Amma in Pune

4-5 January, Pune, Maharashtra – Bharata Yatra 2013

The first stop on on Amma’s 2013 Bharata Yatra tour was in Pune.  The ashram tour caravan consisting of 10 buses, several lorries carrying the sound system, kitchen, bookstore, and other support vehicles left Amritapuri early morning on January 2nd and travelled  through Kerala, Karnataka and more than 1500km later, arrived in Pune, Maharashtra early in the morning January 4th.

That evening Amma began the tour with an evening program.  Amrita University’s E-learning Platform A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World) was launched for schools in Maharashtra. Speaking on the occassion eminent computer scientist Padmashree Dr. Vijay Bhatkar said “A-VIEW is a modern tool for reaching out to the entire world. Saint Jnaneshwara (13th century Maharashtra saint and poet) said that ‘the whole world is my family’. Amma is practically putting these teachings into practice. Along with academic courses, A-VIEW can be used to spread value-based education; it can incorporate Amma’s vision for Clean India, Green India and Yoga education.”‘

While Amma gave darshan, students from Alindi presented Hari Panth singing and moving in rhythmic steps playing cymbals.  They sang Abhang, the poems of Maharashtra saint, Tukaram.

During the evening program Vidyamritam scholarships were handed out to 50 local students and the Amrita Nidhi pension scheme was extended to 50 local women.

Amma delighted the local people by leading many bhajans in Hindi and Marathi and guiding everyone through the Manasa Puja in Hindi.

Amma’s Bharata Yatra 2013

Amma will start Bharata Yatra 2013 from Amritapuri on 2nd of January.

Pune Brahmasthanam Festival
Jan 4 Fri, evening & 5  Sat (morning & evening)
Plot No. 2, Sector 21, Yamuna Nagar, Pradhikaran, Nigdi, Pune 411044 Maharashtra
Phone: 020-27662592, 27662647, 32661021,
Web:www.amma.org.in/pune {map}

Mumbai Brahmasthanam Festival
Jan 7 & 8 (Mon, Tue)
Brahmagiri, Plot No. 5, Sector 20, Nerul West, Navi
Mumbai 400706 Maharashtra,
Phone: (022) 2772 2385, Fax: (022) 2771 6055,
Web: www.amma.org.in/mumbai {map}

Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi
Jan 11 & 12 (Fri, Sat) (On the occasion of 150th birth anniversary year of the great patriot-monk and nation-builder – Swami Vivekananda) {map}

Delhi Brahmasthanam Festival
Jan 13 & 14 (Sun,  Mon)
Sector D-III, Vasanth Kunj, New Delhi 110070,
Phone:(0112) 689 3622, E-mail: delhi{at}amma.org.in
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Kolkata Brahmasthanam Festival
Jan 18 eve & 19 (Fri, Sat. Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan))
Budge Budge Road, P.O. Sarkar Pool, Kolkata 700143,
Bengal. E-Mail: kolkata{at}amma.org.in Web:www.amma.org.in/kolkata
Ph: (033)240-12777, 240-14428 {map}

Bhubaneswar, Odisha – Public Program
Jan 21 (Mon) evening
Janata maidan, Nandan Kanan Road, Bhubaneswar {map}
Contact: 0674-2460130, 9160333566

Visakhapatnam, Andra Pradesh – Public Program
Jan 23 (Wed) evening
AS Raja college grounds, MVP Colony,
Visakhapatnam {map}
Contact: phone 0891-2503545, +91-9000859575

Hyderabad Brahmasthanam Festival
Jan 26 & 27 (Sat, Sun. Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan)
844/1 East Marredpally, Mahendra Hills,Secunderabad-26, Andra Pradesh,
Phone: 040- 27732420, 27733174, +919866269109 {map}

Bangalore Brahmasthanam Festival
Jan 30 & 31  (Wed, Thu. Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan)
136, Ullal Cross Road, Jnana Bharathi, 2nd stage,
(behind Bangalore University), Opp. Nagdevanahalli (B.D.A. Lay Out), Bangalore 560 056
Phone: 080-2324 1439, 080-2324 0767, Fax: 080 28439565. {map}

Mysore Brahmasthanam Festival
Feb 2 & 3 (Sat,  Sun. Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan)
114 7th Cross, Bogadi II Stage, Mysore 560006,Karnataka
Phone: (0821) 2542 682 {map}

Mananthavadi Brahmasthanam Festival
Feb 5 Tue ( Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan)
Amritagiri, Mananthavady, Wayanad, Kerala – 670645
Phone: 04935241550 {map}

Kannur Brahmasthanam Festival
Feb 7 Thu & 8 Fri  (Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan)
Mata Amritanandamayi Math
Amritapuram, Panankavu, Pallikkunnu P.O, Kannur, Kerala 670004
Phone – +91-497-274-7399

Mangalore Brahmasthanam Festival
Feb 10 Sun & 11 Mon (Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan)
Sultan Bathery Road, Boloor, Mangalore-575003, Karnataka
Phone: (0824) 2457 056. {map}

Talassery Brahmasthanam Festival
Feb  13 Wed (Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan)
Chakiathmukku, Temple gate P.O., Thalassery 670102
Phone: 04902343567  {map}

Kozhikode Brahmasthanam Festival
Feb 15 Fri & 16 Sat (Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan)
Amritamayi Nagar, Vellimadukunnu, Kozhikode – 673 012
Phone: 0495-2371682 {map}

Kodungalloor Brahmasthanam Festival
Feb 18 Mon (Program only in the morning (Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan)
Lokamalleswaram, Kodungalloor 680 664, Kerala
Phone: 0488-2804262 {map}

 

new year eve

Take a small step, bring a small change in our Life – Amma

New Year Celebration at Amritapuri

1 Jan 2013, Amritapuri

The New Year’s Eve programs in Amritapuri began cultural performances . The first was a traditional Indian dance, followed by a woman singing a French interpretation of Amma’s Tamil bhajan ‘Anbumiku chinthaikalal maalai thoduthen’ accompanied by a guitarist. There was another traditional Indian dance after which came a breathtaking fire dance. Children of Ayudh International closed the performances with a wonderfully choreographed dance. Children of all ages danced gracefully across the stage to the tune ‘We are the World.’

A number of colorful balloons were released in the hall. Shrieks of joy could be heard as children of all ages tossed the balloons into the air.

Amma lead everyone in chanting Lokah Samastha Sukinau Bhavantu, imagining flowers of peace showering down on children playing everywhere. Firecrackers could be heard in the distance as villagers rang in the New Year.

After chanting, Amma gave her New Year message and it was translated into English.
“Every experience is like a guru; it is said that life is like a maha-guru. First, life gives us many tests. We learn many lessons from these tests. We can draw inspiration from last year’s experiences. We can learn from our mistakes, correct them and move forward.”

“Today, the only reason children study is so that they can get a good job. They have no real desire to learn and grow as human beings. Children are repeatedly told study, study, study. Along with this, they also need to be instilled with values. If values are not instilled at a young age, this world will become populated exclusively by asuras; there will be neither human beings nor devas. Children today lack the role models that the previous generation had.”

“The birth of the New Year is an occasion for us to reflect upon the passage of time. It is at this moment that we become aware of the value of time. The truth is: Death has been incessantly following us since our birth. Before Death conquers us, there are some important things we need to complete. What is the reason for this journey of life? What is our goal? Are we moving along on the right path? Or have we lost our path? It is time for us to reflect and take some firm decisions.”

“The greatest journey begins with the smallest step. Let each one of us welcome the New Year by making small changes in our life. If we are all able to do that, then will be able to usher in a new age of love, compassion and selflessness. Let us surrender our prayers to the Paramatman, and as one mind, move together towards the same goal” Amma reminded all.

Following Amma’s Message, Amma had everyone play patty-cake to ‘Bandalo Bandalo’. Dao Dao Dao came next . Surrounded by children still clutching balloons, Amma then sang one of traditional Kerala tunes. The air was filled with ecstatic joy and bliss. But in addition to Amma clapping her hands and waiving them in the air, Amma held the microphone close to her mouth, and, cupping her hands, started to beat box. The minutes stretched into eternity as everyone was dancing and clapping along. Thousands of arms raised up in the air as Amma then shouted out ‘Mata Rani Ki…..Jai’ over and over again to end the evening’s celebrations.

After Amma left the hall, Prasad was passed out.

What a wonderful way to start the New Year! May each of our coming days be filled with such bliss and joy!

-Kannadi