A mystic reaches the truth through spiritual insight. To use mind and
intellect to understand such personalities is difficult but to love them is
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
As 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
I looked at her and said that she looked neither.
She smiled at me.
I 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."
She 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
She continued, 'You Just feel love and be sincere and that will be your
I said, 'My Ishta is Lord Krishna." She said, "He is the highest,
only He is a difficult God to please.
I agreed and said: "Look at the way he stands - so crooked!"
She smiled and said, People think he is made of stone. To me everyone is made
of stone, only He is real!"
When I asked Ma Indira Devi if I could quote from her book Pilgrims of the
Stars, When I wanted to write about her, in my book "In Touch with Masters
she looked at me, lovingly smiled and said - "Take the whole book, take me
Another time when I asked her if I could write about her, from the notes that
I had compiled from my meetings and conversations with her, she said:
"Write what you feel!"
I have tried to do that.
I hope you, my readers, can sense her personality through the words you are
about to read.
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