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  • Wide Awake in the Stream

    Saturday, March 28th, 2009

    Hello, Precious Selves

    I will be on retreat until mid-April. I leave you with this wonderful passage in the words of my Guru, Anandamayi Ma.

    “When one has become still, that is to say, when one has become established in a state of tranquility, then the activity of nature which continues at every moment in sleep and waking and is part of the movement of the pilgrimage from birth to death, this and the thinking mind become caught in that Stream and eternally remain floating in it. Ever to keep the mind poised in the Self, wide awake in the current of Reality, where the Unfathomable, the One without end is ever revealed in His Infinity–this must, with the intensity of a possession, be your one and constant endeavour.”

    from Ananda Varta, V. 6; No. 3, page 113.

  • Ma is Present

    Thursday, September 13th, 2007

    This week I had the pleasure and privilege of visiting with Swami Nirgunananda who served as Anandamayi Ma’s secretary for the last three years of her life. Swamiji has a great sense of humor and a sweet demeanor. He also manifested the undistracted presence that is the fruit of years of honest contemplation and devotion to one path. more…

  • What is Satsang?

    Thursday, July 19th, 2007

    By listening repeatedly to discussions and discourses on [spiritual] topics, the path to first-hand knowledge of what has been heard gradually opens out. You know, it is as when water uninterruptedly dripping on a stone finally makes a hole in it, and then a flood may suddenly surge through. –Sri Anandamayi MA

    Attending satsang–a talk or a discussion led by a spiritual teacher–is considered to be one of the fundamental practices within many Indian traditions. more…

  • Upachara (Offering)

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

    The roses offer
    themselves to Ma
    as they die.
    One by one
    the petals drop
    at her feet
    and into her lap. more…

  • Anandamayi MA’s Birthday

    Friday, April 27th, 2007

    April 30 is Sri MA Anandamayi’s jayanti, or birthday.When MA was alive, her devotees celebrated her birthday with lavish ritual.

    MA said:

    This body says that it was not born. But by celebrating such occasions, there is an increase of devotion, true knowledge, and satsang among devotees, and therefore I do not object to these activities. I enjoy them as others enjoy them. [MA called herself "this body."]

    There are riches of teachings in these few words. more…

  • Satguru

    Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

    I stand up
    beneath Her
    feet.
    The View is
    limitless. more…