Ma and What Is

Part 4

" Who is it that loves and who that suffers? He alone stages a play with Himself; who exists save Him? The individual suffers because he perceives duality. It is duality which causes all sorrow and grief. Find the One everywhere and in everything and there will be an end to pain and suffering."

Many people who knew Ma take exception to the term, saint.

A saint (roughly speaking) is a person who struggles through the travail of life "down here," surmounts the spiritual tests, and thereafter leads a fairly pristine life -- and, oh yes, performs a few miracles along the way.

Ma had "arrived" before she was born. She didn't need to work out any karma. She incarnated, she said, because her presence on earth was requested. By whom, or for exactly what purpose, was never stated.

It also seems that there was no barrier between her individual awareness and total awareness -- especially when she pulled away from this physical world and "went somewhere else," which she often did for hours, days, and even weeks at a time.

Although Ma definitely believed in reincarnation (for one thing, it was central to the religious culture she was born into), she said she wasn't "here" as a result of having to work through past karma. (Reportedly, reincarnation was also a part of early Christian scriptures, but it was removed from the scriptures somewhere around 300 AD.)

Did that mean Ma had previously worked through all her karma or that it didn't apply to her in the first place? Her words clearly suggest karma didn't apply to her, which only raises further questions as to who or what she was.

She suggested that although she was inhabiting a body, the body was only a kind oftransient vessel -- we might even say an off-and-on vessel. To seemingly get the point across,she consistently referred to herself only as "this body."

Custom dictated that she would marry at a young age -- in her case when she was not even 13. Her husband, who came from a prestigious religious family, was much older.(He's standing next to her in this photo.)

Having a robust and even formidable husband may have been necessary to protect a very beautiful wife who tended to wander freely and seemingly randomly throughout India.

As was the custom in these arranged marriages, she continued living with her parents for some time.

She was a virgin when she moved in with him and she remained a virgin throughout her life. Even so, she said that being a housewife and having children was an accepted lifestyle and woman didn't need to follow her example of sexual abstinence.

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