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By Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

This booklet examines the lifetime of Anandamayi Ma, essentially the most popular Hindu holy girls of contemporary occasions. Lisa Hallstrom paints a shiny portrait of this remarkable lady, her rules, and her carrying on with impact. within the method, the writer sheds new gentle on vital issues of Hindu non secular lifestyles, together with the centrality of the guru, the effect of dwelling saints, and the plain paradox of the worship of the divine female and the prestige of Hindu ladies.

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85 Toward the end of the marriage ceremonies, Sri Laksmicharan, a famous old village pandit, performed the liavati, or fire oblation. " The pandit's son also remarked, as he looked at the young bride, "Her shining complexion is becoming visible through her clothing. 86 Nirmala continued to live with her parents for the next year in Kheora. Because Ramani Mohan had been told that his new bride had been a student at the lower primary school, he wrote her letters, although he, too, had had only a rudimentary education.

48 Even as a little child, Nirmala was irresistibly cheerful and adorable, and everyone in the village, Muslim and Hindu alike, wanted to carry her around and play with her. However, according to Hindu purity regulations, any child over six months old who was touched by a Muslim needed to receive a purificatory bath afterward. 49 In 1984, two years after Ma's mahasamadhi, when her devotees took a pilgrimage to Kheora, they were welcomed by Muslim devotees who said, "Although Ma was born into a Hindu family, She is also the Ma of the Muslims.

86 Nirmala continued to live with her parents for the next year in Kheora. Because Ramani Mohan had been told that his new bride had been a student at the lower primary school, he wrote her letters, although he, too, had had only a rudimentary education. Everyone in the village knew about the letters because very few letters ever came to the post office. When the first one arrived, Didima put it in a very prominent place for her daughter to take. It remained there for four days, since Nirmala had not been told to take it.

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