Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), her birth given name was Nirmala Sundari Devi.
One afternoon while searching through Satnam Kaur videos, I came across this one above. Not only is the song sang beautifully, it’s accompanied by interesting and beautiful photographs of the woman known as the Servant of Peace. I needed to know more. I had to know more about this woman whose eyes captivated mine. I felt such warmth and love when I looked at her face. At that moment, I knew I was staring into the face of greatness.
“You will have peace only if you can rise above worldly desires.” Anandamayi Ma
Anandamayi Ma, is one of the most beloved 20th century saints within her native India, and across the globe. She was born on April 30 1896, in a village at Kheora, British India, now known as Bangladesh. She grew up happy but in poverty. She was not like other children. She was always happy. She did not even cry at birth like most babies.
She had this heavenly, devine beauty. When she spoke she had a wonderful way with words, in Her own native tongue. At the young age of thirteen she was given to marriage. This was very common back then. She was known to have the eternal light in her. “I am the embodiment of all god and goddesses.” In her teachings, which was how she lived her life, Ma inspired millions of people across the planet, of all faith and circumstance, including monks, Prime Ministers, individualists, artists, beggars even Queens and Presidents.
Ma traveled a great deal and assisted in the building of numerous ashrams and places of worship. She was a devotee of Shiva (a period of mourning). Her beautiful presence and words of wisdom won her many followers. She was in a withdrawn state of ecstasy much of the time and devoted herself to spiritual practices. In a meditative state, she held difficult yogic positions for long periods and randomly formed complex tantric hand positions and gestures.
** The central theme of her teachings is “the supreme calling of every human being is to aspire to self-realization. All other obligations are secondary and only actions that kindle man’s devine nature are worthy of the name of actions. Ma was quoted as saying “all paths are my paths” and kept saying, “I have no particular path.” She taught how to live a God-centered life and advocated spiritual equality for women. Her style of teaching included meditation, reading of scriptures, songs, jokes and instructions on every day life. She denied having any personal missions or motives.
She died on August 27, 1982 in Dehradun, at the age of 86.
A wonderful, inspiring Saint of India. A Servant of Peace.
This mantra is a call for enlightenment and is practiced for purifying karma of the soul at a very deep level. It is said to be very beneficial for emotional and physical health.
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat
We meditate on the Three eyed reality
Which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.
May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality,
Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeping vine.