Hyma, Amma’s daughter who was an embodiment of compassion; almost an exile from a far higher realm, like so many other divine personages broke the earthly bond in her very youth. Hyma consumed herself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Her constant prayer to Amma was “Take me back into Thyself”.
After Hyma’s physical death, she was entombed as one of the saints in whom the last vestiges of attachment are already consumed to ash. Amma infused spiritually life into the body of Hyma and declared “Hymalayam will become a house of penance where many will engage in ‘tapas’ (Austirities) and gain fulfillment.”
HYMA’s life was a saga of mystery. Even though she was the only daughter of the Divine Mother, her life was never a bed of roses or wrapped in comforts. Ill health was her constant companion. She suffered from frequent spasms of headache, fever and painful sores in the mouth.
Physically she was slight of build and delicately frail in form. She stepped daintily, her foot falls touching ever so gently the mother earth. HYMA is truly unearthly and divine in many respects.
HYMA’s short life of 25 years was spent only in caring for others rather than herself. Her whole mental occupation was thinking about AMMA. HYMA was the personification of kindness, having attained the pinnacle of devotion. If the qualities of selfless service, compassion, Grace and Bliss enable humans to evolve into the Divine, HYMA was made just for that.
By nature and temperament she was very tender and sensitive to the surrounding suffering. The amazing fact was that, in spite of her own unbearable suffering she never complained, neither did she ever pray to AMMA for relief. On the contrary, if anybody around her had the smallest pain or suffering, she used to run to Mother, praying for their relief. A small incident explains the magnitude of her immense compassion and love towards fellow beings and Nature. One day, out of a bird’s nest, a few eggs had fallen on the ground, and HYMA happened to pass that way. The damage caused to the would-be offspring of the bird upset HYMA so much that she was melancholic and could not take her food that day!
As she grew into full womanhood, AMMA was urged to find a suitable match for HYMA and settle her marriage. But the Divine Mother had other plans for her. The very creation of HYMA was for the benefit of humanity. AMMA used to dodge the proposal saying that she would consider HYMA’s marriage only after her 25th year.
It was at this age that HYMA suffered from an ailment while in Aurangabad in February 1968, which was later diagnosed as smallpox. On her return to Jillellamudi on the 28th March 1968, she was put on medication, and responded very well, appearing to have recovered. But AMMA knew the lurking seriousness of the disease deep inside. It resurfaced on 1st of April and, by the 5th, took a nasty turn. She was rushed to the Government General Hospital in Guntur even against AMMA’s advice.
She breathed her last in the evening on her hospital bed, and was immediately brought back to Jillellamudi, to the shock and unabated grief of everyone there.
Along with others, like any human mother AMMA too grieved over the loss of HYMA, but gave it an unimaginable, mystic, divine turn from this very moment.
HYMA was entombed in the evening of the 6th April 1968 in a pit 30 feet away from the entrance to AMMA’s hut. AMMA personally oversaw the whole process, making her body sit in the yogic posture siddhasana. Sitting on the edge of the pit, AMMA put her foot on the crown of HYMA’s head as a culmination to the process. At the very touch of AMMA’s foot, blood oozed out of HYMA’s head like a fountain. She had shown to everybody’s amazement that HYMA’s body was warm, with her chest heaving, suggesting that she was breathing. AMMA then declared that the temple to be built on the spot where HYMA was consecrated would be a great spiritual centre and the ultimate destination of many a spiritual seeker. This temple is now called HYMALAYAM.
After leaving the physical plane, HYMA’s kindness and compassion to humanity has been found to be more pronounced and profound. It is the experience of many devotees that the prayers sought from her are instantly answered.