Mother Meera

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Mother Meera is known to thousands all over the world. I am told she is an avatar: someone born enlightened. A friend whose opinion I respect visited Mother and reported a lasting change in his perspective. In dire need of inspiration, I recruited another desperate friend and we booked a flight to Germany.

mother_meeraMother gives darshan in silence. One kneels in front of her (pranam) at which time she helps the soul, then looks into her eyes (darshan) which helps the personal life. Neither my friend nor I saw or felt anything unusual after attending seven darshans, nor did we notice any effects in the following weeks or months (as some devotees suggested we would). Perhaps we are spiritually dense.

There is a lot of controversy over Meera. Andrew Harvey’s Hidden Journey and Martin Goodman’s In Search of the Divine Mother are third-party accounts. I observed an obvious inner circle of devotees who do their best to create a holy atmosphere around Meera. Everyone tries to act very pious and reverential as they wait like cattle for their turn at darshan. Meera doesn’t talk for well-explained reasons, but silence is often a cover for lack of wisdom rather than an indication of enlightenment. There is no charge for darshan, but rumors of expensive properties and possessions abound.

Visiting Mother Meera was an expensive and disappointing trip for me. She fails my test of logic and feeling. My theory is that from an early age she was told she is an avatar. Much like the young Tibetans who are raised to believe they are reincarnated llamas, she believes she is an avatar. Mother Meera seems like a nice, sincere person, has little to offer a seeker of Truth. Save yourself a trip and bow before the God in your neighbor or within you, instead.

Here is a video that accurately captures what I found in Mother Meera:

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11 thoughts on “Mother Meera”

  1. Mother Meera is a spiritual diamond mine. One size, of course, does not fit all but her blessing is subtle and powerful. I was a close friend of Andrew’s and initially fully believed what he said about Mother Meera. In fact, I confronted Mother Meera on this through letters and faxes. Andrew Matousek, a friend of Andrew’s, thought he was delusional. I also knew Lela Landman, who was Andrew’s friend and a promoter. Lela confided in me that Andrew had asked her to bear false witness against Mother Meera! There was a supposed lesbian devotee of Mother who also confirmed homophobia. However, this too was a friend of Andrew whom in fact, had never been to see Mother Meera! Andrew literally put her up to it. I confirmed with other gay devotees, two of whom were overnight guests at Mother Meera’s, that Andrew’s claim were utter nonsense. Andrew Harvey has been dishonest about this event where has acted petulantly and disgracefully. At the time, Andrew was going out with Eryk who later became his husband. Eryk has zero interest in Mother Meera. Andrew is an interesting and brilliant character but he is simply lying about events with Mother Meera. Shameful but true!

    1. Very interesting, thanks for posting.

      I’ve always disbelieved it, because it never rang true. Ironically, having been a devotee of Mother Meera for many years, I have recently found myself guided to consider a same sex relationship, so my personal experience is the opposite of Andrew’s claim.

  2. Any criticism of Mother Meera feels like a fist has hold of my heart and is squeezing it, “they wait like cattle” and “silence is often a cover for a lack of wisdom” just kind of hurt somehow, my whole being winced at reading this in a ‘review of spiritual teachers’…so surprised. I’ve met Mother Meera twice now. The first darshan I saw she an endless love, compassion, sea of love beyond description in her eyes that I can only call the Devine. In the second darshan several years later, I had some recent health issues and was struggling emotionally at the time. In her darshan my emotions were heightened almost like they were being surfaced and after my darshan every question I had and every worry was answered somehow and my physical condition had a rush of warmth and began to improve from that moment.
    Mother Meera is genuine and absolutely amazing.

    1. Hi Chariss,

      Such reactions could be clues. Why do our reactions take certain forms? If you call me a “coward” and I get angry, what does that mean about me?

  3. I attended Mother Meera’s Darshan in London this July. Since then I have had an unbelievable change for the better. I have joy for the first time in many years. I ask and I receive. I feel blessed.

  4. Your article reads a bit like an investment journal .. I dont think it´s possible to think about or evaluate anything according to the divine in that kind of way. It is all happening on a totally different level. I met Mother Meera several times but that is not the most important as she also says. Being in resonance with that what is manifesting through her is a matter of a whole life. To me she is a wonderful and graceful being . The organisation is not making any money with the darshan. Noone is forced or recommended to come to see her . It is just like a peaceful and caring play of the divine through human form. To me one of the last truely benevolent and honest spiritual group of people on the planet. Her sayings , and there are a lot , hit you and leave you standing with nothing but the divine face to face. No middle man , no via or practice, but deeply loved by a beautiful presence and always held. You cannot describe it in words. It´s a new consciousness that started to unfold with Aurobindo and The Mother . Mother Meera spent time in their Ashram in Pondicherry. In fact it is a totally new way of spirituality that is beyond the structure of gurus and roles . Beyond our actual understanding , only approachable with the heart . My life profoundly changed to the better since I know her.

  5. Just yesterday I met Mother Meera for the first time. I would best describe my experience as beautiful and peaceful. As her hands rested on my head there was no experience until I was able to look into her eyes. This is were the feeling of love that raidiated from within mother meera’s eyes, left me feeling the love of a young child being look at with adoring love from their mother.

  6. “but silence is often a cover for lack of wisdom rather than an indication of enlightenment.”

    Not in your case.

    It seems odd that a self professed ‘spiritual seeker’ would miss the real deal, but hey ho.

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