Anandamayi Ma, fully Sri Anandamayi Ma, also Anandamayee Ma or Anandamoyi Ma

Anandamayi
Ma, fully Sri Anandamayi Ma, also Anandamayee Ma or Anandamoyi Ma
1896
1982

Hindu Spiritual Teacher and Guru from Bengal some considered a saint hailed as one of the prominent Mystics of the 20th century

Author Quotes

The more one thinks of one’s Ishta (beloved Deity), the firmer will one’s faith in Him grow.

This body is like a musical instrument what you hear depends on how you play.

Whatever spiritual exercise, ritual and so forth one is engaged in, should be carried out with faith and love. No ritual should be performed irreverently.

Exert yourself to the limits of your power, however feeble. He is there to fulfill what has been left undone.

How long do you want to stay in the wayside inn? Will you not go to your own Home? How nice to think – you are yourself your home, you are also the pilgrim, and at the same time a foreign visitor!

Invoke Him and be constantly intent on realizing Him.

No attempt is futile; everything serves a purpose. Suppose you are traveling somewhere by railway. In order to catch the train you have to first go by boat, then descend from the boat, get into a horse carriage and then catch a bus which will take you to the station. Although your aim is a journey by train, you cannot say that the boat, horse carriage, bus and so forth are of no use. Similarly you should understand that everything you do in order to realize God is helpful. Nothing at all is waste. By whatever Name you may invoke Him, you effort will be crowned with success. The main thing is to cling to the Name with constancy.

Self-realization is God-realization and God-realization is Self-realization.

The nature of fire is to convert everything into itself. Similarly, assosiacion with His Name inevitably enables one to be identified with Him.

This body tells of one sovereign remedy for all ills: God. Trust in Him, depend on Him, accept whatever happens as His dispensation, regard what you do as His service, keep satsang, think of God with every breath, and live in His Presence. Leave all your burdens in His hands and He will see to everything; there will be no more problems.

When engaged in japa you are attentively to mark the motions of your breathing – inhaling and exhaling; if your mind tries to stray to and fro, forcibly attune it to your breathing; this will slowly set in the process of calming your mind.

Faith is always blind; but this blind faith may ultimately lead to firm belief.

I have no sense of pleasure or pain, and I stay as I have always been. Sometimes He draws me outside, and sometimes He takes me inside and I am completely withdrawn. I am nobody, all of my actions are done by him and not by me.

It is but the self that calls itself, and none other than the self that realizes itself.

Once the Guru has accepted a disciple, He will never leave him until the goal has been attained. The question of leaving does not arise at all.

Sense enjoyment acts like slow poison. You are driven thereby towards death. Therefore, it is man's duty as a human being to get into the current that leads to immortality.

The One Himself assuming the shape of the Guru of His own accord brings about His manifestation or becomes manifestated.

Through breath energy, Consciousness pervades Matter. Everything that is alive breathes. When breath stops, you die. Physical life depends on breath. Through Prana, matter becomes alive. Desires and wandering mind make the breath impure. Therefore, I advise the practice of concentration on breathing combined with taking any one of God’s Names. If the breath and the mind become one–pointed and steady, then the mind expands to infinity, and all phenomena are included in that one all–inclusive point. If you think of God with the breath it will purify the prana, the physical sheath and the mind. If you breathe while thinking of God’s Name, you will feel the call of His grace.

When the mind is full of worldly desires, it is their very nature to confuse the mind. Withdraw the mind from outer things and turn it inwards.

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[s] around me in the hall of eternity, 'I shall be the same.'

I say to you that I am a little child and you are my parents. Accept me as such and give me a place in your hearts. By saying Mother, you keep me at a distance. Mothers have to be revered and respected. But a little girl needs to be loved and looked after, and is dear to the heart of everyone. So this is my only request to you: to make a place for me in your hearts!

It is by yearning and pining for Him that the One is found. In times of adversity and distress as well as in times of well-beings and good fortunes, try to seek refuge in the One alone. Keep in mind that whatever He does is wholly for the best. He is the fountain of goodness.

One is born to experience various kinds of joys and sorrows according to one's desire. For the time being, God comes to you in the disguise of suffering. He is purifying you in this manner. The suffering is for your own best. A mother gives a slap to her beloved child for its own good, in order to keep it on the right path. When a fond mother gives her baby a bath, the child may scream desperately, yet the mother will not let the baby go until she has thoroughly washed and scrubbed him.

Silent japa should be engaged in at all times. One must not waste breath uselessly; whenever one has nothing special to do, one should silently practice japa in rhythm with one’s breathing. In fact, this exercise should go on continually until doing japa has become as natural as breathing.

The same inexpressible Truth is experienced in two ways: as Self-luminous Silence, or as the Eternal Play of the One.

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First Name
Anandamayi
Last Name
Ma, fully Sri Anandamayi Ma, also Anandamayee Ma or Anandamoyi Ma
Birth Date
1896
Death Date
1982
Bio

Hindu Spiritual Teacher and Guru from Bengal some considered a saint hailed as one of the prominent Mystics of the 20th century