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1.1 Early life 1.2 In Dhaka 1.3 Death
2 Teachings 3 See also 4 References 5 Bibliography 6 External links
Anandamayi was born Nirmala Sundari (নির্মলা
সুন্দরী; Nirmôla Shundori, English: "Immaculate,
Beautiful One") on 30 April 1896 to Bipinbihari Bhattacharya and
Mokshada Sundari Devi in Kheora, Brahmanbaria District, British India,
in what is now Bangladesh. Her father, originally from Vidyakut
in Tripura, was a
Nirmala moved to
Ma died on 27 August 1982 in Dehradun, and subsequently on 29 August
“ As you love your own body, so regard everyone as equal to your own body. When the Supreme Experience supervenes, everyone's service is revealed as one's own service. Call it a bird, an insect, an animal or a man, call it by any name you please, one serves one's own Self in every one of them. ”
— Anandamayi Ma, Ananda Varta Quarterly
Anandamayi never prepared discourses, wrote down, or revised what she had said. People had difficulty transcribing her often informal talks because of their conversational speed, further the Bengali manner of alliterative wordplay was often lost in translation. A devotee, Brahmachari Kamal Bhattacharjee, however made attempts to transcribe her speech before audio recording equipment became widely available in India. A central theme of her teaching is "the supreme calling of every human being is to aspire to self realization. All other obligations are secondary" and "only actions that kindle man's divine nature are worthy of the name of actions". However she did not ask everyone to become a renunciate. "Everyone is right from his own standpoint," she would say. She did not give formal initiations and refused to be called a guru, as she maintained that "all paths are my paths" and kept saying "I have no particular path".
She did not advocate the same method for all. "How can one impose
limitations on the infinite by declaring this is the only path—and,
why should there be so many different religions and sects? Because
through every one of them He gives Himself to Himself, so that each
person may advance according to his inborn nature." As she herself has
said (ref. Mother Reveals Herself), all forms of sadhana, known and
unknown just occurred to her in the form of a lila (play) without any
conscious effort on her part. Thus her Sadhana can not be slotted into
a specific area, for to do so would mean that she was somehow limited
to that area and her mastery was also limited. This was the case as
many illustrious spiritual masters and thought leaders from various
school of thought be it Shaivaite, Tantric, Vaishnav, or from Islam,
Christianity, Zoroastrianism had found in their interactions with her.
Everyone was welcome and she was equally at ease while giving advises
to all practitioners of different faiths. Even now, the Muslim
population of Kheora still refer to her as "our own Ma". She taught
how to live a God-centered life in the world and provided the living
inspiration to enable thousands to aspire to this most noble ideal.
She also advocated spiritual equality for women; for example, she
opened up the sacred thread ritual, which had been performed by men
only for centuries, to women. Her style of teaching included jokes,
songs and instructions on everyday life along with long discourses,
meditation and reading of scriptures.
"Father, there is little to tell." She spread her graceful hands in a deprecatory gesture. "My consciousness has never associated itself with this temporary body. Before I came on this earth, Father, I was the same. As a little girl, I was the same. I grew into womanhood, but still I was the same. When the family in which I had been born made arrangements to have this body married, I was the same... And, Father, in front of you now, I am the same. Ever afterward, though the dance of creation change around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same."
The Publication Department of the Shree Shree Anandamayee Charitable
^ a b c d Hawley, John Stratton (2006). "Anandamayi Ma: God came as a
Women". The life of Hinduism. Univ. of California Press.
pp. 173–183. ISBN 0520249135.
^ Ananda Varta, Vol. 28, No. 4, p. 283.
^ Mother, as Seen by Her Devotees. Shree Shree Anandamayee Sangha.
^ Chaudhuri, Narayan (1986). That Compassionate Touch of Ma
Anandamayee. Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN 978-81-208-0204-9. pp. 16-18; pp. 24-26; pp. 129-133
^ a b c Dr. Lipski, Alexander (1993). "Life and Teaching of Sri
Anandamayi Ma". Motillal Benarsidass Publishers.
^ a b c d e f g Introduction Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback
Machine., As the Flower Sheds Its Fragrance, Shree Shree Ma Anadamayee
Sangha, Kankhal, Haridwar; Retrieved: 2007-12-08
^ a b c d e f g Ghosh, Monoranjan (2012). "Anandamayi, Ma". In Islam,
Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of
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Bhaiji (1975). Sad Vani: A Collection of the Teaching of Sri
Anandamayi Ma. translated by Swami Atmananda. Shree Shree Anandamayee
Bhaiji. Matri Vani — From the Wisdom of Sri Anandamayi Ma.
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Chaudhuri, Narayan (1986). That Compassionate Touch of Ma Anandamayee.
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Fitzgerald, Joseph; Alexander Lipski (2007). The Essential Sri
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