Amma integrates her spiritual message and her love with real action

21-23 Oct, London – Europe Yatra 2013

Amma was accorded a grand traditional welcome on Her arrival in the famous Alexandra Palace. People from all over the United Kingdom had gathered to welcome Amma for the twenty-sixth time.



Lord Andrew Stone, Baron Stone of Blackheath, and member of the House of Lords, welcomed Amma to the UK and said in his address, “It is a great honour to be here welcoming Amma to London – she is one of the world’s most loved and well-respected humanitarian leaders, whose spirituality emanates through her heart. I am struck by how Amma integrates her spiritual message and her love with real action on the ground. She is truly a living example of unconditional love, and proof of its power when channelled to serve those in need.”

Others who welcomed Amma were the famous screenwriter of the Bafta Award winning documentary, “Senna”, Mr. Manish Pandey, and Ms. Taylor Thompson, philanthropist and member of the Thompson Reuters Board. Mr. Pandey performed the European release of the book “The Colour of the Rainbow”, authored by Swami Amritaswarupananda, and Lord Stone received the first copy. The book focuses on the compassionate approach to leadership, as exemplified in Amma’s teachings.

Amma’s visit to London was also covered by the One Show, a daily television programme broadcast on the BBC, attracting on average an audience of 5 million viewers. After the interview, “Pudsey Bear”, the mascot of BBC’s ‘Children in Need’ charity, came for Amma’s hug, to a thundering applause from the audience.

Amma’s darshans went on for long hours throughout the three-day programme, as people kept streaming into the venue all the time. The cultural programs of music and dance were a beautiful blend of East and West. As Amma got up after each darshan, it was such a joy to see the devotees gather all the way along the long corridor to the exit, and Amma playfully interacting with all of them.

One of the days, as Amma walked out the hall, a devotee said to her, “Amma, sleep well.” Amma patted her cheek and said, “Amma will sleep when her children have awakened.” Let us reflect on the profound meaning of Amma’s words, and on the blessing of being able to live in the same time as her, in her living presence…

– Shubam


Serving my children is my vacation

Oct 17-19 – Paris, France — Europe Yatra 2013

Paris has always been one of the most crowded of Amma’s programs in Europe and keeps growing with every year. The venue ‘Hall Saint-Martin’ at Cergy Pontoise remained full throughout the three days this year as well; Parisians were ready to wait for hours and hours for their turn to meet Amma.


On the evening of the second day, Amma was awarded the ‘Chromy Award 2013’ by Anna Chromy, famous painter and sculptor, to the thundering applause of the huge audience. The award was in honor of Amma’s worldwide humanitarian work and for being such an inspiring force of love and selfless service in the world. Ms. Chromy said in her award giving speech: “This award is a symbol of consciousness, harmony and love. We see all this in Amma, who shares it with others as well. I’m very happy and touched to give this award to Amma tonight. It is so impressive that Amma not only talks but also translates her message into action. So many people have been inspired by Her. In this way, many small streams create a powerful river, which helps to change the world for the better. In India alone, Amma is helping millions upon millions of people through Her organization ‘Embracing the World’.”

Previous laureates of this award include: Prince Albert of Monaco, Philippe Pozzo de Borgo, Alain Bougrain Dubourg, and Tony Juniper.


Amma’s rendition of ‘Nirmala Snehame’ (one of Amma’s Malayalam bhajans) in French brought tears into the eyes of many in the crowd. Amma said in one of Her talks, “There are many types of powers in this world—intellectual power, military power, financial power, political power and power of written word… But the greatest power in the entire universe is the power of love.” This was so visible during Amma’s Paris program. One could see Amma’s love filling all hearts. One could also see the love in the hearts of hundreds of volunteers who were ready to serve without thinking of their own comforts or rest, simply desiring to be in the service of Love.

Having started on Saturday evening, the last day’s darshan continued until 11.45am the next day. As Amma walked towards the camper to drive to the next destination, hundreds of devotees stood on both sides, full of yearning for one last glance from Amma. The next stop is London and the tour continues without a break. If there is a word missing from Amma’s dictionary — it is the word ‘rest’. Amma put it beautifully when she was asked as if she would not have a vacation after a program like Paris. Her answer was, “Serving my children is my vacation.”

– Shubam

Amma in Munich

Oct 12-15 – Munich, Germany — Europe Yatra 2013

Zenith Halle, the venue of Amma’s program in Munich, was brimming with joy as Amma entered the hall for darshan on the first morning. As she walked to the stage through arches made of leaves held by devotees dressed in traditional Bavarian attire, the choir sang Happy Birthday, commemorating Amma’s 60th Birthday. The whole crowd sang along.


Amma started Her talk on the first day saying, “When Amma sees all her children sitting together, it feels as though Amma is standing in a large garden, where flowers of different colors and fragrances together spread a unique perfume.” It was so true as the four-day program in the Bavarian capital was truly a confluence of devotees from not only Germany but also Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. As Amma gave her talks, the screens showed the simultaneous translations in different languages for the benefit of these devotees. Most of them extended their heartfelt invitation to Amma to visit their country.



The second day program also coincided with Vijayadasami, the day when Navaratri (the nine day worship of the Divine Mother) concludes with the Saraswathi puja (worship to the Goddess of Knowledge) when children are initiated into letters (Vidyarambham). For those who have already begun to acquire knowledge, it is a reminder that only one who can maintain the attitude of a beginner will be able to learn. The devotees were overjoyed as Amma led the initiation into letters on the morning of the second day, with the chanting of “Om Hari Sri Ganapataye Namah” and the Sarasawati mantra.

Like every year, the Munich program was studded with vocal and instrumental performances of Western classical music by eminent artists. The local satsang groups from the different countries also performed for Amma. On the final day, as Amma got up after darshan in the early morning hours, the hall was still full of people. They joined in the shout that was led by Amma, “Mata Rani Ki Jai” with their hearts filled with gratitude.


May you continue to transform more and more people

08-10 Oct, Winterthur, Switzerland – 2013 Europe Yatra

Amma was accorded a warm welcome by her Swiss children on arriving from Helsinki at the Zurich airport. The venue of the program was the same as the last few years at the Eulach Halle in Winterthur. As Amma arrived at the hall, she was given a traditional welcome by the devotees playing a Swiss Alphorn and bells.


During the first evening program Anita Buri, a famous TV personality and former Miss Switzerland officially welcomed Amma to Switzerland. She said, “Amma – all of us thank you for being here. You are able to inspire so many people around the world through your embrace, life and teachings. I sincerely hope that you continue to transform more and more people who will in turn spread your message of love and compassion to others.”


There were some exquisite cultural programs that were held each day, which were thoroughly enjoyed by one and all. Apart from the Western classical music performances by distinguished artists, there was a dance presented by Amma’s children belonging to three generations, offered as a token of gratitude to Amma for having come into their lives. This dance was also offered as their gift to Amma on the occasion of Her 60th Birthday, which was just 10 days before. Another highlight was the Swiss folk songs presented by children again from different age groups, which gave a glimpse of the life in the beautiful Alps and talked about peace, love, and humane virtues.


The Swiss precision and efficiency was seen so clearly in the whole organization of the program. One could see Amma’s teachings clearly reflected in the actions of all the volunteers, “The beauty and charm of selfless love and service should not die away from the face of this earth. The world should know that a life of dedication is possible, that a life inspired by love and service to humanity is possible.”

The next stop is Munich. Prem kin nadiya bahti jaye…..the river of love continues to flow.



Bari Barsi Khatan Gaya Si… Bhangra in Amritapuri

28 Sep 2013, Amritapuri – Amritavarsham60 Celebrations

Amritapuri is where there are absolutely no differences of any kind – North co-exists with South, the East embraces the West and above all, Amma showers her compassionate hugs equally on one and all!

Amritavarsham 60 (7:10 am 28th Sept morning) stood witness to this unity in diversity through the display of the famous Punjabi (North Indian) dance form – Bhangra – in this southernmost state of India. Bhangra is a lively dance from Punjab that looks a little like the folk dances found in Europe and is characterized by light steps and dance patterns.


Team Mauj Punjabi (“Joy of Punjab”), led by Harpreet Singh, took the stage after a whole night of outstanding performances. Harpreet and his team of energetic artists still managed to infuse a new lease of life energy into the audience! The troupe lit the stage with their bright traditional attire – Sardars in yellow kurta & red pagdi’s (turban – the pride of Punjab!) with the “feather in their cap” – the yellow turla.

It was a literal wake-up call ….the drum beats ….the well-timed hoots & the cheer ….then, Harpreet poured out his heart “jisne jagat banaya” (“Who created this world”) …. “sauna sansar rachaya”(“created this beautiful world”) … Amma turns & looks on at this 6 footer devotee eulogizing his Mother!

The tired feet slowly start to tap, naturally & effortlessly…. the audience was in complete tune with the hurrahs and the drum beats by now…. 7 hefty Sardars on stage in Amritapuri!
Then, 7 Sardarnis, clad in salwar kameez (traditional Punjabi dress) & chunnis (colorful pieces of cloth wrapped around the neck) too joined the men and it looked like we are in a village in Punjab.


At one point of time, the beautiful, rhythmic steps seemed to be in sync with the darshan hugs….as the camera brought both Amma and the dancers on screen at the same time. Engaging music, feet tapping lively dance, colorful costumes and, above all, consciousness thriving at its best in these bodies… What a treat for Amma’s children!

Towards the conclusion, the group shot their hands in the air in the typical Punjabi style, which reminded the devotees of the “mata rani ki jai” clarion call that Amma gives at the end of bhajans! Harpreet dedicated the usual “bari barsi khatan gaya si” bhangra call (“I was away (working) for a dozen years (& now back home)”) to Amma with this addition: “jad Amma aange…” (“When Amma comes, all troubles go away”).

The finishing line was a request from Harpreet giving “badhai” (congratulations) to Amma on “Ammaji ka birthday” (her birthday) and called out to the audience to join him in singing “mata rani ne thi kripa barsaai….meri har ghal puri undi aai” … and, yes, to this joyous dancing in bliss, Amma’s children joined in full swing.


Unlike the other performances, the story didn’t end here! The Punjabi spirit came out in full expression as, when Brahmachari Akshayamritaji presented the memento, Harpreet & team once again started the drum beats and made Swamiji dance! It was a pleasant surprise for the devotees to see the swami soon lifted up on two Sardars’ shoulders and the rest dancing around them. The joy inside Swamiji’s heart got outward expression as he danced along with them, bathing in the sweetness of their love!

Where else can all this happen but in Amritapuri, in our beloved Amma’s presence?!

– Varsha


Amma, your legacy is for a lifetime: Shashi Tharoor

27 Sep 2013, Amritapuri – Amritavarsham60 Celebrations

Shashi Tharoor, the Hon. Minister of HRD, Government of India, gave an inspiring speech about Amma, her life spent in the service of humanity, and the wonderful occasion that her 60th Birthday brings. He was launching the Amrita RITE-Rural India Tablet Education for After-school Tutoring and Adult Literacy to be used in 101 adopted villages,on the occasion of Amma’s 60th birthday at Amritapuri on September 27.

Amrita CREATE has been at the forefront of the MAM’s initiatives in creating user-friendly technology to foster basic education and literacy. Today, Amrita CREATE officially launched a unique tablet-based learning program called Amrita RITE (Amrita Rural India Tablet Education), offered to the world. Amrita RITE will be an integral part after school tutoring programmes and adult-literacy programmes in the 101 villages it is adopting its just launched Amrita Self-Reliant Village Programme.


“We give gifts to a person on her Birthday. But today, Mataji, as she has done for 60 years, is giving us a gift. Amma’s birthday means that She is giving us all a gift, not taking anything. Her lesson has been a lesson of giving, and today also, as she has done for 60 years, she is giving to all of us. We have seen so many programmes here: Disaster relief for Uttarakhand, Medical aid for small children, help for the homeless, school learning, electronic tablets, book releases.”

He felt that the contributions made by Amma to society were not just about simple needs and wants. “For betterment of society, people approach elected officials to do this or the other, all for social development. But, everyone comes to Amma for one thing, something you cannot get from these officials – Peace of mind and Love. Through her darshan, mall their sorrows vanish.”


“Throughout Kerala’s history, many spiritual leaders have walked this land – Jagad Guru Adi Sankara, who began the spiritual rediscovery of Hinduism. Today, we can add Amma, to that illustrious list. However, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is unique. Adi Sankara was a spiritual leader. Sree Narayana Guru and Chattambi Swamikal were not only spiritual leaders, but were also social reformers. But in terms of social reforms, only one among these four individuals stand out—and that is Amma. We are celebrating our Amma who stands for public service, service of humanity – that is her specialty!

I remember another great soul –not a Malayali—Swami Vivekananda. He walked this land, 120 years ago, through Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram, finally reaching Kanyakumari, where He meditated, and emboldened his resolve. But, when He did so, He always reiterated—why can’t sanyasis go from village to village, helping people to become better, to become literate – not just spiritually, but through all these social projects that we have seen examples of today.

Even in my own field of education, we have seen such wonderful contributions from Amrita University and the Amrita Research Establishment. A-VIEW has become a major project, which we have taken on here at the Ministry of Human Resource Development, and which we appreciate, as a tool to connect the Universities and enhance E learning.


He concluded by stressing the long lasting impact of Amma’s love and service, and what really needs to be cherished on such a landmark occasion.
“Amma, your legacy is for a lifetime. We celebrate a day today, Her Birthday. We also have to celebrate Her Life, Her future and the gifts She has given to all of us for years to come.”


Not easy for a State Government to distribute so much as Amma does

27 Sep 2013, Amritapuri – Amritavarsham60 Celebrations
Maharashtra Governor, His Excellency K Shankara Narayanan, delivered a wonderful speech detailing the uniqueness of Amma, and her contributions to the world. “Beloved Amma, who loves this vast world, transcending caste and religion. We are all born in this world; because of we have our mothers. But, the people of this whole world, only have One Mother—Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. Our Amma.”


Talking about the magnitude of humanitarian activities taken up by Amma, he said: “as I sat here, I was trying to calculate all those activities, all those deeds that Amma has done for the betterment of this world.
For those suffering from ailments, poverty, homelessness, illiteracy – she has distributed more than 1000 crores of rupees! I was the finance minster in this state. It is not easy for a State Government to distribute so much money.”

She has distributed more than 1000 crores of rupees! I was the finance minster in this state. It is not easy for a State Government to distribute so much money.

He talked about how today’s world has the rich becoming richer, and the mentality of giving, selflessly, needs to be cultivated among all citizens. ‘What is the point of people living with millions and billions in their hands, if they themselves cannot even have a cup of tea with sugar in it! ‘O Brahma, why are they given such a life?’ I have thought many times. Money has to come, but it also has to be given.’

He praised Amma’s efforts and the activities that she has undertaken to improve the lives of every single person. He stressed that the event Amritavarsham 60 as an international conference, a unification of cultures and a representation of love and unity – all that Amma stands for. He concluded his short speech with the following words: ‘We only have one human being like this in our world. One Amma. That Amma may be able to continue doing such amazing deeds, and that Brahma grants her a long life to keep doing this forever.’


Amma is echoing the spirituality of India

27 Sep 2013, Amritapuri – Amritavarsham60 Celebrations

S Gurumurthy, a noted journalist and proponent of the Swadeshi economic development project, delivered an inspiring speech. He shared his experience of being here in Amritapuri, and being here with Amma: “When I saw Amma for the first time, I could immediately see how people would have felt when they saw Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. I saw a huge a comparison between Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Amma: both of them are considered ‘not literate’; both of them come with a stock that had nothing to do with modern education and science and technology. But here, you see a merger of science and spirituality.”


He also stressed the importance of Amritavarsham being a foundation for scientific innovation and advancements that can help people. He stated that he was concerned with the current spate of problems facing India, and all the possible issues that India may have to face as a nation in the future. But, coming to Amritapuri, he said, “When I came here, there is a kind of relief, a kind of peace, which one can only experience and one cannot express.”

He expressed hope about India’s future, citing the United States’ National Intelligence Council’s report India will be one of the 3 world powers by 2030, he believes that the secret to India’s success lied it’s illustrious past and spiritual heritage. “That is why from Vallikkavu, Amma is echoing the spirituality of India throughout the world. And this demonstrates that the Indian spiritual power will correct this world”. He expressed his gratitude to Amma helping bring about such wonderful changes, and declared that the world could definitely use some intellectual and moral guidance from India.

Amma laying foundation of Modern India

Amma is laying the foundation of Modern India: Narendra Modi

26 Sep 2013, Amritapuri – Amritavarsham60
(Excerpts from the address of Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Sri Narendra Modi. Original speech was mostly delivered in Hindi. The content below is the translated version of the same)

Dear Sisters, Brothers and devotees – I offer my loving greetings to all of you.

I am standing here today in front of you, not as a chief minister of Gujarat or as a leader of some political party, but as a humble devotee of Amma, who has come to take part in the celebration of Amma’s 60th birthday along with all of you. How blessed are we, to have lived in this era and to have been able to get Amma’s blessings! I consider it my fortune that I have been able to personally come and participate in Amma’s 60th birthday .

On this auspicious occasion, I offer my salutations (pranams) at the holy feet of Mata Amritanandamayi.

I have been closely watching the activities of Amritanandamayi Math over last several years. It is a massive humanitarian organization. It covers so many activities like empowering women, disaster management, slum renovation, fighting hunger & disease, healthcare & nutrition, education, green initiatives – list goes long and long – this is the kind of work done by Amma. If you look at them closely, Amma is addressing the issues that are relevant for 21st century. What Government has to do, Amma is doing. Amma is known throughout the world, for her selfless love and compassion. She is a vast ocean of love and boundless energy. What has attracted me most is Amma’s simple teaching through Amma’s simple language, that even the common man can understand and benefit from. She always says that – “Love is the centre of every relationship. Real happiness lies in sharing unconditional love and compassion, which are two divine qualities.”

As you are all aware, Amma’s entire life has been totally dedicated in weeding out of the suffering of the poor, the downtrodden and the deprived sections of the society. Ancient rishis have inspired us through their wisdom and teachings. They have shown us several methods of worshiping God. But one of the noblest and simple method of worshiping God, is serving the poor, the sick, the hungry and the needy. Amma feels that Maanav Seva is Maadhav seva (service to mankind is service to God). In Amma’s own words, “We have learned how to fly like a bird and how to swim like a fish, but we have forgotten how to live like a human being. It seems we have to learn that skill and it is only possible if we learn about yourself. We have to subject ourselves to self analysis.”

It has been told in our scriptures that “Gurunaam mata gariyasi” i.e. Among all Gurus, Mother is the greatest. But how magnificent would be the state where both Mother and Guru have appeared as one! “Na Maatahu ParaDaivatam” i.e. There is no God apart from Mother. There is no state higher than Motherhood.

Today I have come here to participate in Amma’s 60th birthday. But I am not able to withhold myself from saying something. I should be invited during Amma’s 100th birthday also. Ofcourse, in this wish, my selfish interest is also hidden (smiling).

Many a birthdays are celebrated and so are many other occasions. However most of these are celebrated for the individual gratification. Very rarely are such events celebrated for the larger cause of masses. Today we are celebrating Amma’s birthday for masses, and not for an individual.

While sitting I was thinking of how to express the significance of this event in words. I am feeling the limitations of my thinking abilities. The power of my words is becoming feeble, because in the midst of overflowing emotions, one cannot help but get immersed and the words seem limited to express anything.
In one way, it is not just an event to celebrate the 60th birthday. The way in which the inventions were launched on the stage, one after another, I can say that it is an event of laying foundation for the Greater modern India. What is the capability of India’s spiritual heritage – The role model of Rishis, Munis and Gurus is in front of us today. What it was capable of, had been limited to information in the books. That is why sometimes our belief in such things (ability of Gurus to lead) is wavering. But today when we see whats happening here – “Nar karni kare to Narayan ho jaye“, like our scriptures say. This sankalpa – how to carry out that work in a scientific and modern way so that it is useful for coming generations of the next century – that is the kind of sage like work that is happening under Amma’s guidance today.

Even if Amma had restricted herself to spiritual discourses only, her greatness would not have been lesser anyway. But along with spiritual messages, Amma has also paved the way for betterment of mankind using those spiritual principles. She has inspired mankind to work for the upliftment and fulfilment of the needs of the common people – through the medium of modern setups, through modern technology and innovations, and the efforts to use science and technology for the common masses. This in itself is a realization of the expansion of the boundaries of spirituality. And when a person experiences this spirituality and its inventions in one’s own life, then the individuality drops away and the person merges into the whole. And real spirituality is “Sarva Jan hitaay Sarva jan sukhaay” i.e. the good and welfare of everyone.

Now a days, in the world, many discussions centred around economics are happening. There are talks about inclusive growth, welfare of the poor etc. But if we sometime remember our sages and saints of the yore , we will find that there is no greater manifesto than the two lines which they have given us through Vedas and Puranas – Even for any Indian political party it is not possible to have a better manifesto – For any government in the entire world, there is no better guidance – That simple manifesto is “Sarve Api Sukhinah Santu, Sarve Santu Niramaya, Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu, Ma Kaschit Dukhabhagbhavet” i.e. “May All become Happy, May All be Free from Illness, May All See what is Auspicious, May no one Suffer.” When all our sages, saints, Vedas and Puranas have discussed about “happiness and welfare everywhere”, then the question comes “what can be the way towards that all-encompassing happiness?” – Amma has showed us that way today.

In our country, there have been many instances in the nation’s history , where Rishis have inculcated this principle in the minds of illustrious kings, while shaping them as future rulers. And today as I, who is working in a political arena, am here amidst the great spiritual personalities, it is quite natural that I am reminded of such instances. King Rantidev had given instructions for kings “Na kaamye rajyam, na moksham na punarbhavam, Kaamye dukkh taptanaam, Praninamarti nashanam” i.e. I don’t have desire for kingdom or for salvation or for rebirth – My only desire is to wipe the tears of the poor”. This is the kind of teaching that our ancestors have given us.

Sometimes when we see what is going around, when we read about the condition of India and where it stands, it is but natural that we become dejected. But I don’t feel dismayed by it. Even amidst this despondent situation, I feel that through these very 125 crore Indian brother and sisters, these very natural resources, these very capabilities, we can rise and lift Mother India to the level of World Guru. I feel this confidence because I have got the chance to see the various activities being carried out by great souls present here. It reminds me of the sayings of great spiritual personalities like Narendra Nath (Swami Vivekananda). What he said 150 years ago – “I can see today right in front of my eyes – that In coming days, my Mother India will emerge as the world leader” Today, I have to believe those words as the truth.

Maharishi Aurobindo had also envisioned grand and splendid India. It was his belief that the work for the welfare of the world will start on this very land of India. Even though we did not have the fortune to see Swami Vivekananda and Maharishi Aurobindo, but when I see Swami Prakashananda ji of Shivagiri Mutt and the works done by Shivagiri mutt, when I see Amma and what all Amma is doing, the Rishis and saints spread across the length and breadth of India who are working in the present times for the welfare of India – looking at them, I feel assured that the words of Swami Vivekananda and Maharishi Aurobindo cannot go wrong.

Our ancestors gave us the concept of “Vasudev kutumbakam” i.e. “The whole world is one family”. This concept of “Vasudev Kutumbakam” is not mere words, but we have taught it by living it.

There are two scenarios in front of the world these days. Let us take look at two such scenarios in this week – On one side, in Nairobi, innocent people and children are grilled with bullets; In Peshawar (Pakistan), the church is being attacked during the Sunday prayer and the people whose eyes are flowing with the tears of devotion for Jesus, are killed; Today morning we got the news that in Jammu & Kashmir, within Jammu region, our soldiers have been killed in large numbers by the terrorists – On one side, rivers of blood are flowing and on other side, we see this place where the Ganga of Love is flowing. Here people are thinking about saving lives, here people are doing inventions for the safety of mankind. Here Amma is bringing back those children who are well educated, whose roots belong to India and who are living in other parts of the world, by inspiring them and calling them back to their Motherland India. She tells them to make use of their intellect, energy, knowledge and wits. She inspires them to create inventions for the betterment and welfare of the humankind. And indeed many people from all across the globe are coming back to the doors of Amma.

In the spiritual wisdom of India, “Sarvajan hitaay Sarvajan sukhaay” i.e. the good and welfare of everyone, there lies a great potency hidden in this mantra. Because of that potency, on Amma’s call, many people are coming back after leaving their career, including scientists, technicians, well educated youngsters etc. By combining modern and futuristic technologies likeNano-sciences, Bio-technology, Genetic engineering, IT – these people are making inventions and discoveries for the safety of mankind. By seeing all this, a voice raises within my heart and soul, that, “This is not an ordinary confluence. This is not an event to merely celebrate the 60th year of an incarnation
. Rather, sometimes I feel that Amma is not an individual. Amma is the visible form of India’s grand mission. Amma is the visible form of fulfilment of hopes and desires of crores of poor people”. Stream of nectar flowing from Amma is the reason for blossoming of various lives, by inspiring those lives with the message of serving God by serving mankind. And this indicates the potential in the age old tradition of sages, from Vedas to Vivekananda. And today we have the fortune of extending that to the entire world through Amma.

Unfortunately sometimes those of us who have been though Macaulay’s education system, have shown contempt towards the Sages, Saints and our traditions, thinking that Sages and Saints are only interested in running the temples, ashrams, mutts etc. and live their life merrily and comfortably. But I can say with my experience that Hindustan’s tradition has been that our Sages and Saints have dedicated their lives for the welfare of the society. There are no missionaries greater than our Sages and Saints. And this tradition has been continuing since thousands of years.

Those who are familiar with the history of Bharat, if they look at the period of independence struggle around of 1857 or 1947, they will find that in this entire period of 150 years, Saints and other great personalities had created an atmosphere of social awareness. Look at Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Vivekanada, Swami Shraddhananda – there are infinite names in every corner of Hindustan. In every place some great personalities have taken birth and have lit the unflinching flame of social and spiritual awareness. Some for 30 years, some for 50 years, some for 100 years and because of that the basis for india’s independence struggle became ready.

In our schools and colleges, we are merely taught about Bhakti yuga, but looking deeply we find that it was the period of social awareness and that of a cultural movement that attired up the feeling of self-respect. Because of this basis created by these great personalities, India was able to continue with independence movement. I can say with confidence that just like the Saints prepared the basis for independence struggle of 1857 and overall independence revolution, in the coming days when India will celebrate its 75th year or the 100th year of independence and will stand with dignity, then the history will have to write that it is the same age old tradition of Sages and Saints, that has constructed the very basis, which along with self-dignity, will become the foundation for grand and magnificent India.

Today in every corner of India, through some or the other Saint, Sage or Rishi, the yajna of social awareness is taking place, and this is creating energy with a big potential for creating a grand and magnificent India in coming 40 years. And I am seeing a living example of this here today. On such an occasion, I offer my salutations at the feet of Amma and I am confident that when we celebrate her 100th birthday, this India would have been transformed into a grand and divine India. And in that India, we will celebrate the 100th birthday of Amma. Praying that God will give us that opportunity, I will stop my speech by offering my Pranams to Amma, respected Prakashananda ji, all the dignitaries belonging to various sectors, and to a large number of people here, who are involved in serving God by serving mankind.


Because of Amma, humans are human; values are still values: Mar Chrysostom

26 Sep 2013, Amritapuri – Amritavarsham60 Celebrations

Mar Chrysostom Thrirumeni, one of the important religious figures in Kerala, is the current head of the Mar Thoma Church. The 95 year old veteran has been a Bishop for the last 60 years. He joined the bouquet of religious leaders to inaugurate the Amrita Center for Spiritual studies at the Amrita University. Speaking on the occasion he said:


“Today, Amma is celebrating her 60th Birthday. To all who are present here in this temple, in this wonderful day, my best wishes.

After sitting here for some time, I was confused as to whether or not I was in Heaven or Earth! Now, we all have nothing to worry or fear – just ensure that Amma lives forever! We will have no problem then.

Modern technology being transformed and used to help the common man – such a divine ‘healing’ – that is what has been happening here. Amma’s activities are unique, in that the common man, every individual, benefits greatly.

Amma has surrendered, set aside her life, to do so. New discoveries are being made, in diverse sectors, and all of these are being shared, and made accessible to everyone – that is Amma.


” We have ordinary people – who are the bulk of this state. We must fill this place with ordinary people who have received the full benefits of a proper life. I thank and applaud Amma for ensuring that such things happen, through her activities and innovations. It has been 60 years since I became a Bishop. Now, is it because Amma was born, I became a Bishop? Or because I became a Bishop that Amma was born? I guess I will never know!” he joked.


“Some people are born and then they die. (Only those two things, they have done nothing else.) You look at their tombstone and see ‘Born on –‘and ‘Died on –‘. But there are people, like Amma, who are born, who truly live, and then pass on. Amma is living now, I do not know if She will live or die. But, people like me, are looking forward to death –because of this cruel world. Why? Today, the world has sunk deeper into despair. There is no world, there is no humanity, and there are no values. But, because of Amma, humans are human; values are still values; world is still our world. From today, Kerala must awaken, become different from yesterday. I wish and pray that we all get a Kerala that is truly blessed, after today. On that note, I conclude.”

The crowd received his thoughts with laughter and thunderous applause.