It is the tradition of India to convey the great spiritual truths through the simplest of stories, analogies and examples. It is so in the epics, like Ramayana and Mahabharata, the Puranas and even in the Upanishads. All of these sacred texts take the form of dialogues between Guru and disciple.
Amma’s way is no different. When giving satsang or answering a question, She almost always will illustrate Her point with a story. Be it drawn from the Puranas, an anecdote She has heard or Her own creation, these inspiring — and often humorous— stories cut to the heart and convey Truth in a way even a child can understand.
Amma finds the spiritual dimension to even the most seemingly worldly of stories. When Amma tells a story, the characters come alive, allowing those assembled to see themselves therein. Thus their minds expand, their hearts are lightened and their spiritual perspective is deepened. It’s impossible to say how many lives have been transformed by the wisdom that follows these five simple words — “Amma has heard a story….”