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The dance of Nataraja: Shivaratri in Pune

Dance, trying to see yourself as your ishta-devata.

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Amma returns cash prize, asks to start scholarship

27 February 2006 — Nigdi, Pune, Maharashtra On 31 January 2006, Amma was awarded “The Philosopher Saint Sri Jnaneshwara World Peace Prize 2006” by the World Peace Centre (WPC), a Pune-based organization focused on bringing together the forces of science, philosophy and religion for world peace {news}. Amma had not been able to come to […]

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Grace along that lost highway

February 27, Pandarpur, Maharashtra, en route to Pune from Shegaon — Bharata Yatra 2006 “May your far-reaching eyes—which are only slightly open like a blue lotus just beginning to bloom—bathe even a worthless, far-removed one like me in your grace. Just as the cooling rays of the moon fall equally on the mansion and the […]

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A lunch-stop eye surgery, overcoming Vasanas

February 27, Pandarpur, Maharashtra, en route to Pune from Shegaon Bharata Yatra 2006 अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य ज्ञानाञ्जनशालाकया चक्षुरुन्मीलितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ajnāna timirāndhasya jnanānjana salākayā cakśurunmeelitam yena tasmai sree gurave namah  — Guru Gita If one approaches a Guru, earnestly seeking to understand the nature of his mind, the Guru’s knowledge will flow forth and clarity […]

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Amma arrives at her Pune Ashram

26 February, Bharata Yatra 2006 — Nigdi, Pune, Maharashtra After travelling for two days from Nagpur, Amma reached her ashram in Nigdi, Pune last night around 1 a.m. She was greeted by a group of devotees chanting “Om Amriteshwaryai Namah.” Amma spent some time with them, inquiring about their health, families and lives in general before […]

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A night at Gajanan Maharaj temple

26 February, Shegaon, Buldana, Maharashtra –Bharata Yatra 2006 The drive from Nagpur to Pune is 800 km. Even though the roads are decent, the drive would take a minimum of 20 continuous hours. So Amma decided to break the journey in two, accepting the overnight hospitality of the Sri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan in Shegaon. Sri […]

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The heart of India welcomes Amma

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] 23 February, 2006 — Nagpur, Maharashtra Amma was lovingly received by the citizens of Nagpur, the geographical heart of India. Amma’s pathway to the stage at the Hislap College Grounds was lined with boys and girls in the traditional Maharashtra dress, all of who offered flowers at Amma’s feet as she […]

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The yatra that’s not a yatra

18 February  — Kalyan Durga, Andhra Pradesh, off SH, en route to Hyderabad from Davanagere -Bharata Yatra 2006 Leaving Karwar and heading inland to Davanagere, the lush coconut groves and backwater inlets of the coast are left behind. The highway leads through forests–dense, deep and dark. Then, moving on to Hyderabad, this too begins to […]

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Singing to the tala of the sea

14 February  — Dhareshwar Beach, 80 km south of Karwar, Karnataka –Bharata Yatra 2006 From Mangalore to Karwar, it’s a straight shot. Both towns are on the Arabian Sea. Just get on NH 17 and head north. At a distance of 270 kilometres, with a decent road, it’s one of the shortest trips of the […]

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Was Dhareshwar calling Amma?

14 February 2006 — Dhareshwar Beach, Karnataka From the limited perspective of man, the actions of an Enlightened One are both unpredictable and unfathomable. One minute they may seem to follow logic. The next, they may behave as if mad. Sometimes they seem to act out of habit, and then out of the blue they […]