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Turning into smiling ones, reflecting the joy of the moment

4 October 2015, Amritapuri

The day Amma would leave for the Europe tour, she came to the Kali Temple around 11 am and the for the next 3 hours, meditated, answered questions, gave advice, cracked jokes, gave a couple thousand people Prasad lunch, gave a quick darshan and finished off by singing and dancing her new signature Baduga dance. Infact Amma was dancing in many times when she is serving lunch prasad to the residents. Sad faces thinking of Amma’s impending departure turned to smiling ones reflecting the sheer joy of the moment. After few hours Amma left Amritapuri for Europe Yatra 2015.

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chair cleaning Amma

Opportunity to serve is like winning a lottery

1 Sep 2015, Amritapuri

Chair Cleaning Seva

Normally when Amma arrives on the stage for bhajans, she immediately starts singing. But today she made the following announcement before she started, “A lot of the chairs in the hall need to be cleaned. Everyone should try to clean two chairs.”


So all throughout bhajans everyone kept in the mind the need to make themselves available for that seva later…at some point…maybe tomorrow…maybe the next day…but no one thought that for Amma, action goes along with words and right away!

As soon as bhajans were over, on her way to her room, Amma walked straight to the stacks of unused chairs at the back of the hall and started on her own to take the chairs down individually and pass them on to whoever was nearby. It took time for everyone to understand what was happening and what they were supposed to do with the chairs. But soon enough, buckets with water and soap showed up at the scene and were passed on. Following Amma’s lead, the seva started and quickly took over the whole hall! After taking down the chairs from the stacks, Amma took a bucket, a brush and soap and started scrubbing a chair. She stayed focused on the work, while she gave directions to the hundreds of devotees, students and Ashram residents who joined in.

The work went on well past midnight, filling up almost all the hall with chair cleaning. Everyone joined in, including small children and the elderly as well, singing bhajans to keep the enthusiasm and good spirits up. During the previous day’s satsang Amma was saying that we should never miss any opportunity to serve; that it is like winning the lottery. So how fortunate were all of us to be given such a memorable opportunity to serve and be happy, offered by Amma!



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Homage to the ancestors – more than a thanks giving

14 August 2015, Amritapuri

A mass ceremony was conducted at Amritapuri this morning. Vavu Bali, as it is locally known, is a traditional ritual where oblations are offered to departed ancestors. The ceremony is performed on Amavasi (new moon) in the Hindu month of Karkidaka.


About 1500 devotees personally participated in this special Yagna, joined by thousands of others present at the ashram. Swami Turyamritananda lit the lamp to start the event, and various ceremonies were performed simultaneously in the Ashram’s Main Bhajan Hall and the Kali Temple, by Brahmacharis Tapasyamrita Chaitanya, Gurudas Chaitanya, and Shraddhamrita Chaitanya.

During the pujas, sweet rice was offered to all the departed souls, including forefathers and friends, as well as to animals and trees, along with the chanting of sacred mantras and prayers.

Step by step puja instructions were translated simultaneously into different international languages, allowing devotees from various parts of the world to participate.

After the conclusion of the ceremonies, the participants walked in a procession towards the shore to personally consign their offerings to the ocean. In this action, the fish in the ocean are also fed. Tharpanam, a ritualistic offering with water was also performed for the devatas (deities), rishis, and ancestors.

The ceremonies started at 7am and went on till around noon.



Later in the day, after the meditation session with Amma, one of the international devotees thanked all those who helped to conduct the Vavu Bali ceremony. In response Amma said, “We always have a thought of only getting, never of giving to others. We grew up because our parents have been giving to us. Now whatever we may give, we cannot repay for what they have given us. Through this ritual, we are showing our respect, out gratitude, towards our departed ancestors. Giving verbal thanks only remains as words, and doesn’t get translated into action. By partaking in this ritual, we are performing action – spending some time for others, spending some money for them, and chanting mantras. We therefore get purified, creating positive vibrations.

The people who have died might have taken a new birth or attained moksha. Even the remote villagers get their mail properly if the address is correct. You are even able to call him by dialing the correct mobile number. Or if the email id is correct, it will reach him wherever he is. Similarly, if your sankalpa is pure, when making offerings towards departed souls, the result will reach him/her even if he has taken another birth. In addition, we also get the benefit of the mantras and the good actions we do.

Actually, we have to show our gratitude to our parents when they are alive. This ritual is part of Sanatana Dharma, which believes in the rebirth. Whether you believe in this or not, whether they are reborn or not, we get a punya (merit) for the actions we do.


For each action there are two types of results. Drushta Phalam and Adrusthta Phalam – the seen and the unseen results. When we feed a hungry orphan, we feel the joy when we see him enjoying the food we have offered – that is drushta phalam. The result is visible. By giving food we get some punya – merit. That is the unseen result, adrusthta phalam. If you are a sadhak, all that you are doing is done selflessly, the whole world will benefit.”

Stating the example of some of the ashramites, Amma concluded, “If there is a Sannyasi in a family, three generations before and four generations in the future will receive the merit of his Sannyas.”

– Kannadi


Purnamritananda addressed Sekaa Teruna Teruni

24 June 2015, Tampaksiring, Bali

Swami Purnamritananda addressed the Sekaa Teruna Teruni (Young Generation Organization)of Tampaksiring subdistrict in Bali. This event was held in The Soekarno Center Museum whic was initiated by Dr. Arya Wedakarna who is the owner of this museuman and an Indonesian senator.


Swami led the group to in a prayer and then into satsang talking about the importance of self-confidence to reach success. He also conducted a meditation training program with his music of flute.


– Sookshma


Seminar on Success in carrier and business with the power of Dharma

20 June 2015, Udayana University, Bali.

Swami Purnamritananda addressed a business seminar in Udayana University, Bali on the theme “Success in carrier and business with the power of Dharma”. Swami was the keynote speaker of this seminar which was held at Widaysabha Auditorium, Udayana University, Bali.


Udyana University

Udayana University is the oldest and biggest university in Bali with the strength of more than 25,000 students.

Udyana University

More than 400 people – the students of Udayana University and the members of National Hindu Entrepreneur Network attended the program.

Udyana University


– Sookshma




Purnamritananda visits Paramadhama Ashram in Bali

6 Jun 2015, Bali, Indonesia

Swami Purnamritananda visited Paramadhama Ashram situated in Sanur, Denpasar, which was built in 2006 by Rasa Acharya Prabhuraja Darmayasa. He is a Spiritual Teacher and also has translator of Bhagavad Gita into Bali. Swami had a discussion with Prabhu Darmayasa.

In a small program held there, Prabhu Darmayasa said that he is very grateful for Swamiji’s visit.
Swami led the group to an opening prayer followed by an interactive talk. Swamiji’s spoke about Amma’s message of Love, the secret of happiness, and also about the power of yoga and meditation.

– Sookshma



Swami Purnamritananda program in Ubud, Bali

22 June 2015, Ubud, Bali

An event was held in the park of Indus Restaurant by Swami Purnamritananda. Prabhu Darmayasa and Mr. Ketut Suardana welcomed Swami.
The attendees comprised of mostly Balinese and a small group of foreigners.

Programme ended with a meditation practice and Agnihotra ritual.



Waiting for Amma with open hearts….

Br. Shubamrita Chaitanya visited the Republic of South Africa for a series of programmes from April 6 to April 10, 2015.


The programme in Durban on April 6 was held at the Sita Ram Mandir, and on April 7th at the Shri Sanathan Mandal in Stanger. Mrs Shameen Thakur Rajbansi, the Leader of the Minority Front and a member of Parliament in the KwaZulu Legislature attended the program in Stanger. During his stay in Durban, Shubamrita also called upon Mr. R. Raghunathan, the Consul General of India to South Africa, who evinced interest in the activities of Amma’s charitable organization, Embracing the World. Br. Shubamrita was also interviewed by the national TV station SABC 2, which was broadcast nationally.


In both cities, the packed audience was keen on learning more about Amma’s life and teachings and wholeheartedly participated in the talks, soulful bhajans and meditations. In Cape Town, Shubamrita conducted a feeding for disadvantaged children at the Phumlani Community Center, along with the devotees of the local temple Sri Siva Sakti Aalayam. Nourishing food was shared with the children, along with smiles and laughter.


A public programme was held at the Novalis Ubuntu Institute in Cape Town on April 9th. It was a beautiful evening attended by members from all sections of society, giving due respect to the name of the venue – ‘Ubuntu’ describes the traditional African concept of the interconnectedness of humankind and very much correlates to Amma’s vision of unity and peace. Br. Shubamrita spoke on the topic, “Change Your Thinking, Transform Your Life,” which was greatly appreciated by the large audience.

At every city, one question could be heard again and again: “When will Amma come and visit this beautiful country of South Africa?” Amma’s devotees of South Africa pray that this day will come soon and wait eagerly with open hearts.

– Dass