Guru’s intention is to destroy the ego

Guru may not act according to the expectations and desires of the disciple. Desires and expectations arise from the ego. A true Master never nourishes the ego.

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Children of Parippally: Who says they are orphans?

10 December 2017, Amritapuri Late last year, just one day after Amma had returned from her annual European tour, a group of very special visitors came to Amritapuri to see Amma. They were all alumni of the *Amrita Niketan orphanage and Higher Secondary Sanskrit School at Paripally. Though they may have lived in the orphanage […]

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You are the Ambassador of Love and Peace in the world

6-8 November Toulon, France – Europe Yatra 2017 Attendees to Amma’s programs at the Zenith Omega stadium in Toulon, Southern France once again packed the arena for three days straight. There was a special ceremony in celebration of Amma’s 30th anniversary of visiting Europe, and 20th anniversary of visiting Southern France. During the ceremony, Amma […]

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Maya doesn’t mean ‘non-existent’, it means ‘ever-changing’

21 August 2017, Amritapuri Ashram In a question-and-answer session in Amritapuri this week, a questioner asked Amma about Maya, often defined as “the illusory nature of the world.” The questioner asked Amma, “What is Maya or illusion and why it is so difficult to come out of it? I have been doing spiritual practices for […]

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Attachment to Detachment: Q&A with Amma

13 Jan 2017, Amritapuri Ashram Beach Meditation Amma gathered with the devotees on the beach for meditation. The gentle rumbling of waves and cool, onshore breeze quieted everyone’s mind. After sometime spent in contemplation, someone raised their hand with a question for Amma: “Amma, you ask us to live a life of love and compassion, […]

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Colours all around, mind became one in Love

13 March, Amritapuri “On Holi, you can fearlessly and lovingly smear colours on anyone—be it your parents, elders, neighbours, strangers, foreigners, friend or foe. Whoever you are, whatever your status or position may be, this act of “colouring” is accepted in a spirit of celebration and friendship. There are no hurt feelings or attempts to […]


Feminine and masculine qualities should evolve hand-in-hand in family life

In family life feminine qualities and masculine qualities should evolve hand-in-hand. Only then will we experience fullness. That is the reason why some children raised by single mothers or fathers have problems. For the child’s mind and intellect to mature it should receive the supervision of both the mother and the father. The mother’s love […]


Love is the center point of life with no regulations

Love is a maha-mantra “My dear children, without a center we cannot draw a perfect circle. In the same way, without the center-point of love, our lives can never be complete. The roots of a tree are what hold it firmly to the Earth. Similarly, it is the powerful roots of love running deep within […]

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Tender Coconut, Tender Heart: A Lifetime With Amma

Sati, an elderly woman who lives just north of the Ashram, comes regularly for darshan. She never comes empty-handed. Each time, Sati brings a tender coconut to offer to Amma, often along with a piece of cake or some homemade food. Sati has a beautiful relationship with Amma. At more than 70 years old, she […]

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Love is the Centre-Point of Life: Amma

27 September 2008 — Amritapuri Amma began her 55th Birthday Address by saying that the point of religious and cultural festivals was to help human beings gain peace of mind. Amma lamented that in general this wasn’t happening. The culprit Amma said was man’s obsessive focus on money. “While meditating on money and luxuries, we […]