Anandmurti Gurumaa

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Anandmurti Gurumaa
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Anandmurti Gurumaa
Born (1966-04-08) 8 April 1966 (age 48)
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Nationality Indian
Known for Spirituality
Movement Shakti – an NGO to educate girls and empower women

Anandmurti Gurumaa (Devnagari: आनन्दमूर्ति गुरुमाँ Punjabi: ਅਨੰਦ੍ਮੁਰਤੀ ਮਾਂ), also known as Gurumaa born in Amritsar, Punjab India, is a modern day spiritual master. She has followers of many faiths including Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.

Anandmurti means "an embodiment of Divine Bliss" and Gurumaa means "Master Mother"[1] in Hindi. Gurumaa teaches the disciplines of meditation, yoga, present moment awareness and self-realisation,[2] using meditation techniques from yoga, zen, tantra, sufism, sikhism, buddhism and devised methods.[3] Gurumaa's core teachings include meditation, self-realization, evolving consciousness and non-duality.

Life sketch[edit]

Gurumaa was born on 8 April 1966 at Amritsar in Punjab, India. She was educated in a convent school graduated in arts.[4] In her childhood she used to accompany her mother to spiritual discourses, gatherings, satsangs. She would also have assemblies of sadhus coming to her home. Some of the friendly mahatmas would speak to her.[5]

Gurumaa is said to have attained enlightenment at the age of 16.[5] She says she didn't put in years of austerity for enlightenment and she was a normal girl who used to enjoy all games, sports and extra-curricular activities, which she continued after college.[5]

Gurumaa's discourses started coming daily on Sony Entertainment Television in the morning in 1999 and her popularity started increasing.[5] Her followers started organising meditation camps in Rishikesh twice a year. She established an ashram in the Ganaur area of Sonepat district in Haryana. Since the ashram had a limited residential capacity of around 500 people, she started conducting different meditation camps for people of different regions.

Gurumaa conducted a series of discourses on various spiritual texts of Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, and Buddhism like Bhagavad Gita, Japji Sahib, Rehraas Sahib, Jaap Sahib of Guru Granth Sahib, Guru Gita, Shankaracharya's Nirvana Shatkam and Bhaja Govindam, Narada Bhakti Sutra. Also including the poetry of Sufi mystics like Baba Bulle Shah, Baba Farid and Rumi. Sony discontinued airing Gurumaa's discourses in 2007.

Teachings[edit]

  • In Gurumaa's own words, If her teachings are to be summarised in one thing, it would be awareness.[5]
  • Gurumaa also emphasises the need for all seekers to free themselves from the outer garb of religion,[6] asserting that we don't experience fulfilment because of our expectations. Enlightenment can only happen if one surrenders completely to the existence.[7]

Shakti[edit]

Shakti is a mission started by Anandmurti Gurumaa to empower female children in India and stop female foeticide.[8] Shakti supports the education of the girls from poor and needy families until 12th standard. Shakti gives financial support for education without any color/caste/creed discrimination.[9][10] It was started informally in 2000. In the 2006–2007 academic year, around 175 girls were given full tuition fees for their studies.[11]

Works[edit]

Gurumaa has translated the Sufi love poems of the Turkish Sufi dervish Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi into the Hindi language, for the first time in India.[12] These poems were published in the book Prem ka chalakta jaam.[13] Gurumaa has also sung few of Rumi's poems, translated to Hindi, on her album Rumi – Love at its zenith.[14]

Further reading[edit]

Gurumaa's products (details below) are available.

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