Happy Devi Day, the day of the Moon which is always an especially good day to worship the Divine Mother in any of her luminous forms. One of these forms was embodied as Sri Anandamayi Ma (1896 – 1982), the Bengali spiritual teacher whose name means "joy (or bliss)-permeated mother."
Paramhansa Yogananda wrote about Anandamayi Ma in his _Autobiography of a Yogi_ where he quotes Her:
"'Father, there is little to tell.' She spread her graceful hands in a deprecatory gesture. 'My consciousness has never associated itself with this temporary body. Before I came on this earth, Father, I was the same. As a little girl, I was the same. I grew into womanhood, but still I was the same. When the family in which I had been born made arrangements to have this body married, I was the same... And, Father, in front of you now, I am the same. Ever afterward, though the dance of creation change around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same.'"
Ram Dass describes the central theme of Anandamayi Ma's teachings as the essence of karma yoga, in which life and spirituality are one: "All that you do to maintain your life, your everyday work and play, all your attempts to earn a living, should be done with sincerity, love and devotion, with a firm conviction that true living means virtually perfecting one’s spiritual existence in tune with the universe. To bring about this synthesis, religious culture should be made as natural and easy as taking our food and drink when we are hungry and thirsty."
Anandamayi Ma told us exactly how to find *Peace*: "Wherever God may keep you at any time, from there itself must you undertake the pilgrimage to God-realization. In all forms, in action and non-action is He, the One Himself. While attending to your work with your hands, keep yourself bound to Him by sustaining japa, the constant remembrance of Him in your heart and mind. In God's empire, it is forgetfulness of Him that is detrimental. The way to *Peace* lies in the remembrance of Him and of Him alone."
According to Acharya Mangalananda, "Anandamayi Ma is a living contact point with the Eternal Being of God. By tuning our minds and hearts to Her, we can receive an infinite flow of blessings into our lives, and by studying and living her teachings, our lives can come to fulfillment." ("The Divine Life of Sri Anandamayi Ma" in the "Mountain Path" magazine from Ramanashramam)
Jai Maa! I offer my homage to the Divine Mother in all her forms. Deep bows to Anandamayi Ma! Jai Mata Di. Om shanti shanti shanti.