Amma in Tanjavore

28 January, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu – Bharata Yatra 2011

Amma paid her first visit to the city of Thanjavur and held a program at the Medical College grounds. A massive crowd began to form from very early in the afternoon. By the time Amma arrived in the evening the whole venue was overflowing.

Thanjavur is the ancient capital of the Chola empire and is considered one of the historic cultural capitals of Tamil Nadu.

SNM Ubhayatulla, the Tamil Nadu Minister of Revenue officially welcomed Amma to Thanjavur and addressed the gathering by saying that he has been studying Amma’s teachings and has found that, “whatever the topic, the theme is love alone…Each and every one of us has two witnesses: the first one is their own conscience and the other one is god. Here Amma is making people live up to their conscience and she herself is offering god’s darshan to the people.”

Amma launched a local chapter of the ABC initiative and handed over handkerchiefs to all students who came for darshan. In her satsang Amma asked all those present not to spit or urinate in public and keep the environment clean.

Amma led the manasa puja in Tamil and sang many bhajans in Tamil as well as Telugu.

The city is also just inland from the coastal region of Nagapattinam that was devastated by the 2004 Tsunami. The ashram has rebuilt several villages and community centers in this area. Many of the beneficiaries of the ashram’s relief work came to the program, eager to once again express their gratitude to Amma.

As darshan continued even after sunrise, tarpaulins and curtains were set up to protect the crowd from the increasing heat of the sun. Amma announced in tamil that everyone still waiting for her darshan should gather in the shade.

The program finally finished by 10.30 am, and  Amma set to proceed for the next program in Kovai.

– Kannadi

Singing and dancing in Chennai

25 – 26 Jan, Chennai – Bharata yYatra 2011

Amma in Chennai

From 25 to 26 January 2011, Amma held Brahmastanam festival at Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Chennai.

Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and a hub for the south indian music, arts and film industry. Therefore, several renowned musicians and film stars came to receive Amma’s darshan and perform for her.
Amongst those who performed for Amma were Kunyakumari, Lalgudi Krishnan and classical singer Unnikrishnan.

The devotees of Chennai are known for their creative ideas to decorate Amma’s program site. This year, fruits and vegetables were hung all along the ashram walls, giving a colorful and playful touch to the venue. It was as if the devotees were welcoming Annapurneshwari – the goddess of food – into their city.

However, during the two days of festivals Amma did not only give free food for her children’s physical nourishment, but also provided everyone with the subtle food of her wisdom, love and motherly care.

Amma ended the her visit, early in the morning on the 27th after giving darshan all night by singing Devi Devi Devi Manatumbi Ba to the delight of all the devotees present who danced with joy.  ‘O Devi, come revel in my mind; I will sing and dance to your glories.’

— Kannadi

Embrace with eyes and arms at Madurai

22 Jan, Madurai, Tamil Nadu – Bharata yatra 2011

Madurai is a temple city, home to some remarkable temples including the famous Meenakshi temple. Amma has been paying visits to this city since she was a young girl, even before she began publicly giving darshan. Today Amma once again returned to Madurai and gave a public program that filled the Madurai College Grounds to their capacity.

Hours before the start of the program people streamed into the venue, waiting patiently to ensure themselves good seats for Amma’s satsang, bhajans, meditation and darshan. By the time Amma arrived on the stage the massive venue was overflowing with people.

Chitra Venkataraman – Chief Justice, Chennai High Court; Thenmozhi Gopinathan – Mayor, Madurai; SS Krishna Murthi IPS – IG South Tamil Nadu and Swami Paramananda from Vivekananda College were amongst the honorable guests welcoming Amma.

Welcoming Amma to the city, Chitra Venkataraman, the Chief Justice, said “There is a special feature that is attributed to goddess Meenakshi, the deity presiding over this city. A fish will always watch over it’s children without even blinking the eye. Likewise, the Meenakshi of this city continuously blesses people, without the slightest break or hesitation. We all see the incarnation of goddess Meenakshi right in front of us now. Just by the glance of her eyes she is able to embrace all the thousands of people gathered here. This is the greatness of the divine mother. Not everyone can do this, definitely not.

Only with pure love, affection and compassion is it possible to merge the jeevatma (individual self) with the paramatma (universal self). This very concept is displayed through Amma’s presence and I personally experienced it right here on stage. From this huge gathering here tonight, each and everyone is going to experience this.”

During the public function Amma gave out handkerchieves to students in order to spread awareness about the ABC Initiative for cleanliness and public health. Chitra Venkataraman helped Amma to distribute the handkerchieves on the stage. Later during darshan Amma gave away these handkerchieves to all the youngsters and students.

Recycling stations were set up all over the venue, which were operated by both Westerners and Indians, young and old alike. The aim of this campaign is to encourage people not to litter on the road and help them sort and separate the waste.

People were waiting all throughout the cold and windy night to be embraced by Amma’s eyes and arms. At 8’o clock, thousands were still waiting for Amma’s Darshan. Amma asked on the mic to the volunteers, to move the queue to the shade so they will not have to wait in the sun. It took another two more hours for Amma to embracing all those came at Madurai.

– Kannadi

“Meen” means “fish”, “akshi” means “eye”

Amma will never say no

21 January, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu — Bharata Yatra 2011

Amma in Ramanathapuram

For the second time in two years, Amma visited Ramanathapuram for a public programme.
Amongst the dignitaries welcoming Amma were K Hasan Ali, MLA Ramanathapuram, Swami Parananda, vice president, Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Tirupraithurai and the raja of Ramanathapuram, Kumaran Sethupathy.

During his welcome speech K Hasan Ali said:

“Just after celebraing the Pongal festival Amma has come into our midst to double the joy. Since ancient times mahatmas and spiritual people like Swami Vivekananda and kings like Krishna Deva Rayar have visited Ramanathapuram. Now Amma has come here again, and just by looking at your faces I can tell how happy this has made you.

Why is Amma respected so much? It is due to her dharma. What is dharma? It is giving a house to live, clothes to wear, building a road to walk, providing water to drink, establishing schools to study and creating awareness about public health, cleanliness and hygene. The one who is giving all these things is a true dharma devata (goddess of dharma).

Amma, you have given support to the downtrodden in this area in abundance, yet I plead you to continue raising the standard of living of the poor by building houses, providing healthcare and educational support.

You may wonder why I ask Amma for so many things, even though she das already given in plenty. If you see your mother you may ask her for toys, even though you may have asked her for a chocolate before. She will never say no.”

Next Swami Parananda gave his welcoming speech:

“We all know that Amma does a lot of good by building houses, schools and colleges. But not many know that at the same time, she is removing bad habits and bad character in people. Only God can do this. Let us pray that by Amma’s grace we all become sadhaks and jnanis.”

As part of the Amala Bharatam Campaign, Amma gave away handkerchiefs to all the children who came for darshan, asking them not to spit or urinate on the roads and public places.

The evening continued with Amma’s satsang, bhajans, guided meditation and darshan. Even when Amma stood up at 7.30 am, the darshan had not yet ended.  When Amma walked from the stage to her vehicle she called another 200 people for darshan who had just arrived at the venue.  She then proceeded to give them all darshan standing on the steps to the doorway of her camper before leaving for Madurai.

Amma in Tutucorin

On 19 January, Tutucorin, Bharata Yatra – 2011

Amma held a public program in Tutucorin. This was Amma’s first visit to the coastal city.

During the public function Amma launched the Amala Bharatam Campaign in yet another city. In order to encourage the people of Tutucorin not to spit on the ground and thus increase the spreading of contagious diseases Amma distributed handkerchieves to all the people who came for darshan.

Welcoming Amma to the city, industrialist Dinakaran said, “we have heard about Sri Krishna as ‘adharam madhuram, nayanam maduram’ etc. But here in Amma we can experience that. When she calls us darling son/daughter we feel deep within the sweetness of her words- adhram madhuram’,  her singing is sweet, her embrace is sweet. … How blessed are we to have Amma in our city!”

Amma’s satsang was translated into the local language Tamil. She sang only Tamil bhajans.

Leading by example, Amma’s Western devotees had set up recycling stations all over the program grounds to assist in the sorting and processing of the waste.

As darshan came to an end at 8.30 next morning. the compound was left clean and the hearts of the devotees filled with peace and love.

Amma in Tiruvananthapuram

Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala, January 16, 17 – Bharata Yatra 2011
Amma began the 2nd leg of  2011 Bharata Yatra in the Kerala State capital, Thiruvananthapuram.
Two days of programs were held in Amma’s ashram in Kaimanam.

On the first morning of the program, before Amma began her bhajans she asked everyone to pray for the souls of the deceased and their grieving loved ones they left behind in the tragedy that took place the previous night at the famous Kerala pilgrimage center of Sabarimala were more than 100 people perished in a terrible stampede.

Being the capital of Kerala, several state officials and ministers were in attendance for the program and came for Amma’s darshan.

After two days of her programs, Amma travelled with the ashram caravan of 10 buses to Tutucorin. On the way Amma stopped at the Panagudi ashram plantation. Amma sat with everyone for meditation, dinner and bhajans more than 1km off the road in the middle of the forest. Beneath an almost full moon, Amma spent more than 4 hours with the tour group enjoying the beauty and serenity of the forrest and stillness of the night.

Swami Amritaswarupanda to visit UAE

Swami Amritaswarupanda to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 17th Jan 2011.
During his one week program, he will hold, satsang, bhajan, meditation and retreat at different places.
The programs are listed below.

17th Jan 2011, 7:30pm – 10:00 pm
Satsang and Bhajans @ Astoria Hotel, Dubai

18th Jan 2011, 7:30pm – 10:00 pm
Satsang and Bhajans @ Astoria Hotel, Dubai

19th Jan 2011, 5 pm onwards
NMC Hall, Abu Dhabi

20th Jan 2011, 7:30pm – 10:00 pm
Satsang and Bhajans @ JSS Int’l School, Dubai

21st Jan.’2011, 7:30pm – 10:00 pm
Sarvaiswarya Pooja and Bhajans @ Astoria Hotel, Dubai

22nd Jan 2011, 11:00 a.m. onwards
Retreat

contact numbers are 050-6574916 [Gopi] or 050-6462266 [Jeyram]

Amma in Kodungallur

January 6-7 Kondungallor, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2011

It was Kodungalloor that Amma reached next, after the successful program at Kozhikode. Kodungalloor is the site of the first Brahmasthanams born out of Amma’s sankalpa.

The stage was filled up by many dignitaries, on the first night of the program on 6th. Notable were AICC secretary Tom Vadakkan, Thrissur Mayor IP Paul, KP Dhanapalan MP, and Viswambaran IAS the Vice Chancellor of Agricultural University.

Tom Vadakkan, sharing his views on motherhood and love, said ‘Motherhood has universality,’ and looking at Amma, he continued ‘and that motherhood is here, right in front of you.”

Vidyamritam Scholarship and working capital to Self Help groups were distributed. The dignitaries helped hand over these to the beneficiaries.

As a step towards fulfilling Amma’s wish, villagers of Kaipamangalam took mass-oath to make theirs an intoxicant-free village.

Amma in Kozhikode

3 – 4 Jan, Kozhikode, Bharata Yatra 2011
For Amma her first and major program site has always been Kozhikode. This year too Amma flagged off her yearly marathon Indian tour, by travelling to Kozhikode. It was her 18th consecutive visit to the Brahmasthanam Temple of Kozhikode.
Amma reached the ashram, to the tumultuous welcome of the devotees. They had been waiting there for hours together, to receive their beloved Amma. The traditional ‘Sinkari Melam’ was a feast not only for the ears but also for the eyes.

It was a memorable event with all the fanfare. The Collector of Kozhikode was there on the stage pledging all his support for the Amala Bharatam project and to keep the city clean. The nearby village members took a collective oath to make their village intoxicant-free.

Early morning of fifth, the hall was still full, but the darshan and the program were coming to its inevitable end. One could discern Amma’s eyes radiating joy and love. As if she was responding to the pain of separation of her children, Amma sang a joyous Bengali rendition of ‘Kotha tumi jononi” meaning ‘where are you mother?’ reminding that she is residing in our hearts.

Bharata Yatra 2011 3rd leg

Bharata Yatra 3rd leg starts from February 16, 2011 – Amritapuri to Manantavady

 

February 17  Thursday, (morn & eve) 18 Friday (morn & eve)
Manantavady Brahmasthanam
Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Amritagiri, Mananthavady, Kerala

February 20 Sunday eve, 21 Monday (morn & eve)
Mysore Brahmasthanam
Mata Amritanandamayi Math, 114, 7th Cross, Bogadi 2nd Stage, Karnataka

February 24 Thursday (morn & eve), 25 Friday (morn & eve)
Bangalore Brahmasthanam
Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Ullala Cross Road, Jnana Bharathi, 2nd stage, behind Bangalore University, Karnataka

February 27 eve Sunday, 28 Monday (morn & eve)
Hyderabad Brahmasthanam
Mata Amritanandamayi Math, 844/1 Mahindra Hills, East Marredpally – Secunderabad, Andra Pradesh

March 2 Wednesday (eve) 3 Thursday (morn & eve)
Pune Brahmastanam
Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Plot no. 2, Sector 21, Yamuna Nagar, Pradhikaran, Nigdi, Maharashtra

March 6 Sunday 7 Monday, (morn & eve)
Mumbai Brahmasthanam
Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Plot no. 5, Sector 20, Nerul West, Maharashtra

March 10 Thursday eve
Amdavad Public Program
Ahmedabad Education Society Ground, Memnagar, drive-in-road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

March 13 Sunday eve
Jaipur Public Program
Tagore International School, opposite Tagore Hospital, Mansaravor, Jaipur

March 16 Wednesday (morn & eve), 17 Thursday (morn & eve)
Delhi Brahmasthanam
Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Sector D-III, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
From Delhi Amma flies to Singapore, Mauritius, Reunion and Kenya will be back to Kochi, India for Brahmasthanam festival

 

April 9 -10 Saturday, Sunday
Ernakulam  Brahmasthanam Festival
Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Kunnumpuram, Edappally, 682026