Sri Anandamayi Ma

by Joan Greenblatt

The Joy of Abidance

Anandamayi Ma's (1896-1982) story is much like that of the Indian poet-saint Mirabai. From birth she exhibited a pure and radiant disposition. Indeed, her mother Didima appropriately named her Nirmala Sundari (the pure and beautiful one). She had a remarkable ability to remember events that occurred when she was very young.

At the age of two and a half years, Nirmala and her mother were attending a group devotional singing, when Didima noticed that Nirmala appeared to be . . .

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