archive for December, 2004

A dance of joy on a silent night

(24 Dec '04)

24 December 2004 — Amritapuri To celebrate Christmas, Amma’s Western children sang carols, performed classical music, put on a play about Jesus’ life and did two dances—one involving fire and one inspiring Amma Herself to raise to Her feet. The evening didn’t end until past 1:00 a.m. Christmas morning, with Amma distributing chocolate-cake prasad to […]

Category : Celebration | Xmas

Lost in the bhava of the song

(21 Dec '04)

21 December 2004–Amritapuri After answering the questions of the ashram residents, Amma told one of the brahmacharis to bring the harmonium. She then called for a new bhajan in Hindi that she has been singing lately in the evenings: Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah. Before beginning, Amma asked that the lyrics be translated into English so that […]

Category : Around Amma | Videos

They saw God and wanted to touch Her

(16 Dec '04)

16 December 2004–Kozhikode, Kerala When Amma arrived at Her ashram in Kozhikode, thousands of devotees were waiting with the hopes of catching just a glimpse of Her. And when Amma stepped out from the back seat of Her car, they could not help themselves–they surged forward, all of them. Can you blame them? They saw […]

Category : Around Amma | India 2004

Manjeri had come to Amma

(14 Dec '04)

14 December, Manjeri, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2004 The crowd surrounded the stage and spilled out onto the main road. There simply was not enough room for all the people. At one point, Amma even told the brahmachari running the kitchen to have buckets of food carried down to the street to insure that the […]

Category : Around Amma | India 2004

Triple-Knot: Amma marries couple for third time

(4 Dec '04)

4 December 2004 — Amritapuri The groom was 80, and the bride was in her 70s. As he approached Amma for marriage, one of the relatives called out, “Amma, he’s getting married for the third time!” And then another, “And it’s the same girl!” Amma and everyone around started laughing, but the couple was very […]

Category : Around Amma

The return of Ram

(1 Dec '04)

1 December 2004 — Amritapuri “Where’s Ram? Where’s Ram?” So many children, and adults, have been asking. The truth is for the past six months, he’s been away at school in Trishur. Learning to become a truly great temple elephant. Trishur is the Elephant Capital of Kerala, where dozens of elephants regularly come together for […]

Category : Around Amma | India 2004