Panoramic view from Amrita Setu

This is the 360 degree panoramic view from Amrita Setu bridge, which connects the main land to Amritapuri Ashram land over the back waters.

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Know yourself is the message of spirituality

(Excerpts from Amma’s Christmas message, 24 Dec 2010, Amritapuri)

“Whenever celebrations and holy days take place, Amma gives a message. However, in reality, these messages are not different; they are all one. Their essence is one. Although religions are many, spirituality has only one message. It is just that this message is presented in different ways.

“If you want to put it in phrase, this message is “Know yourself.” This is the supreme message. This message is not only relevant on the spiritual path. Regardless of our chosen field of action, if we want to attain results, we should first know our own sakti—our own power. We should know both our strengths and our weaknesses. This is one level of “knowing one’s self.” However to understand one’s self merely at the level of the mind is not the peak of self knowledge. For this, we need to go deeper. Because in knowing ourselves at the level of the mind, we neither come to perceive all of our strengths and weaknesses, nor are we able to completely transcend them. On the other hand, the message given to us by the scriptures is: “You are neither weak nor incapable. You are the source of unlimited power.” This is the supreme reality. Understanding this truth is the goal of life. This is the one message that the rishis and gurus have been giving to humankind in various ways according to the time in which they lived.

A leader who is also a personal friend to all of us

Nov 27 – Dec 1, Dearborn, Michigan, USA Yatra 2010
After San Ramon, Amma travelled to Dearborn, Michigan for the final programs of the 2010 of the tour.

Congressman Elect and current Michigan State Senator Hansen Clarke welcomed Amma. Senator Clarke said, “Amma is an extraordinary leader…in the political sense, in the global sense, in terms of worldwide influence. But what makes her so extraordinary, is that she is a leader who is also a personal friend to all of us individually. Let us pray that those of us, who were hired by you to serve, focus on love and peace…because that’s how we can have an extraordinary world to live in. And to me, that is what Amma is all about. ”

Speaking on the occasion Amma said, “All around the world the one thing that troubles each and every person is fear. We are afraid to do something and to not do it as well. Whether asleep, awake or in deep sleep, it exists within us in as a seed and hunts us down. Will the problem continue, will it get worse, will I be able to transcend it… these fears make us anxious… Amma always says, like everything else, happiness is also a decision. Whatever happens, I will be happy… Whatever happens, I will be brave… I am never alone; God is always with me… We should try to develop that self-confidence and move forward…”

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.