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Tokyo Navaratri Festival

25 Oct 2015, Tokyo, Japan

The traditional Indian festival of Navaratri was celebrated with a one-day retreat led by Swami Poornamritananda.

Just before the ceremony, participants offered various tools, equipment, and utensils in front of goddess Saraswati as part of Ayudha puja. In the morning, everyone participated in a Saraswati puja guided by Swamiji.
After the puja, adults and children alike celebrated Vijayadashami. Everybody became like small children while learning how to write ‘Hari Sri’ in Sanskrit letters. The focus and concentration was palpable as it seemed everyone forgot everything else. The hall was filled with pure energy and happy faces were everywhere.


In the afternoon, there were culture programs including Indian dancing and singing.

 

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Surgeries & transplants, Boats and Saris for the poor

27 Sep 2015 Amritapuri – Amritavarsham 62, Amma’s Birthday Celebrations

During the past 20 years, the Amrita Institute of Medical Science in Kochi and the other healthcare institutions of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math have provided 100 percent free care to more than 30 lakh [three million] patients at a value of more than Rs. 400 crore [60 million US dollars].

Amrita Hospital presented another 375 beneficiaries with certificates for totally free surgeries: 200 totally free heart surgeries, 150 totally free brain surgeries and 25 totally free kidney transplants. Certificates for these surgeries were given by: S. Gurumoorthy, renowned economist and writer, Jagadambika Pal, MP, Uttara Pradesh, Richard Hay, MP Thalassery, Kerala, and Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP Karnataka

O. Raja Gopal, former Central Minister, gave certificates for 13 new boats to their owners whos boats were tragically destroyed.

Checks worth one lakhs each were given out to the wifes of fishermen who lost their husbands at sea.

On the occasion 400,000 saris to the poor women were also distributed. First 50 saris given out by Amma.

 

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Amritavarsham62 – celebrations will continue

27-28 Sep 2015 Amritapuri – Amritavarsham 62 , Amma’s Birthday Celebrations

After all the charitable announcements and official stage functions wrapped up Amma began to embrace each and every person that came to the program. Afternoon stretched into evening, evening into night and then night into morning and still the people kept coming. All throughout, there were different cultural performances including a full range of dance and musical styles.

Embrace: one of those last people in the Darshan line on 28th morning.

Embrace: one of those last people in the Darshan line. Darshan over at 11.am.

Around 10am it seemed the darshan was finally coming to an end but Amma noticed some groups of students out in the crowd that had not yet had Amma’s darshan. Amma took a microphone and told anyone that had not yet had darshan to come join the line. So just when it looked like it was almost over another several hundred people came running to join the line. Tears filled the eyes of many of the people who Amma called for darshan as they were overcome with emotion, feeling the compassion that compelled Amma to sit another hour for them.

As the darshan was wrapping up many people in the crowd began dancing to the Baduga music that was being played on the sound system. Amma herself joined in and in her own graceful way, mimicked the gestures of the dancers.

At 11am Amma finally embraced the last person, a full 26 hours after arriving on the stage and began to make her way back to the ashram. During the short boat ride back to the ashram Amma was told a group of villagers somehow had missed their chance for darshan. Immediately Amma asked them to be brought to the ashram. Amma awaited their arrival and proceeded to give them all darshan standing by the boat jetty, making sure not a single person missed their chance to meet her. After making her way to her room through throngs of people, Amma finally walked up her steps close to 12 noon. Before entering her room Amma turned back and flashed a loving smile to all present.

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Amritavarsham 62 is over. But the celebrations will continue in the hearts of her children for ever.

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130 houses and 2 intermediate colleges

27 Sep 2015 Amritapuri – Amritavarsham 62 , Amma’s Birthday Celebrations

Over the past two decades, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has built more than 45,000 homes for the homeless in more than 75 locations throughout India. Today, the Math extended this program by presenting keys to 130 homes and two inter-colleges in various locations throughout India.

Keys were given by: Sripad Yasso Naikji, Minister of AYUSH, Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways, N Shakthan, Speaker of the Kerala Assembly and Ramlalji, the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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External success is impermanent, we need inner victory

27 Sep 2015, Amritapuri – Amritavarsham, Amma’s 62nd Birthday celebrations

Early this morning the stage was filled with traditional Kerala dancers in full regalia as well as ladies dressed up in the traditional costumes from all 29 states of India to welcome Amma. The loud, Panchari Melam, traditional music of Kerala created festive mood and a celebration in the hearts of everyone.

Upon Amma’s arrival on the stage, Swami Amritaswarupananda performed the Pada Puja while everyone chanted the Guru Gita. He then garlanded Amma with a beautiful red, pink and white mala, and lead the archana on behalf of all the devotees. The hall was reverberating with the chanting of Aum Amriteswaryai Namah.

After the Pada Puja, Amma lead a prayer for peace and harmony; praying for the peace of the departed souls of those who lost their lives in the recent Haj stampede, and for everyone to open their hearts to the plight of the refugees who have fled their homelands due to war and crisis.

Amma then gave her birthday speech, saying that India was suffering from a split personality–success when it comes to technological advancement and failure in terms of poverty, illiteracy, health sanitation and crimes against women. However, she said the condition could be remedied if the nation overcame segregationist attitudes and worked in unity.

“A split personality is never a sign of sound health,” Amma said. “If we want to see India become powerful and healthy again, we need to merge these two faces into one beautiful face.”

“If we can bring our collective knowledge, compassion and talent together, it will not be so long before we see India rising and thriving with peace, harmony and prosperity,” she said. “When this dream of India burns in us so strongly that not even a single Indian wants to sleep until it’s realized, then it will become a reality.”

“External success is impermanent. Along with external success, we need inner victory- victory over our mind and senses.”

“It is said that 22,000 children are dying daily due to poverty. We hear about such deaths so regularly that our ears have become desensitized. We say, “So sad,” but we forget it later. Just words of sympathy are not what is needed for the world. What we need are hands that are ready to serve selflessly.”

Amma ended her talk by asking everyone to stand and chant Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, once again praying for world peace.

With the help of several dignitaries on the dais, Amma then proceeded with the inauguration of numerous charitable initiatives for the poor in areas including healthcare and housing, as well as the provision of clothing, potable water and electricity.

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100 Crore commitment to sanitation in Kerala

27 Sep 2015, Amritapuri – Amritavarsham 62 celebrations

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Amma added to her Rs. 100-crore donation to the Namami Gange campaign by making a pledge that MAM will dedicate a value of Rs. 100-crore in toilet construction and other sanitation efforts. A plaque commemorating the pledge was given by Amma to Sri. Ooomen Chandy, Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala during Amritavarsham celebrations.

Oommen Chandy, thanked Amma for her Rs. 100-crore commitment to building toilets and other sanitation projects in Kerala, saying, “Amma has removed the pain of thousands of people. She has contributed Rs. 100 crore to the poorest people—those who cannot even afford a toilet. She is one of the greatest people to ever serve Kerala society.”

 

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Amritapuri has become Vrindavan on Sri Krishna Jayanthi

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5 September 2015 – Krishna’s Birthday Celebrations at Amritapuri

On the heels of a wonderful Onam celebration, just a week later the ashram was again in a festive mood for Krishna Jayanti. The day’s celebrations started at 7.30am with a cow procession from the kitchen area towards the front steps of the Kali Temple. A GoPuja (cow worship ritual) was performed there to the ashram cows, all adorned in beautiful colors. They were also offered fruits by devotees and children dressed like little Krishnas & Gopis.

As it was a Saturday, Amma came out to the main hall to give regular darshan at 11am. She finished early though in order to join the special traditional Uriyadi games in front of the Kali Temple.

A procession, singing the name of the Lord, coming from Sri Krishna  temple at Kuzhithura joined the celebrations in front of the Kali temple at the Ashram.  Amma enjoyed watching the children and youngsters dance & try their luck to break swinging pots, reminiscent of little Krishna’s escapades stealing pots of butter. This was followed by joyful Krishna bhajans led by Amma, surrounded by all the little Krishna’s of Amritapuri.

Straight from bhajans on the steps of the temple, at 6.30pm Amma joined the daily evening bhajans session in the main hall, till 8pm.

At 11:30pm, Amma came back to the hall to listen to the traditional reading of the Srimad Bhagavatam. The stage was adorned with beautiful Krishna statues, oil lamps, garlands, trays of flowers, and the hall was filled with devotees and ashramites. While the Bhagavatam was being read, a special puja honoring the birth of Lord Krishna was also taking place on the stage.

At the stroke of midnight, bells announced the advent of the divine moment: Lord Krishna’s birth! Amma sang one bhajan before her message for the occasion was shown on the big screen {Read Amma’s Message full}.  Speaking on the occassion she said: “Even though it has been 5,000 years since the Lord incarnated on earth, his presence continues to shine in the culture and everyday life of the people of our land. The magnetism of the Lord’s leelas and the relevance of his teachings have not diminished with time. Through his life, Sri Krishna revealed the infinite power of the universe in all its completeness. This is the reason we hail him as a purna avatara—a full incarnation. ” {Read Amma’s Message full }.

After the message, Amma led a special Krishna bhajan session. She asked people to stand, clap their hands and dance forgetting all their worries. The hall swayed with Amma as she was singing in joy.

Later, Amma gave a prasad of payasam to all those present, bringing a sweet end to the day’s festivities at almost 2am in the morning.

– Sundar

 

 

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Onam celebrations at Amritapuri 2015

28 Aug 2015, Amritapuri – Onam Celebrations

Every year Onam is a time for great celebration here in Amritapuri and this year was no exception. Early in the morning the hall was full of people in anticipation for the day’s festivities. They didnt have to wait long as Amma arrived on the stage before 10am and gave her Onam message to a packed crowd.

Speaking to the assembled devotees Amma said “All of us are experiencing our own little pains and sorrows in life. Nevertheless, amidst all these, we still usher in Onam with joy. How is it possible? Happiness is a decision. If we so decide, we can create an empire of happiness. This is because happiness is our true nature. The lamp of happiness is ever aflame in our hearts. We must take care not to block this light with the closed curtain of our desires.” {read more}

At the of her talk Amma lead the hall through a joyous rendition of Bandalo Bandalo and asked everyone to clap their hands with those around them.

Then Amma served a special onasadya meal to all the thousands of people in the ashram which took several hours. All ate in the hall together as one big family…even the biggest of ashram resident. As it has become a yearly tradition, Amma served Lakshmi the elephant the large portion of Onam prasad.

Later in the evening after bhajans, Amma came back to the hall to participate in the cultural programs. A huge variety of performances delighted the hall performed by ashram children, residents, westerners and brahmacharis. All finally reached a crescendo when around midnight Amma led everyone in singing – La Le Lale La Le. The whole hall was cheering, singing, and swaying with the music to bring an end to amazing day.

-Kannadi

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AmritaVarsham62 Amma’s Birthday celebrations

1 Sep 2015, Amritapuri

Amma’s upcoming 62nd birthday celebrations are to be held at the Amrita University Campus at Amritapuri, Kerala on the 26th and 27th of September, 2015.

Come join the Celebrations!!
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Amma — Mother, Guru and a true role model to millions—has served the world for decades imparting wisdom, strength and inspiration. Her life is a constant reminder that peace, compassion, selflessness and the other universal values written in the hearts of humankind remain relevant. Through her extraordinary acts of love, inner-strength and self-sacrifice, she has endeared herself to millions and inspired them to follow her path of selfless service.

‪Amma‬ has also pioneered countless humanitarian and charitable programmes in India and abroad under the “‪EmbracingtheWorld‬” initiative.

As we celebrate 62 glorious years of Amma’s selfless service to contemporary society, we would be deeply honoured if you would grace the occasion with your esteemed presence and add to the beauty and grandeur of this international event.

To add beauty and grandeur to this international event, we would love you to be here.

Come, Join the celebrations.