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Amma arrives at her ashram in New Mumbai

Bharata Yatra 2004 4 March 2004 — New Mumbai, Maharashtra After a large program in Prabhadevi Mumbai that lasted until 9:00 a.m., Amma came to Her ashram in Nehrul, New Mumbai. Upon Her arrival, Amma walked through the large group of devotees who were still busy preparing the ashram for the two-day Brahmasthanam Festival that […]

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Samskriti off NH 9

Bharata Yatra 2004 Saturday, 28 February 2004 — on the side of NH 9, on the way to Pune, Maharashtra When Amma opened the door to Her camper, it was clear She had recently been given an elaborate padapuja by the devotees of Hyderabad; the spot between Her eyebrows was caked with several layers of […]

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Dances of devotion

Bharata Yatra 2004 Saturday, 28 February 2004 — just off NH 9, on the way to Pune, Maharashtra The sun was gone. Amma and Her children were seated in the middle of a vast and arid plain. If it wasn’t for the occasional hum of a truck passing on the highway or the small group […]

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Bhajans in the Dark

Bharata Yatra 2004 Tuesday, 24 February 2004 — On the road to Hyderabad There was a second stop for Amma and Her tour group on the long road from Davanagere to Hyderabad, and as many anticipated, this one was for tea and practicing bhajans. The sun had just set when Amma’s six buses pulled over […]

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Roadside miracles on the way to Hyderabad

Bharata Yatra 2004 Tuesday, 24 February 2004 — On the road to Hyderabad Roadside temples, small family farms, creeks just off the beaten path—traveling with Amma proves few stretches of Indian highway to be more than a stone’s throw from some secret beauty. So it was Tuesday when the six buses accompanying Amma on Her […]

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Miracle in Mangalore

Bharata Yatra 2004 Wednesday, 18 February 2004 — Mangalore, Karnataka Twenty-two hours sitting; 50,000 tokens issued—the numbers speak for themselves. “One more hour. She will finish it up in another hour.” Everywhere you turned, this is what you heard—in the bookstall, in the accommodation, on the stage itself. One first started hearing such speculations around […]

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Amma: the traffic light

Andhra Pradesh, Bharata Yatra 2004 Amma has been touring India for so long now. And over the years Amma’s children throughout the world have heard so many stories about Amma during the tours, so many fantastic stories like the time Amma went into samadhi in the freezing waters of the Haridwar Ganga; the time Amma […]

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A night of laughter

Bharata Yatra 2004 Friday, 13 February 2004 — Talassery, Kerala Talassery is a small fishing community where you can always see kids playing football and fishermen mending nets on the shore. Amma’s relatively small ashram there is just across the road from the beach. It was built six years ago. Amma installed a Brahmasthanam temple […]

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A mother’s love for her children

Bharata Yatra 2004 Thursday, 12 February 2004 – Kannur Public Programme “What do a priest, a football player, an industrialist and a politician have in common?” It sounds like the setup to a good joke, but there is no punch line—simply another testament to Amma’s ability to bring disparate groups of people together, as this […]

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Roadside satsang

Western children do have innocence, but it is just covered over with emotional scars.