Showering “kisses” in Detroit, Michigan

Amma and the group arrived in Detroit on Nov. 24th with the programs beginning the very next day. If it was rain in San Ramon, it was the first snow shower for the season in Detroit. Seemed like Mother Nature wanted to join Amma in showering love on Her children.



The five-day visit to Michigan comprised of two days of public programs and a three-day retreat. It was the time for Amma’s east coast children to come together, some even driving for 16 hours in the wintery conditions. On the second day, the students of Kala Kshetra, a fine arts school based in Michigan, put on a beautiful set of cultural programs. The performances ended with traditional Kerala “chenda” performance by a group of men. As they went to get Amma’s darshan later, Amma exclaimed to them “Amma saw Kerala, right here”.

An interesting question was posed to Amma during the question and answer session during the retreat. Amma was asked how to find the balance between compassion and detachment. Amma’s answer was swift but profound. Amma said that in reality there is no difference between detachment and compassion. When one has detachment, there is automatically compassion. Amma said, “See everything as God and compassion is nothing but seeing others as your own self. One who as no attachment would not see others different from him and would have only compassion for them. Like a seed has the potential of a full grown tree within itself, the divinity is within us. We need to let it sprout.  The moisture of compassion will make the shell of ego break and let the tree of divinity sprout.”

The second day of retreat saw even more beautiful cultural programs, comprising of dance, vocal and other performances. Probably the one that stole the show was a group dance put forth by Amma’s Michigan children. Dressed traditionally, a big group of them danced joyously to the bhajan Anandame Anandam. As the song ended, someone announced “now we are going to celebrate Amma’s 60th  birthday the ‘Mo-Town’ way.” Amidst cheers, the mood changed and the traditionally dressed dancers began shaking their legs to one of the Stevie Wonder’s popular numbers. Slowly more people joined in and then literally everyone in the hall was up dancing. Watching Her children dancing joyfully Amma threw a couple of “kisses” candies towards them. The excitement reached its peak. All the hands were up in the air to catch the next one coming. And then, there was a shower of “kisses”.

The final evening program ended at 10am the following day. Amma will be back in Amritapuri soon after two months in Europe and North America.

Quenching the drought with Love in San Ramon, California

Amma and the group arrived in San Ramon ashram in the evening of Nov 17th after a long flight from Barcelona, Spain. It was a full day of darshan the very next day. The local county had declared a drought for the region, for it had not received rain for months. The very next day, it was pouring heavily. Amma brought with her the heavy rain to quench Mother Earth’s thirst as well as the spiritual thirst of Amma’s children who had been excitedly waiting for her since her visit in the summer.



The rains were followed by very high winds for the next two days in combination with the chilly weather. But, as usual, nothing could keep Amma’s children from flocking to the place from even far away. They were ready to wait outside, especially for the final evening program, to get a token for Amma’s darshan. Amma says, “Where there is love, there is no feeling of difficulty and suffering.” One could witness the perfect example here.

The last three days of the programs was a spiritual retreat with Amma. During the question and answer session on the second day of the retreat, a question was posed asking Amma what should AYUDH (Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara – the youth wing) kids do to remain focused on Amma and the spiritual practices and principles Amma teaches them. Amma said that today’s youth are the pillars for tomorrow’s world. The young have the potential to make a change in the world. Amma stressed on how the AYUDH children could inspire others by coming together to take initiatives to protect Mother Nature. Amma said that they could organize tree planting drives, initiatives for preserving traditional organic seeds, cleanliness drives etc. It is all about channeling the energy the youth have for the right cause.

Later, Amma served dinner and after bhajans there was an array of cultural programs put together by Amma’s San Ramon children, comprising of instrumental, vocal, dance performances and a humorous play.

The final evening program went on continually for almost 16 hours, ending by 11 am the following day.

Amma’s America Yatra Nov2013

Amma to visit San Ramon and Detroit in the month of November. She will hold programs – Satsang, Bhajans and darshan – in these two cities of America from Nov 18 – Nov 29.

San Ramon, California

November 18 to 20: Public Programs. (all day programs. On 18th  program starts at 11 a.m)

November 21 to 23: San Ramon Retreat

November 23rd Evening: Devi Bhava (from 7pm onwards)

Detroit, Michigan

Nov 25th evening (starts at 8pm)
Nov 26th: Public program (all day program starts at 11am

November 27 to 29: Michigan Retreat

November 29: Devi Bhava (from 7pm onwards)

Amma in Chicago

Amma in New York

11-13 July, New York – America Yatra 2013

After visiting the US Capitol, Amma travelled to New York City for the next stop on the summer tour. For three days Amma held public programs in the Javits Center, in the heart of Manhattan. As it happens every year, some of the biggest crowds of the tour turned up to receive Amma’s darshan, and listen to her bhajans and satsang. The final program, being a Saturday night, went all night until midday the next day, upon which Amma and the tour group travelled further up the east coast for the final stop on the summer tour in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
– Tulasi



American Congress members meet Amma

Washington DC, 7-8 July, America Yatra – 2013

After her programs at the MA Center Chicago, Amma travelled to the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C. and held two days of public programs there.

Along the way Amma stopped with the tour group for an evening picnic in a beautiful state park in Pennsylvania. Everyone sat along the shore of the lake shared a prasad dinner and sang bhajans with Amma as the sun began to set.

After bhajans Amma asked everyone to meditate and pray for world peace for a few minutes before continuing the journey. By the time all left dusk gave way to a beautiful night sky and only the light of stars and fireflies could be seen around the lake.

Over the next two days Amma held public programs in the Washington DC area gave satsang and sang bhajans, and embraced the large crowds that turned up each day.

Before departing for the next stop on the tour in New York, Amma spent a day at MA Center in the Washington DC area. In the evening Amma sat outside with the tour group and local devotees and sang several classic bhajans, including Amme Ulakam, Uttama Prematin and Mano Buddhya.

The next day, at the invitation of Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (California) and Betty McCollum (Minnesota), Amma met with more than a dozen members of the United States Congress in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, July 10.



Among the Congressmen and Congresswomen to meet with Amma were House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Maryland) and the civil-rights legend and 2011 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom John Lewis (Georgia). Others included Henry Waxman (California), Grace Napolitano (California), Mike Honda (California), Janice Hahn (California), Mark Takano (California), Jackie Speier (California), Barbara Lee (California), Ami Bera (California), Ruben Hinojosa (Texas) and Jan Schakowsky (Illinois).

Amma gave each of the Congressmen and Congresswomen her heartfelt embrace and sat with them, one on one, in private discussions. Many were visibly moved by the experience and by Amma’s humanitarian activities. Also present were more than 50 of the Congressmen and Congresswoman’s staff, who also had Amma’s darshan and discussions with Amma.

Upon concluding the meeting on Capitol Hill, Amma travelled to New York City, where she is holding programs July 11 through 13th.

– Tulasi

Amma in Chicago

July 3-5, MA Center Chicago – 2013 America Yatra

After wrapping up the programs in Canada, Amma and the tour group traveled back to the United States and held 3 days of public programs at the MA Center Chicago. This was Amma’s second visit to the center located just outside of Chicago in the town of Elburn, Illinois.

On the way back from Toronto, Amma took the time to stop with the tour group on the banks of Lake Michigan amongst huge sand dunes. All sat under a small shelter at the edge of the sandy shoreline to stay out of a steady rain. Everyone shared a BBQ picnic lunch with Amma enjoyed a satsang and bhajans. As the sun began to set, the clouds parted and Amma led everyone down the the water’s edge. She led everyone in singing Shristiyum Niye and Devi Jaganmata while she raised her arms skyward and gazed out upon the waters of the Great Lake. Before leaving, Amma walked down the beach alone and spent some time feeding flock of seagulls. It was a rare and beautiful scene to see Amma getting to spend a few moments alone communing with nature.


Upon arrival to the program hall during on the first day, Amma was greeted by the Creekside Singers from the Pineridge Reservation in South Dakota. The members of the Oglala Lakota Tribe danced and played a ceremonial drum to welcome Amma.

Later that day Amma was felicitated by the Mayor of Elburn, David Anderson, who was also on hand last year for the Center’s inauguration.

Amma spent the next three days giving darshan, singing bhajans and giving satsang to the massive crowds that showed up over the 4th of July Independence Day holiday weekend. When the final program ended late in the morning Amma and the tour group travelled on to the next stop on the tour in Washington D.C.

– Tulasi

Her Love is divine, that never changes

June 28 – July 1, Toronto, Canada – America Yatra 2013

After the Iowa programs Amma and the tour group crossed the border into Canada for four days of programs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  This was Amma’s 10th visit to Toronto.  Each of previous visits marked the end of the summer tour, but now for the first time the Toronto programs fell in the middle of the tour.

Before crossing over into Canada, Amma stopped with the tour group on the banks of the majestic Lake Huron, one of America’s ‘Great Lakes.’  When the caravan arrived there it was pouring rain, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.  Almost 300 people managed to squeeze around Amma under a small picnic shelter on the shoreline.  Amma gave satsang, shared jokes and a prasad dinner with everyone.  After the meal the clouds parted and the sky began to open up as the sun was setting.  Amma then led everyone down the water’s edge and looking out upon the vast body of water, she sang Shokham Idu Enthinu Sandhye and Shritiyum Niye.
After the beautiful stop with Amma, the caravan continued across the border and on to Toronto.

Over the next four days, Amma held one day of public programs and a three day retreat. During the first evening program in Toronto Amma was welcomed by several dignitaries, including internationally renowned author Dr. Wayne Dyer and former Indian Navy Chief and now current Indian High Commissioner to Canada, Admiral  Nirmal Verma.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development, welcomes Amma to Toronto

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development, welcomes Amma.

Dr Dyer addressed the crowd paid his respects to Amma,

“There is another love that we are blessed and honored to be in the presence of, here with Amma. It is a love called divine love. This is a love that never changes. This is a love that never varies. This is all she has to give away, and gives it tirelessly to all of us. [She is] a reminder of what our Native People once said: ‘No tree has branches so foolish as to fight among themselves.’ We are all branches on a tree called ‘humanity’ and in every moment of our lives we are reminded by this saintly woman that in every moment you have this choice: You can either be a host to God or a hostage to your ego.”

Later Dr Dyer shared his feelings upon meeting Amma:
“I am immersed in a sea of divine love with a living saint, Amma. There are no words to describe the inner glow I felt as I was held, hugged and loved by this celestial being who walks among us. I sat next to her for over an hour observing her embracing hundreds of people, and I will forever feel the inner glow.”

After the final program ended in Toronto, Amma and the tour group headed back to the US to MA Center Chicago for the next stop on the 2013 America Yatra.

– Kannadi


Amma in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

June 25-26, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Ameirca Yatra 2013

After the Dallas programs, Amma and the tour group travelled almost 1400km north and visited the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the first time.

Along the way the group stopped with Amma under the shade of a grove of trees just besides a small lake. It was a truly idyllic setting to sit and eat lunch with Amma, sing bhajans and listen to her satsang.

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Amma being garlanded by the mayor of Cedar Rapids Ron Corbett

Amma held two days of programs at the brand new Cedar Rapids Convention Complex. The two days of programs were the very first to be held in the large exhibit hall. To mark the occasion and officially welcome Amma to Iowa both Mayor Ron Corbett and Member of the County Board of Supervisors, Ben Rodgers, were on the dais to garland Amma and addressed the crowd.

After two days of satsang, bhajans and darshan, Amma finished her final program early in the morning and went to visit the new Iowa Ashram for the first time. Nestled among corn fields, fruit trees, vegetable and flower gardens, under vibrant blue skies and the auspicious gaze of a small herd of cows, the center sits on 12 beautiful acres of land. Amma sat outside with local devotees and watched the sunrise over the majestic horizon and shared a few more precious moments with them before traveling on to Toronto, Canada for the next stop on the tour.

– Tulasi

Amma in Dallas

June 22-23, Dallas, Texas

After finishing five days of programs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amma continued to the next programs in Dallas, Texas.

Along the way Amma stopped with the tour group at sunset besides a lake.  Everyone sat with Amma just besides a large prairie dog colony.  As the sun began to set and the prairie dogs all returned to their burrows for the night, Amma began to sing bhajans with everyone.  On the horizon a huge nearly full moon rose over the lake just in front of Amma.  Amma sang Kodanukotti, Ananthamayi Padarunnen and Mritunjaya with her gaze towards the moon and continuously raising her arms skywards.  Everyone there felt as if they were eavesdropping on a intimate exchange between Amma and the moon.

Amma Dallas

Over the next two days Amma held two public programs in at the Hyatt Regency inside the DFW International airport.  Being a weekend, the hall was filled to capacity on both days by people coming to enjoy Amma’s satsang, bhajans and to receive her darshan.

The final night’s program stretched into the early next morning.  As soon as Amma’s darshan finished, Amma and the group travelled on to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

– Tulasi

Amma in New Mexico

June 16-20, Albuquerque, New Mexico – 2013 America Yatra

After the final program ended in Los Angeles at 11am, Amma and the tour group travelled the 1300km by road across the deserts of the Southwest to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite the long journey, Amma still took the time to stop with the tour group in a park for a picnic dinner along they way. The intense desert sun slowly set as Amma sat with everyone under the shade of a tree, giving satsang, singing bhajans and serving everyone a prasad dinner. When it was time for the journey to continue, as Amma stood up and walked back to her vehicle she looked up and noticed the first stars shining in the dusk of the clear desert night sky. She couldn’t resist the beautiful scene and stopped before entering her vehicle and raised her arms skyward and sang Shristiyum Niye. It was a truly beautiful scene with creator and creation.

The tour group finally arrived very early in the morning to New Mexico after the long journey, just in time for Amma’s first program. The dry desert heat followed Amma to Albuquerque as temperatures during the programs soared, but as has become a tradition, whenever Amma comes to New Mexico, she also bring the rain. The first day upon Amma arriving a sudden thunderstorm brought much needed rain to the parched area.

Over the next 5 days Amma held 2 days of public programs and a 3 day retreat. Each day Amma led bhajans, gave satsang and embraced all that came for her darshan. Not once, not twice, but three different times at the end an evening program Amma surprised everyone by spontaneously singing and dancing to the delight of all those that stayed up into the early morning.

During the second night of the retreat local children performed several dances and musical dramas for Amma during darshan.

The final evening program stretched into the next morning. By the time Amma finally left the stage the desert sun was shining brightly and the tour caravan left for Dallas, Texas.

– Tulasi