Sw. Ramakrishna visits Brazil and Chile

26th September – 2nd October 2008
Brazil and Chile

Swami Ramakrishnananda ended his tour of South America by visiting 5 cities between the two countries in less than a week’s time. Beginning in one of the biggest cities in the world, Swami held two programs in different parts of Sao Paolo. Both were well attended with the 2nd program, a Puja for peace and prosperity, falling on the auspicious occasion of Amma’s 55th Birthday. At the conclusion of that program the whole crowd joined together in a traditional Portuguese happy birthday song for Amma and Swami distributed birthday cake as prasad to all.

The next program was held in the picturesque city of Rio de Janeiro, which was the site of Amma’s first visit to Brazil.

After Rio, Swami conducted another Puja for peace and prosperity in the quaint town of Araruama, Brazil. Araruama has the calm and tranquility of the Brazilian countryside where Centro Amma (Ashram Centre) of Brazil is located. Devotees from all over Brazil and South America have been able to find refuge in the meditative atmosphere that the center provides.

From Brazil, Swami traveled to Santiago de Chile at the foot of the majestic, snow-capped Andes mountains.

Swami’s first program in coastal town of Concepcion was attended by a very enthusiastic crowd that filled the conference hall of in the Hotel Dorado in the center of town. The following day, the program was held at the B’nai B’rith convention center in Santiago. Swami wrapped up the tour by reminding the devotees in Chile that despite their physical distance that may separate them from Amma until her next visit to their country, “Where there is love there is no distance”, and if they pray to Amma with sincerity, they will always be heard.

– Das

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Vidyarambham at Amritapuri

09 Oct 2008, Amritapuri
Navaratri – the nine days of festival of Devi concluded today with Vidyarambham this morning of Vijayadasami. Swami Turiyamritananda and Swami Amrita Geetananda led the prayers during Vidyarambham. There were hundreds of people who came to initiate their children on to the world of alphabets. Swami Turiyamritananda initiated them, first writing on rice in a plate and then on their tongue.

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Bihar flood relief: Supaul photos

4 Oct 2008, Supaul, Bihar
Four more temporary shelters were constructed at Supaul for the flood affected in Bihar. Supaul is the worst flood affected area. Dr. Sarvan Kumar IAS, the district collector inaugurated the temporary shelters.

The Tele-medicine van is going around the villages and the doctors use it to do joint diagnosis of patients with doctors in AIMS. The vast range of equipment is proving to be godsend.

MAM at the UN conference about Human Rights

un60From September 3rd to 5th a conference was held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights organized by the Department of Public Information (DPI) in co-operation with the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) community. Over 1,100 representatives from 65 countries attended this year’s Conference .

A team of four people represented the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) including a representative of AYUDH, the youth wing of MAM at the conference.

MAM helped with the preparations on the Planning Committee, and co-moderated a Break-out session planned by the Outreach Committee titled: From Vulnerability Toward Empowerment, exchanging personal experiences and knowledge on the path to empowerment.

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The MAM made a compelling presentation on the Farmer Relief Project at this break-out session.  The initiative was noted as a best practice to empower populations in extreme poverty and restore their Human Rights. And it is not surprising that the work of the Math was cited at the DPI conference in Paris as a best practice in advancing Human Rights.

The conference was a great opportunity for networking with other NGOs and informing them about the vast range of Amma’s charitable projects.The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation invited AYUDH to attend the International Youth Conference at the UN in New York City in August 2009.

– Tulasi

UN’s Peace Day celebrated

Peace for a day
On the occasion of the UN’s International Peace Day on September 21st 2008, AYUDH groups worldwide connected via the internet to pray for world peace and harmony. At 9am Amritapuri time the connection was launched between youth from India, America, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland and Finland. After a very hearty and happy greeting the youngsters chanted 108 times “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” – “May all beings in all worlds be happy.”
“It was so nice to start the day with this feeling of togetherness, feeling the peace inside, which was created by the mantras” said one of the participants.

The goal of the UN Peace-One-Day is to establish one day a year where there is ceasefire, where everyone works towards establishing world peace, through their prayers, words and deeds. Just like Amma sings in one of her recent English songs: “There should be one day where there is no violence, no one is injured, no one is harmed” May Ammas prayer become reality soon – at least for one day.

— Das

Andean ceremony in Amma’s honour

23-24 September 2008, Lima, Peru
Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri who is on his South American tour, visited Peru. He is the first ashram representative to visit this country.

On the first day of his visit Swami participated in a 3-day conference on Indian culture held at the Center for Oriental Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.
He addressed a full hall of professors and students about spirituality and religion.

That evening Swami was formally welcomed to Peru by the honorable Indian Ambassador, Mr. A. Ramesh as well as several representatives of the Indian community in Lima.

The following morning a traditional Andean ceremony was performed in Amma’s honor by members of the Q’ero Nation in the ancient temple of Pachacamac (this was the site of the principal Incan temple in this part of Peru, built more than 1800 years ago)  just outside the city of Lima.  It was touching ceremony by which the native Andean priests offered their respects to Amma.

Swami’s visit to Peru concluded with a public program on the 24th evening at the Weiner University campus in the heart of Lima.  Swami introduced the citizens of Peru to Amma’s teachings, speaking on the importance of having a healthy mind.  He told the enthusiastic crowd that with a healthy mind people are able to face all difficult situations that may arise.  “One need only look at the example of Amma’s life to see how she was able to overcome all the obstacles she faced with a positive attitude.”

— Das

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