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• Anandamayi Ma

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0012
• Anandamayi Ma

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This chapter provides a portrait of Anandamayi Ma (“Joy-filled Mother”), one of the most widely revered gurus in recent Indian memory. When she was present in her earthly body, Anandamayi Ma's devotees resisted the notion that she was either a woman or a saint; she was God. The nature and force of this sense of divinity, however, is closely connected to human motherhood. Another “joy-filled mother”—Amritanandamayi Ma of Kerala, or, for short, Ammachi—seems to have come forward to take her place, though without any claim to spiritual succession.

Keywords: Anandamayi Ma; Indian guru; human motherhood; Amritanandamayi Ma

Chapter.  5168 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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