Be the master of gadgets

19-20 March, Pune, Maharashtra – Bharata Yatra 2015
It had been two years since Amma visited the city last, so the devotees were eagerly awaiting Ammas arrival at Pune for a Brahmastanam Festival.

Earlier, on the way from Hyderabad to Pune, Amma stopped at a the Umarga Dattatreya temple, to serve dinner and sing bhajans with everyone. In this beautiful and profoundly spiritual surroundings one of Ammas international children took the opportunity to ask Amma whether she could reveal some more details about the ashram that has presumably existed hundreds of years ago in the same place where Amritapuri is located now. Amma replied that this ashram had been a place of intense spiritual quest, where many people attained samadhi. Amma continued to say that even in the early days of the ashram Amma had foretold that the land belonging to 46 families surrounding the Kalari temple will ultimately be part of the ashram premises.

The tour group reached the Pune ashram on 18th March at 06:30 in the morning, after a 17 hour bus ride from Hyderabad. That same evening, Amma served prasad dinner to all tour staff and local devotees, answered their questions and sang joyful bhajans.

Amma also distributed Vidayamritam scholarships, providing free education to deserving children and Amrita Nidhi pensions to impoverished widows.

To the delight of the devotees, Amma led the Manasa Puja in Hindi and sang many new Marathi Bhajans.

Pune is known for its rich cultural and spiritual heritage – many renowned artists offered their musical renditions to Amma: Sanjay Garud, disciple of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the famous hindustani singer, presented soul-stirring devotional bhajans, called Abhangwani

Deepak Bhanuse delighted the crowd with a flute recital and a traditional Bhajan group sang the Marathi style Haripath.

A disciple of Briju Maharaj, Pandit Nandkishor Kapote presented Kathak, a classical dance form of North India.

Amma is well known to for her ability to convey the most profound teachings to people of any age. During darshan, 8-year old Pahi asked Amma: “When I watch TV, I see the political leaders arguing and fighting a lot. How can people who argue so much lead a country?”
Amma replied: “My child, discussion is very important. Meeting should be a meeting of hearts, not just of the intellect. Through discussion we can learn new ideas, acquire knowledge and rectify our misconceptions. However, the ideas and opinions we share should not be an expression of our egos. If you can learn and imbibe this art of leading a productive discussion, you will benefit greatly when you grow up.”

Next, it was the girls grandfathers turn for darshan. He complained to Amma that Pahi has been using the tablet computer for too many hours. Even Pahi herself admitted to Amma that she was addicted to the gadget.
To this, Amma gave the following advice: “You should use the tablet and not let the tablet use you. Don’t allow this gadget to be your master. Learn how to make proper use of technology and use it for your own benefit and the benefit of others.”

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Chairman Board of Governance IIT Delhi, one of India’s leading technological institutes came for Amma’s darshan. He said: “I was tremendously inspired by Ammas vision, from her project announcements during Amritavarsham60, to encourage college students to work in India’s villages after their graduation. We are committed to implement this vision and have asked all IITs in India to encourage their graduates to dedicate at least one or two years in a village and to develop something useful for them and empower these villages. It has become a trend that students go abroad in search of a job after they obtaining a degree. We want to change that.”

March 21st marked the New Year for many parts of India. Celebrating this Gudi Paduva – the name of the New Year in Maharashtra – many devotees turned their darshan into a celebration of an auspicious start to the New Year – singing and dancing with lamps in their hands as they approached Amma for blessings.

Towards the end of darshan, one devotee dressed Amma up as Sant Tukaram, one of the famous saints of Maharashtra, wearing a shawl and white turban.

As Amma finally concluded darshan at 4:30 am, she asked everyone close by which Marathi bhajan they would like to hear. After a short debate, the clear winner was ‘A-i Bhavani’, which Amma sang to the joy of all those present.

The very name of the city Pune means punya nagari – meritorious city. Clearly, the devotees of Pune were showered with an abundance of blessings as a response to the loving welcome and pure devotion they expressed towards Amma.

– Kannadi



God is nothing more than the embodiment of all noble qualities

Heading out from Bengaluru, Amma and the tour group continued traveling north to Hyderabad, once part of Andhra Pradesh, and now part of the new state of Telangana. This will be Amma’s first visit to the new state.

On the way to Hyderabad, Amma stopped with the tour group on the grounds of a factory that happened to be just off the side of the highway. For years the owner of the factory had been watching Amma’s weekly talks on the local language television channel, but he had never had the chance to meet Amma in person. So imagine his surprise when he saw Amma and her tour group pull unexpectedly onto his property!

For the next few hours Amma sat with everyone in the group as well as the delighted factory owner and his family, singing bhajans and leading a discussion about the preservation of Mother Nature. Amma reminded everyone that in the days of our ancestors there was no need for environmental education because all of nature was seen as part of the creator. They had the vision to know that creator and creation were one and the same and not different from each other.

Amma and the tour group finally arrived at her beautiful Hyderabad ashram at 4am the following morning after a full day and night of travel.

Later that day, Amma met one the city’s highest ranking law enforcement officers. A lower ranking officer accompanying him also had a chance to meet Amma for the first time. The officer expressed to Amma he does not believe in God, but instead, believes in goodness. Upon hearing this, Amma told him that she really liked his openness, and to her God is nothing more than the embodiment of all noble qualities. She told the officer that if he or anyone else is able to live in accordance with goodness and values, that is enough.

Over the next two days of programs, Amma delighted all the locals by leading the Manasa Puja in Telegu and singing many Telegu bhajans along with satsang and meditation sessions.

Amma expanded the Vidyamritam program of educational scholarships with 1,000 new beneficiaries. These included 65 students from the AmritaCREATE centers from the villages of Kodur in Telengana and Gudipaticheruvu in Seemandhra.

Students from the Kodur center performed their native Kolattam dance with jingling cymbals on sticks.

Amrita Vidyalayam students also presented different cultural programs.

At the end of the final day of programs, finishing darshan at 3.30 am, as Amma was leaving the hall, Amma stopped by a man in the crowd who had come to offer her a packet of incense and camphor. Amma asked him if he had been drinking. Embarrassed, the man replied, ‘Yes.’ Amma then told the man that God doesn’t need any material offerings – what is actually needed is the purity of thought, action, and deed.

Amma concluded the programs by singing ‘Guruvadi Vani Sun Lo’ which means ‘Listen to the Words of the Masters.’

– Sundar


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Amma in Bangalore

11-12 March, 2015 – Bangalore, Karnataka

Amma arrived to Bangalore by mid-night, after a stop at Sri Rangapattinam, in the evening to the warm welcome of hundreds of devotees, including many students of Amrita University.

The following evening, Amma served prasad to a hall full of devotees and students. Amma sang for all gathered. Everyone present was brimming over with happiness.

Students of the Veda Gurukulam,  welcomed Amma to the stage with Vedic chanting.

Nyayamurti Y Bhaskar Rao, the Loka Yuta Chief, and SK Patil, Hon. Minister for Irrigation helped distribute pensions and scholarships to needy women and children.

Many cultural programs were staged by Amrita Vidyalayam and Amrita University Bangalore students. A highlight of the last evening was an elaborate dramatization of the Ramayana by the Amrita University students of the Bangalore campus. The costumes, acting and original music were superb. Ravana’s ten heads were creatively portrayed by ten students standing together. The students staged this epic in an epic way!

The Bangalore program is special because of the incredible active participation of hundreds of students from Amrita University. The students were seen in every corner of the program site. Unloading the sound system truck, answering questions at the ‘May I Help You Desk’, giving out water to the devotees, setting up the hall, and helping direct seating, the students tirelessly served wherever they were needed.

One student was washing dishes early morning by the snacks canteen. Later in the evening the same boy was there still washing dishes. He was asked “Don’t you have a replacement? You have been here all day!” He replied enthusiastically “I cannot leave, it is my duty—I am the supervisor!” Such was the dedication of the students volunteering their time and effort to serve the devotees at Amma’s Bangalore program.

At the finish of the last evening’s darshan, Amma treated everyone present to a new Hindi song ‘Aaye he sare jaha yaha..’
The devotees cried “Mata Rani Ki Jai!!!” as Amma, smiling at all, stood up from her darshan seat, concluding this year’s Bangalore program.

As Amma walked back to her room, the student group surprised her by asking to have a photograph, standing on her steps. And Amma humbly obliged.

– Sundar

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A Hug from Amma I will never forget it

7-8 March, Mysore, Karnataka – Bharata Yatra 2015

From the Tanur programme, Amma drove straight to Mysore in Karnataka. A big crowd, mostly students of Amrita University, Mysore, welcomed Amma. Amma led a meditation, sang bhajans and served prasad to the crowd of students and devotees. Amma was given Holi colors and she continued playing Holi, to the delight of all present.

Just as Amma left the stage, it started raining heavily, which is very unusual for this time of year.

The program site was set up by the Mysore ashram, the Amrita Vidyalayam, and Amrita University as all three share the same campus.

The hall was full when Amma came to the stage the following day. Amma gave out Amrita Nidhi pensions and Vidyamritam student scholarships. Amma also presented certificates to disadvantaged women who had successfully completed an Ammachi Labs sponsored vocational training course.

Amma conducted the manasa puja in the Kannada language, and when she finished the devotees clapped happily! She also sang many new Kannada bhajans.

Many young people from all over the world, who had never met Amma, came from nearby yoga schools to attend the three hour program and receive Amma’s darshan. According to the international greeting team stationed at the entrance to the program, the young people could not contain their joy after having had their first darshan with Amma.

One young man from New York said, “Thank you so much for helping me, it was a beautiful experience receiving a hug from Amma. I will never forget it, and I will come to see Amma when she comes to the US!”

The Amrita Vidyalayam and University students presented different cultural program on both days of the program.

Amrita University’s Mysore campus students, in the recent months, have won awards in state and national level competitions in a wide variety of academic and extracurricular subjects. Amma took time out to pose for a group photo during her darshan.

Amma concluded the last darshan by singing to the devotees. The students and devotees sang and danced to Amma’s ecstatic bhajans.

– Sundar


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A Holi in Tanur

5 March, Tanur, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

Amma drove directly to the Tanur ashram from Kozhikode program. The ashram is situated in an idyllic spot in the countryside where cows are raised. The devotees enthusiastically joined in to serve the prasad with Amma. Amma sang bhajans with them, one of which has a traditional style; “Elo, Elo.” The devotees, smiling ear to ear, clapped and danced along.

This is Amma’s second visit to Tanur, the program held at the Amrita Vidyalayam compound.
It is traditional to hold a procession as part of a religious festival and the devotees dressed as gods and godesses paraded through the town in honor of Amma’s visit. The costumes employed a folk art style, Teyyam, wherein the participants make their faces and body up and also hold a painted wooden background. The end result was a very convincing Shiva, Vishnu, and Devi.

Fireworks were set off and hundreds of devotees holding balloons released them into the air as Amma arrived on the stage.

Amma was welcomed onto the stage by the minister Anil Kumar, the local MLA Abdurahman Randathani and the famous chenda (drum) player, Mattannoor Shankara Kutty.

Amma offered lifelong pensions to poor women, and Vidyamritam scholarships for poor children. She also distributed vegetable seeds to encourage devotees to grow their own organic food.

Throughout the programme, students from different Amrita Vidyalayam schools presented cultural programs of dance, music and drama.

Even though Amma would arrive only at 6:00 in the evening, thousands had already arrived before 2:00 pm. They sat in their seats throughout the night, quietly and patiently waiting for their turn to receive Amma’s darshan.

It was noteworthy that all the students from the area had major exams on the following day. Usually parents will never take their children out the day before an exam, to avoid the children being tired and not being able to perform at their best. But the opposite was true at Amma’s program that day. Children and their parents would not miss Amma’s darshan and they came despite the exams the next day. Amma gave each child during their darshan a chocolate heart. It was highly unusual that Amma gives out chocolate hearts to so many, and in fact they ran out of the chocolate prasad! Many children asked for Amma’s blessings for their studies, and one could be sure that Amma blessed each of the children’s efforts and aspirations.

Sadhana Rana, from Mumbai, had flown down to specifically attend the Tanur program because she wanted to celebrate Holi with Amma. “I never miss celebrating Holi with Amma. I could not do that, I just had to come,” she said. “I hope Amma will play Holi with us!”

And her wish came true. At the end of darshan the following morning, Sadhana brought the colored powders and the water pistol and Amma lovingly threw the colors to all around. She gently applied the colors on the faces of the lucky childen next to the peetham and a few lucky adults! All the while Amma sang “Aiye Holi!”

It was a beautiful conclusion to Amma’s Tanur program. After nearly 16 hrs being continuously on the stage, when she left, she had painted the hearts of all those who came with Love.

Happy Holi to all.

– Sundar

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Only our bodies are staying here, our hearts are always with you

2-3 March, Kozhikode, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

Hundreds of the Kozhikode devotees were lined up holding brass trays of flowers and puja lamps when the tour group arrived at the ashram at 5:30 in the evening. Amma was not expected to arrive until 7:30 pm. The Kozhikode devotees who were lined up five or six deep, along the path to the stage were not deterred by the long wait. They were fixed to their spot, anticipating the happy moment on Amma’s arrival they would be able to catch their first glimpse of Amma.

As word of Amma’s car approaching the chanting of “Om Amriteswaryai Namah” by the devotees reached a fevered pitch as Amma stepped out of the car.

Amma walked through the hall accepting, one by one, flowers offered by the devotees. The devotees moved towards Amma, their devotion overflowing with uncontrollable cries of “Amma!”

Amma went to sit directly on the small stage, where she began to sing bhajans followed by meditation. She then distributed prasad plates to one and all, smiling at all sitting before her. It was past 9:30 pm when Amma climbed the steps to her room. She looked through the curtains from the balcony overlooking the hall and smiled beatifically at the devotees down below. The devotees swayed to and fro as one, with hands pressed together in prayer, gazing up at Amma, calling her name.

Amma threw flowers petals down and the devotees’ arms outstretched to catch the blessed petals. Amma stretched her arms as if to embrace the whole group and brought her hands to Her heart; as if sweeping all the devotees to reside in her Infinite love.

Among the distinguished guests the following day who came to welcome Amma were the king of Kozhikode, Samutiri Raja, and the renowned Malayalam writer, P. Valsala.

Amma distributed vegetable seeds to emphasize the importance of cultivating personal organic vegetable gardens. Amma expressed that she was very happy to see Amrita Vidyalayam students bringing produce they had grown in their schools.

A group of youths from neighboring villages stood with Amma on the stage and recited a pledge promising to never drink alcohol or take any intoxicants, and to make their village alcohol-free.

Amma distributed Amrita University’s certificates to 17 tribal children from Attapadi for completing an eLiteracy & Health Awareness course. {news}

Amma also received another very special guest: a Guinness Book of World’s Records record holder for being the world’s smallest cow, Manikyam was brought for Amma’s darshan. Manikyam is a Vechoor cow, an endangered breed native to Kerala. Amma playfully held out a banana in front of Manikyam and as she tried to bite the banana, Amma held it just a little further away so the cow had to reach again and again. For several years, Amma has been encouraging the protection of the Vechoor and other endangered breeds of cows by having them bred and raised in Amritapuri.

Aikyam, a four year old devotee from France, has had an intense devotion towards Amma ever since he was a baby. Already at two years old, whenever the arati was being performed in front of Amma, from his mother’s arms, he would wave an imaginary arati plate and ring an imaginary bell to the Arati bhajan. At three he began to exhibit extraordinary musical talent singing Amma’s bhajans…

Now he was leaving with his parents from Kozhikode that night. He was very sad, and was crying during Amma’s program. Before leaving, Aikyam wrote Amma a letter: “France is not my home; my home is in India. My heart is here in India with Amma, and only my body is going to France.”

At the end of darshan Amma sang the new bhajan ‘Mariyamma’. The devotees poured their hearts out to Amma in this bhakti packed call and response bhajan.

As Amma left Kozhikode after two days of programs Aikyam’s feeling could be seen in the eyes of the devotees as they gazed upon Amma for a final time. “Only our bodies are staying here, Amma… our hearts are always with you.”

– Sundar

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Amma in Kodungalloor

27-28 Feb, Kodungalloor, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

Amma held the first program of her 2015 North Indian Tour in the ancient town of Kodungalloor. Here the first Bramasthanam Temple was consecrated, as well as the first Amrita Vidyalayam, Amma’s primary and secondary school. The design of the Bramasthanam temple here is unique as it is the only one with a stupa, or flag post.

Hundreds of devotees welcomed Amma on her arrival from Amritapuri, after which Amma served a prasad dinner to one and all.
One devotee told Amma that he no longer feels as connected to Amma because in the early days when he first met Amma, five archanas were held daily. He complained that he could not relate to the newer songs and he said the old bhajans were better.
Amma replied that he has lost the innocent devotion that he had in his early days with Amma. She continued by saying that on the contrary, the new bhajans have very deep meanings. It is his perspective which has changed.

Amma reminds us again and again that we must kindle the childlike innocence in our heart. It’s important to maintain the attitude of a beginner, because, Amma says, only a beginner can learn.

The next day, the program grounds were packed to the brim with devotees awaiting Amma.

Many invited guests attended in honor of Amma; Swami Sadbhavananda of the Ramakrishna Math, Trissur, editor of Prabhuda Kerala; Bhaskaran Nair of the Kochin Devaswom Board; Shobha Surendran, member of the National BJP Council, film actress Lakshmi Priya and play back singer Gayatri.

Amma has been encouraging all the devotees to grow their own pesticide-free vegetables. To that end, as part of the program, Amma gave organic seeds for devotees to start personal vegetable gardens.

Amma also expanded the rolls of both her Amrita Nidhi pension program and Vidyamritam scholarship program.

In her satsang, Amma stressed the importance of safeguarding Nature. She asked the devotees to put a sapling along with the other offerings on their Vishu altar. On Vishu, it is the tradition that the elders of the family give their children and grandchildren pocket money. Amma said that this year, along with money, they should give the children the sapling. They should explain to the children how Nature must be respected and how trees are essential to human life. Amma stressed in both days’ satsangs the need to protect Nature and how this awareness must develop in the young or the consequences for the human race will be dire.

Gayatri, well known to the Keralaites, asked Amma’s permission to sing. A hush of excited anticipation filled the air. The international devotees, not familiar with the singer, were captivated by Gayatri’s sweet voice. Everyone was delighted by the experience.

There were many dances by the students of the Kodungalloor Amrita Vidyalayam. Later that night the older women devotees performed the traditional Kerala dance, ‘Tiruvatira’, in front of Amma while she was giving darshan. Amma expressed her happiness that the devotees are maintaining their unique cultural heritage through dance and music.

At the end of the last darshan, Amma led an ecstatic and uplifting bhajan session. The devotees were smiling in bliss as Amma left the stage at the conclusion of the Kodangalloor program. The faces of all present were shining with innocent love.

– Sundar


Amma to Visit Singapore, Malaysia & Australia

Amma to visit Singapore, Malaysia and Australia from 6th April to 20th April.

April 6 – 8  Singapore
The Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre
Hall E , Basement 2, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 {map}
Programme timings 6th April 11.00 am
7th April 10.00 am & 7.30pm
8th April 10.00 am & 7.00 pm (Devi Bhava)

April 10, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mines International Exposition Convention Center,
Kuala Lumpur.

April 13-14 Sydney, Australia
Sydney Boys High, Cleveland Street, Moore Park {map}
Monday 13th April – 10am and 7.30pm
Tuesday 14th April – 10am and 7pm

April 16-17 Melbourne, Australia (public program)
Sandown Racecourse, Princess Highway, Springvale {map}
Free Public Programs: April 16, 17 and 20
Thursday 16th April – 11am
Friday 17th April – 10am and 7.30pm
Monday 20th April – 7pm

April 18-20 Melbourne Australia ( Retreat pre-registration)
Sandown Racecourse, Princess Highway, Springvale

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Bharata Yatra 2015 2nd leg from Feb 26

Amma’s second leg of Bharata Yatra started from Amritapuri on Thursday, Feb 26.


Feb 27-28 Friday, Saturday – Kodungallur Brahmasthanam, Kerala

M.A.M. Kodungalloor
Lokamalleswaram, Kodungalloor 680 664, Kerala
Phone: 0488-2804262 {map}

March 2-3, Monday & Tuesday – Kozhikode Brahmasthanam, Kerala
M.A.M. Kozhikode
Amritamayi Nagar, Vellimadukunnu, Kozhikode – 673 012
Phone: 0495-2371682 {map}

March 5, Thursday – Tanur, Kerala ( Public Program)
Amrita Vidyalayam, Karad Road, Tanur, Malappuram {map}

March 7-8, Saturday & Sunday  — Mysore Brahmasthanam, Karnataka
114 7th Cross, Bogadi II Stage, Mysore 560006, Karnataka
Phone: (0821) 2542 682 {map}

March 11-12, Wednesday & Thursday — Bangalore Brahmasthanam, Karnatka
136, Ullal Cross Road, Jnana Bharathi, 2nd stage, (behind Bangalore University),
Opp. Nagdevanahalli (B.D.A. Lay Out),Bangalore 560 056
Phone: 080-2324 1439, 080-2324 0767, Fax: 080 28439565,  {map}

March 15-16, Sunday & Monday — Hyderabad Brahmasthanam, Telengana
844/1 East Marredpally, Mahendra Hills,
Secunderabad-26, Telengana
Phone: 040- 27732420, 27733174 {map}

March 19-20, Thursday & Friday — Pune Brahmasthanam, Maharashtra
Plot No. 2, Sector 21, Yamuna Nagar, Pradhikaran, Nigdi, Pune 411044 Maharashtra,
Phone: 020-27662592, 27662647, 32661021,{map}

March 22-23, Sunday & Monday — Mumbai Brahmasthanam, Maharashtra
Brahmagiri, Plot No. 5, Sector 20, Nerul West, Navi Mumbai 400706 Maharashtra
Phone: (022) 2772 2385, Fax: (022) 2771 6055
E-mail: mumbai{at}amma.org.in Web: www.amma.org.in/mumbai, {map}

March 25, Wednesday — Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Public Program)
Ahmedabad Education Society Ground,
Memnagar, Drive-In-Road, Amdavad. {map}

March 29-30, Sunday & Monday — Delhi Brahmasthanam
Sector D-III, Vasanth Kunj, New Delhi 110070
Phone:(0112) 689 3622, {map}

April 4, Saturday — Delhi Public Program (NGO Meet)
9.30 am – 12.00 pm Inauguration of the Seva Sangam
Blue Saphine & City Park Resort, Samrasta Nagar, NH-1,
Karnal Road, Alipur, Opp Shani Mandir, New Delhi 10036 {map)


Take a Selfie with Amma

24 – 25 Jan, Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala – 2015 Bharata Yatra
After Kanya Kumari, Amma visited Tiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, for the annual Brahmastanam Festival.

The local AYUDH youth group had been very active in preparing the programme and helped in all fields of seva. To welcome Amma to the city, they held a 20 km long bike parade.


Once Amma arrived at the ashram she served prasad dinner and sang bhajans. Then she asked everyone to meditate and pray for world peace. Amma has been making this request at every stop of the tour -telling her children to imagine white flowers of peace falling like snowflakes, spreading peace within and across the world.

Continuing in a joyful mood, Amma asked two children traveling with the tour group to tell jokes over the microphone. With their innocent and funny remarks, the children spread smiles and laughter all around. As Amma asked the audience for questions, a western devotee made the suggestion to create an opportunity for devotees to take selfies with Amma during darshan, to which Amma replied: ‘The real photograph has to be taken with the heart. It remains with us as a memory of love.’

Many renowned personalities came to seek Amma’s blessings. Amongst them were Shivakumar, Minister for Devaswam, cinema film stars Suresh Gopi and Amala Paul, and singer Ramesh Narayan. Children of the Trivandrum Amrita Vidyalayam also displayed stunning performances of both Eastern and Western culture.

With this, the first leg of Bharat Yatra 2015 came to an end, leaving all of Amma’s local children, as well as the 800 people accompanying Amma on this tour, with many beautiful and blissful memories – the real ‘selfies’ of the heart, remaining forever with her children.

– Kannadi