Matha Yoganandamayi



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Amma
Function: 
Saint
Traditions: 
Bhakti Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Vedanta
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
20 August 1953
Place of Birth: 
Chennai, TamilNadu, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes

Biography

INTRODUCTION

Four paths have been prescribed in Hinduism viz. Bhakti, Karma, Gnana and Yoga. To advocate each path, Saints incarnate in different times, which is repeating history in India. The mission of such guiding souls is that the entire humanity understands the real meaning and practical truth in the process of God realisation. This stems from their practical experience and not a theoretical study.

Sri Matha Yoganandamayi, known as “Amma”, is one among such humble saints. Amma began her spiritual service in the year 1991. The method prescribed by her is named as “Bhakthi Yoga”. In Amma’s satsang sessions one can get the practical experiences of Bhakthi Yoga. This is in the form of gentle and controlled breath, chillness in the entire body, mind filled with full concentration and peace etc.

Amma describes about Yoga in her own words: “Yoga is a technique to rejuvenate the mind. The stress and pressure which the physical body undergoes over a span of life ultimately results in polluted mind and abnormal breathing system. As a result, human being is likely to get depression. Bhakthi Yoga also aids in spiritual development.”

It is difficult to understand and make use of a living saint. This is an attempt to spread the message and experiences of one such living saint.

ABOUT AMMA

Amma's Guru is Sadguru Sri Sadasiva Brahmendrar. The name “Yoganandamayi” was conferred by her Guru. Amma is more a mother than a Guru. Amma never consider herself as Guru. The spontaneous state of bliss of Amma, which we observe during satsang sessions, is a live example to experience the Bhakthi Yoga.

Amma has been blessed with this natural state of Bhakti Yoga since 1991. The methods and techniques for imparting is unique in the sense even Amma herself does not know in advance. As the satsang session commences, the inner prompting Amma gets, would decide the day’s program. There is no theory, all are practical sessions. One has to sit in a thoughtless state, to the extent possible. Rest happens automatically as described elsewhere in this site.

Amma has given a detailed description of her practical experiences when she attains the state of bliss. We have made an attempt to provide the same in this site under “Amma’s speeches”. To know the full details of Amma’s life, the publication by ashram, titled as “Biography of Amma” can be referred.

Teachings

Introduction

Amma’s satsang generally consists of the following Sessions :

· Goddess Sri Rajarajeswari is the deity being worshipped by Amma. Hence, chanting of the Sri Lalitha Sahasranama (1000 names of Goddess Lalitha) is part of Amma’s satsang, wherever conducted. In case of time constraint (of devotees), Amma chants Sri Lalitha Trisathi (300 names of Goddess Lalitha). If time permits, Amma also chants Sri Vishnu Sahasranama (1000 names of Lord Vishnu);

· Arati to the deities :

· This would be followed by Amma’s short speech to the gatherings. This would be full of practical advices and not vedanthic lectures. At times, Amma explains her experiences of her deep state which are words of wisdom on bhakti yoga. Few tips on the same are recorded for the benefit of the common and grouped elsewhere in this site.

· Then, the most interesting part would happen where Amma gives experience of the divine flow of energy to everyone individually, and

· Prasad distribution :

Of late, place, date and time of Amma’s satsang sessions are predictable, but certainly not the contents or sequence of the program. Understandably, during prior times, we would not have been taken into surprise, if satsang is fixed amidst a busy working day evenings. In terms of place or venue where the program was to be conducted, it was as interesting as knowing the sex of a child to be born (don’t try for scanning since Amma does not like short cuts), in the sense that Amma visited many temples in and around Chennai and blessed the devotees. Such visit includes some prominent places in Chennai like Thiruvotriyur, Vengeesware temple (Vadapalani), Avadi etc. We do have quite a lot photographs taken on such occasions.

Till couple of years before, Amma preferred to hold satsang in the residence of devotees who are in close circle. As indicated, the uniqueness of Amma’s satsang is ever freshness and as lively as unpredictable. There is no stop clock in terms of timing and satsang would go on even till midnight, though not always. This is only to indicate Amma’s interest and involvement in sharing what she possess in the form of divinity, as ordained by the almighty.

Experiences :

To understand the evolving nature of Amma’s bhakti yoga, we have put the methods of Amma’s satsang under three stages.

· Stage I (1980s) :

Amma visited all temples in Chennai and conducted bhajans with no defined orchestra. While crossing the streets she used to bless people from all walks of life. (Can be elaborated based on inputs).

· Stage II (1990s) :

Satsang sessions were predominantly a one to one experience of the energy that is flowing from Amma’s hands, fingers, feets, head etc. Like a magnetic pull, even at a distance, one could feel such energy flow emanating from Amma, just by stretching hands forward. This would gradually make one forgetting the self and loosing himself into the bhakthi yoga. After some time, on waking up, one realizes that he remembers nothing as to what happened after he stood before Amma. The impact of such experiences cannot be adequately explained in words. One feels that he is born fresh, like a just blossomed flower. Unlike ever before, eyes would sparkle and unbelievably, no scorns of tensions and stress, which was eating the man or woman all the day.

The concept behind such fusing of man with the energy level is hidden in Bhakthi yoga. Whenever Amma listens to divine chantings or music which moves a soul, spontaneously, she goes into a different state, where, we imagine, there is no body consciousness or individual identity. On many occasions Amma used to dance using the leaves of neam tree, we have observed her face becoming unusually bright and eyes glittering with purity. On such occasions, those who are pure like a child and whose thoughts have not been polluted with motives, have immensely benefited by such energy flow and blessings of Amma.

· Stage III (2004 onwards) :

Currently, satsang sessions are mostly structured like chanting of Sri Lalitha Sahasramana, (which may have in between explanations on certain texts and meanings) with a short speech of Amma. This is followed by Arati and Prasad distribution.

Amma puts in her own words that as the soul evolves into greater heights with the grace of Godess Sri Rajarajeswari, even when scripts are chanted in the presence of such saints, the entire atmosphere gets charged and the energy flow occurs across all people present there. Hence, really there is no need to give one to one experiences when the environment is filled with divinity. This requires no proof, except for devotees own experiences where one could see some devotee getting into deep meditation or some one automatically performing mudras and poses of yoga, about which no body was taught or aware before.

Locations

ADDRESS :

Sri Matha Yoganandamayi Ashram
No. 14/17 Narayani Apartments,
(Second Floor)
Sringeri Mutt Road,Amma-bliss
R.K.Nagar, Chennai 600028
Tamilnadu, India

Phone : +91-44-24991733
Mobile : +91-98845 26190
Email : banumathy83raj@hotmail.com

Visit our Websites :
www.yoganandamayi.org
www.mathayoganandamayi.org

Visit our Sathguru Sadasiva Brammendrar's website :
www.gnanacheri.org

Our devotee's website :
www.sonagiri.org