Shree Maa speaks about her own experiences with her Guru Ramakrishna, and gives us advice on how we can realize God in this Dark Age. Shree Maa reminds us of the simplicity and beauty of spirituality in this podcast episode.
One who is able to control the mind is called “manush,” a human being (Sanskrit: हलन्तष्, mānuṣ). Here is a list of qualities given by Lord Vishnu in the Shrimad Bhagavatam, which when demonstrated in all the activities in one’s life, makes one a perfect human being and paves the way to attain Godliness. Download the entire list from the […]
Living with the Soul is Shree Maa’s story in her own words. Taken from a collection of interviews, this book provides a wonderful introduction to a beautiful Saint: her life, her state of consciousness, and her teachings.
Shree Maa is a being of exceptional spiritual attainment, and this book offers a glimpse into Her world.
Shree Maa was born into one of the most extraordinary families in India, which included both extremely wealthy businessmen and highly advanced yogis.
From her earliest years her only desire was to meditate, merging her own being into God. After several years, she began to roam throughout India in temples, forests, fields and homes, conducting pujas and archana to the Divine Mother, reading from the Chandi Path.
Photo of the week – May 10 – May 16 2009
(Picture taken February 2009)
In one of Her impromptu moods, Maa gets up during evening arati and starts waving the chamaram (yak’s tail) at all the Gods and Goddesses!
Shree Maa wishes to share with you, from the depth of Her wisdom, the duties of a human being: Truth Compassion Purifying austerities Purity Renunciation of Desires Appropriate contemplations Control of the mind Harming none Sacred studies Renunciation Recitation of the name of God whenever possible Simplicity Serving the messengers of God Serving the great […]
This is a vow of peace and a beautiful prayer from our Beloved Mother, Shree Maa:
Oh Divine Mother! Make us all the ideal of Perfection.
Oh Divine Mother! We pray to you to make us one family on earth and for unity on earth so that we can be instruments of your peace.…read more
Photo of the week – Oct 17 – Oct 23 2007
(Picture taken October 2008)
This new bridge was completed with love by several devotees who donated time and funds to beautify Mother’s path to the temple!
There are no “Alien Hindus”
Shree Maa, Hinduism Today
April 1990, Vol 12, Number 4
In spite of Hinduism’s persistent attempt to teach and demonstrate the realization that all existence is pervaded by One Supreme Divinity, and that “I” am, at the least, a part of that Oneness, even still, the selfishness of egotism makes men create divisions which expand their individual authority. Now a new concept of “alien Hindu” has evolved, a concept which can only serve to further divide men. Religious experience has nothing to do with race or geography. It is the essence of awareness, the unifying attitudes and values which go beyond experience.
Hinduism does not mean being Indian. Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Jews all live in India. It has nothing to do with the color of one’s skin, nor the origin of one’s birth. Charvaka was as much a Hindu as was Ramanuja or Shankara. Every spectrum of thought and opinion has been accommodated with respect under the bannerhead of Hinduism. According to the Tantra Sara, “Who abhors violence and division in every form, who always practices harmonious behavior, who is a lover of Wisdom, who respects all teachers of Wisdom, who practices one-pointed meditation, such a one may be said to be a Hindu.”
Devi Mandir is located in a suburn of cosmopolitan San Francisco bay Area, where we serve Hindus from around the world. They come in all colors from many countries both East and West, speaking many languages, and yet they all have one thing in common: when they enter into the temple, they leave all thoughts of divisions and become simply children of God, children of the Divine Mother and the divine Father, members of the family creation.
No child is alien to the Mother. Every child, fair or dark, wise or foolish, talented or unskilled, belongs equally to the Mother. Anyone who would support an ideology of division or discrimination because of color or race is actually acting with disregard to the basic principle of our religious creed.”
Now many Hindus are battling racial discrimination in their adopted homes around the world. How foolish it would be for us to the practice the same in reverse, by excluding our own allies, who even go farther than we might imagine in trying to make their lives conform to our religious heritage.
Hinduism is becoming a moving force around the world. Is it prudent to create divisions within by discrimination between the faith of those who were born into the religion and those who have accepted its principles because they understand it from a thorough study? By acknowledging the validity of our religious teachings and their practical applications in life, people are really working for world peace and enlightenment. Shall we discriminate against them because they are practicing what we preach?
Rather, true Hindus will bow down with respect to the wise of every generation who demonstrate the principles of faith, devotion and surrender, the real fruits of religious inspiration. We will demonstrate the wealth of our heritage by joyously sharing with all who so desire, and we will overcome discrimination by our mutual respect and openness, as well as using the talents and skills which we individually possess.
In the name of dharma, manifesting the ideal of perfection, the solutions we seek are universal. In the name of ahimsa, the battles we fight are within. In the name of God, let us realize the ultimate harmony and peace in the universe.
I send you all blessings of wisdom, peace and joy!
From Yoga International. September/October 1994 Most of the people in the cars ahead of us on the narrow, twisting California road are tourists, visiting the region’s many wineries. But my husband and I are looking for something few wine and cheese aficionados would expect to find in Napa County. High up in the hills we […]
Photo of the week – May 17 – May 23, 2008
(Picture taken April 2008 at Devi Mandir, Napa, CA)
Shree Maa and Her Mother!