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Amma received the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence

7 Oct 2002, United Nations General Assembly Hall (Palais Des Nations), Geneva In 2002, Amma was presented with the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence, given in recognition of Her lifelong work in furthering the principles of non-violence. The Gandhi-King Award is a joint initiative of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders and the […]

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Sw Purnamritananda’s visit to Japan – 2002

In September of 2001 Swami Purnamritananda Puri, one of Amma’s senior-most disciples, spent two weeks in Japan conducting programs for Amma’s devotees throughout the country. He was accompanied by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya, who served as translator and organizer of the tour. Swamiji’s programs were well-attended even in mountain areas outside Tokyo. Amma’s many devotees throughout […]

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Amma’s Birthday Celebrations – 2002

25 Sept, 2002 On Amma’s birthday proper, Amma descended from Her room at 8:45 a.m., pausing for a moment to allow Her largest darling son, the elephant Ram, to place a garland around Her neck. All those who had packed into the darshan hall rose to their feet to try and catch a glimpse of […]

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Amritakuteeram free housing scheme expanded

27 Sep 2002, Amritapuri As an expression of Her infinite compassion, Amma has been providing homes to the homeless and the destitute in Kerala since 1987. Moved by the plight of the homeless all over the country, Amma, later, launched the unique, and massive Amritakuteeram Project in 1996 for building 25000 houses for the homeless. […]

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No rust for our Guru

It is better to get worn out rather than rust away. This is what Amma desires

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She is carrying them in her heart

23 July 2002, Amritapuri After returning from Her US Tour, some of the first things Amma talked about were the devotion, surrender and self-sacrifice of Her American children. “The tour was sweet,” She said. “The hearts of the people were filled with devotion.” Amma went on to tell Her Amritapuri children that when She left […]

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Mother and Guru returns

21 July 2002,Amritapuri One could hear the excitement in the temple bell as it sounded — three times in quick succession. It hadn’t rung thus in more than two months. Three bells means Amma. Amma had returned from Her US Tour. Actually, the scene was much the same as it was back in May — […]

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The miracle of the children

13 July 2002, Rhode Island Retreat When little kids get together, being little kids, each is immersed in his or her own wants. After all, “Let me!” and “I want to!” and “Me first!” are some of the first sentences children learn. It was really no different in Rhode Island when the little ones gathered […]

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Separation?

13 July 2002, Rhode Island Retreat It might have been meditation time, but before things got serious and silent, Mother was laughing and pointing… She drew everyone’s attention to a man watching Her through binoculars. “Where there is love,” She said, “there is no distance.” The people ranged around Amma on the grassy hillside at […]

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Foster Mothers

11 July 2002, New York City “Let me show the picture to Mother. She’ll love it!” “No, no, look how busy She is; I wouldn’t want to interfere,” said the soft-spoken woman. “But I know She’ll love to see this, and to know your story.” “I did mean to show it to Her, but I […]