From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Anandamaya, Anandamaya, AAnandamaya
- blissful, embodiment of joy.
- very happy, very joyful, blissful; the Supreme Divine in His/ Her aspect as Bliss embodied
- in Vedantic Philosophy, the innermost of the five koşas or "sheaths" that veil the Ātman or Supreme Self, which constitutes the kārana śarīra or causal body, and is associated with the state of dreamless sleep and samādhi; in Aurobindo’s Integral Philosophy, the highest, purest and most subtle of the five levels, or evolutionary stages of the Inner or True Self, or the Individualized Divinity that will emerge with the actualization of the Plane of Bliss, following and overtaking the Supramental stage of evolution.