AMMACHI A HUGGING SAINT OF INDIA Abstract of Mata Amritanandamayi?s LifePart -11BY SATHEESAN RANGORATHAt the proper age, she started her schooling in a nearby elementary school. During this period, she started to exhibit her love of the god. She wrote and sang devotional songs. Love for god was her prime past time. She was not interested in usual games of children play at her age. Although introvert by nature, she was a leader among her playgroup because of her gentle and noble manners. At a very young age, she was very fond of helping her neighbors in distress. Sudhamani often went out of way in helping others by distributing her share of food and even stole food and things from her home in order to help poor and hungry people in the village. This invited wrath from her parents and family members. She used to get scolding and beatings from her elder brother and parents. Her fine habits invited a lot of trouble from her relatives and members of family. She was very fond of lord Krishna and used to chant his name every breath she took and every step she took. Her devotion to Lord took a serious turn. Nothing was important for her other than pure devotion for the sake of devotion. She spent long time in meditation. All these habits at a young age invited more trouble from her family. They considered her as a mentally deranged person she was given punishment for her unnatural habits in her day-to- day life.Her mother was a very strict disciplinarian; especially mothers of that time had a responsibility in rearing up their children, especially girls in a socially acceptable fashion. A Girl is supposed to be subdued and well trained to look after her husband and children, although; Sudhamani is very intelligent, she could not continue her education after fourth standard. She was suffering from some kind of stomach pain. This illness made her discontinue studies. Stoppage of studies did not help her much; she had to help her mother in her household chores. Damayanthi Amma entrusted her with more work Her days started at 4 am in the morning and ended by past midnight Bringing drinking water by traveling long distance in a country boat rowing by her self. Looking after cows and their fodder supply daily, which she had to collect from the nearby neighbor hoods Cooking, washing, sending her brothers and sisters to schools in time by providing breakfast and lunch. All these domestic works took much of her time. Her mother was strict, and a little lapse of care in any of her duties invited more punishments. May be it was good intention of her mother to bring her up to take up responsibility In future. However, Sudhamani endured every experience patiently.Her love for god never subsided, it was turned into fervor. She started spending more and more hours in meditation and singing devotional songs. One day she was kicked out of the house, as she could not control her madness in love for god. This really was a blessing in disguise .She used this opportunity in practicing severe penance and spiritual practices. She spent almost six moths with out food and sleep in seeking god. Later days she revealed that nature was for her rescue. One of her dogs used to bring food, her cow used to come daily In addition, show her udder for her to drink milk. Birds fly in with a whole fish to eat. She ate the raw fish and drank milk directly from cow'S paps. In a slow and steady progress toward her goal, she discovered her peace with in. She discovered tranquility and immense love toward every one, beings and non-beings all created a belonging to her or she belonged to them. Any wish of hers was turning in to a reality, either materially or spiritually. She became one with God. It is not god realization it is god him self in human form. This time lord chose to manifest in his motherly nature.Once a sleeping angler?s village slowly was attracting attention people turned in To observe and test her godliness. She did some miracles to convince them by turning Wter in to milk then into a sweet porridge, the same was converted into ?Panchamritham? a type of sweet dessert made up of five sweet items, representing Five elements of nature. It is very difficult in India to convince the public. In spite Of all these aspects of her life, she had to endure many obstacles from the villagers,Atheists, non-believers? socialists, etc. One by one her beloved disciples arrived and started spiritual practices under her able guidance. Now they are all matured enough to take up her mission and teachings, are ascetics of Puri order.
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