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Who Is Anandamayi Ma?
Anandamayi Ma was a 20th-century avatar: a direct emanation of wisdom, born totally awake. By her own testimony, Ma manifested in response to the prayers of sentient beings for a female incarnation of the divine.
While accounts of her extraordinary lila, or enlightened activities, are legion, she lived her life as a householder in unusually close contact with her devotees, advising them about all aspects of life, laughing with them, comforting them, singing and simply allowing all those who came to find refuge in her presence. Her guiding presence is still available to anyone who wishes to seek it out.
Although Ma had little formal education, she directly embodied enlightened wisdom to such a degree, she was able to convey the subtlest teachings to tens of thousands of followers from all walks of life. Her teachings are precise, playful, gutsy, down-to-earth, inspiring and deeply moving. Jaya Ma!
- Satsang with Anandamayi Ma
- Ma’s Darshan
- Biographies of Anandamayi Ma
- Life with Anandamayi Ma
- Anandamayi Ma Sings Kirtan
- Anandamayi Ma in the Movies
- Articles and Podcasts about Anandamayi Ma
- Sangha – Find people who love Anandamayi Ma!
Satsang with Anandamayi Ma
Anandamayi Ma gave oral teachings in response to the questions of an enormous number of people from all walks and stations of life. She wrote no books or articles. Her satsangs remain one of the primary ways that we can receive Her teachings today. Atmananda, Ma’s English-language translator, worked closely with Brahmachari Kamal Bhattacharjee, a Pandit who devoted his life to recording Ma’s satsangs in Bengali with meticulous concern for accuracy. Together, they produced the most definitive record of Her words.
- Words Of Sri Anandamayi Ma : Translated by Atmananda. A principal book of Mataji’s in-depth discourses in English. Free.
- The Essential Sri Anandamayi Ma : Includes a good biography by a devotee, a selection of discourses from Words of Sri Anandamayi Ma (available in full above), and a wealth of photographs. Beautifully produced and good for starters if you keep in mind that all efforts to summarize Ma’s teachings pale in comparison to her own words.
- Matri Vani (Mother’s Words) Volume I : A collection of short excerpts from Anandamayi Ma’s dictated letters to some of Her devotees. Translated by Atmananda. Free.
- Matri Vani Volume II : A second collection of excerpts from letters and conversations. Translated by Atmananda. Free.
- Mother Reveals Herself: Words of Ma recorded during intimate conversations with one of her primary disciples, Bhaiji or Jyotish Chandra Roy. Contains Ma’s own account of the extraordinary circumstances of her birth. Kindle Only on Amazon (linked above). For paperback, write to email@example.com.
- Ma’s words on the website of the Anandamayi Ma Sangha in India: a collection of her sayings and other teachings.
Darshan means to see. By seeing Guru and being seen by Her, we can directly see more of Reality and thereby progress in our spiritual unfoldment. This can happen to some extent even through the medium of a picture of Guru. For this reason, Ma instructed that photographs of herself always remain free of charge. Click on a thumbnail photo to see and download the full image. For hundreds of photos of Anandamayi Ma, visit the Photo Gallery and the Photo Collection at the Anandamayi sangha resource website. A new collection of photos has been put up at the official India sangha website.
Feel free to download any of these photos.
Biographies of Anandamayi Ma
- A Goddess Among Us : A readable and very inexpensive biography by Acharya Mangalananda.
- The Life and Teachings of Sri Ma Anandamayi by Bithika Mukerji : One of the best biographies of Ma by a disciple who grew up in her presence and later became an academic.
- The Life and Teachings of Sri Anandamayi Ma by Alexander Lipski : The full version of the shorter biography offered in The Essential Anandamayi Ma.
- Ananadamayi: Her Life and Wisdom by Richard Lannoy : An excellent biography, wonderful excerpts of Ma’s words translated by Atmananda, and some of the most spectacular photographs ever taken of Ma. This is a great book for those who are new to Ma and also for those who want a book to treasure for life. A text only version is available online, and cheaper copies may be available from India.
- Mother of Bliss by Lisa Lassell Hallstrom : A readable, scholarly biography with a feminist perspective.
Life with Anandamayi Ma
Many of Ma’s devotees have written memoirs of their lives with Her. In addition, Ma encouraged some to keep a spiritual diary. These writings present a fascinating portrait of what it means, on a very personal, day-to-day level, to be a disciple of a great Guru.
- Death Must Die by Atmananda and Ram Alexander : A riveting, blow-by-blow diary of a Western woman disciple’s life with Anandamayi Ma. Very expensive new. Buy it used! Note: You can download a shorter version of this diary published under the title As The Flower Sheds its Fragrance.
- My Days with Sri Ma Anandamayi by Bithika Mukerji : A wonderful book about day-to-day life with Ma by a writer whose entire family were devotees.
- Encountering Bliss: My Journey Through India with Anandamayi by Melita Maschmann : Another classic account of a Western disciple’s encounter with Ma.
- Mother as Revealed to Me by Bhaiji : Anandamayi Ma’s principal disciple writes movingly of his life with his Guru. Free.
Anandamayi Ma Sings Kirtan
Listening to Anandamayi Ma singing kirtan can be a revelation, especially for those who might be wondering just what the name of God is all about.
Anandamayi Ma sings “Ma Durga” kirtan:
More music resources:
- The Multimedia Page at Anandamayi.org : Kirtan sung by several adept devotees and by Ma herself. The final section contains short video clips of Ma.
- The Multimedia Page at Shree Shree Anandamayee Ma Sangha: Photos, video and audio.
- Chant the 108 Names of Anandamayi Ma with Shambhavi Sarasvati and Jaya Kula: Download PDF of 108 Names of Anandamayi Ma and sing along! 108 Names of Anandamayi Ma (PDF).
Anandamayi Ma in the Movies
We are lucky to have many home movies and two documentaries featuring Anandamayi Ma. As is the case with all Realized beings, simply watching Her speak, move and interact is a teaching and a transmission.
- Anandamayi Ma on YouTube
- Longer video clips of Anandamayi Ma
- A newly edited treasure trove of movies of Anandamayi Ma taken in the 1970s-1981.
- Ascetics who knew Ma tell stories about her. Watch the excerpts on Youtube, then order the whole CD by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
30 minute documentary video about Anandamayi Ma with some rare video footage of her. Unfortunately, the filmmaker got carried away with some “special” effects, but still worth watching.
Articles and Podcasts about Anandamayi Ma
- PODCAST: How to Pranam According to Anandamayi Ma
- ARTICLE: Women, Anandamayi Ma, and the Gayatri Mantra
- ARTICLE: Anandamayi Ma: I am not an Alien
- ARTICLE: How I met Anandamayi Ma
- PODCAST: Anandamayi Ma on Maya
- ARTICLE: Anandamayi Ma’s Birthday
- The Official Site of the Sri Sri Anandamayee Ma Sangha in India
- The Resource Site of the Sri Sri Anandamayee Ma Sangha in India
- Ashram Information
- Jaya Kula, San Rafael, CA & Portland, OR
- Ma Sharanam Ashram, USA Branch, Novato, CA
- In the Footsteps of Anandamayi Ma – a Facebook page of Ma photos and quotes
- Children of Ma Anandamayi Foundation