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Ānandamayī Mā as Saint

Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

in Mother of Bliss

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195116489
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851621 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116489.003.0004
Ānandamayī Mā as Saint

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Westerners have come to know Ānandamayī Mā as a saint because of Paramahamsa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi, which is why some Westerners had wanted to seek her darshan in India. In spite of how Ānandamayī Mā' devotees are not exactly at ease with referring to Mā as a saint, since they believe that Mā is a personification of God instead of a mere human being, several Westerners and Hindus recognize her as an extraordinary human being or “an exalted woman saint”. Significant figures in the context of spirituality in India are thus continuously evaluated and positioned by spiritual seekers and publicly recognized saints. This chapter investigates the complexities of sainthood evident in various Hindu traditions through identifying the qualities that saints supposedly possess and comparing these with the claims of Ānandamayī Mā's devotees.

Keywords: Westerners; Autobiography of a Yogi; sainthood; Paramahamsa Yogananda; extraordinary human being; spirituality; exalted human state

Chapter.  23527 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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