Featured Team Profile
Shradha Cancer Care Trust
Ganga Prem Hospice
Ma was born and brought up in England. From childhood
she had many questions about the meaning of life
and the Reality lying behind this outer appearance.
After her graduation, at the young age of twenty
two, her passion to find the Truth led her to
India where she had heard of the existence of
seers who had unravelled the age old mysteries
of life and death.
It was in Rishikesh on the
white sandy bank of the Ganga that Nani Ma found
her Master and a new meaning in life. Sri Mastaram
Babji was a perfected sage who taught the ancient
wisdom of Vedanta and at the same time infused
his disciples with deep devotion to the Divine.
Nani Ma spent the next sixteen years studying
Sanskrit and the Hindu scriptures, and practising
intense austerities and meditation under his guidance.
At this time Nani Ma developed a deep love for
Ganga Ma, for her guru, and for the eternal teachings
that he imparted to her. As she says, "His
ashram was heaven, he is my father and Ganga Ma
is my mother."After Babaji's Nirvana
in 1987, Nani Ma moved up the Ganga river to Gangotri
where she continued her austerities, study and
meditation for a further eight years. She then
came down the valley to the small ashram in Uttarkashi
where she lives today.
Years of austerity and meditation
have awakened a compassion in Nani Ma that has
inspired her to become part of the Ganga Prem
Hospice project and to help it by sharing her
love and insight with terminally ill patients
and their families at the most difficult time
of their lives. She feels, as do the ancient scriptures
of all religions, that death is not an end but
a transition which can be met with fearlessness
and peaceful anticipation rather than turmoil
and sorrow. She feels that spiritual support provides
the missing link in the achievement of complete
holistic care which is the natural right of every
human being at the end of their life.
Nani Ma is one of the
guiding forces of Ganga Prem Hospice, and is responsible
for the spiritual leanings of the hospice project.
Many terminally-ill patients have drawn emotional
comfort and understanding from her loving care
during the home visits that she carries out whenever
she is in Rishikesh. She is also responsible for
the ever-growing volunteer base of the hospice
and has inspired many people from around the world
to give their time and services to the hospice
project. Nani Ma now divides her day between managing
the hospice's administrative work, receiving
visitors, study and meditation and running her
Guru's beautiful ashram on the bank of the