If Amma did not exist, society itself would disappear

27 September 2010, Amritapuri, 57th Birthday celebrations of Amma

Bishop Mar Chrysostem Tirumeni inaugurated the official Indian website of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math www.amrita.in. This new website will have pages in nine Indian languages—Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali and Sanskrit.

Speaking after the inauguration Bishop Mar Chrysostem commented that Amma has done 100 years of work in her 57 years, and that she was a divine being, a goddess. “There is a book in English—’Small is beautiful.’ Amma, too, can similarly be considered as one who turns the ordinary into something extraordinary. She has, in her grasp, all the wisdom needed to make an ordinary person extraordinary.”

In his humorous speech, the bishop noted that Amma was not like him. “People like us just talk. Amma does more than she talks.” He said that he has one request for Amma: she should change the location of her ashram every six months; then, the whole of Kerala will become developed. “To those who say that society is declining, what I have to say is that if Amma did not exist, society itself would disappear!”

Ammas Europe Yatra 2010

October 8 to 10: Winterthur, Switzerland

Hall: Eulach Halle, Winterthur, Wartstr. 73
Contact: info@amma.ch
H. Fürer Tel. + 41 44 8530429
J. Zimmermann Tel. +41 79 4752133 (17-21h)
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October 12 to 14: Milano, Italy
Hall: Palasesto, Sesto S. Giovanni

ContactKrishna Home +39 048800618, Mobile + 39 338-5244596
Aiswaryai (from 6pm – 9pm) Mobile +39 338 5349 318
E-mail: helpdesk@amma-italia.it www.amma-italia.it
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October 16 to 17: Dublin, Ireland
National Show Centre, Cloghran, Co. Dublin, R 132 Swords Road

Contact: E-mail: help@ammaireland.org, www.ammaireland.org
Tel: 00353-1-6676334, 00353-87-9450912
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October 19 to 21: Holland
EXPO HOUTEN, Meidoornkade 24, 3992 AE HOUTEN

Contact: E-mail: info@amma.nl, www.amma.nl
+ 316 478 245 19 (from 7-9pm)
contact in Belgium:
+ 32 566 894 76
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October 24 to 26: Paris, France
Hall Saint Martin, Parc des expositions de Cergy-Pontoise, Chaussée Jules César, 95300 PONTOISE, 1/2 an hour (35 km) from Paris, www.expos-pontoise.com

E-mail:  www.amma-france.org
Christine: Tel. +33 (0) 1 60751176 (French) 9.30-21.30h (do not leave messages)
Atulya: Tel. +33 (0) 1 48938572 (French/English/Italian), 19-21.30h
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October 28 to 30: Munich, Germany
Zenith Halle, Lilienthalallee 29, 80939 Munich

Contact: muenchen-info@amma.de, www.amma.de
Tel.+49(0)89 99 81 86 74
Tel. during the event: +49(0)89 32350030

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November 2 to 4: Toulon, France
Salle Zenith Omega, Boulevard, Commandant Nicolas, 83000 Toulon

Contact: www.amma-france.org
Punyavati (French /english) Tel. +33 4 42013197,
Atulya (French/English/Italian): +33 1 48938572,
Josy ( french) + 33 4 94 00 39 75 / + 33 6 82 18 71 21.

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November 7 to 9: Barcelona, Spain
Palau d’Esports, Carrer dels Voluntaris ’92, 2
E-08401 Granollers

Contact:
ammaspain@yahoo.es, www.ammachi.es
Tel: 00-34.948236729
Tel: 00.34.687747719
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November 12 to 14: Mannheim, Germany
Maimarkt Halle, Mannheim

E-mail: mannheim@amma.de, www.amma.de
Tel. +49 (0) 160/1007361
or +49 (0) 60 63-579933
Fax: +49(0) 60 63-579953
Telephone during the program: int.+ 49 (0) 62131880401 or int.+ 49 (0)160/100736
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November 16 to 17: London, United Kingdom
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way,
Wood Green, London N22 7AY
Contact
info@amma.org.uk, www.amma.org.uk
For more details contact: www.amma-europe.org

MAM ready to start cleaning efforts


Amritapuri, September 29th, 2010
Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) announced that, as part of its environmental cleaning efforts, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) is ready to start work immediately on constructing toilets and installing trash cans in government schools and along roads. Government schools that lack sufficient toilet facilities can apply to the MAM right away. However, along with the application, there should be official documentation from the government indicating that it has no objection. In order to build urinals along roads, there needs to be official government sanction.

The MAM is also considering steps that need to be taken in order to immediately install trash cans every two kilometres along roads. The MAM will also lead the efforts to mount awareness campaigns on keeping our highways and other roads clean and litter-free. Devotees, other individuals or organizations who are keen to participate in the cleaning efforts should contact the MAM, and a representative from the MAM will get in touch with them.

Amma also said that expert committees will be formed to study how best we can clean the highways from Trivandrum to Kasargode, and keep public places clean. “Our lack of cleanliness should never again become a cause for international embarrassment. We should consider the task of keeping our homes, environment and public places clean a sacred duty. Just as we eat and sleep, keeping our environment clean should become part of our daily lives. If we do not bathe every day, perspiration and dirt will make the body malodorous. Just as we bathe daily in order to keep our bodies clean, and just as we use perfumes, we should ensure that we maintain the cleanliness of our roads and public places, which are parts of our country’s body. All of us should take a vow to do this. If the people, government and other organizations work together, our sacred endeavour will certainly bear fruit,” said Amma.

Amma also said that similar efforts will be launched in Tamil Nadu before long.

– Kannadi