Mata Am­ri­tanan­damayi’s Di­vine Ya­tra 2018

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Vel­lore - Bharat Ya­tra - 21 Jan­uary 2018

Sun­beam Matric and CBSE Schools, Chit­toor Road, Vel­lore

Trav­el­ing from Madu­rai, Amma ar­rived in Vel­lore, a city in the north east­ern part of Tamil Nadu. It was her first visit to the city.

The city’s name, Vel­lore, has a spe­cial mean­ing as­so­ci­ated with it. In Tamil, the word ‘vel’ means spear, which is the weapon of Mu­ru­gan, and the word ‘oor’ means place. As the leg­end goes, Lord Mu­ru­gan was a tribal hunter who ap­peared in a lo­tus pond to at­tack his en­e­mies. Thus, the city of Vel­lore is known as the place where Lord Mu­ru­gan ap­peared.

Upon her ar­rival on the stage, Jalakan­deswarar Tem­ple priests wel­comed Amma with Poor­nakumb­ham and Vedic mantras. A huge crowd gath­ered at the Sun­Beam school grounds to greet Amma and lis­ten to her words.

Tamil Nadu Gover­nor, Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit, and Marutha Raj were in at­ten­dance. MP gar­landed Amma when she ar­rived on stage for the pro­gram. Hon­or­ing her in­au­gu­ral visit to Vel­lore, the Gover­nor had this to say about Amma, “Mata Am­ri­tanan­damayi Devi has been spread­ing love and peace, not only in In­dia, but through­out the world. The essence of her teach­ing is sim­ple—the cre­ation and the cre­ator are not dif­fer­ent. Since we are all cre­ated by the same cre­ator, it is nec­es­sary to make a lit­tle space in our hearts for oth­ers. Love for hu­man­ity and for all be­ings is the mes­sage that Amma is prop­a­gat­ing. Also, Amma has been prop­a­gat­ing gen­der equal­ity and women’s em­pow­er­ment. I am sure, the en­tirety of hu­man­ity will be ben­e­fited by Amma’s ven­ture aimed at the sus­te­nance of friend­ship and to­geth­er­ness with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion or bar­ri­ers.”

As a to­ken of her grat­i­tude, Amma gifted work­ing cap­i­tal to the Am­ri­taSree Self-Help Group and gave out saris to its mem­bers.

The pro­gram was a long one, with tem­per­a­tures drop­ping as low as 17 de­grees in the city of Vel­lore, which is perched 709 ft above sea level. Peo­ple waited in the cold, open air for the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive Amma’s warm em­brace.

Chen­nai - Bharat Ya­tra - 23-24 Jan­uary 2018

132, Ar­cot Road, Virugam­bakkam, Nr. Avichi School, Chen­nai

In Chen­nai, Amma’s two-day Brah­mas­thanam fes­ti­val filled the Chen­nai Ashram with a bustling crowd for the Bharat Ya­tra 2018. This year marks the 28th an­niver­sary of the Chen­nai Brah­mas­thanam tem­ple’s con­se­cra­tion.

Devo­tees thronged the venue from the early morn­ing un­til the daily pro­gram’s fin­ish late in the evening. Be­ing the 28th an­niver­sary, a mixed set of fa­mil­iar faces and new ones col­ored the joy­ful two days of cel­e­bra­tions. De­liv­er­ing her sat­sang in Tamil, Amma led the Med­i­ta­tion in Tamil as well.

Ad­dress­ing the devo­tees Amma said that an­cient seers have told that hu­man be­ings should be bal­anced in all their ac­tiv­i­ties – in­clud­ing sleep, ex­er­cise, speech, work, food con­sump­tion and ex­pres­sion of emo­tions. If any­thing be­comes ex­ces­sive, it be­comes our weak­ness and this weak­ness can even­tu­ally be­come the cause of our down­fall.

The thoughts and emo­tions are food for the mind. These thoughts and emo­tions also should be bal­anced. Mod­er­a­tion is re­quired for our phys­i­cal, men­tal and in­tel­lec­tual ac­tiv­i­ties for hap­pi­ness, health and longevity.

As has hap­pened in the past, many fa­mous singers and mu­si­cians per­formed for Amma on stage. Among the mu­si­cal de­lights were Ku­mari Kanyaku­mari and Lal­gudi GJ Kr­ish­nan, AS Ram on Key­tar, who gave stir­ring per­for­mances. Fa­mous singers Anu­radha Sri­ram, Sri­ram Para­suram, and Am­rita Mu­rali also per­formed on stage. A Bharatanatyam dance per­for­mance by Aswin and Ar­jun made for a cul­tural evening along­side Amma’s Dar­shan con­tin­ued.

Dur­ing the two day bustling days of Brah­mas­thanam fes­ti­val, Amma spent more than 15 hours on stage each day. As soon as dar­shan on the sec­ond day fin­ished, around 3:30 AM, the col­or­ful Chen­nai pro­gram came to a close and Amma im­me­di­ately de­parted for the next pro­gram in Coim­bat­ore.

Karthika Day - 26 Jan­uary 2018

Coim­bat­ore - Bharat Ya­tra

Amma vis­ited Coim­bat­ore for a two-day Brah­mas­thanam fes­ti­val filled with devo­tees from Coim­bat­ore and its neigh­bour­ing dis­tricts. Univer­sity stu­dents from Am­rita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and school chil­dren from Am­rita Vidyalayam per­formed sev­eral mu­si­cal and dance per­for­mances.

Ad­dress­ing the thou­sands gath­ered at the Am­rita Vidyalayam school grounds, Amma asked ev­ery­one to per­form right ac­tion and to free them­selves from thoughts of worry re­gard­ing the past.

As with past years, a large group of Baduga devo­tees from Nil­giris per­formed their tra­di­tional dance while Amma joined them, briefly ges­tur­ing their sig­na­ture moves while giv­ing Dar­shan.

The Coim­bat­ore pro­gram was a hot and dusty one, but the devo­tees waited as pa­tiently as ever to re­ceive Amma’s dar­shan.

Sev­eral stu­dents got mantra ini­ti­a­tion look­ing for the peace and hap­pi­ness that such prac­tice can add to life.

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