​Bhagavad Gita Festival in Bali

25 Nov 2014, Bali, Indonesia

In connection with the Bhagavad Gita’s 5151st birthday, a record setting event took place at the Tanah Lot Temple in Bali.

Over 8,000 Balinese youths gathered to chant the Gita in its entirety. The youths remained seated for the full 3 hours it took to chant all 18 chapters of the sacred scripture, vowing not to get up until finished.

After the chanting was completed, a number of dances and performances related to Krishna and Arjuna’s interactions in the epic story were held .

The kind, innocent, nature of the Balinese, their resolute faith and devotion, as well as their preservation of their culture, was beyond remarkable.

Swami Purnamritananda Puri was a guest of honour. Swami was accompanied by Agus Indra Udayana (spiritualist and humanitarian, founder of Ashram Gandhi Puri), Eka Wiryastuti (Governor, Recency of Tabanan, Bali), Dr. Arya Wedakarna (local political activist and youth leader, grandson of Indonesia’s first President), a number of scholars, Sannyasis, and many others.​


A retreat in the forest near Tokyo

28 Oct 2014, Tokyo

A Spiritual Camp was organized by M.A. Center in a secluded forest outside Tokyo. Participants got a chance to live in nature for three days, where they could forget all their worries and tensions and focus completely on invoking the Divinity within. Meditation and Amrita Yoga classes were held along with talks on Man and Nature, as well as bhajans and a special Guru Paduka puja ceremony. Many people along with their children participated in the 3-day retreat which was led by Swami Purnamritananda.

Brazil program of Swami Ramakrishnanda

11-15 September, Brazil

After his programs in Peru and Chile, Swami Ramakrishnananda travelled to Brazil to wrap up his South American tour. The first two days of programs were held in Sao Paolo where more than 400 people gathered to take part in Swami’s programs.
From there Swami traveled up the coast to the village of Araruama and had an evening program at the Templo Amrita. Swami recounted several intimate experiences from his early years in the ashram by Amma’s side.

Swami ended his tour in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. The first evening there Swami held a program in the heart of the city at Casarão Ameno Resedá. The next day Swami was invited by Professor Walter Suemitsu to give a talk at the prestigious Universidade Federal of Rio de Janeiro.


On the occasion, Swami discussed the relationship between science and spirituality and then held a lively question and answer session with the students and faculty.

– Das

Sri Krishna Jayanthi at Amritapuri Ashram

15 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
The day started with an early morning Mahaganapathi human at the Kalari. It was followed by a GoPuja (cow worship) and procession. Cows of the ashram, adorned in colors were brought in a procession to the front of the Kali Temple. They were offered fruits by devotees and children dressed like little Krishnas. A brief puja was also performed to them.

In the afternoon, as per the yearly tradition, for Krishna’s Birthday day, Amma came to the front of the Kali Temple to watch the children and youngsters take part in Uriyadi, trying their luck to break swinging pots of water. The game is a reminiscent of little Krishna’s escapades stealing pots of butter. This was followed by joyful Krishna bhajans led by Amma.

Amma with little Krishnas

Later Amma joined the daily bhajans session taking place in the main hall from 6:30 to 8pm.
At 10:45pm, to conclude the special celebration day, the reading of the Srimad Bhagavatam started on the main stage, along with a special puja honoring the birth of Lord Krishna. The hall was filled with devotees and ashramites. The stage was adorned with beautiful Krishna statues, oil lamps, garlands, trays of flowers and a large painting of Amma as Krishna. Amma joined around 11:30pm and enjoyed listening to the Srimad Bhagavatam for some time.


At the stroke of midnight, bells announced the advent of the divine moment: Lord Krishna’s birth! Amma led a special Krishna bhajan session. She asked people to clap their hands and dance forgetting all their worries. The hall swayed with Amma as she was singing.
After the bhajans, Amma’s message was shown on the screen {news}. Later, to end the special day Amma gave a prasad of sweets to all those present. It was around 2:30am when she went back to her room.

– Das

Chile programs of Swami Ramakrishnananda

8-9 September 2014, Chile

More than seven years ago Amma made her first trip to South America, landing first in Santiago, Chile. Even though so many years have passed one can feel her presence alive and well when you see how many people show up to attend Swami Ramakrishnananda’s programs there.

His first program there took place in the beautiful coastal town of Viña del Mar at the Hotel O’Higgins. It was Swami’s second visit to the city that lies a bit more than 100km away from the capital of Santiago. Close to 400 people filled the hotel ballroom and listened very attentively as Swami explained the subtle aspects of the human mind and personality.


The following day Swami held a program in the Club Providencia in the heart of Santiago. There were lots of familiar faces from Amma’s 2007 visit on hand amongst the more than 500 people who came and enthusiastically participated in all parts of Swami’s program. At the end of the evening several devotees stood up and unfurled a big banner saying “Amma vuele a Chile!”…asking Amma to please come back to Chile.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.