Ananda Tara Shan (1946-2002), the Reverend Jeanne Dara De Murashkin was born in Denmark. In 1975, Ananda Tara Shan began her work for the Spiritual Hierarchy, the Inner Government of Earth. This work brought her to Australia, and led to the founding of The Theosophical Fellowship in 1994; and Heart Flow Worldwide in 2001.
A modern mystic
Ananda Tara Shan, the Mother Founder of The Theosophical Fellowship and Head of the Church of Maitreya for All Faiths, is a member of the Hierarchy and a modern mystic.* A modern mystic is a practical down-to-Earth mystic with feet well planted on Earth and head in the heavenly world. A member of the Hierarchy is a term referring to initiates (third initiates and up).
Disciple of the Lord Maitreya, Guru of Earth
Ananda teaches on behalf of her soul and the Lord Maitreya Whose disciple she is; for the Avatar of Synthesis for Whom she is a vehicle; and for other Masters Whose disciple she has been in earlier lives. She does not look upon herself as a guru, for the Lord Maitreya is that, but she looks upon herself as a teacher and a wayshower, to guide her students to their inner being, the soul and Spirit, for them to learn to work independently and with responsibility under the Law as souls expressing themselves through their human expression.
She wishes for all her students to work from the principles of right human relations, and out of love, kindness, honesty, simplicity, and serenity to seek truth in all things, and serve with unselfishness and with purity of heart a world which suffers.
Ananda has a dream where all spiritual groups come together out of love for the Earth and for humanity, to cooperate for the survival of life on the planet – forgetting self, forgetting ambitions of self, the need for power of self, and getting on with what is at hand: healing the Earth and lifting the human family to a spiritual life. This is the major task ahead – to lift life to a higher level.
We welcome fellow light-seekers to join in the work, and particularly in the Earth Healing Services, showing the Hierarchy that we are all willing to set aside personalities for the benefit of all. In the same way, we are willing to join in others' endeavours wherever and whenever we are invited to do so, and if it is possible to do so (with respect to travelling and finances).
* 'mystic – a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity or identity with or absorption into the Deity or the ultimate reality, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the understanding.'
(Concise Oxford Dictionary, 1990)