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Kumbha Mela

A Sea of People at the River of Life The Kumbha Mela has repeatedly been described as the largest congregation of people anywhere in the world coming together for a specific purpose. In 1989, when it was last held in Allahabad, it drew more than 15 million pilgrims. The Kumbha Mela is held alternately in […]

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Amma visits Kuwait

Mother has been visiting many parts of the world for over fifteen years-but the Gulf States waited until the New Millennium for the blessing of her presence. They have been doubly rewarded for their patience! In late September, Mother visited that part of the world for the first time, giving three days of programmes in […]

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Early Christmas

14 – 23 November 2000 Winter visits to San Ramon and Ann Arbor, USA It was an early Christmas for Amma’s American devotees. The most precious gift of all – Amma’s divine presence – arrived in San Francisco for her November visit following the European Tour. The November programmes in the U.S. have the atmosphere […]

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Life is meant not only for winners, but for losers as well

( from Amma’s benedictory address at the inauguration of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS), May 17, 1998) Salutations to all of you, who are the embodiments of love, the embodiments of the Self. Amma is not here to give a speech, nor is it Her way to exhort what others do. […]

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Late night playfulness

9 – 11 November 2000, Turin, Italy Next, Mother travelled to Turin in Italy, the final stop on this year’s European Tour. The hall was colourfully decorated. Even in chilly northern Italy, the sun could not resist coming out to take a peek at the Divine Mother. On the second night all were treated to […]

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Greatest devotee of God

Sage Narada thought that he was a great devotee. “Once Lord Krishna said, ‘Narada, there is one farmer on earth who is a greater devotee than you.’ Narada doubted this and came down to earth to see the peasant in person. He found that the farmer would chant the Lord’s Name only three times a […]

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Incredible Hugging Saint from India

5 – 7 November 2000, Barcelona Bidding au revoir to France, the tour moved on to Barcelona, Spain. Spain has become known for its large, enthusiastic crowds. There was a lot of media coverage throughout the tour, but it was especially impressive how many reporters came to see Amma in Barcelona. Local and national newspapers, […]

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Until 8 am in France

28 – 30 October 2000, Paris, France Paris has traditionally been the site of the largest darshan programmes in Europe. Year 2000 is no exception. Many of the people who came to be with Amma each day were newcomers. The Holy Mother wanted to receive every single person and the morning programme could stretch on […]

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Deepavali in London

24 – 26 October, London, Amma was in London on Deepavali day (festival of light). As She arrived for the Devi puja, she was greeted by a great array of lights and colours before entering the hall. Local devotees, about twenty on each side, waved brightly coloured sparklers whilst chanting “Om Amriteshwaryai Namah”. Children and […]

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Unity is Peace: Amma’s address on 50th anniversary of the UN

We may deny God, but the intellect cannot prove or disprove God. If the intellect were able to prove God’s existence—if the intellect could contain God within its grasp—it would only mean that the intellect is greater than God.