Amma in Toronto

20th July, Toronto, Canada Yatra 2010

From USA, Amma arrived in Canada and visited the Ashram in Toronto.

On behalf of the city of Toronto Amma was welcomed by Tony Ruprecht, Member of Provincial Parliament, Ontario and David Ryan, Mayor of the City of Pickering, Ontario.

Ruprecht welcomed Amma saying: “Like little children we are waiting for mother to arrive. She is providing spiritual nourishment.” Ruprecht also carried a message of welcome for Amma from Ontario’s Premier, Mr. Dalton McGuinty.

Mayor Ryan said: “Amma’s message goes beyond borders, a message that has no boundaries, a message that only speaks of brothers and sisters- of one another.”

Famous fashion model Lisa Ray said after meeting Amma:”A hug can transmit so much more than a thousand words.”

Also Sass Jordan, Juno Award winning rock singer and songwriter came to receive Amma’s blessings, in an interview she said: “She reflects god in us and shows it to us, she shows us what we really are. It’s the divine”

Do not hurt anyone, listen to your conscience and act

25 July 2010, Amritapuri & Tokyo

Guru Purnima celebrations

Guru Purnima, the day dedicated to the Satguru, was celebrated joyfully today, here at Amritapuri. After the morning Archana, a beautiful ceremonious Paduka puja was performed by Swami Turiyaamritananda Puri, one of Amma’s earliest disciples, amidst soulful Vedic chants by the ashramites.


Amma was in Tokyo, one of the last stops in the tour. Tokyo celebrations were telecast to Amritapuri and other Ashram centers in Delhi, Cochin, Coimbatore, France, Germany and Spain. As Darshan was about to get over at Tokyo, Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri led a short Satsang speaking about Guru and compassion reminding everyone the good fortune of having a living Master amongst us. He then performed Pada puja to Amma immediately after the Darshan. After archana and arati Amma sang two bhajans “Hari Narayana” and “Kotha Tumi” both ending in high fervor chorus. Amma shared a short message to Her children and said “Do not hurt anyone with your thoughts, words or deeds. Listen to your conscience and act accordingly. Pray for world peace.”

As Amma got up to leave, Amma looked into the webcast screen and called out to all her children while each one answered in various languages from the various places. As Amma left, she gestured “come come” simultaneously saying “kisses, kisses”.

A messenger who is one with the message

13 July, Marlborough, Massachusetts — USA Yatra 2010

Amma was welcomed to her annual programs in the Boston area by esteemed members of the political, religious and educational community. Michael Johnson, a representative of the Pathways to Peace to the United Nations in New York was first to garland Amma. He was followed by Roman Catholic priest Dr. Francis X. Clooney, who is a professor of divinity and comparative theology at Harvard University, as well as the university’s Director for the Center of Study of World Religions. Another Harvard professor, Dr. Venkatesh Narayanamurti, the Dean of Engineering and Applied Physics, also garlanded Amma.

Michael Johnson, who has been instrumental in arranging the United Nation’s annual International Day of Peace, said that introducing Amma was the highest honor of his life. “There are really no words than can describe Amma,” he said. “She can only be experienced with a quiet mind and an open heart. And that’s what I hope to do this evening with you all.
“Human civilization has seen great souls come down to earth and help lift and guide humanity throughout the ages. We have seen many of them—both men and women. It is our great fortune that our mother, Amma, has come to earth to raise us during these dark times. So I am really, really, really grateful that she is here with us to inspire us and to raise us and to bless us.

“God also gave us a model in Amma, in her humanitarian work. Just seeing the video of all her work before I came up to speak was actually mind-blowing. The amazing work that Amma has been able to perform and inspire people to perform has been beautiful.

“I believe we are in a time of great awakening on planet earth. And it’s up to all of us, if we really want to honor our mother, Amma, is to amplify and amp up our own service to the world. And she has given us many, many different ways and vehicles to do that. So if we come together as one mind and one heart, our world will be raised into a higher level of consciousness so that we can all live in peace and love and harmony.”
Father Clooney gave a small sermon, extolling the virtues of Amma, comparing her to past saints and sages, including Jesus Christ. “Tonight we are here with Amrita Anandamayi Amma,” he said. “Even when we just mention this name—Amrita Anandamayi—perfect, complete in the bliss of the Imperishable—the Sanskrit scholars among us may first think on a philosophical level, perhaps turning to the Upanishads to probe the meaning of bliss and the Imperishable. We may eventually think of the undying spark within all beings and of a bliss grounded in the highest immortal reality. But we also know that this name—Amrita Anandamayi—tells us something more simple and immediate. We are invited to see how our guest—our host—is open to the undying spirit that blows where it will, in through and around the each of us tonight. With Amma, tonight, we learn to stop covering our light with a bushel basket and to share the bliss that is within us.”

Father Clooney also spoke of Amma’s humanitarian works: “Amma’s concrete and real works of mercy are known everywhere. Hers is a faith lived out in compassion, love realized in feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless. And so it should be. … True wisdom is not separate from compassion. This core insight gives life once and again, and it comes forth with great force when the message and messenger are one.
The final speaker, Dr. Venkatesh Narayanamurti, stressed upon Amma’s achievements as an educator. “Amma has been very recognized obviously for all of her humanitarian works after the great tsunami,” he said. “You saw what happened at the Andhra Pradesh floods. But, really, one thing that has not been mentioned: She cares deeply about education. She is the chancellor of Amrita University, which now is a very well-recognized university in India—ranked about 10th or 11th in research in all of India. I first met with her a few years ago, right at the Royal Park Best Western Hotel, in the room there, and the number of questions she asked me about education was very impressive. So, she knows a lot—as we all know. So I am genuinely honored.”

Amma in Washington

9 – 11 July, Washington D.C., Virginia – USA Yatra 2010

Amma travelled to Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, for the 14th consecutive year, where she first was welcomed by the devotees there to inaugurate the new M.A. Center. The three days of Amma’s program took place at the Hilton Center. On behalf of the Indian Ambassador and the Indian Embassy, Amma was welcomed by Counselor Tapan K. Deka, who said:”I personally read her remarkable life story, about her significant contribution toward peace and harmony and her significant contribution to charitable activities. It is a great honor and privilege to welcome Amma.”

The United Nations welcome Amma to New York

The United Nations & The Hip-Hop Nation Welcome Amma to New York
5 July,  New York City –2010 USA Yatra

When Amma came to New York, it was in the midst of the Fourth of July Independence Day holidays. The city was alive with celebration, and millions of dollars in fireworks were being set off over the Hudson River.

The next evening, Amma was officially welcomed to the city by a number of figures from both the United Nations and the New York City government.
Amir Dossal, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, was first to welcome Amma. Mr. Dossal is the United Nation’s representative for public/private partnerships, where he guides the development of strategic alliances with corporations, foundations and philanthropists in achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Dossal said, “Amma, it is such an honor and a privileged to be here. You are so special—not just for people here and people around the world, but also you are special for the United Nations. What you do to bring happiness to people—you are truly a saint.”

He also informed Amma that, on July 2nd, the U.N. had formed a new agency dedicated to promoting the rights and needs of women and girls around the world—The U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women). Mr. Dossal then acknowledged Amma’s long history of struggling to help women empower themselves. “Finally, it is happening,” he said. “We hope we will be able to involve you a lot more. What you do in making people understand that women actually are a real asset and must play an equal role—and maybe even a greater role—in society then they are allowed to play in business and the international world. So, thank you, Amma, for what you do. We are very grateful.”

New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, the chairperson of the City Council’s Women’s Issues Committee also welcomed Amma. She then presented Amma with a proclamation from the City Council, thanking Amma for coming to New York. Mrs. Ferreras said, “Amma’s mission—offering a loving touch to millions while building the social-economic infrastructures to help the poor and suffering lead productive lives—is an inspiration and a model to all of us seeking deeper engagement with our community.”

But the government was not the only entity to welcome Amma to the city. The hip-hop community also paid its respects to Amma. Russell Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Records and founder of the clothing company Phat Farm, came for Amma’s darshan on July 6th, and rapper and “Human Beat Box” Doug E. Fresh performed in the wee hours of July 7th. Speaking with Amrita TV after his darshan, Simmons said, “I’ve been a great fan of Amma for many, many years. I am practicing yogi. And it’s been my path—the yogic path. And every friend that I have that is part of this movement, the consciousness movement, through yoga, in America, has been to see Amma. So, I’m kind of the last one. Honestly. I’ve been inspired by her for many years. … Being around her, it’s like after the most beautiful yoga practice, after the most beautiful meditation; it’s during the most present moments. It is kind of a blissful experience. Being around her is like that. You feel connected. And from her, it just flows. She exudes this kind of consciousness that, most of the day, we just hope for, and every so often a second will come by and we will be awake. Being around her gives you that feeling of being awake. So it was very beautiful.”

The final night of Amma’s programs also found journalist Suketu Mehta coming for an embrace. Mehta, a resident of New York, is the author of the best-selling book about Mumbai, Maximum City: Bombay Lost & Found—a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. After his darshan, speaking with Amrita TV, he said, “It’s really a beautiful thing for someone to just give out these hugs all around the world. I mean, who knows, if Bin Laden and George Bush were hugged together, we might break some walls. … She has made me think about the ways in which the head and heart can work together; they don’t have to be so separate.”


If we dont help each other there is no future for this world

30th June – 2nd July, Chicago, Illinois  –USA Yatra 2010
After a 14hours drive from Dallas, Amma arrived in the city of Chicago, in the state of Illinois. Chicago is the largest city in Illinois. Today, the city retains its status as a major hub, both for industry and infrastructure.
Mayor Roger C. Claar of Bolingbrook welcomed Amma on behalf of the city and said in an interview: “It is so impressive to see her. What she has done for the victims of Katrina and the Tsunami and for the people in Haiti and other countries- that is just beyond belief; ‘Embracing the World’ who can argue with that concept. Her, asking people to volunteer and help that is the message we are all trying to carry today, because if we don’t help each other there is no future for this world.”
The next stop will be New York City.

Amma in Dallas

27 – 28 June, Dallas, Texas — USA Yatra 2010
Dallas, the third- largest city in the state of Texas is home to the famous Major League Baseball Team the Texas Rangers. The devotees of Dallas gave Amma a hearty welcome and celebrated Amma’s visit throughout the two days of program with a variety of cultural performances. The devotees from Dallas offered Amma a cake to thank her for coming to Dallas for the past 20 years. On that Amma wrote ‘AUM’ in her native language, Malayalam.  At the end of a long Darshan the devotees lined up and started singing spontaneously.

Telemedicine to Andamans

March 25th 2009 marked the beginning of the telemedicine connectivity between Amrita health care center at Shadipur Port Blair, Andamans and Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi. Thousands of people were benefited with this initiative.

Live tele consultation with Amrita Health Care, Andaman. Dcotors from AIMS in the inset

Dr Chithra, Dept of Psychiatry

Dr Joel, Dept of Dermatology

Dr B Pradeep, Dept of General Surgery

Dr Rajesh, Dept of Pulmonary

Dr Vijayamohan, Dept of Orthopaedics

Patients needing specialized care located at Andamans were provided with treatment advice, second opinion, follow-up care etc with the help of this telemedicine facility. Within a year approximately 3000 patients –more than 8 patients a day– tele-consultations to Amrita health center at Andamans were provided from AIMS.

This service has helped in preventing unnecessary patient referrals to distant hospitals located at the mainland thus avoiding huge travel cost for patients. This initiative has brought out better health outcome for patients and also helped in attaining higher level of confidence in the community’s local  health care system.