If one women can create such and incredible enterprise…

9-16 April 2012, Nairobi, Kenya
Brahmachari Shubamrita visited Kenya and held public programme at Oshwal Community Center, Nairobi. He gave a talk entitled “Happines is a Decision” , Bhajans and a guided meditation which was well attended by members of the African, Asian and International communities.

The guest of honor, H.E. Konrad Paulsen, ambassador of Chile to Kenya, addressed the gathering, saying: “Seeing Amma’s vast range of charitable projects one should ask oneself – if one woman can create such an incredible enterprise and serve people in need, how much more could our governments do. I was in Puerto Rico at the time when the Hurricane Katrina struck and here is an organization from India that gives one million dollars to the richest country in the world to help in the disaster relief – I found that really incredible.” {news}



During his stay Br. Shubamrita also gave motivational talks to the employees of Techno Steel Industries and Alpharama, held meditation sessions and attended a fundraiser golf-tournament at Sigona Golf Club, Nairobi.

Br. Shubamrita also launched a new vocational training programme {news} and spent time with the children at Amrita Watoto Boma {news}.

– Das



In me lies a piece of gold

12 April 2012, Kenya
A new vocational training program for disadvantaged youth was launched at Amrita Watoto Boma, care home in Athi River, Nairobi. For a period of three months, 90 youth will receive training in IT, electrical engineering, hospitality and garment making. The initiative is a joint venture between CAPs-Youth Empowerment Institute and MAM Charitable Trust Kenya.



During the launching ceremony, Viktor Mwendwa, 22, one of the new electrical students, said: “I believe that in me lies a piece of gold – if I explore myself and accept what I get through this vocational training course I will become the best I can be. You can never make it in life if you have a low self-esteem. But if you look at yourself as a winner, if you believe in yourself, you can make it in life. All of my fellow students should have the same spirit – it is such a privilege to be trainees here in Athi River. This is a second chance that we get to prove ourselves. I would like to tell the representatives from the industries around here that we are going to make a difference in this nation. I don’t know how many “Thank You’s” I can say, how I can pass on this gratitude to you. This is the best that we can get.”

– Das

A visit to Watoto Boma

During his visit to Kenya, Br. Shubamrita visited Amrita Watoto Boma, care home for children near Athi River. After playing, singing and telling stories to Swami, all of the children got a chance to show off their skills in Math and English language and the students who ranked top of their class were rewarded by Shubamrita.


Since it’s inauguration during Amma’s visit in April 2011 {news} the Children’s Care Home has become a vibrant place for education and sustainable development. With the goal of providing nutritious, organic food to the children at the Home as well as the surrounding communities, members of the AYUDH youth group have created a permaculture vegetable garden that produces all the vegetables for the Home. A biogas system has been put into place to supply cooking gas for the kitchen and their new cow, Radha, gives nutritious milk to the children and provides most of the manure for the bio-gas system.

The children repeatedly expressed their gratitude to Amma for being taken care of in such a loving and caring environment. They handed over gifts to Br. Shubamrita to be given to Amma and asked him many questions – the most urgent one being when they could all fly to India and meet her there.

– Das

Amma in Queensland

21-24 April 2012, Queensland – Australia Yatra 2012

To wrap up her Australian tour, Amma travelled north to the state of Queensland and held a one day program in Brisbane followed by a 3 day retreat in the Gold Coast. In the Brisbane program Amma was officially welcomed by Mrs Archana Singh the Honorary Consul of India and by Mr Umesh Chandra the President of the Queensland Multicultural Council.

After the program in Brisbane Amma travelled the short distance down the coast to Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast. The 3 day retreat was held just in front of the Pacific Ocean. All those who attended the retreat enjoyed several memorable experiences with Amma, including a question and answer session, Prasad dinner served by Amma, daily Bhajans and Satsang as well as getting to dance with Amma, not just once but twice.

– Kannadi

Rebecca Horn dedicates Jungle Light to Amma

Renowned German Artist Rebecca Horn dedicates key installation ‘Jungle Light’ to Amma, at her solo exhibition at the New Delhi National Gallery of Modern Art.

‘Jungle of Light’ is constructed out of traditional Indian materials like bamboo, sari-fabric and clay. It includes a forest and spinning mirrors, which create arcs of light that build a bridge connecting past, present and future. “The reflections of the mirrors are like symbols of our souls. We catch glimpses of our soul but we can never perceive the total picture because it is beyond our understanding,” explains Rebecca Horn.

Culture Minister Kumari Selja opened Rebecca Horn’s exhibition last week. She commended the exhibition, proclaiming it as another landmark in the special relationship between India and Germany. The exhibition is part of the “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” initiative and is a joint effort of the Ministry of Culture, the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, the Goethe-Institute and the gallery.

Rebecca Horn is regarded as one of the most versatile and creative artists in the whole of Europe. The high point of her career so far has been the 1994 retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum of New York, which was then exhibited at the New National Gallery in Berlin, the TATE Gallery in London and the Kunsthalle in Vienna.

Last year the artist met Amma at M.A. Center, Germany. “Amma is like a Sun,” Rebecca Horn remarked spontaneously when she first saw her.  “Meeting her was very intense, she hugged me again and again and I was very moved.”

After the meeting, Rebecca Horn was so inspired by Amma that she wanted to create a special piece for display in India and dedicate it to Amma. The installation “Jungle of Light” is the central piece of the exhibition and is based on the artist’s experience of meeting Amma.  The artist has also written a poem “Jungle of Light” further describing her experience.

The exhibition was opened last week and runs until May 20th. “Jungle of Light” will be displayed along with previous installations and films and videos for which Rebecca Horn is also famous for at National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, India Gate, New Delhi.


Touching all those who pause to listen

18-19 April 2012, Sydney, Australia

Amma held two days of programs in the heart of Australia’s biggest city.  Despite the persistent heavy rains during the two days in Sydney, large crowds still turned out and filled the hall to capacity at the Sydney Boys High School.

To kick off the first morning program Amma was officially welcomed to Sydney by the Governor of New South Wales Marie Roslyn Bashir AC.  On the occasion the Governor remarked, “Sri Mata Amma I would like to welcome you most warmly to Sydney, on behalf of all these splendid people gathered here today, and the wider community. In your journey across the earth bringing messages of peace, understanding, acceptance and greater tolerance amongst all people of this earth. We need people who are courageous enough to take those messages to everyone, because sadly too much conflict still exists across the world in many countries and even in good countries in certain homes. So thank you for you message of peace which I am sure will touch all those who pause to listen to you…”

After the programs in Sydney Amma travelled almost 1000 km by road further up the coast to Brisbane for the next program.  Along the way Amma stopped and spent the afternoon with the tour group at the beach.

– Kannadi

Amma in Melbourne

12-16 April 2012, Sandown Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia

After one week of programs in Singapore and Malaysia, Amma travelled to Australia to begin her tour ‘Down Under’ in Melbourne. Amma held 5 days of programs at the Sandown Racecourse, which included a 3 day retreat. Amma was officially welcomed to Australia by State Council Member Mr Ashton Ashok Kumar and Consul General of India Dr S.K. Behera.


During the programs the devotees were treated to one memorable moment after another, including a question and answer session with Amma, a prasad dinner served by Amma and Amma dancing with everyone at the end of one of the morning programs. After the final program Amma traveled on to Sydney to continue the tour.

Amma’s Japan – America Yatra 2012

Amma to visit Japan and America from 24 May – 23 July


May 24-25  Osaka, Japan
Sky Building Umeda Stella Hall
Oyodonaka 1-1, Kita-ku, Osaka

May 27 -29  Tokyo, Japan
Shinagawa ballroom Garden City
3-13-3 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
click here for more details


May 31 – Jun 3 Seattle
May 31 Public Program
June 1-3 Pacific North West Retreat
Venue: Hyatt Regency Bellevue.
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Jun 6- 13 San Ramon, CA
Jun 6-9  San Ramon Public Programs
Jun 11-13 Northern California Retreat
Venue: 10200 Crow Canyon Road  Castro Valley, CA 94552

Jun 15- 19 Los Angeles
Jun 15 – 16 Public Programs, Los Angeles
Jun 17 – 19  Southern California Retreat
Venue: Hilton LAX
5711 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Jun 22 – 25 Albuquerque
Jun 22 Public program, Albuquerque
Jun 23 – 25 Southwest Retreat
Venue: Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Road Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Jun 27 – 28 Dallas
Public programs
Venue: Embassy Suites
7600 John Q. Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034

Jun 30 –  Jul 04 Chicago
Public programs
Venue: MA Center Chicago
41w751 Keslinger Road
Elburn, IL 60119

Jul 6 – 7 Washington DC
Public programs
Venue: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22311

Jul 9 – 11 New York
Public programs
Venue: Jacob Javits North Hall
11th Avenue and 40th Street (entrance on 40th Street)
New York, NY 10001

Jul 14 – 17 Boston
Jul 14 Public program, Boston
Jul 15-17 New England Retreat
Venue: Royal Plaza Trade Center
181 Boston Post Rd W
West Marlborough, MA 01752


Jul 19 – 22 Toronto
Jul 19 Public program
Jul 20 – 22: Canadian Retreat

Doubletree Hotel
655 Dixon Road
Toronto  Ontario  M9W1J3. Canada

Amma, Preacher and Practitioner of Love

9 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2012 marks 10 years since Amma’s first visit to Malaysia.  The one common factor in all of Amma’s visits to Malaysia is that there are always big crowds.  This year was no different.  First with the incredibly large program in Penang and again tonight where people came out in droves to the Putrajaya International Conference Center in Kuala Lumpur.

Traditional Lion Dancers performed as Amma entered the venue and a drumming troupe led Amma to the stage.  On the stage Amma was officially welcomed to Kuala Lumpur by Senator Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and by Dato Devamany, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.  In his welcome address Senator Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said,  “I am very glad and grateful to be able to join you this evening, and to witness for myself the love and compassion of Her Holiness Amma. No matter how much formal education we get, which will enable us to gain knowledge and information, we need spiritual guidance to make our life meaningful. The seemingly simple hug by Amma, enables us to embrace compassion and love and more importantly the spirituality. So we are fortunate to have, in this world, for this present moment, and for the past decade the guidance as well as the inspiration by Amma, as an international messenger, preacher and practitioner of love. Amma, on behalf of all the people of Malaysia and especially the people of Putra Jaya the seat of government, I would like to extend a very warm ‘SELAMAT DATANG’ Welcome to Malaysia!”

During the program Senator Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon helped Amma to distribute new wheelchairs on behalf of the Amriteswari Foundation of Malaysia to representatives from several local care homes.  Then Amma and Dato Devamany distributed care packages consisting of school uniforms, backpacks, shoes, and other school supplies, to local underprivileged children.

Amma then gave her satsang which was translated into English and Tamil followed by bhajans.  She then led the manasa puja in Tamil.

The darshan finally ended at 11.15 the next day, after being in the stage for more than 18 hours straight.

The next program is in Melbourne, Australia on April, 12th.

You have given hope to mankind

7 April 2012, Penang, Malaysia

While Amma has been visiting Malaysia since 2002, until now her only stop had been in Kuala Lumpur.  For the first time Amma traveled to the north of the country and held a program in Penang.

Huge crowds began forming in the early in the day for the evening program.  By the time Amma arrived on the stage at 7pm the cavernous Penang International Sports Arena was completely filled with people waiting for their first glimpse of Amma.

Amma arrived to the hall and walked the stage accompanied by several different local musicians, including traditional Chinese and Indian drummers, reflecting the diverse cultural heritage of Penang.

Upon reaching the stage Amma was officially welcomed by the Chief Minister of Penang, Mr Lim Guan Eng.

Mr Eng said…..  “Penang is finally blessed. We are again honoured by the presence of one, who not only practices these beliefs but gives all. In her presence hope that we too can achieve all that. Your dedication and charitable works are known far and wide, I am sure it has given hope to mankind. Penang welcomes you with open heart just as you embrace us with open arms, I thank you again for your presence and hope you will return again soon to Penang.”

The CM then assisted Amma in handing out scholarships to local children on behalf of the Amriteswari Foundation of Malaysia and releasing the official program souvenir.

After satsang and bhajans, Amma led the manasa puja in Tamil to the delight of the predominantly Tamil speaking local crowd.

Amma finally ended the program at 2pm the following day on Sunday April 8 after being on stage for more than 19 hours continuously.

She then immediately traveled south the capital of Kuala Lumpur where the next program will be held tomorrow.