Mother Krishnabai, a Self-realized saint and embodiment of patience, strength, love, kindness, simplicity and service. She was like the wish-fulfilling tree under whose cool shade, several seekers of Truth have found relief and comfort. God’s compassion, graciousness, forgiveness, purity and peace radiated in her and she came to be venerated by one and all. She beheld the entire creation to be the expression of the Divine Being and inspired many to follow the path of Nama (Name), Dhyana (Meditation) and Seva (Service).
Mother Krishnabai was born in September 1903 in a neighboring jungle near the village Haliyal (State of Karnataka, India), which the villagers, including her parents, vacated due to onspread of plague. From a young age, mother was drawn to devotion to God and worshipped in the family’s Dattatreya temple and extended love to fellow beings. At the age of 12, she was married. She came into contact with great saints like Sri Chandekar Maharaj, Sri Pandurangashram Swami, Sri Siddharudha Swami, and took initiation into mantra japa. She performed crores of mantra recitation. At the age of twenty, her husband passed away after a brief illness leaving her behind with two sons, resulting in a growing detachment and dispassion towards the world. Following the passing away of her husband, she underwent severe setbacks and shocks in her domestic life, was led to Beloved Papa in 1928 who accepted her as his disciple and initiated her into the all-powerful Ram Mantra – Om Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram. She attained realisation or Universal vision by implicitly following her Guru’s teachings. Mataji, an embodiment of love and service, served literally as a mother to all who came under her spell from the inception of the Ashram till she dropped her body in 1989. Setting up of Anandashram gave her ample opportunities for wholehearted service to her Guru, Beloved Papa, in His innumerable forms of those who sought spiritual guidance and those who needed material help. Both these needs were met by Pujya Mataji in the best possible manner. Mother’s Autobiography “Guru’s Grace”, translated into english by Papa Ramdas gives insight into her life, hardships, spiritual quest and realization.
Day in and day out, Mother toiled hard to serve both the devotees as well as the poor and needy. For her, serving others was serving herself. This self-imposed life led by her in Anandashram made her an embodiment of selfless activity and a dynamic expression of the multi-faceted divinity. God’s compassion, graciousness, forgiveness, purity and peace radiated in her and she came to be venerated by one and all. As Beloved Papa would say, the entire Ashram set-up and activities found perfection in her unlimited love and dedication to her Guru. To her, Guru was God Himself and hence her dedication to Beloved Papa was total. After Beloved Papa’s Maha Samadhi in the year 1963, it was left to Mother Krishnabai to guide the affairs of Anandashram and minister to Papa’s spiritual family spread all over the world and in spite of her poor health, she carried on her mission tirelessly till she attained Maha Samadhi, 26 years later in 1989. Mother has initiated 15,500-Crore Nama Japa Yajna (Japa of om Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram) for world peacce, and it was completed succesfully. The Yajna has been restarted and to date the grand total of Japa completed is 2861 crores.
Mother says: “We should develop a childlike nature. We should become innocent and pure like children. Ram Nam removes all the Vasanas and makes everything void in us while reading (spiritual literature) lends us strength and power to carry on with our Sadhana till we have developed that childlike nature.”