Amma

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(…)

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(…)

From Meghalaya to Parippally – A Journey of Hope – Part 2

From Meghalaya to Parippally – A Journey of Hope – Part 2

  Ecology and culture sessions are part of school curriculums throughout India and around world, but for these girls from Meghalaya, they were a first and they were clearly thrilled by the unique opportunities that has come with their life at Parippally. To get a hint on how significant these activities are to these young people,(…)

From Meghalaya to Parippally – A Journey of Hope

From Meghalaya to Parippally – A Journey of Hope

Meghalaya, one of the states on the northeastern fringe of India, is known for its awe-inspiring panorama of mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls, and dense jungles, which have fascinated visitors for centuries. It is also blessed with the heaviest monsoonal rains in India, which means the soil is fertile and perfect for cultivation. The landscape everywhere(…)

Lord Mahavir and Disciple

Lord Mahavir and Disciple

Lord Mahavir was the founder of the Jain religion. Like Lord Buddha, he too was a king who renounced the world, performed austerities and realised the Self. One of Amma’s bhajans, “Manjunatha”, refers to the Manjunatha Temple in Karnataka, overseen by Jain monks. Lord Mahavir had a senior disciple who went on to become a(…)

Vishukkani

Vishukkani

Mukund visited Amritapuri during the last week of March, 2014. Spring was in full swing in the ashram. The Konna trees, with their golden yellow flowers, adorned the ashram grounds like golden ornaments on Mother Earth. Since Amma had not gone on Her south and north India tours, all of nature appeared to be dancing in joy from her presence in(…)

A Story from the Life of Saint Tukaram

A Story from the Life of Saint Tukaram

One of the few successful resistances to Muslim Invasions was that of the Maratha Emperor Shivaji. Upon seeing the atrocities selectively inflicted on Hindus, he went on a campaign of battles and guerrilla warfare on the invaders and was successful in containing them and their king – Aurangzeb. Emperor Shivaji had the highest regard for Saint(…)

Darshan at Almora

Darshan at Almora

A Sadhu visited Amritapuri and related an amazing incident. As he wishes to remain anonymous, I will refer to him as “the Sadhu.” The Sadhu, who lives most of his life in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, had come all the way from his home to Amritapuri for Amma’s Darshan. Amma was then on(…)