The concluding day of Amma’s two-day tour of Bengaluru saw a profound spiritual discourse by Amma about the larger meaning of life
BENGALURU, March 9, 2017:There is a lesson to be learned from every experience in life, but we need attentiveness and discernment to be able to recognise the lessons life is trying to teach us. This was said byworld-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) as part of her spiritual discourse in front of thousands of devotees assembled fordarshan on the concluding day of her two-day visit to Bengaluru.
Amma explained: “Discernment is the ‘switch’ that turns on the light of knowledge. Those with discernment are able to understand the message behind each positive and negative experience in life and accept everything that comes their way with a smile. Our heart is like a parachute. If it opens, we can save ourselves and even others. On the other hand, if it fails to open, we will be in big trouble. If we could only begin to consider the needs of others before our own, we would be able to transform this entire earth into heaven!”
Amma delivered a spiritual discourse, led devotees in singing bhajans and in meditation. She also give her renowned darshan to everyone, which comes in the form of a motherly embrace. President of Karnataka BJP and former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa paid a visit to seek blessings of Amma.
In her spiritual discourse, Amma spoke about the importance of developing a meditative mind. “All our words and actions arising of a meditative mindare filled with goodness. Many of the problems society faces today arise from speaking thoughtlessly. Water has its own limits. When it moves beyond its limits, it can harm people. Similarly, words have limits. When words move beyond these limits, theycan cause wide spread destruction. Words have incredible power.Speaking kind words and doing good actions, we should make our life a celebration.”
Talking about the importance of spirituality, Amma said that spirituality is the means to restore our inner connection with the Divine. For this, we need divine grace. She added: “Life is like climbing a big mountain. When a mountaineer climbs a mountain, he will tie to his waist a lifeline, which is attached to the mountain. This way, if he slips while climbing, he won’t fall too far. In a similar manner, if we tie to our minds the ‘lifeline’ of devotion to God, or remembrance of God, then no matter how many difficulties we face in life, we will be able to fix our mind on God without becoming mentally weak.”
Amma asked the devotees to let their lives become an offering that alleviates the pain of the suffering people. “Many people suffer from illness and poverty today. We have a responsibility towards all of them. We need to provide them with food. We need to offer them the light of knowledge. This is our duty. In essence, we are all one – all children from the same mother. We need to realise this and our hearts have to be united in love. It is not an economic or technological revolution that needs to take place, but a revolution arising from the heart – an inner revolution that makes us see others as ourselves, loving and serving all,” Amma said.
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.”
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