Darshan means being in the presence of. In the traditional sense, taking darshan means sitting at the feet of an enlightened master, a saint, a sage, or a seer. Darshan is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. The purpose of receiving darshan is to increase the desire to be one with God, to turn that desire into a longing, that longing into a fire, and that fire into divine ecstasy.
In our modern era, darshan can mean listening to recordings, watching video images of the movements of awakened or enlightened beings, and receiving the spirit essence of who they are and who you are by direct transmission. Regardless of era in time, ancient or contemporary, direct transmission is the only “technique” by which awakening occurs. Some awakened beings transfer their awakening through public gatherings in which an individual might sit in conversation with the master and receive direct input into his or her resistance to being awake. Traditional darshan in India mean singing songs about divine love, chanting the names of God, making offerings of flowers and fruit and incense, and bowing to the lotus feet of the master. Darshan occurs in many forms around the world everyday in large gatherings, small gatherings, and in intimate one-on-one settings.
Sri Anandamayi Ma was born knowing she was in union with God. She grew up knowing she was in union with God. Eventually everyone around her knew she was in union with God. During much of her early life, she would go into samadhi for hours or days at a time. She told others she was never born as her body though her physical presence (1896-1982) was a response, as she said, for a renewal of divine love in a world lost in its materiality. Ma did not leave a body of teachings; in fact, most of her recorded voice consists of answering questions during satsang sessions or chanting mantras in divine ecstasy. The videos below contain these elements of her darshan. The first is a semi-traditional documentary giving some of the ordinary facts of her life; in this video the shakti builds dramatically. The other two videos are almost purely divine energy. Most of the darshan comes through the images of her; some comes through the exquisite singing; the rest comes from one’s own divine source. Don’t forget to enjoy the portrait gallery of images of Ma. Divine shakti is what it is, what you and I are; there is nothing else. Best recommendation is to listen to all three in one sitting. About 45 minutes.