(19 Mar '10)
17 March, Bodh Gaya, Bihar – Bharata Yatra 2010
On her way from Delhi to Durgapur, Amma and the travelling group stopped for an overnight rest at Bodh Gaya, the holy place where Buddha attained enlightenment.
Amma stayed at the Mahabodhi Society of India monastery. She was hosted by the monks of the monastery to whom she gave darshan and satsang to their greatest delight. Answering their questions Amma advised them to be steadfast in their practice, stressing on the necessity to maintain faith and a strong conviction when facing challenging circumstances.
Bhanteji Veri P Seewalee Thera, the Secretary of the Mahabodhi Society invited Amma to visit the Bodhi Tree in the premises of Mahabodhi Mahavihara temple. Accepting their prayer, Amma paid a visit to the place before proceeding to Durgapur.
The Bodhi Tree is the peepal tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment 2500 years ago. The present tree is grafted from the original one that is no more.