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Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years Paperback – 1 Oct 2010
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I just got a book, Anandamurti by Devashish. It is a biography of a very great soul, Anandamurti, by a fellow who is a devotee who lives in Puerto Rico where he has a yoga center of sorts, and spends much of his time in another yoga retreat in Brazil. Maybe he has fruit plantations there too? But he is a young fellow and writes well. He aims especially to write fiction with spiritual themes in order to promote interest in spirituality. Bob, one of the fellows here, gave me one of his books, The Jazz Master, a novel, which I enjoyed, and later gave me this biography of Anandamurti. You probably didn't meet one of his monks who came to visit at Ganges many years ago?. A beautiful person, American, who was working in New York to provide housing for homeless women? His health was very fragile but he was doing a lot of work it seemed. He later left the order when they tried to make him stop his work.
Anyway, from this monk I first heard of Anandamurti and what a great soul he is/was. He created an entire sister organization to our Order. Absolutely incredible, and I knew nothing about this really til now and reading this book. He left the body in 1990, and only now are we beginning to discover what he has done. Another Vivekananda. Tho he seems to be much more than that too as you will find out if you buy this book. In a sense he has abandoned Hinduism in its "singularity", for universal spirituality, like Sri Aurobindo. A big distinction between religion and spirituality. No more idol worship, no caste, no dowries, no forbidding young widows from remarrying... Forget the gods and goddesses... ritualism... Pushing hard against the social order. And he got into big trouble for it from the communists: years in prison. He knew this was coming long since but let it happen anyway. Something like Christ on the cross who knew what was to happen and let it happen.
And he has built up a great mission program to try to rejuvenate India and relieve suffering: schools, dispensaries, hospitals, mission relief work... He focused on India's physical condition, India's social condition, India's spiritual condition--- three big areas of work needing doing. And what a punch he gave, and is giving. He is simply growing. Amazing. More than that, fantastic. A life totally given to working for the Divine, a total sacrifice.
An incredible consciousness which you see demonstrated with innumerable anecdotes.
“It is when I compare Sri Aurobindo's life with Baba's that I see something interesting--- about what appears to be a limitation in consciousness with Baba, tho that is only an appearance I imagine. (And don't be offended that I'm thinking that at the moment.) The whole significance of Sri Aurobindo's life, and The Mother's, is his battle with lower, darker earth forces, trying to bring higher dimensions (Plural) of consciousness down into this earthly dimension. And it was a battle. And he and Mother did succeed in what they were trying to do: bring about a change on our possibilities here in our sadhana. If you have any interest in such a different angle of approach you will find Mother's Mother's Agenda online (thirteen volumes), Satprem, collecting the talks he had with her. And the whole of Sri Aurobindo's works is there too, --- but oh so hard to get into, so abstract and high flown. Mother makes getting into Sri Aurobindo's life and sadhana so much easier. Mother's Agenda is chatty, anecdotal, about every thing that is happening at the ashram in Pondicherri; the teachers in the school, the children, Mother's background, Sri Aurobindo's writing, difficulties with her sadhana, spiritual experiences ----- and her meetings with the higher entities which we call gods and goddesses: Durga, Kali, Shiva, Krishna. And these meetings are simply collegial, meetings of equals, unlike with Sri Ramarishna, not great dramas or events. These beings are simply part of the hierarchy of what is there, who is out there. And one of the big issues in their life story is their struggle with the asuric beings who are also out there. The second world war was such a conflict if you want to believe what Mother is telling us. Yes, it seems like someone is stretching the envelope too much, but this you read about in Mother's talks with Satprem, a French disciple, if you want to use that word, "disciple". And once you get to know more about Mother you see what a voice of veracity she is. You cannot doubt her. She is so truthful and full of loving regard for those who come to her for help. And she was good friends with Indira too who came a couple of times to the ashram.
But the issue here is the book, Anandamurti. What a phenomenon. A source of wonder who will I think become much more a reality to thousands in the West as we learn of him. I'm reading it a second time and am all the more amazed at what he is. I'll reread it again too. It is worth it.
There were two books that caused me to form a philosophy of life for myself and helped me change my life...when I was twenty
Ramakrishna and His Disciples by Christpiher Isherwood and the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda.
Now I am almost 70 and Anandamurti the Jamalpur Years...confirms and compliments what the previous two books conveyed. Read all three and see if you agree. Anandamurti the Jamalpur Years will in the future be in a class by itself.
The book lifted my spirits. It is highly engrossing and motivating.
It also tells us, that there is hope to the current crisis in the world. We have to work harder.
For some strange reason, I felt a desire to keep reading the book.
BABA had that special charisma and magnetism in him.
Future generations, will be able to see their divine Guru thru this book besides there Sadhana.
BABA, I always adored you, despite my shortcomings.