Devotees Pour in Thousands to Seek Blessings from Amma
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)
Mangalore, May 1: Devotees in large numbers thronged Amrita Vidyalayam in Boloor here to seek the blessing of their beloved Amma, the hugging saint at the meditation-cum-bhajan-satsang programmes on Sunday May 1.
Amma in her message focused on life, spirituality and religion. Drawing parallels with the image of a bird, she said that spirituality and religion are the two wings which help us to fly. The object of education is not to teach the language of machine, rather it should explain the universal phenomenon and help us lead a peaceful and fruitful life, she said.
Pointing out the contribution of scientific innovation to the modern world, she said they science has been giving only temporary solution but its long-term effect is dangerous. "Ironically," she said, "Air conditioners are cooling down rooms, but spirituality calms down our mind and results in good mental health."
Stressing on cleanliness, she said the mutt is ready to join hand with the government to construct public toilets. She suggested everyone to carry two handkerchiefs with them which could be used to clean the nose and to spit. She said people should not spit in public places.
About 2,000 houses built in Raichur for flood victims are complete and will be handed over soon, she said.
On the occasion, compensation to 10 endosulfan victims and pensions meant for widows were distributed.
Deputy speaker N Yogish Bhat spoke on the occasion and said the district administration’s move to clean beaches coincided with Amma’s visit today. Thus in her next visit we should make sure that the city will be clean, he added.
The token holders had the privilege of being blessed by a hug from Amma, and got Darshana of Amma which was open to all without discrimination of caste creed, religion, country or race.
DC Subodh Yadav, commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh, mayor Praveen Anchan, district in-charge minister Krishna J Palemar, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, vicar general Denis Moras Prabhu, Karnataka Bank’s Jayaram Bhat among others were present on the dais during the formal programme in the evening. Udayavani bureau chief Manohar Prasad compered the programme. Kishore Kumar Shetty delivered the vote of thanks.
Amrita Sangama -2011, the yearly convergence of devotees as part of Brahmasthanam Mahotsav in the presence of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi began at Brahmasthana, Boloor here on Sunday May 1.
The two-day celebration began with rituals in the morning along with satsang, bhajan and darshan programmes. A huge number of devotees from the district assembled in the morning for bhajan and satsang programmes.
Along with Amma, her team of devotees from various parts of the country also joined in the bhajan and Satsang programmes. Both the days ‘Sarvajanika Anna Santharpane’ will be organized.
Meditation and Lalita Sahasranama Archana were held prior to satsang programme led by Amma.
Formal function to mark the Amrita Sangama was held in the presence of Corporation Bank general manager B R Bhat, Dr B R Shetty, founder and managing director of NMC Group, Vinaykumar Sorake, Dr Jeevaraj Sorake, president of Mata Amritanandamayi Seva Samithi among others.
Addressing the devotees Amma said, "Nature should be tendered with motherly love. Adding poison to earth and sea is equal to adding poison to our own blood." Recalling a query by one of her devotees on whether the earth would end by 2011, she said that diminishing love, care, affection and humanity have already paved the way for the destruction of the earth. She called upon everyone to inculcate the values of love and affection.
Amrita Sangama will conclude on Monday May 2.