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SPIRITUAL PATHS AND DISCOVERY OF
From 1976 through 1980 I corresponded with the great
woman saint of India, Sri Anandamayi Ma. I had decided to write her as a friend of mine
had recently done so and received a reply. To my surprise a letter came back from her
within a few months.
Swamis Atmananda and Nirvananda helped with my communications.
I planned to visit Ma in India but somehow could not get the
resources together to bring it about. I also wrote a few articles for their magazine
Ananda Varta. Contact with Ma inspired me more into a Vedantic and Hindu mold.
Her energy would come in waves, almost like an electrical
force, encouraging me to deeper practices. Mas
energy opened up devotional potentials for me, not merely for the Goddess but also for
Shiva and Rama. I began to look into Bhakti Yoga, chanting and devotional meditation.
Images of Hindu deities appeared in my mind.