Diwali gift of Love in London

10-11 November, London – Europe Yatra 2015

It was a beautiful Diwali gift for Amma’s children in the United Kingdom as she arrived at the Alexandra Palace for a two-day programme held on November 10 and 11, 2015.

Welcoming Amma to London, Baroness Sandip Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development and a member of the House of Lords said, “So close to Diwali what better a gift can we ask for than to be in the presence of somebody who only knows how to teach love. In a world where we are completely in turmoil with conflict and pain, Amma, you bring hope and wisdom. Many of us will leave here today knowing that we can also take away a little bit of what it takes to make a better world.” Also present was renowned film maker Shekhar Kapur who said, “How can you say a few words about Amma? Actually, it is better to say nothing because Amma is everything, and then she is nothing because she can become nothing whenever she wants. There is no description that anybody has ever been able to find for the description of the infinite except to say is that ‘it is.’So all I can say about Amma is that, “Amma is… Amma is love..”

Baroness Verma also released the first copy of the English version of the book; “Amma’s Pearls of Wisdom” which is a collection of Amma’s beautiful quotes for 365 days in a year and handed over the first copy of the book to Shekhar Kapur. The Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom, Diego Gomez Pickering, was also present on the occassion and also invited Amma to visit Mexico.

Devotees thronged the venue from all parts of the United Kingdom on both the program days.

During Amma’s darshans, there was a whole range of cultural programs ranging from Indian classical music, Taiko drumming from Japan, Western classical to pop music, which really added to the celebration. The devotees of Amma in the United Kingdom also presented a beautiful ‘Ras Garba’dance of Gujarat to the accompaniment of Amma’s bhajans.

The stage was lit with lights for the Diwali celebration, and Amma reminded Her children, “Just like these lamps lit on the stage, if we can light the lamp of faith and love in our hearts and walk forward together, then we definitely can dispel the darkness that we see around and bring about a change in society.






Amma is the greatest Mahatma to have ever graced our planet

6-8 Nov, Milan, Italay – Europe Yatra 2015

A beautiful spring-like weather welcomed Amma for 3 days at Busto Arsizio, the small town located 30 km North of city of Milan, where Amma holds her programs since 2012, when she visits Italy.
The very pleasant sunny and warm weather encouraged devotees and interested people from all the parts of Europe to come to the programs with warm and happy hearts. Large crowds filled the many connected halls at the MalpensaFiere site, and outside.

Welcoming Amma were the Mayor of Busto Arsizio, Gianluigi Farioli, His Excellency Mr Basant K Gupta, the Ambassador of India in Italy, and the very famous Italian singer and composer Maestro Franco Battiato.

In his welcoming speech, Mayor Farioli thanked Amma for her presence and for the contribution in supporting the project ‘Rete Lavoro’to be initiated by the Municipality of Busto Arsizio providing community benefiting jobs for jobless people. Mayor Farioli said: “Busto Arsizio is known for its traditional foggy climate, but when Amma comes, she transforms it into a warm place, filling the hearts of everyone with lots of love. Thank you Amma! You are always welcome here.”

His Excellency Mr Basant K Gupta, who had traveled all the way from Rome with his family said: “Amma is not only a great Mahatma on Earth today, she is in fact the greatest Mahatma to have ever graced our planet!”

Notable presences at the programs were those of film director Anna Agnelli, daughter of Umberto Agnelli, and Tracy Chaplin the grandson of the legendary Charlie Chaplin.

Amma’s visit enjoyed a large media coverage. Rai TV interviewed Amma during darshan. Journalists from the Corriere della Sera also had the opportunity to interview Amma extensively on the last day of the programs. On the evening of the 5th, Brahmachari Shubamrita Chaitanya was hosted at the famous radio station ‘Radio Deejay’by the very popular quirky media personality La Pina, during her daily program ‘Pinocchio’, which runs at the peak evening rush hours. La Pina came for Amma’s darshan on the next day, and was charmed by Amma’s presence and loving energy.

When Amma ended the Devi Bhava at 10.30am on Monday 9th November, the hall was still full of devotees eager to get more and more of Amma’s blessings.

– Kannadi


Amma in Toulon

2-4 Nov, Toulon, France – Europe Yatra 2015

Scenes from the Zenith Omega arena in Toulon, Southern France. For three days and nights, the packed stadium was transformed into a temple of hope, love and light as tens of thousands passed through Amma’s arms, meditated together and prayed in unison as one heart and one mind for world peace.





Seeking the warmth of Love in freezing temperatures

30- 31st October, Finland – Europe Yatra 2015
After three days of programs in Holland, Amma next travelled to Helsinki, Finland as part of her 2015 European tour. On the first evening of Amma’s program in the Vantaa Energia Areena, the occasion was honored by Ambassador of India to Finland and a renowned Finnish TV personality and wellness coach Kirsi Salo.

They both addressed the gathering briefly. Ambassador Sharma mentioned: “Amma, it means Mother. Mother is the most precious gift for every human being. We must learn from Amma, how to give. And we will get only when we learn how to give. We should shower love on others and affection on others. And whatever material gains we get, we should share with others. This is the message of Amma.”

Kirsi Salo also spoke during the occasion: “Amma opens our hearts, and wherever she goes, peace, harmony, acceptance and love arises and I want to thank her for that. I’m sure that this state of peace and harmony can continue in all places, regardless the environment. We can walk out in the world and feel that we all have one little Amma inside our hearts and we can see all the people through those eyes of love. The natural state of human beings and the universe is love and every one of us can bring it out to the world. Thank you Amma.”

After that former Olympic Swimmer Matti Rajakylä gave a talk of his experience with Amma and how Amma has inspired his life: “It was six years ago after my first darshan I sat on this same stage next to Amma, and realised one thing: “Everything I tried to look for in life, achieved or was trying to achieve in my career or outside of my career is only based on one basic need: LOVE. Love in it’s purest form. Love that brings fulfilment. Love that brings contentment and perfect peace. Love that doesn’t ask for anything. Now I’m sitting next to a person, who is embodying that Love.”

People from all over northern Europe (Amma’s satsang was displayed in Polish, Russian, Danish and Finnish) braved the freezing temperatures outside to come meet Amma. Inside the hall there was nothing but warmth as everyone happily left after receiving Amma’s embrace.

Amma next travels on to the south of France for the next stop on the tour in Toulon, France.






Amma is a great cultural ambassador and a great humanitarian

26-28 October, Houten, Netherland – Europe Yatra 2015

The sixth stop in Amma’s 2015 Europe Yatra was Houten, Netherlands, Amma’s 16th visit to the country. Amma came right after her first program in MA Center Germany. In the two days before her arrival, many volunteers had been busy building up the Expo for Amma’s visit and received Amma enthusiastically. Amma took the elevator to the first floor and was soon standing on the glass balcony where she gazed lovingly at the hundreds of volunteers and the tour group standing on the ground floor below. When everybody thought that Amma would go to her room to get some rest, she had different plans. She came down to serve supper to the local and international volunteers, meditated and sang with everybody. It was a sight to see to a small green lovebird sitting on Amma’s shoulder for a long time, as She sang and meditated.

On Tuesday evening October 27, Amma was welcomed to Houten by the Ambassador of India, J.S. Mukul, the President of VU University of Amsterdam, Prof. Dr. Jaap Winter, and Lucia Rijker, 6-time World Champion in boxing and kickboxing, actress, and coach (featured in the photo below).

The Indian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Mr. J.S. Mukul, welcomed Amma with the following words: “Amma is truly a great cultural ambassador and a great humanitarian. This is the biggest gathering that I have seen in Netherlands after taking charge as the Ambassador here. I am looking forward to more and more visits from Amma to the Netherlands.”

Professor Jaap Winter, President of the VU University of Amsterdam, welcomed Amma with a delegation of 14 professors from the university spoke the following words: “You might wonder why the head of a university would visit an event like this. This spring, together with a large delegation from the VU went to India. We visited many universities, spoke to numerous people, but the visit and the conversations that moved us the most was the visit to our colleagues at Amrita University. Amrita University has shown us that, as a university, you really can have the goal and the mission to contribute to a better world through science, education and research. We are proud of our connection to Amrita University, and happy that we have now also gotten to know Amma personally. We would love to continue this connection and collaboration. We have invited Amma to come and speak at our university the next time she is in the Netherlands.”

On her way out of the hall after the first day programme, Amma discovered a beautiful table full of the first harvest from the garden of Amma’s Center in Netherlands. Devotees working in the garden had set up a table with vegetables and fruits that had been harvested from the garden that morning, as well as jam and chutneys made with the harvest. Amma always teaches the importance of producing our own food and loving and respecting nature. The first harvest of the Amma Center in Holland was a testament to this, and consisted of beets, three types of kale, carrots, potatoes, green salad, beautiful wildflowers, chestnuts and much more. Amma stood at the table for some time, interacting with the volunteers and encouraging them to keep growing.

After three days of packed programmes in Netherlands, Amma left for her next stop of the tour – Helsinki, Finland.





Amma will inspire us all

22-24 October, MA Center Germany – Europe Yatra 2015

For the first time ever, Amma held a programme at MA Center Germany.

It so happened that the programme started on the auspicious day of Vijayadasami. On this day, while giving darshan, Amma did not forget to initiate Her children in India into letters through a webcast.

The darshan hall was packed with devotees on all the three days as people came from all parts of Germany and the surrounding countries.

Rebecca Horn, the world renowned visual artist, was among the dignitaries who came to see Amma.

It had been the dream of many devotees in Germany to finally welcome Amma in her own center. For years, the residents and other well wishers of Amma had been engaged in planning all logistics and constructing a brand new event hall, with the capacity to host 2,500 people. It had indeed been a challenge to create the right infrastructure for a large international event like Amma’s programme to be hosted in the small town Brombachtal. 600 volunteers from across Europe came to help make this dream a reality.

Many aspects required specific solutions, for example the parking: due to restrictions in parking slots, a car-sharing system had to be implemented, transporting people from the neraby town Michelstadt, where the main parking facilities were located. The system worked perfectly well and many people even remarked what a nice opportunity ot was to get to know other devotees of Amma during their shared car ride to the center.

The mayor of Brombachtal, Mr. Willi Kredel, welcomed Amma to his village: “I have to say: Wow! We don’t have something like this every day. It makes me proud and happy to have Amma here, such an extraordinary benefactor of human kind. If we look at all the humanitarian activities such as hospitals, orphanages, disaster relief….the list is endless we need to bow down in honor and respect. I am delighted to have her here in my province.
I would also like to congratulate the organizers of this event. To be honest, we were a little worried. But now when we see everything so planned and organized perfectly, I really would like to compliment the organization. Thank you very much.”

Since 2005, MA Center Germany hosts the annual AYUDH youth summit, where young people from all over the world get together, discuss and take local action to address global issues of concern to them. As part of the summit, AYUDH collaborates with the municipality of Michelstadt to implement at least one regional service project every year. In this way, a mutually enriching relationship between MA Center and the city of Michelstadt has developed over the years, introducing many people in the region to the humanitarian work and message of Amma.

The mayor of Michelstadt, Mr. Stephan Kelbert, remarked: “I am deeply moved by my experience today. As Mayors we have to face a lot of challenges during the year. But we are also lucky to have such occasions where we have the pleasure to welcome and meet Amma.

I also express gratitude for all the beautiful moments I have experienced already while collaborating with Amma’s Youth Organization AYUDH. I really look forward to collaborate and host many more events together in the future.

In Michelstadt since 2 weeks they have a refugee camp for 1000 refugees. And people here have been welcoming to them in the same spirit as Amma does. She is such a great example. She welcomes everyone with a smile, kindness and with humaneness. Many of the refugees lost everything and need our help now. And we need all the energy and power to do that. I am sure Amma will inspire us all to get that energy.”

At the end of the programme, Amma said to all the devotees: “All of you have worked so hard to organize this programme and to get the facilities ready to receive people. Amma bows down in front of your spirit of dedication and sacrifice.”

As Amma left the hall, one could see the eyes of Her children filled with tears of gratitude.

– Das





Amma is the person who has touched my life the most

18-20 Oct, Paris – Europe Yatra 2015

The fourth stop on Amma’s 2015 European Yatra was in Cergy-Pontoise (near Paris, France). Every year on this tour some of the biggest crowds turn out in this city and this year was no different. Massive crowds came every day and filled the large hall awaiting their chance to spend a few moments in Amma’s arms. Amongst those who came to meet Amma were Academy Award-winning film director Claude Lelouch and renowned actress Elsa Zylberstein.

On the 2nd evening of programs, a new book of Amma’s quotations entitled “Pearls of Wisdom,” published by Paris-based publisher Les Editions Points was released. The French edition is entitled, “Tout Est En Vous.”

Releasing the book, Mr. Lelouch remarked, “This book is a pure marvel – to be read over the course of a year; every day you’ll savor Amma’s teachings, her observations, her generosity and her infinite goodness.” He continued, “Amma is probably the person who has touched my life the most. [Meeting Amma] has given me even more pleasure than winning the Oscars or the Palme d’Or.”

Mr. Lelouch’s upcoming film “Un Plus Une” co-stars acclaimed actor Jean Dujardin and Ms. Zylberstein and features Amma as herself, when the lead characters’journey culminates in a meeting with Amma.

Elsa Zylberstein also explained how she was transformed by her encounter with Amma: ”This meeting was beyond the extraordinary. It carried a message of tolerance, faith and understanding. In the world we live in today, I believe it’s vital to focus our attention in this way and this is what Amma transmits. She has been with me ever since I met her.”

All three days Amma gave darshan all day and all night into the early hours of following morning. The final program ended at 10am the day after it began, with Amma sitting until she had embraced each and every last person that came for the program.



Amma in Munich

10-12 October, Munich, Germany – Europe Yatra 2015

The second stop on Amma’s European Yatra was Munich, Germany. Immediately after the end of the final program in Barcelona, Amma and the group travelled more than 1300km across Europe from the Iberian peninsula to the heart of Bavaria. Even though Amma arrived and the group arrived late at night, a few hours later everything was being set up for the next program that morning.

For the last several years Amma’s Munich programs have taken place in the Kulturhalle Zenith. Each day large crowds are delighted to watch Amma descend to the stage to start the day’s program along a high balcony that runs the length of the hall and early in the morning the following day, watch Amma ascend out of the hall along the same balcony. Each day Amma would arrive to the sounds of traditional Bavarian music played by local devotees dressed in ‘lederhosen’ and leave dancing to the beat of the Baduga music that has become the anthem for this tour.

On the second evening Amma was welcomed to Munich by Franziska Buch, well known, award winning German film director and screenwriter. Her work focus is on family and children and she is best known for her very successful children’s movies. Like “Emil und die Detektive” or “Bibi Bloxberg”.

The final evening program finished at 8:14am the following day whereby Amma and the tour group continued to the next stop of the tour in Switzerland.

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Planting Trees in the Desert: Meditation and Service at the prison in Barcelona

Inspired by Amma’s example, our volunteers working out of Barcelona, Spain have been running an outreach program with the nearby Quatre Camins prison for the past three years. The outreach is led by social worker Amparo Saavedra, who says that she wanted to find ways to incorporate everything she has learned from Amma about peace and love for the last 15 years into her work at Quatre Camins. Three years ago, Amparo asked Amma to bring meditation to the prison. Amma sent volunteer meditation instructors Cristina Rodriguez and Marta Griso, who have been visiting the prison and conducting classes and Amma’s IAM Meditation technique regularly ever since. The feedback from the prisoners is that the meditation is making a big impact on their lives—they credit the practice with helping to clear their minds and soothe their hearts. But meditation is not for everyone. That’s why 18 months ago, our volunteers started a garden at the prison called “Amma’s Garden” where the more action-oriented prisoners can learn to grow their own vegetables and enjoy being in nature. A number of the prisoners also spend two Sundays a month engaged in service activities at the Amma Center of Spain.

Prisoners with Amma

Prisoners with Amma

Finally, the prisoners are fundraising to help children with cancer. They raise money by making and selling bracelets and also by collecting bottle caps, which are sold to the recycling center. The prisoners have placed collection points in key locations throughout the prison, and over time have gotten all the prisoners in the habit of saving their bottle caps and dropping them in the collection points. The friends and families of the prisoners, and even the prison social workers and some of the other prison staff also bring their bottle caps from home and drop them in the collection points. One beautiful thing that has come out of this practice is that many different groups of prisoners within the prison are committed to collecting the caps. This has created a bridge between groups that would otherwise not have any common ground. The cap collection program was designed to engage the majority of the prison population, to create an easy positive practice for those who might not be receptive to more structured or involved service activities. When they hear that they can help children with cancer just by changing the place they put their used bottle caps, they easily agree. One of our volunteers explained that these things are like a small point of light for the prisoners, a simple and achievable act of compassion that opens their hearts and bring positive change into other parts of their lives as well.

Help children with cancer just by changing the place they put their used bottle caps, they easily agree.

During Amma’s most recent visit to Granollers, Spain, ten prisoners who have been participating in Embracing the World’s programs at the Quatre Camins prison received permission to spend the day at Amma’s program, doing service in support of the program and getting the opportunity to meet Amma personally. Upon receiving Amma’s embrace, one prisoner commented on how Amma received everyone, regardless of how they look. He felt that Amma only saw the goodness of his heart, describing Amma’s embrace as a priceless experience that opened his heart. Another commented that there are no words to describe Amma, stating that you have to experience her presence to understand it. Another stated that Amma can change the hate and war in the world through her infinite love, and that the greatest lesson he has learned from Amma is that you should hug more, and express your feelings more.


Moving forward, our volunteers plan to create a program to help newly released prisoners integrate back into society with support. For many, leaving prison can be a very difficult experience. Without the amenities and support of the prison, it can be very difficult to integrate back into society. The volunteers are working to expand the meditation courses for newly released prisoners as well.

About the work of the volunteers at the Quatre Camins prison, Amma commented, “Amma is very, very happy that her daughters go out into the world to serve. When we die, the body rots and the only thing left is what we have done for others. It is like planting a flower or a tree in the desert. At least that much beauty or shade it will bring to the desert. Amma is very happy with her daughters.”

On the day they came to see Amma, the prisoners also brought a poem they had written for Amma, as well as a beautiful wooden altar carved by one of the inmates. The poem read:

Amma, you heard your children cry out,
Our hearts torn between good and bad,
Crushed under the terrible weight of hatred,
Until you arrived.

You, with your loving hugs filling us with love,
A love called freedom.
Freedom for those enclosed within prisons of brick,
we also are prisoners imprisoned within our own minds.

Inside our hearts with your gentle gaze
You summoned up an Ashram of serene protection,
and from that moment on,
we have been happily distracted.

Travelling with you through your world of compassion
is a dream come true, a serene refuge,
At your side we feel fulfilled.



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