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Amma to visit Kenya, Mauritius and Singapore

Amma to visit Kenya Reunion Island, Mauritius and Singapore and hold programs – Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan.

Kenya
April 17-18 (11 am)
Venue: Oshwal Centre, Ring Road, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya {map}
Web: http://ammakenya.org/

 

Reunion Island
April 20 – 7.30 pm
April 21-23 (10 am and 7.30 pm)

 

Mauritius
April 25-26 (11 am)

 

Singapore

April 29  Friday 11:00 AM Meditation & Darshan

April 30 Saturday 10:00 AM Meditation & Darshan / 7:30 PM Satsang, Bhajan, Meditation & Darshan

May 1 Sunday 10:00 AM Meditation & Darshan / 7:00 PM Atma Puja & Devi Bhava

Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 Level 1, Hall B {map}

Further Details  & Contacts:
English  : (+65) 6341 7701 Tamil :  (+65) 8149 9004  Mandarin : (+65) 8149 9071 Whatsapp : (+65) 8132 7527

 

 

 

 

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Let our lives become an offering: Amma in Hyderabad

18-19 March, Hyderabad – BharataYatra 2016

After her programs in Bengaluru, Amma traveled east and held a two day Brahmasthanam festival in the scorching heat (topping 40-46 degrees daily) of Hyderabad, where she gave satsang, sang bhajans, led manasa puja and meditation instructing everyone in the local Telugu language.

 

Addressing the gathering, Amma said, “Let our lives become an offering that alleviates the pain of the suffering people. To be compassionate towards the poor, one does not need a lot of wealth or a very high position in society. A kind word, a compassionate glance, a small favor all these can bring light into their lives and into ours as well. It is not what we received, but what we were able to give, that determines the value of our life. If we have been able to bring happiness to a soul even for a minute, it is a great achievement in itself.”

 

 

During the function, Amma distributed more than 200 saplings to the devotees encouraging them to plant more trees, restoring the harmony of nature. She kissed each sapling before she handed it over to each devotee causing them to beam with joy as they received it.

A senior women police officer who came to meet Amma asked a question, “All day I am meeting people who are creating troubles in the society. So after some time its difficult to be centered. Since the field is mostly dominated by masculine energy I find it difficult to maintain my feminine qualities.” Amma responded, “Daughter, you have been entrusted with the duty of maintaining the garden. It’s true a gardner will not be enjoying the beauty of garden but more focused on worms and insects that may destroy the beauty of garden. She has to remove them then, and only then will the plants be healthy, bloom and bear fruits. Amma understands in most of the cases the officials are put in a frame, and not able to work freely, and sometimes are not able to act according to dharma because of the pressure from the top… Daughter, understand your roles – when you are in the office, be an officer, in the home be a mother, a wife etc. Learn to shift your roles according to the situation.”

 

During darshan the crowd was delighted by several impressive cultural performances including one from the Yadava community who presented an Oggu Dolu dance, which they usually present only in temples. Additionally the local children of the Amrita Vidyalayam presented several different programs.

On the second and final day, Amma finished darshan at 3.20 am and sang two joyous bhajans before finally leaving the stage. A few hours later, Amma and the group were on the road again…this time to Pune for the next stop on tour and to celebrate Holi.

– Kannadi

 

 

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This world is a priceless garden: Amma in Bengaluru

14-15 March, Bengaluru – BharataYatra 2016

After a long drive from Amritapuri, Amma arrived in the early morning to the Bengaluru ashram. Even though it was nearly 3am there was still a large group of enthusiastic devotees, cheering and welcoming Amma upon her arrival with chants of ‘Mata Rani Ki.’

Over the next two days Amma conducted a Brahmasthanam festival, giving satsang, singing bhajans and leading all in guided meditation and manasa puja in Kannada, the local language. Amma also gave darshan all day till early the next morning on both days of programs.

There were several noted dignitaries who shared the dias with Amma on the occasion, including: SK Mukherjee, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court; HK Patil, Minsiter for Rural Development; and Santosh Hegde, Retd Supreme Court Judge and ex- Lokayuktha. Santosh Hegde expressed his appreciation of Amma’s commendable work in the education and the health sector. Addressing the gathering he said that Amma is not only a spiritual Guru but also a role model in serving the poor and needy. He told the audience that he felt blessed by meeting her. CN Balakrishna, MLA from Shravanbelagola who spoke was telling how Amma is like a light that has come to illuminate people’s lives.

During her own talk to the gathering, Amma said “This world is a priceless garden with which God has blessed humankind and other beings. He has provided all the required resources and wealth for all of us to live healthy, happy and peaceful lives. We, whom God blessed with discernment and knowledge, have to admit that we have betrayed God’s trust. Other species, despite lacking the discriminative power of humans, have remained rooted in dharma and have not ignored God’s instructions. Nevertheless, they are finding themselves the victims of human cruelty. “What possible change can my efforts make in this situation?” If we can light the lamp of faith and love in our hearts and walk forward together, then we definitely can bring about a change in society”

During darshan one girl asked Amma, “Sometimes people around me try to poison my mind. At such times, I doubt my devotion towards you, Amma. How to stay connected to you?”

Amma replied “Amma is not a person, but the principle. She is within you. Invoke that principle. Kaikeyi loved Rama so much, but a few minutes with Manthara spoiled her mind. Try to avoid bad company and be in good company always,” reminding her of the story from the Ramayana.

Amma added that, “If you draw a line and someone criticizes that it is small, then they should draw something bigger next to it to demonstrate their point. Loving Amma is showing compassion to all,” as the girl listened with awe and tear-filled eyes, feeling blessed.

Amritavidyalayam and Amrita University students presented different cultural programs on both days of the programs. Each day Amritavidyalayam students welcomed Amma to the stage with the chants of Vedic hymns and during the day one could see the students actively involved in the seva activities of the program.

At the end of darshan on the second night Amma sang a joyous bhajan ending the festival at 3.15 am.

– Kannadi

 

 

 

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Amma at the Bhavani river 2016

12 March, Bhavani, Tamil Nadu – Bharata Yatra 2016

On the way to Bangaluru, Amma and the group stopped at the Bhavani river. Meditation, Satsang, Bhajans and the dinner were also served by Amma. Answering a question Amma reminded the need to preserve nature and environments and the necessary efforts to bring awareness among people.

 

 

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Develop Gratitude: Amma in Tiruvananthapuram

28-29 Feb, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2016

For the final stop on the 2nd leg of Bharata Yatra, Amma held a two day Brahmasthanam festival in Thiruvananthapuram. Upon her arrival from Kanyakumari, Amma led everyone in meditation, sang bhajans and served dinner prasad.

On both days Amma gave satsang, sang bhajan and gave darshan to everyone that descended on the ashram. Addressing the gathering Amma said, “Gratitude is the ability to reminisce about all the support and help we have received, with an attitude of humility. It is a state of mind. When we lovingly recognize the goodness in another person, this helps to awaken the goodness in ourselves. When we look back at our life with this attitude, we will realize that we owe so much to thousands of people. It would take lifetimes to pay back these debts, especially towards nature and above all, to God. In fact, gratitude benefits us more than anyone else. The positivity and goodness that awakens within as a result of being grateful in turn benefits society and the entire world.”

During darshan, Amma gave away 1500 sarees to AmritaSree self help group members in and around the local area. Local Amrita Vidyalayam students presented different cultural programs.

Amma concluded the two days of programs by singing “Aya He Sara Jaha Yaham” at the end of darshan. Everyone then travelled back to Amritapuri to conclude this portion of the 2016 Bharata Yatra.

-Kannadi

 

 

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Focus on the goal: Amma in Kanyakumari

26 Feb, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu – Bharata Yatra 2016

Immediately after her program ended in Madurai, Amma and the tour group travelled to the very southern tip of India and held an evening program at the Amrita Vidyalayam school grounds, in Kanyakumari.

Amma was officially welcomed by Swami Chaitanyananda Maharaj of Vellimalai ashram Balakrishnan and Sister Nivedita, vice presidents of Vivekanda Kendra, and Swami Jagadeeswarananda, of Sivananda Ashram in Pathamadai.

 

 

Swami Jagadeeswarananda gave a rousing speech, saying “Amma’s glance falls on all of us. This is possible only for all compassionate Mother. Amma watches every movement that we make…and we need to have this awareness! Nothing in this world is equivalent to Mother’s love. The status of Mother is so unique. The entire society may be inclined to bow down before a monk. For a monk, there is no need to bow down in front of his dad, but, even the monk needs to bow down before his mother. Such is the glory of Motherhood! Amma doesn’t enquire about religion, caste or language. She treats everybody alike. All of us are her children. We have done gained some punya from previous births and that is why we have the fortune of seeing Mother.“

During the program, Amma distributed keys of 10 newly built houses in this area as part of the Amritakuteeram project. The AmritaNidhi free pension scheme was extended to an additional 10 more local people. Shipping and Transport Minister Pon Radhakrishnan helped to distribute these pensions to the recipients. Speaking on the occasion he said, “Amma says that there should be perfection in every action. Amma said that before launching every charitable activity, she ensures that the help reaches the deserving people. If we become receptive for Amma’s grace, we too can become perfect beings.”

 

 

Amma told the devotees gathered ”If we have focus on the goal, patience will come naturally. For example, it is said that labour is one of the most intense forms of pain. Regardless, mothers are able to bear this pain for the sake of their child. Some even feel it to be a blissful experience. Many of us are similarly ready to patiently persevere for the sake of material rewards. It can be the same with our spiritual practices—focus on the goal gives rise to enthusiasm.”

All through the night, Amrita Vidyalayam school children presented different cultural programs as Amma gave Darshan. The huge crowd silently and patiently waited through the beautiful windy night for Amma’s Darshan which ended right at 10am the following morning. Amma and the tour group next travelled to Trivandrum for the final stop on the second leg of Bharata Yatra.

-Kannadi

 

 

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It’s natural to make mistakes: Amma in Madurai

25 Feb, Madurai, Tamil Nadu – Bharata Ystra 2016

After the Devakottai public program, Amma held a one day program, celebrating her 21st Brahmasthanam festival in Madurai.

Soon upon her arrival to the city, Amma served a prasad dinner and sang several bhajans with the devotees and the tour group. The next morning Amma came back to the stage and gave satsang sang bhajans and guided everyone in mediation and Manasa puja.

 


Addressing the devotees, Amma said “It is only natural to make mistakes, but the actions we perform out of anger and impatience can haunt us for the rest of our lives. So, when we get angry, before we impulsively say or do anything, we should take a moment to ask our conscience, “Is what I’m about to say or do right or wrong?” If it is wrong, we should immediately drop the idea.

There may be many things we can fix in the world, but we can never rectify the things we do and say in anger. Those wounds will remain with the people we’ve hurt, as well as in our own hearts.”

Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharam, welcomed Amma to Madurai saying, “Amma doesn’t stop just by giving lectures. Along with teachings, she does seva as well. Amma builds free houses to the poor, gives free medical care to the needy. Also she contributes for free education. All these forms of help, come from Amma…Amma embraces all of us as her children. Each of us have got a duty. We need to spread her message to those around us. Also we need to imbibe the seva attitude from Amma. Along with helping our family, we need to offer some service to those around us as well. Today, so many divisive forces are trying to divide the nation into pieces. It is easier to fight an external enemy. But, we have enemies amongst us. It is not easier to tackle such enemies. In this nation, we have beings like Amma who have built this nation by doing lot of sacrifices.” She concluded her address by pleading to the the devotees to try to inculcate moral values to their children, build up love for nation and share Amma’s teachings with them.

 


As in the previous years, devotees brought ‘Mulapari’ (pots of 9 different sprouted grains) to offer to Amma during darshan. The devotees who prepare these pots, do daily prayers and observe certain practices like sleeping on the floor, and only eating after chanting certain mantras for seven days. When they came to Amma, both the devotee and the pot were given a loving darshan, with each plant getting loving kisses. Two of the pots were filled with ‘Ma Vilakku’ a sweet mixture of rice powder and jaggery with with a lit ghee lamp inside of it which is sign of thanks giving for fulfilling one’s wishes.

Amma finished the darshan around 1:15 in the morning the following day, 14 hours after coming to the stage. Immediately after she finished, Amma and the tour group left for the next program in Kanyakumari.

-Kannadi

 

 

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Change is the nature of life: Amma in Devakottai

23 Feb, Devakottai, Tamil Nadu – Bharata Yatra 2016

The journey from Chennai to Devakottai was extremely long and took all day and night. Despite the arduous drive, Amma still took the time to stop with the group for an evening picnic along the way. It was a beautiful scene to sit under the moonlight and share a meal with Amma. Before everyone ate, she explained the importance of adjusting to the situations and respecting others as the embodiment of god. Amma added that its not enough to love and have devotion, but that one has to be compassionate to all beings around them. After sharing this wonderful teaching and dinner, everyone sang a few bhajans before continuing the journey.

For the very first time, Amma held an evening program in Devakottai. Twenty four years ago she had visited the nearby town of Karaikkudi.

On this night a huge crowd awaited Amma’s arrival at the N.S.M.V.P.S School grounds. Amma was welcomed to city by Rtd Supreme Court Chief Justice AR Lakshmana, Railway Board Chairman & BJP General Secretary H Raja and Swami Atmananda of Sharada Niketan Ashram.

During his welcome speech AR Lakshmana said, “This is a very important day for each of us. Though I have participated in many religious functions, I have never seen such a massive turnout anywhere else.

Swami Atmanada said, “Amma in the incarnate of the divine mother Sarada Devi. Amma in the form of the mother is blessing the entire world. Amma sees every being in herself and herself in all beings. This is supreme spiritual state.”

 

And BJP General Secretary H. Raja added, “Every nation has it’s own character…and spirituality is the character of Bharath. Amma spreads the message of Sanatana Dharma throughout this world. Wherever people undergo suffering, she reaches out and graces them.”

As Amma began her talk, a beautiful full moon rose above the venue. Speaking on the occasion Amma said “Change is the nature of life. Every day we witness how good and bad things happen in people’s lives without any prior warning. Life can be compared to a game. Just as in a game it is often hard to predict what will happen until the very end, so too it is with life. The arrangements are constantly shifting. Until victory is attained, the player must make his moves with care and attentiveness because even the smallest deviation in focus can result in failure.”

The massive crowd were all fed dinner and then patiently waited all through the night with faith and devotion for their chance to meet Amma. Many could be seen sleeping at the venue on the bare ground until it was their turn for a hug.

Amma finally finished the darshan close at 9.41 am the following morning, upon which the tour group packed up and headed for Madurai for the next stop on the tour.

Devakottai is known for a unique Siva temple that is without an idol.  In the inner shrine there is only a peetham, (no Siva lingam and no Nandi) the concept being that the presiding deity is supposed to be one’s own self in the place of the idol.  This truly vedantic temple helps instruct people that one should go beyond all forms and realize their true self.

-Kannadi

 

 

 

 

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Be thankful – Amma at Musical Chennai

20-21 Feb, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – Bharata Ystra 2016

After the public program in Puducherry, Amma held a two day Brahmasthanam festival in Chennai. During the two days, Amma gave darshan, sang bhajans and gave satsang. She also led the Manasapuja, instructing all in the local Tamil language.

Speaking on the occasion, she said, “Be thankful for what you get and show gratitude. Human beings survive because of thousands upon thousands of aspects of nature that constantly and selflessly serve and support them. We are indebted to many subtle and obvious parts of nature. When this awareness dawns within, it becomes easy to appreciate everything during each breath we take.”

Chennai is home to many famous musicians and during Amma’s visit a one incredible performance was followed by an equally incredible performance as Amma gave darshan. These were highlighted by Mrudangam maestro Karaikkudi Mani who offered a Jugalbandi accompanied by Bala Sai on Flute, UP Raja on Mandolin and N Guruprasd on Ghatam; famous violinst Kumari Kanyakumari, who offered her tributes with the accompaniment of the superb Mrudamgam by Patri Sateesh Kumar; and Sri Ram, an upcoming young artist, who presented a Carnatic fusion on Keytar.

Karaikkudi Mani and team performing Jugalbandi

Famous singers like Gayathri Girish, Gayatri Venkataraghavan, Dr R Ganesh, Nityasree Mahadevan and Ananth Vaidyanathan also offered Carnatic vocal performances for Amma during darshan.

In between all the amazing music, there was still time for the local Amrita Vidyalayam students to also present different cultural programs.

At end of darshan on the 2nd day Amma sang two bhajans and even though it was already very late in the night, Amma still was in the mood to spend some more time with the local people. Amma asked one of the ashram kids, whose favorite hobby is to make up stories to trick people when he is bored, to share his latest tale of trickery with everyone. He explained how he raised a question to his mother on the previous bus journey asking her to tell him the long version of how her grandparent’s died. His mother thought this was an odd request but he assured her he would explain his intentions after the story was over. When his mother finished he told her his sole intention of asking this was for her to be occupied speaking while he could quickly eat all the bag of chips he didn’t want to share with her.

Next Amma asked another young ashram boy to tell a joke to everyone. This boy rambled on and on telling an elaborate joke. His excitement and animation in delivering the joke made it very hard to follow the point of the story…so by the time he finished it was unclear what the actual punchline was. Amma ended the joke for him by telling everyone that the fact that no one actually understood the joke but laughed throughout…was the joke.

The combination of Amma’s presence, her love, her laughter, the incredible musical performances helped make the Chennai program a very memorable one.

-Kannadi

 

 

 

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Failure comes from losing self-confidence: Amma in Puducherry

18 Feb – Puducherry – Bharata Yatra 2016

The next program on Amma’s 2016 Bharata Yatra was a one day public program in Puducherry. The program was held in the Tagore college grounds where Amma was welcomed by a huge crowd.

 

Officially welcoming Amma to the state Puducherry the MLA Namashivayam said, “Whenever natural calamites strike any part of the globe, we see Amma reaching out to offer help. Amma sits in the same place and blesses everyone whether they are rich or poor. We may not be able to see God directly, but we can see God in Amma’s form.

Another MLA, Vishweshwaran added, that “Amma shows us that love and spirituality are beyond the barriers of nationality. Spirituality is the powerful weapon that protects the culture and heritage of our motherland. When we see Amma, we get the feeling that this land will arise and become a super power.”

Earlier in the day, several more dignitaries including the Chief Minister of Puducherry, Rangaswami and the French consulate Philippe Janvier Kamiyama and his wife, came to meet Amma seeking her blessings.

During her address to the gathering, Amma said, “Setbacks do not make someone a failure, only losing self confidence does. We should always remember that while fate will drag a lazy person through tough times, it will always make way for a hardworking person to pass. Acquiring spiritual knowledge is the only way to obtain the proper perspective about life and the mental strength to face difficulties.”

Setbacks do not make someone a failure, only losing self confidence does. – Amma

During darshan time, the world famous Padmashree Vikku Vinayakam, who is also a Grammy award winner, came with his disciples and offered a Ghatam-Kanjira-Mridangam-Mukharshang-Vocal Jugalbandi performance to Amma. The thunderous performance completely wowed the crowd.

Throughout the night Amrita Vidyalayam students of Puducherry presented different cultural programs. The local Amrita Vidyalayam school, which is just two years old, has made such an impact in the local community that all the speakers and officials who came to the program expressed their great appreciation for the school.

 

Amma finished darshan at 9:19am the morning after the program began, after meeting all those who patiently waited.

– Kannadi