Darshan at Almora

A Sadhu visited Amritapuri and related an amazing incident. As he wishes to remain anonymous, I will refer to him as “the Sadhu.” The Sadhu, who lives most of his life in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, had come all the way from his home to Amritapuri for Amma’s Darshan. Amma was then on a tour of the United States.

 

 

The Sadhu was talking to some brahmacharis in the Ashram, and recounted a story about an incredible experience he had a few years earlier. The story goes like this: He had a daily routine of meditating at a temple in the Himalayas. One day when he opened his eyes, he saw an apparition of a woman. He thought it was a “devi” (an angel or goddess) who had appeared to bless him. He immediately prostrated in reverence. The apparition melted away, only to return again the next day. She appeared so frequently over the next few days that he became convinced beyond reasonable doubt that his “angel” was real and not a mirage of the mind.

 

The Advaita Ashram, Almora

 

After several days had passed, he walked down the mountains to visit the Advaita Ashram in Almora. Almora is a picturesque village in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The Ashram was started by Swami Vivekananda as a meditation centre focusing on the formless Divine (“Advaita” in Sanskrit, i.e., non-dual). Having arrived there, the Sadhu entered the Ashram library and sat down to read some magazines. And there She was, right in front of him. He picked up a recent copy of Matruvani and stared at his “angel” on the front cover.

As narrated to G. Raya, Amritapuri, Kollam.

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Matruvani (meaning “Voice of the Mother”) is the flagship publication of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. It is published in 16 languages, including 9 Indian languages (Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Odiya, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali).