint. He said he saw and heard Sri Krishna teaching Arjuna, as described in the Gita, and that he had many other visions and auditory experiences of the kind. In the meantime, prayers, worship and meditation have to be performed. Other unusual actions included rolling in the dust and dancing for long periods whirling like a leaf in the wind. ), "In my country all leaves become gerua in autumn. Question; Is there no substance to me as an individual? At temples, she would also see religious figures emerging from religious statues and reentering them. Through sustained spiritual practice one may be released from it. To make up for this I will quote from a poem which does convey exactly what I believe to be the inner meaning which Anandamayi gave to the hierophany the Jnanasagar of Aliraja, as transcribed by the great scholar, S. B. Das Gupta, himself one of the first learned men to recognized the true nature of Anandamayi. He found her surrounded by an aura of such awe-inspiring sanctity that this precluded any physical relationship. Truth is everything and yet nothing; you may call it one, two, many or infinite; all as well. There are innumerable paths - and yet there is no path to the Supreme. She immediately began to recite portions of the Quran, and to perform the Namaj ritual (Muslim prayers). And if Bholanath had handled the fat worm-like body of a queen termite, which is unpleasantly slimy, his revulsion would have been quite natural. It might seem to us, initially, almost on the verge of mania, particularly if one has no notion where it is leading; viewed within the span of a whole lifetime it all falls into place as if it were inevitable. Having made herself accessible to all, she would from now on attract unmanageably large crowds. Since this means "Absolute Unconditioned Being", or words to that effect, her reply provoked Bholanath into asking her the same question and with similar abruptness, to which came the reply: "Mahadevi". The village is too small to have a mosque, but a very simple Hindu shrine still stands - just four walls. But a little girl needs to be loved and looked after and is dear to the heart of everyone. 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. The other traveller treads the path that is consistent with man's true being and which leads to his real home, to Self-knowledge. In the infantile fusion state the baby is merely undifferentiated from the outer world; it is not a total personality integrated at all levels and united with all higher worlds. Intrinsically she was freedom itself -that was one extremely important half of the truth. There was nobody around to help her even had she wanted it. How then can there possibly be any approach to the Guru to receive instruction? This instant recognition of an individual's uniqueness was, no doubt, a spiritual inspiration to all its beneficiaries, but it was also a profoundly emotional experience above all, an experience of immeasurably stirring love. Only when my emotional temperature was sufficiently high, or sufficiently cool, so it seemed, did she pick up the correct signal and make way for me. By this all the rigid knots in your body will be loosened. "If you think that there is something peculiarly my own, I must tell you that the whole world is my own.". It was here that a devout neighbour, Harakumar, developed a habit of addressing her as "Ma", and prostrated before her morning and evening. 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. You study and you pass your exams, you earn money and enjoy spending it. But the analogy I will use for these scenes is that of a conductor with an orchestra, each musician playing a different instrument. . 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. Even as I write, I can recall these little adjustments of her posture exactly: they had a "creature" quality, like a bird ruffling its feathers before it settles to roost. We can see how all this developed in the first decade of her travels. Eliade selected a number of my photographs, and this led to further commissions with Seuil. It will be for your good.". She looked up; the man raised his hands in namaskar, bowed, and departed without saying another word. Such intensive yoga, not surprisingly, did have a massive effect on her body, including many of its otherwise involuntary processes, which were brought under rigorous control. "On the afternoon of Sivaratri, Mataji took Bholanath, my father, Virendra Dada, Nandu, Maroni and myself to Siddheshwari. At night, Baul, a friend of Bholanath, would arrive with fruit, singing away. He is and He is not; and neither is He, nor is He not. Vasana, desire is where the Self dwells as "not-Self": vasa (to dwell), na, (no, not). also normally The hole in the earth, the vedi, the dome-shaped mound and the white ants have, at the very least, echoes of this archetypal substructure - shared, it must be said, with all the great religions. From there we left for Katihar. Therefore, when we speak of the All, the Universal, there are obscurations, veils, grades of unveiling and so on, like solid and melting ice. You take whatever pleases you. But here is a much closer observation of Anandamayi in samadhi, as experienced by a devotee in l929, the period, when such states were frequent: I came to learn that Anandamayi had passed into a deep samadhi some time during the night and there was no sign of her regaining normal consciousness soon. Try to fathom the end of yourself, if you can! Suppose you believe that He is with quality, that He is embodied? At times she would become mute and motionless after chanting the names of the deities. brother-in-law's house, much of it apparently in trance. The true Guru is never to be regarded by the disciple as merely human but as a divine being to whom he or she surrenders in total obedience. The Self is not subject to destruction. She did much traveling and wandering, at times refusing to stay at the ashrams her devotees provided for her. When one sees a stone, it cannot be called a vigraha, an image of the deity; and seeing a vigraha, it cannot be called a stone. Pronouncement of the name is a condensation of the person's essence - nama-rupa, convergence of name and form, a mantra of the Self. And in so knowing her we shall be able to know our own selves also. Although both words and photographs can lie, the photograph does have a certain workaday veracity. She was being photographed while still in samadhi and arrived at Prafulla Baba's house in that condition. What is expressible in words can certainly be attained. Each of the two standpoints is complete in itself. Question: Can you explain the following statement: "through the observance of silence one attains to Supreme Knowledge"? Whatever she said was done. So long as one's real home has not been found, suffering is inevitable. A state of being exists where it is immaterial whether He assumes a form or not - what is, is He. She replied: "I do nothing by my own will. She no longer stayed in people's homes but only in ashrams, pilgrim hostels, hermitages, or temporary shelters put up specially for her. But, if your attention remains on the shore, you cannot proceed - after bathing you will return home. Only when Consciousness is rooted in Truth can there be Bliss. Does it refer to the opening of the door of the ego? Why don't you take it that this body is the material embodiment of all your thoughts and ideas? 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. All our effort is intended only to lift the veil of Maya. I have been asked many times if I could supply someone with a picture of Anandamayi looking straight at the viewer. But for as long as it continued, Anandamayi's recourse to the vedi to all those who witnessed it, served as a reminder that it was possible for each individual to find the way back to the hidden oneness. was completed. Again you repeat that you don't know? As and when she started listening to the Lord’s names through kirtans she used to fell at bhava samadhi. In Madurai she was hailed as the Goddess Minakshi by surging crowds who waited hours for a glimpse of her. A Love Affair with Rajneesh (OSHO) – Oct 2, 2019; Lusso (All Things Luxury) Dinner hosted by Disha Batra for Ma Anand Sheela; Ma Anand Sheela in … In his Glimpses of Bengal, Tagore writes: "the flow of life in the village is not swift, but neither is it entirely inactive or inert. On the full moon night of August 1922, at midnight, Nirmala Sundari went through the actions of spiritual initiation - all by herself. This is the easiest way to God, through love and devotion. In dreams all kinds of things can be seen: things, which the mind has been busy with and, also, things which have not been thought about but which have occurred in the past or will come about in the future. Times have changed. It is as if a long period of time had elapsed in between, as if there had never been a question of any discomfort. In this case what is there to express in words? For to find the Beloved is to find one's Self to discover that God is one's Self, wholly identical with Oneself, one's innermost Self the Self of one's Self. The photographic plate records without distortion the physical and psychic events occurring around it. Depending on your orientation, you find Him - which is your own Self - as a perfect servant in relation to his master, as a part in relation to the Whole, or simply as the One Self Atma. Question: Should we not accept the word of the Guru without any critical thought? If one goes to the root of the matter it will be seen that in the case of a person who, prompted by intense aspiration, does sadhana relying on his own strength, the Supreme Being reveals Himself in a special way through the intensity of that self-exertion. Anandamayi did not curb my immoderate zeal; one of her most persistent leitmotifs was the need for skill in action. What is the purpose of this type of meditation? Mar 24, 2014 - This Pin was discovered by 26 Signs. All felt hunger, but even Anandamayi's aged father did not take anything without first feeding his divine daughter. Nothing in the world should be repulsive to you. It was not that I pretended not to exist, but that everyone was habituated to my presence; I am deeply grateful for being made to feel that I belonged. And a way of life distinctive to her ashrams was beginning to take shape to accommodate the very large numbers of visitors that were arriving from extraordinarily diverse walks of life and all religious persuasions. The women of the neighbourhood, however, loved to gather round her, at times taking unreasonable advantage of her patience. Yet who is it that appears even in the guise of the ephemeral? In common with most other observers, I found the most interesting aspect was the manner of her re-emergence into normal waking consciousness. Well now, suppose a man follows his own specific path, which happens to be the worship of a deity? Not until the "I" is perfect - in other words, not unless "Aham Brahmasmi" (I am the Supreme Being) has been realised - will the roots of the ego be destroyed. . She is at home - not the home of a personal God, but of a formless, unmanifest Supreme Reality, the anandamaya-kosha, the bliss body. Emotional excitement and Supreme Love are not to be compared at all, they are totally different from one another. All the people were strangers and everything appeared new to me. In ancient times, the building of a sacrificial altar signified the need to get into right relationship with the sacred world as the source of cosmic order. 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