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The Divine Guidance of the Guru

Swami Amritageetananda Puri tells new students that Amrita University is perhaps the only university in the world where the students can meet the Chancellor in person and discuss their problems! The Chancellor of Amrita University is, of course, Amma. Since not all students are devotees, Swami Amritageetananda explains why we regard and worship a human being–we mean Amma–as Jagadamba (the Divine Mother) in an unassuming human form. The Teachings are Offered I told some students of an experience I had many years ago visiting a home in North India. The host was an elderly person who had a twenty-year-old...

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Living From The Heart

Living from the Heart Amma is an example of how to live from the heart; how to live moment to moment in a constant state of supreme happiness. She spends every day of her life embracing thousands of people. Amma wipes away their tears, giving guidance and offering solace to all. She is never tired or annoyed and is established in a state of unconditional love and pure awareness. How is this possible? Amma shows us the way. Amma is established in a state of unconditional love and pure awareness. Amma teaches us the language of the heart. She...

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The Real Shivaratri!

Shivaratri is meditation on the real nature of God, which is Pure Consciousness. We go from the Roopam (form of God) to Swaroopam (His real nature). We start with meditating on Amma’s form, and gradually we realize that Amma is Antaryami (omniscient). When I see Amma before me, I know that by Her power alone my eyes can see; when I hear Her Satsang and Bhajans, by Her power alone my ears can hear; by Her power alone my mind understands what She is saying and my hand writes it. Amma is within Me in the form of Pure...

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Amma and Lord Surya, The Sun God

Amma and Lord Surya, The Sun God Sunsets on any western seashore are beautiful, but with Amma’s presence, its beauty becomes several times more. Amma offers such beautiful outings to everyone at Amritapuri on all Mondays and Fridays. –eNews Signup– First Name Email There, by the sea, Amma sits on a high pedestal so that She is visible from afar. Amma insists that She is able to see all Her children. This pedestal has two or three steps for several children to sit near Her. Tumban (the ashram dog) normally takes the full share of Amma’s left side. When...

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Happiness is a Choice

Happiness is a Choice: Three Maxims for Joy Amma frequently demonstrates that happiness is a choice. Life may bring many ups and downs. Sometimes things flow easily and everything seems to work out. Sometimes we easily succeed in our jobs, relationships and studies or at our spiritual practices. At other times, it’s not so easy. We may struggle to keep our minds equanimous in the face of failures, losses, interpersonal challenges and internal struggles. This struggle is not new. Humans have long grappled with this challenge. Indeed, many of the world’s major religions and philosophies have put this challenge...

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