Amma in DC

Amma in Washington DC

5-6 July, Washington DC – America Yatra 2015

Amma held two days of programs in Washington DC., the Capital of the United States. Devotees from around the region who had been waiting for almost a year came to the Marriott Gateway Hotel in Crystal City, Arlington, just across the Potomac River from the National Mall, where the Washington Monument, US Capitol, and White House are located.


Amma sang bhajans, gave satsang, and led the gathered crowd in a prayer for world peace and harmony. While Amma was giving darshan, local devotees sang bhajans and performed traditional Indian dances.

niagara falls

Amma, you are truly a change maker

17-20 July, Toronto, Canada – American Yatra 2015

Amma concluded her 2015 North American tour with one public program and a retreat at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto, Canada. People came from all over Canada to attend the programs.

Following Amma’s message of helping those in need, the Amma Foundation of Canada, in conjunction with the Peel Children’s Aid Foundation, provided bursaries to three students in Canada to attend University.

Welcoming Amma to Toronto, Dr. Usha George, Dean of the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University, said “I am most impressed by the creative and innovative use of the technology to address the social issues in various villages, in Kerala and the surrounding country side. By restoring respect and dignity to local villagers you are transforming life with love, empathy and compassion. Amma, you are truly a change maker.”

During the retreat, there were many cultural performances by Amma’s children. Members of Amma’s AYUDH youth group performed an impeccably-choreographed traditional Indian dance praising Lord Shiva, accompanied by musicians and singers. Later, three young devotees presented a sign-language version of the bhajan ‘Wondrous Goddess, Precious Goddess.’ Amma and the crowd were delighted by the heart-warming performance.

On her way to Toronto, Amma stopped at Niagara Falls along with the Tour Staff . There, she served dinner to everyone, and led the staff in meditation for world peace.


Amma in Boston

9-10 July, Boston, MA – America Yatra 2015 Amma held two days of programs at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA. Devotees came from all around New England to receive Amma’s embrace, listen to Amma’s satsang and to hear her sing hajans. Amma also led the crowd in a guided meditation for world peace, where we imagined white flower petals showering down from the sky on all areas of nature while chanting ‘Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu.’


APJ-Kalam with Amma

APJ Abdul Kalam had only goodness in his heart: Amma sends a condolence message

Amma sends a condolence message on the demise of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a personification of goodness. He looked at the world with the vision of a Rishi. He was an exemplary scientist, a lover of humankind and a visionary. He blended together his scientific knowledge and love for humanity. He taught youngsters to dream high and have the confidence to realize them. He bridged the gap between the ruling authorities and the common man.


Amma has met Dr. Kalam many times and has had long discussions with him. He came to Amritapuri the first time when he had visited the University campus to give a lecture to the students.

When Amma enquired about his dreams, he said that he wanted to interact with at least one hundred thousand students. He wanted to convey to them that the future of the country will be molded by their dreams. During the Amritavarsham 50 celebrations, Amma kept a day exclusively for the Youth and Dr. Kalam addressed them and inspired them.

Wherever he went he was able to interact with the student community and the youth and awaken their morale. This proves that Divine Grace will sure fulfill any selfless desire that we have.

He had the heart and the tenderness of a poet. A true scientist sees creation with wonder and the innocence of a child. In the case of Dr. Kalam this was true to the word. In front of knowledge and learning he was always humble and he always had the attitude of a beginner. May be this was the reason why he was so different from the others.

He visited Amma in Amritapuri when he was the Honourable President of India and invited Amma to the Rashtrapati Bhavan as well. Walking in the gardens of the President’s palace for a long time with Amma, he kept talking about the stories of every plant, flower and petal like a child. He shared his dreams about the country. He also expressed his anxiety about the children and the younger generation of India. He discussed the ways of how to inspire them to tread the right path in life.

He had only goodness in his heart. His physical presence is not with us any more. Dr. Kalam is not somebody who can be confined to the pages of history just as one of the former Presidents of the Nation. His high thinking and his pure lifestyle will always inspire us and will keep spreading fragrance all around.

Amma in San Ramon

Nov  20 -25,  San Ramon, California – America Yatra 2011

After departing Europe, Amma flew over 5000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Her ashram situated in the rolling hills of San Ramon, California for a week long program.

Thousands of devotees braved the rain showers and the cold weather to come and receive Amma’s blessings. Hollywood actor Kurt Russell made his way to Amma’s ashram. He too, was eager to find out what was drawing such large crowds on one of the biggest American holidays, Thanksgiving.
In addition, Leland H. Hartwell, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, came to discover the true peace that one feels while being in Amma’s arms. He said, ” It was very nice to meet Amma because I have heard so much about her and have seen the result of her work. It was a great honor to spend so much time with her.”

Amma served a Thanksgiving dinner to all her children present on Thursday night, leaving the devotees filled with happiness and gratitude.

Amma in London: Tie our minds to God with the lifeline of devotion

15 – 17 November, London, UK – Europe Yatra 2011

Before traveling to London to conclude her 25th European Tour, Amma visited her center near Antwerp, Belgium. She spent the day there with local devotees and served a prasad lunch. From there Amma continued on to the United Kingdom and conducted a 3 day program in London, where thousands queued for long hours to receive an embrace at the historic Alexandra Palace.
Meditations, Bhajans and Satsangs were held, along with a Puja conducted for world peace.

There was an extensive media presence during the programs. Amma’s visit was covered by almost all major media outlets including the BBC, The Telegraph, and The Sun.

During her satsang there Amma said: “Worldly life is like climbing a big mountain. When a mountaineer climbs a mountain, he/she will tie a lifeline to their waist, which is attached to the mountain. In case they slip while climbing the mountain, they won’t fall, because of the lifeline tied to them. In a similar way, if we tie to our minds the “lifeline” of devotion to God or remembrance of God, then no matter how many difficulties or adversities we may face in life, we will never suffer.”

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Amma in Barcelona

5 -7  November, Barcelona, Spain – Europe Yatra 2011

Amma began her visit to Spain by spending a day in the Barcelona Ashram and inviting all of the devotees there for lunch.

Before serving the meal Amma delighted all the devotees present when she lead the beginning of the guided meditation in Spanish.

The following three days, large crowds filled the Palau d’Esport hall in Granollers, Barcelona.


The Mayor of the city of Granollers, Mr. Josep Mayoral i Antigas, came to officially welcome Amma to the city. Amma was also greeted by Mr. Salvador Jorba, a delegate from the Cataluña State government. After meeting Amma, Mr Jorba shard his thoughts, “The most important thing i felt is love. I think that if love is possible to transmit in a physical form, Amma achieves this. She achieves to transmit this sensation of internal love. After darshan I felt peace, serenity, tranquility and spirituality. It’s a real gift to receive such spirituality.”

Amma in Toulon

31 Oct- 2 November, Toulon, France – Europe Yatra 2001

Amma’s annual visit to the south of France once again brought her to the Zenith Omega hall in Toulon.

Huge crowds filled the venue for the three days for programs there.

Her visit was given extensive media coverage, including the newspaper “Var-matin” with a front-page article titled “Amma: l’amour, toujours!” which translates to “Amma: Love, Forever!”

Sister Marie Samuel, head of a Catholic nun monastery, who came for Amma’s darshan for share her views on Amma and she said: “A saint, an Indian saint, a high saint, truly. She is close to God but also close to her human brothers in pain and sorrow. She is authentic. Yesterday, I saw the film (Embracing the world) in the hall, I had tears in my eyes, she didn’t hesitate to go to Japan, near the sea, despite the contamination. She is working in all fields and this is unique in the World. Mother Teresa gave so much in India, but I think that Amma is doing even more.”

Some others spoke of how Amma and her teachings had inspired them during times of crisis. One gentleman said:”In June 2010, a devastating flood hit the town of Draguignan in France. We gathered a group of volunteers to go and help the people who were in need. We can see that because of Amma, because of the link that she has created, we can still harbor a feeling of solidarity, offer our help and time to others. Which unfortunately is becoming a value that is disappearing in today’s society.”

Amma’s message of love and hope continue to inspire the people around the world in profound ways.

Amma in Munich

27 – 29 October, Munich, Germany – Europe Yatra 2011

Amma was welcomed to Munich in a traditional Bavarian fashion, as devotees lined up in lederhosen and dirndl outfits and played folk music as she walked under throngs of roses.

During the programs large crowds filled the Zenith Halle to capacity on each of the three days. Among those in attendance included Maria Furtwangler-Burda, the well known German actress.

Amma in Paris

23-25 Oct, Paris, France — Europe Yatra 2011

Amma began her annual visit to France by spending a day in her ashram in Pontgouin.


The next day Amma began three days of public programs in Cergy-Pontoise, just outside, Paris.

Massive crowds were on hand each day to attend the programs. People wholeheartedly participated in the Atmapuja, Bhajans and Satsang. Amongst those in attendance included the famous actresses Aniece Soral and Gabrielle Lazure.  The actresses were on hand for the release of the book – Mere de Toutes les Sagesses (Mother of Wisdom), by Film Maker, photographer and author Djana Schmidt, which illustrates Amma’s daily life in photographs and quotes.