Spiritual Enlightenment Techniques
Learning from a female saint in India
This 9 minute youtube documents the life of Sri Anandamayi Ma, a loving female saint revered in India. 1896-1982. Clips from ashrams and retreats, her words and life embody the purest enlightenment technique of all - love. Sri Ma was barely thirteen when she was married in an arranged marriage. As a child-bride Sri Ma was received into the family of her husband's brother and his wife and remained with them for nearly four years while her husband was off doing other things. From a carefree childhood in her parents’ home she was catapulted into a demanding situation of considerable physical hard work in an atmosphere of restrictive discipline. She cooked, cleaned, fetched water, took care of the children and served her sister-in-law in every way possible. Hard work is the lot of village women not only in India but all over the world. What sets Sri Ma apart from all such girls placed in similar situations is the fact of her total adequacy and a little extra, as it were for she remained uniformly cheerful, good-humoured, and more than willing to shoulder other people’s burdens. Nothing was a chore to her. Her serene and equable temper was never disrupted by thoughtlessness or unfair treatment at the hands of the elders. Sri Ma’s untroubled happy disposition caused her new family some anxiety; it could only mean a simple mind. In her childhood also she had invoked this fear in her parents’ thoughts – perhaps the little girl was just a little below par, not to be at all mischievous and naughty like other children? It took many years for Sri Ma’s close companions to realize that she was ever established in her often repeated Vani: jo ho jaye: ‘Whatever comes to pass, let it be’. (From the website: www.anandamayi.org)
The technique here is to verbalize the name or names of your chosen saint with increasing fluency. Do it silently or out loud. Out loud is a bit more effective. Adjust your tone to one of devotion, adoration, worship and love as best you can. I use certain names of the Ascended Masters, HERE. Other cultures and other languages are different. There is a science to the calling of a name. The consciousness of an ascended being responds to the sound of his/her name being spoken, even silently, so the more you do this (with intention and focus on them) the more your consciousness blends with that of the ascended being who responds to your focused intention. It is the focused intention that does the work. Most of us do not think we are loving enough, but it is the focused intention that counts. That is a sign of recognition, which is a loving act in itself. Individual consciousnesses are not restricted to a form, such as we in body, but our consciousness is still part of Source. Perfected individuals such as ascended masters and saints are also part of the infinite source of all that is, but they remain individuals and respond as individuals. It is our destiny to become perfected individuals too, but we must take the steps from within a physical form. A saint or master responds to the intentional calling of their name. Most humans undervalue themselves and don't think they are capable of doing this. But it is your focused intention and taking the time and putting the effort in that does the work. They will see your effort and blend with you, adding their consciousness with yours to strengthen you. This is one path to enlightenment.