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Jyoti

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Women who were Jnanis
« on: May 11, 2011, 02:16:20 PM »
Can someone list the names of some women Jnanis for me, so that I can do further research?

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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2011, 02:59:57 PM »


Dear Jyoti,

There were.  Avvaiyar, Karaikal Amma, Mangaiyarkarasi the Pandyan
Queen mentioned in Periya Puranam, Chudalai of Yoga Vasishtam,  Meera Bai of Bhakta Vijayam - are a few examples that come to me.

You can include Sharadamma in Tiruvannamalai.




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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2011, 06:49:42 PM »


Dear Jyoti,

You may include in the list the following persons also:

1. Punitavathi - the spinster sister of Tirunavukkarasar, in Periya
Puranam.

2. Akka Mahadevi, the 17th century saint poetess, who lived in
Northern Karnataka  and meditating on Siva, she attained Jnanam
She was also a spinster and is said to have attained maha nirvanam
at the age of 30.

3. I remember one from Bengal. I do not know her name readily.



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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2011, 09:22:25 PM »
Dear Mr. Subramanian,

Thank you very much for the names you gave.
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3. I remember one from Bengal. I do not know her name readily.
Could this be Sri Anandamayi Ma?

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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011, 10:37:32 AM »


Dear Jyoti,

Yes. She is Ma Anadamayi.



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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011, 02:05:53 PM »

Dear Subramaniyan ji,


I think it is not Punithavathi.  Punithavathi is Karaikkal ammaiyar. And Thrunavukkarasar's sister is Thilagavathi. Am I right?

Dear Joti ji,

There are many women saints.
Avudai akka is a brahma jnani who lived in southern India.
Mother Sharadhamoni wife of Sri Ramakrishna
Mother Pondichery Mira
Sakku bai,
Jnana bai both were from Maharashra
Jnaneswar's  sister Mukta bai from Maharashra
Aandal from south India   


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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011, 05:00:05 PM »


Dear ramanaduli,

Yes. You are correct. She is Tilakavati and not Punitavati. Punitavati
is Karaikkal Amma.



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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2011, 02:20:13 AM »
I've always had a crush on the 14th century Kashmir saint, Lalla, from the first time I heard of her

http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/L/Lalla/index.htm

Here is one her poems in Coleman Barks translation:

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I searched for my Self
until I grew weary,

but no one, I know now,
reaches the hidden knowledge
by means of effort.

Then, absorbed in “Thou art This,”
I found the place of Wine.

There all the jars are filled,
but no one is left to drink.
 
There's a glory in the morning because the earth turns 'round, and a promise in the evening, when the sun goes down.

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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2011, 06:59:09 AM »
Dear sirs,

There are many women saints. Very few are recoganized through their poems.  Few were just lived in silence and left this world. There was a muslim saint
"Ma Hazrat Babajan who was intiated the famous Mehar Baba. Here samadhi is in Pune.
She never wrote any poems, so many do not know about her. In this way there are many.


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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2011, 09:42:40 AM »


Dear Chuck Cliff,

I have not heard about that Kashmiri Saint.

Dear Ramanaduli,

I have heard about that Ma Harzat in some stories.

As you say, there could be many more, and since many of them
lived in silence, we do not come to know about them.



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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2011, 10:24:57 AM »
Dear sirs,

The true realised people never come and say that I got it. Like Bhagavan. They are known by others who come accross them. There are some people who do not know anything about self, realisation but they keep on doing their work without any expectation. I have seen them in villages, their life was so simple, whatever they faced in their life, they used to say 'ELLAM AVAN SAYAL". They never tried to achieve for better comfort life. In recent times only, every one talks, about spiritualism, this path that path, Let it go, self realisation and karma theory. It looks whole society focus into spiritualism. At the same time, it is difficult who got realisation.

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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2011, 03:03:36 PM »
Dear Subramaniam R.,

I first heard of her in a collection of poems I saw many years ago called "Speaking of Shiva" that had some material attributed to her.  I've read that she is one of the few things that Muslim and Hindu can agree on in the Kashmir.  I found a link to 9th century Vaishnava saint, Andal (Antal) http://www.ramanuja.org/sv/alvars/andal/ which I don't think has been mentioned in this thread.

Of course, one can discuss whether this one or that one is really jnani. - a fruitless pursuit

Poems, songs and tidbits of stories about their lives are like crumbs fallen from the table, giving us a taste of the Reality they knew/know, whetting our appetite for more.
There's a glory in the morning because the earth turns 'round, and a promise in the evening, when the sun goes down.

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Re: Women who were Jnanis
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2011, 03:16:34 PM »


Dear Chuck Cliff,

I am happy you have heard and read about Akka Mahadevi [she
sang in Kannada language and she is mentioned in Speaking of
Siva, by A.K. Ramanujan, former Professor of Chicago University]
and Andal.

Andal is considered an avatara [re-incarnation] of Bhooma Devi,
the Mother Earth, who is one of the two wives of Vishnu.  Hence
she is not considered a Jnani in the normal parlance.  She has written about 140 poems and she merged with Vishnu in Sri
Rangam Temple in Tamizh Nadu. Her foster father was Vishnu
Siddhar, who was also one of the twelve great Saints of Sri
Vaishnava lineage.



Arunachala Siva.