Kozhikode blessings

Amma in Kozhikode

12-13 January, Kozhikode, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2016

Amma arrived to Kozhikode at 9:45pm from Mangalore for the next two day Brahmasthanam festival on the North Kerala tour.

She was received by the devotees chanting mantras, shouting of Mata Rani, and silent tears of love. Amma then served dinner to all those present.

During the first morning morning Amma extended the ashram’s charitable activities in the area by gifting deeds to land for 15 poor families to build their own houses.

Fifty Ayudh members were given ‘Nalpamara trees’ to be planted in public places and temples as part of the Green initiative called ‘Nalpamaram Natinnu Nalvaram.’

Abdul Rahman, who has planted 50 lakhs of fruit trees across the state in the last 25 years, came to receive Amma’s blessing and he presented some of the fruit trees to Amma.

On both days Amma gave satsang, bhajan and Darshan. During both days, different Amrita Vidyalayam students presented cultural programs.

 

Each day you could see long lines of devotees waiting for darshan with their families.

Many devotees in Kozhikode have special relationship with Amma. For example, one old innocent, sweet lady brought Amma some sweets and offered them during Darshan. Amma asked her where she got the money to buy the sweets. The lady replied she got it from her work as a sweeper. When Amma inquired how much the lady made each day, she told Amma she made 50 rupees (about $0.75 cents) a day…despite that she still decided to buy something to offer Amma. Amma spent some extra time with her, enjoying her innocent faith and devotion.

At the end of the second day Amma danced to the tune of baduga music, and also made several of the brahmacharis come up on stage and dance with her as well.

– Kannadi

 

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Acceptance is key to success: Amma in Mangaluru

09-10 Jan – Mangalore, Karnataka – Bharata Yatra 2016

The second stop on the Bharata Yatra was a two-day Brahmasthanam festival in Mangalore.

Amma was welcomed to the stage with traditional drumming, dancing and rows of girls wearing traditional attire and oil lamps.

Welcoming Amma to Mangalore

 

During the program, Vidyamritam scholarships were distributed to 51 deserving students and Amrita Nidhi financial aid was extended to thirty more needy. Purified drinking water filters and coloured dustbins were distributed to 10 government schools. Dedicated Amala Bharatam volunteers who have been working all these years since the launch of the project were honoured and were presented with a water filter for their family.

Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha member Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA JR Lobo, Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura and others were present to welcome Amma to Mangalore.
Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D. Veerendra Heggade who came to honour Amma, in his address said, “People irrespective of caste, colour sect and religion come to Amma and she blesses them with her motherly care. The relationship of disciple and Guru is unique. Only the Guru can show the way to reach God. India has the unique tradition of guru-shishya system.”

In her address, Amma said “…people should think positively; anger, jealousy and pride make one sick. The world is full of problems. We should not only sympathise with those facing problems, but also work towards solving them. Sincere and selfless work towards society and mankind is the way to achieve salvation. Change is a part of life, we should be ready to accept any situation in life with a smile. Acceptance is key to success.”

 

During both days of darshan, different Amrita Vidyalayam schools from across Karnataka came and presented cultural programs which won the heart of many, especially the yoga demonstration by the students of Davangere.

On both days Amma delivered satsang, led the meditation in Kannada, sang bhajans and gave darshan.

On the final day, at the end of the program, Amma stood up and danced, the whole crowd also joined in, singing and swaying with her. The Mangalore devotees will always remember those beautiful moments forever in their hearts.

 

 

 

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Amma in Kannur

05-06 Jan, Kannur, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2016

Amma started off this year’s Bharata Yatra by visiting the North Kerala city of Kannur. During the two day Brahmasthanam festival, Amma gave satsang, sang bhajans and gave darshan.

Amma arrives at Kannur

In her satsang, Amma asked everyone to practice yoga everyday. She recommend people do at least Surya Namaskara (sun salutation sequence of yoga poses) daily. She also encouraged everyone to walk at least 30 minutes a day and stressed the importance of spending time in the evening sun (after 4pm) to help offset vitamin D deficiencies caused by working indoors and from being in air conditioned rooms and vehicles.

Stressing on the importance of service, Amma said “You do not need to be in a high position or wealthy in order to console the suffering. A loving word, a compassionate glance, a helping hand – that’s enough to help someone. We can also have empathy for them and feel their pain.

Amma reminded the assembled devotees, “It is not what we achieve in life materially, but what we give to the world is that reflects and gives value to our life”.

On the second day at the end of the darshan, Amma sang and danced to traditional Baduga music.

 

 

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Bharata Yatra 2016

Amma’s Bharata Yatra 2016  will start from 5th January.

January 6-7 Kannur, Kerala (Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Kannur
Amritapuram, Panankavu,
Pallikkunnu, Kannur – 670 004, Kerala.
Phone: 0497 – 2747399 {map}

January 9-10 Mangalore, Karnataka(Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Mangalore
Amrita Vidyalayam Campus,
Sultan Bathery Road, Boloor,
Mangalore – 575 003, Karnataka.
Phone: 0824 – 2457056. {map}

January 12-13 Kozhikode, Kerala (Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Kozhikode
Amritamayi Nagar, Vellimadukunnu,
Kozhikode – 673 012, Kerala.
Phone: 0495 – 2371682 {map}

January 15-16 Palakkad, Kerala (Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Palakkad
Amrita Nagar, Puthur,
Palakkad – 678 001, Kerala.
Phone: 0491 – 2535011 {map}

January 18-19 Kodungalloor, Kerala (Brahmasthanam Festival)
MAM Kodungalloor
Lokamalleswaram,
Kodungallur – 680 664, Kerala.
Phone: 0480 – 2804262 {map}

January 21st Public Program at Kanichukulangara, Alappuzha.

Amma will be in Amritapuri till the next leg of Bharata Yatra.

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Amma in Michigan

20-24 Nov, Detroit, Michigan – America Yatra 2015

Amma held two days of public programs followed by a Retreat and Devi Bhava at the Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

The first evening program ended at 3:30am with Amma dancing to a traditional Baduga melody. At the end of the second full day program, Amma sang “Aya He Sahara Jagam” and, just before leaving the stage, danced once again to the delight of everyone.

During the retreat, regional satsangs presented various dance performances, one of which sang the praises of Lord Ganesh. Another group performed a traditional Hebrew dance to a song which included the sanskrit prayer ‘Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu’. Children from the regional balakendra also sang and performed traditional Indian dances.

A light dusting of snow fell overnight and on the day off, many children ventured outside in the cold breeze to gather what snow they could to make snow balls.

On the final evening, more than 50 children sat on stage near Amma as she led everyone in the Atma Puja ceremony for World Peace.

 

Amma wore a beautiful soft pink lavender and sky blue sari for Devi Bhava. The programs ended just after 8am the next day when Amma left the stage and departed for her return flight to Amritapuri.

-Kannadi

 

 

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Amma in Sanramon

14-18 November, San Ramon, California – America Yatra 2015

Amma held two days of public programs followed by a Retreat and Devi Bhava at her San Ramon Ashram in California.

Amma began the programs by asking the assembled crowd to sit in silence and pray for the peace of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in Paris and in Lebanon, and for those who have been devastated by the sudden loss of their loved ones. She has also called upon all her admirers in Paris and the surrounding area to donate blood for the surviving victims.

Darshan: Amma is caressing the legs of a sick person

Satsang groups from around the San Francisco Bay Area sang bhajans throughout the afternoon on the first day which went from 11am for 13 hours continuously.  At the end, Amma sang Aya He Sahara and, as Amma has been doing throughout the European Tour, she enthralled the crowd by gracefully dancing to a traditional Baduga melody. Rain began just after Amma left the hall and continued overnight, ending just before the morning programs were to begin.

The second day fell on a Sunday with both a morning and evening program. In the evening, Br. Dayamrita gave satang followed by Amma’s bhajans and darshan. During the evening program, Amma gave instructions for the railings along the balcony to be painted the same color as the columns in the hall. Immediately after Amma finished darshan, preparations began. Devotees worked from early morning through lunch laying tarp, taping off edges, and painting. Few dozens of  people eagerly joined in this special seva and work was finished by mid-afternoon – giving plenty of time for the paint to dry before the first evening retreat program began.

Bhajans in San Ramon – Mata Rani Ki… Jai

A number of cultural programs were performed during the retreat. A string trio entertained the gathered crowd with selections from Handel’s Water Music. They were followed by local devotees dancing to one of Amma’s new bhajans – Mariamma (Samayapurattale). The beautifully choreographed steps embodied the words of the bhajan which praise Devi.
Throughout the programs, Amma’s Greenfriends Farm had a table just outside the Snackshop where they sold delicious fresh fruits, dried apples and persimmons, and jams made with fruits grown in Amma’s Orchard at San Ramon.

Amma wore a beautiful purple sari for Devi Bhava. Devi Bhava ended at approx. 8:30am the next day. Everyone rested before heading to the airport to catch their flights to the next program Detroit.

-Kannadi

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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.

-Kannadi

 

 

 

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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

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

-Kannadi