It is the message of peace, equality and unity

October 6-8, Barcelona, Spain – Europe Yatra 2015

On all the three days huge crowds lined up around the block for their chance to meet Amma. Many were coming to meet Amma for the first time but others, like the Mayor, the Honorable Josep Mayoral, have been coming yearly to welcome Amma.

Granollers, Spain, has been hit hard by the economic crisis. There are 5,000 unemployed adults in the city, and half of them don’t have access to any form of government aid. For the third year in a row, Embracing the World is sponsoring 50 underprivileged children who are unable to afford school cafeteria and transportation as well as medical care and after school programs. Mr Mayoral accepted the donation and thanked Amma for her support of the less fortunate members of their community. He shared his thoughts with the gathered assembly “It is the message of peace, equality and unity, and she gave us this help that we deeply appreciate and that it is used so all this children can continue with all their activities like any other children in the city.”

Several other dignitaries from local and state government offices came to officially welcome Amma to the region, over the 3 days.

The final evening program of Devi Bhava lasted all night and finally ended at 9am.

Amma and the tour group then travelled to Munich, Germany for the next stop on the tour.

– Kannadi




Hearts dancing, minds overwhelming… Europe Yatra begins

6 Oct 2015, Barcelona, Spain – Europe Yatra 2015

Amma is here at Granollers for the first tour stop in her Europe Yatra 2015. A few hours ago, several devotees had gathered at the airport and were looking for Amma ever since they knew her flight had landed. Suddenly among the crowd, a spotless white saree and a beamingly smiling face. Amma was in Europe and her tour had started. To many who had arrived, Amma gave Darshan as she walked out of arrivals. Even from within a car, Amma put her hand out to hold each and everyone and squeezed them gently like as if we were small children yearning to be in her grasp. Amma’s car left El Prat airport to Granollers, a town on the outskirts of Barcelona, a venue Amma had been visiting past few years.

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It was a celebratory mood at the hall. Sleepy, yet conciously active, many were setting up the hall and stalls. Music team hanging the setups, stage folks re-carpeting the floors, stalls and table covers everywhere, inch by inch was being setup. A good number of volunteers were helping all the happenings. At 9pm, Amma came out unrested but fresh and led a beautiful meditation session. She asked for everyone to pray for world peace and for Nature’s harmony to be restored. She concluded by chanting “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” 9 times. As always and setting an example, Amma had folded hands as she led everyone on the universal prayer for peace.

Amma then called for food and distributed pasta and salad to one and all present. As she finished serving, she asked if everyone received and even asked extra plates to be circulated for seconds. She asked for hot chai to all volunteers and everyone present.


As everyone’s stomach filled, Amma started singing “Azhagu Azhagu”, a Tamil bhajan on the beauty of the Divine Mother. Afterwards Amma asked for a Baduga song to be played and She danced sitting down swaying her hands and body in a delicate yet graceful moves of the Badugas. As she started walking back to the room, Amma stopped on the way to dance, swaying blissfully in an enthralling disposition. Amma’s tour had just started with hearts dancing, minds overwhelmed in joy glorified by this touch of Life.

– Kannadi


Amma’s America Yatra 2015 Winter

Amma will be visiting the United States from Nov 14-24, 2015.

San Ramon, California:
Nov 14th and 15th: Public Programs
Nov. 16-18th: Retreat

Detroit, Michigan:
Nov. 20th: Public Program (Evening only, Tentative)
Nov. 21st: Public Program, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Nov. 22nd – 24th: Retreat

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Amma’s Europe Yatra 2015

Amma to visit Europe from 6 Oct to 11 Nov holding programs – Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan – in 10 cities.

October 6 – 8, Barcelona, Spain
Address: Palau d’Esports, Avinguda Francesc Macià, 160, E-08401 Granollers, Barcelona.
Ph: +34 948236729 / +34 687747719
Website: www.amma-spain.org

October 10 – 12, Munich, Germany
Address: Kulturhalle Zenith, Lilienthalallee 29 (Freimann), 80939 Munich, Germany.
Ph: +49 (0)8331 974 098 / +49 (0)89 32350030
Email: muenchen-info@amma.de
Website: www.amma.de/amma-in-munich

October 14 – 16, Winterthur, Switzerland
Address: Eulach Hallen, Wartstrasse 73, 8400 Winterthur, Switzerland.
Ph: +41 (0)44 8530429 / +41 (0)52 318 13 00
Email: info@amma.ch
Website: www.amma.ch

October 18 – 20, Paris, France
Address: Hall Saint-Martin, Parc des expositions de Cergy- Pontoise, Chaussée Jules César, 95300 Pontoise.
Ph: +33 (0)160751176 / +33 (0)148938572
Email: paris-info@etw-france.org
Website: www.etw-france.org / www.expos-pontoise.com

October 22 – 24, M.A. Center, Brombachtal, Germany
Address: Big Hall at Hof Herrenberg, Hof Herrenberg 1, 64753 Brombachtal, Germany.
Ph: +49 (0)6063 579933 / + 49 (0) 160 150 8371
Email :zentrum@amma.de / seva.hofherrenberg@amma.de
Website: www.amma.de

October 26 – 28, Houten, Netherlands
Address: Expo Houten, Meidoornkade 24, 3992 AE Houten, Netherlands.
Ph (Netherlands): +31 (0)6 85 70 25 26 / (Belgium): +32 (0) 470 52 13 05
Email : info@amma.nl
Website : www.amma.nl

October 30 – 31, Vantaa, Finland
Address: Energy Hall, Rajatorpantie 23, 01600 Vantaa, Finland.
Ph: + 358 41 5283588
Email: info@amma.fi
Website: www.amma.fi

November 2 – 4, Toulon, France
Address: Salle Zenith Omega, Boulevard Commandant Nicolas, 83000 Toulon, France.
Ph: +33 (0)6 71 39 69 92 / +33 (0)1 48 93 85 72
Email : toulon-info@etw-france.org
Website: www.amma-france.org

November 6 – 8, Milano, Italy
Address: Centro Congressi ed Esposizioni Malpensafiere, via XI Settembre, 16 – Busto Arsizio (VA).
Ph: +39 3493699460 / +39 338 5349 318
Email: info@amma-italia.it / helpdesk@amma-italia.it
Website: www.amma-italia.it

November 10 – 11, London, United Kingdom
Address: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London N22 7AY.
Ph: +44 (0)7748 239345
Email : info@amma.org.uk
Website: www.amma.org.uk

For more details, contact www.amma-europe.org

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.


Amma has taught us simplicity, humility and service

1-3 July, Chicago, IL – America Yatra 2015
Amma held three days of programs in her Chicago Ashram. This was Amma’s fourth annual visit to M. A. Center, Chicago.

The Chicago Ashram has seen many changes in the past year. The storage hall next to the main hall has been turned into the main dining area with seating outside. Many saplings had also been planted on the property.
The weather remained unusually cool, with days in the 70s and evenings in the mid-low 50s.


Mrs. Mazher Ahment and Mr. Hamid Ahmend, senior officials of Kane County, Illinois (where the Ashram is located) welcomed Amma on behalf of all citizens. Years ago, they had invited Amma to speak at the Parliament of World Religions in 1993{news} in Chicago. Mr. Raja Krishnamoorthi, former State Treasurer of Illinois, and candidate for US Congress, and Mr. Sunil Puri were also present.

Mr.Kakshman Agadi, Founder, President, and CEO of MedGyn Products, Inc., and trustee of the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, addressed the gathered crowd: “Today I am really blessed to be with Amma. For me, Amma is an incarnation of goddess Shakti. Mother Shakti has come to us on earth in the form of Mata Amritanandamayi…..Amma has taught us simplicity, humility and service. Her key observation on integral connection between religion and science are treasures that each of us and all generations to come must carry in our hearts. … Amma’s religion is love which supersedes all religions on this earth.”

Ron Gottsegen, President of M. A. Centers, spoke to the gathered crowd. Thanking Amma and everyone for their support, he went on to announce the future plans for the Center which Amma has approved and blessed. These include a school, additional housing, assisted living for elders, as well as the building of a Yajna Shala Temple. He also said that the old farm stand on the property will be reopened to sell organic products and ayurvedic herbs. The goal is to, “create a sustaining community where we can live, grow our own food, and use it as an opportunity to teach others to become self sustaining.”

At the end of the first day, Amma sang two bhajans before leaving the hall.

At the start of the second morning program, Amma was treated to a heartwarming classical flute concerto. Later, the local satsang and children of Amrita Balakendra put on many performances. Children from the Minnesota Satsang also chanted the12th chapter of Gita.

Later, as Amma was leaving the hall, the local satsang joyfully sang ‘Narayana Narayana Jay Jay Govinda Hare….” Rising to her feet, Amma began clapping her hands from side to side, keeping time with the beat. Everyone joined in as she slowly walked off the stage.

– Tulasi

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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.’


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Amma in New York

12-14 July, New York, NY – America Yatra 2015
Amma held three days of programs at the Jacob Javits Convention Center located on the Hudson River in New York City. This was Amma’s third visit to Javits.

The first day saw huge crowds coming for Amma’s embrace. The day-long program started at 11am and went straight through until 12:55am. Amma had been sitting for almost 14 hours!

On the third evening, towards the end of Devi Bhava, in what has become an annual tradition, the famous rap singer, Doug-E Fresh entertained the crowd with his trademark ‘beat-box’ singing. Devi Bhava ended at 10:01am the next day.

– Kannadi

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Amma’s first visit to Atlanta

June 28-29, GA, Atlanta – American Yatra 2015

Amma was welcomed to the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) with traditional chanting and an offering of Purna Kumbha. This was Amma’s first visit to the Southeast US.

Dr. Jagadish Seth, Senior Professor at Emory University welcomed Amma to Atlanta on behalf of its citizens. Member and Board President of Interfaith Community Initiatives, Ms. Angela Rice spoke to the large crowd: ‘I feel honored and humbled to stand before you sharing this historic occasion, the first time Amma has visited the Southeast. It is an honor for the Southeast to have a person of such magnitude, one of the pre-eminent spiritual leaders of our time, grace our soil and our souls. And we are so very happy that she landed in the Atlanta region. We greet her with the hospitality of the south.’

Satsangs groups from all over the region, including Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Birmingham, South Florida, Gainsville, and Raleigh had the opportunity to put on cultural performances. Children from Amrita Balakendra chanted various sacred Vedic chants. The Atlanta satsang joyfully performed wonderful dances invoking the glories of Durga.

A professional dance group known as the Third Eye Dancers presented four traditional Bharatanatyam dances on Devi. Later, Nimesh Patel (from Empty Hands Music) led everyone in a soulful song asking everyone to ‘spread the seeds of goodness in the world through selfless service, music, and love.’

At the end of the programs, everyone left with open hearts and the hope that Amma will make Atlanta a regular stop on her North America Tour.