Ma Indira Devi
mystic reaches the truth through spiritual insight. To use
mind and intellect to understand such personalities is
difficult but to love them is easy.
do not claim to belong to the inner circle of Ma Indira Devi,
but I do love her and I am certain that she loves me too.
was acquainted to Ma Indira Devi through her book Pilgrims of
the Stars. Since then there was a tremendous urge within me to
meet her in person.
did, during the month of June. 1984. I had gone to Pune to
attend a wedding. When I arrived at the Hare Krishna Mandir, I
was told that Ma was resting, hence to return in the evening.
reached Ma's place at 6.40 p.m. The aarti was over, so I was
told by a disciple that I could go upstairs where Ma was.
I progressed towards her in a queue, she held out her hands
towards me, like one would to a long-lost loved one and
apologised for turning me away in the afternoon as in her own
words she said, "I need to rest as I am old and
looked at her and said that she looked neither.
smiled at me.
was drawn by an irresistible urge to touch her feet. Something
that I generally cannot do easily. I held on to her feet and
said: "I believe that there comes a time in every
aspirant's life when he has to make a choice, but I love my
home and I love God."
smiled at me and said, 'Good, what is there to choose? One
leaves home and makes an ashram, leaves one's children and
makes disciples. God is everywhere and In everyone. You will
find him in your home. There is no need to separate."
continued, 'You Just feel love and be sincere and that will be
said, 'My Ishta is Lord Krishna." She said, "He is
the highest, only He is a difficult God to please.
agreed and said: "Look at the way he stands so
smiled and said, People think he is made of stone. To me
everyone is made of stone, only He is real!"
I asked Ma Indira Devi if I could quote from her book Pilgrims
of the Stars, she looked at me, lovingly smiled and said
"Take the whole book, take me also."
have tried to do that. I hope you, my readers, can feel her
personality through the words you are about to read.
life and experience is not an academic question with Ma Indira
Devi. To her it is the most precious. intimate, sacred and
real part of her life.
search for Him is as essential to her as the air she breathes.
Indira Devi's parents lived in Fort Sandeman As a child, on an
impulse she picked up the fallen stick of a fakir (a Muslim
saint), and handed it back to him. The saint thanked her for
helping him and promised to be there when she needed him most.
time later little Indira lay dying after an illness everyone
had given up hope of her survival. The Fakir then appeared and
brought her back from the throes of death.
was not the only time that little Indira was saved by a bigger
than human hand.
was spending her summer days in Quetta where, at about 3 a.m..
she saw in a dream that she was making a house of cards. There
was then, a deep rumble and the play house of cards toppled
down. but strangely enough what fell down was not cards, but
brick and mortar
heard a distinct feminine voice call: 'Get up and go out at
sooner had she stepped into the lawn than there was a terrible
rumble and in less than a minute the whole house came hurtling
down before her terrified eyes.
was her friend Ladli who brought to her notice that she was
probably endowed with special powers.
met her guru, Sri Dilip Kumar Roy In October, 1946. She was
drawn to him by his innate power of truth and sincerity.
she first laid eyes on him, an electric current shot up from
the base of her spine to her neck. She at once knew that he
was her Guide and Master, with the same conviction that she
knew that God was.
was in Pondicherry where she met Sri Aurobindo (Sri Dilip
Kumar Roy's Guru) for the first time that she realised that
meditation came natural to her. She just sat still and closed
her eyes and peace came down on her head like a block of ice.
an electric current would shoot up from down the base of her
spine in a zig-zag movement. There would be no thought, no
prayer, no vivid ecstasy - only a still peace.
followed no given recipe, no set method, no orthodox asana
(sitting pose) for meditation. She just gave herself to God
and that was that.
question of sin and unworthiness never troubled her - The
Lord's and the Guru's Grace steadily grew into a reality and
all else became trivial to her.
was only one reason why she talked about her experience to
comply with her Guru's wish He believed that even though the
majority of people would not understand or believe, there
would always be a few seekers who would profit by the
experiences of a fellow seeker, It is for those that she would
write and speak,
Indira felt that there was a difference between most people
around her and herself.
Lord was more or less a theory to them: to her, He was an
did not have to practice meditation: It was difficult for her
not to meditate.
day as she sat to meditate, the electric current that shot up
from the base of her spine did not stop as it usually did when
it reached her head. Instead as it touched her head, the
latter opened or so it seemed to her and she found herself
outside her body floating on velvety waves of bliss.
state of world-oblivious ecstasy entailed no end of
uncomfortable situations. People around her naturally did not
understand and thought that she was pretending.
once doubting the authenticity of her meditation, burnt her
finger. The hand did shake, but the meditation was not broken.
has been written about spirit worlds seen by mediums. It was
not only these that Ma Indira saw but also many other worlds
where Truth or Harmony or Beauty presided.
finds It difficult to talk of these intimate and personal
experiences and yet, she would like to shout from the
housetops that He is a living reality and not a myth that
she knows if we love Him, we can feel His love.
was a time when Ma Indira was standing near her window
watching a man plough his field opposite the ashram. Suddenly
he took a thick stick and hit the bullock hard. Ma Indira
screamed out in pain as though someone had struck her. When
she picked up her saree she had a round black bruise. This
experience, Sri Aurobindo calls Supernormal experience. In his
chapter entitled "Cosmic Consciousness".
Indira would often find herself repeating lines from songs she
had never heard before.
had visions of a beautiful lady dressed In Rajasthani dress.
She would be singing totally oblivious to the world.
voice was lovely and astonishingly the song would end with the
name Mira" in the last line.
the vision of the beautiful lady introduced herself to Ma as
Mira, the Rajasthani princess saint, herself.
whole thing was - so amazing that most people find it
difficult to believe. Ma Indira does not blame them as she
herself finds it equally inexplicable.
It was true: and with time It became the greatest truth of her
believes that pain Is necessary for growth. Every
disillusionment brings home the futility of attachments.
believes that Grace cannot always be pleasant because her
business Is not to please us or make us happy, but to help us
may come in the form of an opportunity, an admonition, a
warning or even a blow. It is not the form she takes, but the
ultimate purpose or outcome that is important.
Is often asked the best way to do meditation.
says: "Start with a clean slate, forget the mind and
forget all recipes. Just pray - Lord I have come tired and
weary from my self-created worries. I have come to you for
rest. I will not leave you. Let me rest In you, for this half
hour, so that I may walk beside you, work for you and live for
believes that there comes a time In every aspirant's life when
the choice has to be made. It does not necessarily mean
changing the outer environment, but it does mean taking a
definite stand and aligning oneself with the Divine Forces.
love Ma she often hugs me close to her heart and says that
I come from her 'Maike". When I ask her to elaborate, she
once promised to come In my dream. She kept her promise and
brought Dada Dilip Kumar Roy with her. The strange thing about
the dream was that I knew all along that It was a dream
and kept thanking her for keeping her promise I woke
during the dream, wished to return to it while awake, and did.
once told Ma that I do not feel that I have the right to
lecture to people and write books when I still have so many
gently told me, "You do not lecture, you share what you
know and feel."
told her, 'Sometimes I feel embarrassed.
said, "People do not feel any embarrassment doing evil.
Why do you feel It, while doing good?"
to Ma is to care for all To feel the pain of everyone and
to see herself and God in everyone.
myself have experienced Ma's tremendous compassion. At the
time when my child was ill, she responded to all my needs.
When the child recuperated she claimed It was God's Grace and
my prayers combined with hers.
believe that she Is close to God, and that to a very great
extent. He listens to most she prays for.
read my journals of my conversations with Ma, Remembering Maa,