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The Essential Sri Anandamayi Ma: Life and Teaching of a 20th Century Indian Saint

author: Sri Anandamayi Ma, Biography by Alexander Lipski
editor: Joseph A. Fitzgerald
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Comparative Religion,

10 – 11 / Lexile measure: 1100L

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8" × 10" / 152 pages

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The 20th century Indian saint, Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), has inspired millions of individuals around the world—from prime ministers, artists, and industrialists to  shopkeepers, beggars, and monks. Through her teachings and the example of her life, the beauty, wisdom, joy, and compassion that she radiated made her one of the most beloved Hindu modern-day saints within her native India, and across the globe. Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Jawarharlal Nehru, Former Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the Queen Mother of Greece, and the Former President of India, Ragendra Prasad, have all spoken of their great admiration for her. The first two sections of this inspiring book are an edited rendering of Alexander Lipski’s writings on Ānandamayī Mā. And, the third section provides various selections from Mā’s teachings, recorded by one her devotees. Thus, a substantial portion of this book consists of Anandamayi's own words as she answers her followers' questions about life lessons, spiritual practices, and religion in general; many were previously unpublished outside India. This edition is beautifully illustrated with 125 color & sepia photos.

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“Sri Ma Anandamayi today is widely recognized as a personality of great spiritual eminence. She was the embodiment of a joyous self-sufficiency, which enraptured the hearts of all who came near her.”
Bithika Mukerji, Co-author of My Days with Ma Anandamayi
“She is like the Ganges — Her very touch purifies.”
Swami Vijayananda

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