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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 Avatāra and Divine Mother

Ānandamayī Mā as Avatāra and Divine Mother

(p.161) Six Ānandamayī Mā as Avatāra and Divine Mother
Mother of Bliss

Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

Oxford University Press

The opening of a film on Ānandamayī Mā made by several of her devotees proposes that Mā possesses a role similar to that of Lord Krishna—a Lord of All Beings embodied here on earth to promote righteousness. Mā's character, as expressed by her devotees, is not to be considered as a divine gift or an achievement but rather the perfect character of the divine itself. Although many would claim that what Mā is cannot be accurately defined, some would still use words such as avatara and Divine Mother to describe her. This chapter analyses why and how Mā is considered to possess divine origins, through explaining the history of incarnation, discussing the worship of the Divine Feminine, and identifying situations where Mā exhibits divinity. Also, the chapter concentrates on Mā's idea of the Absolute, while determining whether Mā advocated bhakti yoga or jnana yoga.

Keywords:   Lord Krishna, righteousness, avatāra, bhakti yoga, jnāna yoga, divinity, Divine Mother

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