Amma in San Ramon

Nov 21 – 25, San Ramon, USA Yatra 2010
After completing her European tour, Amma visited the United States for her annual fall visit to San Ramon, California and Dearborn, Michigan. The tour began with 5 days of programs held at the MA Center, the San Ramon ashram.

During one of her talks there, Amma said “Today we are searching for external security. It is not possible to get complete peace with just external security. There are two kinds of security- external security and internal security.”

A three day retreat was held during Amma’s visit to San Ramon, which gave the devotees a chance to spend more focused time with Amma. All had the opportunity to ask spiritual questions to Amma and all were served a prasad dinner from her own two hands.

The legendary tabla player, Ustad Dildar Hussain, who accompanied the late world renowned Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan for more than 30 years, for came and performed for Amma.

Beautiful moments from Europe Yatra of Amma

Beautiful moments from Amma’s 2010 Europe Yatra

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi’s 2010 Europe visit to 8 countries, darshan programs, beautiful moments.

Swiss, Germany, Ireland, France, Holland, London, Italy, and Spain

Amma in London

15th – 17th November, London, UK – Europe Yatra 2010

Amma travelled to London passing under the English Channel by using the Channel Tunnel, a 50.5-kilometre undersea rail line linking continental Europe with the United Kingdom.

The final two days of the European tour were held in the historic Alexandra Palace, on a hill looking out over the entire city of London

Award winning actress Gillian Anderson, who achieved international recognition for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully on the American television series, The X-Files, came to receive Amma’s darshan.

Throughout the program several renowned musician’s such as Tallulah Rendall came to receive Amma’s blessings and to express their gratitude and love for Amma’s visit in London.

From London Amma left for the USA, where the next programs will be held in San Ramon and Michigan.

Amma in Mannheim

12th – 14th November, Mannheim, Germany — Europe Yatra 2010

Before the Mannheim programs, Amma spent some time at Hof Herenberg, the German ashram, located in the beautiful countryside about an hour from the city of Mannheim. Amma distributed prasad and sang bhajans with local devotees and the ashram residents.

During the Mannheim programs, the devotees from Berlin, the capital of Germany, came to invite Amma to their city. They approached Amma in a procession led by a large ‘bear’ which is the symbol of the city of Berlin. They then presented with a large scroll listing the 108 reasons why Amma should come to Berlin.

Everyone present was treated to beautiful cultural performances and music performed by the devotees, expressing their joy and gratitude to Amma.

Diwali with Amma in Barcelona

7 – 9 November, Barcelona, Spain – Europe Yatra 2010

Amma was warmly welcomed by the local devotees at the Spanish MA Center . The Center is located in the outskirts Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, very close to the holy mountains of Montserrat, which is a famous pilgrimage site for the Virgin Mary. Amma spent a day there with all the local devotees and celebrated Diwali with everyone in the evening.

During the three days of darshan in Granollers, huge crowds filled the hall that was initially constructed for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Each day you could see long lines of people from early in the morning waiting to receive Amma’s blessings.

Josep Mayoral, the mayor of Granollers, Barcelona, came to welcome Amma on behalf of the city. He was accompanied by Roger Pallarols, Councilor for Commerce and Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Jose Maria Sala, Secretary of the Social Democratic Party.

Throughout the three days of program several renowned musicians, such as violinist Alex Loscertales and pianist Sira Hernandez, came to perform for Amma.

Amma in Toulon

2- 4 November, Toulon, France – Europe Yatra 2010

The devotees from the south of France gave Amma a hearty welcome as Amma reached there from Munich, Germany.

Throughout the three days of program several different cultural performances were presented, from classical Indian dances to a big performance from the children of the south of France.

Amma in Munich

28th – 30th October, Munich, Germany — Europe Yatra 2010

For more than 20 years, Amma has been visiting Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, and the third largest city in Germany. Its native name, München, is derived from the Old High German ‘Munichen,’ meaning ‘By the monks’ place.’

Long before the program started, devotees from all over Germany gathered outside the hall, eagerly awaiting Amma’s arrival. Their reception of Amma was heartfelt and enthusiastic.

The devotees presented traditional music performances throughout the three days of programs.

Seed Bank in Paris

24 – 26 October, Paris, France – Europe Yatra 2010
From the Netherlands Amma’s European Yatra moved on to the capital of France, Paris for the next 3 days of programs.

Green Friends France and AYUDH presented seeds for vegetables and flowers to Amma, which they had cultivated during “The Experience Week,” a summer workshop at the French Ashram. Because seeds in general are getting weaker and weaker due to the chemical farming, Amma asked to produce seeds using traditional methods and native varieties of seeds and then store them in a seed bank in the French Ashram.

The French devotees celebrated Amma’s visit with a diversity of cultural performances. Famous French actress and singer Véronique Jeannot was amongst the many thousands of people who came to receive Amma’s blessings.

Applauds for Love that includes anyone

12th – 14th October 2010, Milano, Italy

The devotees of Italy welcomed Amma to Milano by expressing their heartfelt gratitude with their almost constant loving and cheerful applause. Each time Amma entered or left the hall, sang a bhajan, gave satsang, etc…the whole hall erupted in enthusiastic applause.

Amma’s programs were held over three days in a large ice skating rink in the neighborhood of Sesto San Giovanni. Although a weekday, the crowds kept pouring in and Darshan went late into the night. Amma’s arrival was covered extensively by both local and national media.

Renowned Theatre Director, Actor and Nobel Prize Winner for Literature Dario Fo and his equally renowned wife, the actress Franca Rame, garlanded and welcomed Amma during one of the evening programs.

Ms Rame said in her speech: “I want to introduce you a woman who, since her childhood, is taking care of any human being, which is lacking food, shelter, dignity and respect. The source of Amma’s humanitarian activities is a love that includes anyone, a love that includes the whole world.”

Beppe Convertini, a famous TV actor and Demetrio Morabito, the vice mayor of Sesto San Giovanni also attended the programs and garlanded Amma.

During the second day, Amma was spending time talking to some students from various campuses of Amrita University. Amrita University students had come on a prestigious India4EU exchange program to various schools in Italy including Politecnico di Torino, University of Trento, University of Bologna and Politecnico di Milano. Amma spoke to the students and the faculty talking about cleanliness and research. Amma expressed her wish that India too should become cleanliness-aware one day and that people should respect Mother Nature. Amma spoke of how people follow social courtesy in western countries like Switzerland where even roads are clean and people feel it is their duty to keep their surroundings clean and tidy. Amma mentioned that although she did not see any country or any region as separate but when she sees India and compares the facilities in US, Switzerland and in other places she wants such facilities also for countries like India. Amma went on to say that she has started a “clean-up” project and that she is trying to bring in the awareness starting with the school children. She talked about the local cleanup operations in villages nearby the ashram and at Sasthamkotta. Amma mentioned she started at Sastamkotta since drinking water came from that region and surface cleanliness would ensure safe water. She said standards of Indian education is still good but institute-level research in several colleges and Universities is yet to catch up with some of the western counterparts. Amma said she wanted her children to go in depth  in terms of research. Amma mentioned about disaster-relief studies and that she would like to see alternate energy solutions to modern day power problems. The students then requested Amma if they could take a photo with her. All this happened while Darshan was going on. Amma would talk to the devotees in her arms and even asking how they felt and other delicate details besides all the buzz. As the photographer came to take the picture of Amma with students, Amma lifted her hands in a gesture as if to say “my children!”. She even asked the directors of international affairs and a faculty member who is travelling with her to go and talk to the Italian coordinator to sort out any issues related to the students being in Italy.

Evening bhajans rocked the Italian hall making many dance with joy. Every bhajan was followed by claps of gratitude and happiness. When Amma sang a bhajan in Italian, the hall went silent and after there was a thunder of claps. Amma’s Mother Nature English bhajan touched many who even sang along.  Darshan started later and went on until early 3 am the following day.

The last day also turned out to be a full house session with the whole floor filled with visitors. Amma’s Darshan finished around 9 am the following day. Many eyes watered longing for the sweetness of her company and Darshan as Amma’s car drove out of the hall. The car reached the airport and a group of devotees had followed Amma to see her off at the airport. Seeing Amma, some airline staff and ground crew came to get her Darshan and as she went to the security check, Amma longingly looked at all gathered until the escalator went further down out of sight.

Amma in Switzerland

8-10 October, Switzerland, Winthertur – Europe Yatra 2010

Amma’s Europe Yatra 2010 started in Winterthur, Switzerland. On her arrival she visited the new Swiss ashram, which is located in the beautiful countryside of Zürich Canton (District).
The Swiss devotees gave Amma a hearty welcome. During the program Counsellor of the Indian Embassy in Switzerland Ajneesh Kumar, came to receive Amma’s blessing. Famous Japanese pianist, living in Switzerland, Suguru Ito came to perform for Amma together with his wife Margo Cadias, a famous and well known classical opera singer from Poland. Both had previously performed numerous concerts in aid of Amma’s charitable projects.