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How I met Anandamayi Ma

Try to make yourself a disciple. Only then will you find a Guru, the way to grace will open up and you will discover the stream of compassion. — Anandamayi Ma

I have not told this story in full publicly. But I find myself living in a time and place in which many people are skeptical of or are rejecting the possibility of Guru. Other people long for a spiritual guide, but are afraid of being hurt.

Me and Ma at Kalyanvan

Me and Ma at Kalyanvan

For myself, I learned about the principle of Guru in my late 20s. I never doubted its value and necessity. I felt wonder that some people are equipped by Nature to help us wake up from conventional, constrained ways of being. I understood that the embodied Guru is an envoy of the fullness of Reality that I longed to see and express. I’ve always been a natural devotee of the Guru principle, and of my teachers who have embodied it. This natural devotion is what I am hoping to share with you. Read On…

Being Yourself

Every Sunday and Tuesday evening, I give satsang. Satsang is a mix of dharma teachings, open discussion and chanting or meditation. Sunday’s satsang is based on the teachings of Anandamayi Ma.

Life @ Play

Yes, I and a bunch of Jaya Kula students are moving from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. I’ve heard rumors that some people think this is cray-zeee. Crazy to move from Portland to Portland. Crazy to follow a teacher across the country.

“You people don’t realize it, but sadhana is just playfulness.” −Anandamayi Ma

When my astrology teacher told me that the best place for Jaya Kula was Portland, Maine, I laughed heartily. What great alchemy for everyone! Who can take such a move too seriously? Perfect.

Now, many more people than I expected are moving. I think the fundamental silliness of a move from Portland to Portland is a contributing factor. Despite the hard work of packing and uprooting, there is a feeling of adventure and fun permeating the entire enterprise. Why not? Detachment means not taking ourselves too seriously.

Anandamayi Ma laughing

Anandamayi Ma laughing

Some of the ancient Tantras refer to the human realm as the Mansion of Fun. It is not fun, of course, when we spend our lives wringing our hands and worrying about every move we make. The real fun only begins when we participate with a spirit of playfulness. Read On…

Women, Anandamayi Ma and the Gayatri Mantra

In 1936 in Varanasi, Anandamayi Ma announced her desire to give Gayatri mantra initiation to two of her female disciples. This would be the first public initiation of women into the Gayatri mantra in hundreds of years — and it was captured on film. Read On…

108 Names of Anandamayi Ma Chanting Video

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