Looking northward from the top of the 18-storey tall flats in the Ashram. To the left is the Arabian Sea, to the right, the Kayamkulam Backwaters. In between is the Alappad Island on which the Ashram is located.
Nowhere on earth is life lived as fully as it is in Amritapuri. Every nook and corner of the ashram sparkles with dynamism. From the stillness of the morning hours when the ashram is rapt in meditation to the vibrancy of the night when the air is filled with Amma’s ecstatic bhajans, Amritapuri is always wonderfully abuzz.
In the glow of yagna fires where the pujaris perform Vedic rituals, in the silence of the library where young monks study Bharat’s sacred scriptures, in the sweat falling from the backs of those maintaining the ashram through seva and karma yoga, and of course in the lap of Amma, who is forever sharing Her boundless love in the darshan hall—Amritapuri is truly, as its name indicates, the City (Puri) of Immortal Nectar (Amrita).
The inspiration for the activity is and always has been Amma. Thousands come to the ashram everyday for Her darshan. Some are seeking spiritual guidance, others want to unburden their sorrows, and many want to simply spend a few moments in Her arms. Amma sees each and every person, no matter how long it takes, giving each person exactly what they need.
In many ways, the ashram is a university where people of all walks of life have come to study the science of life.
When Amma is not giving darshan, She is leading the ashramites in meditation, instructing them in their spiritual practices and edifying them with Her immortal wisdom. There are classes in yoga, Sanskrit, Vedanta and meditation.
At Amritapuri, the ashramites and the devotees form a big family under Amma, and together they celebrate many religious festivals — Krishna’s Birthday, Onam, Christmas, Vishu, Guru Purnima, Shivaratri, Navaratri, Divali — but in truth each day at Amritapuri is a festival. This is reflected in all who come here — the sense of peace, joy and fullness that radiates from their faces.
8 August 2003 — Amritapuri
The Ministry for Human Resource Development, Government of India, has, in its order on 8th August 2003, notified that Amrita Institute of Computer Technology (AICT), Amritapuri, is included under the ambit of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, with immediate effect. The University Grants Commission had earlier recommended the inclusion of AICT (Amritapuri) under Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham after a visit by the inspection team to the Campus. With this, the number of campuses under Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeedham in the country has gone up to three: Ettimadai (Coimbatore), Kochi and Amritapuri.
AICT (Amritapuri), started in 1990, was the first institute set up by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math and is today one of the leading institutions offering computer education in the state. The inclusion of AICT (Amritapuri) under Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham signals a landmark development in the future of the Amritapuri campus. It is expected that international quality programmes meeting contemporary requirements of society and industry will be offered at the Amritapuri Campus from the next academic year onwards. This includes Graduate and Post-graduate courses in Arts, Sciences (Pure and Applied) and Humanities.
Research will take pride of place in all new endeavours carried out by AICT (Amritapuri). It may be noted that the Amritapuri campus recently hosted the national workshop on Information Security and Cryptography – Infocrypt 2003, promoting better understanding and research in this field. Amrita Innovative Technology Foundation (AITF), the research wing of AICT, is increasingly being known globally for its contributions in IT technology.
In this overall context, applications from eminent academicians with a clear and integral vision on education are invited. Rich experience in administering educational institutions and designing and implementing new courses will be an added advantage. Interested persons may contact Correspondent, Amrita Institutions, for suitable positions.
27 June 2003 — Amritapuri
Over 10 days, brahmacharis and brahmacharinis attended classes on Kenopanishad conducted by His Holiness Swami Chidananda Puri. The subject of the text was the nature of Brahman, the Supreme Truth.
Though the subject may seem dry or abstruse to the uninitiated, the brahmacharis and brahmacharinis became deeply engrossed in the logic of the text. At the heart of Kenopanishad is a paradox: one who embarks upon the quest of the supreme reality comes to realize that Brahman cannot, in fact, be known. Since it is super-sensuous, it cannot be an object of knowledge or knowing. Brahman is to be realized as one’s own Self. In that state of non-dual realization, the distinctions of subject and object collapse. In this light, it becomes apparent that, as the text points out, those who think they know, do not know, and those who think they do not know, know.
Under the masterly guidance of Swami Chidanandaji, the brahmacharis and brahmacharinis navigated their way through the text’s Sanskrit Sankarabhashya [the commentary on the text written by Sri Sankaracharya].
There were four-and-a-half hours of classes every day. This included a discussion of different aspects of Vedic literature and a question-and-answer session. Swamiji’s clear vision and command of Vedanta, erudition, wit and inspiring advice impressed themselves deeply in the hearts of all those who attended his classes.
13 May, 2001, Amritapuri
During the last few days before Mother leaves for any extended tour, especially one to foreign countries, as if determined to have a final long swallow of water before crossing the desert, people converge on the oasis of the ashram. The crowds are huge. Baths start at about two thirty in the morning. Meal lines snake in endless convolutions. Queues form long before the token counter is to open. During the day the temple balconies are packed and so are all available stair-wells-especially those with a view of the temple stage. Even the front steps of the temple are jammed full, as people wait for their turn. In the evenings, people take their seats early to get close to the big stage for bhajans out in the huge new program hall south of the temple building.
On Sunday Mother started darshan ten minutes before ten in the morning. Even though many devotees do not go to morning darshan, choosing to come only once when Mother will embrace them in Devi Bhava, still there were about five thousand people for morning darshan. By noon, thirteen thousand tokens had already been issued for Devi Bhava; by dinner time, the total was fifteen thousand -and the counter would not close until twelve midnight!
Having left the temple at two in the afternoon, Mother was out again for satsang, meditation and bhajans before five in the evening. Bhava darshan itself began at 7.30 in the evening. By maintaining the incredible pace that is usually seen only on Her Birthday or in certain cities like Kozhikode (approximately 1150 hugs per hour), Mother was able to rise from her chair at ten the next morning. Having hugged at least sixteen thousand of Her children, Amma stood for yet another ten minutes, showering the devotees with flower petals: Hands filled to overflowing with blossoms, and completely still-except for Her Eyes, which moved slowly over all Her children, and at last looked up at only-She-knows-what before they closed and the doors were shut.
Fifteen minutes later, looking fresh (this must be the greatest miracle!), Mother, was clad again in her trademark simple white sari when She emerged from the stage door, made Her way down the ramp, and passed between long lines of devotees and residents-stopping now and then to speak one last word, offer a final caress, or playfully pinch one more cheek. She stopped at the top of the steps to Her room, placing
Her Hand over Her Heart, and gazed again at Her children assembled below-every bit the Mother reluctant to leave Her children. It was ten thirty, Monday morning. For almost all of twenty four hours Amma was with Her children, talking to them, singing bhajans or giving darshan.
This particular Sunday, when Devi Bhava began, it was Mother’s Day – if not in India, then elsewhere on the globe. When asked what She is “really” doing when She hugs people, Amma has said, “I am trying to awaken the motherhood within them.” Elaborating, She has explained that every human being, male or female, has the capacity for “Motherhood”: the capacity to be generous, open-hearted, compassionate, patient, accepting, and unconditionally loving. This is what She wants to bring to full expression in each of us. She was certainly doing Her part this Mother’s Day. Are we?
The Amrita Kripa charitable hospital is located on the beach road alongside the ashram in Amritapuri was started in 1996. It serves the coastal villagers free in consultations, procedures, lab works, and medicines.
The residents of Amritapuri, including 3000 hostel students of the Amrita University, and the devotee visitors to the ashram also take the benefit of the hospital.
The doctors see about 200 patients daily.
On Sudays there are specialist consulations in different areas which benefits more than 400 patients. In all about 7000 patients a month visit the hospital.
Specialists in gynaecology, endocrinology, urology, neurology,ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, dental, and psychatry attend regularly.
The hospital has an ICU and an emergency room equipped for cardiac arrests and asthma attacks and other basic emergency procedures and a small lab for blood and urine tests.
The most common serious ailments are asthma, hypertensive blood pressure, diabetes, tuberculosis, acidic peptic disease, skin diseases and eye problems. The damp climate, allergies, high salt and high cholesterol levels aggravate many problems.
Two doctors, two house surgeons from AIMS, two trained nurses and three nursing assistants are in attendance. Up to ten patients stay in the ward at any given time, including elderly ashramites, peacefully passing their last years with the kind attention and care.
The brahmachari Dr. Ragavendra has been serving Amma since 1998 says that serving in an ashram hospital is a wonderful opportunity to combine spiritual practice with the joy of social service. “We have to see patients very quickly, because of the volume of people waiting, there is no limit really to the time we could spend.
Sometimes a seemingly fit person has come to us, sent straight from the darshan hall by Amma herself. When we examine them and run a test we find there is a disease or big problem.”
“But being Amma’s ashram we also get many really hopeless cases, sent by doctors or social workers who have heard of Amma, and send the people here as a last resort. Some come from very far away. We see many tragedies here. We never know when someone might receive that grace of a cure. It does happen. Even in the most hopeless cases we tell the person to chant mantras. The faith gives them the strength to undergo the mental stress of their condition.”
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