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Mother of BlissAnandamayi Ma (1896–1982)$
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Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195116489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116489.001.0001

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The Story of Ānandamayī Mā's Life

The Story of Ānandamayī Mā's Life

(p.19) Two The Story of Ānandamayī Mā's Life
Mother of Bliss

Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

Oxford University Press

A note is always seen at the beginning of all the spiritual biographies written about Ānandamayī Mā to express how the author apologizes for situations wherein the reader may arrive at misunderstandings about Mā's life. The authors of such biographies feel that it is their responsibility to share information regarding Mā and her life so that the readers may come to realize Mā's greatness and even experience bliss. Thoroughly analysing the life story of Ānandamayī Mā provides the opportunity to examine the sacred biography of someone who lived in a relatively contemporary setting. This chapter looks into the different parts of Mā's life as told by her devotees, in order to demonstrate how Mā interacted with her devotees and how this impacted the devotees' lives.

Keywords:   note of apology, spiritual biographies, greatness, bliss, contemporary setting, devotees, interaction, life story

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