Br. Shantamrita presented a Conscious Living Workshop in the capital of the Fiji Islands, Suva on Saturday March 12 to an enthusiastic group of people. In the three-hour workshop held at the Pacific Theological College, Br. Shantamrita examined the obstacles in life that prevent us from reaching our full potential in spiritual and worldly matters such as self-doubt, negativity, ignorance, and lack of awareness, and offered practical solutions to overcome these obstacles. He also led the participants through the principles for self-transformation through awareness. The workshop had group discussion on certain issues and also finished with a question and answer session. All the participants were extremely satisfied with the workshop.
Kambodia, 12 February 2009
Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya attended “Giving Global Voice to Eastern Wisdom,” a Hindu-Buddhist Summit organized by the Global Peace Initiative of Women. The Summit was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and was co-chaired by Sangha Raja Bour Kry of the Kingdom of Cambodia and Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
The stated aim of the Summit was to invite the voices of Hinduism and Buddhism to play a larger role in the ongoing global religious dialogue, so that the values and principles of the Eastern traditions can help guide the world community to a more peaceful and sustainable way of life.
The Summit was attended by dozens of representatives of both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, as well as all the other world’s faiths, hailing from many nations including India, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Uganda, USA, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, among others.
Br. Shantamrita was invited to speak on the subject, “Bringing Eastern Wisdom to the World Forum.” Having served as Amma’s disciple for nearly 20 years, Br. Shantamrita spoke in light of his own direct experiences while bringing the unique perspectives, deeply held values and profound insights of Amma and her Ashram to the table of religious leaders and representatives gathered in Phnom Penh.
In his remarks, Br. Shantamrita pointed out that most pressing issues of our time arise from various forms of imbalance, and that the wholistic, integrated worldview of Hinduism and Buddhism makes them uniquely positioned to effectively address these issues and restore balance to society. In answer to the question of how to ensure that the voices of Hinduism and Buddhism are heard in the world’s discourse, Br. Shantamrita pointed out this discourse plays out mainly in the fields of knowledge-based industry. Thus he advocated a course of creating and strengthening mainstream institutions in the fields of education, academics, publications and mass media, so that Hindus and Buddhists can play a more active role in how they are defined by the world at large.
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20 Oct 2008, Nagano, Japan
Location of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano is a mountainous area that receives large amounts (over 3m!) of snow each winter. This idyllic rural location became the backdrop for this year’s Japan retreat, with Swami Purnamritananda held at the Beech Meadows in the Nabekura Highlands. Despite the remoteness of the location, the retreat was full – even overbooked.
The retreat began with a preliminary program for the children, where Swami Purnamritananda taught them how to play the bamboo flute, and each child received his/her own flute (from India) to take home! Meanwhile, the adults went on a nature walk with Br. Shantamrita, stopping in the middle of the beech forest for meditation.
Atma Puja was performed on the first evening of the retreat. Swamiji guided the retreatants through the steps of the ceremony, where they meditated and offered flower petals to Amma’s Yantra while Swamiji led Amma’s 108 names.
The following morning began with Mahaganapati Homa at sunrise, held in a peaceful grass field surrounded by forest, pampa grass, and a gurgling brook. Everyone commented on how ideal the surroundings were for the ceremony – one could imagine that such places might have been used by the ancient sages, as well. The homa was followed by walking meditation, and eco-meditation in the beech forest. After lunch, the participants reconvened in the main hall for a Q&A session with Swamiji, followed by a meditation class.
At the conclusion of the retreat on the second night, many people were shedding tears, and had to force themselves to go home, in order to attend work the following morning.
The first Nagano Retreat was a grand success, and the unanimous feedback was to hold next year’s retreat in the same location – but this time add an additional day!
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On 22nd – 24th August 2008
The M.A. Center in Melbourne hosted AYUDH Australia’s first youth retreat by Bramachari Shantamrita Chaitanya. The theme of the retreat was “balance”. It laid the foundation for lasting relationships, inspired vision and action.
Br. Shantamrita discussed balance; how one can apply this concept in everyday lives. He also talked about the importance of yagna, the sense of being selfless in our actions. ‘Be like the rain’ is the way of service, falls from the sky down to the dirty ground to offer some relief, without expectation of receiving anything in return. Every one was encouraged to follow Amma’s example of seeing Nature as our teacher and offer our lives accordingly. All were encouraged to try and do one thing each day to show gratitude and respect for Mother Nature, the sages of old and the present, the five elements, to ancestors, and humanity.
The principle of balance was explored through a variety of means including a discussion led by Br. Shantamrita on Ayurvedic principles for eating and combining foods to achieve balance and harmony, as well as sessions led by local devotees. These included a talk on the importance of keeping a balance between alkaline and acidic foods and how blood types affect the food we eat, and a yoga class helped to learn about the physical and mental balance.
AYUDH discussed the possible future activities. The importance of becoming educated about ways of achieving balance and sacrifice in the context of Nature, learning about energy efficiency practices, recycling and general environmental sustainability practices are the few things planned to do.
The youths planted shrubs at the M.A. Centre are located on beautiful land with plenty of open space, trees and native flora. They had games, bhajans and campfire.
The youths felt inspired, took a vow to implement the principles of balance and selflessness that had been discussed on retreat in their daily lives.
They were thankful to Amma for planting the seeds of inspiration in them and becoming a torch to carry Amma’s light in the world.
Swami Ramakrishnanandaji and Br Shantamritaji were in Hong Kong from Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16, 2007.
The first programme was in the Kowloon Hindu temple and consisted of Satsang and Bhajans . The attendance was marked by enthusiasm and great devotion.
The next day, the IAM Technique was taught, after which many people asked when the next class would be held.
On Sunday, a Navagraha Homa was held in the Happy Valley Temple, followed by Satsang and Bhajans. One could hear enthusiastic requests for more Bhajans. All are now awaiting AMMA’s first visit to Hong Kong and Swamiji was flooded with requests to bring AMMA soon to this exciting city.
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- Amma concluded the evening bhajans with ' Nachē Tū Mamā Manamē '. With Ārati and Shānti mantras, bhajans are over. @Amritapuri 17 January 2020
- Amma started the evening bhajans with ' Vandana Gaurinandana '. @Amritapuri 17 January 2020
- The scriptures are like a map which if you have learned well you can then drive with ease. You may learn yoga and meditation but Vedanta is the base. If a normal person is like a streetlight, a Tapasvi is like a transformer who generates power for an entire village. -#Ammapic.twitter.com/P14V0naN2v
- Spirituality it is like looking into a mirror. When looking into one you can see if there is some soot or blemishes on your face and then remove them. With spirituality, you will understand what is lacking in you or what is wrong in you and make an effort to correct yourself.pic.twitter.com/mg8iiKJG7k
- Pongal means ‘to overflow.’ The time when humankind’s love for nature and nature’s love for humankind overflow—that is Pongal. - #Amma #PongalOPongalpic.twitter.com/XX0RNCM86u
- Why? Because there is nothing other than God. May this Pongal Festival be an opportunity for you to instil this culture and God deeply within and spread it without. -Ammapic.twitter.com/zioEBfsVWQ
- “Matru-devo bhava, Pitr-devo bhava, acharya-devo bhava atithi-devo bhava—‘May you see your mother as God, your father as God, your teacher as God, your guests as God’—this is what Sanatana Dharma teaches us. Respect everything, worship everything.pic.twitter.com/RcC9CQbKTp