Sw. Amritaswarupanda to visit Kuwait and Dubai

Swami Amritaswarupanda to visit Kuwait and Dubai for ten days. He will hold satsangs and bhajans and meditation classes during his visit to these countries.
Kuwait – Jan 12 – 16
12 Jan 6 -9 pm Balakendram Children Program @ Salmiya
14 Jan 6 – 9 pm Public program @ Salmiya
15 Jan 6 – 9 pm Public program @ Abu Halifa
16 Jan 6 – 9 pm Public program @ Abassiya

contact – P. Madhavan Kutty, Phone: (00965) 4806475, Fax : (00965) 4806475, Mobile: 00965 9540511 & 00965 6529617

Dubai – Jan 17 – 23

17  Jan 7.30 – 10 @ Astoria Hotel, Bur Dubai
18  Jan 7.30 – 10 @ Astoria Hotel, Bur Dubai
19 Jan 5.00 pm @ NMC Hall Abu Dhabi
20  Jan 7.30 – 10 @ Astoria Hotel, Bur Dubai
21  Jan 7.30 – 11 @Amrita Dhow, Yatra, Dubai
22  Jan 3.30 – 6.30 @ Sindhi Ceremonial Hall, Bur Dubai
23 Jan            Retreat

Contact: Jeyaram S., Phone: Office: +971 4333 8880, Home +971 42 868 388

Rs 50-Cr. relief package for the flood affected

27 Oct 2009, Bangalore, Karnataka

Amma Tuesday announced that the Ashram will spend Rs. 50 crore (10.68M USD / 7.2M Euro approx.) for the rehabilitation of the flood-hit people in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Br. Abhayaamrita Chaitanya conveyed this in a press meet held at the Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Bangalore. Now Amma is Paris, as part of her annual Europe Yatra.

The Mata Amritanandamayi Math has taken up relief work in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh following the recent floods since 15 days.

A 37 memebr team of Brahmacharis, devotees and a medical team which include five doctors supported by a telemedicine van and an ambulance – are  already in the relief work in Bijapur, Bagalkot and Belgaum districts of Karnataka.

A team of 12 doctors and paramedics  are involved in the extensive relief work  of MAM in Kurnool and Mehaboobnagar districts of Andhra Pradesh.
In both these states, food, blankets, bed sheets, clothes and medicine have been distributed free to the victims.

Talking to the media persons Br. Abhayamrita said “the details of the villages where future relief activities will be taken up shall be decided after discussion with the government authorities.”

You may recollect that the MAM had carried out commendable relief and rehabilitation activities after the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, the 2004 Tsunami that struck the coast of South India and Sri Lanka, the Kashmir earthquake of 2005, the Bihar floods of 2008 and West Bengal floods in 2009.

Sri Krishna jayanti celebration

11 Sep 2009, Amritapuri

Krishna Jayanti was celebrated in Amritapuri will a full day of festivities. Beginning early in the morning, special pujas were performed, including the go puja, in which all the ashram cows were worshipped as embodiments of the divine. A few hours later—led by dozens of Krishnas, Radhas and gopis of all ages—there was a grand procession through the ashram on to the Kuzhitura Sri Krishna Temple, two kilometers away. As the devotees walked, they sang lively, joyous bhajans.

In the afternoon, everyone gathered to watch and play uriyadi. The game emulates the mischief of young Krishna trying to break open the pots of butter, which the gopis had hung out of his reach. Amma joyously watched the games, laughing as children leaped and jumped in efforts to break open the pots. As dusk grew near and the games were winding to a close, Amma raised the spirits of the already lively crowd by spontaneously leading everyone in singing “Bolo Bolo Gokula Bala.”

Normally, in Amritapuri, the conclusion of bhajans marks the end of the day, but on this night the main event had yet to come. Just after 11:00 p.m. the doors to the main stage slowly opened to reveal a beautifully decorated scene with several images of Sri Krishna. The bhajan hall was packed and everyone sat enchanted for the next 45 minutes, listening to a reading of the Srimad Bhagavatam, while bala-gopala puja was simultaneously performed. As the midnight (the birth time of Krishna) approached, Amma arrived on the stage. Amma took her seat on the stage, seemingly engrossed by the beautiful recitation of the childhood lilas of Krishna. When the clock struck midnight, a small statue of baby Krishna was brought before Amma, so she could offer honey to the Lord, marking the moment of Krishna’s birth.

Amma then proceeded to singing several Krishna bhajans, including “Agatanayi,” “Nanda Gopan Tapamirunnu,” “Katti Tair Taram” and “Vande Nanda-Kumaram.” Finally, Amma asked everyone to stand, raise their arms skyward, forget all their troubles and blissfully dance. She then sang “Gopala Nacho Nacho.” Everyone danced as one—the song’s tempo went faster and faster. It was like rasa-lila. Thousands were dancing with Amma—together, yet alone.

Before chanting the peace prayer, Amma told everyone “God should take birth in our heart.” To end the celebration, Amma distributed payasam as prasad to one and all.

Europe Yatra dates for 2009

Amma’s 23rd annual  Europe Yatra will begin on 5 October 2009 in Helsinki, Finland and conclude on 13 November in Barcelona, Spain.

The programme dates:

5 – 6 October: Helsinki, Finland

8 – 10 October: Winterthur, Switzerland

13 – 15 October: ’s Hertogenbosch, Holland

17 – 19 October: Mannheim, Germany

21 – 23 October: London, England

25 – 27 October: Paris, France

29 – 31 October: Munich, Germany

2 – 4 November: Toulon, France

6 – 8 November: Milan, Italy

11 – 13 November: Barcelona, Spain
For more info visit Amma-europe.org

* Dates are subject to change.

MAM in UN Commission

MAM representatives at UN
Eleven representatives from the MAM attended the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17) at the United Nations in New York. The annual conference took place from May 4 to 15, 2009, with more than 1,000 people attending, including ministers of state, distinguished members from public and private sectors, academia, and civil society.
Many noted a strong synergy between the strategic initiatives of the Ashram’s Farmer Relief Project and the rural development policies and measures adopted by CSD-17.  In view of the increased activities of empowerment and self reliance of AmritaSree, its name of the partnership will be updated to The Farmers’ Empowerment Project.
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The newly designated partnership has been cordially invited to participate in CSD-18 on year 2010.
in the photo: John H. Wells, Director, Cooperative Development Division, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, during discussions at the Partnership Desk with two members of the MAM.

Amma’s Japan, USA, Canada Yatra 2009

spainJapan Yatra 2009

KOBE, Japan
22nd, 23rd May 2009
Venue: Kobe Sanbo Hall
5-1-32 Hamabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0083. (10-min. walk from Sannomiya Station, in front of Boeki Center Station (Portliner Line)
Morning program: at 10:00, Evening program: at 18:30
TOKYO, Japan
25th, 26th May 2009
Venue: Hotel, Aqua Stadium, Stellar Ball
4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8611
Morning program: at 10:00, Evening program: at 18:30
for more info visit  www.amma.jp

USA Yatra 2009

Seattle
Thu May 28 – Sun May 31
May 28 (10 am & 7.30 pm)
Public program venue: Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA – 98109
Retreat: May 29 – May 31 (for pre registrants)
Retreat venue: Puyallup Fairgrounds, The Pavilion, Near Gold Gate entrance, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
May 31, 7.00 pm – Devi Bhava (at retreat venue)

San Ramon
Public Program: Wed June 3 – Wed June 10
Retreat: Thu June 11 – Sat June 13 (for pre registrants)
Devi Bhava: Sat June 6  & Sat June 13 – Evening
Venue: M.A. Center, 10200 Crow Canyon Rd, Castro Valley, CA –  94552

Los Angeles
Mon June 15 – Fri June 19
Venue: Radisson Hotel, Los Angeles Airport,  6225 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jun 19

Albuquerque
Sun June 21 – Thurs June 25
Venue: Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Retreat: Jun 23 – Jun 25 (for pre registrants)
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jun 25

Dallas
Sat June 27 – Sun June 28
Venue: Hyatt Regency DFW, 2334 N. International Parkway, DFW Airport, TX 75261
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jun 28

Iowa
Tue June 30 – Wed July 1
Venue: Coralville Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 300 East 9th St., Coralville IA 52241
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 1

Chicago
Fri July 3 – Sat July 4
Venue: The Westin Lombard, Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL 60148
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 4

New York
Tue July 7 – Thur July 9
Venue: Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th Street, New York, NY – 10001
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 9

Washington DC
Sun July 12 -Mon July 13
Venue: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Dr, McLean, Virginia, 22102
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 13

Boston
Wed July 15 – Sat July 18
Venue: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough, MA – 01752
Retreat Jul 16 – 18 (for pre registrants)
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 18

Canada Yatra 2009

Toronto
Mon July 20 – Thur July 23
Venue: Sheraton Parkway Hotel, 600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1B2, Toronto N, Canada
Retreat Jul 21 – 23 (for pre registrants)
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, July 23

For more details visit www.amma.org

Amma’s Programmes in April

Amm’s Programmes in April

After the programmes in Nairobi, Kenya Amma will hold programmes in 3 Brahmasthanam temples in Kerala

17 -18 April 2009, Kochi
M.A.M. Kochi,  Kunnumpuram (NH 17) Edappally North P.O, Ernakulam, Kochi 682024 Kerala Phone: 0484-2800682

20 -21 April 2009, Palakkad
M.A.M. Palakkad, Amrita Nagar, Puthur Palakkad 678001 Kerala Phone: 0491-2535 011

23-24 April 2009, Trissur
M.A.M. Trissur, Amrita Nagar, Ayyanthole, Panchikkal Trissur, Kerala, India Phone: 0487-2362700

Amma visits Singapore, Mauritius, Kenya

Singapore

March 28 -30
Venue: Suntec City Convention Center, level 6, 0601 One raffles Blvd 59039539
Time: 10 a.m, & 7 p.m.
Contact: Amriteswari Society, M.A. Center, No.3, Hindoo Road Singapore.Tel : 6341 7701

Reunion Island

April 2-5
Contact: Amritananda Mayi Mata Ashram, Maison de l’Inde, Le Camp du Gol St. Louis, F-97450, Reunion Phone: (int+262) 26 74 97

Mauritius

Apr 7 eve, 8-9
Contact: M.A. Center, St. Jean Rd., Quatre Bornes Mauritius, Phone: (int+230) 466 2718

Nairobi, Kenya

April 12 – 13
AMRITA CENTER KENYA, Post Box: 39712,00623, Nairobi, Kenya. Phone: 254 20 4447938, 254 20 2091098