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Harmony among cultures

28 May 2011, Slovenia Br. Shubamrita was invited as a guest speaker at the University of Maribor, Slovenia.His talk was held as part of a Cultural Festival and Symposium, entitled HARMONY AMONG CULTURES – Paths to Intercultural Dialogue. The Conference was organized by the University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, the Center for Intercultural Cooperation […]

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Ammas father passed away

22 March 2010, Amritapuri Mr. Sugunanandan Edamannel, Amma’s father—Sugunacchan, passed away this morning at 10:30 a.m. due to cardiac arrest at his residence in Amritapuri. Sugunacchan was like the pillar of the Ashram.  He loved the ashramites as if they were his own children and saw Amma as his Guru and God. Acchan* was a […]

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Amma on Lord Shiva

This is a select collection of sayings on Lord Shiva taken from Amma’s messages, talks and books. Some believe that Lord Shiva is at Kashi alone or Lord Krishna is only in Brindavan. Dear children, do not think that God is confined to the four walls of a temple or a place. He is omnipotent […]

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Happy Birthday, Amritapuri.org!

14 April 2006 It’s hard to believe, but Amritapuri.org is having another birthday! It was six years ago this Vishu that the Mothersite first appeared on the Internet. Upon waking up or entering the office, people throughout the world immediately log on to Amritapuri.org. The site is currently receiving more than 100,000 visitors every day, […]

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An impossible dream?

Birthday of amritapuri.org Today is the birthday of Amritapuri.org. It’s hard to believe that when we began on April 14, 2000, we only received about 500 hits a day. This year, when the tsunami hit Amritapuri, 4.8 million people logged on to the site in one single day! Today Amritapuri.org is five years old. We […]

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Adi Sankaracharya: The Jagadguru of Advaita

The guru-disciple paramparas1 of India are like malas2 strung with gems; each jewel is precious and invaluable. Still, some shine with an attention-commanding splendor. Sri Adi Sankaracarya was such a diamond. Sri Sankara’s accomplishments were many, but he is singled out because his brilliant commentaries on the prasthana-trayam—upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita and the Brahma Sutras—crystallized the […]

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Sthala Purana

The time God came to visit

Sthala Puranas of Bharat It is said that there are 330 million1 gods shining throughout the temples and epics of Bharat. They take the form of men, women, animals and man-animals. They regularly come down from their heavenly kingdoms to interact with man, fulfill his prayers and uplift him spiritually. India’s Puranas tell tales of […]

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Legend of Alappad Panchayat

Sthala Puranas of Bharat Shiva, Parvati & Subrahmanya: A Legend of Alappad Panchayat In the Alappad Panchayat1, district of Kollam, Kerala state, South India, there is a small village named Parayakadavu. This village lies amidst an endless expanse of coconut palms stretching along a narrow peninsula separated from the mainland to the east by an […]

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Legends of Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu

Sthala Puranas of Bharat Tiruchirapalli (“Trichy”) is home to some of the most legendary and ancient temples in India, as well as to some beautiful stories and history. Here are but a few: Sri Rangam Temple & Uchi Pillayar Temple Perhaps its most famous temple in the city is the Sri Ranganath Swami Temple. The […]

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Legends of Kovai, Tamil Nadu

Around an ancient temple dedicated to Koni Amman, the name of this goddess alone the city name “Kovai” evolve.