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Turn your life into one big smile

Scriptures like the Bhagavad-Gita teach us to air-condition the mind. We become adjustable to every situation.

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“I am the infinite, I am fullness itself” – Gurupurnima celebrations

-from Amma’s Gurupurnima message Guru Purnima is a reminder to find our purnatvam—our fullness—within. Looking through the small windows of our mind, we come to wrong conclusions about ourselves and the world. The guru is the most noble and trusted friend who awakens us to the reality that, “I am not this small entity (body, […]

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Morphine and the last thought at death

Action becomes habit, and habit determines character 14 March 2017, Amritapuri Ashram It was Tuesday in the ashram, a quiet day reserved for the practice of sadhana. Amma had come out to meditate with the devotees and serve prasad. She asked if anyone had a question. One devotee raised their hand and asked a question […]

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Homage to the ancestors – more than a thanks giving

14 August 2015, Amritapuri A mass ceremony was conducted at Amritapuri this morning. Vavu Bali, as it is locally known, is a traditional ritual where oblations are offered to departed ancestors. The ceremony is performed on Amavasi (new moon) in the Hindu month of Karkidaka. About 1500 devotees personally participated in this special Yagna, joined […]

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The mystery of death: Why is it a secret?

December 21, 2005 — auto-parts factory and repair facility, just off NH45, Pondicherry About halfway to Chennai from Nagapattinam, one of the vehicles in Amma’s caravan began showing signs of engine trouble. It was also past time for lunch. So when the caravan passed by a large auto-parts factory and engine-repair facility, Amma instructed everyone […]

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The mystery of death: why is it a secret?

21 December 2005 — auto-parts factory and repair facility, just off NH45, Pondicherry About halfway to Chennai from Nagapattinam, one of the vehicles in Amma’s caravan began showing signs of engine trouble. It was also past time for lunch. So when the caravan passed by a large auto-parts factory and engine-repair facility, Amma instructed everyone […]

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Give the body, live after your death

Amritapuri — Tuesday, 17 August 2004 On this meditation day, Amma was asked a question about the posthumous donation of organs to scientists and hospitals. “Does it effect the soul, whether the body is buried, cremated or donated?” the questioner wanted to know. Amma replied that what happens to a body after its death only […]

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A meeting with death at twilight hours

21 February 2002, On the way to Hyderabad – North India Tour The sun had all but completely set. Glowing like embers, it hung just above the horizon. Amma emerged from Her camper. She looked to the West and waved excitedly at the departing sun – seemingly overjoyed at having caught the last opportunity to […]