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Feeling like Christmas

25 December 2001, Amritapuri When you wake to the sound of tropical birds, and soon find yourself sweaty from the heat and humidity, and when you look out over the palm tree tops to the Arabian Sea as you hear the Names of Devi wafting upwards from the temple below, it takes a little time […]

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Amma’s visit to Kozhikode – 2001

22 December, 2001 As you may know, Amma spends more than half of every year travelling across the globe, that all of Her children might see Her at least once a year. She has been everywhere from Reunion Island to Russia, from Singapore to Santa Fe, and of course to cities and villages big and […]

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The hungry hands of Kozhikode

Amma stood there and looked out over all those faces, all those hands, and the only way to say what happened is: love poured from Her Face, Her Eyes, Her Self.

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Letting go and laughing

15 December 2001, Amritapuri On Onam, Ram found Mother’s hand-washing basin on the table beside Her and proceeded to snort up a trunkful, spraying water onto everyone in the vicinity. He certainly delighted in the laughter and attention that ensued; but what he didn’t know was that he was actually beginning a new chapter in […]

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Amma returns to Amritapuri

2 December 2001, Amritapuri Even last night, the ashram was awash with anticipation. Last minute preparations were concluded, brahmacharis and brahmacharinis returning from branch ashrams and visitors streamed through the gates, and everywhere could be felt a palpable sense of joy. Everyone knew that the very next day, their Mother was returning. By noon, brahmacharinis […]

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Arrival and departure

Amma walks among Her Children 26 November 2001 Wherever Amma travels in the world, the basic shape of Her programmes is the same: She generally arrives by car, stops briefly at the entrance to the venue for the traditional Indian cultural greeting for respected persons (a pada puja and a garlanding), then walks down a […]

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Amma’s visit to Europe: Toulon and Torino

9 November 2001,Toulon, France Amma cooperates with a baby Amma plays hide and seek with a child Amma leads the arati during the Atma Puja Little girls selling flowers 13 November 2001, Torino, Italy Fire-fighters come for darshan. They asked Amma to pray for their fellow fire-fighters in New York. Amma sits for meditation

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on Innocence: Amma says

“God has the nature of a small child. God won’t even look at those who do tapas with ego, but He will shower his grace on the innocent hearted ones who don’t do anything. This may be due to His childlike nature.” ~ “Until this point, you have developed only externally, only the body and […]

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Goal of spiritual practices

“All sadhanas (spiritual practices) are methods to decrease the thoughts and to increase peace and thus slowly man can become God. Not only does one enjoy peace oneself but can give peace to others as well.” “The goal of sadhana is to eliminate the mind, which consists of thoughts and desires. The Self is beyond […]

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All God’s children in Mother’s Lap

All Saints’ Day in Paris1 November 2001, Paris Even before nine this morning the queue was long — it stretched for perhaps 200 metres from the entrance. Yet, at that same hour, the hall was already half-full. By Amma’s arrival time, the hall was full — and the queue just as long as it had […]