archive for February, 2001

The map will not take you to the destination

(20 Feb '01)

Question: Isn’t it possible to reach the goal through proper study of the scriptures, without taking recourse in yama niyamas (the dos and don’ts for a spiritual seeker), meditation, selfless service, etc.? Amma: By studying the scriptures, we are able to understand the means by which we can realize God. From the scriptures we can […]

Category : Messages of Amma

Travel stops on Indian tour

(20 Feb '01)

February – March 2001, North India They say the hardest part of the Indian Tour is the travel. Long hours on buses, temperatures soaring as February slips into March and March turns into April, the dust and dirt and not enough chances to wash oneself or one’s clothes. But the irony is, the best part […]

Category : Around Amma | Around Amma 2001

Through selfless service mind becomes one with the Universal Consciousness

(12 Feb '01)

Question: Amma, in your ashram much importance is given to selfless service. But isn’t action an impediment to true Self-enquiry? Lalitha Amma: For a true Advaitin, nothing is different from the Self. The steps leading to a terrace are made of brick and cement. The terrace is also made of brick and cement. When you […]

Category : Satsang

Special prayers for the victims of Gujarat

(7 Feb '01)

7 February 2001, Amritapuri At about 9 p.m. on the 7th of February 2001, special prayers were held in Amritapuri for the victims of the Gujarat earthquake and their families. In Amma’s divine presence, the ashram residents chanted the Holy Mother’s 108 names and the 8th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Amma consoles a girl […]

Category : Around Amma | Around Amma 2001 | Disaster Relief

Selfless service is what gives real value

(1 Feb '01)

Question: Amma why do you give so much importance to selfless service? Mother: Meditation and studying the scriptures are like two sides of a coin, the coin of spiritual life. But the engraving on that coin is selfless service, and that is what gives it its real value. A student who has just completed his […]

Category : Satsang