· PIC1 – (amma1) Minister Sadananda Gowda – Union Minster for Statics and program implementation with Amma giving Monthly pension to needy
· PIC2 (amma 2) HK Patil, Minister for rural development and PanchayatI Raj, Karnataka with Amma, giving away saris to the members of AmritaSree self Help group.
· PIC3 (amma3) Amma addressing the devotees at Mata Amritanandamayi Math Bangalore
Amma’s two-day tour of Bengaluru begins with charitable activities such as distribution of more than 5,000 sarees to needy womenA new Amrita Charitable Clinic and Amrita Vidyalayam (school) to be opened in Bengaluru in near future
BENGALURU, March 8, 2017:Addressing thousands of devotees assembled for darshan on her two-day visit to Bengaluru, world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) expressed concern that due to rampant religious strife, political enmity and crime, mankind has become a walking disaster. She said this is due to a mind that lacks discernment — a selfish mind that does not allow us to see the sorrows of others. The solution, Amma added, is divine love – when we understand that God is an indivisible oneness fully present in every atom that exists, we start loving ourselves and everyone around us.
“The first ripple of love emerges from within us. When a pebble is dropped into a still pond, the first little ripple forms around the pebble itself. Gradually, the circle of that ripple expands until it reaches the shore. In the same way, love should start within. If we are able to purify the love inherent in us, it will gradually expand to encompass the entire world,” said Amma.
Dignitaries present on the dais to felicitate Amma included DV Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation; RV Deshpande,Minister for Large & Medium Industries & Infra. Development, Karnataka ;HK Patil, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Karnataka; M Krishnappa, Minister for Housing, Karnataka; and Subhash Chandra Khuntia, Chief Secretary, Karnataka.
Said DV Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Karnataka: “Mental peace is very important for self-fulfillment. Only when people are at peace with themselves are they able to achieve good things and do good to others. Amma shows the path to inner peace and contentment. Her blessings give us strength and inspire us to become good human beings.”
Added HK Patil, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Karnataka: “Amma is not merely a spiritual leader. Her devotion to social work is unparalleled as she is driven by the desire to do good for humanity and uplift our existence. She has never hesitated to come to the aid of the people of Karnataka and provide succor in times of need, when even the state government was finding it difficult to do so .Her message of divine love, inner purity and human welfare has attracted millions of people from all over the world.”
More than 5,000 sarees were distributed and Kannada translation of two books on Amma’s sayings were launched. A new Amrita Charitable Clinic and Amrita Vidyalayam (school) would be opened in Bengaluru in near future, it was announced.
Talking about the power of the mind in shaping our destiny, Amma said that in this world obsessed with global warming, no one is paying any attention to climate change inside us — the temperature in man’s mind has risen to dangerous heights and his internal climate has drastically changed for the worse. “If we are unable to bring our mind under our control, sorrow will continue to hunt us down. We must realize that foundation of happiness is gratitude. When the mind becomes filled with gratitude, we will spontaneously become happy. It is not happiness that gives us gratitude, but a grateful outlook that brings happiness into our lives. Our life has to be built on the foundation of compassion,” Amma said.
Amma noted that environmental protection is one of the greatest issues mankind faces today. She said that solutions can be found by walking along the path shown by our ancestors. “In the past, people didn’t need to ‘try to protect Nature.’ This is because their way of life, itself, protected Nature. Reverence and respect towards all creatures and creation was an integral part of their life. It was ingrained in them that they should take only what was needed from Nature, without exploiting and destroying her. But in the modern world, we see people taking from Nature and their fellow human beings without any limit,” she said.
Throughout the day, Amma delivered spiritual discourses (satsang) and led devotees in singing bhajans. She also give her renowned darshan to everyone, which comes in the form of a motherly embrace.
Amma’s Bengaluru programme is a part of her Bharata Yatra, that has been an annual event for more than 30 years now. She has been holding world tours for the same duration, making deep bonds with people across cultures, languages, nationalities and religions. As part of the yatra across February and March 2017, Amma has already visited more than a dozen cities including Madurai, Chennai, Mangalore, Udupi, Salem, and Mysore to shower her blessings on the devotees and spread the message of love and peace.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
Amma has delivered addresses at the United Nations several times and has spoken twice at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Among other accolades, she has received the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence in Geneva, the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award in New York, and an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York. In 2014, at the invitation of His Holiness Pope Francis, Amma was one of 12 religious and spiritual leaders to travel to the Vatican to sign a joint declaration against modern slavery. Throughout her life, Amma has embraced and comforted more than 37 million people. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people while also building and running a massive humanitarian organization, Amma answers: “Where there is true love, everything is effortless. Love transforms.”