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Winners of the National Games women Rugby team meet Amma

13 Feb 2015, Amritapuri The gold medal winners of the National Games women Rugby competition from Odisha came to Amritapuri and met Amma. They had never met Amma before but had heard of Amma from the hotel they stayed in Kollam. Right after the award ceremony they surprised the organisers and the local officials assembled […]

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Bharata yatra darshan

March 28, Gokulpur, Kolkata, West Bengal –Bharata Yatra 2006 At the end of each of Amma’s tours, there is one question in the hearts of many of the brahmacharis, brahmacharinis and devotees traveling with Amma: “Will Amma call us for darshan?” Sometimes she does, and sometimes she does not. In the early days of the […]

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Darshan in Davanagere

Bharata Yatra 2004 23 February 2004 — Davanagere, Karnataka Davanagere was the site of the fifth stop on Amma’s North India Tour. The program was held cradled in the E-shaped Amrita Vidyalayam. Hours before the program began, devotees began queuing up outside the school grounds in order to get their darshan tokens. Amma has been […]

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Darshan isn’t really over

Santa Fe, 29 June 2001 Darshan may seem to be over when Mother stands up from Her chair. But it isn’t, exactly. Most night darshan programs end with Her calling all those who haven’t come to Her lap that day to stand close as She walks out of the hall-so that She can hand each […]

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A river darshan

19 December 2000, Calicut For several years, Mother and her tour group have stopped at a river on route to Mother’s yearly programme in Calicut, where they have meditated, had lunch, shared satsang and bathed in the water made sacred by Amma’s presence. This year they did the same – but something was exceptionally different. […]

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Late night playfulness

9 – 11 November 2000, Turin, Italy Next, Mother travelled to Turin in Italy, the final stop on this year’s European Tour. The hall was colourfully decorated. Even in chilly northern Italy, the sun could not resist coming out to take a peek at the Divine Mother. On the second night all were treated to […]

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Darshan to the Snakes

4 October 2000, Colombo En route to Finland, the first stop before the European portion of Mother’s winter tour was a layover in Colombo, Sri Lanka. That’s where the snakes had darshan!The members of the tour group had gathered at the beach and were waiting for Amma to come to meditate with Her, when suddenly […]

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Shower of Love in the Arabian desert

26th of September, 2000 “Should Amma go to Dubai? Is it really necessary? Isn’t it dangerous to go to a country where there is no religious freedom?” These were some of the doubts and questions expressed by the devotees when they heard about Amma’s decision to go to Dubai. Amma’s parents were also extremely concerned […]

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Darshan in mid air

26th of September, 2000 Scene 1: The stage of this drama is set in mid air, inside the aircraft. The Air India flight to Dubai has just taken off. The flight attendants are preparing to serve the passengers soft drinks. Suddenly, all the passengers get up from their seats, one by one, and move towards […]

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She just won’t leave!

24 September 2000, Amritapuri Amma’s last scheduled darshan at the ashram for the next two months. Crowds of devotees, eager to have Amma’s darshan before Her long absence, have been arriving in the ashram since the previous night. By 11 a.m. the temple is packed to capacity. Amma comes at 11:15 a.m., bows to the […]