The Significance of Amma’s Birthday–A Perspective
This past September, we, the children of Amma, celebrated Her sixty-sixth birthday with all pomp and grandeur. Two hundred thousand people attended the function and thousands served them. Crores worth of welfare projects were announced on this auspicious day. Blissful devotion to the Guru, social wellbeing, humanitarian service, cultural celebration, recognition of scientific achievements, and awards for exemplary works – such were the wonderful colors of the dazzling rainbow welcoming a sea of humanity. And Amma in Her white attire shining like a million suns shed rays of love and compassion on all. The program was a downpour of joy and bliss.
Normally, we celebrate our birthday by throwing a party, going to a temple, or by giving to some charity. We enjoy our birthday with our near and dear. But Amma celebrates Her birthday by serving her children even more, by exerting herself to the maximum, by giving darshan to her children for almost 24 hours. Hugging thousands of people on a single day, giving them solace, and accepting their pain, is something exclusive to Amma.
On this day, we see Amma not only taking on the pain and sorrows of thousands but also bestowing Her priceless gift of divine love. Amritavarsham is a downpour of joy and bliss.
In our relative plane of perception, we see good and bad, happiness and sorrow, ourselves, and others. But for a personality who has transcended the duality of creation, everything is One. This Oneness is bliss and love. Every moment is a celebration for the eternally blissful Mother, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. Why then, this special occasion?
Amma, while delivering Her birthday message, said it was Her devotees who started celebrating Her birthday and She simply accepted it by serving Her many children who came to visit Her on that day. Till last year it was celebrated on September 27th, but this year it was celebrated on October 9th, the date of Amma’s birth star, Kartika. But whether it’s Kartika, September 27th, or any other day, every moment is a celebration for Amma. She celebrates life; she is the very source of bliss; she transmits joy and removes our pain.
The sun shines equally on all. Similarly, Amma emits love and bliss eternally to everyone. Birthdays come and go, but Amma remains the same. Even as more and more people come to her, she just showers us with more joy and nourishes us with more energy.
The whole atmosphere is pervaded with grace. We are drenched in the downpour of bliss and love at Amritavarsham when we open our hearts and serve others. A special union of our individuality with divinity happens on this auspicious day. Blessed are those so fortunate to be a part of this unique event.
Author: Brahmachari Chandrasekhar