archive for April, 2000

Mother and the Moon

(23 Apr '00)

Amma began singing. Softly the voices of Her children joined in; Mother would sing a line, and the children around Her would repeat it.

Category : Around Amma

Vishu celebrations

(14 Apr '00)

April the 14th, 2000 was new year’s day in the Hindu calendar. Amma was away on Her tour of North India and the residents used this time to completely restore the old Kalari (temple), where Amma first started Krishna Bhava in 1975. The roof was replaced and internal renovations were carried out. Flowers, harvest fruit […]

Category : Celebration | New Year

Restoration of the Kalari

(14 Apr '00)

The Kalari is the small temple where Amma first started giving darshan consists of a tiny inner shrine room and an outer-covered veranda where Krishna Bhava used to be held in 1975. Bhajans were sung every evening. Over time, the roof made of coconut tree planks became unstable and the concrete floor of the inner […]

Category : Ashram | Ashram Life

The spontaneity of a child

(10 Apr '00)

10 April 2000, Sydney During the Devi puja in Sydney, Amma led everyone in chanting the 108 names of the Divine Mother. The devotees chanted with so much energy and concentration that by the time the last few mantras were being chanted, the atmosphere in the hall felt charged with a Divine presence. Silence followed […]

Category : Around Amma

Legends of Nagapattinam

(8 Apr '00)

The golden fish & other ┬álegends of Nagapattinam Sthala Puranas of Bharat Nagapattinam has a very ancient history. In fact, in Brahmananda Purana [circa 3000 B.C.E.], it is said that the area’s Soundarvaraja Perumal Temple has existed in all four yugas 1. According to the Purana, Nagapattinam was originally called “Soundaranyam.” It’s current name, which […]

Category : Sthala Purana

Vishu: The New Year Festival of Kerala

(7 Apr '00)

If your first step is wrong, the whole journey will be wrong. World over an emphasis is put on beginnings. Getting off to a good start is essential, as the beginning is the foundation upon which everything that comes after rests. Indian culture, perhaps more than any other, stresses the importance of beginning things properly. […]

Category : festivals

Stupika installation

(6 Apr '00)

On April 6th the Gopura-Stuptika Pratishtapana ceremony was performed at Amritapuri ashram, and the main meditation dome, which is the highest point of the temple building, received a sacred Stupika (a pointed metallic apex vessel). The side domes also received smaller Stupikas. According to the ashram astrologer, this is the first auspicious period since the […]

Category : Ashram | Ashram Life