perfect poise

Thich Nhat Hanh mudra

Thich Nhat Hanh mudra



This world is itself but an embodiment of want; hence the heartache due to the absence of fulfilment must needs endure.

This is why it is said that there are two kinds of current in human life:

one pertaining to the world in which want follows upon want,

the other of one’s true being.

It is the very nature of the former that it can never end in fulfilment; on the contrary, the sense of want is perpetually re-stimulated.

On the other hand, the latter aims to bring to completion the activities of man’s true
being, to establish man in his divine nature.

Thus, if he endeavours to fulfil himself by entering the current of his true being, this current will eventually lead him to the perfect poise of his own true being.

source: Richard Lennoy, Anandamayi, Her Life and Wisdom CHAPTER 6





puzzling over my words

I have always enjoyed the image of the stream of oil that flows so smoothly and continuously – free of interruption. This stream of awareness is becoming like that more and more – free of effort and it has nothing to do with ‘super-vigilance’ – but rather like the attention you naturally put on something you love. Attention (attending to) the Transcendent in all things is our pure nature that we are now settling back in to. Continue reading

slow poison

Synthesis - tunnel of light

“Finding your Self, discovering who you really are, means to find God, for there is nothing outside of Him.”

Question: So you say happiness lies in finding my Self?

Anandamayi: Yes. Finding your Self, discovering who you really are, means to find God, for there is nothing outside of Him.

Question: You say all are God. But are not some people more God than others?

Answer: For him who asks such a question, this is so. But in actual fact God is fully and equally present everywhere.

Question: Is there no substance to me as an individual? Is there nothing in me that is not God? Continue reading

the veil which is your “I”


Monks by Julia Watkins

by Julia Watkins

Two questions to Anandamayi

Question: We often hear you say: “think of God.” But surely God is unthinkable and formless. What can be thought of must have name and form and therefore cannot be God.

Answer: Yes, without doubt, He is beyond thought, form and description, and yet I say: “think of Him!”

Why? Continue reading

the wine of immortality

In Chinese mythology, Xi Wangmu is the goddess of immortality and the heavens. She grows a peach garden with peaches that grant immortality.


“Become drinkers of nectar – all of you – drinkers of the wine of immortality!

Tread the path of immortality, where no death exists and no disease.

When you feel power within yourself,

when new light dawns on you from within,

the more you can keep it concealed in utter calm and stillness,

the more it will grow in intensity.”


(Source: RICHARD LANNOY © Anandamayi, Her Life and Wisdom, Short Communications 5)


What do these words conjure up in you? Do you feel a deep stirring within from the time when humans were all connected to their immortal souls? What does it mean to live in the awareness of eternity, of immortality? How different would my life, my behavior be if I lived in this awareness? Would I take each step, speak each word as if it counted and would be felt by all beings everywhere forever? Can I leap now into the faith of the Great One that always knows its immortality and Eternal Presence?




the big bang is happening now

Immortal Knight - By Freydoon Rassouli:

Immortal Knight – By Freydoon Rassouli

So caught up as we are in activities that make up our everyday life we seldom find the space or the interest to take in more deeply the basic fact of eternity. When I ask myself what it is I am doing that will still be present in 200 years, or 2000 or 2 million, then I gain a new perspective on my position in existence. Some of the ancient human cultures on this planet have included contemplation on time in their scriptures. Here is an example from the Indian Veden: Continue reading

fifteen minutes of 24 hours – Anandamayi Ma


" God gives us 24 hours a day , can't we give Him fifteen minutes of quiet meditation ?" Sri Anandamayi Ma:


“God gives us 24 hours a day, can’t we give Him fifteen minutes of quiet meditation ?”

Sri Anandamayi Ma


Anandamayi Ma – excerpt from the biography by Richard Lannoy

“Throughout Indian history, this pattern of instruction ensured the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next. In the case of Anandamayi who did not herself have a Guru, but was self-initiated, the traditional model of the teacher and the taught has, in certain respects, taken on new life, but in other equally important respects she radically departed from tradition.

“Her role as a revered Brahmin divine was by no means orthodox since this was a departure from the traditional status parameters of the married woman; further, for some 50 years as a widow and thus a member of the lowliest rank of Indian society, she was at the same time one of the most sought after of all spiritual teachers. Continue reading