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The Science of Compassion: A documentary on Amma by Shekhar Kapur

Mumbai – May 26, 2016

World-renowned film director, actor and producer Shekhar Kapur today officially launched a new documentary about Amma titled The Science of Compassion. The film was shot at Amritapuri Ashram in September 2013, during Amma’s 60th birthday celebrations.

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In the documentary, Shekhar Kapur investigates the source of human compassion and creativity. The film includes a lengthy interview with Amma, as well as with Nobel Laureate Dr. Leland Hartwell and many others about Amma’s unique approach to life and how her love has touched, and in many cases, transformed their lives.

Shekhar Kapur explained that the film was an extension of his own personal spiritual search. “The search for what lies beyond our own individuality has been with me since I was 15,” he said. “I have been grappling with questions like, what is the true nature of love? Is there love beyond ownership? What is compassion? Is it something you do or is it a state of mind or a state of being? If you become a much more compassionate being, does it alter your physiology? Do you become a much more intuitive being? It is not only a spiritual search for me, but a scientific quest too. Meeting Amma on her 60th birthday was a huge opportunity for me to investigate these deeper truths. I ask her the same questions in the documentary.”

Shekhar Kapur also reflected on the experience of spending time with Amma. “Being in the presence of Amma is a unique experience because you feel the energy radiating from her. When you ask infinite questions, you cannot expect answers in finite ways. In fact, there are no answers. There is only experiencing. When you go to Amma, you go for the experience of her,” he said. “Spirituality is not about miracles and drama, but about experiencing subtle and incremental changes through which you evolve. I have not remained unaffected by Amma’s message of love and compassion. The more I realize how incredibly loving and compassionate she is, the more it changes me subtly and incrementally.”

 

Swami Amritaswarupananda, the Vice-Chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math and Amma’s senior-most disciple, thanks Shekhar Kapur for insightful film: “On behalf of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, I would like to say that to have an artist as renowned and talented as Sri. Shekhar Kapur focus his insight and creative vision on our beloved Amma has filled us all with joy. He is a one of India’s treasures of film, and through his artistic direction, open-heartedness and genuine questions as an interviewer, The Science of Compassion was able to capture Amma’s unique combination of beauty, grace, humility and wisdom. We are indebted to him for that.”

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Solutions for sustainable development in adopted villages

27 Sep 2015 Amritapuri – Amritavarsham 62 , Amma’s Birthday Celebrations

Amma has adopted 101 villages throughout India in order to help them become self-reliant models of sustainability, two years ago on her 60th Birthday. The Amrita SeRVe program focuses on uplifting all aspects of life: housing, education, hygiene, food and water, employment, infrastructure and general connectivity.


Sri. P.J. Kurien, the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, and Sri. Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, announced MAM’s provision of potable water systems for the village of Harirampur in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, as well as a smart-irrigation system for Periyar Pathoor (Ettimadai, Tamil Nadu), and the provision of electricity via hydro-solar means in Komalikudi, Idukki, Kerala.

Smt. Najma Heptulla, the Honourable Union Minister for Minority Affairs, announced MAM’s provision of potable water in Guptapada Village, Jala Kurda, Odhisha.

His Excellency Francois Richier, the Ambassador of France to India, announced MAM’s provision of potable water in Komalikudi, in Idukki, Kerala.

 

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Amma to install a new Brahmasthanam temple in Manjeri

Amma to install a new Brahmasthanam temple in Manjeri, North Kerala on 23rd April .This will be the 22nd Brahmasthanam temple consecrated by Amma.

Amma will also visit two more cities in Kerala as part of the 3rd leg of her Bharata Yatra.

Manjeri Brahmasthanam Pratishta – 23 April
23-24 April 2015

April 23, 10.25 am Tazhikuda Pratishta
April 23, 11.05 am Prana Pratishta

Amrita Vidyalayam, Narukara P.O,
Kozhikode-Nilmbur-Gudallur Road, Manjeri, Kerala 676122 {map}

 

Trissur Brahmasthanam annual festival 
26-27 April 2015

M.A.M. Trissur
Amrita Nagar, Ayyanthole, Panchikkal, Trissur, Kerala
Phone: 0487-2362700 {map}

 

Ernakulam Brahmasthanam annual festival
29-30 April 2015

M.A.M. Ernakulam
Kunnumpuram (NH 17) Edappally North P.O, Ernakulam, Kochi 682024 Kerala
Phone: 0484 2800682 {map}

 

FCRA notice to Mata Amritanandamayi Mission and actual facts

In the FCRA Home Ministry  website the name and addresses of some NGOs  are published as defaulters for  not filing the annual returns . Unfortunately there was a name Mata Amritanandamayi Mission along with the other defaulted NGOs

The actual fact is Mata Amritanandamayi Mission (MA Mission) was an organisation formed before the existence of  Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MA Math).  After forming MA Math,  the MA Mission was dissolved and merged with  MA Math and the fact has been  communicated to the Home Ministry many times. Please see a copy of the letter dated 16th June 1999 (download the pdf) sent to the Home Ministry.

Now Math has approached the Ministry and the Ministry has agreed to remove the name within a week.

Mathrudas
Accounts Department

Swami Ramakrishnananda’s 2014 South American Tour

peru2Lima, Peru

Friday September 5- 5:30pm, IAM Class
Salon Cristal- Club Arabe
Jr. Nicolas Rodrigo s/n
Monterrico, Sucro

Saturday September 6, 5pm
Swissotel
Av. Santo Toribio 173-Via Central 150
Centro Empresarial Real
San Isidro, Lima 27

info@ammaperu.com.pe
http://ammaperu.com.pe/

 

Viña del Mar, Chile

Monday September 8, 7:30pm
Hotel O’higgins,
Plaza Vergara s/n,

Santiago, Chile
Tuesday September 9, 7:30pm
Club Providencia,
Pocuro 2878

informacion@ammachile.cl

 

São Paulo, Brazil

Thursday September 11, 8:30pm
Santoshi
Jurupis street 470

Friday September 12, 8:30pm
ICDEP
Jureia Street, 349

amma-sp@ammabrasil.org

 

Araruama, Brazil

Saturday September 13, 6pm
Amrita Temple
Rua Simonides Nunes Almeida Filho, 296 – Fonte Limpa

temploamrita@ammabrasil.org

 

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Sunday September 14, 5:30pm
Casarão Ameno Resedá
Rua Bento Lisboa, nº 4 -Catete
Monday September 15, 2pm
Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro
Centro de Tecnologia- Room G-122

amma-rj@ammabrasil.org

The Sivaraman Effect

Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman is someone who is living proof that great musicians never get older — they get better. A rare treat for the devotees here at Amritapuri, the Mrudangam maestro proved once again why he is the best! The taala, the breaks and every single sound that was made resonated through the hearts and minds of devotees who were eagerly waiting for Amma’s bhajans. A visionary who pursued the essence of the Mrudanga as both an art and a science, his skill knew no bounds. Right from the start, he was clear- his solos would be of a different style, each representing a unique aspect of Mrudangam playing.

Padma Vibhushan Dr Umayalpuram Kasiviswanatha Sivaraman was born on 17-12-1935 in Tanjore – the cradle and nursery of Karnatic music and its masters. Shri Sivaraman learned this divine art under four great and illustrious masters: Sri Arupathi Natesa Iyer, Sri Tanjavoor Vaidyanatha Iyer, Sri Palghat Mani Iyer, Sri Kumbakonam Rangu Iyengar for over 15 years in a Gurukula system.

He is a man who truly enjoys being one with music, as his expressions and smiles showed it throughout. So prolific was his playing that the camera zoomed into his magic fingers — playing away , not taking their eyes off of him for a moment. It was truly hard to conceive the magic of beats generated through his every touch on the mridangam. Midway through the performance, he enthralled us all, beating with both hands on the same side, switching sides simultaneously! It was a wave of percussion –moving from a fast rhythm, slowing things down, pausing and breaking – a true master of the instrument.

Thaniyavarthanam, his famous technique, was given a new twist. “Today, it is all about fast life, fast food.. why don’t I play fast, then?”, he said with a smile. And fast it was. With over 140 pulses per minute, he performed something only a true connoisseur of Mrudangam can do! His playing creates the impression or illusion of a stringed instrument, so tuneful were his strokes. His clarity of utterance: every stroke, fast or even breezy, came out crystal clear. That is, in essence, the Sivaraman Effect — and it left everyone here at Amritapuri spellbound I Amritavarsham60.

– Varsha Suresh Kumar

Clarification on false news of FCRA annual returns

26 July 2013, Amritapuri
There has been some false news regarding the accounts of Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) in some TV channels and news websites. The MAM accounts department wanted to clarify this info to the public.

MAM has never defaulted in submitting Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) annual returns. Every year MAM submits the returns before the due date.

Please see the dates of submissions and the acknowledgements obtained from Home Ministry.
2011-12 submitted on 10/10/2012
2010-11 submitted on 26/07/2011
2009-10 submitted on 15/11/ 2010
2008-09 submitted on 29/07/2009

When the ashram contacted the Ministry officials, they said that they have not updated their website and it will take time to update. The medias have taken information from the Home Ministry website.

Download Home Ministry acknowledgements for the year 2009 – 2012

Shubamrita visits three African countries

Br. Shubamrita Chaitanya visited Botswana, Zambia and South Africa from April 2 to April 19.

Botswana
Two public programmes were held in Gaborone. It was Br. Shubamrita’s third visit to the country, and the programmes evoked a very good response.

Zambia
It was the first time that a representative from Amma’s organization visited Zambia. Br. Shubarmtia held talks, devotional singing, meditation sessions and house visits in Lusaka and Livingstone. The two public programmes were held in Lusaka, in the Radha Krishna Mandir and in the Vedanta Centre. In total, more than 500 people attended both events. He also addressed a gathering of LILA, an organization supporting many deserving causes in Zambia, on “Amma’s Mission and Vision.”

South Africa
Last on his tour, Br. Shubamrita visited three cities in South Africa: Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Apart from two evening programmes in Johannesburg, Br. Shubamrita also addressed 600 students of Lenasia South Secondary School on April 12th. The talk was titled “Embrace Your Dreams” and encouraged the students to pursue their individual talents and capacities.

Then Br. Shubamrita visited a school and handed out free lunch packets to children from challenged backgrounds and interact with them. He also had a meeting with Ms. Nozipho January-Bardill, Committee member on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Board, and Founding Chair of SA Gender Education and Training Network, who expressed great admiration of Amma’s humanitarian work and conveyed her invitation to Amma to visit South Africa and extend her arms of compassion to the less fortunate of this country.

April 14th, which is celebrated as Vishu, Bihu, and Baisakhi in India, was celebrated by Br. Shubamrita in Sarva Dharma Ashram in Durban, where he was invited for a talk. Durban being the home to the largest Indian population outside of India, many South African Indians were happy to have an opportunity to take part in the satsang and bhajans. After the talk, he distributed meal packs to several hundred children from the surrounding settlements and paid a visit to nearby old-age home and orphanage.

As the last stop of the tour, Br. Shubamrita held an evening programme in the Sufi Temple in Cape Town on April 15th. Members of all sections of society attended the event and the enlightening talk: “Happiness is a Decision.” They also participated in the soulful bhajans and guided meditation. The last programme in Cape Town was held at the Brave Foundation headquarters on the 17th.

This journey showed that this part of the world has already been bated in Amma’s river of love–a river that is ever ready to grow in size and depth through the sincere devotion and longing of Amma’s African children.

– Nath

Swami Amritaswarupananda to visit UAE

Swami Amritaswarupanada Puri to visit Bahrain, Kuwait and Dubai from 9th to 20th April.

Bahrain
Priyadarsini Auditorium, South Park Restaurant
9th April 2013 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
10th April 2013 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Kuwait
11th April 2013 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Indian Community Senior School, Salmiya

12th April 2013 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Salah Sheikh Bader Ahmed, Malik Al Sabah Hall, Abu Halifa

Dubai
14th April 2013 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

15th April 2013 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

16th April 2013, 5 p.m. onwards
Foodlands Banquet Hall, Abu Dhabi

17th April 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

18th April 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

19th April 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS International School, Al Barsha, Dubai

20th April 2013, 8 a.m. onwards
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