Anandamayi Ma Satsang and Kirtan
Friday, Jan 12, 2024
4160 SE Division St.
with Shambhavi Sarasvati
Join Shambhavi and the Jaya Kula community for a monthly deep dive into the teachings and music of Anandamayi Ma. We will share and talk about Ma’s words and learn and sing kirtans and bhajans that she sang and that are sung by Ma devotees around the world.
Who is Anandamayi Ma?
Anandamayi Ma was a 20th-century teacher from Bengal. Many people in both India and the diaspora consider her to be an avatar of Vishnu. 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.
What will we read?
Anandamayi Ma only attended school for six months, but her facility with language and love of wordplay are renowned. Without having read philosophical tracts or scriptures, she unpacked the most subtle points of spiritual life and teachings for the most educated pandits of her day.
Ma lived her life in satsang—informal conversations with tens of thousands of devotees. Luckily for us, several of her closest disciples took on the seva of recording and translating her words. Reading her words is an opportunity to experience a living teaching and an encounter with one of the most realized human beings to ever be among us.
We will draw from a variety of translations of Ma’s words. Many of these translations are available for free at anandamayi.org.
However our main texts will be a two-volume set of new translations of Ma’s teachings, The Gospel of Shri Anandamayi Ma.
What will we sing?
We’ll sing kirtans and bhajans, familiar and new. Check out the music resources at anandamayi.org.
$5, $10 or $20 donation. Included in MGO.
Every 2nd Friday from 6:30-8:00pm Pacific.
How to Attend Anandamayi Ma Satsang and Kirtan
You can join this teaching via two-way Zoom livestream or in person in Portland, Oregon. For livestream attendance, you’ll receive the zoom link via email after you complete your registration.
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ABOUT THE TEACHER
Shambhavi emphasizes the more explicitly devotional teachings and practices of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen and direct knowing through encounters with the wisdom of the heart. She is also known for making complex teachings about the nature of the self and reality understandable, practical, and always relatable to everyday experience. Her teachings are grounded in her more than thirty-five years of daily personal practice and personal retreats.
“Generosity is a fountain of living light at the heart of creation. Having opened your heart and recognized its identity with the heart of the divine, you want to be here giving and giving throughout your natural lifetime. This is the essence of realization.” ~Shambhavi
You can read more about Shambhavi’s background, training and publications here.
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