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Amma in Kenya

17-18 April 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

After a five-year gap, Amma was received a warm welcome back to Kenya by Mr. Musalia Mudavadi, the former Deputy Vice President and the Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya; Mrs. Suchitra Durai, the Indian High Commissioner to Kenya; and Hon. Dan Mwazo, Senator of Taita Taveta county. Ms. Tessa Mudavadi, 2010 Global Winner Of Breast Cancer Awareness award, Dr. Manoj Shah, Past International Director of Lions Club, and Dr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of Kenya Red Cross were also there on hand to welcome Amma.

Amma’s arrival signaled the launch of several new humanitarian initiatives, which were formally inaugurated by the above dignitaries during the first day of Amma’s official program.

A new Telemedicine and Continuing Medical Education Program, a tie up between Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi and M.P Shah Hospital of Nairobi will help in high quality medical care for the patients in Kenya and enhance transfer of medical expertise in Kenya.

Amma also launched the Amrita Solar Village, which will help in lighting, heating, water supply for sanitation, nutrition and irrigation and will improve the quality of residents of 5 villages in Athi River.

A new Amrita After School Study Program to support children living near the Athi River who have no access to electricity at home. The dedicated classrooms and the facilities provided will allow the children to study and do their homework in a supportive environment, helping them to overcome some of the challenges of living in poverty and to achieve their dreams. Amma visited this school after the days program {news}.

Another new program called Saving Lives – Creating, was launched, in association with CAP YEI and the Kenya Red Cross. The program is designed to train unemployed youth as mid-wives, paramedics and first aid workers in the areas of reproductive health. The goal of the program is to empower these young people to save lives, while providing jobs for them as well.

Also during her program, Amma was presented with the Lions Club International President’s Award in appreciation of her humanitarian work globally.

Green initiatives have been a very important part of Embracing the World activities in Kenya, and the Amrita Center has been very active in promoting awareness amongst people to preserve and nurture Mother earth by actively pursuing tree planting drives, permaculture and organic farming. Volunteers from the Center brought organic products to Amma on stage, seeking her blessings for their efforts in sustainability.

The official program was followed by Amma’s satsang, bhajan, and two days of darshan programs, wherein each and every person who came to the program received Amma’s loving embrace.

– Tulasi

 

 

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The ongoing work of Amma’s volunteers in Kenya was also highlighted, including the following:

  • Amrita Center Kenya has been active since 2010, running various projects in education, youth empowerment, healthcare, nutrition, sanitation and sustainability through permaculture, tree planting and green energy.
  • The children’s home Watato Boma takes care of the needs of 160 children.
  • Amrita Center Kenya, in association with CAP trains unemployed youth in the age groups of 18-30 years. Three-month courses are offered in Carpentry, Tailoring, Electrical, Plumbing, Computers and Hospitality. It has trained more than 1000 students since its inception.
  • Amma’s meals program started in 2012 now provides over 80,000 free meals annually.
  • Free Medical Camps have been regularly held over the last 4 years providing free consultations and medicine to over 3200 patients.
  • Free Cataract Surgeries have been conducted in the counties of Thika, Machakos, Voi, Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia and Kisii, which has screened over 8000 patients and completed more than 1000 cataract surgeries restoring not only eyesight but also improvement in quality of life.
  • As a part of the sustainable development initiatives, the Amrita Center has one of the best Permaculture farms in Nairobi. Amma’s volunteers there, hardworking and motivated to carry Amma’s message of service and compassion forward, see this is as only the beginning.

 

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Let us create a positive vibration: Amma in Kolkata

April 13-14, Kolkatta, West Bengal – Bharata Yatra 2016
For her final programs of the tour, Amma held a Brahmasthanam festival in Kolkata, West Bengal. Over the course of the two days, Amma gave satsang, sang bhajans, led everyone in a guided meditation and instructed all to perform the Manasapuja in the local language of Bengali.

Nira Puthari’ or ‘Dhaner Seesh offered to Amma

Amma’s visit coincided with Poila Boishakh, the Bengali New Year. A bouquet of dry rice paddy, from the first harvest,(known as ‘Nira Puthari’ in Malayalam and, ‘Dhaner Seesh’ in Bengali) was given to Amma as an offering. On the occasion, Amma said “My children, everyday at the end of your sadhana, chant Om Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu” mantra for a while. Presently there is so much of unrest in the world. We should be able to restore the harmony to some extent by our prayers. Remember my children, every emotion has a vibration. Anger has a vibration, lust has a different vibration, vatsalya (motherly love) has a different vibration and compassion has a different vibration. Let us create a positive vibration through our prayers.”

Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan with Amma

During her visit, several dignitaries including Vidya Balan, famous Bollywood actress and Sujoy Ghosh, film director, came to greet Amma and offer their pranams, seeking her blessings.

Destitute women from several villages, including: Dev Gain (Jharkhand), Guptapada (Odhisa), and Kalinagar (West Bengal) were given sarees. Tree saplings were also distributed to village children as part of MAM’s green initiative. Certificates of completion for tailoring and beautician courses were given out to students of these villages as part of vocational training courses.

Several of these villagers also presented cultural programs during Amma’s darshan. Not to be outdone, students from the local Amrita Vidyalayam also shined on the stage with their performances throughout the programs.

Wiping the tears of an old devotee who came for Darshan

To conclude the final program of the almost three months of continuous touring around India, Amma gave darshan to all the members of the tour group who had just travelled over 5000 kilometers with her from one end of India to the other. One would imagine that after traveling such a great distance by road, enduring incredible heat, across 12 cities and seeing thousands and thousands of people come to the programs, Amma would want to spend her final hours in India before leaving for Kenya, getting some rest. Instead, Amma spent her last day siting once more with the tour group and all the local devotees; serving one last prasad meal, singing a few last bhajans and sharing a few last heartfelt smiles.

That night Amma left India for her two week tour of Kenya, Reunion, Mauritius and Singapore.

– Kannadi

 

 

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Amma visits Banke Bihari temple

9 April, Vrindavan, Uttara Pradesh – Bharata Yatra 2016

As part of her visit to Vrindavan in nearly 30 years, Amma accepted an invitation to visit the Banke Bihari temple, the oldest temple in Vrindavan.Amma was taken in an e-riksha to the temple, driving through the narrow lane.

Amma’s entire group joined Amma for the visit to the always-crowded temple. The already sanctified space reverberated and pulsed with devotion as Amma entered the temple and gazed at the murti of Sri Krishna. Before leaving, Amma participated in a ceremonial worship of the Lord. The temple’s priest welcomed Amma as an honored guest and presented her with ceremonial shawls, garlands and the same type of flute that was played by Sri Krishna.

 

 

– Kannadi

 

 

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Amma in Vrindavan

8 April, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh – Bharata Yatra 2016

Amma held a public program at Fogla Ashram in Vrindavan. On stage, Amma received a warm welcome from more than 60 of Vrindavan’s saints and sages. Their recognition of Amma’s special place in India’s lineage of spiritual masters was an historic moment, as it meant they could look beyond their own traditional definitions and cultural context to see the divinity shining through Amma.

The day of Amma’s program happened to fall on a new year of the Indian calendar (Vikram samvatsara) and also on the occasion of Chaitra Navaratri – the nine day festival of Devi.

Welcoming Amma to Vrindavan, Shri. Vineet Narayan, Chairman of Braj Foundation, said: “All the people of Vraj* are pained by the status of Yamuna River. Yamuna is the sister of Yama. She is Sri Krishna’s favourite. The people of Vraj use Yamuna for the last rites, not river Ganga like others. The temples in Vraj use Yamuna water for the worship. We have been fighting for years to clean up the Yamuna. But no one listens.  We, the people for Vraj ask for alms to save Yamuna,” he concluded with tears in his eyes.

The Yamuna River, once one of the lifelines of India, and still considered one of India’s 7 sacred rivers, has become extremely polluted.

Another Sannyasi, Founder of Seva Mangalam Sri Govindananda Teertha Maharaj, paying his tributes to Amma requested: “When one comes to your feet, when one receives your embrace, one becomes one with your energy and carries it in their life.  All sorrows disappear. When you keep your hand on their head, they become illumined. I also have a prayer. You have embraced 5 crores of people and made them (dhanya) blessed by embracing them. Yamuna is the center of 125 crores of people’s faith. I request you to embrace the Yamuna river as well. All the people of Vraj will be also blessed by this. With your power and that of the Govt of India, the Yamuna project will be fullfilled. Many projects were announced in the past, but nothing became successful. We expect you to do this on your visit to Vrindavan. Please take up this project and clean and purify it.”

Padmanabh Goswami welcomed Amma on behalf of all the temples. “If Ganga is the giver of Moksha, Yamuna is the one who brings the feet of Krishna and Radha together. For the current state of Yamuna, we are also responsible. Until 15-20 years ago, all the temples in Vrindavan used the water of Yamuna for abhishek, cooking food, and for pooja water.  Now we, the temple authorities, have stopped using this water. Not only of people of Vrindavan, but the desire of all followers of Sanatana Dharma, request you to restore the Yamuna to its original state. Amma please understand the pain and anguish in the hearts of the people of Vraj, We are with you Amma.”

Gopal Sharan Devacharya Maharaj of Radha-Golok Nath temple network of 108 temples, said, “Amma is the embodiment of Ma Yasoda. Amma you have seen the pain of all the saints of Vraj. It was expressed in the tears of early speakers.”

Phool Gold Vihari Maharaj, speaking on behalf of all the saints and sages of Vrindavan, said, “Amma, please embrace our river Yamuna. She needs your help. Please clean her as you have helped to clean the holy river Ganga and the holy river Pampa.”

Each of the sages who spoke on the stage that day had only a single request for Amma:  Clean Yamuna.

In a departure from her usual way, and in keeping with the tradition of Vrindavan, Amma began her satsang with the call out of “Radhe shyam…” In her satsang, Amma replied to the request of Sadhus and Saints, “No one can do this alone. Everyone has to get together. We have to stop dumping sewage from houses and waste from factories into the river. There is a need to build toilets and bring awareness in the people living along the banks of the river. There should be an alternate solution provided for the factory waste. There is a need to provide subsidies for the factories to take up these alternate solutions, and if they don’t follow instructions, there should be consequences – their electricity and water could be disconnected; they could be fined. There is a need to bring more awareness among people. Amma will also do whatever she can.”

After her satsang, Amma sang many Krishna bhajans. The crowd actively participated and enjoyed it, in between callout “Radhe Shyam….”

Amma distributed saris to the villagers of Ral, adopted under the Amrita SeRVe project of MAM. She also gave away saplings to the children of the village, encouraging them to plant more trees.

Devotees staged different cultural programs during Amma’s darshan; most of them were based on Sri Krishna’s leelas.

The stage had flower decorations in the background, representing a house of vines that Radha and her friends created for Krishna with flowers and leaves. The program’s organisers did the same for Amma, making the stage backdrop with flowers and leaves along with pictures of Radha, Krishna and Amma.

More than memorable, Amma’s visit to Vrindavan was a historic moment in many ways. It was Amma’s first visit in nearly 30 years, and this time she was culminated by several hundred devotees; so many residents of Amritapuri made the pilgrimage to be with Amma in Vrindavan that it was like Amritapuri itself had been lifted up and transported to Sri Krishna’s birthplace. The recognition paid to Amma by the saints and sages of Vrindavan was remarkable, and showed their willingness to look across all traditional barriers to see the divinity shining through Amma. And for Amma’s devotees, each of whom verily strives to become as Radha to Sri Krishna in the form of Amma, it was like a dream come true and deeply significant and meaningful. For Amma’s devotees, the time of Krishna and Radha is now – they are gopis living with their Krishna, and perhaps coming to Vrindavan – a place where a similar relationship has resonated down through the millennia, was a chance to see just how precious this opportunity is. Radheee… Shyam!

Kannadi

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* Vraj – the place where Sri Krishna had his childhood plays (bala leelas) which is more than 2000 sq. km. There are 12 forests in Vraj, Vrindavan is one of the forests.

 

 

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Amma, please visit more often and bless Lucknow

10 April, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh – Bharata Yatra 2016

After the Vrindavan programs Amma next traveled to Lucknow. Even though the group didn’t arrive until close to midnight, Amma still took the time to sit with everyone including all the local devotees and distributed a late night prasad dinner and had a small satsang.

The next day, before the evening public program, Amma visited the residence of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav. During the meeting Amma and the CM discussed several different issues facing his people including education, health, and other social problems. The CM’s wife, Dimple Yadav, who herself is a sitting Member of the Parliament, also attended the meeting which lasted around 90 minutes.

Later that same evening Amma’s public program was held on the grounds of the new Amrita Vidyalayam. The Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav came to inaugurate the 68th Amrita Vidyalayam. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “Many thanks to Ammaji for visiting Lucknow. All these years I have been hearing from people and the media about Amma and her charitable and social activities around the world. I came to know about her from the people who visited Kerala, but though I wished to go to Kerala and meet Amma I could not make it. But today I got the opportunity to meet her personally talk to Amma and I feel blessed. I hope Amma could replicate her activities in Lucknow, and visit more often and bless us in Uttar Pradesh.”

Amma later distributed saris to the villagers of Sarai Surudinpur (Allahabad district) and Ayodhya . She also gave away saplings encouraging them to plant more trees in their villages.

The sants of Sri Ram temple of Ayodhya came to pay respects to Amma.
A group of saints from chakra arty Maharaj Dasharatha’s Palace, Ayodhya and from famous temple Hanuman Garhi of Lord Hanumanji came to pay respect to Amma.

After giving her satsang, signing bhajans and leading everyone in a guided meditation, Amma sat all through the night and gave darshan to everyone. The program finally ended at 5:13 am in the next day morning upon which the tour group began the long trip to Calcutta for the final program of the tour.

– Kannadi

 

 

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Dancing with Sri Krishna once again, Rasa Leela in Vrindavan

7 April, Vrindavan, Uttara Pradesh – Bharata Yatra 2016
As if to make up for lost time, Amma’s first visit to Vrindavan in nearly 30 years was packed with activities and events for both Amma and the tour group. Immediately on arrival on Thursday, Amma was taken directly to a sacred body of water known as the Brahma Kund. With shobayatra – nama-smkeertan and folk art forms in a procession – Amma was welcomed to Brahma Kund where she had been invited to bless the spot and to view an ancient form of folk art known as Sanjhi*, started by Radha Rani.

Amma being dressed up as Banke Bihari (Sri Krishna) by the devotees

Many of the residents of Amritapuri ashram who had not been able to join Amma’s full Bharata Yatra made the pilgrimage to Vrindavan to be there with Amma, so one really had the feeling that all of Amritapuri had been temporarily transported to Vrindavan.

That evening, to the delight of all, a special Rasa Lila performance was staged in Amma’s honour, re-enacting scenes from the early life of Sri Krishna. The enchanting performance included a re-enactment of the young Sri Krishna mischievously stealing butter from the gopis, in the process stealing their hearts and leading them on the first steps of their journey toward the pinnacle of devotion. The witty and wise dialogues and heartful rendition of the music transported all into a different realm of experience.

The artists of the play are not professional, but ordinary people. The people of Vrindavan believe that, during the time of the play, they are the real Radha and Krisha. They feed Krishna and do arati and take prasad from him. For them this is Krishna in flesh and blood.

Introducing the importance of this tradition, Vineet Narayan, host and Chairman of the Braj Foundation narrated a story of two sanyasis from Varanasi who follow the path of Knowledge. The junior sannyasi came to explore Vrindavan despite senior sanyasi’s resistance. Here he got immersed in bhakti and started enjoying the chanting of Radhe Radhe, begging bread from homes irrespective of their caste and watching Raasleela being performed.  6 months passed. The senior in anxiety also came to Vrindavan to look for his junior and was shocked to see how he had fallen from his strict Vedic practices. The senior scolded the junior, admonishing him that his duty is to follow Vedic principles and not indulge in emotions of bhakti.  The junior sanyasi explained the transcendental mood of people of Vraj, but the senior was unmoved. However he did agree to attend a Raasleela performance, where he sat in the back row along with the junior sanyasi. During the performance, he whispered in the ear of the junior, “If that is the real Krishna up there on the stage, he will come down and give me his garland.” Whereupon the Krishna on the stage did indeed come down from the stage, walk all the way through the crowd, and place his garland on the neck of the senior sanyasi. Still not convinced, that night in his chambers the senior sanyasi thought to himself, ‘I must have whispered too loudly and he heard me from the stage. If it is really Krishna there on the stage, tomorrow night he will give me his betel leaf when it is offered to him.’ The next evening, when the curtains were closed for a set change, suddenly Krishna emerged from behind the curtain, again made his through the crowd to the sanyasi, and proclaimed loudly for all to hear, “This greedy fellow – it was not enough to get my garland. Now he wants my betel leaf as well!” Whereupon the senior sanyasi was also overcome with devotion for Sri Krishna and finally understood the junior sanyasi’s feelings. This story is just one such example of countless miracles people have seen performed by Krishna on the stage – and that is why it is said that the Raasleela being performed in Vraj is not merely a folk theatre but Krishna, Radha, Gopis and Gopas all descending into the young people enacting these plays on the stage.

At Brahma Kund

After the performance was offered to Amma, little Krishna came down off the stage and sat in Amma’s lap, resting his head against her cheek in a touching sight that was rendered all the more significant by the fact that it was unfolding in the very place where Krishna’s childhood leelas happened so many centuries ago.

Speaking on the occassion, Amma related a beautiful incident from the time of the gopis: Once an astrologer visited Vrindavan. He asked the birth date of Gopis whom he met there. Every one gave the same date — only the birth time was different. Gopis of all ages – young and aged – all reported having the same birthdate. He could not believe it. When he asked why everyone has the same birthday, they explained that that was the day when they met Sri Krishna when he came to Vrindavan. Only the birth time was different, because they met him at different times throughout the day.

Amma then sang two Krishna bhajans, and finally asked everyone to stand up and dance. As each of the several hundred devotees present closed their eyes and danced, each one imagining they were dancing with Amma, one couldn’t help but feel that all these many years later, the Rasaleela was once again unfolding in the holy land of Vrindavan.

– Kannadi

 

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* Sanjhi art
Pitra Paksh is the fortnight period when Hindus remember their departed family members and offer special prayers for them. In such a gloomy atmosphere, no entertainment is encouraged.

However to please Krishna, Radha Rani and her friends decided to decorate the path of Krishna returning in the evening after grazing the cows. They used colored powder, flower petals, cow dung, grains, lentils, dry and fresh fruits and seashells etc. as raw material and everyday created patterns on the floor or water surface to please Krishna.

Since this was done in the evening (Sandhya), it is called Sanjhi art. This Folk art was lost for centuries after Krishna’s time. But in the 1770s, it was revived by a saint, who was a former king from Rajasthan. He started a Sanjhi Mela at the Brahma Kund in Vrindavan.

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Qawwali of Delhi

4-5 April, New Delhi – Bharata Yatra 2016

At the beginning of her two days of programs at her ashram in Delhi, Amma was welcomed to Delhi by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister for Culture and Tourism. As part of the opening day ceremony, Amma gave away the keys to six homes newly constructed for people in Himachal Pradesh who had been living without adequate shelter. The new homeowners were onstage to personally receive the keys from Amma. Amma also gave 51 saplings to villagers from Uttarakhand and Jammu Kashmir, hailing from villages adopted under the Amrita SeRVe project.

Amma held two days of public program – satsang, bhajan, meditation and darshan – in the Delhi Brahmasthanam festival. During Amma’s darshan, enchanting cultural performances were offered to Amma by villagers from Jammu Kashmir, tribal children from Kalahandi, Orissa, and by the children of Amrita Vidyalayam-Delhi.

Amma also received a warm welcome to Delhi by Swamis of the Yogada Satsang Society, and by Nizami Bhandu, acclaimed Qawwal from the Dargah of the legendary Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, who brought gifts and sang for Amma in a touching interfaith gesture. Amma really enjoyed Qawwali and the hall was on their toes singing and clapping to the lines “Amma ji Amma ji Amma jiii…. ” Literally they were rocking the darshan hall.

During Amma’s visit to Delhi this week, Amma also met several political leaders, including BJP President Amit Shah; Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar; Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley; Venkaih Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development; Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women’s and Children’s Welfare and many Government IAS officers.

-Kannadi

 

 

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What is Her plan, no one knows

31 March, Kishangargh, Rajasthan – Bharata Yatra 2016

The trip from Amdavad to Jaipur was very arduous as it traversed kilometer after kilometer of an extremely hot and desolate landscape. Amma and the group left before dawn but as soon as the sun rose, it was impossible to escape its scorching rays, with temperatures passing 38 degrees C (100 F) all day.

Before the trip Amma expressed her desire to stop and have lunch somewhere with the group along the way, but due to some miscommunication, the vehicles in the tour caravan got split up and took different routes. Both were travelling on parallel roads to the Jaipur. When it was lunch time, Amma and the tour group were very far from each other and it wasn’t until 4pm that everyone was reunited on the road just after Krishanghard!

The next challenge was trying to find a place in the shade for everyone to stop and eat and get some relief from the heat. A small dhaba (roadside eatery) that had clearly seen better days, was selected because it had a small veranda, a garden and some grass where everyone could squeeze in to the shade and have lunch with Amma.

The owner of this establishment and her family were overjoyed to welcome Amma and the group, and let everyone use their place for the picnic; until this point she had only seen Amma on television.

After Amma served food to everyone, had a Q & A session and sang bhajans, the lady who owned the dhaba wanted to speak a few words. She took the microphone and shared her personal story of how her restaurant had once served award winning food and been a thriving business, but that recently it had fallen on hard times. First her husband passed away, and they had to close down for three years. Just three months ago she decided to start it back up again, but it was not doing good. That morning her son tried to reason with her that they should give up on the business and sell it, but she wanted to keep trying to make it work. Finally after her children’s persistence she said she would agree to shut it down unless she received a sign to keep it open…and now after Amma’s visit she knew it was the sign she was waiting for and was thrilled Amma had asked to stop there with the tour group and bless the place. Before Amma left, she invited Amma to come inside the hotel, which Amma obliged and blessed her.

All were very touched to hear her share her personal story with tears in her eyes and see how even though they may have suffered in the journey’s heat waiting to have their picnic, it ended up being in the perfect place at the perfect time.

-Kannadi

 

 

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Walking form of God: Amma in Jaipur

1 April, Jaipur, Rajasthan – Bharata Yatra 2016

After her program in Amdavad, Amma held a one day public program at the Tagore School Grounds in Jaipur. It was Amma’s first visit to the city since 2011 and a second time at the same grounds.
During darshan many were requesting Amma to come back every year and soon start an ashram center here.

Harirampur is one of the villages where MAM has also supplied potable water {news}. The head of the village came with his wife to thank Amma for all she has done for them. When they approached Amma they very humbly sat down in front of Amma as they would do in their village home, with so much innocence (and cuteness). Amma was very touched by their humility.

Harirampur villagers thanking Amma

Upon her arrival to the city, Amma visited the same house that hosted her on her previous visit. That time in 2006, Amma’s visit coincided with Holi and the family was blessed to play Holi with Amma in their own home {news}. Remembering that first Holi celebration with Amma, they again welcomed with festive Holi songs and showering flower petals, while singing ‘Holi! Holi!..’

During her visit to the city, a man was brought to Amma for darshan by his mother. The man has been suffering from liver cancer for the past two and a half years. His cancer had now progressed to the last stage and his leg had become extremely swollen. His mother was was overcome with grief sharing their plight with Amma and humbly requesting Amma’s blessings for her son.

The following evening Amma was welcomed to the stage by PP Choudhary, Member of Parliament, who said, “Amma is a walking form of God.”

Amma giving saplings to Harirampur villagers

Amma distributed saplings to villagers of Harirampur as part of the AmritaServe. The villagers also brought Amma seeds and grains that they have grown organically in their village.

Amma then addressed the crowd and delivered her satsang which was translated into Hindi. Amma also sang bhajans in Marwadi and led a guided meditation and manasa puja in Hindi before giving darshan to everyone that came. For both satsang and bhajans people were listening very attentively and clapping enthusiastically.
After darshan ended early the following morning, Amma and the tour group travelled to Delhi for the next stop on the tour.

-Kannadi

 

 

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Celebration continues: Amma in Amdavad

29 March, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – Bharata Yatra 2016

Amma held an evening program at the Ahmedabad Education Society Ground.
Several local dignitaries were on hand to welcome Amma to Gujarat including: Minister for Transport, Water Resources, Labour Employment Vijay Ramaiklal Rupani; Dharmendra Bhavani, Central Secretary VHP; Raman B Padiyar Head of VHP S.Gujarat; Manas Shankar Ray, Principal Commissioner, Income Tax; RS Sodhi, MD of AMUL; and Rajnikant Mohanlal Patel, MLA.

When Amma stopped for an evening bhajans and dinner enroute to Amdavad

The villagers of Nani Borvai, one of the villages adopted under AmritaSeRVe project, were given saplings promoting the planting of more trees in the villages. They also brought organic vegetables they grew in their village to give to Amma. Many of them were in tears as they were meeting Amma personally for the first time.

Amma gave satsang, sang bhajans and led everyone in guided meditation. She also instructed everyone in the Manasa Puja in the local language of Gujarati as well as singing many bhajans as well in the local tongue.

Throughout the night, local Amrita Vidyalayam children presented different cultural programs throughout the night.

Amongst the thousands who came for Amma’s darshan, there were a few new people who were shedding tears, overcome with emotion upon meeting Amma for the fist time. They told Amma they just need devotion and dispassion. A few of them even asked Amma to be their guru and received a mantra from her.

The darshan came to an end at 7.37 am the next day morning.

Nani Borvai villagers with organic products

Before the departure to the next city for the program, Amma and the group spent a day in the garden at the Amrita Vidyalayam campus. Once the scorching sun set, Amma came and sat on the grass with everyone, where she distributed dinner prasad, sang bhajans and held a Q & A session. At the end, Amma sang a joyous Gujarati song, which brought almost everyone to their feet and all began to dance in joy.

Amma continues to shower joy and make a celebration wherever she goes… and the journey continues now to the next city – Jaipur.

– Kannadi