Significance of Amma’s Birthday – A Perspective
This past October, we, the children of Amma, celebrated her sixty-fourth birthday with all pomp and grandeur. When Lakhs (more that 100,000 people) attended the function, thousands served them. Crores (greater that 10 million Rupees) worth of Welfare Projects were announced on that auspicious day. Spiritual ecstasy, devotion to Guru, social wellbeing, humanitarian Service, cultural rapture, display of scientific achievements, awards for exemplary works – these were all gathered together and became the wonderful colours of a dazzling rainbow, welcoming the sea of humanity. And Amma, the very cause of the celebration, in her white attire, was shining like a sun of brilliance, emitting rays of compassion and love. The whole ambiance was filled with a downpour of the nectar of joy and bliss.
Normally we celebrate our birthday by throwing a party, or by going to a temple, or by giving to some charity. We enjoy our birthday celebrations with our near and dear. But Amma celebrates her birthday in a unique way, 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 alone.
Today, we see Amma not only swallowing the pain and sorrows of thousands on her birthday, but also showering on them the nectar of joy and happiness. The word “Amritavarsham” also means a downpour of the nectar of joy and bliss.
In our relative plane of perception, we see good and bad, happiness and sorrow, me and others. But for a personality, who has transcended the duality of creation, everything is one. Oneness is bliss and love. Every moment is a celebration for the eternally blissful mother, the Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. Then why this special occasion?
Amma, while delivering her birthday message, said it is her devotees who started celebrating the birthday and Amma simply accepted it by serving her many children who come to visit her on that day. Till last year it was celebrated on 27th September, but this year it was celebrated as per 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 eternally and emits light. Sunrise and sunset are our creation. They are our perception, and they are relative to our location. But Sunlight is available to everyone. Similarly, Amma emits the love and bliss eternally to everyone. Birthdays come and go in our perception alone. When even as more people come to her, she showers more joy and nourishes us with more energy. The whole atmosphere is pervaded with grace. We are drenched in the downpour of nectar, Amritavarsham, when we open our hearts and serve others during that auspicious time. A union of our individuality into cosmic divinity (a Yogam) happens. That only happens on the day of Amritavarsham. Blessed are those who are lucky to be part of this unique event.
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