Mata Amritanandamayi to address United Nations Academic Impact

15un-amrita Amma will deliver the keynote address during the coming conference at the United Nations on technology and sustainable development in New York.

Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the Chancellor of Amrita University,  will address the first programme on July 8, which will include a series of events at the UN titled ‘Skills and technology accelerating rapid transformation.’

The faculty from the University will later present research work they have undertaken in collaboration with renowned universities such as Cambridge, EPFL, Monash, the National University of Singapore, Oxford, Stanford and Twente.

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the U.N. In furthering the realisation of the purposes and mandate of the U.N, through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility, an online portal created by Amrita University would also be inaugurated. The portal would encourage discussions and collaborations among university researchers worldwide on technology for global sustainable development.

Dean of Research, Nano Technology at the Amrita University, Shantikumar Nair, said, “Skills and technologies readily translatable to society as well as sustainable development have long been one of the guiding forces behind Amrita’s research and research-deployment efforts.”

More here: amrita.edu

Santa Fe

Uphold the ancient tradition for future generations

20-23 June, Santa Fe, USA – America Yatra 2015

The first day of programs saw a larger than normal crowd and ended just past 6pm. After a short break, Amma returned to the hall at 7:30pm for satsang, bhajans, and darshan.

On the first morning, four generations of Tewa Indian dancers performed a Winter Buffalo dance to bring snow and moisture to the region and to ask permission to hunt buffalo for sustenance. Many of the group had been at Amritavarsham (Amma’s 50th birthday) 12 years ago in India. The leader of the group said, “We admire Amma for all the work she has been doing. We come to show her our way and to give our blessings. This dance we are performing comes from way back.” Amma responded to them saying, “Amma feels extremely happy to see this ancient tradition being respected. May this linage be continued and upheld for future generations. If we had this attitude for the love of Nature, the world would not be the way it is now. Amma bows down to this tradition. May the entire world be able to emulate this example so that the world will be in a better place.”

The second day of the retreat coincided with the first ever International Day of Yoga. In honor of this auspicious day, Amma had everyone perform gentle yoga exercises.

Amma said ‘Yoga does not belong to any particular faith or religion. It was passed on to us by the ancient seers for the well-being of humanity. Yoga helps us to reconnect with nature and eventually become one with God. When we perform yoga with complete awareness, it purifies each and every cell in our body.” (read more of Amma’s message on Yoga)

During one program, children from Amrita Balakendra created their own version of the 108 Names of Amma. Throwing flower petals into the center of a tarp, the children chanted each name with love. Among some of the names were, “Om, Amma who loves everything under the sun, Om, Amma who gives us chocolate kisses, Om, Amma who gives hard candies in India…” At the end, the children grabbed the corners of the tarp and tossed the flower petals into the air. Local devotees also performed Flamenco and Hawaiian dances.

– Kannadi

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Amma in San Ramon, California

3-12 June, San Ramon, California – America Yatra 2015

Amma held 6 days of public programs plus a retreat at the San Ramon Ashram in the Bay Area. Devotees came from all over Northern California to be in Amma’s presence. The weather was quite comfortable with the exception of one really hot day and one day with unexpected rain.

During the retreat, local devotees put on many cultural performances. One skit told the story of Sudama, a childhood playmate of Krishna who, many years later, went to visit Krishna with an offering of rice. The play moved many attendees to tears for its touching depiction of the love between the two friends and the grace that came from Sudhama’s humble offering.

– Kannadi



Los Angeles

Amma in Los Angeles

14-18 Los Angeles, USA – America Yatra 2015

Amma was honored with the Golden Goody Award for her Worldwide Humanitarian Charities on Sunday, 14th at the Los Angeles International Airport Hilton.

Every year, the local devotees in Los Angeles treat everyone to an elaborate skit. This year’s play featured Kubera, the Arrogant Lord of Wealth, who learned the strength and nourishment of the soul through the power of love through his interactions with the Elephant God Ganesh.

On the ride from LA to Santa Fe, Amma stopped with the tour staff, shared food and gave satsang. At the end, Amma had everyone form a large circle, hold hands, and chant the sacred prayer ‘Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu.’



Amma in Dallas

25-26 June, Dallas, TX, America Yatra 2015
Two days of programs were held at the Mesquite Convention Center just outside of Dallas. Mesquite is known as the Rodeo capital of the US. Thousands had come from all over Texas and the surrounding areas for darshan.

During one of the programs, a group of women from Austin known as the Hilde Girls sang songs of the spirit from all over the world. Their beautiful voices inspired the crowd and captured the teachings and music of 12th century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen.


Amma receives Golden Goody Award

14 June, Los Angeles, America Yatra 2015

Amma was honoured with a Golden Goody Award (Oscar for Social Good) for her Worldwide Humanitarian Charities on Sunday, 14th at the Los Angeles International Airport Hilton.

  • Goody Award to Amma

  • Goody Award to Amma

Goody Awards Founder Liz H. Kelly presented the lifetime achievement award by emphasising, “Amma is a global role model who has touched the hearts of millions demonstrating that a life dedicated to selfless love and service to humanity is truly possible. We are humbly honoured to present Amma with our top Golden Goody Award.”

Accepting the award, Amma said, “In reality, this award is an offering to my children for all the selfless service they do all over the world.”

Goody Awards mission is to inspire positive change by recognising and promoting the good in the world in four Eco Social areas: Environment, Education, Health and Women Empowerment.

– Kannadi


Amma welcomed to “Tulalip Land”

Seattle, America Yatra 2015
Amma was welcomed to her first program of the 2015 North American tour by several dignitaries including Barbara Tolbert, the Mayor of Arlington, Washington, and Chairman Sheldon, one of board members of the Native American Tulalip tribe, and Patti Gobin, the Tulalip tribe office of Treaty Rights.

One year ago, the Oso Mudslide disaster occurred nearby, killing 43 people and engulfing 49 homes in the small rural community. Within an hour, Mayor Tolbert had organized an emergency response center next to City Hall. In a matter of days, she worked with other county leaders to raise money for the victims of the landslide, collecting a total of $9.1M along with community partners. The mayor visited the victims’ families daily, and was named one of Washington State’s most influential people in 2014.

  • Darshan

  • Mata Rani Ki Jay

  • Native Americans Singing

Ms. Tolbert welcomed Amma to the Pacific Northwest, telling the assembled crowd that by coming to Amma, she feels able to recharge the compassion and love within, so that she can continue to go out and serve people in need.

Chairman Sheldon has served on the Tulalip Native American Tribe Board of Directors for more than 15 years, six years as chairman. He has helped lead major initiatives to strengthen the tribes’ economy, government, and environment. He established the first federally chartered tribal city in the United States, building a strong police department and tribal court as well as initiating major environmental restoration projects to revive salmon and natural habitat while creating strong partnerships with community leaders and other organizations.

Chairman Sheldon presented Amma with a carved rose made of sacred cedar bark and welcomed Amma to “Tulalip Land.”

Patti Gobin, the Tulalip office of Treaty Rights performed a traditional Tulalip welcome song with her granddaughter. The song included an invocation of ancestors, seeking a blessing for everyone to have proper discrimination.

Amma was in the Pacific Northwest at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Washington for three days of blissful programs. Each day Amma set aside extra time to ask everyone in the stadium to pray together for the restoration of nature’s harmony and for peace to return to the earth as well as the human mind.

– Kannadi

sndp inauguration

Prayer is not a means to fulfill, it is a heart-rending cry of longing

2 May 2015, Perumbavoor, Ernakulam

Amma inaugurated the Sri Narayana Darshanotsavam 2015 organised by SNDP union of Kunnathunadu.

Amma was ceremoniously received at the venue. Amma visited the temple dedicated to Sri Narayana Guru, did arati there.

Amma shared the stage with Vellappily Natesan, SNDP Yogam Gen Secratary; Rameh Chennithala, Home Minister Kerala; KK Karnan, SNDP Union President; and P Balan Menon.

Amma lit the lap and inaugurated the function. Speaking on the occasion Amma said:  “Gurudevan is a mahatma who saved an entire society that was starting to drift off course. In fact, Gurudevan verily led another Kurukshetra War. However, he did not fight with weapons, but with abidance in dharma and awareness of sadachara [correct conduct]. Thus established, he protested against superstition and social malpractice without mercy. His character was a blend of spiritual strength, fearless action and spiritual wisdom.”

“Gurudevan’s Daivadasakam contains the secrets of the paths of bhakti (devotion), jnana (knowledge) and karma (action). Prayer is not a means to fulfill an individual’s selfish desires. It is a heart-rending cry of longing to the cosmic power to “bestow peace, joy, prosperity and abundance to all beings.” Only through such prayer can the individual, community and all living beings be equally benefitted. Prayer is a spiritual practice for loving and serving all without anger or hatred, seeing everything as diverse expressions of the one divine power.”

After the address, Amma lead all in meditation and a prayer for world peace.




Shed hatred – it’s deadlier than any virus

29-30 April, Kochi, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

Amma arrived in Kochi after her programs in Thrissur. Amma was received with ‘poornakumbham’ by Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple Thantri Chennas Dinesan Namboothirippad. Hundreds of devotees had assembled in the darshan line near the gate of the Ashram grounds hours in advance. While standing at the doorstep of her camper, Amma touched all of them as the vehicle drove into the ashram grounds. Amma then led a meditation and prayer session, served dinner and prasad, and sang bhajans.

Amma was officially welcomed at the venue by the Mayor of Cochi, Tony Chammany. Also assembled to meet Amma were: Hibi Eden, MLA; Justice Padmanabhan Nair; Justice PR Raman; Justice AN Radhakrishnan; Devarajan. Maradu Municipal Chairman; K Babu, Fisheries and Excise Minister, Sreelekha IPS, ADGP; and M G Rajamanickam, District Collector.

The guests helped Amma distribute Vidyamriam scholarships, Amrita Nidhi pensions, as well as seeds to promote organic farming.

Mayor Toni Chammany welcomed Amma to Kochi. While addressing the crowd he said: “Amma is a great personality who is showing the world what spirituality is through action and how to serve humanity through various activities. For her faith is not just lip service, it is an activity to help the poor. This we can see if we analyze the activities of the Ashram. Wherever natural calamities happen, with the touch of compassion, MAM reaches to any corner of the world.”

Kochi Mayor also thanked Amma for supporting the development plans of the city. “We came to Amma asking for a flower, she gave us a garden.”

MAM has taken up the project of building toilets for 1200 families in Kochi who don’t have these facilities. Free toilets will be built for the poor, directed by the Kochi Corporation.

“Many times, what political leadership and local governments are not able to do, MAM takes up and contributes for the development of the nation. This gives us, the people’s representatives, lots of strength,” said Hibi Eden, the local MLA.

Addressing the gathering, ADGP Sreelekha opined that the nation should honour the services of Mata Amritanandamayi by bestowing her with the highest civilian honour of Bharat Ratna.
Addressing the devotees, Amma said, “If the economic advancement of a nation fails to ensure the well-being and happiness of its citizens, there is a serious flaw in the process.” Amma emphasised the need for balanced development that weighs ethical and cultural values along with economic growth. “Currently, the progress of a country is being gauged on the basis of its gross domestic product (GDP). But the world has started to realise that GDP does not reflect true growth,” she said. “Economic growth is just one factor. If the citizens are not happy and contended, there will be serious lapses in the development process. Money alone cannot ensure happiness – which needs ethics and cultural values. Otherwise, it is like putting makeup on a dead body,”

Drawing a parallel between the recent Ebola epidemic and hatred, Amma said, “The Ebola virus that spread over parts of Africa has become a nightmare for the whole world. It has wiped out thousands of humans. But the virus of hatred is killing more than any epidemic. The antidote for hatred is within us – love and kindness”.

“Humanity is said to be blamed for the occurrence of natural calamities. And it is a warning to us for to make corrections. Conservation of nature is one of the most important issues to be taken care of. We should imbibe the spirit of conservation and the values of natural co-existence of ancient tribal peoples,” she added. “One of the major contributions of India to the world was the concept of the number ‘zero’. We should add something more with zero; zero poverty, zero waste, zero illiteracy and zero crime, and be a model to the whole world.”

Amrita Institute students presented different cultural programs. Darshan finished at 6am on the second day.

– Kannadi



Amma in Trissur

26-27 April, Trissur, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

After the Manjeri Brahmasthanam Pratishta, Amma arrived in Trissur to conduct a two-day Brahmasthanam festival.

Upon her arrival, she sang few bhajans and served dinner prasad to the volunteer devotees.

At the start of the Brahmasthanam celebrations, Amma distributed Amrita Nidhi pensions, Vidyamaritam scholarships, as well as seeds to promote organic farming.

District Judge Anitha MR; Deputy Mayor Sarojini PV; and Smt. Shoba Surendran helped Amma to distribute the items. Many of the beneficiaries were in tears as they received their pension benefits from Amma.

Many other dignitaries came to welcome Amma. Among them were Trissur District Collector Smitha J, IAS; dancer Padmashree Kalamndalam Kshemavati; Swami Muktananda of Vivekananda Kendra; Poet/Writer Chovvalloor Krishnan Kutty; Therambil Ramakrishnan MLA; Film Script Writer Madambu Kunjukuttan; and Tekke Madhom Mooppil Vasudevananda Swamiyar.

Amma led everyone in a prayer for those affected by the recent Nepal earthquake. Amma added that just praying is not enough. In line with Amma’s message of compassion, Amma sent a team of Embracing the World volunteers to Nepal to initiate relief efforts in the region.

The first evening saw heavy rains, but that did not disrupt Amma’s darshan.


AYUDH had a special stall during the program. A mobile vegetable garden was set up to inspire and teach people how to start their own organic gardens in their homes and apartments – whether it be on the rooftop, balcony, veranda, or window railing.

Since the program venue was surrounded by fields, many bugs and crickets came to the pandal at night – adding high frequency music to the bhajans while Amma was giving darshan.

Amrita Vidyalayam children from Trissur presented wonderful cultural programs, showcasing the real treasure of the land of temples and the cultural capital of Kerala.

– Kannadi