Watch Amma Live From Amritapuri!
Many people around the world are feeling very sad because Amma isn’t able to visit her children abroad this year, due to the pandemic. Nor can anyone visit Amma at her ashram in Amritapuri, India as the borders to India and Kerala have been closed. Instead, Amma is giving us the most wonderful gift! Amma often holds live programmes online from Amritapuri. This usually happens on Saturdays or Sundays at 1.30 pm South African time. The programmes consist of a guided meditation, called the White Flower Meditation, which we do together with Amma for the healing of the world. We also sing bhajans (spiritual songs) and Amma gives a talk, bestowing upon us some wonderful, practical treasures of her wisdom for our day to day lives. One of Amma’s swamis or brahmacharis (initiated monks and nuns) also gives a talk. Go to live.amma.org and register in advance, which only has to be done once. Information about the next programme is usually listed on live.amma.org a couple of days in advance. All of Amma’s programmes are free and everyone is more than welcome to attend. If you have any problem getting on to Amma’s programme, just refresh your screen.
'An uninterrupted stream of love flows from me toward all beings in the universe. This is my inborn nature.' - Amma
AMMA - Healing the Heart of the World
Much of the suffering we see in the world can be traced to the lack of love and empathy. Poverty, violence, discrimination, greed, lust for power, and pollution all stem from this lack. One woman, an extraordinary soul, has come to heal the heart of the world. Her name is Shri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known all over the world simply as Amma (Mother). Amma is today one of the world’s most respected and beloved spiritual leaders and humanitarians. During the past four decades, she has dedicated her life to the uplift of suffering humanity, through the simplest of gestures: a loving, motherly embrace – a hug! Through this brief, intimate meeting, known as “Darshan,” she has blessed and consoled millions of people all over the world. It is estimated that she has given out more than 40 million hugs! Wherever she appears – in India, America or Europe –thousands of people gather every day to meet her. They seek the experience of her infinite love and compassion, the soothing comfort of her presence. Amma often sits for up to 20 hours at a stretch, sometimes even longer, to receive each and every person who approaches her – and for many this meeting is a life-changing experience; she awakens their hearts and they begin to discover the very meaning of life, and the inner joy that comes from helping those who are less fortunate.
Let us light a lamp
"Try to make others happy and don’t despair over all the evil in the world. Instead of cursing the dark, let us each light one small lamp."
“As long as there is enough strength in these arms to reach out to those who come to me, to place my hand on a crying person’s shoulder, Mother will continue to give darshan – lovingly caressing people, consoling them and drying their tears, until the end of this mortal condition.”