On My Way Home

On My Way Home

Heidi Fürer, Switzerland During my first visit to India in 1981, happy circumstances lead me to Amma. What I had heard from a close friend about Her had made me curious but sceptical. I became even more sceptical on the evening with Amma when I saw her in the temple dressed in Krishna clothes and(…)

God Is Within Us All

God Is Within Us All

Retd. Lt Col Vijay Batra, SM, Indian Army   A group of soldiers led by a Major were on their way to their army outpost deep in the Himalayas. They would be deployed for the next three months. They were to replace another team of soldiers anxiously waiting for their tenure to come to an(…)

When Hugs Become a Religious Experience

When Hugs Become a Religious Experience

– Loren-Paul Caplin. I’m a hugger. Giant noble trees, people, fuzzy animals — bring’em on, I’ll hug ’em. Not always though. I’ve got to like them first. I need to sense their innate goodness. But isn’t that really most living things? Someone once said that a hug is like a handshake from the heart. And(…)

Letter of Atonement from Ex Amma Yahoo Group Moderator

Letter of Atonement from Ex Amma Yahoo Group Moderator

The below letter from Santoshi, former moderator of Ex Amma Yahoo Group copied here in verbatim, is addressed to all of Amma’s children and spiritual aspirants everywhere. Dear All, Some years ago, I made a long list of allegations about Amma and her ashram on the Ex Amma forum. Over time, I have come to realize that(…)

Contemplating the Mystery that is Amma: An Interview with Janani, Author of Newly-released Book, <i>Eleven Ambiguous Windows</i>

Contemplating the Mystery that is Amma: An Interview with Janani, Author of Newly-released Book, Eleven Ambiguous Windows

Eleven Ambiguous Windows is a book containing stories, photos, and videos (on the included CD) about events Janani (Bev Noia) recorded in her twenty years as one of Amma’s official photo/videographers. The stories, each of which is followed by a ‘meditation page’ with a quote and an image of Amma, are seen as ‘windows’ on(…)

Where Love Guides

Where Love Guides

Just out of my higher secondary schooling in 1990, I was more than eager to pursue the subjects of my choice in the local college where I had got an admission ticket on merit.  However, life had something else for me in store.  My father brought home an application for a one year computer programming(…)

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to heaven – that is how I remember the stairs leading up to Amma’s room at the Ashram in Amritapuri. It was Thursday, the 1st of May 2014, and after a month-long wait the day had finally arrived to visit Amritapuri. I was not sure if I would get to see Amma since the(…)

Conversations on Compassion – Amma at Stanford

Conversations on Compassion – Amma at Stanford

When: Monday, June 2, 2014 1730hrs PDT Where: Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University. Map What: Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, in conversation with the founder and director, the Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, Dr. James Doty. In the one-hour dialogue, Dr. Doty will ask Amma about her life experiences and perspective(…)

Boomerang

Boomerang

Saint Bhau Maharaj lived in rural Maharashtra in the early part of this century. He was popular among the villagers, as he gave guidance to them in their lives. However, some people were averse to his rising prominence. One day, they sent four burly men armed with sugarcane sticks to beat him up. They selected(…)