Category: Explore Talks


Yogi Ramsuratkumar on Amma

Mata Amritanandamayi or Amma from Kerala had spent ten days in Tiruvannamalai in the mid-eighties. Yogi Ramsuratkumar happened to catch a glimpse of the young Ammachi on the streets of Tiruvannamalai during the Karthigai Deepam or festival of lights. The ‘divine beggar’ looked at her and remarked, “Goddess Kali is walking on the streets and no one recognizes her.” Witnesses described their meeting at the great temple chariot tower as sweet and delightfully spontaneous. He would later often say, “This beggar has had the darshan of Mata Amritanandamayi.” On the other hand, Amma referred to Yogi Ramsuratkumar as an...

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Amrita Yoga at Prisons in India

The Circle of Love, an initiative by Mata Amritanandamayi Math, has started Amrita Yoga classes in the prisons of Kerala. Mata Amritanandamayi Math helped prison inmates by conducting holistic workshops that motivated them to willingly pursue the path of good citizenship. The Amrita Volunteers reached out to more than 50 prisons including central prisons, district prisons, sub-jails, and special sub-jails spread across Kerala. The session started with a brief introduction followed by Yoga practices, ice-breaking games, philosophical discussions, and Ma Om meditation. The sessions were concluded by chorus chants of the universal prayer for world peace and happiness, Lokaha...

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A Retreat Like No Other – Yoga Fest Somers

Since dawn’s early light, the camp appears still, but the waves do not cease, and the birds sing high in the trees. At 9.30 AM, students dance out of their yoga classes, laughing and singing in anticipation of a delicious breakfast and a perfect day of activities ahead. Vigorous yoga practice arouses keen appetites. Appetizing aromas mix with the salt sea air. All chant the Bhojana mantra before breakfast is served in the spacious hall accompanied by cheerful chatter. It’s a typical morning at a very untypical event. It’s Yoga Fest! Over a hundred yoga students and spiritual seekers...

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Yogafest Retreat in Somers – When and how did it all start?

My first meeting with the adorable young woman saint called Amma, or Mother, totally transformed my life. To begin with, using the name ‘Mother’ seemed very strange to me. Mothers are normally older than their children, but in this case, there was quite a different meaning. Even if you were a hundred years old, Amma would still be your Mother. As I began to realize who she was, it became clear to me that we were indeed her children and had lots of learning and growth ahead of us. My first meeting with the adorable young woman saint called...

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Flower of Amrita Yoga Blooms in Australia and New Zealand

With Amma’s blessings, Australia and New Zealand were privileged to have Brahmacharini Shobana (Brni Shobha) visit from October 15th through to December 2nd 2019. The full tour schedule included six cities across Australia and three cities in New Zealand. Brni Shobha led back to back programs guided by the Amrita Yoga theme of Awareness with Heart Centered Intention. This was the point of focus not only of Brni Shobha’s yoga classes but of all her interactions and communications with local community members, practitioners, political leaders and university students alike. The programs contained group and private yoga classes, public talks,...

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