To make sure that the education of children continues well

Amma says – “Just as when our left hand is hurt, the right arm moves to give succor, to apply medicine, and to caress the hurt arm without any need to think, so too should we serve the ailing and needy”. Though India is diverse it is one, so when Kashmir is affected there is nothing surprising in that a group of volunteers from Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Kerala, have been meeting officials in the state and directly visiting affected sites to assess the situation and render all possible help.
 
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As part of this the efforts here, today (20th September, 2014) we distributed school kits for the children of Panjar in Udhampur district, at the behest of the local authorities. The request came few days ago when the volunteers from Math were inspecting the nearby affected areas after their discussion with Ms Yasha Mudgal, Deputy Commissioner Udhampur. A school kit was handed over to each of the children identified from the affected families. The school kit contained a school bag, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners. Sapna Devi, a small girl burst into tears while receiving the kit, as she was narrating her recollections of the fateful event to the Math volunteers. Though her family escaped she was traumatized by the disaster to which she was a witness.
 

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Additional Commissioner, Development – Mr Pawan Parihar, BDO – Mr Soman K Katal and the Tahsildar of the village were also present during the distribution in order to render all possible help from the administration. “We have had enough supplies of food and now the next question is to make sure that the education of children continues well. The efforts made by the Math are a welcome step in this direction and I wish Math all the success so that they can continue to help the needy and the suffering. I am thankful to the Math and its volunteers for having come all the way from Kerala to help the affected people here”, said Mr Parihar.
– Nijamrita

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The Indian Soldier

Jammu and Kashmir is a beautiful state, blessed by nature.
But it is also an example of how though Nature showers Her bounties we humans manage to make the situation ugly. Being a border state, and that too bordering Pakistan, there is a huge number of Army and Military personnel here.

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We visited a site close to the Tawi river where the over wrought river had damaged buildings, swept away belongings. When the dam was close to getting breached, the army had arrived and on short notice started evacuating people. People did not even have enough time to stow away their belongings. They carried away what jewellery and money they had, and were taken to safer places.

 

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If the army had not acted promptly maybe more lives would have been lost. Maybe that spirit lives on even in statues of the Indian Soldier or maybe as a tribute to the service rendered by the army, the local people may have stood the statue on its feet again. Be as it may – the Indian Soldier stands……
– Nijamrita
 

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If there is Heaven on Earth, It is This …

Imagine somebody who has embraced over 34 million persons individually. Imagine someone who has travelled across continents, year after year, for 40 years, wiping the tears of those seeking solace– irrespective of country, colour, caste or socio-economic background. Imagine a being, whose sole mission in life is to shower unconditional love and compassion.Imagine a person for whom round-the-clock selfless service is something which flows straight from the heart. Imagine a leader whose personal example has inspired ordinary mortals to create a wonderful edifice of: national and internationally recognised charities, globally respected health and wellness institutions; a nationally accredited and respected network of educational institutions & centres of advanced learning. Imagine, again, a Master who has initiated countless seekers across the world into a spiritual orbit guiding each one of them on to a path where they could discover their true inner self and the very meaning of life itself. Well all these appear to be beyond human imagination –but this has been the mission of Amma for the past four decades.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi or Amma as she is fondly known the world over, says “The beauty and charm of selfless love and service should not die away from the face of this earth. The world should know that a life of dedication is possible, that a life inspired by love and service to humanity is possible”. What inspires a common man today, in any country, is not words, but deeds which complement words. And Amma leads by example, not for a year or two, or for a decade or two –but has been at it for over 40 years.

On Sept 27,2014, when lakhs of disciples, devotees, well-wishers and first-time visitors from over 100 countries come to Amritapuri, Kollam (Kerala) to observe Amma’s birthday, Mother will be giving darshan to each and every individual who wishes to receive it –and this will be done non-stop for over 24 hours. And this unique darshan experience has been enjoyed by people across the globe, not just on a birthday, but around the year for four decades.

It is this spirit of boundless compassion that has spawned a vast global network of institutions and range of social service initiatives that touch the core of human existence—Humanitarian, Healthcare, Education, Ecology, Gender Equity, Interfaith & Religious Harmony, World Peace… And the pivot around which all these initiatives of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math rests, is the spirit of “giving”
No wonder, former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam quipped, “…I want to share what I have learned (from Mata Amritanandamayi Math): Giving. Go on giving. You can give. It’s not only money. You can share knowledge. You can remove the pain. And you can even go to the person who is suffering. Every one of us—the rich and poor—can give. That is the message that I get from Amritapuri. There is no greater message than Amma’s giving to all the people of this region, and Kerala, and India, and to the world.”

In a world where the principles of success are based on a foundation of individualism, materialism, cynicism and opportunism, Amma has charted an absolutely different path, where both the Ends and the Means are based on the tenets of boundless love, selfless service and unity of hearts. That explains how a tiny fishing hamlet in Kollam has, just over a period of a few decades, become the fountainhead for a remarkable humanitarian movement encompassing a wide range of institutions and initiatives: benefiting millions of underprivileged; providing solace to lakhs who have been the victims of natural and man-made calamities; enabling health care and wellness through sophisticated, yet affordable hospitals; a multi-campus-multi-disciplinary university—and above all becoming a ‘United Nations’ of sorts, by bringing together a huge pool of diversified human talent across nationalities to work selflessly for an over-arching mission.

Amma normally says that God, by whatever name, doesn’t reside in a make-believe heaven above in the sky—but that it is our attitudes and actions, our hearts and minds that can create it, wherever we are. And Amma has ceaselessly shown by example, that this can be done. And if there is heaven on earth, it is this… Echoing this thought, Jane Goodall, world–renowned primatologist and environmentalist, had this to say at the United Nations headquarters at Geneva, when Amma was presented with the ‘Gandhi-King Award for Non-Violence’, “… Amma is the very embodiment of goodness. She believes that God does not discriminate between the sexes, and I believe she stands here in front of us, God’s Love in a human body”

– Sushil Kumar

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Restoring hope, giving them a future

Today we went to Pancheri, a village which is about 40kms from Udhampur town. When we reached the closest point, we got off our car and talked to some local people including the Pradhan about the existing situations there. He told us that about 60houses had disappeared in the land slide and 40 people had died. We set out to see the actual site.

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We had a group of local people helping us, they were already involved in relief work to a small extent. We were told that the walk up the hill may take us an hour or more… It definitely took more. Much more – we almost took two hours to get to the site. Though the climb was ardous for us plains dwellers, the local people kept us supplied with walnuts and local fruits which grew by the side of the twisting path.

From the road the damage did not seem very big, but when we got there the story was so very different. A swath of land a kilometer wide and two kilometers long was raw, the land seemed like it had been ploughed by a giant plough, strewn with gigantic boulders… devastation.

 

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An ordinary day. But at 11am on the 6th within two minutes – the whole mountain side slid down in a gigantic explosion, smoke and dust clouded the site – when people were able to see, they found bare earth and rock – 60 houses had disappeared. Bare remnants of houses could be seen 300 to 400 meters down from where they were. An edge of a roof above the ground, the wooden pillars of a house sticking out of the ground, a hand sticking out of the earth… still. A few people were rescued, but 40 people disappeared. In the following days the rotting body parts of about 13 people were recovered. The police were still digging at the site, with not much of a sure way to know whether a body lay below. Manually digging for bodies, amongst boulders which may not budge with the might of a hundred people, a thankless job. But the SP was himself there, he said he would not give up, he would keep trying.

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Two minutes and dreams 40 people disappear. But there are survivors. Amma says suppose a person whose natural life span may be 80 years, because he has no money to avail of the required medical aid, dies at 40 years… We are responsible for the lost 40 years.

We can’t restore life to those who have passed away, but to those in whom hope has died, who have lost a future – maybe we can restore hope, maybe we can give them a future.

– Nijamrita

 

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Krishna Jayanthi albums on Facebook

Did you view the 3 special photo albums on our Amritapuri Facebook page covering the Krishna Jayanthi celebrations:

Album 1 – Morning Cow Worship >>
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Album 2 – Afternoon Uriyadi games >>
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Album 3 – Night Krishna Bhajans >>
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Visit us and Like us on the official Amritapuri Facebook Page
to follow daily the preparations for Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations
(taking place on 27th September):

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Borders and Boats in Fields

Yes, Amma is definitely extended a loving hand to Kashmir. Everyone knew Amma would, and now relief work been initiated.

Hamirpur Kona lies in Jammu sub-division, one of the areas which were affected by the floods but which are accessible now by road. A few days ago these were islands isolated from each other by the swirling flood waters… The army stepped in and within a couple of days they had built temporary bridges across that which had been paddy fields. Paddy fields became vast bodies of water and boats and helicopters plied to rescue stranded people.

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A few houses and shops are damaged, cattle have died, and as they recede the flood waters leave layers of silt on the fields – which may make agriculture an impossibility for a year or more. By Grace no one in this particular village lost their lives. Tomorrow after meeting some government officials we head out to as many affected areas – to directly assess the damage and to understand what we can do.

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It was from this village, a few days ago, that a Jawan of BSF floated into Pakistan which is but a few meters away, when the motor of his boat developed a snag. Thankfully he was returned unhurt in a gesture of good will. The floods seemed to carry a message – we humans keep drawing lines on maps and even in our hearts – and engage in endless arguments and conflicts and one day a small river called Chenab floods and you have a vast lake of water, undivided. But maybe if we could we would draw lines on water too.

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– Nijamrita

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Amritavidyalayam Karwar students visited Amritapuri

Few days ago, students from the Amritavidyalayam, Karwar school visited Amritapuri. They enjoyed getting Amma’s darshan, participated in seva and had the chance to attend satsangs.
Their visit coincided on Tuesday, so they got their special lunch prasad from Amma’s hands. With care, she also called them to come sit close to her after the lunch prayers.

Below we see them waiting for Amma to come out to the main hall, and attending an enriching class with Brahmachari Dhyanamrita Chaitanya:

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