For a span of more than fifty years Sri Ma Anandamayi dominated gracefully the spiritual horizons of India. The keepers of the Vedic heritage – the ascetic orders in India – were united in declaring her the quintessence of the Upanishadic Spirit.
This book is a lively and engaging account of Sri Ma’s enigmatic personality from the point of view of a single devoted family. It is an intimate and moving study of personal commitments. Yet through the author’s perspective an emerging modern society is glimpsed where orthodox rites, political upheavals and social changes create the shifting patterns of a kaleidoscope.
Sri Ma and her entourage of visiting dignitaries, princes, scholars, village women and children, and renowned ascetics assume a three dimensional image. The author, Bithika Mukerji, was very close to Anandamayi Ma from early childhood. Consequently, her reminiscences of her days with the Mother have an authenticity, charm and insight difficult to come by.