Mata Am­ri­tanan­damayi’s Di­vine Ya­tra 2018

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13-16 March, Delhi – Bharata Ya­tra 2018

30 years ago, on March 5th, 1988 at 6:45AM, Amma ar­rived by train in Delhi for the first time. Back then, Amma had 20 pro­grams spread across the city in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

March 13th was par­tic­u­larly unique day, she spent half a day at the BSF camp in Delhi where 1000 Jawan of­fi­cers of the par­lia­men­tary forces re­ceived her bless­ings.

This year, 30 years since that first ar­rival in Delhi, Amma vis­ited the city for a to­tal of six days, two of which were for the Delhi Brah­mas­thanam Fes­ti­val.

Dur­ing the fes­ti­val, Amma de­liv­ered a sat­sang, sang a set of bha­jans, and lead all in a man­asa puja, in­struct­ing the crowd in Hindi.

Priyanka Singh Rawat, MP, was present to wel­come Amma with words of kind­ness, “Amma’s pres­ence and love gives all of us so much of so­lace and strength.” Priyanka also asked Amma for her sup­port and bless­ings, re­quest­ing that she bless all the ini­tia­tives that the gov­ern­ment has taken on to strengthen the coun­try, em­power women, and cre­ate a peace­ful, har­mo­nious so­ci­ety.

Naren­dra Singh To­mar, Min­is­ter of Pan­chayat Raj, Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Mines, was also there to ded­i­cate the Ji­vam­ri­tam Project to the peo­ple of the Vil­lage Nagli Chandi, in the Mathura District. He handed the Project Cer­tifi­cate for the first unit to Ish­war Dayal, GramPrad­han of the vil­lage.

Self-Help Groups were also launched in the States of Haryana, Ra­jsathan, Ut­tarak­hand, and Ut­tarpradesh, in an ef­fort to make women in the vil­lages more sel­f­re­liant. Work­ing cap­i­tal grants were also given to them as part of an ini­tia­tive to aid them in de­vel­op­ing eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence.

Amma dis­trib­uted saplings and seeds to AYUDH mem­bers, en­cour­ag­ing them to work in or­ganic gar­dens. The AYUDH Delhi wing is cur­rently work­ing to pro­mote and ad­vo­cat­ing the cause of en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion, green­ing Delhi by adopt­ing the Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (DDA) parks, plant­ing trees there, and work­ing to main­tain them.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing of devo­tees, Amma pointed out that as long as we are un­able to bring our mind un­der our con­trol, sor­row will con­tinue to hunt us down. How­ever, once the mind comes un­der our con­trol, no prob­lem or tragedy can dev­as­tate or par­a­lyze us. Each ac­tion, thought, and emo­tion has its own vi­bra­tion, Amma said. Love, lust, hate, fear, com­pas­sion all are dif­fer­ent vi­bra­tions that have the ca­pa­bil­ity to af­fect the world around us. On both days of the fes­ti­val, Am­rita Vidyalayam chil­dren pre­sented var­i­ous cul­tural pro­grams. AYUDH mem­bers also ran a food stall to raise funds for their char­ity work.

Be­ing the cap­i­tal city, many of­fi­cials came to re­ceive Amma’s dar­shan. Amma was also in­vited to Vice Pres­i­dent of In­dia, M Venka­iah Naidu’s house where she met with many of the Delhi dig­ni­taries. “Sri Mata Am­ri­tanan­damayi Devi is a great in­spi­ra­tion for peo­ple who want to do some­thing for so­ci­ety.” M Venka­iah Naidu said of Amma dur­ing the meet­ing. {news }

With all the fes­tiv­i­ties and meet­ings of Delhi con­cluded, the sec­ond leg of the 2018 Bharata Ya­tra came to an end, but Amma’s trav­els would not end there. Amma de­parted Delhi for her Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore pro­gram, where devo­tees pa­tiently awaited her ar­rival.

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