Scriptures becomes alive in the presence of the Guru

Guru Purnima Celebrations

3 July, Chicago, Japan-America Yatra 2012
The auspicious Guru Purnima celebrations were held in Amma’s new Chicago Ashram.
The celebrations took place after a long day of darshan, with Swami Amritaswaroopananda leading the worship of the Guru’s feet.

Amma spoke to the devotees about the importance of the Guru disciple relationship. “A disciple with awareness, devotion and self surrender, will continuously receive the Guru’s message and guidance, no matter where they are.  Once we find a true Master, the scriptures are reborn. The Vedas and Upanishads are repeated. When we find such a Master our search ends there. All we need to do is to live in their presence and try to imbibe their sacrifice into our own lives.

“In reality, there is no new message to deliver about spirituality. ‘Everything is God, there is nothing else but God.’ This is the only message. This is the single message in the Upanishads, Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and Puranas. When we say that there are 108 Upanishads, we should understand that it is actually, 108 different ways of conveying the same message.

“Amma’s only desire is for Her children to be happy. Happiness is within everyone, but we are not able to experience it. This is because of our likes and dislikes. We are in the grip of our ego and because of this we hold on to our likes and dislikes. In order to break away from the ego, we need the help of a Satguru. Amma’s goal is to give her children this strength and love. If we let go of our likes and dislikes, we will become fit vessels to receive the Guru’s ever flowing grace. We can become freed from our mind and become a blessing to the entire world.

“Today, each of you should take some kind of vow. Sharing with others, taking only what we need, this is spirituality in practice. Every night we should contemplate, “What good did I do today? Did I hurt anyone? Did I get angry with anyone? How can I prevent myself from making this mistake tomorrow?” In case we have done something good, we should think, “How can I do better tomorrow? How can I speak even kinder words tomorrow? Can I help someone? Can I donate 10 minutes of my time to the poor or needy?” When we contemplate like this, our entire life becomes filled with light. When we have light within, no darkness can affect us.

“All your actions and duties should be filled with the sweetness of love. It is that sweetness that transforms ordinary action into Guru Seva, or service to the Guru. Devoid of the sweetness of love, action is mere labor. Action that is performed only for material growth is also mere labor. However, action that is performed to develop love within and attain spiritual growth is Guru Seva. Such actions are worship of the Inner Self. That, indeed, is true devotion. This is the key to open the doors to our True Self. The purpose of this human birth is to know God, or our true Self.

“Each and every living being in nature is part of the Guru’s body. Loving and serving such a Satguru is the path to reach our true Self. It is the key to open the doors to our soul. It is the way, it is the goal, it is the path. May all Amma’s children awaken and rise in this love, may we all become lamps of love shedding light to the whole world. May grace bless us all.”

After the message, prasad was given out to all devotees by Amma herself. Celebrations ended on a high note with Amma singing Bandalo and Hari Narayana for the overjoyed surprise of the devotees.

Amma, we love you always

Governor of Illinois inaugurates MA center – Chicago

30 June, Elburn, Illinois, Chicago – 2012 America Yatra

The Governor of the State of Illinois, Patrick Quinn, inaugurated M.A. Center Chicago, a new branch of the Mata Amritanandamayi Center today. The center is located on a 141-acre property in Elburn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Governor Quinn said, “I think it is so important that our state of Illinois is a home to an M.A. Center. And it is a high honor for me, as Governor to declare, this day, the opening of the M.A. Center of Chicago.”

Governor Quinn praised Amma’s worldwide humanitarian service, saying, “I wanted to be here tonight to honor one of our world’s humanitarian leaders. It is especially important that we understand that feeding the hungry and taking care of those who are poor is a mission that all of us have. A great leader of our country, Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, ‘Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.’ And I think all of us have learned, from the example and life of Amma, a life of service—a very important way of life indeed.”

Governor Quinn praised the value of Amma’s darshan, saying, “There’s a reason she is called the Hugging Saint: she knows how to reach out and hug everyday people. And I think that is so, so important.”

Governor Quinn concluded his address by presenting Amma with a plaque applauding her works as a spiritual leader and humanitarian. He then extended an open invitation to Amma to stay whenever she wanted in the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, Illinois, specifically offering Amma rest in an antique bed that belonged to former American president, and Illinois native, Abraham Lincoln.

“Amma we love you today. We will love you always. And thank you very much,” Governor Quinn said.

The inauguration took place during the first night of five days of programs conducted by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) in Elburn. Amma has been coming to the Chicago area every year since 1986.

Other dignitaries to grace the dais and address the gathering included the mayor of Elburn, David Anderson, and Kane County Board Member, Drew Frasz