Potting of Tree Saplings

24 October 2011, La Mesa Eco Park, Manila

Amma Center Manila gets down to work. Participants begin by reconnecting with the earth as they pot some soil in preparation for planting tree saplings.


A ranger from La Mesa Eco Park demonstrated planting in preparation for the ceremonial tree planting that was done by Br. Shantamrita with Amma Center Manila members: Senator Jamby Madrigal-Valade and her husband Eric Valade.

planting saplings

Amma Center Manila donates a 50,000 Philippine Peso check to La Mesa Eco Park.


South America waiting for the shower of Amma’s blessings

19 September – 1st October, 2011 – South America

During the past 2 weeks Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri travelled across South America visiting Peru, Brazil and Chile.

Lima, Peru

Swami conducted 3 days of programs throughout the capital city of Peru. While in Lima Swami met with several government officials, including: Hilaria Supa, the Peruvian representative of the Andean Parliament, the Vice Minister of Intercultural Affairs, Mr Clemente Otta and Manpreet Vohra the Ambassador of India to Peru, who all expressed a keen interest in bringing Amma back to South America.

Additionally there an IAM class was held.


Sao Paolo, Brazil
Two days of programs were held at the beautiful Espaço Singular hall. From there Swami travelled up the coast to Rio de Janeiro at had a program at the Forte do Leme military base at the end of Copacabana beach. At Templo Amrita in the town of Araruama and conducted a ceremony for world peace and prosperity. The next day on September 27th, Swami returned to Rio to celebrate Amma’s birthday with a lively bhajans session with all the Brazilian devotees.

From the Atlantic coast of the continent Swami then held his next program in Viña del Mar, Chile overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the campus of the Universidad del Mar. The program hall was packed to capacity by an enthusiastic crowd. Swami’s final program of the tour was held at the foot of the majestic Andes mountains in Santiago, Chile. There was no need for Swami to remind the crowd that this was the place, in 2007, where Amma first set foot on South American soil, as many in attendance had been there to have Amma’s darshan five years earlier. Swami ended his last satsang by voicing the desire of all those who had attended his programs during the trip and praying that Amma may soon return to shower her blessings on South America.


Balancing Life in Hong Kong

September 8th – 11th 2011, Hong Kong

Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri conducted three days of programs in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s sole Hindu Temple is located in the Happy Valley. The temple had a crowd of more than 200 to attend Swami Ramakrishnananda’s talk. After the talk, Swamiji began leading bhajans, with songs such as Dayakaro Tum, Git Nahi etc. One elderly gentlemen who was playing cymbals, came to Swamiji afterwards apologizing to him as had had been overcome by a feeling of the divine presence and was not able to continue playing the cymbals during the bhajans.

Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya led an IAM meditation retreat for students who were natives of Hong Kong, Taiwan or Mainland China in a beautiful complex in Hong Kong. People of all walks of life attended retreat.

Later, several hundred attendees participated in Swami Ramakrishnananda’s satsangs, IAM Meditation techniques by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya, and two presentations made at the Cathay Pacific corporate headquarters. Swami Ramakrishnananda gave talks about Wisdom and Balance in Daily Life. Following his talk, Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya gave a short demonstration of the IAM Technique. His presentation included a detailed comparison of IAM’s benefits to the ones described by ancient Chinese scriptures.


The world awaits true leaders in Fiji

Amma’s message has been spread to the South Pacific through a visit to the Fiji Islands by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya from March 7 to 14, 2011 to conduct a series of seminars on Practical Spirituality.

Br. Shantamrita’s first program on March 9 was at the prestigious Fiji National University in the capital Suva where he spoke to diverse audience of indigenous Fijians, Indo-Fijians, expatriates, students, and professor’s on the topic of “The World Awaits True Leaders”. Based on Amma’s teachings Br. Shantamrita explained how true leaders speak through their actions, guiding and inspiring others with their love and selflessness and how such leaders, like Amma, can bring about tremendous transformation, even in today’s world. Touching on such topics, Br. Shantamrita discussed how we can invoke our latent leadership qualities and become the change that we seek in society. The talk was followed by a lively question and answer session.

The next day Shantamrita taught meditation to a group of enthusiastic participants at a private house in Suva. The session was held on the house verandah surrounded by a lush tropical garden creating a relaxing atmosphere for all. Many of the participants commented how peaceful and inspired they felt by the session.

Further sessions were held during the week, including a training session for United Nations’ staff, a satsang at a large Hindu temple, a conscious living workshop, and an introduction to meditation for children at a national park just outside of Suva.



Russia looking forward to the warmth of Amma s Love

On Nov. 26th, 2011, Br. Shubamrita Chaitanya held a public programme in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg in Russia.

Despite severe weather conditions and temperature of -10 degree Celsius, more than 150 people came to the event, which took place in a centrally located conference hall at the Lityeynyy prospekt.

Br. Shubamrita gave a talk on the “Way to Inner Peace” based on Amma’s teachings, followed by devotional singing and a short meditation.

For many participants this was their first encounter with Amma’s message and teachings. However they were in rapt attention for the talk and meditation and joyfully participated in the bhajans
Some of them came to Shubamrita as a group as he was distributing prasad and said, “Amma hasn’t physically visited us for nearly 20 years. Please convey our heartfelt prayer to Her that Her Russian children are waiting eagerly for the next visit, to be warmed by Her love again.”

Cleaning the surroundings, cleaning the mind

3 Oct 2010, Tokyo, Japan

Every year, Amma’s Japanese devotees in Tokyo celebrate Amma’s Birthday with great festivity and ceremony. This year, however, they decided to add a new twist – cleaning up a public park. Ironically coinciding with Amma’s birthday message {news} about cleaning one’s community.

The cleanup took place in Toyama Park of Shinjuku Ward, in downtown Tokyo. About 20 people participated in the morning session, which started with a brief talk by Br. Shantamrita on “Man and Nature.”

In a short while, the devotees had collected enough garbage from the park premises to fill many trash bags. The most common items of litter were cigarette butts, candy wrappers and empty cans/bottles. The participants enjoyed the occasion so thoroughly, they decided to make it a regular activity and scheduled monthly park cleanups to put into practice Amma’s teachings.

Embracing Amma’s recent message about environmental cleaning efforts, the devotees plan to conduct a campaign to raise awareness of how we can minimize our impact on nature by adopting eco-friendly household practices and waste management.

The afternoon program consisted of the more traditional Birthday Celebrations. Br. Shantamrita started by giving a talk on how Amma sees the interconnectedness of life, showing compassion not only to human beings, but also to Mother Nature. He then began the abhishekham to Amma’s silver padukas, while the devotees in attendance chanted Guru Stotra, Guru Paduka Stotra and Durga Suktam. Each program attendee was given the opportunity to perform abhishekham, as well. All were encouraged to remember the symbolism of the ceremony while participating – we are offering our respects to the padukam as a symbol of our respect for the lofty principles embodied in Amma’s life.
As the abhishekham continued, the devotees sang bhajans full of devotion and love. After the conclusion of the ceremony, the devotees remained in the hall to watch videos of Amma. Especially engrossing was the new Japanese version of Amma’s charitable activities – Stories From The Field.

Country name with love waiting for Love


Br. Shubamrita Chaitanya visited Slovenia for the first time on the 8th and 9th of June, 2010. A beautiful picturesque country that has borders with Hungary, Italy, Croatia and Austria, was a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and achieved Independence in the year 1991. The programmes were held in Ljubljana at the auditorium of the Biotechnical Institute. The Slovenians welcomed Amma’s message with open arms. Br. Shubamrita gave a talk on “Turning Scars into Stars” based on Amma’s teachings of how to face problems in life. The audience wholeheartedly participated in the bhajan singing and the meditation.

Before the programme, Br. Shubamrita was interviewed by the Slovenian National TV. On the day after the programme, he gave a long interview for the AURA, one of the famous magazines of the country. One lady said “We are a country with LOVE in our name (s-LOVE-nia). This country is known for its love, hospitality and openness. We are now waiting for a hug from the MOTHER OF LOVE.”

There is an Amma website www.amma.si and  two books are also available in the Slovenian language.

It was a very good start in the amazing Slavic country, so filled with natural beauty and beautiful hearts.

– Nath

Glorious past looks for inspiration from Amma

GreeceFrom 25 – 27 May 2010
Br. Shubamrita Chaitanya visited Greece. Public programmes were held in the capital Athens and the islands Syros and Mykonos.

The event in Athens was held in the centrally located Athens Gate Hotel and the hall was packed to the capacity. The audience was very keen on learning more about Amma’s life, message and teachings. Even though most of the audience was newcomers, they whole-heartedly participated in every aspect of the programme, and were so spontaneous in singing chorus for the bhajans.


The following day Br. Shubamrita visited the island Syros, where the programme was held in the cultural centre right at the harbour. A large crowd came to attend the evening talk, meditation and bhajan. Due to the unexpected number of guests many had to be seated on the stage and corridors, making it a real cosy event. Br. Shubamrita’s visit was interviewed by the Aigean TV in Syros for more than half an hour that was aired repeatedly on several days.

The last programme was on the island Mykonos, which has become known as one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations due to its uniquely picturesque landscape and architecture. The programme in the city hall therefore attracted both local residents as well as tourists to the island.

greek3Many Greeks who attended the various programmes said that in Amma’s teachings they found valuable advice on how to deal with the economic challenge that the country currently faces. The most important step, they say, is to be aware that the values that the Greek society had from its glorious past does not erode, and Amma’s message comes as a welcome inspiration in that direction.

Br. Shubamrita’s visit to Greece was complimented with two Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique courses taught by Dayalu, an ashram resident, one in Evia near Athens and one on Mykonos.

– Nath

MA Centre, Germany receives UN Award

On 17 March, 2010, Cologne, Germany
The National Committee of the UN-Decade “Education for Sustainable Development” awarded M.A. Center Germany as an official UNESCO Decade Project.

The award is given to institutions and communities that provide a positive example to the local community by operating according to the principles of sustainable living.

M.A.Center Germany received the award for its holistic approach to sustainability in all areas of life.

The centre uses primarily organic and regional foods, and further seeks self-sufficiency in the use of energy and water. Cisterns are already in use and other eco-friendly technologies like photovoltaic, solar-heating and wood-chip-heating systems are scheduled.

For the conversion and construction of buildings, ecological materials are used and the principles of a passive house are implemented, which means that due to advanced insulation no additional heating is required, even during the cold winters.

The centre offers retreats on conscious living, meditation, organic cultivation of vegetable and herbs as well as yoga and art workshops.

Since 2006, the centre has been organizing Youth Retreats to convey the principles of sustainability to the younger generation. These retreats are sponsored by the European Union’s “Youth in Action” program.

During the award ceremony, Prof. Gerhard de Haan, chairman of the National Committee for the Implementation of the UN Decade in Germany said: “The Decade projects do good work. They impart knowledge and skills of sustainable development to our society; teach the idea of sustainability to a larger range of people.”

The UN Decade on Education of Sustainable Development is an international education initiative. The states of the United Nations have committed themselves to learn in the years 2005 to 2014 the concept of “sustainability”. The German Commission of the UNESCO coordinates the activities of the UN Decade in Germany together with the Federal Ministry of Education.

– Dev

Bringing Ammas message to South America

March 2010- South America

On March 4th Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri arrived in South America to begin a three nation tour.  Swami’s tour began in Caracas, Venezuela at the northern extreme of the continent.  The programs there were held in the UNESCO headquarters in Caracas, the ‘Monumento de la Paz’ or ‘Monument of Peace,’ a very unique building, designed to be a visual symbol of tolerance and peace. The first program was well attended with more than 300 people packing the colonnaded main auditorium.  The program ended with a very enthusiastic question and answer session in which people continuously expressed their gratitude for having learned more about Amma and her teachings and also their desire to bring Amma to their country.  The following day, more than 150 people participated in an IAM technique class.

From Venezuela Swami traveled south to Lima, Peru, where two days of programs were held in a beautiful hall overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  More than 1000 people attended the lively programs over both days.  On his last day in Peru, Swami was invited to address a meeting of business executives at the ‘Club de Empresariales’.  Swami shared how Amma’s teachings can help them not only become better managers, but how they can come to manage their own minds.

To conclude the tour, Swami flew over the Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest and the vast open pampas landing on the Atlantic coast of Brazil, visiting Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and Araruama.
During the two days of programs in Sao Paolo, attendees brought donations for the victims of the ongoing flooding in the area. The local satsang group from Santa Catarina has been providing continuing relief service to the victims for the past year.  Swami led everyone in a special prayer for those affected by the floods.

The following day Swami held a program overlooking the famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.  It has been almost three years since Amma’s first and only visit to this city. During Swami’s question and answer session the main query all wanted answered was, “When is Amma coming back?”

The final program of Swami’s South America tour took place in the same location of Swami’s first visit to the continent 12 years back, at the Templo Amrita in Araruama, Brazil, about two hours outside of Rio.  In the peaceful countryside, Swami guided the attendees in a puja for peace and prosperity.

Since Amma’s visit in 2007, her children here in South America have been praying for Amma’s prompt return,to bless their continent once again.  Swami’s visit helped intensify those prayers .

– Das