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AYUDH participates in Human Rights Council Youth Forum at the UN

On 10 June 2016, seven AYUDH members from Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Spain joined around 120 young leaders from all over the world gathered at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in a historic moment: For the first time, youth had the chance to formally voice their opinion in regard to different human rights issues by developing a series of recommendations. The declaration developed by the youth was presented during the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) to UN Member States. The HRC is one of the most important international mechanisms for promoting and protecting human rights from all over the world. The HRC Youth Forum gave young leaders access to a platform that allowed them to discuss key human rights issues of importance.

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The participants divided into different working groups representing some of the themes covered during the 32nd session of the HRC. The workshops covered a wide range of topics including Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights & HIV, Migration, Employment, Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment, Gender & Diversity, Innovation & Education, Countering Violent Extremism and Youth as Agents of Change. Each participant actively contributed by providing inputs for the final outcome document with recommendations on how young people wish to engage with the HRC. The final declaration was developed in collaboration with AYUDH and presented to the HRC.

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As a result of these activities, the first steps towards a youth HRC platform will be established at the UN in Geneva.

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International Yoga day at Amritapuri Ashram

21 Jun 2016, Amritapuri

The main hall in the Ashram was full this morning as a Yoga classes were conducted to celebrate the day. More than 1000 participated in this yoga celebration, including children, youth and old aged.

 

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National level trainers camp for AYUDH and IAM

A national level trainers camp was held in Amritapuri from Dec. 25th – 31st, 2015.  Participants from all over India came to become teachers of the Integrated Amrita Meditation (IAM) Technique and Amrita Yoga.  Individuals also learned how to lead youth groups and hold events under the Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara (AYUDH) umbrella.

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Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri inaugurated the camp and encouraged the trainees to lead spiritually centered lives and to carry forward the message of Sanatana Dharma with the light of Amma’s teachings.

The trainees were exposed to inspiring talks by senior monks of the Ashram. The talks, held in English, Malayalam, and Hindi, included topics such as The Importance of the Guru, Sanatana Dharma, and How to Have a Healthy Life with Natural Remedies. The sessions also focused on how science and spiritually can work hand in hand.

Dr. Vandana Balakrishnan, from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), gave insights into her scientific research done on the positive effects of Integrated Amrita Meditation.

A camp participant, Ranjana (from Uttarakhand) said, “I do not know how Amma managed to bring me here from the far flung Himalayas to the other end of the country. I now only want to become Her instrument.”

“I feel blessed to be part of this camp. I hope to regularly practice what I have learnt here and also be able to teach it to others,” said Nilesh (from Pune).

At the conclusion of the camp, participants shared their inspirations and thoughts on how they will now carry the light of IAM, Amrita Yoga and AYUDH, to all corners of the country.

– Dass

Gita festival in Bali

November 26th, 2015, Bali, Indonesia

Swami Purnamritananda led a Bhagavad Gita event in Badung Regency in Bali.

Swamiji was welcomed by Prabhu Darmayasa from the Paramadhama Ashram, and Senator Arya Wedakarna.

There were talks on the Gita, cultural performances, and singing.
Attendees also chanted the 12th Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, after which everyone participated in a meditation session held at the beach. Swami’s beautiful flute music filled the air as the sun set during the meditation.

The event also included the signing of a declaration recommending that all a copy of the Bhagavad Gita be placed in each hotel room in Bali and that the Gita become part of the standard school curriculum.

 

 

 

Bali International Interfaith Youth Program

22 November 2015 , Dinas Pendidikan Pemuda dan Olahraga Hall, Renon, Denpasar

Swami Poornamritananda was invited as a guest speaker at the Bali International Interfaith Youth Program 2015. This was the 3rd interfaith program held in Bali. Representatives from many religions spoke on this occassion. Bali is well known for its religious tolerance and is known as the Island of the Gods and the Island of Tolerance.

 

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Seed of Happiness from Amma’s teachings on Japan’s National Cultural Day

3 November 2015, Tokyo

On the occassion of Japan’s National Cultural Day, a special lecture was held in Tokyo Women’s Plaza, located in the central area of metropolitan city. Swami Poornamritananda addressed the gathering on the theme “How to Attain a Peaceful State of Mind – a Seed of Happiness from Amma’s Teachings”. About 300 people gathered to listen to the lecture.

The Woman’s Plaza is known as a pioneering institution for supporting women and has been a base for cooperation between Tokyo’s government and citizens to realize a peaceful gender-equality society.

 

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Programme in Kanazawa Buddhist Temple

30 Oct 2015, Ishikawa
The public program in Ishikawa Prefecture was held in the Koya-san Shingon-shu Daiohji Temple. The temple was originally built 1300 years ago, and was restored in 1745 after a damaging fire.


The program started with a Buddhist Sutra chanted by the female head monk. Swami Poornamritananda gave a spiritual talk about Buddha and Amma. At the end, participants asked passionate questions which were warmly answered by Swamiji. Attendees also participated in a meditation accompanied by Swamiji’s peaceful flute playing.

 

 

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Vijaya Raksha: A movement for Respecting women on Navaratri

Students of Amrita University are using this year’s Navaratri festival to launch an initiative designed to make respect for women‬ and girls‬ both cool and a matter of personal pride. Named as Vijaya Raksha, started with the blessings of Amma, the campaign aims to bring a social change through a religious festival. It is initiated by the Vedanta Club of Amrita University, Bangalore, India, to bring awareness throughout the country using Navaratri as a platform. Vijaya Raksha is also about educating the next generation and creating awareness in each one of us about the divinity of Motherhood.

The mythology and culture of this land is so intrinsically woven around women that every element of it reflects the divinity and power in her. But, just as a tiger’s beauty is its own enemy, a woman’s treasured characteristics like love, compassion and piety are mistaken as her weaknesses. She is mistaken for the weaker section of the society. The result is what we see today— abuse and oppression of women. We have to change this. We are by her; we are for her.

As the campaign’s founders declared, “People worship the Goddess in the temple for 9 days, but the same people abuse the walking goddesses on the street. We have to change this. This is possible only if we start seeing the goddess in every woman”. They call this the “Respect Women Challenge” and have called on both students and other males nationwide to take the challenge and invite their friends and family to do the same.

Looking at the pictures of Vijayaraksha, Amma, who is on her Europe Yatra, currently in Paris, seeing the students efforts and enthusiasm, commented that “for so long in history it was men who were the breadwinners and protectors and thus it is in their genes to think that they alone are the doers and the protectors, etc. And so a change will not happen overnight. But at least these young men are trying. And women should also acknowledge their efforts and acknowledge that they are genetically predisposed in this way and therefore when they make efforts it should be appreciated.”

You may recollect that during Amma’s sadhana leela, she used to run towards little girls and hug them seeing them as Divine Mother. In her deep anguish of separation from the Divine Mother she would sometimes cry and scream aloud. Eventually they, too, came to understand that she was crying to see Devi. During these uncontrollable outbursts, one of her younger sisters would stand before her, assuming the pose of Devi, wearing a sari and cascading hair. In great joy, she would run to embrace her. If she should notice any girl when she was in this mood, she would run to her enthralled. Embracing and kissing her, she saw only Devi in all.

 

 

How to do
A man/boy who pledges to take up the vow of Vijaya Raksha should approach a woman/girl whom they are not familiar with and tie a raksha (a red thread) around her wrist. Do this with an attitude of respect. Then touch her feet and thank her for her contribution to society and her role in protecting humanity. Motherhood is the greatest blessing God has given her. He should acknowledge seeing God in her and should seek her blessings. Respect her Motherhood. He should also make her aware of the reason behind this movement. Do it on all 9 days of Navaratri.

Vijaya Raksha slogans
|| स्त्री रक्षा सृष्टि रक्षा ||Stree Raksha Srusthi RakshaProtection of women is protection of Nature
|| देवी रक्षा धर्म रक्षा || Devi Raksha Dharma RakshaProtection of Devi is protection of Dharma
|| मात्रुरक्षा मानव रक्षा ||Matru Raksha Manava RakshaProtection of Mother is protection of Humanity
|| विजयरक्षा विश्वरक्षा ||Vijayaraksha VishwarakshaVijayaraksha is for the protection of the world

Learn more at www.vijayaraksha.org, www.facebook.com/Vijayaraksha

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Muthukulam Sreedharan presented with 2015 Amrita Keerti Puraskar

27 September 2015, Amritapuri, Amritavarsham Amma’s 62 Birthday celebrations

Sri. Muthukulam Sreedharan was presented with this year’s Amrita Keerti Puraskarby the Honourable Governor of Kerala, former Chief Justice of India, Sri. P. Sathasivam on as part of Amma’s 62nd Birthday Celebrations.

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Sri. Mutukulam Sreedharan has been immersed in Sanskrit his entire life. His first major work in Sanskrit, Nava Bharatam, was published with support from the Central Government in 1976. Since then, he has published many works in the language, such as Vidyadiraja Vijayam, Nayakabharanam, Asrupuja and Dharmasthaliyam.

He has also written many books and translated many works into Malayalam, including Sri Narayana Charitamritam, Sri Vidyadiraja Charitamritam and Pancha Mahakavyangal. He has written two books based on the teachings of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi: Amritayanam and Amrita Gira.

Sri. Mutukulam Sreedharn he has been conferred with many awards including the Adi Kavi Puraskaram, the Tulasivana Puraskaram and the Kaviraja Puraskaram.

2015 Amritakeerthi Puraskar, award for cultural excellence, was presented to Mahakavi Sri. Muthukulam Sreedharan

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India’s Independence Day celebrations by AYUDH

15 August 2015

AYUDH Amritapuri performed the play ‘Bharat Mata Puja 2015’ in the main hall, while Amma was giving darshan. This night play was in connection with India’s Independent day celebrations. The play was based on the un-sung heroes of the freedom struggle. After the 40 minutes of play, the hall reverberated with the chants of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

One girl dressed as Bharat Mata, took the National tri-colour flag to Amma which she accepted and waved with such joy and innocence of a child.

The youths also made an India map with lamps. This celebration of ‘Unity in Diversity’ could create respect and love the hearts for the Motherland.

Earlier in the day AYUDH also conducted Amalabharatam, a city cleaning program in Vallikkavu town.

– Das