The Amazing Story of Anandamayi Ma
Ma and What Is
As impressive as the miracles might have been, it was her ideas and words that drew people from around the world to visit her.
always been quite cynical about "religious leaders"
and most especially organized religion.
Despite the influence and efforts of the world's religions, human nature simply hasn't changed that much.
Somewhere along the line I also got the message from various people, including Ma (Ma Anandamayi, who this is about), that the object of this life game isn't to try to change the world but to change ourselves.
As a student of abnormal psychology, there were major things about this woman that really bothered me.
She would drop into what seemed to be a psychotic trance for hours and even days at a time. She would talk with people who weren't there, she intuitively knew about distant happenings, and she could read minds.
The problem for skeptics was these things were witnessed and verified.
Although she didn't flaunt her abilities, sometimes she was "caught" doing things, such as being in two places at the same time.
Before you discount all this as prosperous, keep in mind that not only are such "impossibilities" supported by the latest research in quantum physics, but as anyone who has read the classic book, Autobiography of a Yogi*, knows, such things have been reported in India for decades.
The difference was that for Ma these abilities did not result from decades of meditation. You might say, "she was born that way."
In her words:
If there was ever a person who literally "wasn't from around here" and "a stranger in a strange land," it was Ma.
Although Ma had almost no education, she impressed the greatest minds of her day -- people who often traveled hundreds, if not thousands of miles, to talk with her. Many said that just being in her presence changed them.
* In case you are one of these people who says 'I'll wait for the movie,' there is one, Awake: The Life of Yogananda (2014), available on Netflix.