Ammachi – Amma – The Hugging Saint To Visit Dallas Texas June 27-28 2010

Amma - The Hugging Saint

Amma - The Hugging Saint


Ammachi – Amma – The Hugging Saint To Visit Dallas Texas June 27-28 2010

The ‘Hugging Saint’ Amma offers spiritual upliftment to people of all faiths in Dallas, TX, on June 27th and 28th, 2010. Spiritual seekers are invited to attend any of the four programs over two days to experience her love and compassion in person.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 18, 2010 — The ‘Hugging Saint’ Amma (http://www.amma.org) will hold free programs in Dallas on June 27th and 28th as part of her 2010 North American Tour. People of all faiths are invited to attend any or all of the four programs. Two programs will be held each day to make it easy for all who are interested in receiving her blessing. Amma was born in India and she is known throughout the world for her humanitarian works and spiritual leadership.

“Amma presents the kind of leadership we need for our planet to survive. This is the most heroic person I’ve probably ever met. Because she is sitting there hugging people… The most heroic thing is caring, and she does that,” said American author Alice Walker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Color Purple.

When Amma embraces people, it is not just physical contact that is taking place. The love Amma feels for all of creation flows toward each person who comes to her. Word of her selfless actions spread beyond her local community, and in 1987, Western devotees invited her on what would become the first of her many world tours. She now visits cities in North America, Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia on a regular basis offering herself for hours at a time to anyone who wishes to experience the healing power of unconditional love.

Ammachi - Pure Love

Ammachi - Pure Love

When asked, “What happens when you hug people?” Amma replied:

“When Amma embraces people, it is not just physical contact that is taking place. The love Amma feels for all of creation flows toward each person who comes to her. That pure vibration of love purifies people, and this helps them in their inner awakening and spiritual growth.”

Today the Ammaritpuri Ashram located in Amma’s birthplace of Kerala, India, is the headquarters of her worldwide social service organization, Embracing the World (ETW). With the help of donations and thousands of volunteers, ETW has built more than 40,000 houses for the homeless in India; awarded more than 30,000 scholarships to impoverished children; built orphanages in India, Africa and Haiti; and provided medical care, food and supplies to victims of tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes throughout the world, including American victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The location of the 2010 Dallas event is:
Hyatt Regency DFW
at the Dallas / Fort Worth Airport
972-453-1234

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Amma - Embracing The World

Amma - Embracing The World

The Power Of Satsang With A True Guru

The Mother - Ammachi

The Mother - Ammachi


The Power Of Satsang With A True Guru
17 Jun 2009, 0000 hrs IST

Today our attention is mainly on external things; so we hardly ever look inward.

Even when we have a spiritual goal, the mind slips away from it due to the pressure of our vasanas or latent tendencies. To control such a mind, a satguru is essential. But after a certain stage, no help is needed for the guru within is awakened.

Ordinary gurus can only explain spiritual principles. But a Sadhguru who has realised the Self imparts part of her spiritual power to the disciple. This enables the disciple to reach the goal quickly. The Sadhguru’s thoughts awaken spiritual powers in the disciple.

Satsang and spiritual books have the power to turn our minds towards good thoughts. That alone, however, will not enable us to go forward with steady steps. Physicians will examine the patient and prescribe medicines. But if an operation is required, one has to see a surgeon. Likewise, to rid our minds of all dirt, and to progress towards the ultimate goal, we have to take refuge in a realised master.

Although everything is within us, it is useless if we don’t actually experience it. For that, sadhna or spiritual practice is absolutely necessary. Rishis who gave us the mahavakyas or great sayings such as `I am Brahmn’ and `Thou art That’ were individuals who had reached that plane of experience. Their way of life was very different from ours. They viewed all living creatures as being equal; they loved and served all beings without distinction. In their eyes, nothing in the universe was separate from themselves.

While they had god-like qualities, we have the qualities of a fly. A fly lives in dirt and excreta. So, our minds can see only mistakes and defects in others. This has to change. We have to be able to see the good in everybody and everything. Until we directly experience the Truth through sadhana and contemplation, there is no sense in repeatedly claiming that everything is there within us. Learning from books and giving speeches is not enough. To experience the Truth, one has to do sadhana, and discover the real `I’ with a guru’s help.

The guru knows that the disciple’s ego-driven impulses will cause danger to him and to others. To know the Truth, we have to get rid of the ego-based, false `i’. It is hard to achieve this just by doing sadhana on one’s own.

When we bow down before the guru, we are not bowing to that individual, but to the ideal in her; just as by saluting the flag, we are not paying homage to a piece of cloth, but to the nation that the flag represents. We can rise only through humility. The seed contains the tree within it, but if it is content to lie in a storeroom somewhere, rats may eat it. Only by going under the soil will its true form emerge. It is to become the King of kings later on that the disciple takes on the role of a servant now.

The guru is the embodiment of selflessness. We are able to learn what truth, dharma or righteousness, renunciation, and love mean because the guru lives those qualities.

Obedience to the guru is not slavery. The guru’s aim is only the salvation of the disciple. A true guru will never see her disciples as her servants. She is filled with love for the disciple. She wants to see the disciple succeed, even if it means hardship for herself. The true guru is indeed like a mother.
(Discourse: Amritananda Ma)

The Times Of India Reference