Amrita Santvanam: a project to train home nurses

27 Sep 2011, Amritapuri

Amrita Santvanam, a project to train 10,000 women to be home nurses where MAM will provide the six-month training through Amrita network of medical institutions. Aside from training, room-and-board as well as a stipend will be provided to each trainee.

Inaugurating the program during Amma’s 58th Birthday celebration, His Excellency K.Sankaranarayanan, the Governor of Maharashtra said “Amma has now become a mother for the world as a whole. People from various parts of the globe have come for Amma’s blessings. It is difficult to conceive of any human being who has the capacity to love millions of people, except Amma. No one in the world has launched a project like Amrita Santvanam, to create a cadre of 10,000 home nurses for providing care to the old and sick who are left alone by their children.”

One of the distressing health trends that has emerged in the country is an increase in the number of aged people who are sick and disabled, but have nobody within the family to take care of them at home. This alarming social phenomenon has prompted MAM to launch a pioneering initiative to create a cadre of 10,000 home nurses in Kerala of which 1000
persons will undergo professional training immediately.

Free Tuition Program

Amma’s 58th Birthday celebrations

27 Sep 2011, Amritapuri

Free Tuition Program was launched by MAM, to provide free online tuition to All-India college students. Through this program many students can benefit from a few good teachers. Program will be available to all college students free of cost.

This was inaugurated by Sri. Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Honorable Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences during Amma’s 58th birthday celebrations.

Sri. Vilasrao Deshmukh recalled his first meeting with Amma, in 2007 in Mumbai, when he was chief minister of Maharashtra, whereupon he sought Amma’s help with the farmer-suicide epidemic that was ravishing his state. Reflecting upon the impact of Amma’s subsequent farmer-oriented welfare programs, he said, “Amma has created new hope in the farmers.” He also acknowledged the exceptional work done by MAM following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, saying, “Amma’s house construction is much better than the construction of the government. In Andaman, the people would say, “We want houses from Amma, not from the government. Furthermore, Amma is there to look after the interests of the disadvantaged in any part of the world.” I am impressed with the sprawling network of Amrita professional institutions especially in many specialty areas, and the government would be only glad to help such institutions.”

The pilot programme will be launched first in Kerala and later will be extended to other States. Initial market survey conducted at colleges in Kerala found that students are highly interested in learning career opportunities in their respective fields and enhancing their soft skills. On that basis, to begin with, Amrita University has decided to start off free tuition program covering career awareness. Subsequently, other subjects will be added.

The online program is supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development’s (MHRD) National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) initiative.

This free tuition programme will be transmitted through Amrita University’s award winning E-Learning platform, A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World).


– Tulasi

Lack of unity, equality and deterioration in values puts the world in trouble

Amma’s 58th Birthday Celebrations

27 September 2011 – Amritapuri

Amma’s 58th Birthday Celebrations began at 5:00 a.m. with Mahaganapati Homam performed by Surya Kaladi Jayasuryan Bhattatiripad on the program grounds at Amritapuri campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. This was followed by the chanting of the Sri Lalita Sahasranama for world peace.

Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri delivered a satsang in the early morning about Amma’s life and teachings as thousands upon thousands of people poured into the special tent erected for the birthday functions.

Around 8:50 a.m., Amma started from Amritapuri Ashram to the program site, crossing the backwaters on a boat. Devotees lined the bridge connecting Alappad Panchayat and Vallikkavu as well as the roads leading to the Amrita University.

Amma was welcomed with purna kambham to the sounds of panchavadyam and a classical mohiniyattam group dance by students of Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi.
Sri Guru Padapuja was then offered by Swami Amritaswarupananda, with devotees chanting Sri Guru Stotram and the 108 Names of Amma. Garlands were then offered by all of Amma’s sannyasi disciples as well as by householder devotees and relatives.

Amma then delivered her 58th Birthday Address. She began by saying, “The world in which we live in today has become so divided and filled with conflict. Seeing my children happily sitting together here, with unity and enthusiasm, as children of one mother, touches Amma’s heart.” Amma went on to explain that the state of the world today was deeply troubling, due to lack of unity and equality and a general deterioration in values. “In fact, even when Amma is amongst you children, her heart is crying,” Amma said. “When we consider the state of the world today, is there anything about which we can rejoice?” Amma said the solution to the world’s problems began with people introspecting, realizing their shortcomings and putting sincere effort to rectify them.

Amma then guided all the devotees in meditation and manasa puja as well as lead two bhajans, “Mata Rani” and “Ananta Srusti Vahini.”

A lot of charitable programs were launched in the formal part of the birthday function. Afterwards Amma began receiving the devotees for darshan wich continued till 8.amm next day morning. Lakhs of devotees who participated in the function were all given free food.

More than 45,000 visitors from all around the globe, which includes 3 from Pakistan and 13 from China, logged into the live webcast on The approximate viewership on the web for Amma’s Padapuja function was over 200,000.

– Tulasi

Amritapuri gears up for Amma’s 58th Birthday Celebrations

24 September 2011

Divine love took a form 58 years ago. Lakhs of devotees and well wishers from all over the world will be congregating at Amritapuri on Sept 27th, to partake in the 58th Birthday Celebrations of Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.

To manage this mammoth gathering, MAM has made extensive hospitality arrangements by way of free food, stay, transport logistics , toilets etc. Arrangements are also being made for individual Darshan by Amma for the devotees who come for the celebrations.

As the ”B-Day” gets closer, the celebration mood at Amritapuri is approaching a crescendo . Anywhere you look, there is palpable excitement, joy and a mood of rejoicing.

One can witness many streaming in from all sides of the Ashram, making a beeline to the Accommodation office to get their space, talking in a multitude of languages, as they originate from different parts of the globe.
A starlit food court has come up facing the canteen, under the gaze of twinkling stars. Adjacent to the Juice Stall, a brand new Book Stall has sprung up. All the trees are decked up with necklaces of twinkling blue lights.

The Amrita University campus where the main celebrations will be held on 27th is being transformed, with a gigantic pandal coming up–its dimensions seem to be growing with every passing hour, so that it is ready to accommodate the lakhs who will assemble there. Simultaneously a mega kitchen is getting ready for round-the-clock serving of free food. The numerous classrooms in the campus will become make-shift staying places, office rooms, rehearsal venues, etc.

On 27th, Padapuja to the lotus feet of Amma will begin at 9.00 am. Amma will then address the gathering.

Amma’s 58th Birthday Celebrations heralds the launch of numerous social welfare schemes like: training program for Home Nurses; free all India tution program for college students, and Amritasree scholarship for poor students.

The ongoing projects like: Vidyamritam stipend for children of farmers families who have been victims of suicides ; Amrita Nidhi pension for widows; free marriages of impoverished couples; free clothing for the underprivileged, etc. will also be provided during the occasion.
Mr. M.P Virendra Kumar, MD, Mathrubhumi will be presented with the prestigeous Amrita Keerthi Puraskar.

MAM will be releasing numerous books in Hindi ,Marathi,Kannada,Telugu,English and Malayalam in accordance with the celebration. is also planning for a webcast of the proceedings so that devotees around the globe can watch it live.

– Tulasi

AYUDH participates in inter-religious peace prayer

12 September 2011 – Munich

AYUDH was invited by the catholic church to co-facilitate the inter-religious peace prayer. They also joined dialogue-groups to discuss ways to peace within a multicultural society. The youth read out from Amma’s teachings, sang the bhajan “Everyone in the world” and prayed “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.”


In a church centre in the Munich neighbourhood Haidhausen, about 120 representatives of various religions came together at an inter-religious youth meeting and collective prayer for peace.

Through the International Peace Meeting, the hosts, the congregation Sant´Egidio and the archdiocese of Munich and Freising discussed topics about living together with different religions and cultures.


Before the communal peace prayer, the individual religions prayed in accordance to their respective traditions, lit a peace candle together and placed flowers in a vase to create a colorful bouquet. Afterwards, the participants met for a dialogue where representatives of the different religions shared their own views and perspectives on ways of being in the world in respect to peace.

“In everyday religion, normally we don’t meet like this, rather everyone prays in their own way. This meeting offered the opportunity to get a taste of the different traditions, to discover what they have in common, and to remove prejudices. The building blocks of religion should be used to build bridges rather than walls” commented a participant, Nath Hirsch from AYUDH

– Das

One Million to Japan tsunami children’s education fund

16 September 2011, Sendai, Japan

Embracing the World (ETW), the international organization of Mata Amritanandamayi Math, formally presented its donation of US $1,000,000 to Yoshihiro Murai, the Governor of Miyagi, Japan. This money will be used for Miagi children’s education fund. The donation is part of Ashram’s Japan Tsunami relief and rehabilitation work. Amma had announced this amount during her visit to Japan in the month of July {news}.

ETW was represented by its Indian General Secretary, Swami Purnamritananda, as well as the Country Director of ETW Japan, Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya handed over the money to the Governor.

Mentioning the potential for various relief measures, ETW’s representatives expressed their ongoing commitment to the reconstruction work in the region. Governor Murai responded by saying, “We are deeply grateful for your support… Embracing the World is a world-renowned NGO. Thus I hope that you will use your international network to keep people all over the world informed of the disaster conditions here, so they will remember in the future.”

Also in attendance was Indian Embassy Tokyo’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Sanjay Panda along with the other ETW volunteers.

Just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in March, ETW dispatched a team of volunteers to Miyagi to determine the scope of the disaster and distribute relief supplies. Food and relief supplies were distributed at Kotodai Park. The volunteers have continued to return to the area to provide aid and help with the relief work in Ishinomaki and Kesennuma.

Since 1990, Amma has been coming to Japan every year to conduct programs in cities such as Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, and Sapporo. Swami Purnamritananda has been visiting Sendai for the last ten years, offering bhajan and spiritual talks.

– Kalidas

Balancing Life in Hong Kong

September 8th – 11th 2011, Hong Kong

Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri conducted three days of programs in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s sole Hindu Temple is located in the Happy Valley. The temple had a crowd of more than 200 to attend Swami Ramakrishnananda’s talk. After the talk, Swamiji began leading bhajans, with songs such as Dayakaro Tum, Git Nahi etc. One elderly gentlemen who was playing cymbals, came to Swamiji afterwards apologizing to him as had had been overcome by a feeling of the divine presence and was not able to continue playing the cymbals during the bhajans.

Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya led an IAM meditation retreat for students who were natives of Hong Kong, Taiwan or Mainland China in a beautiful complex in Hong Kong. People of all walks of life attended retreat.

Later, several hundred attendees participated in Swami Ramakrishnananda’s satsangs, IAM Meditation techniques by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya, and two presentations made at the Cathay Pacific corporate headquarters. Swami Ramakrishnananda gave talks about Wisdom and Balance in Daily Life. Following his talk, Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya gave a short demonstration of the IAM Technique. His presentation included a detailed comparison of IAM’s benefits to the ones described by ancient Chinese scriptures.


To win the competition of Life remain within the boundaries of Dharma

Onam celebration with Amma in Amritapuri

Friday, 9 September 2011, Amritapuri

As always the Onam festivities began early in the morning in Amritapuri. The Pookkalam, Nirapara, Nila Vilakku, as well as hanging cluster bunches of bananas decorated the verandah in front of Amma’s room. At 9:30 am Amma was led into the large hall by Panchavadyam musicians from her orphanage in Paripally. Amma gave her Onam message to the packed hall of devotees who had come from all over India and the world to celebrate the occasion.

In her Onam message Amma said “Just as sweetness cannot be separated from honey, just as the beauty cannot be separated from the rainbow, Onam cannot be separated from a Malayali’s heart.

What is the message of Onam? This is an occasion to think about that as well. Are we getting closer to the values and principles for which Onam stands? Or is it that, with every Onam, we are drifting further and further away from them? Each one of us should introspect and ask ourselves these questions.

Onam is not merely nostalgia for a prosperous era. Onam’s message is that of ‘Nara’ rising to become ‘Narayana’—of human beings rising up to become one with God. Onam is a declaration of the truth that one who surrenders everything attains everything. In Onam, we find the message of sacrifice. We find the message of rising from selfishness to selflessness. We find the message of rising from ego to humility. Onam is a call to bring back the times when truth, dharma, love, equality, charity and compassion prevailed.

During Onam there are many pookkalam competitions. Each team will make a decoration using flowers of different colors. Each color represents a different goal in life—gaining wealth, enjoying pleasure, etc. But in order for the design to be beautiful and win the competition, the flowers must be kept within the boundaries of the circle. The boundary represents dharma. In order to win the competition of life, all of our goals and pleasures need to remain within the boundarites of dharma. Then life will be beautiful and full of happiness” Amma reminded everyone.

Then Amma led everyone in the hall to a very lively rendition of Bara Gopala Bala. After that, Amma stood up from her peetham and asked everyone else to stand as well and forget themselves in the moment. Then Amma led everyone in singing and dancing to ‘Radhe Govinda Gopi Gopala’.

Amma gave darshan while pot after pot of rice, sambar, avil curry, papadam, and payasam was positioned near the stage. Once all was in place, Amma began to distribute the traditional Ona-Sadhya to one and all. Amma personally served each and every one of the many thousands of people who had … even the biggest ashram resident at the end; once Amma had served all the visitors and residents she came down from the stage and playfully served Lakshmi the ashram elephant her share of Ona-Sadhya.

After the evening bhajans, all gathered again in the hall to enjoy various cultural performances that had been prepared for the occasion. Amma and all the devotees took in the variety of dances, dramas and musical performances, performed by the university students and ashram residents alike. Adding flavour to the celebration, there was a tug-of-war – first between Lakshmi and the ashram residents, then between the boys and girls. Even though the game tug-of-war is a traditional part of the Onam festivities, it was the first time that this was introduced at the ashram.

Just after midnight, once the performances and games had come to an end, Amma sang a joyous rendition of ‘Bandhalo’. As a final touch, Amma surprised everyone by distributing ice cream to everyone in the hall. It was a fitting end to the occasion—symbolic of the sweetness pervading the entire day and the Onam festival as a whole, and a reminder that it is the universal values we all share that lend sweetness and beauty to life.

– Kannadi

Amma playing with Lakshmi

The elephant Lakshmi was waiting by Amma’s house after bhajans to be fed and played with by Amma. When Amma was about to come around the corner Lakshmi felt it and began trumpeting in excitement.
In the meantime a lot of ashram residents & visitors where gathered as well to enjoy the rare occasion and secretly hoping of getting sprayed with water by Lakshmi at the end.

Amma fed Lakshmi balls of rice & bananas. Lakshmi was thoroughly enjoying it! Once in a while Amma teased Lakshmi by rubbing jaggery rice ball on Lakshmi’s tongue and pulling away and hiding it behind her back. Lakshmi would try to find it, with a smile on her face each time.

It was a great scene to watch! Sometimes Lakshmi would make some sounds as she was enjoying the sacred prasad given by Amma. When she was done eating there were a few pieces of food laying on the floor that Lakshmi spilled. Amma made her eat it, up to the last crumb. Amma is even teaching the elephants not to waste food.

After Lakshmi ate, a pot of water was brought in and she was drinking it happily. Out of the previous experiences of the Ashram residents they knew that Lakshmi would spray the people with water… Every time she lowered her trunk in the pot with water you could hear them oooohhhhh… and Lakshmi would drink it.. The tension was slowly building till she finally decided to bless everyone with water! Many people got wet but they loved every drop of it.

Lakshmi was really enjoying the whole thing. The whole time she had a huge smile on her face and was even playing with Amma by moving her trunk filled with water to Amma for a moment, but Amma told her not to spray Her but the other people.

When Amma was about to walk to her room Lakshmi prostrated to Amma.

Another glorious moment with Amma that will surely stay locked in the hearts of all people present.

– Kannadi

Amma’s Europe Yatra 2011

Amma to visit 10 European cities from Oct 7th. She will conduct Bhajans, Meditation, Satsang and Darshan starting in Milano, Italy. 


Milano, Italy

October 07-09
first morning 11am – only one program
Hall : Palasesto, Sesto S. Giovanni, Milano
Web :


Winterthur, Switzerland

October 11-13
first morning 11am – only one program
Hall: Eulach Halle, Winterthur, Wartstr. 73
Email :


Helsinki, Finland

October 15-16
first morning starting 10 am – two programs
Hall: Energia Areena, Vantaa, Rajatorpantie 23, 01600 Vantaa


Houten, Holland

October 18-20
first morning 11am – only one program
Hall : Expo Houten, Meidoornkade 24, 3992 AE Houten


Paris, France

October 23-25
first morning starting 10 am – two programs
Hall : Hall Saint-Martin Parc des expositions de Cergy- Pontoise, Chaussée Jules César, 95300 Pontoise. 30 min (35 km) depuis Paris
Web (hall) :
Email :


 Munich, Germany

October 27-29
first morning 11am – only one program
Hall : Zenith Halle, Lilienthalallee 29, 80939 München
Web :,


Toulon, France

October 31- November 02
first morning 11am – only one program
Hall : Salle Zenith Omega Boulevard Commandant Nicolas, 83000 Toulon
Email :


Barcelona, Spain

November 05-07
first morning starting 10 am – two programs
Hall : Palau d’Esport Carrer dels Voluntaris ‘92, 2 E-08401 Granollers (Barcelona)
Web :


Mannheim, Germany

November 10-12
first morning starting 10 am – two programs
Hall : Maimarkt Halle, Mannheim.
Web :


London, UK

November 15-17
first morning starting 10 am – two programs
Hall : Alexandra Palace Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London N22 7AY


Beautiful Moments of Europe Yatra 2011