6 October, 2001
After watching several cultural programmes including a performance by renowned danseuse Kumari Kavya Madhavan, Amma left the stage and began walking toward Her room. A few of the ashram residents ran to Her steps, hoping for a glance or a smile as She walked by, but no sooner had She rounded the corner into Her courtyard than She turned on Her heel and made a beeline for the kitchen.
A Night to Remember
Once inside, She visited all the devotees who were there doing late-night seva which was necessary to feed tens of thousands of mouths the following morning. In each area of the kitchen, the midnight helpers were engaged in a different task, and in each place Amma spent some time working with them, laughing with them, and all around lifting their spirits into bliss. For these children, to have an opportunity to serve Amma was enough; they could never have imagined that She might come to join them. For those few lucky ones working in the kitchen this evening, whether chopping vegetables or rolling chapatis or grating coconuts, it would be a night to remember forever.