Her Empress, The Divine Mother
If humility, compassion, forbearance, kindness, generosity, mercy, and love could be combined into one name, which aptly described the combined force of all these qualities, that name would be ‘Amritanandamayi’. Named ‘Sudamani’ by Her parents, She is called ‘Mata Amritanandamayi Devi’ by Her devotees. She is the Divine Mother, the Goddess Adi Parasakthi, the Goddess Kali, and the Queen of Immortal Bliss! She is our ‘Ammachi’. She is our beloved Mother.
Ammachi is the first of the three Avatars, the three Sadgurus, whom I have had the honour and privilege to meet. I received Amma’s darshan for the first time, during Devi Bhava, when Amma reveals a part of Her Divinity as the Goddess Kali, the Divine Mother. I must admit that, at the time, I did not understand the significance of my first hug. Ammachi hugs all the people, who come to see Her. Devotees or not, Her love for everyone is uniform and supreme. Her hugs transform people and show them the way to immortal bliss. I was one of the fortunate ones, who took a great liking to Ammachi at a young age. I did not know anything about spirituality or devotion, but I loved Ammachi’s songs. I sang them at school, at home, and everywhere else. At this time, I had no notion of liberation – moksha, nor did I have any desire for it. Therefore, despite all the experiences and visions that Ammachi bestowed upon me, it was not until much later that I treaded the spiritual path.
Despite my vices and all my failures, the Divine Mother has never left my side. Ammachi has always guided me in my life and now, when I have begun to move along the path of spirituality, She is my Polestar, the Guiding Light, the Boat that carries wandering souls across the ocean of illusion. From Amma, we learn unconditional love, tolerance, compassion, kindness, mercy, and humility. Her every action is an inspiration! Her every word is a drop of ambrosia (divine nectar)!
Every year, we visit Amma’s ashram in Nigdi, in Pune city, in Maharashtra state, when She comes here to grant us Her darshan. It is a wonderful experience and an invaluable opportunity to be close to God. Amma is God! She is the Divine Mother, the Empress of the Universe! She is the Queen of Immortal Bliss! Her gift to those, who seek sincerely and yearn for God, is the gift of eternal and immortal bliss! We should not lose a single moment in yearning for this bliss. Despite all the happiness that the world has to offer, it is but evanescent. It comes and goes, but bliss is forever! It is the one gift that is worth striving for. It is our birth right. It is our legacy. Let us seek solace and bliss at the Divine Mother’s Feet.
I offer my humble pranams and gratitude to the Divine Mother, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. By Her grace, I learnt of the Sri Lalita Sahasranama (1008 names of the Divine Mother). For acquainting me with this priceless treasure, I bow before Her lotus feet!
Om Amriteshwaryai Namah!
Om Namah Shivaya!
*We, at Angel Grove Studio, would like to remind you, our dearest readers, that this article has been written by Jaidev Kesavan, based on his experiences with the Divine. We encourage everyone, true spiritual seekers and the curious alike, to go to Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Mother of Immortal Bliss, and seek their own experiences. Spirituality is a very personal experience and is, thus, better experienced than merely heard. Kindly note, that the author has omitted some of his deeper and more personal experiences with the Divine. This is due to the fact that the author considers these experiences very private. We, once again, encourage you to seek out your own experience of God. Please take advantage of this opportunity, for we live in a Golden Age, when God walks the Earth.*