Japanese children are crying led Amma to Japan

26-28 May 2015, Tokyo, Japan

This year marked Amma’s 25th visit to Japan. The three days of programs in Tokyo were celebrated by with many speakers and cultural performances.

Amma was welcomed by Mr. Abbagani Ramu, Counsellor & Director, ICC, Indian Embassy. Ms. Masako Watanabe, one of the local coordinators who was present when Amma first visited Japan, also spoke briefly. She recalled Amma saying that is was her ‘Japanese children crying’ that led her to come.


Throughout the programs, eight dancing and singing performances were given expressing gratitude toward Amma.

Two persons from Sendai city, which had been seriously damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, performed a dance to remember those who are still recovering from the disaster, and to express the feelings of those who could not attend the programs. It is said that this same dance was performed 400 years ago when a feast was held for celebrating the completion of the construction of the Sendai castle. At that time, stonewall masons had gathered from remote provinces to dance together and to celebrate the arrival of a time of peace.

The powerful performance touched the heart of the audience. With tears in their eyes they gave a big round of applause to the two performers.

One of the two from Sendai recalled the memory of Amma’s visit back in July 2011 when she visited a refuge city in Sendai {news}. Amma had gone to the beach and walked to the edge of the sea praying for the souls of those who had perished, and paying respect to the ocean and Mother Nature. “It was unforgettable memory.”


On the last day of programs, former Indonesian First Lady and TV celebrity, Dewi Sukarno, shared her impressions about Amma’s darshan in her blog. “I directly experienced ‘unconditional love’. I might say that it was such an experience as one basks in the emotion which is beyond description.”

At the end of Devi Bhava, as Amma concluded her this years program, she was presented with books full of thank you letters. Amma then blessed 25 Tulasi saplings — one for each year she has visited Japan — as a symbol of the love and concern for the environment, which will be planted in Amma’s Ashram in Tokyo.

– Kannadi

Next stop – Seattle, USA.


Amma receives Golden Goody Award

14 June, Los Angeles, America Yatra 2015

Amma was honoured with a Golden Goody Award (Oscar for Social Good) for her Worldwide Humanitarian Charities on Sunday, 14th at the Los Angeles International Airport Hilton.

  • Goody Award to Amma

  • Goody Award to Amma

Goody Awards Founder Liz H. Kelly presented the lifetime achievement award by emphasising, “Amma is a global role model who has touched the hearts of millions demonstrating that a life dedicated to selfless love and service to humanity is truly possible. We are humbly honoured to present Amma with our top Golden Goody Award.”

Accepting the award, Amma said, “In reality, this award is an offering to my children for all the selfless service they do all over the world.”

Goody Awards mission is to inspire positive change by recognising and promoting the good in the world in four Eco Social areas: Environment, Education, Health and Women Empowerment.

– Kannadi


Amma welcomed to “Tulalip Land”

Seattle, America Yatra 2015
Amma was welcomed to her first program of the 2015 North American tour by several dignitaries including Barbara Tolbert, the Mayor of Arlington, Washington, and Chairman Sheldon, one of board members of the Native American Tulalip tribe, and Patti Gobin, the Tulalip tribe office of Treaty Rights.

One year ago, the Oso Mudslide disaster occurred nearby, killing 43 people and engulfing 49 homes in the small rural community. Within an hour, Mayor Tolbert had organized an emergency response center next to City Hall. In a matter of days, she worked with other county leaders to raise money for the victims of the landslide, collecting a total of $9.1M along with community partners. The mayor visited the victims’ families daily, and was named one of Washington State’s most influential people in 2014.

  • Darshan

  • Mata Rani Ki Jay

  • Native Americans Singing

Ms. Tolbert welcomed Amma to the Pacific Northwest, telling the assembled crowd that by coming to Amma, she feels able to recharge the compassion and love within, so that she can continue to go out and serve people in need.

Chairman Sheldon has served on the Tulalip Native American Tribe Board of Directors for more than 15 years, six years as chairman. He has helped lead major initiatives to strengthen the tribes’ economy, government, and environment. He established the first federally chartered tribal city in the United States, building a strong police department and tribal court as well as initiating major environmental restoration projects to revive salmon and natural habitat while creating strong partnerships with community leaders and other organizations.

Chairman Sheldon presented Amma with a carved rose made of sacred cedar bark and welcomed Amma to “Tulalip Land.”

Patti Gobin, the Tulalip office of Treaty Rights performed a traditional Tulalip welcome song with her granddaughter. The song included an invocation of ancestors, seeking a blessing for everyone to have proper discrimination.

Amma was in the Pacific Northwest at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Washington for three days of blissful programs. Each day Amma set aside extra time to ask everyone in the stadium to pray together for the restoration of nature’s harmony and for peace to return to the earth as well as the human mind.

– Kannadi

sndp inauguration

Prayer is not a means to fulfill, it is a heart-rending cry of longing

2 May 2015, Perumbavoor, Ernakulam

Amma inaugurated the Sri Narayana Darshanotsavam 2015 organised by SNDP union of Kunnathunadu.

Amma was ceremoniously received at the venue. Amma visited the temple dedicated to Sri Narayana Guru, did arati there.

Amma shared the stage with Vellappily Natesan, SNDP Yogam Gen Secratary; Rameh Chennithala, Home Minister Kerala; KK Karnan, SNDP Union President; and P Balan Menon.

Amma lit the lap and inaugurated the function. Speaking on the occasion Amma said:  “Gurudevan is a mahatma who saved an entire society that was starting to drift off course. In fact, Gurudevan verily led another Kurukshetra War. However, he did not fight with weapons, but with abidance in dharma and awareness of sadachara [correct conduct]. Thus established, he protested against superstition and social malpractice without mercy. His character was a blend of spiritual strength, fearless action and spiritual wisdom.”

“Gurudevan’s Daivadasakam contains the secrets of the paths of bhakti (devotion), jnana (knowledge) and karma (action). Prayer is not a means to fulfill an individual’s selfish desires. It is a heart-rending cry of longing to the cosmic power to “bestow peace, joy, prosperity and abundance to all beings.” Only through such prayer can the individual, community and all living beings be equally benefitted. Prayer is a spiritual practice for loving and serving all without anger or hatred, seeing everything as diverse expressions of the one divine power.”

After the address, Amma lead all in meditation and a prayer for world peace.




Shed hatred – it’s deadlier than any virus

29-30 April, Kochi, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

Amma arrived in Kochi after her programs in Thrissur. Amma was received with ‘poornakumbham’ by Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple Thantri Chennas Dinesan Namboothirippad. Hundreds of devotees had assembled in the darshan line near the gate of the Ashram grounds hours in advance. While standing at the doorstep of her camper, Amma touched all of them as the vehicle drove into the ashram grounds. Amma then led a meditation and prayer session, served dinner and prasad, and sang bhajans.

Amma was officially welcomed at the venue by the Mayor of Cochi, Tony Chammany. Also assembled to meet Amma were: Hibi Eden, MLA; Justice Padmanabhan Nair; Justice PR Raman; Justice AN Radhakrishnan; Devarajan. Maradu Municipal Chairman; K Babu, Fisheries and Excise Minister, Sreelekha IPS, ADGP; and M G Rajamanickam, District Collector.

The guests helped Amma distribute Vidyamriam scholarships, Amrita Nidhi pensions, as well as seeds to promote organic farming.

Mayor Toni Chammany welcomed Amma to Kochi. While addressing the crowd he said: “Amma is a great personality who is showing the world what spirituality is through action and how to serve humanity through various activities. For her faith is not just lip service, it is an activity to help the poor. This we can see if we analyze the activities of the Ashram. Wherever natural calamities happen, with the touch of compassion, MAM reaches to any corner of the world.”

Kochi Mayor also thanked Amma for supporting the development plans of the city. “We came to Amma asking for a flower, she gave us a garden.”

MAM has taken up the project of building toilets for 1200 families in Kochi who don’t have these facilities. Free toilets will be built for the poor, directed by the Kochi Corporation.

“Many times, what political leadership and local governments are not able to do, MAM takes up and contributes for the development of the nation. This gives us, the people’s representatives, lots of strength,” said Hibi Eden, the local MLA.

Addressing the gathering, ADGP Sreelekha opined that the nation should honour the services of Mata Amritanandamayi by bestowing her with the highest civilian honour of Bharat Ratna.
Addressing the devotees, Amma said, “If the economic advancement of a nation fails to ensure the well-being and happiness of its citizens, there is a serious flaw in the process.” Amma emphasised the need for balanced development that weighs ethical and cultural values along with economic growth. “Currently, the progress of a country is being gauged on the basis of its gross domestic product (GDP). But the world has started to realise that GDP does not reflect true growth,” she said. “Economic growth is just one factor. If the citizens are not happy and contended, there will be serious lapses in the development process. Money alone cannot ensure happiness – which needs ethics and cultural values. Otherwise, it is like putting makeup on a dead body,”

Drawing a parallel between the recent Ebola epidemic and hatred, Amma said, “The Ebola virus that spread over parts of Africa has become a nightmare for the whole world. It has wiped out thousands of humans. But the virus of hatred is killing more than any epidemic. The antidote for hatred is within us – love and kindness”.

“Humanity is said to be blamed for the occurrence of natural calamities. And it is a warning to us for to make corrections. Conservation of nature is one of the most important issues to be taken care of. We should imbibe the spirit of conservation and the values of natural co-existence of ancient tribal peoples,” she added. “One of the major contributions of India to the world was the concept of the number ‘zero’. We should add something more with zero; zero poverty, zero waste, zero illiteracy and zero crime, and be a model to the whole world.”

Amrita Institute students presented different cultural programs. Darshan finished at 6am on the second day.

– Kannadi



Amma in Trissur

26-27 April, Trissur, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

After the Manjeri Brahmasthanam Pratishta, Amma arrived in Trissur to conduct a two-day Brahmasthanam festival.

Upon her arrival, she sang few bhajans and served dinner prasad to the volunteer devotees.

At the start of the Brahmasthanam celebrations, Amma distributed Amrita Nidhi pensions, Vidyamaritam scholarships, as well as seeds to promote organic farming.

District Judge Anitha MR; Deputy Mayor Sarojini PV; and Smt. Shoba Surendran helped Amma to distribute the items. Many of the beneficiaries were in tears as they received their pension benefits from Amma.

Many other dignitaries came to welcome Amma. Among them were Trissur District Collector Smitha J, IAS; dancer Padmashree Kalamndalam Kshemavati; Swami Muktananda of Vivekananda Kendra; Poet/Writer Chovvalloor Krishnan Kutty; Therambil Ramakrishnan MLA; Film Script Writer Madambu Kunjukuttan; and Tekke Madhom Mooppil Vasudevananda Swamiyar.

Amma led everyone in a prayer for those affected by the recent Nepal earthquake. Amma added that just praying is not enough. In line with Amma’s message of compassion, Amma sent a team of Embracing the World volunteers to Nepal to initiate relief efforts in the region.

The first evening saw heavy rains, but that did not disrupt Amma’s darshan.


AYUDH had a special stall during the program. A mobile vegetable garden was set up to inspire and teach people how to start their own organic gardens in their homes and apartments – whether it be on the rooftop, balcony, veranda, or window railing.

Since the program venue was surrounded by fields, many bugs and crickets came to the pandal at night – adding high frequency music to the bhajans while Amma was giving darshan.

Amrita Vidyalayam children from Trissur presented wonderful cultural programs, showcasing the real treasure of the land of temples and the cultural capital of Kerala.

– Kannadi


Brahmasthanam Temple Consecration at Manjeri

23-24 April, Manjeri, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

Amma consecrated the 22nd Brahmasthanam Temple in Manjeri, Kerala on 23 April 2015. The first temple was consecrated in Kodungallur, Kerala in 1987. ( see the list of temples)

Amma reached Manjeri on early on the 22nd after her Singapore, Malaysia, Australia yatra.

Thousands had come to join this auspicious occasion of the installation of the temple–from all over India and around the world. A group of American devotees came all the way to India to witness the temple consecration. Amidst the chanting of ‘Om Shiva Shaktiaikya Roopinyai Namah’ and the traditional percussive sounds of panchavadyam, Amma started pujas at ten in the morning for the kalasas, or pots mounted on the temple.

As Amma invoked the blessings of all beings and nature, she was in an ecstatic mood, her eyes revealing something of that which is beyond.

Tazhikakuda consists of three brass bowls set vertically on a central spike, each smaller than the one below it. Amma filled each pot of Tazhikakuda with navdhanya (nine types of food grains) before placing it. Then Amma did abhisheka to eac pot, which contains water energized by days of mantra japa. Then she did arati to it, prayed, invoking the divine, showered flowers all around, and sat in meditation for some time.

Finally she entered the temple. The 250-kilogram murti, having undergone a seven-day process of purification, was brought into the temple and the doors were closed and Amma installed the deity. Devotees continued chanting and the whole atmospere was charged with energy. After 20 minutes, the temple doors were opened. Amma performed arati to the newly installed murti, pouring another 108 kalashas of mantra-infused water. It was such a charming sight to watch Amma doing abhisheka, lost to this world, in a divine mood.

Later Amma started her satsang, noting that the real installation of god has to be done within one’ss heart. Even though each one has different dharmas (duties) to be performed at different stages of life, Amma said that our supreme dharma is to realize God. That is the purpose of life, Amma reminded the assembled crowd–you get into the pond to clean yourself and get back out, not to drown there.

The next day, Amma gave away Vidyamritam student scholarships and Amrita Nidhi monthly pensions to the needy. Special guests included renowned poet Akkitham, Guruvayoor tantri (priest) Chennas Dineshan Nampootirippad, famous writer KB Sridevi and former MP O. Rajagopal. The guests also helped to distribute the scholarships and pensions. Amma herself distributed seeds to promote organic vegetable cultivation in each household.

In the evening there was heavy rain and thunderstorms. It is unusual to have such heavy rain in the summer. All the stalls were drenched in water. You could see an umbrella on Amma too since the stage was also leaking but Amma continued giving darshan. Devotees came with drenching cloths and wading in water on the floor. The scene called to mind Amma’s first visit to Manjeri, in 1996, for an evening program. Back then, it started with drizzle and by midnight it had become a downpour. Yet neither Amma nor the people would stop or leave. {see pics}

For such a large program to be successful, many volunteers are necessary. One could see AYUDH volunteers and Amrita Vidyalayam students serving everywhere with joy and enthusiasm. Everyone was happy to be part of this addition to the constellation of Amma’s Brahmasthanam Temples, each one burning brightly in the minds and hearts of the devotees, like a star illuminating the night sky.

The two-day celebrations came to an end at 1:15 am with Amma singing the song “Mariyamma, Mariyamma Shankari Taye…” and with the devotees taking Amma into their heart and installing her love there as the real temple which will always remain with them, wherever they may go.

– Kannadi



Amma in Malaysia

10 April 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Amma visited Malaysia for a one-day program at the Mines International Exposition Convention Center just outside of Kuala Lumpur.


Amma was garlanded and welcomed to Malaysia by an array of dinitaries – The Most Venerable K. Sri Dhammaratana, Chief High Priest of Malaysia; Madam Dayani Lee, Group CEO of Country Heights; Puan Fatima, CEO of PDD; and Mr. Raman Lal, from the Indian High Commission. This was Amma’s 7th visit to Malaysia.

As part of Amriteshwari Foundation’s Embracing the World activities, Amma handed out stipends to 40 children to help with school supplies and uniforms.

Amma gave satsang, sang bhajans, and led the Manasa Puja in Tamil before giving darshan to all. The program ended just before noon the next morning. The Malaysia programs have been the largest outside of India with many attendees coming from all over Southeast Asia.

– Dass


Amma personifies all that she and her society stand for

6-8 April 2015, Singapore

Amma has been in Singapore for three days of programs at the Marina Sands Hotel. These programs mark the 28th year that Amma has been coming to Singapore. Her first visit was in 1987.

Traditional North Indian drummers and a traditional Balinese dance known as Pendet greeted and welcomed Amma each day at the entrance to the hall.


On stage, Amma was garlanded by two representatives from the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), Singapore – Venerable Phrapanyadhamvides Chackhun Rian (Buddhist faith), and Venerable Alladad Khan (Muslim faith). With Amma’s blessings, these guests led everyone in a silent prayer for world peace and harmony.

Mr. Khattar is a well-known philanthropist who was honored by the Indian government with the Padma Shri civilian award in 2011, felicitating Amma said that “My wife and I are really delighted that we are offered this privilege. Amma personifies all that she and her society stand for. This is unique and it is so wonderful to see this happening on the videos being shown here as well as in real life.”


Continuing Embracing the World charitable activities, the Amriteshwari Society announced that they are giving out educational stipends to 100 students. Guests aided Amma in handing out bursaries to the first 30 recipients.

During the programs, the Amriteshwari Society of Singapore sponsored 60 free mammograms to women over 40 years of age. Screenings were held in a medical trailer next to the hall.

During the program, everyone enjoyed a beautiful Balinese dance depicting scenes from the Ramayana, followed by a dance by the Balakendra students about the life of Krishna.

The Singapore Balakendra students presented a number of performances, including dances and chanting, followed by a skit portraying the story of how Shankaracharya was able to obtain his mother’s permission to become a monk.

After Devi Bhava Amma travelled to Malaysia for her program in Kuala Lumpur.

– Sundar


Dignitaries seek blessings in Delhi

2 April, New Delhi – Bharata Yatra 2015
During the programs in Delhi, so many National Leaders and officials met Amma, seeking her blessings and guidance. Here are some of them.

“It [meeting Amma] has proved to be a source of inspiration and encouragement to work for humanity and serve society at larg ” JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health wrote in the visitors diary.