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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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Ānandamayī Mā as a Woman

Ānandamayī Mā as a Woman

(p.55) Three Ānandamayī Mā as a Woman
Mother of Bliss

Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

Oxford University Press

Despite all the instances wherein Ānandamayī Mā is described as “the perfect wife” because of her deep obedience and devotion, her devotees would insist the Mā is not to be considered as a woman. This chapter gives attention to associating Mā's life story with the paradigm of an ordinary Hindu woman—being a perfect wife. In the Hindu context, the traditional code of conduct for religious people would include the pursuit of dharma to find a better position within the cycle of birth and death. This chapter introduces the notion of stridharma, which is used to refer to how a Hindu wife employs righteousness in her way of life. The chapter provides a narrative of how Bholanath, Mā's husband, became a disciple and protector, as Mā was able to demonstrate the selfless service of a dutiful and dedicated wife.

Keywords:   ordinary Hindu woman, perfect wife, dedication, obedience, Bholanāth, dharma, righteousness

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