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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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• Anandamayi Ma

• Anandamayi Ma

God Came as a Woman

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The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

This chapter provides a portrait of Anandamayi Ma (“Joy-filled Mother”), one of the most widely revered gurus in recent Indian memory. When she was present in her earthly body, Anandamayi Ma's devotees resisted the notion that she was either a woman or a saint; she was God. The nature and force of this sense of divinity, however, is closely connected to human motherhood. Another “joy-filled mother”—Amritanandamayi Ma of Kerala, or, for short, Ammachi—seems to have come forward to take her place, though without any claim to spiritual succession.

Keywords:   Anandamayi Ma, Indian guru, human motherhood, Amritanandamayi Ma

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