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The Universal Mother: Shree Shree Maa Anandamayee (A Short Life Sketch & Her Teachings)
The Universal Mother: Shree Shree Maa Anandamayee (A Short Life Sketch & Her Teachings)
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Preface

 

Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee was the Divine Being with the full cosmic power of the universe and even beyond that.

 

Padma Bibhushan and Mahamahopadhyay Sri Gopinath Kaviraj, an eminent scholar and a realized ‘sadhaka’ expressed about Ma in his writing - “It is almost impossible to make an attempt to know the real identity of Ma. Who is Ma? What is Her real identity? It is not possible to assess or understand such difficult subjects for a child having a limited knowledge. When the child was not born, Ma was there. When the child will not be any more, even then Ma will remain. Ma is ‘Shuddha Sanatani’ (The pure eternal). Being the internal power as the life of all creatures and the deities - who can understand Her? It is not possible to lower Ma’s stature by calling Her an ordinary human being and height of Her spiritual state does not become manifest by praying to Her as an Avtar’ (an incarnation of God) or ‘Nitya Siddha’ (Self Realized all the time). High praise or bad criticism was all the same for Her. It will not be possible to understand Her identity, remaining separate from Ma.”

 

Mahamandaleshwar of Bholagiri Ashram, Devanaridaji Maharaj has written in his article on Ma “None who was acquainted with Ma since Her childhood, ever found her performing any hard ‘sadhana’, although, we saw Ma at the top of spiritual world since her teen years. That is why, She was an amazing exception in the divine kingdom. She was fully realized fight from Her birth and therefore, Ma’s whole life passed in a wonder which was beyond our perception.”

 

From the worldly point of view, although She had almost no education, her talks on the highest philosophical percepts and spiritual realizations surprised many highly learned persons, saints, and devotees, whoever came in contact with Her. Ma never used to deliver discourses. However, She used to guide the devotees as per their own ‘Samskar’ (Impressions of previous births) and according to their needs. She did not create a separate ‘Sampradaya’ (sect) and She herself did not initiate anyone except for a very rare cases. That is why, devotees from all sects came to Her without any hesitation. Devotees from different religions - Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, and Parsi etc. came to Ma for Her spiritual guidance and to receive Her grace. Ma in her kindness, always cleared their doubts or questions and resolved the difficulties in a way suitable to their own spiritual paths.

 

Many books have been written in volumes on Ma and her sayings. However, it was. felt necessary to prepare a brief life-’ sketch of Ma in single volume for those persons who do not know Ma and want to know something about Her and her teachings. An attempt was made earlier to write a short biography of Ma, which was included in the souvenir published on the occasion of the installation of Ma’s vigraha (statue) at Uttarkashi Ashram in April 2009, in presence of the Honourable Governor of Uttarakhand, Sri B.L.Joshi, many Mahatmas, and the devotees. That biography was written in Hindi language and Bachchuda, the eldest son of Mamaji (Ma’s brother), corrected the Hindi language in its manuscript. The biography was widely appreciated .

 

Sri T.N.Chaturvedi, the former Governor of Karnataka and former Vice President of Shree Shree Anandamayee Sangha, thp then General Secretary of the Sangha and many others advised to publish a brochure on Ma’s Biography as given in that souvenir. The present English version is based on that Hindi biography and has been written in simplest possible language. A few important additions have also been incorporated in this presentation.

 

We acknowledge with thanks to Smt. Pushpa Khanna and Sri P. P. Madhava, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) for their valuable help in correcting the manuscript. Both of them are mostly residing in Kankhal Ashram. Sri Madhava himself is the auther of a book on Ma in English language. A list of few important English books written on Ma has been annexed with this book.

 

Contents

 

1.

 

Chapter-I

 
 

i

Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee

1

 

ii

Parents of Shree Shree Ma

1

 

iii

Ma’s appearance in this world and her infancy

3

 

iv

Ma’s brothers and sisters

7

 

v

Grihastha Lila (play of household activities) of

13

   

Ma

 
 

vi

Ma in Ashtagram village

15

2.

Chapter-II

 
 

I

Ma at Bajitpur

17

 

ii

Deeksha- Lila of Ma

18

 

iii

Sadhana Lila of Ma (play of Sadhana)

19

 

iv

Ma at Shahbagh and display of ‘Mahabhava

22

 

v

Revival of the ancient holy seat at Siddheshwari

27

 

vi

Establishment of Ramna Ashram in Dhaka

30

3.

Chapter- III

 
 

i

Ma’s journey all over India

34

 

ii

Ma at Calcutta (Kolkata)

37

 

iii

Ma at Vindhyachal

41

 

iv

Ma at Tarapeeth

44

 

v

Ma’s visit to Southern India

46

 

vi

Ma at Jagannathpuri

51

 

Chapter - IV

 
 

i

Ma’s arrival at Uttarakhand

53

 

ii

Pilgrimage to Kailash

58

 

iii

Demise of Bhaiji and coming up of ashrams at Almora

60

 

iv

Demise of Ma’s Father and Baba Bholanath soon after

63

   

Ma arrived Haridwar and Didima opted Sannyas

65

 

Chapter- V

 
 

i

The great philosopher. Gopionath Kaviraj meets

69

   

Shree Shree Ma

 
 

ii

Mahatmas (Saints) came in contact with Ma

73

 

iii

Arrival of few great leaders of the nation

82

 

iv

Attraction of Foreign Devotees towards Ma

89

 

v

All religions have the same destination .

93

 

Chapter - VI

 
 

i

Establishment of Ma’s ashram at Varanasi

97

 

ii

Ma Anandamayee Kanyapeeth at Varanasi

100

 

iii

Ma Anandamayee Vidyapeeth for boys.

102

 

iv

The Savitri Mahayajna in Varanasi Ashram

104

 

v

Formation of Shree Shree Anandamayee Sangha

106

   

in 1950

 
 

vi

Ma’s Diamond Jubilee Janmotsav at Varanasi

109

7.

Chapter - VII

 
 

i

Ma’s arrival at Vrindavan

113

 

ii

Coming up of Bhimpura Ashram in Gujrat

118

 

iii

Ma in Simla and. coming up of the Delhi

121

   

Ashram

 
 

iv

Arrival of Ma at Ranchi

124

 

v

Ma at Rajgir

125

 

vi

Ma at Naimisharanya

127

 

vii

Giriji’s Mahasamadhi and establishment of

132

   

Kankhal Ashram

 
 

viii

Atirudra Mahayajna in Kankhal Ashram in

136

   

1981

 
 

ix

Ma at Agartala

143

 

x

Other ashrams of Ma Anandamayee

144

8.

Chapter - VIll

 

i

Guru deeksha system after mahaprayan of

148

   

Giriji.

 
 

ii

Advice to sadhakas seeking spiritual progress

152

 

iii

Importance of satvik food in sadhana

153

 

iii

Strict observance of ‘Shastriya’ rules in puja

155

 

iv

Samyam Saptaha Mahavrata

159

9

Chapter - IX

 
 

i

Shree Shree Ma in the ‘Kumbha-Mela’ (fair)

164

 

ii

Ma’s contact with the ‘subtle’ disembodied

167

   

beings

 
 

ill

Ma’s Lila towards the ‘Avyakta’ (Un-manifest State)

170

       
 

iv

The summing up (Upasamhar)

174

10

Appendix

 
 

The ashram’ s evening kirtana

177

 

Glossary of words

178

 

Few important English books written on Ma

182

 

Tel. Numbers of Ma’s Ashrams (Statewise)

183

             

 

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Preface

 

Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee was the Divine Being with the full cosmic power of the universe and even beyond that.

 

Padma Bibhushan and Mahamahopadhyay Sri Gopinath Kaviraj, an eminent scholar and a realized ‘sadhaka’ expressed about Ma in his writing - “It is almost impossible to make an attempt to know the real identity of Ma. Who is Ma? What is Her real identity? It is not possible to assess or understand such difficult subjects for a child having a limited knowledge. When the child was not born, Ma was there. When the child will not be any more, even then Ma will remain. Ma is ‘Shuddha Sanatani’ (The pure eternal). Being the internal power as the life of all creatures and the deities - who can understand Her? It is not possible to lower Ma’s stature by calling Her an ordinary human being and height of Her spiritual state does not become manifest by praying to Her as an Avtar’ (an incarnation of God) or ‘Nitya Siddha’ (Self Realized all the time). High praise or bad criticism was all the same for Her. It will not be possible to understand Her identity, remaining separate from Ma.”

 

Mahamandaleshwar of Bholagiri Ashram, Devanaridaji Maharaj has written in his article on Ma “None who was acquainted with Ma since Her childhood, ever found her performing any hard ‘sadhana’, although, we saw Ma at the top of spiritual world since her teen years. That is why, She was an amazing exception in the divine kingdom. She was fully realized fight from Her birth and therefore, Ma’s whole life passed in a wonder which was beyond our perception.”

 

From the worldly point of view, although She had almost no education, her talks on the highest philosophical percepts and spiritual realizations surprised many highly learned persons, saints, and devotees, whoever came in contact with Her. Ma never used to deliver discourses. However, She used to guide the devotees as per their own ‘Samskar’ (Impressions of previous births) and according to their needs. She did not create a separate ‘Sampradaya’ (sect) and She herself did not initiate anyone except for a very rare cases. That is why, devotees from all sects came to Her without any hesitation. Devotees from different religions - Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, and Parsi etc. came to Ma for Her spiritual guidance and to receive Her grace. Ma in her kindness, always cleared their doubts or questions and resolved the difficulties in a way suitable to their own spiritual paths.

 

Many books have been written in volumes on Ma and her sayings. However, it was. felt necessary to prepare a brief life-’ sketch of Ma in single volume for those persons who do not know Ma and want to know something about Her and her teachings. An attempt was made earlier to write a short biography of Ma, which was included in the souvenir published on the occasion of the installation of Ma’s vigraha (statue) at Uttarkashi Ashram in April 2009, in presence of the Honourable Governor of Uttarakhand, Sri B.L.Joshi, many Mahatmas, and the devotees. That biography was written in Hindi language and Bachchuda, the eldest son of Mamaji (Ma’s brother), corrected the Hindi language in its manuscript. The biography was widely appreciated .

 

Sri T.N.Chaturvedi, the former Governor of Karnataka and former Vice President of Shree Shree Anandamayee Sangha, thp then General Secretary of the Sangha and many others advised to publish a brochure on Ma’s Biography as given in that souvenir. The present English version is based on that Hindi biography and has been written in simplest possible language. A few important additions have also been incorporated in this presentation.

 

We acknowledge with thanks to Smt. Pushpa Khanna and Sri P. P. Madhava, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) for their valuable help in correcting the manuscript. Both of them are mostly residing in Kankhal Ashram. Sri Madhava himself is the auther of a book on Ma in English language. A list of few important English books written on Ma has been annexed with this book.

 

Contents

 

1.

 

Chapter-I

 
 

i

Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee

1

 

ii

Parents of Shree Shree Ma

1

 

iii

Ma’s appearance in this world and her infancy

3

 

iv

Ma’s brothers and sisters

7

 

v

Grihastha Lila (play of household activities) of

13

   

Ma

 
 

vi

Ma in Ashtagram village

15

2.

Chapter-II

 
 

I

Ma at Bajitpur

17

 

ii

Deeksha- Lila of Ma

18

 

iii

Sadhana Lila of Ma (play of Sadhana)

19

 

iv

Ma at Shahbagh and display of ‘Mahabhava

22

 

v

Revival of the ancient holy seat at Siddheshwari

27

 

vi

Establishment of Ramna Ashram in Dhaka

30

3.

Chapter- III

 
 

i

Ma’s journey all over India

34

 

ii

Ma at Calcutta (Kolkata)

37

 

iii

Ma at Vindhyachal

41

 

iv

Ma at Tarapeeth

44

 

v

Ma’s visit to Southern India

46

 

vi

Ma at Jagannathpuri

51

 

Chapter - IV

 
 

i

Ma’s arrival at Uttarakhand

53

 

ii

Pilgrimage to Kailash

58

 

iii

Demise of Bhaiji and coming up of ashrams at Almora

60

 

iv

Demise of Ma’s Father and Baba Bholanath soon after

63

   

Ma arrived Haridwar and Didima opted Sannyas

65

 

Chapter- V

 
 

i

The great philosopher. Gopionath Kaviraj meets

69

   

Shree Shree Ma

 
 

ii

Mahatmas (Saints) came in contact with Ma

73

 

iii

Arrival of few great leaders of the nation

82

 

iv

Attraction of Foreign Devotees towards Ma

89

 

v

All religions have the same destination .

93

 

Chapter - VI

 
 

i

Establishment of Ma’s ashram at Varanasi

97

 

ii

Ma Anandamayee Kanyapeeth at Varanasi

100

 

iii

Ma Anandamayee Vidyapeeth for boys.

102

 

iv

The Savitri Mahayajna in Varanasi Ashram

104

 

v

Formation of Shree Shree Anandamayee Sangha

106

   

in 1950

 
 

vi

Ma’s Diamond Jubilee Janmotsav at Varanasi

109

7.

Chapter - VII

 
 

i

Ma’s arrival at Vrindavan

113

 

ii

Coming up of Bhimpura Ashram in Gujrat

118

 

iii

Ma in Simla and. coming up of the Delhi

121

   

Ashram

 
 

iv

Arrival of Ma at Ranchi

124

 

v

Ma at Rajgir

125

 

vi

Ma at Naimisharanya

127

 

vii

Giriji’s Mahasamadhi and establishment of

132

   

Kankhal Ashram

 
 

viii

Atirudra Mahayajna in Kankhal Ashram in

136

   

1981

 
 

ix

Ma at Agartala

143

 

x

Other ashrams of Ma Anandamayee

144

8.

Chapter - VIll

 

i

Guru deeksha system after mahaprayan of

148

   

Giriji.

 
 

ii

Advice to sadhakas seeking spiritual progress

152

 

iii

Importance of satvik food in sadhana

153

 

iii

Strict observance of ‘Shastriya’ rules in puja

155

 

iv

Samyam Saptaha Mahavrata

159

9

Chapter - IX

 
 

i

Shree Shree Ma in the ‘Kumbha-Mela’ (fair)

164

 

ii

Ma’s contact with the ‘subtle’ disembodied

167

   

beings

 
 

ill

Ma’s Lila towards the ‘Avyakta’ (Un-manifest State)

170

       
 

iv

The summing up (Upasamhar)

174

10

Appendix

 
 

The ashram’ s evening kirtana

177

 

Glossary of words

178

 

Few important English books written on Ma

182

 

Tel. Numbers of Ma’s Ashrams (Statewise)

183

             

 

Sample Pages









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