Ma Nithya Mahajaya Ananda is a Brooklyn native who is now living in India with her Guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, an Enlightened Avatar. Read on to find out how she ended up where she is today.
1. Can you explain to us what an avatar is?
An Avatar is when “Super Consciousness” comes down in a human body and changes the course of history for billions of people.
2. What inspired you to go to India and what are you doing there?
Instead of what, WHO inspired me to be living here in India is my Guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, or as we lovingly call him Swamiji. I first saw Swamiji in a video about the powers of Third Eye that Yogamaatha was demonstrating.
I saw this little girl, Yogamaatha, reading and playing BLINDFOLDED and seeing through her Third Eye. Swamiji was only shown for 30 seconds in that video. I immediately knew what she was doing was real and I had to meet Swamiji. I met him when I went to Varanasi, India for the Inner Awakening program in June 2016 and I never really left.
3. Can you please explain, to those of us who do not understand, who is Swamiji?
Swamiji is reviving the Science of Sanatana Hindu Dharma, which is the Science of Enlightenment.
All these Shaktis (powers) expressed through the Third Eye come from the space of Enlightenment. The more a person expresses these powers, the more they are anchored and operating from the space of Enlightenment, until they finally get Enlightened.
Swamiji’s whole mission on Earth is to bring Enlightenment to millions and millions of people, not just to a select few. In his very own words he said, “I am not here to prove that I am God, I am here to prove that YOU are God.”
4. What made you want to stay in India after your Inner Awakening program?
My seeking started a long time ago. When I was a child, I always used to read books about the Hindu Gods and Goddesses (Bhagavad Gita, the Bhagavatam, Upanishads, and Puranas, the great epics and stories of Hinduism) and I always had so many questions.
Swamiji answered my questions about these epics and great truths that I had for 17 years that nobody, not my parents or my Sunday School teachers could answer. I was so inspired by Swamiji and his vision and mission and I know that the “There is something more to my life” feeling that I (and others) was always feeling ended with him.
I always knew there was more to life and that life couldn’t be an endless cycle of work, sleep, and repeat. I was ALWAYS seeking, ever since I was little, for that something more, and I finally found it here in India.
5. What are some challenges that came with starting this new chapter in your life?
The only difficulty was the culture shock of living in India but that wore off. It’s different from New York City but you get used to it very fast.
For example, we wake up at 4 am and do pancha kriya (detoxification of the body), yoga (communion with the Cosmos), and then Puja (a fire ritual and veneration to God that literally connects you to the Cosmos). Everything we do here in the ashram has a spiritual significance and only helps us towards our path to Enlightenment.
It took me a little while to get used to because it was so different from how we were raised, especially in New York City, but once I understood the context, it was really easy to assimilate into the routine of the ashram.
6. How did your family and friends react when you first told them what you’re doing?
My family was not really happy at first because, in their mind, they left that part of the world (Bangladesh) to give us a better life in the United States and when I made my decision to live in India, to them it seemed as if I was going in a backward direction. My friends also at first didn’t understand why I permanently wanted to stay in India but for them, all that mattered was that I was happy.
My parents have slowly come around and realized that I am happy where I am. It also helped that my uncle (not my biological uncle) who is a Hindu priest really praised me that I was living with my Guru and that I was staying at the place of my Hindu roots (Bangladesh was once part of India).
7. Have you had to face any criticism? If so, how did you deal with it?
Not really, the path that I am in is a path towards Self-Realization, a path towards Enlightenment, and the things that I speak about people cannot deny. Their mind might be saying no but deep down they know what I am saying and what Swamiji is reviving is true because their Being automatically catches the Truth.
The only “criticism” I faced was with my parents and they were just unhappy that I was living in India so it really wasn’t a real criticism.
8. What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
Definitely bringing more and more people to Swamiji by using the powers he initiated us with.
9. What advice would you give to someone who might want to pursue something that is considered a little bit unconventional by society?
The whole purpose of being born on Earth is for Enlightenment. If you want to pursue Enlightenment or anything that is considered unconventional by society, I say go for it.
Society is not giving you a SuperConscious breakthrough, it actually is only putting you in a box and making you believe you are ordinary when in fact you are extraordinary.
Society makes you believe you are a sinner, when in fact you are Brahmanyam Bahuputraatam, the most favorite Inheritor of the Cosmos.