Category: Karma (Selfless Service) Talks


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...

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Editor’s Note: Amrita Yoga is more than just asanas; it’s a tool to experience the treasures of India’s ancient scriptures and yoga philosophy. Sage Patanjali outlines the path of Ashtanga Yoga, the eight limbs of yoga. The first limb is yama (moral regulations). The second limb is niyama (inner observances), the third limb is asana (posture), and the remaining limbs go on to elaborate on pranayama (participation with life energy through breath), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), samadhi (absorption with Supreme Consciousness). According to Patanjali, aparigraha (non-possessiveness), is one of the yamas, the ethical disciplines...

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Tree Planting and Forest Conservation

The Value of Trees Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, a humanitarian and spiritual leader known all over the world as Amma or Mother, has told us that in ancient times in India people would perform rituals to worship trees, especially if there was a need to cut a tree down and sometimes even before plucking its fruit or leaves. Amma says that in the old days there was no need for environmental preservation because protecting nature was part of the way of life and was a way of worshipping God.In those days, when people needed to cut down a tree they...

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The Yoga of Compassion

“Sure,” you may think, “Compassion is nice, but what does it have to do with yoga?” Amrita Yoga strives to stay true to the essence of yoga. And the goal of yoga is not just a healthy body, but liberation or enlightenment – oneness with all that is. Acting in compassionate ways helps us to feel more connected to other people and beings. We move closer to that sense of Oneness. It also adds to our personal sense of well-being. “Amma is truly such an enormous fountain of energy and love and compassion. I think if all of us...

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Seeds of Life, Seeds of Healing

(This article contains many excerpts from the bookLets Grow Seeds by Green Friends. Mata Amritanandamayi Mission Trust. You can find the book for sale at Amma centers, Amma Satsang groups and on the Amma tours.) “The creation and the Creator are not two,” Amma says. The culture of India sees everything as a reminder of the Divine. Each person, tree, animal, lakes and mountains are creations of God. All things and beings are different forms of the one all-pervasive consciousness that is the substratum of creation. When we begin to experience this interconnectedness of life, we naturally honor, respect...

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