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The Begging Bowl of our Ego

Begging Bowl A beggar once came to an emperor and warned the king not to give him anything unless he could meet a condition. “What do you mean? What condition?” “If you can’t fill my bowl, don’t give me anything at all.” “What do you take me for? A beggar? Don’t you think I can fill this dirty little bowl?” “Then perhaps you should try.” The king called his vizier and told him to fill it with precious gems. Let this beggar know who he was dealing with. But the bowl could not be filled. Everything disappeared into it....

Spirituality is the Practicality of Life

The worm also eats, sleeps and procreates, so what is the difference if we merely do the same? Just as we pardon our hand when we poke our eye, we should be able to show compassion and forgive the faults of others. Their joys and sorrows become our own when we see ourselves in them through compassion. That is the essence of spirituality. Knowing we will get burned touching fire, and an electric shock from a live wire, we will also come to understand the nature of the world and its relationships. We will learn to deal with them...

The Begging Bowl of our Ego

Begging Bowl A beggar once came to an emperor and warned the king not to give him anything unless he could meet a condition. “What do you mean? What condition?” “If you can’t fill my bowl, don’t give me anything at all.” “What do you take me for? A beggar? Don’t you think I can fill this dirty little bowl?” “Then perhaps you should try.” The king called his vizier and told him to fill it with precious gems. Let this beggar know who he was dealing with. But the bowl could not be filled. Everything disappeared into it....

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India, the Land of Sages and Ancient Tradition

A peculiar fascination held me from the beginning when I began to formulate the idea of traveling to India; and planning for the adventure grew in its infant stages some years ago. I knew nothing about the landscape, the people, or the religions; yet for some reason I felt that my spiritual journey required a trip to this land. Learning from friends about their amazing experiences with spiritual masters further awakened my spiritual yearnings. I wanted to live in an ashram in India and experience these things for myself. In India I discovered an entirely different world, a people...

The Begging Bowl of our Ego

Begging Bowl A beggar once came to an emperor and warned the king not to give him anything unless he could meet a condition. “What do you mean? What condition?” “If you can’t fill my bowl, don’t give me anything at all.” “What do you take me for? A beggar? Don’t you think I can fill this dirty little bowl?” “Then perhaps you should try.” The king called his vizier and told him to fill it with precious gems. Let this beggar know who he was dealing with. But the bowl could not be filled. Everything disappeared into it....

Benefits of Surya Namaskarah Practice

Saluting the Sun – How to live in Harmony with Nature “In the olden days, people would wake up in the morning, bow down to Mother Earth, and then, facing the sun, they would chant prayers and perform Surya Namaskarah. The whole time they were praying they were exposed to the rays of the rising sun.” —Amma It was an idyllic time. They lived life in communion with Nature and her rhythms. People understood the context of their lives within the whole of Creation. Their routine was constant awareness and worship. Their lives existed in harmony with the cycles...

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The Begging Bowl of our Ego

Begging Bowl A beggar once came to an emperor and warned the king not to give him anything unless he could meet a condition. “What do you mean? What condition?” “If you can’t fill my bowl, don’t give me anything at all.” “What do you take me for? A beggar? Don’t you think I can fill this dirty little bowl?” “Then perhaps you should try.” The king called his vizier and told him to fill it with precious gems. Let this beggar know who he was dealing with. But the bowl could not be filled. Everything disappeared into it....

Where Amma is, there is Amritapuri

It was the beginning of dawn, but the sun seemed hesitant to rise. The Ayodhyavasis, dwellers of Ayodhya, were praying that the sun never rose. This day would take away Lord Rama. All Ayodhyavasis mourned their immanent loss. Many were agitated at the injustice of Rama’s exile. He was their God in human form. Only three people enjoyed divine peace: Lord Rama, His inseparable divine consort, Sita, and His beloved brother, Lakshman. They were a family who cared nothing for luxury, sensual enjoyment or personal comfort. Theirs was a life of duty, dharma and sacrifice. Even Valmiki, the author of the...

Amrita Yoga at John Scottus Secondary School, Dublin, Ireland

In 2016, for Amma’s cultural program in Dublin, Amma Ireland contacted the John Scottus School in Rathmichael to perform Vedic chanting for Amma under the wonderful teacher Rutger Kortenhorst. It was very lovely indeed to see these young people chanting in Sanskrit, and Amma thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The school runs a junior certificate course based on Ayurveda for physical wellbeing, and on the Yoga Sutras for mental wellbeing, for 1st and 2nd year students ages 12 to 14. As part of ShobhaJi’s visit to Ireland for the first time this February, she was invited to the school by...