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Byse : a village with spiritual and cultural needs

Byse is a tiny village in the Malnad area of Karnataka, Amma has adopted this as one of Her 101 villages for development. I went there and participated in the yoga and meditation camp between the 27th and 29th of June. They were all earnest and open to learn anything new. Most of them were […]

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Cleaning the river

The following experience is shared by an Amrita University exchange student, who is currently in Italy for her final year studies and participated in the Amala Bharatam Campaing (ABC) drive in Italy. It is for the first time that I had participated in a clean up drive in a foreign country. This was in Bergamo, […]

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GetGrowing!

At a recent beach meditation satsang, Amma spoke on the factors contributing to cancer, emphasizing the need for a balanced lifestyle complete with daily exercise, moderation in diet, ample sunlight exposure, and regular medical check-ups. She discussed heredity and stress as possible determinants, as well as the increasing influence of contamination in our environment, including […]

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Child’s Play

Today is Sunday.  On Sunday children around the world usually like to enjoy their day off from school and relax…but not the children of Batwadi Sonar.  As soon as the Japanese students showed up to do seva this morning, all the village kids were waiting for them.  Most of the kids got to help a […]

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Brick Seva

For weeks now, we have been laying foundations and pouring the cement columns for house after house. It is critical work as the columns we build, firmly anchored and with extra reinforcement, will make an “Amma House” one of the safest in the valley. Today we started brickwork and it put everyone in a great […]

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Our “Ashram” Life

Our “Ashram” is on the main road, north of Chandripuri and directly below the hillside village of Batwadi Sonar where we are building houses. We live in two buildings about 1 km. apart which we have dubbed Ashram A and B. “Ashram A” is four small rooms on the lower level of a building that […]

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A visit to the villages in the valley in Kedernath

My guide to this valley has been Sudheer. Our task, to find the 34 villages adopted by Amma, meet or at least get name and mobile, of the village mayors (pratans), school officials, and especially kindergarten (anganwadi) teachers. That is not as easy as it may sound. Most villages are reached by steep, winding foot […]

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