archive for February, 2007

Darshan in the hills

(27 Feb '07)

26 – 27 February 2007 — Manantavadi, Wayanad District, Kerala In order to get to Manantavadi, in Kerala’s Wayanad District, from Amritapuri, one must traverse some rather treacherous terrain. The small town is nestled in the range of hills that separate Kerala from Mysore. To reach there from the south, one must negotiate NH 212, […]

Category : Around Amma | Yatra

Amma won’t let you sleep

(16 Feb '07)

Shivaratri Celebrations 16 February 2007 — Amritapuri Sanatana Dharma has two types of festivals: festivals of rejoicing and festivals of austerity. Shivaratri is typically considered a festival of austerity—a night wherein food and sleep are forgone so that one can spend their time in remembrance of the divine. But with Amma, there are no black […]

Category : Around Amma | Celebration | Messages of Amma

Arjuna Chooses Grace

(15 Feb '07)

Before the Mahabharata battle began, Lord Krishna gave Arjuna and Duryodhana a choice. Krishna told them, ‘I can give My entire army to one of you but I will not come. Or, I can come without any weapons as your charioteer and My army will help your foe. Which do you choose, Me or My […]

Category : Amma Stories

Darshan by the Sea

(10 Feb '07)

Bharata Yatra 2007 10 February 2007 — Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala The waves were breaking just 50 feet from where Amma was giving darshan. Fishermen were hauling in their catches during bhajans. And the salty ocean air blew across the 40,000 people assembled for Amma’s program in Trivandrum all night long. In fact it was Amma’s idea […]

Category : Around Amma | India 2007 | Yatra

The goddess of Kanya Kumari

(8 Feb '07)

Bharata Yatra 2007 8 February 2007 — Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu Amma was welcomed to Kanyakumari by a collection of samnyasin monks and selfless-service workers, including Swami Chaitanyananda Maharaj of Vivekananda Ashram; Swami Jagadiswarananda of the Sivananda Hospital in Pattamala; Sri. Banudas, the general secretary of Kanyakumari’s Vivekananda Kendra; Sri. Muthuswami, the chief of the […]

Category : Around Amma | India 2007 | Yatra

As With Vivekanada, So With Amma

(6 Feb '07)

Bharata Yatra 2007 6 February 2007 — Ramnad, Tamil Nadu After the maha-samadhi of his guru, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda wandered for several years throughout the length and breadth of India. Towards the end of this period of parikrama, the spiritual visionary met two kings who encouraged him to act upon his idea of […]

Category : Around Amma | India 2007 | Yatra

Cooking her children

(5 Feb '07)

Bharata Yatra 2007 5 February 2007 — Madurai, Tamil Nadu Once, a guru and his disciples were travelling by foot. There were about 40 disciples in all, and they all dressed like the guru, wearing white dhotis and shawls. The guru’s head and face were clean-shaven, and so were those of the disciples. By appearance, […]

Category : Around Amma | Yatra