Featured Team Profile
Shradha Cancer Care Trust
Ganga Prem Hospice
Nani 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 lived until it was washed away in the terrible
floods of June 2013.
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 clinics and her home care visits. 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 lives in a
small ashram near to the Ganga Prem Hospice in-patient
facility in Gohri Maphi.