Seed Bank in Paris

24 – 26 October, Paris, France – Europe Yatra 2010
From the Netherlands Amma’s European Yatra moved on to the capital of France, Paris for the next 3 days of programs.

Green Friends France and AYUDH presented seeds for vegetables and flowers to Amma, which they had cultivated during “The Experience Week,” a summer workshop at the French Ashram. Because seeds in general are getting weaker and weaker due to the chemical farming, Amma asked to produce seeds using traditional methods and native varieties of seeds and then store them in a seed bank in the French Ashram.

The French devotees celebrated Amma’s visit with a diversity of cultural performances. Famous French actress and singer Véronique Jeannot was amongst the many thousands of people who came to receive Amma’s blessings.

Cleanliness drive to usher in Kerala s 54th Birth Anniversary

Amritapuri, October 25th, 2010

MAM is to launch a cleanliness drive throughout Kerala on November 1, to create social awareness about humanity’s debt to earth and nature. Polluting earth is equal to injecting poison into one’s blood. The lullaby that we sing to Mother Earth—our foster mother, to whom we are as indebted as to our birth mother—should not be a swan song.

Kerala state’s 54th Birthday celebrations will coincide with the completion of the cleaning of more than 54 public places in Kerala’s 14 districts on October 31st. This cleaning will be undertaken by Amala Bharatam Campaign (ABC) volunteers, supported by the public. It is hoped that this initial phase of will act as an impetus to further propagate ABC in the days to come.

The MAM proposed to take up new practical initiatives to clean India, promote health through hygiene and properly dispose waste and make people awre of the need to maintain environmental cleanliness through this ABC.

Amma is a role model for all of us

19th – 21st October, Utrecht, Netherland — Europe Yatra 2010

In Netherlands Amma was welcomed by famous Dutch actress and former female kickboxing world champion Lucia Rijker.

Welcoming Amma Mrs Rijker said “Her presence alone brings a oneness, an ideal world where we are one. Amma is a role model for all of us, to give generously to one another, from our hearts, selflessly, to make this world a better place.”

Rijkers gave a workshop for AYUDH Europe and told them that “Amma inspired me as a role model, because her message and her mission are so powerful and so selfless.”

Tanja JadnanansiNg, Member of the Parliament for the Social Democratic Party and Spokeswomen on Youth also came to give Amma a hearty welcome and to receive her blessings. She said: “Because of Amma all my brothers and sisters in India, have the chance to receive education and a better future- this fills me with gratitude.”

Amma in Ireland

16th – 17 October, Dublin, Ireland — Europe Yatra 2010

Amma’s program began on the 16th of October, which is also known as World Food Day. World Food Day was created to honor the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and is celebrated annually around the world. The devotees of Dublin together with famous Irish Artist Patrick O’ Reilly, created a display out of donated cans of food at the back of the darshan hall. Throughout the two days of the program many people came to see the display and help build it by adding more and more cans as it continued to grow. In an interview O’Reilly said: “All these tins will go to a food distribution point and will be distributed to people who are in need.” Amma was also presented with a garland by Jack Dunphy, the director of the Dublin Food bank.

On behalf of the city of Dublin, Amma was officially welcomed by Mayor Ken Farrell. In his speech, Mayor Farrell said: “Amma Ireland, the Dublin Food bank and Irish Artist Patrick O’Reilly are collaborating on this day to provide an opportunity to unite against hunger. Our beloved Amma as a humanitarian will tell you this, fighting poverty is about values, values that care for our fellow human being.”

During the two days of programs several famous Irish musicians performed for Amma including Noirin Ni Riain, Martin Tourish, Liam O Maonlai and The Bahh Band.

Applauds for Love that includes anyone

12th – 14th October 2010, Milano, Italy

The devotees of Italy welcomed Amma to Milano by expressing their heartfelt gratitude with their almost constant loving and cheerful applause. Each time Amma entered or left the hall, sang a bhajan, gave satsang, etc…the whole hall erupted in enthusiastic applause.

Amma’s programs were held over three days in a large ice skating rink in the neighborhood of Sesto San Giovanni. Although a weekday, the crowds kept pouring in and Darshan went late into the night. Amma’s arrival was covered extensively by both local and national media.

Renowned Theatre Director, Actor and Nobel Prize Winner for Literature Dario Fo and his equally renowned wife, the actress Franca Rame, garlanded and welcomed Amma during one of the evening programs.

Ms Rame said in her speech: “I want to introduce you a woman who, since her childhood, is taking care of any human being, which is lacking food, shelter, dignity and respect. The source of Amma’s humanitarian activities is a love that includes anyone, a love that includes the whole world.”

Beppe Convertini, a famous TV actor and Demetrio Morabito, the vice mayor of Sesto San Giovanni also attended the programs and garlanded Amma.

During the second day, Amma was spending time talking to some students from various campuses of Amrita University. Amrita University students had come on a prestigious India4EU exchange program to various schools in Italy including Politecnico di Torino, University of Trento, University of Bologna and Politecnico di Milano. Amma spoke to the students and the faculty talking about cleanliness and research. Amma expressed her wish that India too should become cleanliness-aware one day and that people should respect Mother Nature. Amma spoke of how people follow social courtesy in western countries like Switzerland where even roads are clean and people feel it is their duty to keep their surroundings clean and tidy. Amma mentioned that although she did not see any country or any region as separate but when she sees India and compares the facilities in US, Switzerland and in other places she wants such facilities also for countries like India. Amma went on to say that she has started a “clean-up” project and that she is trying to bring in the awareness starting with the school children. She talked about the local cleanup operations in villages nearby the ashram and at Sasthamkotta. Amma mentioned she started at Sastamkotta since drinking water came from that region and surface cleanliness would ensure safe water. She said standards of Indian education is still good but institute-level research in several colleges and Universities is yet to catch up with some of the western counterparts. Amma said she wanted her children to go in depth  in terms of research. Amma mentioned about disaster-relief studies and that she would like to see alternate energy solutions to modern day power problems. The students then requested Amma if they could take a photo with her. All this happened while Darshan was going on. Amma would talk to the devotees in her arms and even asking how they felt and other delicate details besides all the buzz. As the photographer came to take the picture of Amma with students, Amma lifted her hands in a gesture as if to say “my children!”. She even asked the directors of international affairs and a faculty member who is travelling with her to go and talk to the Italian coordinator to sort out any issues related to the students being in Italy.

Evening bhajans rocked the Italian hall making many dance with joy. Every bhajan was followed by claps of gratitude and happiness. When Amma sang a bhajan in Italian, the hall went silent and after there was a thunder of claps. Amma’s Mother Nature English bhajan touched many who even sang along.  Darshan started later and went on until early 3 am the following day.

The last day also turned out to be a full house session with the whole floor filled with visitors. Amma’s Darshan finished around 9 am the following day. Many eyes watered longing for the sweetness of her company and Darshan as Amma’s car drove out of the hall. The car reached the airport and a group of devotees had followed Amma to see her off at the airport. Seeing Amma, some airline staff and ground crew came to get her Darshan and as she went to the security check, Amma longingly looked at all gathered until the escalator went further down out of sight.

Cleaning the surroundings, cleaning the mind

3 Oct 2010, Tokyo, Japan

Every year, Amma’s Japanese devotees in Tokyo celebrate Amma’s Birthday with great festivity and ceremony. This year, however, they decided to add a new twist – cleaning up a public park. Ironically coinciding with Amma’s birthday message {news} about cleaning one’s community.

The cleanup took place in Toyama Park of Shinjuku Ward, in downtown Tokyo. About 20 people participated in the morning session, which started with a brief talk by Br. Shantamrita on “Man and Nature.”

In a short while, the devotees had collected enough garbage from the park premises to fill many trash bags. The most common items of litter were cigarette butts, candy wrappers and empty cans/bottles. The participants enjoyed the occasion so thoroughly, they decided to make it a regular activity and scheduled monthly park cleanups to put into practice Amma’s teachings.

Embracing Amma’s recent message about environmental cleaning efforts, the devotees plan to conduct a campaign to raise awareness of how we can minimize our impact on nature by adopting eco-friendly household practices and waste management.

The afternoon program consisted of the more traditional Birthday Celebrations. Br. Shantamrita started by giving a talk on how Amma sees the interconnectedness of life, showing compassion not only to human beings, but also to Mother Nature. He then began the abhishekham to Amma’s silver padukas, while the devotees in attendance chanted Guru Stotra, Guru Paduka Stotra and Durga Suktam. Each program attendee was given the opportunity to perform abhishekham, as well. All were encouraged to remember the symbolism of the ceremony while participating – we are offering our respects to the padukam as a symbol of our respect for the lofty principles embodied in Amma’s life.
As the abhishekham continued, the devotees sang bhajans full of devotion and love. After the conclusion of the ceremony, the devotees remained in the hall to watch videos of Amma. Especially engrossing was the new Japanese version of Amma’s charitable activities – Stories From The Field.

Amma in Switzerland

8-10 October, Switzerland, Winthertur – Europe Yatra 2010

Amma’s Europe Yatra 2010 started in Winterthur, Switzerland. On her arrival she visited the new Swiss ashram, which is located in the beautiful countryside of Zürich Canton (District).

The Swiss devotees gave Amma a hearty welcome. During the program Counsellor of the Indian Embassy in Switzerland Ajneesh Kumar, came to receive Amma’s blessing. Famous Japanese pianist, living in Switzerland, Suguru Ito came to perform for Amma together with his wife Margo Cadias, a famous and well known classical opera singer from Poland. Both had previously performed numerous concerts in aid of Amma’s charitable projects.

AIMS showcased in Kuwait

9-10 October 2010, Kuwait
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), one of the leading health care institutions in India, showcased various facilities in the field of health services with their active participation at the 1st International Conference and Fair for distinctive hospitals took place in Kuwait last week end.

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is a major presence internationally and receives patients from around the world including several countries from the Middle East. “We have a dedicated team that manages our international patients starting with the processing of their medical reports, organizing travel, managing their stay in the hospital and return back home,” said Mr Unnithan, General Manager, Marketing of AIMS.

“We had already held a few discussions with Mubarak Al Kabeer of the Medical College here in Kuwait for student exchange and faculty exchange programs with us and to explore other possibilities to utilize our strong academic expertise,” he added.

AIMS also organized a seminar on the side line of the Kuwait Medical Tourism Conference & Exhibition organized with official sponsorship from the Ministries of Health, Defense and Interior, Kuwait Oil Company and Kuwait Medical Association.

The Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, Ajai Malhotra, inaugurated the seminar in which he appreciated the steps taken by Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences to come forward with a medical collaboration with the state of Kuwait and to participate in the first ever International Medical Conference and Exhibition in Kuwait.
For promoting medical tourism, Mr Ajai Malhotra said that the Indian embassy will arrange a new type of visa called Medical Visa for foreigners in which the patient and a family member can stay in India for medical treatment for up to one year.

Dates of winter USA Yatra 2010 of Amma

M.A.Center, San Ramon
Nov 21-22: Public programs in San Ramon @ M.A.Center.

Nov 23-25: Retreat at M.A.Center, 10200 Crow Canyon Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552.

Dearborn, Michigan
Nov 27 at 730 pm: Public program:
Nov 28 11am-5 pm: Public program

Nov 29 – Dec 01: Retreat in Dearborn, Michigan.
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