"Beware of this false guru called Amma"

Gail Tredwell, Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness
"Amma, universally known as 'The Hugging Saint,' went through a two-decade transformation from a simple fisherman's daughter to an international wonder worshiped by millions. Gail 'Gayatri' Tredwell was there every step of the way-from early devotee to head female disciple, ever-present personal attendant, handmaiden, whipping post, and unwilling keeper of some devastating secrets. At age nineteen, when she was a happy-go-lucky, adventurous lass from Australia, Tredwell never imagined that she would soon be trading her free spirit and skimpy clothing for a life of submission in an ankle-length sari. Her eager decision to serve the young 'saint' began with innocence and a pure desire to please her new guru. In time, the relationship transformed into virtual enslavement in which Tredwell was on call 24/7 and worked herself nearly to death in the hope of finding God. Because she became fluent in the Malayalam language and had continual intimate proximity to Amma for twenty years, Tredwell is uniquely capable of portraying this famous woman. She tells her tale with straightforward honesty, fairness, and a dash of Aussie snap and wit. Although the guru's flaws are a necessary part of her story and awakening, she strives to be factual throughout, digging deep to eschew victim frameworks and take responsibility for her own role in accepting the abuse and perpetuating the lies. The book evokes the joys of early devotional life and vibrant images of rural India. Through Tredwell's eyes, we watch a modest and traditional ashram metastasize into a business-oriented, bustling, mega-international organization. We also see how such a dizzying rise created vast opportunity for abuse, deceit, and hypocrisy. Tredwell takes us vividly through her varying stages, starting with naiveté and innocent devotion, then on to dawning awareness and confusion, finally to emotional breakdown and her shocking 'enlightenment'-her realization that the liberation she urgently required was is in fact liberation from her own guru. In a gradual yet determined struggle, she managed to untangle herself from the web of myth and indoctrination. Only then was she able to muster her battered but not quite broken spirit and plot her escape. Gail's flight to freedom-her victorious recovery from a life of abuse and disillusionment-displays extraordinary strength and inspiring courage.”

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Beware of this false guru called Amma February 6, 2014
By SW - See all my reviews
This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

Gail Tredwell´s vivid descriptions of Indian life, graphic accounts of confrontations with Amma, colourful turns of phrase, the ability to capture the magic moments in dramatic situations, all these features and more are praiseworthy. I must say that this book is very readable and entertaining.

By writing this book Tredwell has rendered a great service to the world. Sooner or later someone would have had to do it. It is so good that she has taken the trouble to write this detailed expose of Amma, her shortcomings - warts and all.

The author has cautioned the gullible so that they do not get victimised by Amma in the way that Tredwell had been used and exploited. Yet I feel that, despite her book, thousands in the future are going to get caught in Amma´s cobwebs. For she caters to a deeply felt psychological need in people who have been in some way deprived of maternal care in their lives. Not that Amma has a particularly loving nature; actually she hasn´t: this is something perceptible only to the very few observant and insightful individuals. The stupid thousands who go to her have a ´mother problem´. She hugs and feigns love. Often when hugging a person, Amma´s mind and attention is elsewhere, chatting with one of her slaves or answering another stupid question, but rarely does she give her whole hearted attention to the person hugged.

The Chinese can invent a robot that can hug and thus diminish the income of Amma. She will be furious if commercial rivals enter her special market!

One of the limitations of popular Hinduism is the lack of emphasis on genuine meditation.

Meditation is the essence of the Buddhist tradition. Buddhists delve deeply into themselves, so that all the dark corners of the mind are exposed to the searching light of awareness. All the psychological problems get sorted out in the course of meditation. They don´t need the questionable security offered by the various grotesque-looking gods and goddesses of Hinduism, for these deities are basically and psychologically like ourselves with all the human traits.

The last words of the Buddha were: Be a light unto yourself, be an island unto yourself, and never seek refuge in another.

It is for this reason that Pandit Nehru once declared that the Buddha was the greatest and the wisest and the brightest son of India. But India has relegated the Buddha Dharma to the dustbin. If India only listens to those last words, then all these Hindu gurus will be suddenly unemployed and totally unnecessary. Self-seeking gurus can only thrive in situations where people are weak and unable to stand on their own feet. Gurus encourage their disciples to depend on them for their every need.

It is for this reason that opportunistic gurus like Amma came to the West to collect disciples and dollars. Amma is not a newcomer to this field, but it must be said that her commercial acumen easily surpasses all the others who are in the guru business.

Not every guru has been as degenerated as Amma.

In my life it was my good fortune to have personally known several selfless spiritual teachers, such as Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Swami Ramdas of Kerala, Yogaswamy of Sri Lanka, and above all, the best of them all - J. Krishnamurti. In the light of these great and noble personalities, Amma fades into insignificance. Her real place is the dustbin.

May Tredwell pardon me for saying so, but I think the greatest mistake she made in her life was leaving Tiruvannamalai. After being influenced by the teachings of Ramana, why did she settle for Amma, a person who is so obviously inferior to the great Ramana. Tredwell was young and adventurous and I think that she was also misguided at that time. From the frying pan she jumped into the fire!

Nothing prevents Tredwell from purging herself of everything of Amma and going back to the Ramana teachings. Better still if she devotes herself to real meditation, not the false meditation fabricated by Amma.

As regards Amma, I have never been drawn to her. Aesthetically speaking, she wasn´t worth a second glance; there was nothing spiritual in her bearing; she had no presence, whereas all the aforementioned masters did have a striking presence. During the last stages of the Devi Bhajan when I looked at Amma´s face there was something diabolical in it; often I felt nauseous. Nearly always there was this gut feeling that I was wasting my time by visiting this pretentious false guru who put on spiritual airs as though she were Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a great sage in the bhakti tradition.

Even in the Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics there is a reference to how Sri Ramakrishna reacted to money. If his body accidentally touched a coin, feeling polluted, he would immediately have a bath. Compare this to Amma´s passionate money-making activities, which have made her a multi-millionaire! Governments in the world bow to her because of her ability to make donations when there are natural catastrophes. I remain unimpressed. It has never been the role of a spiritual master to be engaged in materialistic matters. Their sole domain is in the things of the mind and spirit. Stick to that and that alone is enough.

The word ´surrender´, if correctly understood, does not mean slavish subservience to a sadistic guru, but the complete dissolution of the ego, having intelligently and meditatively understood its malign character.

Amma has misguided thousands by saying that people must surrender themselves to her, if what they seek is spiritual liberation. Amma would have accumulated a lot of bad karma for deceiving thousands in this manner.

Amma is filthy rich and for that very reason she is spiritually impoverished. For me she symbolises the vulgar market place, where only power, position, prestige and prosperity are valued.

Insightful Read for Any Spiritual Seeker, November 11, 2013
By Elena Tabachnick - See all my reviews
This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

This book is not just for those with experience of Amma. Even seekers who´ve never been drawn to a guru or a cult, need to read it.

Gail Tredwell lived an incredible story and she is an incredible writer. Her clean, concise style pulls the reader in more than buckets of purple prose could ever do. Despite decades of use and abuse by Amma, her response is compassionate, balanced, and thoughtful. She lets the truth shine through like the proverbial light in the darkness. It is obvious Gail is a real spiritual seeker - then, now, and always.

This book makes clear the magnetic pull of cults, and why it is so hard to believe the truth - even when faced with daily evidence of the guru´s lies. The details of her spiritual journey into the Amma cult, her long years as the cult´s premier member - "Amma´s shadow" - the slow destruction of her faith by the cult leader´s misbehavior, and her escape: it is a very personal story. Yet it is one every spiritual seeker should read.

Spiritual seeking is hard. We all get discouraged. We all loose our sense of being drawn, falling each into our own dark night of the soul. That is part of the deal. So none of us is immune to the draw of a person who offers a guarantee, if only we give ourselves up to her or him. It doesn´t help that "humility"," surrender," and "obedience" are in the spiritual instructions from most traditions. But do humility, surrender, and obedience really mean destroying the selves we were born to be? Hating the very image of the divine created in us?

Krishnamurti said," All authority of any kind, especially in the field of thought and understanding, is the most destructive, evil thing. Leaders destroy the followers and followers destroy the leaders... Be your own teacher and your own disciple... Question everything.”

Hard spiritual instruction, that. No mommy or daddy to make our choices and take away our responsibility. But worth it in the end.

Gail Tredwell choose to question after being under a cult leader´s thumb for twenty years and from a young age. If she can do it so can you. So can I.

BTW, it seems like all the ranting, negative reviews are by current members of the Amma cult. They write like deluded souls desperate to hide the truth from themselves and the world. From what they say, it seems obvious most haven´t even read the book. I expect a good Amma follower would be forbidden it.

Not a "mother," but a monster!, November 2, 2013
By jodyr - See all my reviews
This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

I have an overwhelming desire to begin this review with the words "holy hell," because that´s how I felt after I reached that point in the book where the exposed hypocrisy just keeps piling up like a Arunachala-sized mountain of dung. While none of it really surprised me, all of it was surprising to read, as well as funny, heartfelt, and sincere. Gail is a true modern spiritual hero, so much more than the one she served, who in the end has always only been the scheming beneficiary of the popular idea that she is God.

As much as the dark side now lies exposed in the blazing light of public opinion, the real lesson of the book is how Gail´s sincerity and inner strength carried her through years of abuse. Some may say she was ill-advised, or even stupid to endure it, but I suspect that it was worth every second to her now. Amma´s cruelty and spite have hammered Gail into an outstanding example of triumph over one of the world´s most destructive cults. Hopefully she will serve as an example to others that their "goddess" is nothing more than a sickeningly entitled brat with a major personality disorder who spreads lies about nondual realization by her words, example, and stunning misdeeds.

This book will undoubtably become one of the great works of anti-cult biography.

Engaging story by a courageous woman, November 6, 2013
By Max Kluge - See all my reviews
This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

Having lived in Amma´s ashram myself in the 1990´s, I was looking forward to Gail´s book. I found her story captivating, fascinating, and moving. Her book grabbed my complete attention from start to finish, with its chatty, intimate, and sincere, heartfelt style. One can tell Gail put a lot of effort into her book, and it must not have been easy for her to write it. But that pales in comparison to what Gail had to endure as Amma´s personal attendant and closest disciple for nearly 20 years. It also must have been difficult for Gail to leave her former life, given the respect and adoration she enjoyed there, as well as the close personal relationship she had with some of the younger women who looked up to Gail as an older sister.

I also had arranged to spend the rest of my life with Amma in India, but left not long after witnessing Amma´s behaviour and the financial orientation of the organization. One doesn´t have to take Gail´s or anyone else´s word for these kinds of things. There is plenty of confirming information readily available on the internet in such places as Ammachi: The Real Free Speech Zone. For example, you´ll find documentation there that over the past 6 years only 9% of foreign funds raised by Amma´s organization has gone directly toward charitable endeavors, 28% has been invested in profit-generating ventures, and 63% is being hoarded in foreign deposit accounts, now worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Anyone who is interested in the truth can easily verify this. Last year Rolling Stone magazine ran an article mentioning Gail´s abuse at the hands of Amma, as well as the diversion of donated funds to Amma´s family. Being a reputable news source, Rolling Stone is duty bound to make sure such information had been verified from sources other than Gail.

Amma´s zealots (those giving one star reviews) clearly do not want others to read Gail´s book. But the truth is out now and can no longer be suppressed or ignored. Gail has done a great service by bringing to light, in a very personal and engaging way, what can happen in a cult-like environment when discrimination and discernment fall by the wayside.

Spellbinding Truth!, October 30, 2013
By Jovan Jones - author "Chasing the Avatar, Dan... - See all my reviews
This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

I loved Gail´s book! From the moment I began reading it, I was hooked! It is wonderfully well-written and flows like a novel. within moments of turning to the first page, Gail´s story pulled me in and would not release me until I was done...with the whole book...in a day.

Gail tells the story of the 20+ years she spent with Amma aka Ammachi, the hugging saint, as her personal attendant. She shares how she ended up in India, then with Amma, and her years with her. She tells of finally coming to the realization that she needed to escape and then, doing just that.

As I read, I was struck over and over again by the reality of what she wrote. I lived in Amma´s ashram for 2 years in the 90s, traveling back to the US shortly during the summer to work the US Tour. So many things I saw (although I wasn´t an insider), so many things I heard...that didn´t add up until I read her book. Her book corroborates so much. I KNEW the people she names. I talked to them. I watched them. I saw her (Gail, at the time, Swamini Amma) on her little bridge holding mini-meetings; I saw Swamiji (Balu) watching from afar with an odd look on his face. I saw, countless times, Amma hit this person or that. Many times, I watched Amma move only to see Swamini Amma flinch - I knew about the slaps, the hits, but not the severity, not the kicks and hair-pulling...but I SAW the terror in Swamini Amma´s eyes, I saw the exhaustion, the being overwhelmed and consumed...this book finally put into place so many pieces of the puzzle.

Gail asks in her book, during one of Amma´s fits of rage, something to the effect of," Did people on the outside see? Did we know?” Well, we did see...a little, dimly, vaguely...but now we see all and it makes sense. So much sense.

And then, there are the other abuses, the lies, the cover- up, the manipulation...so much of it finally makes sense. It makes so much sense.

I´m so glad Gail wrote this book. I pray she gets the peace and joy she deserves after all these years of seeking.

If you want an excellent, well-written book to read... If you want to start on a book you´ll be hard-pressed to put down... If you want the truth - in all its horror and ugliness and honesty... Then, this is the book for you! It won´t disappoint!

My Experience of this major book, December 9, 2013
By Doug - See all my reviews
This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

I was part of the organization for 20 years, mostly in San Ramon, and know Gail. I have no doubt as to the authenticity of every word in this book. It´s a gift to mankind. Mother has become Sudamani-who she always was. If you want to know the Truth of the organization, read this book. To me, becoming free of this organization is a large step in opening to Self-Realization since thinking one is going to get some great spiritual advancement by associating with this incredibly dishonest group´s behavior, is so unlikely to happen. Look at the oldest devotees, they coverup dark behaviors consistently. As the organizations message is to become aware of God, the core members live a life full of AMAZING deception. Thank you Gail for bringing the abusive practices of this organization to Light. And I´m relieved you are out of their. I have no doubt it will take devotees some time to heal from knowing what went on in an organization they thought was purely divine. I haven´t been for 5 years and I´m going through my process. Clearly, the bhajans were sweet and yet so much was an act. I was in the audience in San Ramon when Sudamini said real gurus do not have sex with their devotees, and then to have behaved that way, is not spiritual but crazy. Just stop the act and behave however you wish. But to tell followers to not do this behavior and that, and then to do those very behaviors in the shadows is just unfriendly and abusive, considering devotees have looked to this group as their Spiritual teacher.I admit I was hoodwinked. And I´ve always been devoted to knowing God-so here´s another temporary illusion within the illusion- I bought into. I forgive myself. My vote is to bring all the illusions to the Light. To me, this is an incredibly important book to read. Some that I know choose to not read and stay in the illusion projected by the organization, that´s ok too.

A very convincing account of a genuine spiritual seeker February 12, 2014
By Claudia Weeraperuma - See all my reviews

This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

When reading Tredwell´s book I felt that I was reading a genuine account of what happened in those long years she was Amma´s attendant. Tredwell is very honest, frank and reveals everything that took place without trying to paint a saintly picture of herself. She shows the complexity of situations with Amma, trying to give Amma the benefit of the doubt. But what happened to the author should be a lesson to all that are caught in Amma´s net.

It is abundantly clear from her account that Amma could not guide Tredwell in any way during those twenty-one years she was at Amma´s beck and call, neither physically nor spiritually. Amma´s advice to her was practically nil. Tredwell was simply a good servant who could be kicked, slapped, scratched, publicly humiliated, banished and gagged like a good Indian servant and slave, the way they are treated even these days in common Indian families by the lady of the house and her husband. Like them she could be raped at random by Amma´s darling son and sexual partner Balu. She could be burdened by nasty secrets, which she had to carry in her weary heart and which tore her inwardly to pieces. Though she was struggling with Hepatits A and B, as well as a tumor that needed surgery, nobody came to her rescue. Certainly not Amma, nor any of the swamis. Only a nice simple woman outside the ashram had a good heart for her. She would have needed plenty of rest, care and good food. She had to do all her chores for Amma while surviving on rice gruel and pickles. I would have left my body after two weeks of such conditions.

The first time I saw Tredwell´s face was in one of Amma´s old videos. I saw Tredwell giving a short account of her first meeting with Amma. I thought that Tredwell looked extremely worn out, aged, tired, pale and emaciated. The way she smiled was so unconvincing. Only now I know that she had to be an actress, trying to show a nice face to the world in order to protect Amma´s reputation. But Tredwell´s tired looks, the dark rings around your eyes, spoke volumes. Thank God, she is recovering. It took her many years of introspection, reflection and rest to heal her wounds and to be able to write this book.

It is very comfortable for Amma to say that she is merely crushing our egos by scolding, humiliating and beating us. But does the ego really go away like this? Does going to Hell raise you to Heaven?

Tredwell should have had the chance of getting good, useful spiritual instructions and plenty of time to reflect on them and apply them in a quiet way in everyday life. This is the way Ramanashram is organised. Ramana knew that a clean and calm environment with nourishing food was important for his visitors. Everyday life should be organised so that one has only VERY few responsibilities but one can do these few chores with all the care, attention and love one can muster. No businesses, money-collections to enrich Amma´s relatives, no nonsense, no forced prostrations, no involved rituals with all the unnecessary work that they entail, the less the better, the simpler the nobler. More energy can be preserved for inward -looking; less hassle outside.

Even in the Buddhist scriptures there are references wherein the Buddha spoke about the importance of having a minimum of responsibilities for the spiritual aspirant. All the seva that Amma insists that others should do is her cunning way of getting free labour for all her money-making activities.

In the Buddha´s discourse on loving-kindnesss, which is called Karaniya Metta Sutta, it says "He who wishes to attain that state of calm (Nirvana) should act thus: He should be ... contented, easily supportable, with but few responsibilities...” (verses 1 to 2).

But with Amma it is becoming worse with every year that passes. Not only do the crowds become bigger, but Amma encourages all the fuss around her, blaring hymns in honour of her non stop, videos that show her various achievements and medals and rewards. What vanity! No decent person would allow such crudeness, not to speak of a spiritual person.

Ramana Maharshi would scold those who placed flowers on his feet. Once some ladies put flowers on his feet and bowed before him, then went away. Then the following year all visitors began doing the same thing. Ramana looked at them angrily and said," There it is - one after another, all have started. Why this? This is a result for my keeping quiet instead of stopping it in the very beginning. Enough of this.” (in: Letters from Sri Ramanaramam, by Suri Nagamma, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai (India), 3rd edition, 1985, p.217). Or he told a lady who was about to give flowers to Ramana," I never touch flowers. In some places it is usual to present flower garlands. Hence, many people bring flowers. I have not allowed people to do puja to the feet or to the head. Why do we require such practices?” (idem. p.217)

Similarly he would scold those who sprinkled on their heads the water he had used for washing. (idem. p.219) There is a funny incident when Ramana Maharshi made a remark about a stout swami with a loud and powerful voice. He said it would be good to keep this swami at the doorway on the Festival of Lights so that people who came in crowds could take this swami to be Ramana, prostrate before him and go without troubling Ramana. Ramana has always been anxious to avoid publicity (idem. p.347).

Nobody before Tredwell has shown the truth, namely, how Amma would slap her attendants after the curtain had fallen. Nobody before showed the hearts she had broken, the tiredness and the poor diet of her servants (called "devotees"), the lies in her Biography, her callous fish-eating, her advice to abort a baby, which cost the life of The Mother, in order to save the reputation of her ashram, the myth of her "purity" when she had just an ordinary female body with menses and all. Also we were not told about her jealousies, her preferential treatments of her "sons" and sexual partners over her daughters. (When hugging her thousands of children I often wondered why she embraced men folk longer than female folk. Somebody clever justified her action by saying," Probably men need it more than women.”) One can always justify injustices, especially through so-called "spiritual" explanations (e.g. "We have to sort out our bad karma" or "All the good comes from Amma").

The common man on the road has more spiritual idealism than Amma. Equality is the underlying principle of all religions and democracies. Everybody has a spark of the Divine. Therefore nobody should bow down before some people while not bowing down before others. Either we bow before everybody or to none. Everybody deserves some basic respect, which means a sense of freedom to decide his or her lifestyle, good nutrition, and a reasonably quiet and clean environment.

It is understood that there should be no violence, no harming, neither physical nor mental, neither deception of another by concocting lies, nor harass another sexually. If such evils are done, and even tolerated by a person without apologizing afterwards, then that person has not yet begun the truly spiritual path.

I could weep for all those who are still trapped there in Amma´s Ashram, who live in mortal fear, in confusion about what is really going on, all those genuine seekers who work like slaves to please their so-called "guru.” I hope they will have the strength and the courage to break free and start a truly spiritual life, seeking their inner master independent of all outward show and media pressure.

This book is Important, it´s big news: Read it, pass it along, get it to as many Amma devotees as possible
January 27, 2014
By Alexander Karp-Robinson - See all my reviews

This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

I could not put this book down. I was up until 2am last night reading, exhausted, but I needed to find out how it ended. It´s well written, heart wrenching, and takes you on a deep journey into the inner working of Amma´s Ashram. Throughout history many cults have been exposed. What makes this work so groundbreaking is that is exposes a cult that has somehow escaped scrutiny for so long. Gail, Amma´s attendant for 20 years, writes of the atrocious physical, psychological and sexual abuse she endured. In addition, she brings to light Amma´s cold, sociopathic, and narcissistic behavior. Don´t pass this up. If you are a devotee, read this and find out what is really going on. If you´ve never heard of Amma, read it as an interesting biographical work, or as an inoculation against becoming a devotee.

And Gail, Thank you so much for writing this book! For many years, I saw you at Amma´s side, serving her day and night. I am deeply happy for you that you escaped! Thank you for not keeping this inside and for sharing it with the world. This is important news and needs to meet as many people as possible.

A brave act...pranams to Gail., November 18, 2013
By James Duffy "J. Duffy" (Los Angeles) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

Gail Tredwell´s book, Holy Hell, gives all a glimpse into the minefield of the traditional Guru disciple path, both the sublime and the horrific aspects. I would like to have heard more about the sublime aspect, so the reader without direct experience of Amma and such Gurus would better understand why she would tolerate such abuse, but regardless, I think Gail has done a great service (!) in sharing her story. Especially since I´m sure she anticipates the massive tidal wave of wrath from devotees and Amma´s org to be unleashed against her. Read the book, read Amma´s devotees´ and Swami´s responses....make up your own mind. Are the Amma defenders responding directly to Gail´s accusations?....or are they merely attacking Gail´s character??

My opinion...

As someone who has spent significant time around Amma (amritapuri ashram resident, tours, etc etc) since 1990, the response to Gail Tredwell´s book by Amma / her org / swamis has been profoundly disappointing and revealing in my opinion. Pure character assassination. Their self-delusion being so strong as to blindly enable them to promote immoral rationalizations and lies. I´ve seen Amma´s violence first hand and it isn´t pretty. One example, I saw Amma take a brahmacharin by the throat and slam him against a wall. I don´t think that Amma is an utter fraud, charlatan or ´the devil", but she isn´t what´s claimed by devotees either, that´s for sure. Here, I should also say, that I´ve seen Amma perform numerous, deeply moving acts of love and compassion.

What seems to drive these debacles is the inability of devotees to accept their Guru´s humanity. I feel I learned this lesson the hard way. The necessity that the Guru be "perfect", all knowing and all powerful...and thus inhuman...ensures that one day the pedestal will crumble. Then whatever greatness the Guru authentically possesses is thrown out with the bathwater by many, while the "true believers" continue to drink the koolaid (hagiography). Result: "fallen Guru / Charlatan" vs "Amma is Divine Perfection.” Neither option being an accurate portrayal. The traditional Indian "mythic" worldview of "spirituality"," enlightenment" and Gurus must stop if we, as humans, are to evolve beyond the unfailingly, ever-repeating enactment of "fallen Gurus.”

The character assassination campaign against Gail by Amma & her devotees *should* set off alarms for everyone, but it won´t, except for a small handful of people. Highlighting a person´s imperfections does NOT disprove their allegations. Rather, it´s generally a denial or diversion tactic used when facing the allegation directly would reveal information one wishes to hide. Such "defenses" only create more suspicion...unnecessarily if one is not at fault. And please don´t be so clueless to think Amma hasn´t signed off on this campaign against Gail. The swamis, her attendant, etc do not do anything without Amma´s approval.

Unfortunately, for most, Gail´s book will be divisive, separating the believers from the non-believers...aka "Amma is perfect" vs "Amma is a charlatan preying on the weak minded"," a cult leader", the devil, etc....with each side demonizing the other. There is a third alternative imo, that requires a far more nuanced perspective of what it means to be an evolving human being. It isn´t black or white. It´s messy, it´s complex, it´s paradoxical...in other words, it´s human. For more, research Spiral Dynamics or Integral Theory etc. Equating "spiritually enlightened" / "divinity" / "Self Realization" with perfection must end. We´re all a work in progress (evolution), and Amma is no exception.

Let the Sun Shine In January 22, 2014
By Lalita - See all my reviews
This review is from: Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness (Paperback)

I was impressed by Gail Tredwell´s writing, especially for a first book. Definitely better than expected based on some of the reviews I had read. It was quite descriptive and kept me engaged--I read it in a matter of hours.

But more importantly, it seemed like a genuine effort towards finding and communicating the truth. I like truth. I don´t know what really went on at the M.A. Math although I was involved in a low key way for about 10 years at a U.S. M.A Center quite awhile back. I just knew to not get too involved, I could see there were things going on that I would not want to be involved with. I saw a lot of ego manifesting in many ways. I could see that despite Ammachi´s powerful spiritual aura, there was a mythology being created around and about her. I did profoundly enjoy the music and the beautiful Indian ritual involving flower petals, oil lamps and camphor and most of all the love that seemed to radiate from Ammachi and the love and fellowship of the people who came to the events.

However, I had some experiences that eventually made me realize being involved with the M.A. Center was really not for me. A few of them vaguely echoed some of the experiences mentioned in Holy Hell, but for the most part I was not privy to the kinds of information and experience Gail was.

I heard from people who had gone to India years ago that some of Ammachi´s relatives were building big palatial houses on the other side of the river and did not believe that her family´s fishing business could have taken off to that extent. I would go into the question line and find that Ammachi did not know what was on my mind as we were told she did and would not understand the background information relating to my question, so would not answer it in a meaningful way. I actually never really believed that Ammachi was too pure to menstruate, that her body worked in such a supernatural way because she had Type 1 diabetes and neck issues, both very human conditions. I heard people referring to Amma and her enterprises as Amma Inc. at least a decade ago because it was generally acknowledged it had become a big business.

There is enough concurrence by others of some of Gail´s claims that her narrative needs to be taken seriously. Certainly the Indian government´s own records of what has happened to the vast amounts of money donated to the M.A. Math is important information. Why was so little of it actually utilized for charities? I think that should be explained clearly by the M.A. Math and records of their financial plans provided.

I just want the truth to come out and soon because many people have dedicated their lives to the service of Ammachi and her mission. I say this not knowing what the truth is, just whatever it is let the sunlight shine on a situation which clearly has harmed a number of people and has the potential to harm many more. And I mean on both sides....I suggest Gail provide whatever evidence she has to support her views soon as well. If even a portion of what Gail claims went on at Ammachi´s ashram and on the tours is true, then this would likely be devastating to many people. They may wind up feeling duped and very angry--and even worse feel they have wasted years of their precious lives and find themselves lost and deeply disillusioned. At least let it be over if it needs to be. Let them move on if necessary.

And if Ammachi and her swamis are largely innocent of the unethical and cruel actions described by Gail, let them be exonerated. My gut feeling is that it won´t be so simple though because Gail´s account comes across as at least partially credible.

The moral of this story, IMO, is be captain of your own ship. Don´t give over your power to a guru or any other type of spiritual leader. We´ve seen and heard the story of corrupt gurus over and over--Sathya Sai Baba, Muktananda and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to name just a few. Also in some corrupt Christian ministries and in the Catholic Church priest pedophilia situation. The truth must be found in our own hearts and even then, it is still a little suspect because we have human hearts that are so affected by our own hopes, fears, desires and egos. Question even your own self. Where does faith come in? I don´t know but somewhere...but faith in the light itself, not in a fallible human.

As Lord Acton said--power corrupts and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely. He had it right. Humans tend to be corrupted by power.

I have read some of the letters from Ammachi devotees criticizing Gail for her human weaknesses such as feeling annoyed when the gifts given to the female brahmacharinis were less than those to the males, and that she desired more comfort and love for herself. Her honesty about her own weaknesses are her strength (if those things are even weaknesses) and the feelings she described seemed completely normal and natural for a human being, especially under circumstances of abuse and exhaustion. When we acknowledge who we really are, we can evolve. As long as we are deluding ourselves and/or others we are stunted.

The best outcome of the publishing of Holy Hell would be for more truth and more light to manifest.

THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS ARE FAKE. My Utmost Respect To Gail Tredwell., November 8, 2013
By Kalliope Amorphous (New York, NY) - See all my reviews

This Amazon review section is quickly becoming a typical smear campaign by the cult. It can be argued that this smear campaign is doing a wonderful job of backing up the information contained in this book by revealing the true nature of the cult and its leader.

I escaped the clutches of Amma many years ago, and when I tried to speak out about it, I was harassed and cyberstalked into silence. In this regard, Gail is a far stronger woman than I and she has my utmost respect for risking so much to share the truth.

I have still not fully healed from the trauma caused by my involvement and separation from this group and from the subsequent stalking, harassment, and character assassination levelled against me when I tried to tell the truth. I am only re-emerging for this one moment to thank Gail and to offer my respect to her for having the strength to do what she has done. It pains me to see the attempts to squash this important book with fake reviews and to see someone with so much courage come under attack.

I would like to let everyone reading these reviews know that the negative reviews are an attempt by the organization and its followers to discredit Gail and drive people away from reading the truth. They did it to me and they have done it to many others who have spoken out.

You can also expect the negative reviews to grow on a daily basis, as well as for the positive reviews to be voted down. They have historically embraced the lowest of the low tactics in the name of damage control. It is character assassination, an attempt to hide the truth, and nothing more. However,these negative reviews corroborate the atrocities and hypocrisy detailed in the book and prove how obsessed they are with silencing everyone who has left.

These negative "reviewers" have not read the book. None of the negative reviews show the "Amazon Verified Purchase" notation. They are simply members of, or supporters of the cult. They will ridicule the book and make personal attacks against Gail. They will try to make her life a living hell and make her look like a monster, because this is how they operate. Do not let them win.

I have been part of the cult, I have read the book, and there is nothing cheap or sensational about it. It´s clear that Gail took a long time to heal in order to be able to write such an honest and direct account of her 20 years involved with the organization. This is a beautiful, human, touching account of one woman´s journey from spiritual bondage to spiritual freedom and strength. If it contains shocking truths that many people would rather have kept secret, so be it. Even those shocking truths were presented with sensitivity and gracefulness (not an easy thing to do).

To say that this book might save peoples lives and release them from bondage is an understatement. The false reviews are from those who want to keep people in bondage, because the entire infra$tructure of the cult depends on it.

How many more ruined lives and suicides will it take for the world and the media to wake up to the fact that "The hugging saint" is a mirage?

The fulfillment of the promised divine eschatological instruction
“The original meaning of the word ‘apocalypse’, derived from the Greek apokalypsis, is in fact not the cataclysmic end of the world, but an ‘unveiling’, or ‘revelation’, a means whereby one gains insight into the present.” (Kovacs, 2013, 2) An apocalypse (Greek: apokalypsis meaning “an uncovering”) is in religious contexts knowledge or revelation, a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities.” (Ehrman 2014, 59)
Shri Mataji
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (1923-2011) was Christian by birth, Hindu by marriage, and Paraclete by duty.
“The Paraclete will come (15:26; 16:7, 8, 13) as Jesus has come into the world (5:43; 16:28; 18:37)... The Paraclete will take the things of Christ (the things that are mine, ek tou emou) and declare them (16:14-15). Bishop Fison describes the humility of the Spirit, 'The true Holy Spirit of God does not advertise Herself: She effaces Herself and advertises Jesus.' ...
It is by the outgoing activity of the Spirit that the divine life communicates itself in and to the creation. The Spirit is God-in-relations. The Paraclete is the divine self-expression which will be and abide with you, and be in you (14:16-17). The Spirit's work is described in terms of utterance: teach you, didasko (14:26), remind you, hypomimnesko (14:26), testify, martyro (15:26), prove wrong, elencho (16:8), guide into truth, hodego (16:13), speak, laleo (16:13, twice), declare, anangello (16:13, 14, 15). The johannine terms describe verbal actions which intend a response in others who will receive (lambano), see (theoreo), or know (ginosko) the Spirit. Such speech-terms link the Spirit with the divine Word. The Spirit's initiatives imply God's personal engagement with humanity. The Spirit comes to be with others; the teaching Spirit implies a community of learners; forgetful persons need a prompter to remind them; one testifies expecting heed to be paid; one speaks and declares in order to be heard. The articulate Spirit is the correlative of the listening, Spirit-informed community.
The final Paraclete passage closes with a threefold repetition of the verb she will declare (anangello), 16:13-15. The Spirit will declare the things that are to come (v.13), and she will declare what is Christ's (vv. 14, 15). The things of Christ are a message that must be heralded...
The intention of the Spirit of truth is the restoration of an alienated, deceived humanity... The teaching role of the Paraclete tends to be remembered as a major emphasis of the Farewell Discourses, yet only 14:26 says She will teach you all things. (Teaching is, however, implied when 16:13-15 says that the Spirit will guide you into all truth, and will speak and declare.) Franz Mussner remarks that the word used in 14:26, didaskein, "means literally 'teach, instruct,' but in John it nearly always means to reveal.” (Stevick 2011, 292-7)
The Holy Spirit as feminine: Early Christian testimonies and their interpretation,
Johannes van Oort, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Stephen E. Witmer, Divine instruction in Early Christianity   
“F. Robert Kysar, John, the Maverick Gospel 
Danny Mahar, Aramaic Made EZ Lucy Reid, She Changes Everything
David Fleer, Preaching John's Gospel: The World It Imagines Berard L. Marthaler, The Creed: The Apostolic Faith in Contemporary Theology
George Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament In Spirit and Truth, Benny Thettayil
Jesus and His Own: A Commentary on John 13-17 Marianne Meye Thompson, The God of the Gospel of John
Eric Eve, The Jewish Context of Jesus' Miracles “D.
Michael Welker, God the Spirit Georg Strecker, Theology of the New Testament
Tricia Gates Brown, Spirit in the writings of John Michael Welker, The work of the Spirit: pneumatology and Pentecostalism
Robert Kysar, Voyages with John: Charting the Fourth Gospel John F. Moloney, The Gospel of John
Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith Robert Kysar, John
Robert E. Picirilli, The Randall House Bible Commentary George Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament 
“The teaching of the Paraclete, as the continuation of Jesus' teaching, must also be understood as the fulfillment of the promise of eschatological divine instruction.”
Stephen E. Witmer, Divine instruction in Early Christianity

“Jesus therefore predicts that God will later send a human being to Earth to take up the role defined by John .i.e. to be a prophet who hears God's words and repeats his message to man.”
M. Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'n, and Science

“And when Jesus foreannounced another Comforter, He must have intended a Person as distinct and helpful as He had been.”
F. B. Meyer, Love to the Utmost

“The Paraclete has a twofold function: to communicate Christ to believers and, to put the world on trial.”
Robert Kysar, John The Meverick Gospel

“But She—the Spirit, the Paraclete...—will teach you everything.”
Danny Mahar, Aramaic Made EZ)

“Grammatical nonsense but evidence of the theological desire to defeminize the Divine.”
Lucy Reid, She Changes Everything

“The functions of the Paraclete spelled out in verses 13-15... are all acts of open and bold speaking in the highest degree.”
David Fleer, Preaching John's Gospel

“The reaction of the world to the Paraclete will be much the same as the world's reaction was to Jesus.”
Berard L. Marthaler, The Creed: The Apostolic Faith in Contemporary Theology

Bultmann calls the “coming of the Redeemer an 'eschatological event,' 'the turning-point of the ages.”
G. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament

“The Paraclete equated with the Holy Spirit, is the only mediator of the word of the exalted Christ.”
Benny Thettayil, In Spirit and Truth

“The divine Paraclete, and no lessor agency, must show the world how wrong it was about him who was in the right.”
Daniel B. Stevick , Jesus and His Own: A Commentary on John 13-17

Stephen Smalley asserts that “The Spirit-Paraclete ... in John's Gospel is understood as personal, indeed, as a person.”
Marianne Thompson, The God of the Gospel of John

“The Messiah will come and the great age of salvation will dawn (for the pious).”
Eric Eve, The Jewish context of Jesus' Miracles

“The remembrance is to relive and re-enact the Christ event, to bring about new eschatological decision in time and space.”
Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, The Johannine Exegesis of God

“The Spirit acts in such an international situation as the revealer of 'judgment' on the powers that rule the world.”
Michael Welker, God the Spirit

The Paraclete's “Appearance means that sin, righteousness, and judgment will be revealed.”
Georg Strecker, Theology of the New Testament

“While the Spirit-Paraclete is the true broker, the brokers they rely on are impostors.”
T. G. Brown, Spirit in the writings of John

“The pneumatological activity ... of the Paraclete ... may most helpfully be considered in terms of the salvific working of the hidden Spirit.”
Michael Welker, The work of the Spirit

“The pneuma is the peculiar power by which the word becomes the words of eternal life.”
Robert Kysar, Voyages with John

“The gift of peace, therefore, is intimately associated with the gift of the Spirit-Paraclete.”
Francis J. Moloney, The Gospel of John

“This utopian hope, even when modestly expressed, links Jesus and the prophets to a much wider history of human longing.”
Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith

“Because of the presence of the Paraclete in the life of the believer, the blessings of the end-times—the eschaton—are already present.”
Robert Kysar, John

“They are going, by the Holy Spirit's power, to be part of the greatest miracle of all, bringing men to salvation.”
R. Picirilli, The Randall House Bible Commentary

“The Kingdom of God stands as a comprehensive term for all that the messianic salvation included... is something to be sought here and now (Mt. 6:33) and to be received as children receive a gift (Mk. 10:15 = Lk. 18:16-17).”
G. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament

“But today is the day I declare that I am the one who has to save the humanity. I declare I am the one who is Adishakti, who is the Mother of all the Mothers, who is the Primordial Mother, the Shakti, the desire of God, who has incarnated on this Earth to give its meaning to itself; to this creation, to human beings and I am sure through My Love and patience and My powers I am going to achieve it.

I was the one who was born again and again. But now in my complete form and complete powers I have come on this Earth not only for salvation of human beings, not only for their emancipation, but for granting them the Kingdom of Heaven, the joy, the bliss that your Father wants to bestow upon you.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
London, UK—December 2, 1979

“I am the one about which Christ has talked... I am the Holy Spirit who has incarnated on this Earth for your realization.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
New York, USA—September 30, 1981

“But to communicate with the people, to communicate with the Spirit—to understand the Kundalini, the vibrations, and their different decodings and all that—the Holy Spirit had to come; with Her mouth, and with Her voice, and with Her intelligence that is intelligible to you; with the knowledge, and everything.

Otherwise it is not possible to communicate and that's why if somebody has to come you have to just recognize. Recognition is the best way of understanding the powers that are given to you...

So somebody has to be there to give you the complete picture. You get Realization, you get vibrations (Ruach, Pneuma, Prana), but then what? What about the complete? And for that the Holy Ghost has to take a form. All right?”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Sydney, Australia—April 7, 1981
"Without the Spirit, the Son is the way, and the truth and the life, but without actualization.... Without the mission of the Spirit no one can grasp the hem of the Son's garment, we never receive the eternal life extended to us, the sending of the Son is a dispatch into a void, a messenger who never arrives, a light illumination nothing, a road to nowhere, and the resurrection is a non-event.... Without the mission of the Son the Spirit is a hand deprived of somehting to grasp, lacking a mystery to be present to, devoid of a mystery to make real in history and in our hearts, doivested of a ministry to empower, bereft of children to transform into daughters and sons, wanting in offspring to gather into unity in the church and in human communiaction.” McDonnell (2003) 228-9

Guest: “Hello Mother.”
Shri Mataji: “Yes.”
Guest: “I wanted to know, is the Cool Breeze (Pneuma) that you have spoken about, you feel on the hands the Cool Wind of the Holy Spirit, as spoken about in the Bible?”
Shri Mataji: “Yes. Yes, yes, same thing, same thing. You have done the good job now, I must say.”
Interviewer: “Is it the Holy Spirit?”
Shri Mataji: “Yes, of course, is the Holy Spirit.”
Guest: “Aha... I am feeling it now on my hand through the [not clear]”
Shri Mataji: “It’s good.”
Interviewer: “Did you want to say anything more than that?”
Guest: “No, I just... That’s all I wanted to know because I...”
Shri Mataji: “Because you are thoughtless now. Enjoy yourself.”
Guest: “Thank you.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Talkback Radio 2UE, Sydney, Australia—March 31, 1981
(The guest experienced the Cool Breeze [Pneuma/Prana/Chi] of the Spirit through the baptism [second birth by Spirit/Kundalini awakening] given by the Comforter Shri Mataji over the radio. )

Second Guest: “I just want to ask Mother about a quotation from the Bible.”
Interviewer: “Yes, what’s that?”
Guest: “It says, ‘But the comfort of the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in My name would teach you all things.’ I would like to ask Her about that.”
Interviewer: “Could you just repeat the quotation again?”
Guest: “But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things.”
Interviewer: “And that’s from where?”
Guest: “John chapter 14, verse 26.”
Shri Mataji: “I think you should take your realization and then you will know the answer to it. Because, logically if it points out to one person, then you have to reach the conclusion, isn’t it? That’s a logical way of looking at things. But I am not going to say anything or claim anything. It is better you people find out yourself.”
Interviewer: “Does that answer your question?”
Guest: “Is the, is the Comforter on the Earth at the present time? Has the Comforter incarnated? Mataji should be able to tell us this because She said that through these vibrations on Her hands, She ...”
Shri Mataji: “Yes, She is very much here and She’s talking to you now. Can you believe that?”
Guest: “Well, I feel something cool [Pneuma/Prana/Chi] on my hand. Is that some indication of the ...?”
Shri Mataji: “Yes, very much so. So that’s the proof of the thing. You’ve already started feeling it in your hands.”
Guest: “Can I?”
Shri Mataji: “Ask the question, ‘Mother, are you the Comforter?’”
Guest: “Mother, are you the Comforter?”
Shri Mataji: “Ask it thrice.”
Guest: “Mother, are you the Comforter?”
Shri Mataji: “Again.”
Guest: “Mother, are you the Comforter?”
Shri Mataji: “Now, what do you get?”
Guest: “Oh, I feel this kind of cool tingling [Pneuma/Prana/Chi] passing all through my body.”
Shri Mataji: “That’s the answer now.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Talkback Radio 2UE, Sydney, Australia—March 31, 1981
(Another guest also experienced the Cool Breeze [Pneuma/Prana/Chi] of the Spirit through the baptism [second birth by Spirit/Kundalini awakening] given by the Comforter Shri Mataji over the radio. )

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (1923-2011): Christian by birth, Hindu by marriage and Paraclete by duty.
The Paraclete and the disciples (vv. 25-26): The theme of departure (cf. vv. 1-6; vv. 18-24) returns. There are two "times" in the experience of the disciples: the now as Jesus speaks to them (v. 25) and the future time when the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, will be with them (v. 26). The Paraclete will replace Jesus' physical presence, teaching them all things and recalling for them everything he has said (v. 26). As Jesus is the Sent One of the Father (cf. 4:34; 5:23; 24, 30, 37; 6:38-40; 7:16; 8:16, 18, 26; 12:44-49), so is the Paraclete sent by the Father. The mission and purpose of the former Paraclete, Jesus (cf. 14:13-14), who speaks and teaches "his own" will continue into the mission and purpose of the "other Paraclete" (cf. v. 16) who teaches and brings back the memory of all that Jesus has said. The time of Jesus is intimately linked with the time after Jesus, and the accepted meaning of a departure has been undermined. The inability of the disciples to understand the words and deeds of Jesus will be overcome as they "remember" what he had said (cf. 2:22) and what had been written of him and done to him (cf. 12:16). The "remembering" will be the fruit of the presence of the Paraclete with the disciples in the in-between-time. In v. 16 Jesus focused on the inability of the world to know the Paraclete, but in v. 26 the gift of the Paraclete to "his own" is developed. As Jesus was with the disciples (v. 25), so will the Paraclete be with the disciples in the midst of hostility and rejection (v. 16). As the story has insisted that Jesus' teaching has revealed God to his disciples, so will the Paraclete recall and continue Jesus' revelation of God to the disciples (v. 26).” (Harrington 1998, 412)

“This is the transformation that has worked, of which Christ has talked, Mohammed Sahib has talked, everybody has talked about this particular time when people will get transformed.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Chistmas Puja, Ganapatipule, India—25 December 1997

“The Resurrection of Christ has to now be collective Resurrection. This is what is Mahayoga. Has to be the collective Resurrection.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Easter Puja, London, UK—11 April 1982

“Today, Sahaja Yaga has reached the state of Mahayoga, which is en-masse evolution manifested through it. It is this day’s Yuga Dharma. It is the way the Last Judgment is taking place. Announce it to all the seekers of truth, to all the nations of the world, so that nobody misses the blessings of the divine to achieve their meaning, their absolute, their Spirit.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh

“The main thing that one has to understand is that the time has come for you to get all that is promised in the scriptures, not only in the Bible but all all the scriptures of the world. The time has come today that you have to become a Christian, a Brahmin, a Pir, through your Kundalini awakening only. There is no other way. And that your Last Judgment is also now.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh

“You see, the Holy Ghost is the Mother. When they say about the Holy Ghost, She is the Mother... Now, the principle of Mother is in every, every scripture — has to be there. Now, the Mother's character is that She is the one who is the Womb, She is the one who is the Mother Earth, and She is the one who nourishes you. She nourishes us. You know that. And this Feminine thing in every human being resides as this Kundalini.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Radio Interview, Santa Cruz, USA—1 October 1983

“But there is a Primordial Mother which was accepted by all the religions; even the Jews had it... In India, this is called as Adi Shakti. In every religion they had this Mother who was the Primordial Mother.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
TV Interview, Los Angeles, USA—11 October 1993

The Paraclete Shri Mataji (1923-2011)

Total number of Recorded Talks 3058, Public Programs 1178, Pujas 651 and Other (private conversations) 1249

“What are they awaiting but for the Hour to come upon them suddenly? Its Signs have already come. What good will their Reminder be to them when it does arrive?” (Qur'n, 47:18) “As the above verse indicates, God has revealed some of Doomsday's signs in the Qur'n. In Surat az-Zukhruf 43:61, God informs us that 'He [Jesus] is a Sign of the Hour. Have no doubt about it...' Thus we can say, based particularly on Islamic sources but also on the Old Testament and the New Testament, that we are living in the End Times.” Harun Yahya

Good News (An Naba) of Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah): Videos 3474, Audios 1945, Transcripts 3262 and Events 2413

“Concerning what are they disputing?
Concerning the Great News. [5889]
About which they cannot agree.
Verily, they shall soon (come to) know!
Verily, verily they shall soon (come to) know!”

surah 78:1-5 An Naba (The Great News)
5889. Great News: usually understood to mean the News or Message of the Resurrection.

Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n
Amana Corporation, 1989

[Moderator]: “Any other questions?”
[Audience]: “Pardon me for asking this question, but, earlier you talked about the Resurrection and you mentioned about the scriptures, where like in the Hindus scriptures they talk about the Kalki Avatar who will come for the Resurrection, and for the Christians, I know they talk about the return of Christ and all the religions talk about this Resurrection and the belief in the coming of the Messiah. So I just want to know since you say you are going to give the resurrection to us, what is your station?”

Shri Mataji: “In Russia?”
[Audience]: “And are you the promised Messiah? Shri Mataji, are you?”
Shri Mataji: “I see now I am not going to tell you anything about myself, to be very frank. Because see Christ said He was the Son of God, and they crucified Him. I don't want to get crucified. You have to find out. When you become the Spirit you will know what I am. I don't want to say anything about myself.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Toronto, Canada—October 5, 1993

“Jesus then goes on the offensive against the scribes and Pharisees, pronouncing seven woes against them (Matt. 23:1-36). The final woe identifiers them with all those in Israel's history who have murdered and opposed the prophets. From Abel to Zechariah, all the blood of the righteous will come on them as they typologically fulfill this pattern in the murder of Jesus (23:29-36). They are the wicked tenants who think to kill the son and take his inheritance (21:38). They are seed of the serpent, a brood of vipers (23:33). Their house (the temple?) is desolate, and they will not see Jesus again until they bless him as he comes in the name of the Lord (23:37-39). Somehow, through the judgments Jesus announces against them, salvation will apparently come even for the people of Israel. As Olmstead puts it, Matthew "dares to hope for the day when many of Israel's sons and daughters will embrace Israel's Messiah (23:39), and in that hope engages in a continued mission in her.”” Hamilton 2010, 377

“It is the Mother who can awaken the Kundalini, and that the Kundalini is your own Mother. She is the Holy Ghost within you, the Adi Shakti, and She Herself achieves your transformation. By any talk, by any rationality, by anything, it cannot be done.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi

“She is your pure Mother. She is the Mother who is individually with you. Forget your concepts, and forget your identifications. Please try to understand She is your Mother, waiting for ages to give you your real birth. She is the Holy Ghost within you. She has to give you your realization, and She's just waiting and waiting to do it.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Sydney, Australia—Mar 22 1981

“The Kundalini is your own mother; your individual mother. And She has tape-recorded all your past and your aspirations. Everything! And She rises because She wants to give you your second birth. But She is your individual mother. You don't share Her with anybody else. Yours is a different, somebody else's is different because the tape-recording is different. We say She is the reflection of the Adi Shakti who is called as Holy Ghost in the Bible.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Press Conference July 08 1999—London, UK

The Great Goddess is both wholly transcendent and fully immanent: beyond space and time, she is yet embodied within all existent beings; without form as pure, infinite consciousness (cit) ... She is the universal, cosmic energy known as Sakti, and the psychophysical, guiding force designated as the Kundalini (Serpent Power) resident within each individual. She is eternal, without origin or birth, yet she is born in this world in age after age, to support those who seek her assistance. Precisely to provide comfort and guidance to her devotees, she presents herself in the Devi Gita to reveal the truths leading both to worldly happiness and to the supreme spiritual goals: dwelling in her Jeweled Island and mergence into her own perfect being.” (Brown, 1998, 2)

The Paraclete Shri Mataji (Mar 21, 1923 - Feb 23, 2011)
Mar 21, 1923—Feb 23, 2011
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was
Christian by birth, Hindu by
marriage, and Paraclete by duty.
"The Paraclete represents direct,
intimate divine intervention,
supporting and teaching
believers and challenging the
world, as Jesus did. " (D. Stevick
Jesus and His Own, 2011, 290)
“Now what is the Holy Ghost? The Holy Ghost is the Primordial Mother. But people never talked about Mother. They talked of the Father and the Son. Imagine, a father and a son and no mother. It is absurd. Have you seen any father and a son without a mother? Such an absurd situation comes in that people accepted because it's all mental. Somebody tells you, "No, it’s a mystery, there's no Mother," and people accepted it.

But there has to be a Mother and this is the time of Aquarius what we call in Sanskrit as Kumbha, meaning the Aquarius which is the Kundalini, where She nourishes, where She cures you, She redeems you, She guides you, counsels you, and this is the time of the Mother. We had the time of the Father, then of the Son, and now this is the time of the Mother where She has to nourish you, where She has to take you to your ultimate goal that is the Spirit.

The consciousness itself, the way we have been moving in other directions, have been like people think that if a woman starts fighting for her life and then she is asserting the femininity. She is not.

What I'm saying is not meant for women or men. It is meant for every one of us, that we have to become like a mother. Like a Divine Mother, like a person who can nourish people, who can give them love, affection, attention, perseverance, fore-bearing.

This is only possible for a Mother to do it and that motherhood should be awakened in every human being.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Public Program Day 1, Boston, United States—Oct. 11, 1983

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