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Amma’s Bharata Yatra 2016 – 2nd leg starts from 13Feb

Amma will visit 7 cities of Tamil Nadu and Kerala as part of the 2nd leg of Bharata Yatra 2016 and will hold programs Satsang, Bhajans and Meditation from Feb 13.

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Feb 13-14 Sat-Sun Kovai (Coimbatore)
Brahmasthanam Festival
Mata Amritanandamayi Math
Ramasamy Nagar, Ext-2, Nallampalayam Rd., Ganapaty P.O.,
Coimbatore 641 006 Tamil Nadu, {map}
Phone: (0422)- 2538326 and +919791785121

 

Feb 16 Tue Tiruchirappalli (Trichy)
(Public Program)
National College Grounds, Dindigal Road
Tiruchirappally {map}
Telephone: 0431-2482995

 

Feb 18 Thu Puducherry
(Public Program)
Tagore Arts College Ground, Airport Road,
Lawspet, Puducherry. {map}
Phone: Dr. Muthuraman – 9443460378, Ramanathan – 9344510695

 

Feb 20-21 Sat-Sun Chennai
Brahmasthanam Festival
Mata Amritanandamayi Math
132, Arcot Road, Virugambakkam,
Chennai 600 092 {map}
Ph : 044-23764063, 044-23764867
chennai{at}amma.org.in

 

Feb 23 Tue – Devakottai
(Public Program)
N.S.M.V.P.S School,
Tiruppattur Road, Devakottai. {map}
Phone: – 9656746572, 8903787544

 

Feb 25 Thu Madurai
Brahmasthanam Festival
Mata Amritanandamayi Math
Moolakarai, Tirupparankundaram Road,
Pasumalai P.O., Madurai 625005 Tamil Nadu,
Phone: (0452) 2370 800 {map}

 

Feb 26 Fri Kanyakumari
(Public Program)
Amrita Vidyalayam,
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Road,
Amritapuram, Saravanantheri, Agastheeswaram,
Kanyakumari – 629 701, Tamil Nadu. {map}
Phone: 04652 – 270700, 270701

 

Feb 28-29 Sun-Mon Tiruvananthapuram
Brahmasthanam Festival
Mata Amritanandamayi Math
Amrita Nagar, Kaimanam,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 018, Kerala.
Phone: 0471 – 2490140 {map}

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Compassion and Devotion, Jnana and Bhakti are not two

21 Jan, Kanichukulangara, Alappuzha, Kerala -Bharata Yatra 2016

After the wrapping up the five Brahmasthanam programs on the 2016 North Kerala tour, Amma travelled to Alappuzha. Amma came there upon the invitation of the Temple committee, to dedicate the newly constructed “Chuttambalam” of Kanichukulanghara Devi temple.

Amma dedicating ‘Chuttambalam’ of Kanichukulangara Devi Temple

The Kanichukulanghara temple was set up at the behest of Sree Narayana Guru and as per the temple records.  Narayana Guru visited and stayed in the temple along with his disciples. He had also trained Ezhava community members enabling them to perform poojas in the temples.

At 10:30am a sea of devotees were on hand to welcome Amma as she arrived to visit the temple. Upon entering the temple, she lit the lamp and dedicated the Chuttambalam amidst Vedic chants.

After visiting the temple Amma continued the program across the street in a large venue set up for the event. During the public public function SNDP General Secretary Vellappalli Natesan welcomed Amma to Kanichukulangara, “We are blessed to have darshan of two Devis’ today. Kanichukulangara Devi (the presiding deity of the temple) and Amritanandamayi Devi…who are one in the same. Amma has no cast, no religion, no racial discrimination. Her religion is Love.”

During the function Amma handed over keys to 10 houses newly built in Kanichukulangara area as part Amritakuteeram project.

On addressing the large crowd, which seemed to be the entire village, Amma said “Human beings need a job, money and basic comforts to live, but in today’s society, where selfishness reigns supreme, the greatest wealth we can gather within our hearts is devotion. Where there is bhakti, there is the real ‘meeting’. It is not a physical meeting, but a meeting where the Jivatman, the individual self, and Paramatman, the cosmic Self, unite.

“The real question is not whether God exists or not, but whether human beings have sorrow or not. Bhakti, or devotion, is the practical way of getting rid of sorrows. Bhakti is a practical science. Bhakti is not blind superstitious belief. It is this faith that removes darkness from our hearts. Not only does it help us unburden our heart, it also amplifies our sense of righteousness and inspires us to be compassionate towards the distressed. Devotion to God and compassion for the world are but two sides of the same coin. Jñana and Bhakti are not two; if Jñana is the fruit of a tree, Bhakti is the juice of that fruit.

“Temples are sacred places where God’s presence can be felt the most. But we should have the awareness that God’s presence is not limited to the sanctum of the temple. God is the all-pervading consciousness, which enlivens every being, sentient or insentient. It is only when we think and act with this knowledge that we will be able to experience God- consciousness within oneself. We should also be able to serve everyone, seeing the God within them. A heart devoid of compassion is like a closed parachute- it cannot save us.”

At night, the Trantri (temple priests) came to Amma while she is giving darshan and did a ‘shodasa upachara puja’ to Amma as they do daily to the deity in their temple. With all the mudras and steps of the Tantric puja, they did arati to Amma.

Amma also sang bhajans and gave darshan till the stroke of midnight thus concluding the first leg of Bharata Yatra 2016.

 
-Kannadi

 

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Amma in Kodungallur

18-19 Jan, Kodungallur, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2016

After programs in Kozhikode, Amma travelled to Kodungallur for the next two day Brahmasthanam festival on her 2016 North Kerala tour.

Kodungallur is home to the first Brahmasthanam Temple consecrated by Amma in 1988. Because Amma has been coming here for so many years, there are many devotees in this city that have special relationships with Amma going back over 30 years. Amma spent many tender moments reminiscing with each one, playing and joking with them.

During the two days of programs, Amma gave darshan, led bhajans and gave satsang.
Each day Amma was led to the stage by a Panchavadyam troupe and was received on the stage with chanting of Vedic Mantras.

As Amma gave darshan throughout the day two days, Amrita Vidyalayam students presented different cultural programs. Amongst the thousands of people who came to meet Amma over the two days one of the distinguished guests who came to meet Amma was Malayalam film director Major Ravi.

– Kannadi

 

 

 

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Development should go hand in hand with conservation of nature

15-16 Jan, Palakkad, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2016

The next stop on Amma’s Bharata Yatra 2016, was a two day Brahmasthanam festival in Palakkad.

During the two days of programs, Amma gave satsang, sang bhajans and led everyone in meditation.

During her talk, Amma urged people to respect and preserve nature, saying, “Development should go hand in hand with conservation of nature. Modern society is developing in a way that disregards nature. As a result, crops, fields, lakes, and ponds are polluted. Healthy food, pure water and clean air are like endangered species. Humankind is trampling nature indiscriminately, like a herd of elephants trampling through a grove. We have big challenges with waste disposal and households should learn the art of composting. Human beings today are causing environmental problems and harming the ozone layer. We must learnt to respect nature.”

Throughout the day, Amrita Vidyalayam students presented different cultural programs. One of the item was a Kathakali performance in which Amma’s life and teachings were presented.
Later a young ‘kalari’ troupe (traditional marital arts) staged a wonderful acrobatic demonstration which won the hearts of everyone present.

Well past midnight on the final day, after giving darshan all day, Amma rose and danced to the tune of Baduga music…ending the program on the sweetest of notes and filling everyone’s hearts.

-Kannadi

 

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Amma in Kozhikode

12-13 January, Kozhikode, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2016

Amma arrived to Kozhikode at 9:45pm from Mangalore for the next two day Brahmasthanam festival on the North Kerala tour.

She was received by the devotees chanting mantras, shouting of Mata Rani, and silent tears of love. Amma then served dinner to all those present.

During the first morning morning Amma extended the ashram’s charitable activities in the area by gifting deeds to land for 15 poor families to build their own houses.

Fifty Ayudh members were given ‘Nalpamara trees’ to be planted in public places and temples as part of the Green initiative called ‘Nalpamaram Natinnu Nalvaram.’

Abdul Rahman, who has planted 50 lakhs of fruit trees across the state in the last 25 years, came to receive Amma’s blessing and he presented some of the fruit trees to Amma.

On both days Amma gave satsang, bhajan and Darshan. During both days, different Amrita Vidyalayam students presented cultural programs.

 

Each day you could see long lines of devotees waiting for darshan with their families.

Many devotees in Kozhikode have special relationship with Amma. For example, one old innocent, sweet lady brought Amma some sweets and offered them during Darshan. Amma asked her where she got the money to buy the sweets. The lady replied she got it from her work as a sweeper. When Amma inquired how much the lady made each day, she told Amma she made 50 rupees (about $0.75 cents) a day…despite that she still decided to buy something to offer Amma. Amma spent some extra time with her, enjoying her innocent faith and devotion.

At the end of the second day Amma danced to the tune of baduga music, and also made several of the brahmacharis come up on stage and dance with her as well.

– Kannadi

 

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Acceptance is key to success: Amma in Mangaluru

09-10 Jan – Mangalore, Karnataka – Bharata Yatra 2016

The second stop on the Bharata Yatra was a two-day Brahmasthanam festival in Mangalore.

Amma was welcomed to the stage with traditional drumming, dancing and rows of girls wearing traditional attire and oil lamps.

Welcoming Amma to Mangalore

 

During the program, Vidyamritam scholarships were distributed to 51 deserving students and Amrita Nidhi financial aid was extended to thirty more needy. Purified drinking water filters and coloured dustbins were distributed to 10 government schools. Dedicated Amala Bharatam volunteers who have been working all these years since the launch of the project were honoured and were presented with a water filter for their family.

Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha member Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA JR Lobo, Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura and others were present to welcome Amma to Mangalore.
Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D. Veerendra Heggade who came to honour Amma, in his address said, “People irrespective of caste, colour sect and religion come to Amma and she blesses them with her motherly care. The relationship of disciple and Guru is unique. Only the Guru can show the way to reach God. India has the unique tradition of guru-shishya system.”

In her address, Amma said “…people should think positively; anger, jealousy and pride make one sick. The world is full of problems. We should not only sympathise with those facing problems, but also work towards solving them. Sincere and selfless work towards society and mankind is the way to achieve salvation. Change is a part of life, we should be ready to accept any situation in life with a smile. Acceptance is key to success.”

 

During both days of darshan, different Amrita Vidyalayam schools from across Karnataka came and presented cultural programs which won the heart of many, especially the yoga demonstration by the students of Davangere.

On both days Amma delivered satsang, led the meditation in Kannada, sang bhajans and gave darshan.

On the final day, at the end of the program, Amma stood up and danced, the whole crowd also joined in, singing and swaying with her. The Mangalore devotees will always remember those beautiful moments forever in their hearts.

 

 

 

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Amma in Kannur

05-06 Jan, Kannur, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2016

Amma started off this year’s Bharata Yatra by visiting the North Kerala city of Kannur. During the two day Brahmasthanam festival, Amma gave satsang, sang bhajans and gave darshan.

Amma arrives at Kannur

In her satsang, Amma asked everyone to practice yoga everyday. She recommend people do at least Surya Namaskara (sun salutation sequence of yoga poses) daily. She also encouraged everyone to walk at least 30 minutes a day and stressed the importance of spending time in the evening sun (after 4pm) to help offset vitamin D deficiencies caused by working indoors and from being in air conditioned rooms and vehicles.

Stressing on the importance of service, Amma said “You do not need to be in a high position or wealthy in order to console the suffering. A loving word, a compassionate glance, a helping hand – that’s enough to help someone. We can also have empathy for them and feel their pain.

Amma reminded the assembled devotees, “It is not what we achieve in life materially, but what we give to the world is that reflects and gives value to our life”.

On the second day at the end of the darshan, Amma sang and danced to traditional Baduga music.

 

 

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Bharata Yatra 2016

Amma’s Bharata Yatra 2016  will start from 5th January.

January 6-7 Kannur, Kerala (Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Kannur
Amritapuram, Panankavu,
Pallikkunnu, Kannur – 670 004, Kerala.
Phone: 0497 – 2747399 {map}

January 9-10 Mangalore, Karnataka(Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Mangalore
Amrita Vidyalayam Campus,
Sultan Bathery Road, Boloor,
Mangalore – 575 003, Karnataka.
Phone: 0824 – 2457056. {map}

January 12-13 Kozhikode, Kerala (Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Kozhikode
Amritamayi Nagar, Vellimadukunnu,
Kozhikode – 673 012, Kerala.
Phone: 0495 – 2371682 {map}

January 15-16 Palakkad, Kerala (Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Palakkad
Amrita Nagar, Puthur,
Palakkad – 678 001, Kerala.
Phone: 0491 – 2535011 {map}

January 18-19 Kodungalloor, Kerala (Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Kodungalloor
Lokamalleswaram,
Kodungallur – 680 664, Kerala.
Phone: 0480 – 2804262 {map}

January 21st Public Program at Kanichukulangara, Alappuzha.

Amma will be in Amritapuri till the next leg of Bharata Yatra.

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Amma in Michigan

20-24 Nov, Detroit, Michigan – America Yatra 2015

Amma held two days of public programs followed by a Retreat and Devi Bhava at the Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

The first evening program ended at 3:30am with Amma dancing to a traditional Baduga melody. At the end of the second full day program, Amma sang “Aya He Sahara Jagam” and, just before leaving the stage, danced once again to the delight of everyone.

During the retreat, regional satsangs presented various dance performances, one of which sang the praises of Lord Ganesh. Another group performed a traditional Hebrew dance to a song which included the sanskrit prayer ‘Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu’. Children from the regional balakendra also sang and performed traditional Indian dances.

A light dusting of snow fell overnight and on the day off, many children ventured outside in the cold breeze to gather what snow they could to make snow balls.

On the final evening, more than 50 children sat on stage near Amma as she led everyone in the Atma Puja ceremony for World Peace.

 

Amma wore a beautiful soft pink lavender and sky blue sari for Devi Bhava. The programs ended just after 8am the next day when Amma left the stage and departed for her return flight to Amritapuri.

-Kannadi

 

 

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Amma in Sanramon

14-18 November, San Ramon, California – America Yatra 2015

Amma held two days of public programs followed by a Retreat and Devi Bhava at her San Ramon Ashram in California.

Amma began the programs by asking the assembled crowd to sit in silence and pray for the peace of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in Paris and in Lebanon, and for those who have been devastated by the sudden loss of their loved ones. She has also called upon all her admirers in Paris and the surrounding area to donate blood for the surviving victims.

Darshan: Amma is caressing the legs of a sick person

Satsang groups from around the San Francisco Bay Area sang bhajans throughout the afternoon on the first day which went from 11am for 13 hours continuously.  At the end, Amma sang Aya He Sahara and, as Amma has been doing throughout the European Tour, she enthralled the crowd by gracefully dancing to a traditional Baduga melody. Rain began just after Amma left the hall and continued overnight, ending just before the morning programs were to begin.

The second day fell on a Sunday with both a morning and evening program. In the evening, Br. Dayamrita gave satang followed by Amma’s bhajans and darshan. During the evening program, Amma gave instructions for the railings along the balcony to be painted the same color as the columns in the hall. Immediately after Amma finished darshan, preparations began. Devotees worked from early morning through lunch laying tarp, taping off edges, and painting. Few dozens of  people eagerly joined in this special seva and work was finished by mid-afternoon – giving plenty of time for the paint to dry before the first evening retreat program began.

Bhajans in San Ramon – Mata Rani Ki… Jai

A number of cultural programs were performed during the retreat. A string trio entertained the gathered crowd with selections from Handel’s Water Music. They were followed by local devotees dancing to one of Amma’s new bhajans – Mariamma (Samayapurattale). The beautifully choreographed steps embodied the words of the bhajan which praise Devi.
Throughout the programs, Amma’s Greenfriends Farm had a table just outside the Snackshop where they sold delicious fresh fruits, dried apples and persimmons, and jams made with fruits grown in Amma’s Orchard at San Ramon.

Amma wore a beautiful purple sari for Devi Bhava. Devi Bhava ended at approx. 8:30am the next day. Everyone rested before heading to the airport to catch their flights to the next program Detroit.

-Kannadi