Two day program in Lima, Peru

5-6 Sep 2014, Lima, Peru

Swami Ramakrishnananda began his South American tour with two days of programs in Lima, Peru. It was Swami’s third visit to the country.

The first day saw a full hall at the Club Arabe enthusiastically participate in learning the Integrated Amrita Meditation (IAM).  Most people in attendance were trying mediation for the first time and were very grateful for the opportunity to learn Amma’s technique.

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Later that evening Swami held a program in the center of Lima at the Swissotel. Well before the program began a large line snaked outside the hotel and around the block with several hundred people eagerly waiting to enter.  More than 600 people were on hand to hear about Amma’s life and teachings, masterfully shared through Swami’s insightful and entertaining satsang.

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Following his talk, Swami led several bhajans, in Sanskrit, Spanish and English, each greeted by a round of applause.  The program concluded with a guided meditation but no one was ready to go home.  Before leaving everyone very patiently lined up and one by one took the time to personally thank Swami for coming and offering them such a wonderful evening of inspiration.

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When Swami met Manpreet Vohra, Ambassador of India to Peru and Bolivia and Ms. Cecilia Chacon DeVettori, Member of Congress for the Peruvian Government.

Ganesh Visarjan

7 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
The Ganesh festival comes to an end with Ganesh Visarjan. The idol of Ganesha which was kept in front of Kalari on the day of Ganesh Chaturthy was taken in a procession to the sea this evening. Chanting bhajans and cheering “Ganapati Bapa Moriya” devotees carried the idol to the sea and immersed it there.

All the names and forms – they are impermanent, focus on the changeless behind all names and forms is the principle of this Ganesha festival.

New MA Centre in the Netherlands

Right in the centre of the Netherlands, close to Utrecht and the venue where Amma’s annual program is held, is the new Amma Centre of the Netherlands. It’s a two-acre property . A 1940s-era villa with an extension added more recently, this Center houses two large satsang rooms and more than 20 smaller rooms.

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It’s situated within an hour from Amsterdam and the airport, and is only 800 meters from a railway station, making it very central and convenient for devotees to come for satsang and weekend retreats. In the spacious gardens, a permaculture fruit and vegetable garden will be cultivated.

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Embracing the World reaches out to needy families in Slovenia

The volunteers of Embracing the World in Slovenia donated 10 tonnes of food (5,000 kilos of rice and 5,000 kilos of Pasta) towards families in need during a public function held in Ljubljana, the capitol city of Slovenia on May 22, 2014. Br. Shubamrita Chaitanya handed over the supplies to the ‘Friends of Youth’ organization by handing over a symbolic cheque to their representative. The distribution was done in five places in the country namely Ljubliana, Maribor, Novo Mesto, Šentjur and Carinthia. It was the first major humanitarian project in Slovenia by Embracing the World.

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Br. Shubamrita also gave a talk on the topic, “Change your Thinking, Transform your Life” which was greatly appreciated by the packed audience. The talk was followed by bhajans and a session of guided meditation.

The IAM meditation course held a few days later was also well attended.

Amma program started in Tahiti island

Brahmacharini Dipamrita Chaitanya visited Tahiti for one week of programs. It was the first time a representative from Amma’s organization visited the remote island.

Dipamrita held different programs at various locations around the island; public halls, gymnasiums, a Tibetan center, private houses, etc, where she shared Amma’s teachings, and guided people through yoga, meditation, puja, and bhajans.

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During her visit, Bri. Dipamrita and Catherine Graindorge were interviewed by several major media outlets, including a popular TV channel (Polynésie 1ère), as well radio and newspapers, who all helped announce the programs. It was also great timing that very week Dipamrita was in Tahiti one of the major French channels on the island broadcast a program on Amma.

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The response was very positive from all who attended and after Dipamrita’s visit many Tahitians came to Los Angeles to meet Amma during her summer tour. Following the programs, devotees living in this small island of French Polynesia have started a regular satsang group and and officially registered the association ‘AmmaTahiti’ allowing them to officially begin to do charitable activities inspired by Amma’s example on their island.

Shubamrita brings the sunshine to Hungary

14hungary01The very first stop of the European Tour of Br. Shubamrita this year was Hungary.

On Swami’s arrival, sunshine and early summer replaced the heavy rainfall lasted long-long days.

Lots of people came to see him and listen to his spiritual talk. More then half of them was newcomers and heard about Amma only recently.

Br. Shubamrita’s talked on how you can make your life more easy while only changing your thoughts and concentrating just on the next step – filled their hearts with relief. His beautiful words were so touching that after the program you could see many of the participants’ faces shining. Lots of them said that they decided to follow those simple suggestions swami had proposed.

After the break devotional bhajans and meditation helped their minds to settle and surrender.

“I am thankful what I received here today: the theory of “changing your thoughts” is very familiar to me, but understanding it and living it was not completely synchronised. Swami’s words swam directly to my heart and furthermore I have received practical advises on the “how to” side. I appreciate it so much!” said a participant after the program.

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Guru Purnima in Amritapuri

12 July 2014, Amritapuri
In Amritapuri Guru Purnima was celebrated. Under the leadership of Swami Turiyamritananda, Guru Paduka puja was conducted. Archana, Bhajans, Arati, and Satsang followed.

MA Center opens in Los Angeles

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Two hundred honored guests, including state and local officials gathered on January 21st for the official ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the MA Center LA, located at 128 South Catalina Avenue. The new community center is part of the United Nations affiliated NGO, Embracing the World (ETW), a charitable outreach organization founded by Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the celebrated spiritual leader and humanitarian.

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A welcome letter from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was presented stating, “I applaud Amma and her team for bringing their programs and philanthropic services to our area.”

Other fifteen commendations were presented to the MA Center community by the officials of the city and around.

Ron Gottsegen, president of the MA Center LA, expressed his appreciation at the gathering, saying “Our work is only just beginning…now it is up to us, from this beautiful home, to serve the people who need our help.”

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A newly refurbished art deco landmark, the MA Center LA (128 S. Catalina Avenue) is one of the oldest buildings in Redondo Beach. MA Center LA aims to become a vibrant hub for advancing humanitarian activities and community service throughout Southern California.

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Amma’s message of Love and Peace reaches Serbia

On 24th November 2013 Br. Shubamrita Chaitanya visited Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It was the first time a representative of Amma was holding a public programme in this Balkan country. The event was organized by the India-Serbia Friendship Society and was held in “Kulturni Centar”, a former synagogue and cultural center right in the center of town. A packed audience attended Br. Shubamrita’s talk, devotional singing and meditation with rapt attention. It was especially so inspiring to see large number of youngsters in the audience, expressing their interest in cultural exchange and personal empowerment.

 


Br. Shubamrita’s talk highlighted on the ways to find the treasure of infinite peace and love within. His witty and lively presentation, filled with incidents from Amma’s life and experiences around Amma, immediately struck a chord with the audience. Once could also see many eyes moist with tears watching the introductory video of Embracing the World, which was translated into the Serbian language.

While meeting people after the event, one of the participants of the programme said to Br. Shubamrita, “Many people in this country are suffering due to the wounds of years of war and conflict that this country has gone through. Amma’s message of love, compassion and forgiveness means a lot for the people here. Just hearing about Amma gives us such peace. I can’t imagine what we will feel when we see her with our eyes.”

As Br. Shubamrita left Belgrade for Moscow, he carried with him so many messages for Amma, asking her to visit Serbia as soon as possible, and thanking her for all that she was doing to spread the message of love and compassion in the world.

 

Swimming and the Dosa festival with Amma

14 May 2013, Amritapuri

These were the last two days before Amma’s Japan-America yatra. Amma came yesterday for Tuesday satsang and mentioned that she would come to the swimming pool in the evening, feed everyone Masala Dosas and mangoes.

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Blissfully beautiful

Later that evening, as promised, Amma came to the pool soon after the bhajans. Amma spent the first one and half hours with Ashram girls. As the girls enjoyed the presence of Amma with them, there were cries of yearning from boys outside “Amme.. Ammme”. As soon as the girls session ended, boys started trickling in. Amma sat at the deep end of the pool and each one got a chance to be nudged into the waters by Amma. With a unique smile, Amma would sweetly ask if each one knew swimming and for those who did not, request a safety ring and keep her bramhacharis ready while she would shove them one by one. She would playfully tease them, evoking peals of laughter from all around. Amma would keep a watchful eye on each person as they dove into the pool, making sure they he would come up and make it safely to touch the side of the pool.

Amma asked for a ganjira and started singing bhajans. Her voice overshot the sounds of her children and “He Giridhara Gopala” rang through the night air of Amritapuri.

After everyone getting a chance to swim, Amma was alone in the water- swimming and floating in the pool for a while. Her legs were in padmasana, hands were holding mudras with only her forehead, eyes, nose and a small part of her chin above water. All were silent, as lights danced on the ripples of the pool. A gentle breeze caressed every one and Amma was in samadhi. It was blissfully beautiful.

After swimming, Amma went back to her room leaving the whole ashram awake, happy and relaxed, remembering her beautiful presence.

Dosa Fest

15 May 2013
The last evening before the US tour was the second annual super-special Dosa festival.

Even during Bhajans several dosa grills had started sizzling. Amma jokingly started saying “How can the mind be focused (on bhajans) when the smells and sizzling sounds rise on either sides”, as dosas were being made. And between each round of dosas water was used to clean the big grills causing clouds of steam to rise all around the hall. As soon as bhajans ended, Amma climbed down the stage and the Dosa fest began.

Amma made dosas with care and then with her own unique style, initiated the distribution process. Amma started serving hot Masala dosas with spicy chick pea curry and freshly cut yellow mangoes from Ettimadai. After most of the devotees were served, Amma insisted everyone to take a second portion: “Children, take a second dosa, or cut one in half and share. Don’t worry, we will make more for you. Amma felt all of you should be given a full mango but the person in charge of the kitchen was concerned for the numbers, so he sliced them up, but at least that makes it easy to eat. There is lots more, Please help yourselves!”. Amma then said “may all children be happy in body and mind, may all those here and everywhere be well. Go on eat!”. Saying so, Amma took a bite of dosa after chanting the Bramharpanam mantra. Two very big dosas were made for Amma one from girls side and one from boys. Amma took pieces from each and then distributed the rest to everyone.

As stomachs filled, Amma passed the microphone around and asked for people to share jokes. Amma would add spiritual insight into each joke, adding wisdom to the humor.

Amma then sang “Maiyyaji me ne tu chahdi’ – Mother I am yearning for you – with a lot of shouts of “oho”, “aha” and ended with “Mata rani ki.. jai”.

Amma then left early in the pre-dawn hours for her two month long Japan-America yatra.

To Amma, there are no limits. She goes every extra mile to make her children happy. Look at this – an ordinary evening she converted in to a big celebration, made masala dosa and distributed it hot to over 3000 people in an hour and twenty minutes, filled the session with satsang, jokes and bhajans!!

Are you looking for miracles? This was one.

– Sakshi