Narayani Amma's messages - The Path of Light
Accumulation of Wealth
Amma's Words of Wisdom
A Pathway to Joy
Bringing in the New
Spirituality - The Guru
Categories of Life
Ceiling on Desires
With the Divine Mother
Faith and Devotion
Four Stages of Life
Full Moon Puja
Full Moon Puja
Discourse, October 17th, 2005 Ganesha
God is in all and God is
Human Life is Great
Importance of a Guru
Joy of Service
July 2005 Full
Moon Puja Discourse
Sound, December 20th, 2005
Mother's Day Message From Amma
New Year's Eve Discourses
No Need to Worry, December 24th,
for the Grace of God November 14th, 2005 Path
Pournami Day (Full Moon - May 12, 2006)
Prayers, December 22th, 2005
Prayer and Surrender
Puja is the Key to Love
Sanithiyam - Full Moon Discourse
Thazham Poo - Rare Flower
The Rusty Iron, December 27th, 2005
Two Types of People, December
Two Types of Wishes, December
The Diamond & the Mustard
Seed - 25/12/05 mp; the Mustard
Seed - 25/12/05
The Fruit of Knowledge & Wisdom
The Greatest Devotion
The Vedas - 12/28/05
is the Solution for the Future
Tsunami & Other Natural Disasters
Utilize Your Capabilities
Wisdom can Win over Destiny
Full Moon Puja – Discourse 23.05.2005
There are thousands of living beings in the world. Of all the living
begins, the Human form is different and blessed. Humans are different,
as only they can feel things with the heart, think and make decisions,
good or bad.
Man learns good and bad from his religion. There are different
religions in the world depending on the climatic conditions and
the geographical structure. All religions teach man what is good
Every religion has a book to guide them. These religious books
have laid down certain paths and principles which one has to follow
to live one’s life. Most of these religions have one head
or prophet to lead, teach and tell the people the rules of the religion.
For the Hindus, the Vedas is their book. These Vedas were not written
but formed from the vibrations heard during deep penance by the
yogis and rishis. The vibrations that created the Vedas came from
the breath of the Parasakthi (Durga).
In the modern age the decline in charity and the incorrect chanting
of the mantras have caused a lot of damage to the human world. There
were no devastating natural disasters 1000’s of years ago,
because the people in those days followed the path of Vedas and
performed the rituals in the correct manner.
In Vedic Mantras the vibrations are very important even more than
their meaning. The vibrations are so powerful that man gets the
grace and blessings from the divine. There are vibrations even when
one does charity.
Kumbabishekam or Kalasam abhishekam is performed in most temples.
The Kalasam is God’s form. The kumbam or kalasam is the body,
the coconut is the head, the mango leaves are the hair, the threads
around the kalasam are the nerves and the theertam inside the kalasam
is the blood.
When the theertam is poured and the abhishekam is performed with
the chanting of the Vedas the holy water inside the kalasam absorbs
the powerful vibrations and becomes sacred. The Vedas say attending
one Kumbabhishekam is equal to going and visiting 1000 temples.
There is always a meaning behind every act in Hinduism. There is
wind and vibrations everywhere but humans cannot hear these vibrations.
They can experience the vibrations when they participate in the
rituals, visit temples and attend prayer functions for the well
being of mankind.
Like the copper or silver kalasam, the body has the ability to
absorb the vibrations and energy from these places. So man should
not wait for this opportunity, instead he should go to the temples
and get the best of everything, thinking good and doing good.
Amma blesses all
In Sanskrit language there are many golden words and sentences.
One such sentence which is apt in this age is "DAIVAM- MANISHA-
ROOPANAE" Meaning "God in Human Form".
God manifests himself from time to time to destroy evil and bring
about righteousness. In this kaliyuga, God has manifested himself
in human form. Siddhars, Yogis and Rishis can realize God only through
self realization and so continue to pray and do penance for years
and years. Human beings are blessed to see God in human form.
To realize this, understand and receive maximum benefit in seeing
God in human form, one should have a Guru (spiritual teacher &
guide). This Guru will increase the maturity of mind to understand,
realize and attain complete joy in seeing God.
When we have found a Guru, it is like having found God. Human beings
are blessed because they can choose a Guru who can lead them on
a path to God realization You generally see God in a form of a Guru,
but those who seek 'AMMA's’ blessings are very fortunate to
see God taking the form of a Guru!
In Lalitha Sahasranamam there are several names for Divine Mother
- Om Matre Namah - Salutations to the Divine Mother, Om Maha Rajnyai
Namah -Salutations to the Great Empress of the whole Universe, Om
Parameshvaryai Namah - Salutations to Sovereign Supreme.
There is so much power in these words when you chant them and the
same power exists when you say- Om Gurumurtayae Namah - Salutations
to one who assumes the form of Guru.
“Amma blesses you to follow the path of your Guru
and to realize God”.
Spirituality is important for everyone, however to avoid confusion,
a person must genuinely appreciate the path he or she follows. Take
the food in any given country, different produce may be native to
different cities, depending on their environments. Regardless of
the types of food available in different cities in any country,
everywhere the people have the same goal: To acquire food for survival,
to feed their stomachs. Similarly, spirituality may take different
paths, but the end goal of every spiritual seeker is the same: To
Some people like prayer (Pujas), some like hymns (Bhajans) some
prefer Yoga and others, Meditation. One might ask which one path
is right or which one is wrong among all these paths. All paths
are right. Choose what your heart desires and then follow it. Sometimes,
people go to a teacher (Guru) and follow his path.
However when another Guru comes along, they go to him, leaving
the first Guru. By changing Gurus frequently, confusion arises and
people fail to progress on any path. The mind is very fickle. We
should not jump from Guru to Guru and we should not compare Gurus.
If another Guru comes along, go and get his blessings. Listen to
his teachings as if it is coming from your Guru. See your Guru in
him. In this way, there will be no confusion. If you see your Guru
in other Gurus, you will hear the message in the right way and you
will stay on the spiritual path.
In this world, all Gurus are good, no method is wrong. All Gurus
are Kalki Avatars (a divine being that descends from heaven
to earth in human form and lives as a human being), who
have come to teach about principles and truth. Different Gurus show
different paths, but all lead to one goal – “God”.
In spirituality, stay on the path and don’t misuse devotion.
Don’t say nasty things about other Gurus. Each Guru is special.
Guru is God. God is Guru. The God to whom we pray comes in the form
of a Guru. If we bad-mouth Gurus, we are bad-mouthing God. We travel
the spiritual path for peace and enjoyment. We should look at Gurus
as different forms of God, leading us on different paths toward
the same goal. There are different bulbs with different watts, but
the electric current that flows through all of them is the same.
So, choose the path and teachings of the Guru to your liking and
interest. Follow the path you can appreciate and stay on it till
the end. Don’t do what your friends tell you, listen to your
heart and follow the path of your Guru till the end. Only then will
you progress on the divine path (Sadhana).
“Amma blesses everyone to follow the spiritual path
of your liking and to stay on it until you reach your goal”.
What is Bhakti? Bhakti is Devotion. There are many ways of showing
devotion to God i.e. Pujas (Prayers), Yagams (Offerings to the Fire),
Bhajans (Singing praises to God) etc. What is the purpose of Bhakti?
This is for our satisfaction and peace of mind to remove to worry
and stress. There are always worry and stress and everyone has his
share. The mind is always asking for something or needing something.
Only when we get rid of these thoughts can we experience peace.
A new car nowadays is old in two years. Today we may own a small
home. Soon we desire more children and when they come, we need a
bigger home and our desires become more and more. There is no permanent
peace. An unsteady mind leads to unending desires and we seek to
accumulate more and more.
We have to look at people who are less fortunate than us and see
how satisfied they are. We always want something the other person
has, either because it is bigger or prettier. This unsteady mind
makes us shift focus to several things, creating desires. If we
don’t get what we want we may hate the other person who has
Prayer is a method of calming the mind. When praying, we turn our
mind to good and more peaceful things. Sins first start as thoughts
then become physical actions. We have to unwind the rope of sins
and set ourselves free. When we pray we focus on God and doing Good
People go to Durga temple on Fridays. At least on that day they
want to control and discipline their minds and focus on the Goddess.
All rituals we do are for our self-satisfaction only and satisfaction
brings peace to our minds. We don’t do prayers for God; we
do it for our own benefit.
God always gives selflessly. In communist countries where worshiping
God is not encouraged people still get everything like in any other
part of the world. For our own self-discipline and attaining peace
of mind we pray.
A vehicle stops with one depression of the brake. Similarly, we
can instantly put an end to our flow of negative thoughts and begin
to prayer. Bhakti has to come from deep down in us. Anything we
do, we must do it with sincerity; especially prayers, which is effective
only when it is done from the bottom of the heart.
It is very important that our prayers come from our inner depths.
There is no big or small prayer. There is only one prayer, which
has to be done with sincerity. The form that impresses each individual
is the form he/she would choose to worship.
"Amma blesses you to pray, simply concentrating on
the form of the image that is dear to you. May everyone be happy
Once upon a time there was a good businessman who conducted business
by the rules of Dharma, truthfully and sincerely. He was regular
in doing prayers to attain God’s grace. He had a flourishing
business. One day, he contemplated a change in business. He wanted
to market salt in the neighbouring villages by buying salt from
the manufacturers. He planned for this and decided to do Vinayaka
prayer by breaking 108 coconuts.
The designated day came and after appropriate prayers, he started
the business. Many other businessmen dealing with other items like
steel, utensils etc. were travelling with him. Suddenly, there was
a downpour of rain. Alas! All the salt he procured got destroyed
and dissolved in the rainwaters.
This event disillusioned the trader and made him very angry with
God. He stayed in the forest highly discouraged; cried and angrily
shouted that God does not exist. Evening came and his friends urged
him to return home with them. He refused. Darkness descended, night
came and robbers arrived at the scene.
Looking at the salt trader, they shouted, “It seems that
you sold all your salt! Where is your money? Let us have it”!
He had nothing to offer them. The robbers angrily threatened him
and one among them was ordered to shoot the trader.
When the robber attempted to fire the pistol, it would not work
because the gunpowder was wet due to the rain. One after the other,
they attempted without success, and finally they receded back into
the thick of the forest. If the trader had sold the stock of salt
and if there was no rain, surely he would have been a victim in
the scene. God saved his life.
We all plan for different things. If we do not achieve what we
want we have a tendency to get very angry. Patience is the rule.
We must have patience. For every incident there is a reason. We
should never get flustered with small difficulties. Difficulties
and happiness are all repetitions. They alternate in the game of
For each flower there is always a stem. Life’s difficulties
teach us humility, the impermanence of us and everything seemingly
stands stolid around us. Every difficulty should be entertained
positively and gotten rid of with patience. We have to experience
the actions of Karma.
Difficulties reduce our Karma. We all should be glad and delighted
to wash off our Karmas. Our souls are never bound; therefore we
should not allow ourselves to be bound by anything. God has given
difficulties only to make us good and perfect. Every experience
in life should be welcomed. All of us have difficulties in varied
“Amma blesses everyone to have peace of mind without
Categories of Life
Hinduism is a very ancient religion. As per Hindu beliefs, God
created three categories of life in the universe. They are:
1. Deva Ganam --Angelic
2. Manitha Ganam -- Human
3. Bootha Ganam -- Other lower forms
Men have knowledge (6th sense or intellect). Animals have instincts.
All of the qualities inherent in other forms of life are fully represented
by the Devas. What is the duty of the Devas? The Devas are the administrators
of the set Rules on behaviour and resulting repercussions as ordained
by God. They make sure that the Dharmic life and conduct is maintained
in the universe.
The Devas’ nourishment comes from the oblations we offer
in the Holy fire in the Yagnas. Where there is regularity in prayer
we will see regularity of seasons, rain, crops etc. Where there
is disrespect to nature and indifference toward worship or where
Dharmic life is not followed Adharma prevails and the basic necessities
for human existance are restricted by the Devas, resulting in rampant
drought, famine, disease etc.
You may ask how the offerings in the fire reach the Devas. Only
a portion of the offering goes to the Devas. For example, a Mayor’s
salary is not determined or directly paid by us as citizens, but
we do pay taxes to the government that determines and pays the Mayor’s
Subtle vibrations of the consummated offerings made in the fire,
goes to God and a portion goes to the Devas. We have to keep Devas
happy in order to get salvation or Moksha. In order to see a government
officer or a Minister, we must first make an appointment through
the secretaries. A proper dignified approach is a must to the lower
officers in order for us to meet their superiors early. Similarly,
we have to do Yagnas in a sincere and thorough fashion, following
every rule set meticulously.
All the essence of our offerings (rice, ghee etc.) in the Holy
fire is taken by the Devas. This pleases them. We have several Homas
to invoke the rain God, the wealth God, health God etc. If Lakshmi
Homa is performed (for wealth and prosperity) properly with devotion
and discipline, the Devas start giving even before the Goddess of
wealth decides to bless.
The Devas function on behalf of God. Hence, man has the greatest
privilege of offering oblations in the Holy fire, which go towards
the sustenance of the Devas. They lay the road or show us the right
path to Mukthi. They require us to understand and perform. They
act subtly. All the rituals laid out in the Hindu Dharma if followed
thoroughly lead us to Mukthi.
Bad thoughts vanish. Good intentions and thoughts manifest in us.
Thus whatever we do, we should do it with happiness and faith. The
Devas are our Guide. We should seek their blessings.
“With the Devas happiness, Amma also blesses everyone
with an abundance of health and happiness”.
Thazham Poo – Rare Flower
Among many flower plants in the world, there is in India an extremely
and pleasantly fragrant flower and its plant called Thazham Poo.
These plants grow naturally in the slushy and mucky areas. They
have severe thorns as well; its fragrance attracts poisonous cobras,
which sit coiled around the flower pod.
Irrespective of all the danger, the people in the area get the
flowers, clean them and string them in garlands to adorn the Lords
images in the temples and at home. The fragrance is celestial and
anything extraordinary we always have the tendency to obtain and
offer for prayer to the Lord Almighty.
However bad a person is considered to be and however many bad habits
he may have, just one good quality in him could slowly but surely
help him to leave all the negative qualities behind.
Though the flower is surrounded by so much risky obstacles, its
unmatched fragrance make it the most desirable among all flowers
and compels us to get it, for honouring and adorning the Lord Almighty.
Same as no matter how bad a person is, if he has Bhakti, this good
quality will help him grow out of all his misconceptions and ignorance
with glory. Sincere Bhakti will take away all unwanted beliefs,
like Kama, Krodha, Mada, Mathsarya etc. and make us pure with time,
paving for us the grand highway for Mukthi or merging with the Lord.
It is difficult for everyone to assume that he or she is born perfect.
We as human beings have several bad qualities. These qualities are
visible only to those who move close with that person. We do not
know whether we are good or not. Only Bhakti will take us away from
all the bad and negative qualities.
The fragrant flower growing in the wild lost all its bad qualities
and adores the Lord, forming a part of the garland around the neck
of his image. Only the beautiful fragrance of that flower remains.
Bhakti will eradicate all our bad qualities and give us Mukthi.
Bhakti will eliminate mistakes we do knowingly or unknowingly. Mukthi
is permanent happiness.
“Amma blesses everyone to keep the instrument of
Bhakti in their hearts to attain peace”.
Among the scriptures in the Hindu Religion, the Epic “Mahabharatha”
is considered very important. The following were the main characters
on which the whole Mahabharatha revolved around: Sri Krishna, Arjuna
Krishna was very helpful to Arjuna by doing several favours for
him. Krishna as the Charioteer and mentor offered advice on anything
and everything to Arjuna. This made Duryodhana very unhappy.
Duryodhana said to Krishna, that he is also related to Krishna
yet Krishna always ignores him and takes Arjuna’s side only.
Further he asked, “Why are you fighting a war against me,
joining Arjuna”? He also claimed that he was the first to
seek help from Krishna.
Krishna replied to Duryodhana, “Where there is absolute faith
I am more there”. Krishna asked Duryodhana to come to the
forest the following day to test his faith. Duryodhana agreed. The
next morning, both Arjuna and Duryodhana meet Sri Krishna in the
Krishna started asking Arjuna questions. There was a crow perched
on top of a tree close by. Krishna tells Arjuna, “How beautiful
is the parrot perched above”! Arjuna is looking at Krishna
and answers instantly, “Yes my lord it is really beautiful,
the parrot is really pretty”.
Next Krishna spots a monkey but tells Arjuna, “Look how beautiful
the tiger is”! Arjuna replied, “Yes Lord, it is really
majestic and beautiful”. Thereafter, Krishna spots a wild
forest buffalo and tells Arjuna, “How big and beautiful the
elephant is at a distance”. Arjuna agrees with him absolutely.
These replies from Arjuna confuses and angers Duryodhana. He asks
Krishna: “How foolish a person could be? You are pointing
to a crow, secondly to a monkey and finally to a wild Buffalo, but
you are telling Arjuna how beautiful is the parrot instead of the
crow and how majestic the monkey instead of the tiger. And, you
are calling a Buffalo a beautiful elephant and Arjuna without any
hesitation or effort agrees with you. Why is this?
Krishna turns towards Arjuna and asked, “Why would you give
such answers”? Arjuna with great reverence replied, “I
know you would change anything to something different at your own
will, Oh! Lord in an instance. Also, I have no ability or strength
to disagree with you.”
Krishna addresses Duryodhana explaining to him that this is the
faith that Arjuna has for Krishna. Krishna further explained that
anger and a big ego couldn't be appreciated by Krishna.
When we offer food and other things to the Lord as ‘Naivedhya’,
we ask ourselves, would God really partake in our offering? We are
doubtful. Such questions doubt faith. Faith with doubt is no faith
at all. Temples have stone images that we pray to. We do not pray
to the stone but to the God in the image. All the blessings are
granted by God.
We look at a cow. One says, “Gho-Matha”, in a worshipful
manner. Someone else sees the same cow and chases it. In the first
instance, Gho-Matha, as the Holy Mother blesses and grants boons
as asked. In the second instance, the cow runs away. Gho-Matha goes
In order to get anything from God, we must surrender ourselves
and pray with total faith. We have to take hold of God with absolute
and complete faith. The image of God can be of copper, silver or
stone but only faith propels God. Prayer with faith to any form
of God will grant us our wishes.
“Amma blesses you all to have complete faith in God”.
Once upon a time, there was a king ruling a small kingdom. He was
very pious and ruled his subjects honestly and truthfully. However,
his neighboring kingdom’s hostile manner disturbed him. He
cared for his subjects sincerely and was worried for their safety.
Both his state and his army were very small. This made him consult
a Mahatma. He paid his due respects and placed before the Mahatma
The Mahatma gave him a talisman advising him to wear it always
around his wrist whenever he is forced to confront the invading
army from the neighboring kingdoms. He further blessed him with
strength and victory.
Soon enough his state was attacked and the king valiantly defended
himself with his small army and successfully destroyed half of the
intruding army. On the following day he went back to the battlefield
and further damaged and crippled the opponents’ army. The
intruding army was decimated and reduced to a very insignificant
Before the third day of the war, his curiosity compelled him to
rip open the talisman and find out what it had in it. Hence, he
opened it and found within ‘Om Namo Narayana’ inscribed.
He said to himself, “Is that all, a small mantra which I hear
and recite so often!". So he came to the conclusion that whatever
had transpired in the war so far was due to his strategies and valor,
and it had nothing to do with the mantra.
His strong success bloated his ego to the extent that he went to
war the third day without the talisman. Within no time, his army
was defeated and conquered. The king returned to the Mahatma distressed,
and sadly reported what had happened. Mahatma told him that it was
unwise of him to rip open the talisman. This amounted to lack of
respect for the Guru and loss of faith. Hence he was made to face
the humiliating defeat.
In material as well as spiritual life we have to have faith in
whatever we do. Only then only we can achieve our goals. Science
is by experiment first and experience later; whereas in ‘Gyana’
belief comes first and experience after. With absolute faith in
God we will certainly achieve everything we need.
“Amma blesses one and all to have lots of faith,
peace of mind and success”.
In the Hindu Sampradaya (Tradition) whether it be a new job, business,
school, yagnas or marriage we always do prayers to Ganapathi first.
Lord Ganapathi is also called Ganesha, Vinayaka, Vigneshwara, Gajamuka,
Pilliar and many other names.
Why the name Ganapathi? Ganesha is gana’s adhipati -ganadhipati-
Ganapati. Ganas’ are celestial beings. Why should we worship
him first? Why this first respect to him? Why we make his representation
in turmeric, mud, sugar, dough etc.?
Ganesha is a very simple and easily satiable God. Whichever way
we make his representation and worship him, he gets easily invoked
and showers his blessings. Pilliar, his other name denotes that
he is the son of Shiva.
Soldiers used to carry big shields in order to protect themselves
from the oncoming spears and arrows in the event of a war. Similarly,
Sri Ganesha acts as a shield for the devotees. In image representation
he is very big. He has the head of an elephant. The big elephant
when worshipped as Ganesha first, stays in front and protects the
devotees who are behind.
Ganesha is big in size as well as very big at heart. He is dayalu.
He is also very heavy. However, his vehicle is very small, in fact,
a little mouse is his vahana. How big he is but how light he has
to make himself to ride a mouse!!
He is a personification of humility and love. Sri Ganesha blesses
devotees easily and profusely. Lord Ganapathi’s heart is full
of tyaga (renunciation). He broke his own ivory tusk to kill a demon
and used the same as a pen to write the Mahabharata.
In any puja, whether it is Lakshmi Puja or Saraswathi Puja, we
always perform prayers to Lord Ganesha first and our prayers to
him; is to remove all obstructions so that we may complete our puja
without blemishes or interruption.
He is offered very simple things as Naivaidya - like puffed rice,
peanuts, grass, etc. Very simple is his prayer. Ganesha made with
jaggery (unrefined sugar - direct from the sugarcane) is worshipped
and if we have nothing to offer we can break a piece of jaggery
from his image and offer him. Thus, he is very easily pleased and
Ganesha stands ahead with his big body and stops obstructions to
our prayers irrespective of the fact whether they are Karmic (reaction
to our past actions) or not, enabling us to complete the prayer.
Lord Ganapathi is very easily invoked. His only requirement is
Bhakti from a pure and sincere heart. Vinayaka thus worshipped becomes
Vigneshwara (Lord blocking obstructions towards good deeds) and
blesses each and everyone.
“Amma showers her blessings on everyone”.
In our society, whatever is the crime, murder, robbery etc., they
happen mainly at night. Darkness of the night favours these types
of activities. It is easier to move unnoticed and commit crimes
in the black hours of the night. Darkness blinds our vision and
favours wrongful activities. Due to darkness, we are unable to find
the good things that may be right in front of us.
In life, real darkness is the lack of knowledqe (Agyana). Very
easy and simple things for our normal ethical conduct are blocked
from us due to this inner darkness. We light the lamp to remove
darkness. In our heart as well, we have to light the lamp of Gyana.
We should also get involved in Bhakti (Devotion) activities.
No one does wrong knowingly. We do it unknowingly since we are
unable to discriminate between good and the bad. When we are blessed
with Gyana we have the power to understand what is good and what
Some of us light a Holy lamp before our altar in our prayer room
everyday. To remove Agyana (lack of knowledge) and get Gyana (knowledge)
we should light the Holy lamp everyday. Amma as Jyothi Swaroopini
blesses us with Jyothi (light).
It is very easy to see the Goddess in the Jyothi form. Hence, we
light the lamp in the morning and evening to invoke the Goddess,
who removes inner darkness and ushers in wisdom. Our homes get purified
and cleansed by the Jyothi. Jyothi removes darkness and evil disappears.
To have peace of mind, our living quarters should be clean. Darkness
favours evil that hinder our thinking process. Light in the Jyothi
form removes evil energies from our homes and also removes physical
and inner darkness surrounding the Atma.
Interruptions and sickness occur preventing us from doing good
activities. The Jyothi removes such hindrances. Jyothi makes our
Atma shine brighter. As you notice, the lamp is in three tiers,
i.e., the base (represents Brahma), the middle stem (represents
Vishnu) and the upper hold (represents Shiva) where we put oil and
wick. Furthermore, the Jyothi or flame is Amma or Jyothi Swaroopini.
Without Peace, being homeless or lack of education many of us are
not able to differentiate right from wrong and unknowingly get involved
in activities which makes our lives more difficult.
Jyothi if lit regularly helps us in gaining Gyana (knowledge).
Vallallar, a Mahan (Self realized) said that, Jyothi is enough to
achieve everything good in life. Therefore it is important that
we light the lamp everyday around 6 p.m. at least for 6 minutes.
If we light the lamp with ghee, Mahalakshmi is invoked and blesses
us abundantly with all everyday requirements.
Always recite a mantra you know, after lighting the lamp. Maybe,
OM NAMO NARAYANI at least 21 times, staying in front of the lamp.
This will take away darkness and give us a bright and satisfied
existence. We will receive Gyana Prakasha (blessed with the light
“Amma blesses everyone with prosperity and peace”.
When a baby is born in a person’s life, one of the very first
ritual is choosing a name for the baby. Friends and relatives are
invited and there is a celebration in which the child is given a
good name. Why the name is given, especially the name of God? A
name of God is given so whenever we call the person’s name,
we remember God. Hence the names Rama, Krishna, Lakshmi etc. are
given to our children.
Once upon a time there was a good businessman who had two children
by the name of Rama and Krishna. This man did not believe in God.
He would never remember God, and would tease and insult people who
prayed to God. His family cautioned him not to hurt people this
way, especially those who keep God dear in their hearts.
He never listened to anyone. He would always preach that there
should be no prayers and no temples built for God. In his village,
the people worshipped often and this businessman was not popular
among them. People disliked him for his attitude and said when he
dies; he will surely go to Naraka (hell).
His time to go arrived. He suffered a heart attack. His plea for
water was ignored. He called his sons desperately, “Rama”,
Krishna, please bring me some water”? No help arrived and
he collapsed and died. Just before he died, he imagined going to
hell, due to his attitude towards people and God.
When his soul separated from his mortal body, he could see a chariot
and the Devas waiting to receive him and take him to Heaven. Then
he realized that there is really Heaven and Hell, and he asked the
Devas, “How come I am being so lovingly received with pomp
and taken to Heaven”? He further stated that, “I also
committed a lot of sins”.
Thereafter, the Devas replied with a lot of love that, “You
called upon God numerous times everyday, by calling your children
Rama and Krishna. Indirectly, you were remembering God several times
a day. Therefore we are pleased and welcomed you to Heaven”.
Many people are of the opinion that they have no time to pray.
In order not to forget the Lord we give the Lord’s name to
children and by calling kids by their name, we remember God indirectly.
Today the fashion is to give nick names such as Jimmy, Andy etc.
to kids, but God’s names are Vatsala, Nirmala, Saraswathi
When a girl is given a name Lakshmi and is called, she will come.
At the same time when that pleasing name is called, Gopala also
comes to bless. Thus the practice of giving deities’ names
to children is to constantly remember God. When calling them, we
gather Punya (merits) for our upliftment.
Nowadays, unfortunately, even older persons when leaving the homeland
change their names as well, imagining a better acceptance in the
new land. Original names were given with a purpose. Our elders have
followed the age old method of remembering God by giving their siblings
the many names of God. To be accepted, we should not shy away form
our Dharmic beliefs. We will greatly benefit in our lives if we
follow our Dharma wherever we are.
“Amma blesses you to follow the path of Dharma”.
Each and everyone’s happiness and sorrow is directly attributed
to the respective individual’s merits and demerits (past and
present actions -- Karma). Whatever you do in this life will determine
the good or bad you will reap in the life to follow.
Human beings have the highest privilege offered by the Lord among
his creations to attain self-realization. If we live a Dharmic life,
we will dissipate our karma rapidly and attain God Realization.
Bhakthi, Sadhana, Puja, Japam, Yagna, Bhajans, Meditation are all
different methods of purifying our mind. We can do any kind of simple
ritual or one of the above to discipline and purify our minds. Purification
of mind can be achieved by good actions and love for everyone.
“Amma blesses and encourages everyone to do Dharma
for their own upliftment”.
Importance of a Guru
In our lives, at every stage, each and every one of us requires
assistance or help.
For the little baby, its mother nourishes and helps child through
infancy. As the child grows older, the school teacher helps the
child. As Grahastha (householder), the wife is the help. Aged, the
individual relies on his/her children for comfort and assistance.
In this Kaliyuga (age of darkness), each and every one requires
a lot of help. A little, tender child neither knows how to declare
hunger nor how to feed itself. Therefore, the mother is required.
As the child grows older, the respective path the child chooses
to educate his/her self, will be assessed and guided by the teacher.
Similarly, in the maturity of our lives, for peace of mind and emancipation
from bondage, we all need a Guru as a guide.
We can argue that we can pray to God ourselves. Why do we need
a Guru? In every field of life, by listening and by training from
experienced people we learn. For example, a mother who is an experienced
cook will teach her child to cook. An experienced engineer will
guide a junior engineer in executing a project. In the same way,
to acquire Gyana (knowledge), a Guru is very essential.
If one wants to go to the Ganga and Kashi (river Ganges and Benares
city - places of pilgrimage in India) that person needs to seek
directions from a person who already visited those places. Similarly,
a person who has attained Gyana (self-realization), if sought, will
gladly part with his knowledge and explain in simple terms the path
to Gyana. Such a person is called a Guru.
For mankind, a Guru is important. Kaliyuga (the present time) is
full of difficulties. Since we do not know how to live well, we
have problems. A Guru always gives good advice and the right directions
to us to help us on the spiritual path and live a good life. When
we live a good life, then we can have a happy existence.
Even Lord Rama and Lord Krishna had Gurus. They really did not
require one, but all the same, to set an example to the general
population they had Gurus. In order to stress the importance of
having a Guru, and the definite need of advice and guidance from
a Guru, they submitted to the tradition and stayed with their respective
Gurus for a certain period in their childhood.
With a Guru’s advice, we can correct ourselves. How can we
attain a good and qualified Guru? Such doubts should not spring
up in our minds. If your heart accepts a person as a Guru, then
submit to him. If he has to be tested and certified, then we do
not require a Guru. Faith and belief should propel us in accepting
a Guru. We will certainly reap the benefits.
All the unlimited desires we have are the cause for our unhappiness
and difficulties. What is contentment? Guru has the answer. Accept
any guru of any religion and follow his teaching and personal advice.
This will allow you a life of symmetry, decency and happiness.
“Amma blesses you all”
There are several ways to attain God. All religions in the world
aim at only attaining God. Allah, Jesus, Krishna, Hanuman and Budha
- are they all different Gods? No. God is only one. God is omnipresent.
God is the grand nature. God is the attributeless Sakthi (energy)
in the nature. Sakthi is fire, air, water, space and earth combined.
Sakthi is God.
What is the difference between religions? ln the middle of a large
field there is a fruit tree laden with fruits ripe and ready. Several
people want the fruits but everyone cannot just go to the tree at
once. There are several paths in the field leading to the fruit
tree, so each one can choose his own path to the tree to obtain
The fruit tree is the example of God. It is easy to attain God
even if you tread a different path. Come through any path or believe
in any one religion and attain the fruit - attain God.
Following your own chosen path, you will attain God and will easily
attain the ULTIMATE. Some paths are straight and some winding. Still
the destination is the same. All these paths lead to the same goal
We chant different mantras (prayer) before different idols and
get the satisfaction and peace of witnessing God through those forms.
In ancient times Seers while meditating and chanting different mantras
got these forms and names in their imaginations.
We travel by bus to distant places. The driver halts the bus for
certain periods of time to allow the passengers to relax and have
tea, lunch and supper. There are different restaurants at the stop.
Passengers go to the different restaurants and have their lunch.
When the passengers return to the bus the driver asks the passengers
if they all had a good lunch and they all said yes. It does not
matter to him where they ate. It is the satisfaction of the passengers
he cared about not which restaurant they ate at.
Similar, is the experience with God. There are numerous methods
to worship God - satisfaction is achieved when God is attained.
Some religions favor image worship and some do not. However when
we worship, we are all striving for only one penultimate Goal -
GOD. You will definitely attain realization whichever way you choose
“May everyone attain the Lord and his blessings”.
Accumulation of Wealth
Once upon a time there lived in a city two brothers. They were
very good brothers maintaining great love and respect for each other.
Both of them were in different trades altogether. They were both
very different when it came to likes and dislikes. The older brother
was content with whatever he had whereas the younger one wanted
to make more and more money. The older boy would contribute towards
charity and the other liked to keep his wealth.
One day, there were very heavy rains an inundation occurred, sending
flood waters everywhere. A MAHATMA (saintly person) who was living
in the area wanted a place to stay. Due to this unprecedented rain
and chose the dwelling of the brothers. They welcomed the Mahatma
very graciously and with reverence made his stay very comfortable.
Irrespective of their nature, both of them served the Mahatma with
Bhakthi and respect.
The Mahatma, very happy, thanked and blessed the boys for their
hospitality and gave two seeds as his gift to them. He explained
that the seeds were very unique in that when sowed would sprout
into fruit bearing trees within a day. He informed them that one
of the trees will give the required number of Golden Mangoes and
the other when asked will give a continuous supply of Golden Mangoes
with a condition that whosoever owns it should collect them and
put them away nonstop. Failing to do so will result in his demise.
The older brother chose the first tree and as expected the younger
one chose the second tree. They chose an auspicious day and planted
the seeds in the adjacent fields behind their homes. As ordained,
the trees were ready within a day.
The older boy had some money in reserve and he waited to ask the
tree for the required number of golden mangoes. Thus he reserved
the tree for a day when he really needed it.
Younger one quickly asked for the golden mangoes and soon the fruits
arrived requiring him to collect immediately without pause. The
supply was unending and due to the characteristics of the chosen
tree he had no choice but to collect and collect no matter how tired
The older boy needed money and asked for only five mangoes from
his tree which he easily disposed of for a reasonable price, making
use of the money to obtain his needs.
The younger one collected and collected without respite, due to
fear of loosing his life and has no chance of using the golden mangoes
for his enjoyment. After a while as he was busy collecting the fruits
his sons and family members took away the golden mangoes sold them
for lots of money and enjoyed a lavish living.
The Mahatma came back to find out how the brothers were doing.
Surprisingly he could see only one house and where the second house
was he could see only a heap of golden mangoes. As soon as the younger
brother caught the sight of the Mahatma he pleaded to him to stop
the supply immediately.
The Mahatma fulfilled his wishes and stopped the tree from giving
any more mangoes and stated that whatever was the boy’s wish
was, it was only getting fulfilled.
What we learn from this story is that when wealth exceeds our needs
it becomes a nuisance and causes harm to our peaceful existence.
Don’t we all appreciate the shade of a tree when it is very
hot on a sunny day? None of us can eat money or satisfy our hunger
for food with gold as the diet. It is never wise to collect and
Every one of us needs just enough money to satisfy our reasonable
necessities in life. When we hide our excessive income it becomes
black money. Moreover, a peaceful life can be taken over by constant
worrying about how to protect the wealth.
If we do not have money then we have problems too. Just enough
will do. If we have too much we have a tendency to hide it from
our relatives and also from income tax officers. We get sick with
high blood pressure, stress, diabetes and all the possible physical
ailments set in due to constant worrying.
When one cannot have and enjoy regular food and is restricted to
a tasteless, diet just to survive, where is the joy of living? When
one has wealth more than his needs then that person should be glad
to part with the excessive wealth for charities.
When a person earns only one thousand dollars he can pay his debt
if he receives ten thousand dollars. When a person earns a million
dollars then he needs ten million to solve his dilemmas. Money is
clearly not useful beyond a certain amount. We have to retain sufficient
wealth and the rest we should spend on good and charitable causes.
“Amma Blesses you with Joy and Contentment”.
Path of Prayer
For us human beings peace of mind is essential in order to function
and to conduct our day to day activities normally and effectively.
To attain peace we resort to different exercises like Yoga, Bhakthi,
Dhyana (Meditation) etc. For the sake of our heart, for peace in
our soul, we resort to different methods to consistently discipline
our lives. Every method is good but which is the easiest way.
In the present day life, it is really difficult to allocate two
hours for Sadhana. Bhakthi Marga (prayer path) is the best, easiest
and the most convenient method. The only requirement is our heart
and total faith. Amma might be doing four hours of prayers, but
four minutes of prayer from the bottom of the heart is enough. What
we do in our prayer and how many people we feed are not important.
Our devotion is what’s important.
Yoga method requires strenuous discipline and one has to go from
stage to stage. Only in the last stage does one realize the ultimate
- God. Bhakthi Marga gives you results immediately. Dhyana Marga
is like climbing a steep mountain as absolute concentration is a
must in Meditation. One year, two years, it is difficult to estimate
the required time. Set timings and set place to practice meditation
is a must. A small irregularity will make us tumble backwards and
will force us to start from the beginning all over again. Lots of
patience, time, and discipline are absolutely necessary.
Since none of us have acquired peace in our minds we should practice
at least one of these ancient methods. Of all the methods, Bhakthi
(devotion) is the easiest. There are two types of Bhakthi, Para
Bhakthi and Apara Bhakthi.
Para Bhakthi is always remembering God. This is easier said than
done. A farmer cannot cultivate if he continuously worries about
praying neither an Engineer. Activities like cultivation and engineering
require meticulous attention to attain efficiency and optimum production.
Apara Bhakthi is deciding to pray and it is the first step towards
praying. One can choose small and easy methods. Light a lamp in
the morning before the altar or at a place assigned for prayer at
Bhakthi leads to Gyana (knowledge). Gyana leads to the light of
knowledge. By praying you remove Agyana (ignorance). Girls should
light lamps everyday in their homes. Light or fire cleans and illumines
Thus Amma as Jyothi Swaroopini (Amma as light) can be easily seen.
Therefore the light should be lit consistently in our lives everyday
without fail. Blessings from the Goddess of wealth (Lakshmi Kataksha)
will be received along with strength and knowledge. One should recite
at least a short prayer after the lamp is lit.
Siva Purana, Mahabaratha, Ramayana (epics from the Hindu faith)
or any other holy book out of which at least a chapter should be
read attentively assimilating the Dharma (righteousness) stated
in them. A prayer should be said for the well being of all the living
forms in nature’s creation. Before we retire in the night
every one of us should think of the Lord and thank Him for the day.
Therefore in Bhakthi, Amma should be held dear and close to everyone.
There are two ways of doing Bhakthi, one is cat like and the other
monkey like. A mother cat worries for her kittens and keeps shifting
them from place to place by grabbing them at the neck, concerned
for their safety and feeds them regularly. Here kittens leave themselves
at the mercy of the mother cat. Total surrender to God
and he will look after us and grant us what we need and not necessarily
everything we may desire.
The baby monkey puts a strangle hold on the mother monkey’s
belly till such time it becomes strong and can cut loose. The Mother
monkey cannot release the grip of its baby monkey. In
a similar manner, we should hold on to God and trust whatever he
puts us through in our existence.
“AMMA blesses each and everyone with peace of mind
Whenever we pray we recite mantras (prayers in the Sanskrit language)
either inwardly, outwardly by yourself or in a group. This stream
of words from the mantras when overlapped with similar vibrations
of sound already existing in the universe, gives way to different
forms (Rupas) which naturally manifest themselves.
The sound of mantras and the already existing sound in the nature
of similar wavelength with the gravitational force of the earth,
uniting in the form of positive and negative forces permit different
forms to emanate (due to different intonations of the mantras).
How do we know that Mahalakshmi portrayed in the pictures with
four hands, sitting in a lotus is surely Mahalakshmi. All the forms
of God are manifested by the different sounds of different mantras.
When we are by ourselves in a quiet room, we sometimes hear sound
emanating from within us like a little hum (so-hum). This is because
of the movement of the air (Prana) within us.
Adi Shankara (incarnation of Lord Shiva) in Soundarya Lahari (a
collection of verses) has described the beautiful form of the Devi.
He attained the form and visualized it by reciting Beejakshara Mantras.
Through mantras and their sounds, we experience, see and bring Daiva
Sakthi (Divine energy) here on this level.
What does Sakthi have to do with a stone idol?
When we bathe any idol with the water fortified with the chanting
of different mantras, the Sakthi (energy) absorbed by the water,
gets transferred to the idol.
“Amma blesses everyone”.
Four Stages of Life
Discourse given after Kalyani or mass weddings
Four Stages in Human Life (discourse given
after Kalyani – mass weddings)
In the human life there are four stages:
(1) GURUKULAM from birth to 25years
(2) GRIHASTASHRAM from 25-40 years
(3) VANARAPRASTHA from 40-60 years
(4) SANYASI from 60 years onwards
In the first stage a child undergoes education and learns values
that help him to develop into an individual. In the second stage
he is busy getting married and having family and settling down.
In the third stage he is completing his responsibilities of his
family. In the fourth stage he learns to detach himself from the
materialistic world and turns his mind and thoughts on God.
Among all the stages, the most important one is the first stage,
the stage of Gurukulam. This is because the education, the values,
the situations, all develop him and pave way for the next three
stages. In this Gurukulam stage, a child has no problems. Parents
take care of everything, minor or major. A child must learn to follow
the path shown by parents and he will be happy. This is the foundation
stone and it has to be strong.
In stage two, Grihastashram, responsibilities set in. A man has
to take on the responsibilities and complete them. All seem like
problems. This leads to anger and to committing sins, and so on.
It is his duty to complete these responsibilities without doing
wrong things. If in the first stage, a child is taught God fearing
and Bhakthi (devotion). In stage two, he will be able to bear these
responsibilities with ease as the fear of God and the devotion will
give him the strength and faith to face everything. Without this
devotion and faith a man commits sin and when a sin is committed
once, it is easy to do it again. So, stage one is very important
and bhakthi is the foundation.
For each one of you gathered here today, Bhakthi is necessary.
If one feels that there are no problems right now therefore no need
for Bhakthi, then that is the wrong thought. Having Bhakthi and
learning right and wrong is very important and this will pave the
way for all the other three stages. You can face and bear all that
arises in other three stages.
Everyday prayers are necessary. Light a lamp in the morning and
evening and see God in that light. There are many names for Amma
and Jyothi Swaroopini is one of them. Amma loves that name. We have
given a lamp to all the newly married couples. Light the lamp everyday
and start the day with prayers. Each one should say prayers and
have Bhakthi. This will bring light into your house in the form
of love, happiness and comfort. Having Bhakthi and offering prayers
will also teach you to serve others.
"With this light, Amma blesses each and everyone to
pray and have Bhakthi and to serve mankind".
Faith and Devotion
Hundreds of years ago there were hardly any temples, but people
would make an attempt to go to those few temples with great devotion
and would be contended and happy. Nowadays we have temples everywhere,
almost one for a street, but people hardly go and they are also
not experiencing peace and happiness. So what is the reason for
Earlier people believed that God existed everywhere. Some would
believe that Amma existed in a “Neem” tree and would
offer prayers to that tree, while some would believe that Amma exists
in a particular “Stone” in their lands or fields and
would pray to that Stone. Such was the extent of their devotion
and this gave them happiness. Nowadays people hardly go to the temples
saying that they have no time and they also lack faith and devotion
and this leads to lack of peace and happiness. This shows that Amma
is where faith is.
Faith is a form of God. In the present day there are temples according
to caste and religion, but count how many actually go there. People
go to temples only on occasions and other times ignore it. Those
who believed that God existed everywhere and in everything experienced
tremendous amount of peace and happiness. All this is due to their
The belief that Amma exists only in big temples is false. Amma
exists wherever there is faith. Stone or Tree worship, it doesn’t
matter. Worshipping with faith and devotion is what matters and
it is important to carry on this at all times. If you believe that
Amma exists where you think Amma does, then Amma will definitely
be there, be it a tree, stone or anything else for that matter.
Amma can move from a big temple to a person praying to a tree depending
on his faith and devotion. Prestige or grandeur is not important.
It is faith and devotion that are of utmost importance.
The question is to how many items should I offer for abhishekam,
what mantra should I recite, how many times should I recite are
of no value at all if you have no faith and are doing it for the
sake of doing it.
Offer what you can but only if you are offering it with faith and
devotion. Each and everyone has a heart .So develop faith in it.
Even offering mere turmeric water combined with faith is more important
than those things offered without faith. Many would then ask why
are so many huge yagas being performed here at the peedam. These
yagas and homas are being performed for the benefit of mankind.
Amma has so many names and forms. So any form of devotion to any
name and form is accepted when offered with faith and devotion.
Many of you have some time to spare. Don’t waste it. Cultivate
it to develop a habit or service that will be useful for survival
the Mother in turn will serve the world. eg. Plant a tree, take
care of it and when it flowers, offer the flowers to the temple.
This itself, is sufficient and this paves way for other services
which will benefit mankind at large.
“Amma blesses all to develop faith and devotion and
pave the way for the service to mankind”.
Amma's Words of Wisdom
At a discussion about digging deeper bore wells (1200 ft vs 400ft)
on peedam lands in order to address the acute water shortage situation.
Below is Amma’s words of wisdom…..to us.
“How sad ….1000 ft and below why does one want the hurt
and pain the earth so much ….it is very sad”. It is
not that there is a shortage of water. This earth is millions of
years old and so is the air and water.
It is this very same earth that has supported so many billion forms
of lives on this earth over this period of time. When so much was
supported over so many millions of years …does the earth not
know how to take care of the present day life forms too??!
It’s not that there is shortage of water. The only reason
is that water has moved back closer to where it comes from.! It
is getting further away from the reach of man. It is this and nothing
else. The pure element ‘water’ has been created for
man for two purposes.
1) To wash and cleanse the physical body.
2) It was also created so that man may drink it and cleanse the
inside. So that one’s thoughts remain pure and good actions
However, in this age this is not so. There is impurity in thought
and action, the agitations in the mind creates a negative energy
and nature responds accordingly. There has been great misuse of
this pure element in the form of wastage and pollution and that
people now never really respect this nature’s divine gift
When respect is lost and man’s thoughts and actions are not
pure, nature has responded by moving the water element further away
from man’s reach. There is no shortage it is just not within
easy reach. Only when there is harmony, purity in thought, action
and respect for natures gift that water will resurface and be within
very easy reach of man. This world is like a giant mirror reflecting
and reacting to all of man’s thoughts.’
“Amma blesses you to create harmony, purity in thoughts
and actions and to respect nature’s Gifts.”
Wisdom Can Win Over Destiny
What is destiny? It is very often said that based on the wrong
past actions of man, man will have to endure pain and suffering
as a result of these actions. This is termed as Destiny. There are
many people who lead a normal and prosperous life and when they
encounter a difficult situation or a mishap occurs; when asked they
will say, it is so because of their destiny.
If destiny always has a powerful influence and governs one’s
life, why then should man pray and worship God? If they were to
worship God then, that act too would be under the control of destiny,
is it not? So what then is the benefit in worship when every thing
is shaped by destiny? What then is the use of going to places of
‘Wisdom can win over destiny’. Wisdom is knowledge
and devotion. When these two are present in man, it is possible
to win over destiny. Take for example a person - a businessman,
because of the nature of his business, he sails across the ocean
often. It is destined that on a particular date the boat in which
he sails will sink into the sea.
The sinking of the boat is destined to happen. If he were a person
who says everything is determined by destiny hence there is no need
to worship or pray, with such a mindset he embarks on the trip on
that particular day as destiny has it -- the boat does sink.
Where does the boat sink? It happens far from the shore from where
a drowning person will not be able swim back and save himself, nor
can the collective efforts of people save him because the mishap
has taken place mid sea. This then is destiny. How can this be changed
with devotion and wisdom?
If that very same individual had faith in God and there is prayer
in his mind and he has carried out righteous work in his life he
will for sure earn God’s grace. Now, how does God’s
grace help or protect him? As destined on that particular date the
boat does sink but in this case it will happen at a place close
to the shore where it's possible for him to save himself or could
be easily rescued by people near the shore.
When there is no devotion and wisdom, destiny rules. But with devotion
and wisdom it is possible to alter the impact of destiny. The Grace
of God has that power to alter destiny. Every human being is bound
to face difficulties and problems in life. There is no human being
who is free from encountering these difficulties and problems for
they arise as a result of one’s wrong actions in their past
One may ponder - how is it that even though I now do a lot of good
deeds. I still encounter difficulties? This is a concern in every
individual’s mind. Do not be disappointed; all the good actions
will do you good in the future. With devotion one will gain the
strength and enthusiasm to face the situations.
If one does not have faith in god they would be moving around getting
their future forecasted, horoscope checked, palms being read etc:
More than all this, it’s essential to have faith in God for
it is the greatest power. Destiny can impact man in many ways, difficulties
and problems, mental disquiet and so on.
Just as in the case when one has problems with health they visit
a hospital to see a doctor.
So to, when man encounters difficulties, anxiety, depression it
is very essential that man turn the mind towards God, for it is
this, which will yield greatest benefit. It will help man win over
destiny. If a person is destined to suffer let’s say for twenty
days, God has the power to alter this to be limited to two days
or even erase the suffering that this person has to endure.
On this auspicious day take that small step, develop faith in God
and let you mind indulge in prayer, for God can give you the strength
to face hardships and has the power to shape and alter your destiny.
Amma blesses all life forms on this earth with peace and
Human Life is a Great Life
Human life is a great life. Why? There are many other forms of
life, why is the human life so great? The reason is that while all
other life forms can have happiness, only humans can experience
Animals only know how to get things for themselves. They are able
to get food only for themselves and to find shelter only for themselves.
On the other hand, humans have the ability to share. Because we
know how to share things that brings us joy. That is why it is only
possible for humans to know joy. Animals don’t have the urge
or the desire to share.
What is the goal in our life? Our only goal is to go back to God.
We can achieve this through kindness, love and generosity to other
humans. We should share. That we should share is an easy thing to
say; it is a difficult thing to do. How can we share? We can start
by sharing our devotion, our love of God. When we share that, we
will have the desire to share.
Most people think that devotion is to sit in a place of worship
and ask God for things. This is not devotion. Devotion is to think
about God. Thinking about God, even for a few minutes a day, will
help us learn to share everything we acquire and this will bring
us back to God.
Amma blesses you all.
Prayer and Surrender
Devotion is important and essential for every being. It can be
approached from two paths: through prayer or through surrender.
What is the difference between prayer and surrender? Prayer is what
we say or offer to God when we want something from God. Surrender
is when we offer love to God, without expecting anything in return.
A person should follow the second path and surrender to God.
If you take the first path, and pray daily, there will be no end
to your prayers. You will never be able to pray for all the things
you need in life because nothing is permanent. Even when one problem
is solved or one desire fulfilled, new ones will appear.
In order to have peace and happiness one must surrender. To surrender
is to hand over everything to God: your thoughts, words, deeds,
everything you own. In this way, everything becomes and belongs
to God. People have limited abilities in facing life and its challenges.
Imagine how much easier it would be if we surrendered everything
to God. The Divine Mother’s knowledge is unlimited. If you
think everything you have is yours, then every aspect of life becomes
a huge burden. On the other hand, if everything you have belongs
to the Divine Mother, then you have absolutely no problems.
What is the benefit of prayer? It lasts as long as we have faith.
We might get what we ask for when we pray, but will we get happiness?
It all depends, at times we might and at times we might not. We
might ask for something that we might not get; then, we are not
happy. We are disappointed and every thing seems difficult. We do
not have peace.
If we surrender, then whether we get what we want (or even whether
we are happy or not) doesn’t matter because we are always
at peace. This is because we accept that everything that happens,
happens for the good. We don’t need to ask for anything. Everything
we need is satisfied. In surrendering we get all we need, not necessarily
all that we want. There is more peace and joy through surrendering.
In times of difficulty we pray to God and expect solutions to our
problems. In contrast, when we surrender we offer love and, in return,
we receive unlimited love and peace which in turn brings us joy.
To experience this love and peace we must always surrender. Through
prayers, you expect that all your desires will be satisfied. If
they are not, then you are disappointed. When you surrender, the
Divine Mother will take care of everything.
Amma blesses you to follow the path of devotion through
Tsunami & Other Natural Disasters
When people deviate from dharma (righteousness; path of good thoughts,
good words and good deeds) its opposite, adharma, increases. (As
with light and darkness; when there is less light there is more
darkness). At this time, there are already a lot of bad energies
in the human world. That is why this time is called the Kaliyuga,(the
Age when sin is at its peak). It is a time when negative forces
dominate this world. You need more dharma - righteousness - if you
want to lessen the negative forces and if you want protection from
these negative forces. .
Dharma can protect people from these negative forces. When people
leave this dharmic path; for example, if they just lead their lives
the way they want - with materialism and greed, it is like opening
the door for the negative forces to come in. Because of these things,
once this negative influence comes in, then their thoughts, words,
actions, everything will be negative. This creates bad karmas and
bad energies in the world. This leads to the creation of things
like natural disasters. So, is there is any solution to stop the
disasters like the tsunami? Yes~ How? Dharma.
The more good deeds that you do, the more good energies and joy
will be created. So once you are filled with joy and love, you will
be the representative of the good forces and the positive energies.
What is God? God is love, unconditional love. Once you have created
the unconditional love by doing good deeds, you can absorb Divine
energy because your physical body will then be suitable to do that.
It will be able to absorb the Divine in you. When there are more
Divine forms, more love beings in the world; you yourself can create
good energy for the world. So good energy to the world means people,
your neighbours and friends will feel the energy from you. It will
help them change their lifestyle. As the world changes onto the
path of spirituality and dharma, it can control the disasters. This
is because human sin and bad deeds are creating them in the first
The solution is this: today is the day. You cannot do anything about
yesterday and you cannot do anything about tomorrow. Yesterday is
like a broken pot: you can’t do anything with it. It is finished.
Tomorrow is like a cat on a fence: you are not sure where it will
jump. A cat may jump off to one side or to the other side. Like
the future, you don’t know whether it will be one way (good)
or the other way (bad). So, what you know is this; today is the
day. Today you have the chance and the opportunity: only do good
things, so that your future is good.
When you start to worry about the future, it brings fear and it
uses up your time. Instead of thinking about good things and good
deeds, when you start to worry about yourself, then there is no
time to think about the world or to do service. To remove your fears
and worries, just do good deeds. Whatever your problems are, whatever
your worries are, whatever your sufferings are, just do good deeds.
It will change today’s life and it will bring you a good life
in the future. So, the future is in your hands. You do not need
to worry about the future. The things you do now will determine
your future, so just have good thoughts and just do good deeds.
Amma blesses you all.
One must pray and be one with God in order to experience peace
and joy. If one probes into this question, and searches within for
the answers, one soon realizes the following: in life, one can experience
moments of happiness from worldly things, but not inner peace, which
is what the soul desires.
A person who desires inner peace must get rid of all bad thoughts
and feelings. What bad thoughts and feelings? Anger, jealousy and
greed in the material world; these kind of thoughts and feelings
cause the mind to fret. So, redirect your mind to God and start
to pray, you should also surrender to God. This, in itself, will
get rid of all the bad feelings and thoughts. Hence, a person must
devote him or herself to a greater being, an external source. The
best external source is God.
Take a bull, f or example. You won’t be able to make a bull
do anything you want if you allow it to roam about freely; it could
cause a great deal of damage. Whereas, if you were to properly harness
and restrain it, you could put the bull to good use. In the same
manner, the harness of prayer must be used to regulate our thoughts
In essence, a controlled bull will do a lot of good things compared
to a bull that is left free to roam about doing damage. In a similar
manner, every self-controlled human being is very important. If
your life is out of control, you could harm yourself and the people
around you; consequently, your community could also suffer.
When you harness a bull in order to control it, you can train it
to do constructive work. In a similar manner, prayer can act as
a harness for human beings, with ensuing positive results. In order
for each and every one of us to attain peace and joy, self-control
is essential. The control you seek now is prayer.
It’s only through prayer that you will find out how to do
good things and how to improve your life. If we do not have any
self- control, the mind will roam freely and it will determine all
actions to be right. If one embarks on the path of prayer, one will
realize what is right and what is wrong from within. One will not
need to depend on another person to point this out.
So each and everyone here should adopt the path of prayer and surrender.
Let God’s prayer flow through us. Let prayer control our actions
and help grant us wisdom. Let prayer bring us a good life with joy
Amma blesses us all to allow prayer to control our actions
and grant us wisdom, joy and peace.
Deepavali cleanses the body and mind. Out of the several billions
of life forms that call Mother Earth 'home', the human life form
is considered far more precious and blessed. The reason for this
is, humans have a purpose and a definite goal in their existence
while other life forms do not. The goal of every human is to attain
salvation. Humans invest their time and effort heavily on Dharma,
which would ultimately lead them to God and liberate them from the
cycle of life.
Religious festivals like Deepavali help to keep humans on their
spiritual path allowing them to continue performing Dharma. Celebrating
a festival does not mean that we should spend lots of money; it
means that we should learn the truths and the meaning behind its
celebration. Generally, most functions teach us the need to live
harmoniously with nature and the importance of being devotional.
Deepavali is celebrated as a very happy occasion where we rejoice
in the death of a demon called Narahasuran. Why should we still
be rejoicing in the destruction of a demon that happened millions
of years ago? We should, because, millions of years ago (when the
yugas were called dhuwara and thretha), people lived with pure hearts
and dharmic convictions while evil lurked on the outside as demons.
However, in this Kali Yuga period, most people live with little
or no faith in divinity thus giving way to evil thoughts like lust,
greed, jealousy, anger, etc. to grow within their hearts. In the
past, when people lived with pure hearts, demons existed solely
on the outside and bothered from the outside. Whereas now, evil
thoughts are dwelling within peoples' minds and steer them on paths
that are detrimental to their spiritual growth.
Celebrating Deepavali helps to reinforce the conviction that everyone
should cleanse their minds of impure thoughts and work towards attaining
the human goal of salvation. Early in the morning on Deepavali day,
everyone should take a cleansing bath after anointing their bodies
with oil. Rubbing oil on our skins signifies purification; purification
of the body as well as the mind. With a thoroughly cleansed body
and a pure mind one should conduct himself/herself on the righteous
Every year, we celebrate it rejoicing in the death of a demon.
These annual celebrations keep the Hindu culture alive. Whenever
the culture is alive, good habits are undisputed and followed. And,
when the society dwells in good habits, it lives happily, harmoniously
Amma blesses everyone so that all will happily celebrate
Deepavali in its proper fashion by rubbing the skin with oil and
taking a bath to purify the body and the mind, by praying at a temple
and by receiving blessings from respected elders.
Tamil New Year's Day Discourse - April 14th, 2001
In this world, the greatest number of festivals is celebrated in
India. Many look at it as expenditure but fail to look at the reason
behind why they are celebrated. For example, Deepavali, the festival
of lights, is celebrated because of the slaying of a demon. Many
might ask if the demon was killed ages ago why we still celebrate
it. It is not just a celebration of the demon’s end, but the
destruction of evil in all of us. It is the essence of “good
over evil” where we celebrate the destruction of evil and
welcome good into our lives.
Pongal (Harvest Festival) is another celebration, which is not
just cleaning inside and outside of your home or cleaning outside
the physical body, it is the cleansing of one’s inner self,
getting rid of the negativity within us. Don’t look at these
festivals as expenditure but a way of teaching our young ones the
reason for celebrating them. They would learn good moral lessons
if they were taught the reasons why these festivals are celebrated.
Many ask why celebrate the New Year every year. The reason is to
encourage new, good thoughts to come into each one of us and for
us to practice them. It is important to teach the children what
good there are in these festivals so that they learn at a young
age. Life is not a bed of roses. It is a mixture of various emotions
and moods. The children must be taught to face life with all these
moods; so it is necessary to learn the moral values of our festivals.
When the children learn this at a young age they will also learn
to live and work for a peaceful society.
In fact our Hindu religion preaches, LOKA SAMASTHA SUKHINO BHAVANTHU
(may the whole world be filled with peace and happiness). For world
peace, each and everyone has a part to play. It is not the duty
of a few good Samaritans or leaders; everyone has a part to play.
When a good person prays sincerely God answers his prayers. If
God should appear before this individual and ask what he wants,
the individual will definitely ask for the welfare of the society.
Likewise each and everyone should pray for the welfare of the society.
Taking part in Yagams and mere listening to the mantras will cleanse
you and good thoughts, words, and actions will take its place.
Animals think of themselves but humans have the ability and capacity
to pray for the welfare of the world. You should have faith and
bhakthi in your religion. I am asking you to have good thoughts
words and deeds in your daily life.
“AMMA blesses each and everyone to have many more
New Years with new, good thoughts and actions for the welfare of
Utilize Your Capabilities
Amma's discourse at a temple in Vellore
Among all living beings, human beings are the most gifted. It is
because they have the intellect and are able to set goals and work
towards them. But only a few are able to reach their goals, like,
for e.g. Mother Teresa, who grew up with a positive attitude and
had set her heart, mind and soul to serve mankind.
All of us have the capabilities and skills to reach our goals but,
the situations, circumstances and environment we live in, have tremendous
influence on us and prevent us from fully utilizing these skills
for the benefit of mankind. A well-read person will have a vast
vocabulary and will be able to speak and communicate effectively
and if this individual grows up in a positive atmosphere - i.e.
always exposed to good people and things, taught to distinguish
between right and wrong and taught moral values, - then he will
grow up to speak good words and think good thoughts for the welfare
On the other hand if the individual, be it a writer or speaker
grows up in a negative atmosphere, with bad company and influences,
then he will always say or write negative things which may aggravate
society. So to avoid these negative influences man should choose
the spiritual path with devotion as the highest quality.
Then all his words, actions and deeds will be of a high order in
serving mankind. Individuals on this path will be able to distinguish
between right and wrong and will make the change to move forward
in serving mankind. All of us have the capabilities and skills but
how we utilize them for the benefit of mankind is most important.
A thief misuses his skills to break the law and get what he desires.
The police use their skills to protect the society. A knife by itself
is not harmful or dangerous. But a knife in the hands of a butcher
is dangerous because he ends life, whereas, a knife in the hands
of a doctor is a welcome sign because he saves life.
On similar lines there is nothing wrong with this world but the
people and circumstances are to be blamed when things go wrong.
The world is a beautiful place to live in and how we utilize our
stay in this world is most important.
AMMA blesses each and everyone to fully utilize their capabilities
in following the spiritual path with devotion and for the welfare
of mankind and society.
God is in All and God is One
Once again the pious divine soul, popularly known as Amma, from
South India has graced the Canadian soil. Last year, when Amma visited
Toronto, many people marveled at Amma’s miraculous powers.
Hundreds flocked to the homes and other places where Amma visited
to get blessings and possibly a private interview with Amma. Amma
is also known as the Goddess Sri Narayani Amma.
Amma says this form of Goddess is considered as Mother Durga, Lakshmi,
and Saraswathi all combined in one as Sri Narayani Amma, the Mother
of Kaliyuga. Those who received gifts such as murtis, vibhuthi,
kum kum, etc. expressed great sentiments of joy and temporary bliss,
and as each individual shares their experience upon their encounter
with Amma, some people's realization is that they have met with
God. Time and time again many Hindu priests have confirmed to devotees
from the scriptures that "one never knows what form God will
take and when God will come."
A Publisher conducted an interview with Amma and on an audio recording
asked many questions.
Publisher:- "Amma, why are you called Amma?
Amma:- "I do not address myself as Amma,
but I would like to ask you, 'why do you call me Amma?'"
Publisher:- "In a previous article that I've
read, you were addressed in this manner, and whenever I associate
myself with your followers they, too, call you Amma. (Amma laughs
Amma:- "It is my mission in life to take
care of everyone. I see and love them as a Mother. Therefore, it
is for this reason everyone calls me 'Amma'."
Publisher:- "Why have you taken this Mother
form and as Sri Narayani Amma in this Kaliyuga age?"
Amma:- "To promote peace and love. It is
a must at this time. Everyone needs it that is why I have taken
Publisher:- "Who is Sri Narayani Amma and
where did Amma originate? We have Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi and
other Goddesses, tell us about Sri Narayani Amma?”
Amma:- "What is the difference between naan,
chapathi, pouri, roti, bread and cakes?"
Publisher:- "They are all made with the same
Amma:- "Haa! The basic is one--wheat! Likewise,
there is only one power and that is the Supreme Power who is called
Brahman. For that power there is no form. To satisfy us, God takes
many forms but all are the same. There is no limit to the Supreme
Power. Can you find the limit of air? Can you find the limit of
sun? Absolutely not! Likewise, we cannot find the limit of God.
He is everywhere and therefore forms will always come. We cannot
give the age of nature. Without form it is called Brahman. With
form it is called Sakthi."
Publisher:- "But, there are no murtis of
Goddess Narayani? All the other deities have representations except
Goddess Narayani, what is the reason for that?"
Amma:- "It is the first incarnation of Goddess
Narayani in the world, therefore Goddess Narayani is special. When
we look at Maha-Lakshmi She has the four hands. Two hands have the
lotus flowers and one hand has the Abaya Hara. She also carries
the Conch and the Chakra. Goddess Narayani adds a special sign to
this Kaliyuga that is why there are no idols of her."
Publisher:- "What can be done in this Kaliyuga
age for all the people to get upliftment in their lives. Why are
people suffering? What causes suffering?"
Amma:- "They must follow their culture and
practice good habits so that they can follow the right path. There
are many ways humans can obtain this. Suffering is common to all;
it is the nature of man to suffer. We all suffer because of our
karma, but we should not worry about that.
Everyone in the world has some suffering. Even a doctor, lawyer,
mason and even the prime minister must learn to adjust our lives
so that they can find peace and ask themselves “why are we
suffering?” When we are not satisfied, we always crave for
material things, even if it is not a need. It is just the feeling
of desire, therefore this causes problems."
Publisher:- "Is it because of greed?"
Amma:- "Haa! Amma says greed maybe! We are
never satisfied with the things that we have. For example, if we
have 10 rupees, we want to make it 100 rupees, then 1000. Greed
causes sins. Therefore, we create bad karma. It continues so sins
become a constant in our lives."
Publisher:- "Are you saying we should only
indulge in constant prayer to the Lord at all times and be content,
so that we will not become greedy and commit sins?"
Amma:- "Yes! Everyone must pray in whatever
form he or she so desires. Prayer will lead you to the right path
in life. Even though there are various forms of manifestations they
all are one and same. It is very important to help poor people;
this gives good thoughts and real joy to the soul.
One can only realize real joy when they do good to others. You
can buy a car for your self-happiness, but it is only temporary.
We need the real permanent joy in our souls. This means we must
give something to someone, only then can we realize the real joy.
That is called dharma."
Publisher: - "But there are four types of
Amma:- "Yes. Haa! See, in all the dharmas,
there are some limits. Our Hindu Religion tells us that there are
basically four Dharmas.
Gurukulum... Time for studying.
Grihastasram... Time to marry and fulfill one's wishes.
Vanaprastham... Time to settle the children.
Sanyas... Time to renounce and prepare oneself for mukti.
Gurukulum is the most important stage. This is the time to concentrate
on setting the stage for one's entire life. However, we still need
continuous guidance in the other stages."
Publisher:- "Where and how can a person find
the true guru one that will teach the children and give the right
information. It is rather difficult to obtain a true guru in this
Amma:- "There are many gurus, but one should
not worry about the Guru, but place your faith in the Almighty God.
We get results only from our true faith, even if the guru is not
there to exercise his duties as a guru. Don't worry about that.
If one has real faith, he gets real results. Faith is the main concern."
Publisher: - "Are you saying that if one
has no faith he or she will not gain anything?"
Amma: - "Absolutely true."
Publisher: - "How can one obtain faith, especially
the young children?"
Amma: - "Faith is a built feature that nature
has provided. It is automatically there. Without faith we cannot
live. For example, suppose a mother says to her child, 'This man
is your father.' Immediately the child looks up at the man and acknowledges
him as the father based upon what the mother said--no questions
asked. Likewise, faith resides in every heart."
Publisher: - "Amma, What are your final comments?
What message can you convey to the people here in Canada and the
rest of the world?"
Amma:- "Everyone must have faith in God,
no matter what form he or she desires.
For example, Jesus Christ, Allah, Maha-Ganapati, Durga, Lakshmi,
Shiva, Krishna, Rama.etc..
The forms and religious paths may be different, but every path
takes us to the same destination that is to mingle with God, the
end point is one. Be sincere and devoted in all your endeavors,
and then there is no need to worry. It is called Total Surrender.
In this Kaliyuga, man has no control of his life and this is creating
the problem. Therefore, we need a higher force to guide us.
We need to have some sort of fear, believing that someone who is
greater is watching and we must be careful. Then only we can have
control. For example, the teacher says to the child, 'If you do
not listen, I will punish you!' Therefore, the child becomes scared
and listens. If there is a need the teacher (GOD) will have to discipline
the child. Discipline is also important for adults, with discipline
only then we can follow the good path, set good examples and live
happily. Peace and love resides with God and God is everywhere.
We create our destiny when we choose our path. God is in all and
God is one.
Amma blesses all.
Mother's Day Message from Amma - 08-05-2005
Man enters this world and gets into a web of relationships and emotions. He goes through various phases and paths experiencing many different emotions; the most common being the joy of receiving. At times the act of receiving becomes an expectation which sometimes lead to disappointment.
The only one who derives true joy in giving is The Mother. Her giving is unconditional and her joy in doing so is boundless. Today on Mother's Day we shall pause for a moment to realize the value of our Mothers. Let us thank and respect them for all that they have done over the years.
If natural Mothers are such a gift to families, then imagine what
the Divine Mother is to the Universe. The Divine Mother (Narayani
Amma) derives great joy in giving unconditionally for the upliftment
of the needy and for leading us on the spiritual path.
A Pathway to Joy
Every human being in this world wants to live a life of joy without
any difficulties. However, this is not possible for all. It does
not matter how much one tries, some difficulty or the other will
be encountered resulting in displeasure and unhappiness.
One may then ask…Is it not at all possible for man to lead
a life without encountering difficulties and setbacks? Yes, it’s
is certainly possible for man to lead a life without difficulty!
How can this be accomplished? Only when man has full faith and there
is total surrender to God, he is free from worries and difficulties.
Difficulties arise for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons
is man’s desire. What the mind desires- when it is not fulfilled
- difficulties start to arise. We desire to have an article when
it’s not within reach displeasure starts to set in. We desire
to have a positive outcome from our actions, when this is not so,
again displeasure descends into our minds. This way everyone has
a wide variety of desires and an equal variety of reasons as to
why difficulties /displeasure set in and all are unhappy. The root
cause of all mental disquiet is because of desires. So what then
is the way to lead a life without difficulties?
The only way is total devotion and faith in God. When there is
unshakable faith, such a person can lead a life in Joy without difficulties.
When the outcome does not happen in the expected /anticipated manner,
the one who has firm belief in God would state that this is what
I need and God knows what’s best for me, so saying; man accepts
it and is happy with the result. When there is firm belief, these
desires will not arise.
Full faith means total surrender to God. When one is in this state
one does not need to pray for desires to be fulfilled. They have
totally entrusted their lives in the hands of God, in such a state
what should happen - would and what should not happen - would not
.The outcome is in the hands of God. So for man to lead a life without
difficulties, it is first necessary to cut down on desires. The
less desires the more the joy. Desires leads to expectations and
when an outcome falls short there is displeasure. The mind laments
on this and more displeasure arises, and from this more desires
Entrust everything to God-- totally surrender and pray that you
receive what God wishes to give to you; any outcome in this state
will not cause displeasure. One would view everything as Gods gift
and would accept it with joy. This is because we accept everything
that happens to be good. We don’t need to ask for anything.
Everything we need is satisfied. When there is so much trust and
faith placed in God one does not need to cultivate desires. In a
state of complete faith one can lead a life of total joy.
So in order to lead a life without difficulties it’s necessary
to first surrender to God. As long as there is no surrender to God
all that happens is experienced as my difficulty, my loss, and my
pain. When there is surrender the word ‘my’ will disappear,
it will all be attributed to God. When everything is God’s;
how can one experience difficulties and suffering? Everything that
happens must be good. When this is so, there will be no agitations
in the mind and devotion and faith will become deeper.
Amma blesses all living forms on this earth to live a life
of peace and joy and to follow the path of devotion through surrender.
Amma: Every human being has a wish. Amma also
has a wish, do you know what it is? What could it be? Can anyone
Amma: To that ... (Amma points to the fire puja
— the yagam). This is Amma’s wish... Amma’s wish
is to do pujas —‘till Amma’s last day in this
Amma wants to do all the pujas and yagams. As Amma already told
you, the purpose of the pujas is to bring peace, joy and love. This
peace, joy and love then create the path to the ultimate goal. This
is all for humans.
Does this mean that Amma needs the peace and joy? As Amma already
said, the purpose of the puja is that it brings peace and joy. Does
it mean that the purpose of Amma’s pujas is to bring the peace
and joy to Amma? No, whatever Amma is doing —whether it is
the yagam, gho puja or other ritual, it is on behalf of the whole
world. Amma is doing pujas on behalf of each and every creation.
So, it creates the positive energy in the world. A person’s
mind changes: from thinking negative thoughts to thinking positive
thoughts. As Amma already said, this specific Age is called the
“Kaliyuga”. In this Age, humans attract negative thoughts
very easily. To get good or positive thoughts in the mind will be
very hard. It will be very easy to let in the bad or negative thoughts;
very, very easy!
What the world needs now is the positive energy, good vibrations,
and good thoughts. These are all the things that the world needs
in the present time.
How can all this come about? As Amma explained in Calgary, when
creation started in this world, it was pure because it came from
the Divine. Each and every soul was pure. Later, because of situations
and circumstances, it was diverted. It began to question about what
to do or where to go.
So, the first thing you need during this Kaliyuga is for you to
divert the bad thoughts. You need protection from negative energies.
So, for that, the world needs good energies, positive energies,
Divine energy. From where are they created? They are created from
Sometimes, on a cloudy day, you can’t even see the sun. Even
without the sun, there will still be Amma’s pujas. Sometimes
the sun and the moon rest. The moon rests at the time of the New
Moon. We can’t see the moon then. As when it is cloudy, you
cannot see the sun. But there is no day without Amma’s pujas.
This is Amma’s wish in this lifetime.
Hence, that is the purpose of Amma’s pujas; to create positive
energy for the world. Whatever Amma does, it is on behalf of the
whole world. On behalf of each and everyone, it doesn’t matter
where they are. For example, let’s say that there is a fire
somewhere. If it is a small fire, the chief will send the firemen
to fight it. But if the fire is big; if it is out of control, then
the fire chief himself will have to go and pick up the hose to put
out the fire.
In the same manner, now in Kaliyuga, we are out of control!! !
I There are negative energies everywhere and they are out of control.
So you won’t see the boss sitting around. In fact, you will
see all the bosses out in the field and no one is left in the office,
it’s empty now!
So Amma does pujas. . .and, out of that, love comes to the world.
So, when Amma does these things it is for the world. This does not
mean that you do not have to do puja anymore! It is for those who
don’t have the opportunity, for those who do not know. So
it does not mean that doing puja is not necessary - those who have
this opportunity, they are blessed. But there are still lots of
people, millions of people, no trillions.., who don’t have
this opportunity. So for them, they need that energy. For them and
on behalf of them, Amma is doing puja.
Amma blesses you all.
Every human being would like to live a peaceful and happy life.
However no matter how hard one tries one does encounter difficulties
at some point through one's life. Why is this so?
It is because of the actions in one's past life one will need to
face these difficulties in the present life. For one not to have
difficulties it's necessary that one should not commit sins. How
then can man live a life without committing sin?
The single most important factor to committing sin is driven by
selfish desire. When this is so, man lives in a state of constant
dissatisfaction. When man exists in this state even if there was
abundance he will deem it to be insufficient. In order to satisfy
or fulfil one's selfish desires or greed man continues to put a
great deal of energy in search of material things.
In this situation to attain satisfaction one will often deviate
from performing righteous or dharmic actions. Situations will arise
when truth and honesty is pushed aside and sins are committed. If
man wants to lead a life without sin and live on the path of truth
he must first be satisfied and contented with what he has and peace
will follow with certainty.
Everyone has a certain capacity; and must put in effort to do this
at the fullest. If one's capacity is only to earn say Rs 100/- one
must work with sincerity to achieve this. If one does this, it does
not signify greed. If one's capacity for example is limited to Rs100/-
and the selfish desire is to earn Rs 100,000/- this desire could
drive one to do wrong deeds to acquire this amount. It is not incorrect
to have desires, but it is greed that will drive one to do wrong
If one is contented with what he already has this will create less
agitation in his mind and he will experience happiness and peace
of mind. If man, in order to please the mind just goes on doing
actions that the mind generates without control; he could commit
wrong acts. In doing so, he will neither have happiness nor peace
in this life or in the next life. Therefore it is very important
for everyone to have a ceiling on desires. Seek goals based on capacity
and put in the effort to achieve them. It's important for every
one to have discipline and ceiling on ones desire in order to lead
a life in happiness and peace.
On this auspicious day Amma blesses all the life forms that exists
on earth live in harmony and peace.
with the Divine Mother
Devotee: Amma you said that surrender, what word
do you use to say that I surrender, not using I?
Amma: But you can when you surrender, because
when you surrender you can use the word I. Yes, because you are
going to surrender, so in that case you can use the word I. When
you do something and you think ‘I did this’ then this
is not using it properly , but when you want to surrender then you
can use the word ‘I’. I want to surrender, I need to
Devotee: So just say you do something, and you
say I do, so what word do you use?
Amma: Normally what they are doing, Saints and
Big People when they do something they don’t use ‘I’
they use ‘we’ (Laughter).
Devotee: Amma can you speak to us of Enlightenment,
because I’ve been Practicing Buddhism for some time and they
are always talking about Enlightenment. It would be amazing for
someone like you to speak of that.
Amma: Enlightenment okay, Enlightenment is nothing.
You are already enlightened. What is meant by enlightenment? Just
understanding, that’s enlightenment. Just realizing the truth;
realizing the secret of the life is enlightenment. So Amma thinks
in this trip you understand what the purpose of your birth is isn’t
it? So this means that you are enlightened.
Devotee: If faith and devotion lead to reducing
your stress and worry and reducing your Karma is it because of Karma
that you find faith and devotion difficult? Is it because you have
a lot of bad Karma that you find it difficult to be devoted and
Amma: Even the desires are a result of your Karma,
you know if someone in the past is spiritual then this is their
Karma, and if in the past someone is not, then this is also their
Karma. So once you are aware of this then it has served its lesson,
you need not worry that you are not having faith. Anyway you are
aware of that, you know of that so you are blessed. So if you do
not get awareness today then you will definitely get it tomorrow.
So just hoping that you will become aware and it will come.
Devotee: Amma you have talked about the 14 worlds
can you give service to the 14 worlds here. In what form?
Amma: Yes yes, the service that you are doing
for Amma, because of the puja, the yagam, is not just for the people
who are in the front, it is not for the place where it was happening,
it is for every creation in every place. So that is why Amma told
you at Peedam that you are all very blessed. You are getting a bigger
opportunity than anyone. Just with the small things you can make
a great contribution.
Devotee: Is it possible to back and forth between
the 14 worlds?
Amma: In the 14 worlds the human world is the
best, because in all other 13 worlds they need to go and find the
divine. Only in this Kalyuga the divine will come to you. The divine
will come in human form.
In the other worlds, e.g the world of Snakes, Sages, etc.; the divine
does not come in human form. Even though we talk about the Kalyuga
as being bad, still it is blessed. It is not that you always need
to be bad. In the other worlds there in no opportunity to experience
joy, to be doing service because everyone is a millionaire; no one
needs anything from anyone. Only the human world is blessed to realize
and to feel the joy.
Devotee: Why is it that all religious leaders
are men and not women, in the religions all over the world, it is
always the men at the top why is that?
Amma: It is not like that, there are lots of women
who lead the world in the spiritual path, maybe you know about the
men, but there are lots of women. Like there was one old saint,
one very old lady who is very famous. There are lots of women, not
Devotee: It still feels like it is ruled by men.
Amma: Its not, its not. Maybe it feels like that,
but its not. So let’s say then even in your faith you see
the power, it is a man. Once you say power that is Shakti.
Devotee: What about chakras- how do they function?
Amma: Before just knowing about the chakra you
need to know lots before that, chakra is not just a name to understand.
It is the power of the human body. What is the main thing that the
human has? It is Love. Chakras and whatever, yoga, everything else
there is, out of everything the humans need is love, unconditional
love. So all these chakras, it is in humans, it is in the six stages,
so when someone follows meditation, through the concentration you
can wake up and you can activate those chakras. The joy you will
get from that is not the same joy you will get just by loving once,
because you give everything.
Devotee: What is the best way to generate love
Amma: Try to see you in everything. Just see every
creation as yourself. Try to see everything in yourself. So once
you start to see that, then you know how much everyone needs that.
Devotee: I am wondering about nature- what I am
wondering about is, did Amma create nature and then nature continued
to grow or if Amma continues each individual aspect of nature?
Amma: No, nature is the Divine, it was not created
it was already there, only from nature we are have the forms, it
need not be created, it was already there.
Devotee: How does the using of the drugs affect
the Karma of the person?
Amma: What it means is that some actions will
bring direct Karma and some actions will bring indirect Karma. Here
is a story: There was a good man, but he was caught by some bad
friends they said to this man: ‘We are giving you three options,
you need to choose one. The three options are: 1- you can murder,
2- you can rape, 3- you can drink alcohol. You have to do one of
those things. So he thinks killing and raping are bad, so it’s
better if I drink the alcohol; because he wants to escape from these
bad people, he chooses to drink. After he drinks the alcohol, the
other things that seemed like a bad idea before, he does them as
well. So it will disturb your mind. It will disturb your thoughts
and create the different types of actions.
Devotee: Sometimes I am thinking and I lose track
of my thoughts. What can I do with that, how can I go back to what
I was thinking?
Amma: It depends on what you were thinking. If
it was bad, you need not go back to that (laughs). If it is good,
Amma will help (laughter).
Amma: (addresses a Devotee) So how is India?
Devotee: It is good; it is an experience for me.
Devotee: Amma, they are all surfers.
Devotee: We have a surfing magazine to show you,
it has one of our friends in it.
Amma: What is surfing?
Devotee: Going in the wave- its nature, it’s
Amma: Amma is doing that everyday with the humans.
It is very powerful and wild and big, like a tsunami.
Amma: (addresses another Devotee) So how are you?
Devotee: Your food is the best food I have ever
tasted, but it makes me grumpy.
Amma: Don’t worry; just think it is taking
all the Karma out.
Devotee: I believe you if you say so. I am working
Amma: Sometimes we think we need more attention
from Amma. So you just think that everything that Amma is doing
from morning to night, Amma is doing just for you. You need not
think it is for all, just think it is for me. It will bring great
Devotee: Why do I feel sad from day to night for
Amma: It is not sad; it is love, thinking, why
does Amma have to sit so long from day to night. It is thoughts
like that that bring tears, but it is not the sadness it is the
Amma: (addresses a Devotee) Are you also a surfer?
Devotee: One of my friends I am going to bring
to India or if you come to Australia you will meet him, is one of
the most popular surfers in the world. He is very famous for surfing
and I know he wants to come here. We have been talking via the telephone.
I think Amma has always been in his heart. I have grown up with
him and he is naturally connected by his heart to the Divine. And
in the surfing world, they have been showing a movie that went around
the world showing him surfing, and his connection to Mother Nature
and the ocean; like a connection to the Divine and it shows a contrast
to those who surf for money and those who surf for the love of it.
He aggressively encourages younger people to be like this. Like
the three of us are surfing worshipping the ocean. I call the ocean
“the mother”. You know when you go in, it encompasses
you, it cleans you like abisheikam, it also gives you a lot of joy.
We get a lot of joy from it, it is a beautiful thing.
Amma: Perhaps when Amma comes to Australia, Amma
can join you. You know that there is nothing in the world like something
you love to do just like a profession. There is nothing in the world
you need to do just for money. Everything is connected to the Divine,
so you can see that thing that you love as the Divine. For the rest
of the world they think some things are done just for fun. The feeling
that you are having, just going into the mother, is a great thing.
It is a great blessing to be able to do something like that. From
this you can understand everything in the world; if you are connected
to it you can see the Divine in it. You will never feel that this
is just my job.
Devotee: My friend and I were talking about that,
just this evening. He was saying that surfing could be a selfish
thing, just for fun. But also it can be a spiritual practice depending
on your mind. And the biggest thing about surfing in big waves it
that it teaches you to surrender. It holds you down and have to
surrender. So you are surfing and you are surrendering.
Amma: (addresses a Devotee) So, how are you?
Devotee: I am grumpy?
Amma: What is grumpy? (laughs) Sometimes it happens,
the things that you are experiencing are new. The energy, the love,
it is very new to you, but it is good for you. What is useful is
that you want it to come out. What you are accepting now once it
settles then it will come out. It brings all those emotions and
everything. It cleans and it will wipe out all those emotions. Like
in a glass, at the bottom there is some poison. If you need to take
the poison out you need to pour out some water. So when you pour
out some of the water; from the bottom the poison now will come
to the top. It will look like it is poison but keep on trying and
it will just continue to come out until it is all out and then there
will be just the fresh and good stuff.
Amma: (addresses a Devotee) How was abisheikam
Devotee: It looks heavy, such a lot of honey,
Amma: It looks like a lot, but when you offer
it, it just disappears.
Devotee: With abisheikam, is that like purification,
like washing away Karma for the world?
Amma: One it is like washing and the second it
is with love. All the things you feel is very auspicious for you
so when you give these things to the Divine it is love. So if someone
has apples, they will choose the best to offer in puja at the temple.
All the things that you are using in puja are all the things that
you like. The other things are very holy like tumeric, sandalwood,
these are all the gifts from nature, so these are considered as
very special and rare and they are the best for offering. It exposes
your love secondly it will give a special energy to clean.
Devotee : With the Ganesh that you manifested
for me I have been doing abisheikam using green coconut everyday
and I think he is liking it, because when I first got it after a
few days it started to tarnish very quickly. Then I was talking
to my friend and he said that he had done abisheikam on his statue
a few times and it became very shiny straight away, with out polishing
only using water or milk. So I decided to try this using coconut
and straight away it became shiny and golden again. So every day
now I do that. Is it helping to purify my negative Karma?
Amma: Yes. It is purifying, the divine knows it
is love and at the same time it is purifying the souls of the humans.
Devotee: Then after like with the prasadam I am
drinking and also sharing this with my friends. Is that OK? Like
when I go to Australia with my clients with the really sick ones
is it good to offer them some?
Amma: Yes just make sure that the plate that you
are using is silver, then it is ok.
Devotee: I am using stainless steel right now
Amma: OK that is ok
Devotee: Should I buy silver?
Amma: yes that is best.
Devotee: Are there other things you can recommend
for sick people?
Amma: Just give them Amma’s photo and ask
them to chant the mantra “Om Namo Narayani” and give
them some holy ash and you can pray for them. So you asked what
the best way to accomplish love is. It is by having the devotion
to God. You know it is the key you need to find whether you have
So if you start with the divine then it is very easy because there
will not be any conditions. You know having devotion to the divine
you will find joy and from that joy you will find love.
Devotee: Then after that you can go to your neighbour.
Devotee: My brother and his wife are going to
have triplets and I am wondering if Amma will protect.
Devotee: A little Saraswati, Durga & Lakshmi
Amma: (addresses a Devotee) So is this the first
trip to India for you?
Devotee: Yes, India is good. I have been here
for just over 3 months. I went to Bodhgaya, Varanasi, Rishikesh
Amma: Did you go to Kashi?
Devotee: I can see a big change in him since he
has been in India.
Amma: When coming to India it is not like a tour,
it is more like a teaching. It is a lesson. You can learn lots of
things. You can learn some lessons.
Devotee: I saw a lot of suffering.
Amma: Actually it is not suffering, suffering
for you but not for them, it is a way of life. For them they don’t
take it as suffering, because what you think is that they are coming
asking for money from us so they are suffering. For them it is fun.
For them it is a lifestyle. So still there are some people thinking
it is suffering. Amma was talking to someone about this. Amma was
saying can you see any beggar in the street waiting in the dark
and not sleeping? No. But you can see lots of air conditioned rooms
with the light on at 2 or 3 am. So the beggar is having more sleep
than the billionaire. When the beggar goes to the bed, he is finished
for the day and he sleeps till morning. But the billionaire he can
go to the bed but still he is not sleeping; so which is the real
You can see this even in Varanasi there are lots of Sadhhus, you
can see them on roadside and everyone is having a good sleep, you
will hear them snoring. But if you look at the offices; the light
will always be on. So suffering is not just outside it is inside
also. You cannot draw a conclusion on people from how they are on
Devotee: You think that some of the beggars in
India have better Karma than those born in the west.
Amma: It is not like that, it depends. It depends
there are lots of people. It is not like there are bad people in
India and good people in the west. The lifestyles may be different
from one place to the another. Here it is like this, in western
world it has to be like that so it is like that.
Devotee: I am having a lot of very wealthy people
coming to me in Australia who are like you say suffering so I see
this a lot. Just because I see people who are poor it doesn’t
mean that they are suffering. It is like you say these people are
working till 2 am making lots of money and then they come to me
because they are sick because they have worked so much.
Devotee: Amma if we have a dream about you is
that you visiting us?
Amma: It does not mean that if you do not dream
of Amma that Amma is not blessing you. So it is not that you have
a dream with Amma that Amma is blessing you. Amma is always with
you. If you have a dream means something special.
Devotee: Is that any dreams with Amma is for blessing?
Amma: It depends some dreams can be like violence,
some blessings and some protection it depends. Not all the dreams
are the same.
Devotee: Amma I had a dream that you were skiing
Amma: So it means Amma is always with you. You
are skiing Amma is with you, so when you are surfing if you have
a dream that Amma is surfing it means that Amma is with you.
Devotee: Is surfing as good as puja
Amma: It can’t be as good as puja. For however
much a person loves what he is doing. Puja is everyone and everyone
gets joy from it. With surfing the person who loves it only he can
experience the joy from it. The person who is watching it from the
outside see it just as fun. For Puja the person doing it gets the
joy and the people seeing also experiences joy.
Ok take rest, Amma Bless you all.
What is the significance of Gho (Cow) puja? The cow is a creature
just like many others in Creation. Why does it deserve respect and
the special treatment?
The reason is: take humans; while all humans have a lot of friends
and relatives around to take care of each other, no one’s
service can compete with the mother’s service. An uncle might
buy his nephew a gift or an auntie might make dessert for her niece
or friends might gift the child money. All these types of service
are very nice but cannot compare to a mother’s service to
her child. A mother’s service is Divine.
If a child is sick, the mother takes care of the child. The mother
gives the child medicine and love. Daily, the mother cares, protects
and ensures a full life for her child. So even though there are
a lot of relatives around, no one can replace the service of the
mother. Everyone in the world celebrates Mother’s Day - in
recognition of the Mother’s service and of her love.
A mother may provide milk to her child for the first two years
(or in America, maybe for the first six months) of the child’s
life. This is very special milk as it comes from the mother’s
blood. The mother’s blood transforms into milk in order for
her to feed her child. She is providing life itself. A father, by
contrast, might take care of the child for a few hours a day. If
asked to care for the child for a whole day.. ..well, forget it!
He would probably run away!
The nature and beauty of women is to be a mother. That is why whole
world celebrates, honours and respects the mother. A mother may
provide her children with milk for a year or two. Then, from the
day she stops through the rest of their lives, it is the cow that
provides the milk for them to drink. This is a great service to
In Hinduism, the cow is sacred and holy. In fact, because of this
sacred aspect, angels choose to live in cows. There are hundreds
of thousands even millions of angels living in cows.
The purpose of Gho puja is to honour and respect both the cow’s
service to the whole world as well as the sacred aspect of the cow.
In India, there are milk trucks that have “life line”
written on them suggesting that the trucks are acting as the vehicle
of life through which a vital ingredient (milk) is supplied to all
In Hinduism, people learn and know that holy beings, angels, live
in cows and it is easy for them to respect the sacred nature of
cows. What about people from other religions? You can see the cow’s
service to humanity. So, even if you can’t see the cow as
a Divine being, you can respect the service she provides to all
Consider this: if a cow gives 10 litres of milk a day to humans,
a bigger animal such as an elephant, should provide 100 litres and
a horse might provide 20 litres. Does this happen? No. All other
creatures in creation only provide enough milk for their own babies.
The only being that creates more than enough for her own calf is
the cow. Once we understand this gift and the nature of the cow,
we can honour this aspect.
While we think that food comes from the farmer who cultivates the
land or from the bakery, it doesn’t. In nature, the Divine
is in the cow and in the crops. The cow is the only creature to
give life to all humans. For this reason there is great respect
to this Divine being. Even if you cannot understand that angels
live in cows —for this notion may take time to understand;
for now, you can see that the cow feeds humans. With love, it will
become easier to understand the Divine in the cow.
Amma blesses you all.
Devotee: What about coconut and goat’s milk?
Are coconut trees and goats honoured like cows?
Amma: No, coconut milk and goat milk are different.
First of all there would not be enough coconut or goat’s milk
for everyone. Secondly, they are medicinal and not really meant
as staple foods, like the cow’s milk. Also, a person wouldn’t
drink coconut milk or goat milk, everyday; you wouldn’t like
it the way you like cow’s milk.
Joy of Service
Things like suffering, worry and sadness disrupt human joy. As
Amma already explained, only humans can experience joy in life.
What is the definition of joy? Joy is experienced when you share
your happiness with others, those who are unhappy. This brings joy;
which only humans can experience. Nonetheless, worry, suffering
and sadness tend to disrupt your joy, or at least some of that joy.
Is there any way to get rid of these feelings? Is it possible for
anyone to live without suffering? Yes, it is possible. But before
getting into that, you should understand the reason for this suffering,
the reason for this sadness, the reason for this worry. The ultimate
reasons for all these difficulties are: desire and greed. Desire
and Greed - desire is also sometimes greed. Greed is the dangerous
one as all it brings is misery.
Let’s say, for example, you wish for something and pray to
the Divine to grant it to you. If the Divine does not grant it to
you, there may be a good reason. Still, the human mind cannot grasp
this and it starts to worry. Even though the Divine may be waiting
for good reasons, because you don’t understand, you start
to worry about it. For example, after praying for something and
not getting it you might complain about how long it is taking, ie.
“Look how many candles I lit... “or you might wonder
about how much effort you’ve put into making it happen, “I’ve
worked so hard” or you might simply despair: “I give
up”. Such thinking upset us.
When prayers and wishes are not granted or goals — either
personal or professional — are not achieved, it upsets us.
It causes worry and suffering. So, it is the expectation that causes
all the stress. Is it possible for humans to live without expectations
and desires? Yes, it is possible. How? When you surrender, only
then is it possible. Otherwise, you task your mind with the work.
The mind always wants something: today it wants one thing, tomorrow
it wants something else and the day after it wants a different thing
altogether. It will never say, “Enough”. So, in addition
to wanting all these things, it creates worries about how it will
get them. Furthermore, because it is not possible to have everything,
more worry sets in.
Sometimes and for good reasons, prayers are not answered. Still,
the human mind will worry about it. The best way to live in joy,
without all this suffering and stress, is to surrender.
When you surrender to the Divine, then you need not worry about
anything. So, you don’t worry or even think about how things
will happen or not happen. At this point, you will be happy. Through
this process, you will mature. You will know that if your get your
wish then you’ll be happy and thank the Divine for granting
it to you. If your wish is not granted, you will still be happy
because you have surrendered and you will accept the situation.
Your heart will know that for some reason, the Divine did not grant
your wish. You will be happy because when you are on the path of
surrender and when you try to surrender, you will always be happy.
But, when you pray for something and do not surrender, then you
are happy only if your prayers are answered. If, for some good reason
it is not answered, then you will start to worry. Your devotion
may even wane. But, when you surrender, no one can upset you. You’ll
accept everything — whatever comes, you will be ready. You
will have happiness and joy forever. So, the thing you need to do
is surrender. This is easy to say and hard to do.
If Amma was to ask, ‘How many of you want to surrender?’
all of you would raise your hands saying it is easy. Still, this
is good. Perhaps the first time you try to surrender, it will seem
difficult. However, when you start to surrender, it won’t
be that hard. You’ll be very relaxed. You know why? Because
when you don’t surrender, it is your problem and you’ll
worry. When you surrender, then it becomes Amma’s problem
and so it is for Amma to worry — you don’t have any
more worries. That is the difference.
So you need to begin on the path of surrendering. But, before that,
you may have to struggle; you may face some obstacles. If you try,
with Amma’s blessings, it is possible. It will bring more
joy and peace. In this way, you will, have more time to think positive
thoughts and do good deeds. When you are always worried about yourself,
your mind is occupied and there is no time to think about the world
or about service. So, with surrendering comes opportunity.
When you surrender yourself, then there will be lots of time, time
will be there and you will learn to replace the time spent worrying
with good deeds. You’ll have positive thoughts and your soul
will develop. In order to have a peaceful and joyful life forever
What is the best way to surrender? “Om Namo Narayani”.
That is the best way to surrender. It is like a multi-purpose medicine.
You can take if for anything and everything. You can take it anytime,
anywhere you want. There are no restrictions. The meaning of “Om
Namo Narayani” is “I surrender to you”. Just do
it. Do it for everything. No need to ask whether you can surrender
this or that, for business or personal, it is for everything. It
is the ultimate.
Being born a human is a big gift. As a human, you can find the path
for peace and joy. This is a rare opportunity. In this big world,
how many people are aware of peace and joy? There are still a lot
of people running after the material things. Only a few are entering
onto the spiritual path. Even among these people, many do not understand
the spiritual path; they do not know how to use this path. These
people just pray for themselves, they ask the Divine to give them
this and to given them that.
If they get it, they are happy; if not, they are unhappy. In this
way they are happy, unhappy, very unhappy, then happy again. They
miss the opportunity of doing service to the world. If you want
to do service, it should start from here (pointing to Amma’s
head). -. And here (pointing to Amma’s heart)....
If you have your own problems on your mind and in your heart and
if you carry the rest of your problems in your two hands, then how
can you help the world? When can you think about the world? So,
it is best to surrender and out of that process you will get time
Amma blesses you all.
Amma: So on this day Amma is talking about Karma. Each and everything
that ever happens in human life is because of Karma. You cannot
wipe out Karma. No one can just get rid of the Karma for which they
have done in the past. Everyone has to pay for the deeds they’ve
done in the past.
In this case, why do humans need devotion? If you have to pay for
the Karma this means you cannot do anything with your Karma. So
then why do you need devotion, prayers, service or things like that?
Why do humans need devotion? As Amma already said you can’t
wipe it out, but you can reduce the intensity of those actions,
so you can reduce the intensity of the Karma. So what will help
reduce the intensity? The devotion will help to reduce the intensity
because Karma is very strict and strong.
Sometimes it seems why, if God, the Divine gives unconditional
love from Amma, why is God so strict with Karma? Why can’t
there be some relaxation or an exemption. Why; because it is good
for the human world. If there are some exemptions or relaxation,
humans will not take Karma seriously and they will commit more sins.
So this is why there is Karma, to have the fear of doing wrong things
and bad things. Karma is like very strong glue and no one can wipe
the Karma away. Your actions and deeds can help to reduce the Karma.
You can reduce the Karma through devotion and through faith.
How can you reduce Karma, the Karma you have now; the suffering
you are experiencing now? If it is from the past how can you reduce
it through devotion or faith? How is it possible? When you are on
the path of devotion, it will not just help only for the present
but it will help to reduce the intensity of the past Karma and not
create Karma for the present and the future.
When you are devoted, first you will be prevented from committing
bad acts because with the devotion means you will engage yourself
with activities of the divine, either Bhajans, Puja, Yagam, Meditation
or things like that; anything that will connect you with the divine
in some way. So the time you spend in doing good things, is the
time you are prevented from committing bad deeds. The first benefit
is, due to the devotion there is prevention of doing bad things
and having bad thoughts.
The second benefit is, if there is no present bad Karma, this means
there will be no bad Karma for the future. So what you do today
is going to be the Karma for tomorrow. So if there is no Karma for
today then there is no Karma for the future. When you are devoted
to the divine, you engage yourself in good actions, and you are
prevented from the bad activities; because of this you will have
good thoughts and you won’t create any bad Karma in the present
or in the future. Ok this is for present and for future Karma.
Now the topic is what is the solution for the past, how can we
get rid of the Karma and suffering of the past? So because of your
devotion and because of your thoughts you will have that love, the
love will be created in you; and out of that you’ll start
to do the service, the good deeds. This will create the good karma
and that good Karma will also reduce previous bad Karma.
The good deeds you are doing out of love and what you have done
through your spiritual life, through devotion will allow you to
think good thoughts and to do good deeds. So out of that it will
create good Karma and that good Karma, if it is bigger than the
past Karma, will have returns. The Karma that you have done in the
past will have its returns, if the Karma you are doing today is
bigger than your previous Karma. You will get a bigger result.
So maybe from the Karma from the past is small and for that you
have suffering, and the deed that you have done today creates a
big Karma; it will bring the bigger result which will help to reduce
that past Karma. So devotion is the solution to get rid of the Karma
of past, present and future.
Devotee: ‘Can humans live with their own freedom, can’t
they live without the Divine?’ Why is it a must that everyone
should follow the spiritual path? Why everyone should be devoted
to God? Why can’t they live how they want?
Amma: Yes. You can live how want, but it is not how you are living,
it is how much joy you are getting out of life and how much sufferings
you are experiencing. Those are the things to consider in human
life. If someone leads their life as they wish without Divine faith
or trust, what will happen?
Each and every human birth will have suffering because of Karma
and due to this one might say ‘I don’t believe in Karma’.
Even though you may say you don’t believe in Karma that doesn’t
mean that the Karma is not following you, whether you want it to
or not. It will be ahead of you, you cannot say ‘I am not
going to believe in Karma; therefore I’m not going to have
any suffering’. Whether you believe, whether you trust in
it or not, it follows, in fact it does not follow, because this
means behind, no. It is always just ahead of you; therefore every
human has Karma.
Ok, if someone lives without devotion, what will happen? They will
have to live without any remedy, solution, courage or faith. Whatever
they have to face; someone out there will tell them this, this or
this happened because of this and that happened because of that,
but they are still going to have to suffer because of those actions.
There will be no possibility to reduce the suffering, they have
to suffer the whole thing.
So what is someone is devoted? What if someone is God fearing or
if someone has faith? What will happen? If someone accepts God in
their life what will happen to them? Even for them there will be
problems, but now the trust that you now have will make you tell
all your problems to the Divine and that itself will lessen your
suffering, because just by sharing instead of keeping everything
in you, just by sharing the feelings you are having, just by sharing
the suffering with someone, that itself will help take away the
If you keep everything inside of you, even though you know sharing
it with someone will help, if you just keep it in your heart and
make your heart tight, it will cause frustration, it creates inner
tightness. Isn’t it true? It creates frustration, but if we
share our suffering with our friends or with our parents that itself
will bring some relaxation.
So the first is by having trust in the Divine, by accepting the
Divine in your life you are not going to lose faith. You are going
to lose worry. You are going to lose suffering; because once you
accept the Divine you will just convey all your feelings and thoughts
you will expose everything to the Divine. That itself will bring
relaxation and secondly you will get courage just by conveying your
suffering and worry to the Divine. You will get confidence because
you already told everything to Amma. So Amma will take care; and
half of the problem disappears because of the sharing and courage.
So for the rest of the problem, the second half, you already have
courage because you have faith and you have trust and because you
already told the problem to Amma, you already prayed to Amma, so
Amma will take care. Knowing that Amma will take care brings more
courage and strength. So with courage and strength, the rest of
the problem will be very easy to handle. To get rid of it will be
very easy because you know you will have the strength, you will
have the energy because of the faith and trust.
Accepting that human life is a gift you are not going to lose anything,
physically or psychologically; you are going to get benefits. You
are going to be more relaxed. If your problem is not shared then
it remains your problem, since you are not ready to share it. Your
problem will stay in your heart and that one problem will create
So just by sharing, just by sharing in the way of prayer, whatever
it is, it will first bring relaxation and secondly faith. The trust
we develop will bring courage and confidence. So with faith, courage
and confidence you can handle the problem very easily. By having
the Divine in human life, it helps to accept pain very easily, to
reduce the suffering. This is the necessity of the Divine in the
life of mankind.
Amma bless you all.
New Year's Eve Discourses
What is the purpose of celebrating the festivals like New Year’s
or Christmas? There are a lot of festivals, what is the purpose
of those festivals? Why do we celebrate the same event every year?
Shouldn’t it be sufficient to celebrate them once in your
There is always a lesson behind a festival. It is an occasion to
teach you about values, for instance, love or peace. Let’s
take, for example, Amma’s Birthday. The significance of that
day is to teach us about unconditional love. So why do you need
to celebrate this every year? Wouldn’t it be enough if you
celebrated Amma’s birthday once in your life? No. The reason
to celebrate the festivals each and every year is to see your personal
growth. When you celebrate it again and again, year after year,
you can monitor your development.
For example, think about last year. Did you experience unconditional
love or were you caught up in greed, desire, or anger? On Amma’s
birthday ask yourself whether you have any less greed, desire and
anger now than you had a year ago. Think of it as a day to learn
about unconditional love. So, if you still experience these negative
traits, you should take an oath, from this day forward, to work
hard to remove them. Then, once again, on Amma’s birthday
next year, you can ask yourself whether these traits are still there.
If they are, then you can use that special day as an opportunity
to once again take an oath to remove them.
If you don’t succeed totally in one year, you can start over
in your efforts to improve for the next year. In this way, we measure
just how much we have improved over the previous year. It is like
opportunity so that if you slipped up during the previous year,
you can start again. Or, if you did something really bad in the
previous year, you can end that cycle and start to do good things
from this day forward. These are the real reasons for all the festivals.
Questions & Answers
Devotee: Amma, I can’t remember how angry I was last year
at this time, so how do I change? How do I know whether I have changed?
Amma: You can compare your reactions from last year to this year.
Take some incident, for example, if you got upset over something
last year, think about that incident again and see whether this
year you would respond the same way. If you do, then you probably
need to keep working on the anger so it goes away. If the anger
is gone, then you know you’re better. In that case, you can
keep working to be your best.
You all are blessed because the purpose of human birth is to give
joy. When will you get joy? Whenever you give service to humanity,
it brings joy; furthermore, the bigger the service, the bigger the
As Amma has said, the purpose of the human birth is to do service.
Out of service to humanity comes joy in life. Now everyone usually
asks, “What is the best way to do service”? Knowing
that the more service you do, the more joy you will get; then it
follows that the best way to do service is to serve the whole world.
Is there a way to do service for the whole world? Clearly, that
would be considered great service. All Amma’ s devotees are
blessed with that service.
Amma’s devotees can do service for the whole world. Sometimes
this would not even be possible for the billionaires. Because billionaires
may have billions and may be willing and able to help to their country
or maybe a few countries, but still, even with their billions there
is not enough to do service for the whole world. At times, not even
trillions are enough to do service for the whole world.
Yet, when you are Amma’s devotee, even if you have a penny,
with that penny, you can help the whole world. That is the great
blessing of what you have. How is it possible? If someone wants
to do service for the whole world, and they look into what that
would cost, they might find that they need 10 or 20 trillion and
even billionaires can’t afford that much. Even trillionaires
would not be able to do service for the whole world because the
world needs so much help. There are so many people who need service,
who need help. So you see, it is not possible for most people to
do service for the world, but you can.
Opportunities are open to you. For example, you can buy one kilo
of ghee. That ghee will be for pujas or yagam. As Amma explained,
Amma’s yagam is not just for the local place or for those
people attending the yagam. What is the purpose of Amma’s
havan? It is for the whole world, and not just this human world,
all the fourteen (14) worlds. So, your one kilo of ghee it is a
great service, it is for all the universes, for the whole universe.
So, the joy you will get will also be that big! Whatever the service
that you are doing, it is great. No one can compete with you!
Sometimes when people first come to Peedam to see Amma, they have
an idea about doing service for their town, their city or even their
country. But once they are here, they don’t need to worry
about their town, city or country because everything that Amma does
is for the whole world. And because whatever is done here is for
the whole world, it fulfills their wish for their country. Their
country is included in this service for the whole world. Furthermore,
service for the whole world will bring a world full of joy. That
is why Amma told you that you all are blessed.
All of you are very blessed because it is not possible for others,
even very rich billionaires. What you are doing is not the same.
Sometimes their service will stop or slow down. You can measure
their services, but service that is done with spiritual institutions,
creates great joy. It is a very big deed. You know, if you just
buy camphor, or any small thing for Amma’s puja, then it is
used for the world, the whole world.
It is not possible for the billionaire to create such joy with
that same dollar, but you can. So, in that way, you all are blessed.
So, starting today, everyone should take this oath. The opportunity
you have is a great blessing. It will fulfill all the wishes to
do service wherever you want. It can happen by doing service to
Peedam; because, whatever you do for the Peedam, it is for the world.
So your wish for your town, city or country is included in the benefits
to the world.
Amma bless you all to continue your good service for humanity.
3. Divine Management
Another thing that Amma wants to say: As Amma mentioned, you are
all Amma’s angels. You should know this because people in
the western world, sometimes talk about wanting to help, and they
don’t know how. Sometimes they will say, “I want to
do something for the school” or “I just want to do something
for the hospital”. Actually, Peedam is managed like an ocean.
In an ocean, if water is poured in, that water cannot be labeled.
It mixes into the body of water and becomes part of the ocean.
If it were otherwise, where everyone decided themselves where they
wanted to give, then you wouldn’t see a hospital today; because,
here no one devotee built that hospital. Devotees came out of love
and offered service and then Amma said, OK, let’s build a
hospital. In the same way, Amma decided to build the schools and
all the other buildings. If it were any other way, you would need
to wait another 5 years to see this hospital. You wouldn’t
see the hospital and you wouldn’t see the school. What you
do see now, the hospital, schools and other facilities are all run
by “Divine’ Management.
Therefore, when you talk to people about service they might do,
if they are from the western world, they might think that health
is the issue for India. The building of the temple is the big service
for you. You should be ready, and if someone says that they want
to do this or that, explain to them that it will be Amma’s
decision. This will be helpful for them and helpful for Amma. Sometimes
this is how it works on the Administration side as well. It is good.
Questions & Answers:
Devotee: Amma, have you ever been cut or bruised or has anything
ever happened to you?
Amma: It used to happen when Amma was in school.
Devotee: Will Amma explain why a coconut is used in pujas? What
is the significance of breaking the coconuts in puja?
Amma: The shell of the coconut is like a head. In that shell, the
water it is like the ego. Once you take out the water, then you’ll
have the purity like that white skin. So that is the significance
of the coconut. So it’s not necessary to break all your heads
to remove the ego. Better to break coconuts. So you can try to remove
your ego with devotion, don’t try to take it out of your head.
Another Devotee: “What does the acronym “ego”
stand for? Answer: E, G, 0= Evict God Out”. He added that
Amma also uses lemon, beetle leaves and mangos in pujas because
they all have the power to attract good vibrations and to bring
them into the pujas. This is why Amma uses them in pujas.
4. A Test for Amma
In this world, there are a lot of creations. Of all those creations,
the human birth is blessed in many ways. For example, if you take
a dog or a donkey, if it gets hurt it has to suffer. There is no
other way for those animals. Even if their lives are threatened,
they cannot go to anyone for help and protection. Except for humans,
all other creations have to face whatever trouble and problems alone.
They cannot get rid of them and there is no way for them to solve
them. Only for humans, if they have a problem, there is a solution.
It is devotion.
For all other creations there are no solutions. If they have problems,
they have to face them and bear them. There is no other way for
them. They have to cry, they suffer, they worry. Only humans can
pray and receive blessings. That is their solution for problems.
But even so, how many humans are blessed in this way? How many humans
are aware of the Divine? Very few. So, people — those who
are already on the spiritual path should feel that blessed because
first of all, having the human birth is a big gift, and then, knowing
the Divine is another big gift.
There are still a lot of people who are not aware of the Divine.
There are still a lot of people who don’t want to listen to
spiritual things. So, first of all, the human birth is a big gift.
Within that, having the opportunities to do good deeds is one of
the greatest blessings.
You should realize that you have a treasure because the spiritual
path is not possible for everyone. If anyone wants to, they can
make money. If anyone wants to, they can find trouble. But it’s
not possible, even if someone wants to, to find peace. This is only
possible for those people who are on a spiritual path. So being
on a spiritual path, you have a great opportunity and you should
Once you know that you are blessed, you should be a good model
for Amma. Generally, the world thinks that only children have exams.
But really, the children’s exams are also the teacher’s
exam. They are not just for the teacher. To illustrate: In a class
of fifty students, if thirty students fail their exam, you can say
either, “Oh, these kids are not studying well” or you
can wonder, “What is with this teacher? Does the teacher not
know how to teach”?
The fulfillment that you are experiencing now, the joy that you
are having now, the happiness that you are having now, it is not
just for this moment. All these things should be used to make you
a model student for this world. That is what will bring Amma real
joy. So for you the joy of doing the good deeds, means joy for Amma.
Amma experiences joy by seeing how the devotees are doing, what
they are doing in the world, and how they are changing the world.
Remember, it is not only a test for you; it is also a test for Amma.
Like the student and the teacher, it is up to you, to ensure that
Amma gets good marks.
Devotee: It is very easy to sit here in this beautiful place, but
we’ve been traveling around India and have seen thousands
of people living in such terrible circumstances. It’s very
hard to understand.
Amma: Sometimes while sitting on a bus, you might see a person riding
a bicycle and think, oh poor guy, why don’t you come on the
bus with me? You know what he will probably say? No thanks I enjoy
riding my bicycle. It’s true. Even if we think they are suffering,
they don’t think they are.
Many of these same people regularly buy lottery tickets. Sometimes
they win. But, if anyone asks, “What are you going to do with
the money”, they will say “I just want to change roads”,
they don’t want to sell their bicycle. So maybe we feel sorry
for them and pity them, but for them, they are comfortable and very
happy and don’t want to change their lives, it happens in
all kinds of ways.
Other people win the lottery and they don’t think of building
new homes. They want to continue with their life the way it is because
even though they might suffer, even though they work hard, they
find joy and happiness with their situation. For them, life is comfortable.
Of course, some might want change their lives, even if they are
happy. In these cases, as Amma already explained, sometimes there
is karma in the way.
Here is another story: there are two devotees, very staunch devotees.
One is the president of a nation and the other one is a beggar.
They are both very devoted to God and they pray and they pray. One
day, God decides to grant their prayers. God appears before them
and asks what each one wants. They both felt that their prayers
to be very confidential matters, so they privately whispered their
wish to God. First the president told God what he wanted, then the
beggar. God thought about their wishes for a minute and finally
said, “Okay, I’ll grant your wishes by allowing you
to continue to live just the way you do”.
The president and the beggar were very confused as to why God would
respond in this way. “We are asking for big changes in our
lives, and God agrees to hear our prayer and then changes nothing.
God tells us to stay as we are.” Thoroughly confused, they
finally they go back to God and ask for an explanation. “We
were both expecting a big change since You said that You’d
grant our wishes, but nothing has happened. You said that the president
will remain the president and the beggar will remain the beggar.
We prayed and prayed. So what’s going on”?
God replied, “You want to know why I did this? Okay, whenever
the beggar sees the president’s car go by, the beggar thinks,
Oh, the president is such a lucky man. He has such a luxurious life.
He has a nice car, security, everything”. At the same time,
whenever the president drives by the beggar’s home and sees
the beggar, the president thinks, “Oh, what a lucky man the
beggar is, he gets eight hours of sleep every night, he can come
and go where ever he wants, he can do whatever he likes, he can
do all the things I can’t do. It seemed to Me as though you
just wanted to change your problems, not your joy. So, it is better
for you stay as you are. While you think the other one has a better
life, that other one wants your life. While we think someone is
suffering, but if we were in their place, then we would feel their
Devotee: For young devotees, the kids... how are we to carry Amma’s
message that we want to change the world.
Amma: If you read, you can learn something; if you listen, you
can learn something else, but the real learning is when you walk
the walk. When you really accept the lesson and make changes in
your life. So, to carry Amma’s message, you just have to do
what you’ve learned. This will change you and others will
want to change too. Just spreading the message is one way, but that
is not your duty. It’s good to want to spread the message
though you need to practice what you preach.
It’s like the discussion earlier about the people who are
suffering. It is good to have mercy on them. It’s good to
have mercy and love it shows a good heart. It is better than saying,
“This is their karma, forget about them”; even where
that is the reason. So, what your heart is feeling is good. It is
your duty wherever you find people that need service to help. But
it is not necessary for you to change everything. You just do your
best. This is good for you, it will open the door of love and joy.
It is good.
Devotee: Coming from America where so much of our country is promoting
war, how do we reconcile that?
Amma: Once you have created the divine sanctity in you and once
you have the divine sanctity in you, it will create the good energy
in and around where you are. So, it will change peoples’ minds.
Devotee: One of the great wonders of being here every year is to
watch the transformations in individuals and in all of us. And,
as a human being, it is really almost impossible to describe why
the Divine Grace does to an individual. Is there any way that Amma
can address what happens to us when we meet You? What is the yearning
that Amma reaches in us?
Amma: It is the joy of what you are experiencing now. You are feeling
blessed. That is why you feel happiness. Definitely, you get this
with Amma’s blessings.
Amma continues the story of the beggar and the president:
If the beggar wants to be the president and if the president wants
to be the beggar because it appears to him that the beggar has lots
of free time and can do whatever he wants. So, God says, “Okay,
but before I grant you a permanent birth as the president and as
the beggar, first you can trade places for a day. What happens?
The beggar can’t wait for the next day to come so he can
go anywhere and whenever he wants. He discovers that when you are
the president, you have to wait for everything. You have to wait
for security, even to go to next door, you have to wait for your
secretary, you have to wait for someone to finalize your schedule.
You even have to wait for security if you want to take a shower
or use the bathroom. They will tell you, “Just give us another
three minutes to clear the security for you”.
Similarly, when the president becomes a beggar; for him, he used
to think, “Oh, this will be the good life, sleeping a full
eight hours”, but when he is the beggar for a day, he misses
the royal life. So, even though he can’t sleep in the president’s
chair, he still likes to be in the president’s chair. So,
both were used to their lives and would miss them if things were
otherwise. That is why God granted their prayers by doing nothing.
More Questions and Answers
Devotee: Amma, with all the good energy that there is at Peedam,
does it attract evil or does it push evil away? When we go back
to our lives outside of Peedam, does it mean bad energy will attract
us or will the good energy in us push the bad energy away?
Amma: The Divine, is like Mother. For a Mother, all the kids are
good kids. So even if it is something is bad, the Divine will try
to change it -its thoughts, its aspects. If there is no way to do
that, only then do you need to push it away. Before that, it may
also try to change you. It will attract you and it will try to change
you, suggesting that you join them on their path. If it is not able
to change to the good path, then you need to push it back.
All those in the presence of Amma, all those who are doing good
deeds, all those following Amma’ s messages will have a circle
of power around them. Once you start to do these things, the circle
of power will be created around you and it will protect you from
all those evil things. Sometimes, if the being has good karma, it
will change. But, if not, you will be protected. So, there is always,
there will always be a circle created around all Amma’s devotees.
It protects you against the bad forces entering you.
Devotee #1: So when I watch you Amma doing lamp puja or Abishekam,
I see Amma doing the puja and Narayani, doing it. What is the difference
between Amma and Narayani
Devotee #2: No difference, they are the same.
Amma: As Amma already told, the reason Amma is doing puja is on
behalf of the whole world. Before Amma starts the puja, whatever
puja, there is one ritual. It is called the ‘Sangkalpam”.
It is to think about why you are doing this puja. So, when Amma
starts any puja, Amma will bring the whole world into this physical
body. Then, the whole world is doing puja. So, the puja is not for
Amma, but for the world.
Sometimes, as a devotee suggested, the negative forces control the
energy. In Peedam, good energy is very concentrated, so the negative
forces can’t come in. But if that energy goes to places that
are fully influenced by negative forces, then, good energy will
be disturbed. The bad forces won’t like the good energy. They
will try to disturb it. Still, devotion and prayers will protect
the good energy. If your prayers and pujas continue, more and more
good energy will be created and eventually it will control the energy
from the negatives forces.
Devotee: So if the negative forces somehow have influence, is that
because devotion has fallen?
Amma: Sometimes. It is not just because of devotion, but because
of karma also. That’s what Amma has already mentioned. Now
you have the opportunity to create more good energy, so just do
it. In this way, you can create more and more good energy, so the
good energy level won’t come down. But, if you say, oh, I’ll
just wait for tomorrow to do good deeds, you may not have this opportunity
tomorrow. Amma just said, consider your spiritual path a treasure.
Start now, start this second to do good deeds. From the moment you
create good deeds, your good karma will stay with you. If you wait,
and say let me do it when the time comes, then you’ll lose
even the good karma you already have.
Devotee: Mother is it all right for a devotee to feel when Mother
is doing puja on Indrani or on Narayani, that Mother is also doing
puja on the devotee?
Amma: As the song goes: “We’re all in this together”.
Devotee: Whenever we pray, we don’t know whether our prayers
have been received or what the results will be.
Amma: It is better to pray for blessings. You need not ask for this
or for that because you do not know whether you are going to need
it. Sometimes you may feel everything will be better if you get
this or that. But, if you do get it, it might create another problem
for you. So, let’s say someone prays like this, “If
I win a million, then I will pay off all my problems. I’ll
be very free.
Then, once he wins the million, he will have new problems: like,
how to save his million, where to invest that million, what to buy
with that million. So, the human mind cannot tell you what to do.
It is better for you to surrender and ask for blessings. In
asking for blessings, you know that blessings will bring everything.
Everything that you need will come. Everything that is not necessary
won’t come. So, you should pray just like that.
Devotee: Is it also true that when Amma says, “Amma take
care”, that means that Amma will take care in the way in which
that we need and not in the way that we might be thinking?
Devotee: Is faith, the same as free will?
Amma: Once you enter into the spiritual path, once you feel that
you are filled with joy and unconditional love; then, having the
freewill is good. Before that, if you try to exercise free will,
you are not sure what you really want. So you need to know where
you are. Only then can you decide whether you need to take that
free will or not.
Devotee: Do you ever feel like dancing?
Amma: Everyday. You know, once you see joy, it’s a dance.
That’s why Shiva is always dancing. Even the name of that
dance is the “Dance of Joy.”
Devotee: What do the names “Vaishnavi” and “Indrani”
Amma: Vaishanavi comes from Krishna, Vishnu, Rama. So it is the
male form. The power of the male form is Vaishnavi.
Indrani, is from the name of the king of the angels, Indran. So
his power, in the female form, is Indrani.
Amma: You know to change the world into a better place what you
need to do as devotees, you just need to spread the message. But
to just spread the message in words is not enough. The world will
look to see what you are doing, how you are changing. So, in addition
to spreading the message, you need to follow the message in what
you are doing. It’s too easy also, to say, hey do this, don’t
do this, better to just do it also.
Amma blesses you all.
Pongal Festival (Harvest) Message
“This Pongal is a Holy day when people convey their gratitude
to Mother Nature for her grace in blessing the people with abundant
Natural resources. Today, Science and Technology have advanced a
great deal. In spite of this, for peace and well-being, people have
to rely only on Nature and not necessarily on Science and Technology.
The light & heat from the Sun, the luminous rays of the Moon,
the greenery of trees, the fragrance of flowers, the musical chirping
of birds, the ceaseless sound of the waves in the Oceans, the beauty
of sedate streams – all these are offered by Nature to man.
All of which Science cannot provide man, with such richness and
beauty are present in Nature.
It’s only man who can see, enjoy and derive immense pleasure
from these gifts of Nature. If these Natural resources are available
in a country, that country will automatically enjoy other resources
too. Essentials like food grains, vegetables, greens, fruits and
other resources that make human existence possible are provided
to us by Mother Nature.
Today is the first day of our Tamil New year as well. This is very
auspicious as we are ready to realize gifts from Mother Nature.
Everything is ready for our harvest. While everyone accept these
gifts from Mother Nature you should also realize how much good nature
bestows on each of us. Just as Mother Nature helps us, we too should
in turn HELP others. ‘Helping Others’ should be our
resolution on this auspicious day.
Our lives totally depend on Agriculture. Without the hard work
of the poor farmers agriculture cannot thrive. Cattle and other
living beings also help cultivation and other processes. For all
this to happen Nature is the fundamental contributor. So we should
be ever grateful to Mother Nature, farmers, cattle and other living
beings that support this life system.
Mother Nature is always providing us with all her resources. Take
the cue from her. One must also learn to be happy by giving to others,
who do not have, what we have.
Amma’s blesses all and wishes all a happy, prosperous
and joyful life.
Puja is the Key to Love
As Amma already mentioned in the discourse about pujas, there are
many benefits in doing puja. One of the main benefits is that puja
is the key to the door of love.
The Sanskrit words, “Najabam Gulambum” literally translates
as the “Human Birth” and “Rare”. This means
that as humans, we have a rare opportunity that no other life forms
have. Human birth is rare and in that we have been given a big gift,
What is so rare about the human birth? Why is it so special?
It looks like other creatures live like us: they eat, they sleep
and otherwise attend to their needs. What makes human forms “rare”?
It is the ability to make others happy. Other creatures can’t
do that. Elephants don’t try to make other elephants happy.
Nor do tigers or other great animals. They can’t. It is only
possible in human birth to do service, to share the love and in
doing so, make others happy. The basic qualification to do this
is with love. Only if you have love can you share it.
How do you create love? The answer is: by doing puja. First you
start loving the Divine. Once you feel that love in you, you will
be ready to share it. It must be Divine love. Human love can sometimes
be selfish, but when you connect to the divine, you feel joy and
peace and that is the key to opening the door to love.
Take an example: when you throw a ball against a wall, it bounces
back. Same with love: you throw love and it comes back with great
speed, it is transformed into divine love. Once you have that love,
you won’t be limited to only looking to your friends to love.
With that love when you see anyone suffering, your heart will want
Another purpose of pujas is that when you do pujas, you are engaged
with the divine. Now in this world during the time of Kaliyuga,
negative energies are high. It is the age of great sin and suffering.
So, if you have bad thoughts it is because they come to you, they
are all around. But bad thoughts are the foundations of sins. Whatever
thought you have in your mind will create action. Good thought creates
good action, bad thoughts create bad actions. Bad actions lead to
bad karma and bad karma leads to suffering. So, what you have to
do during Kaliyuga is to find protection from bad thoughts through
devotion. The actions and deeds that you do will prevent bad thoughts
and negative forces from coming to you.
So, when you are in puja for half and hour you will have a half
an hour of protection from bad thoughts.
It is, not possible for everyone to do pujas. It depends. If you
don’t have time to do a puja, think about God. Pujas are not
the only rituals available. You can still connect to the Divine
through listening to chanting or by singing bhajans, etc. All these
things help prevent bad thoughts.
Secondly, the time spent in puja creates Divine sanctity. It brings
you the strength and energy to run your whole day with Divine guidance.
Like cooking: if you are cooking for a half hour and then turn off
the flame, the warmth in the food remains. Depending on the thickness
of your pot, the food may stay warm for a long time. Similarly,
if you pray for a half hour, from the depths of your heart, that
divine energy will stay with you for days.
The ultimate purpose of puja is that it brings joy and love. Devotion
includes pujas, bhajans, helping the poor, listening to good things,
Human birth is a rare opportunity. Only in this birth can you make
others happy. Even very strong animals like elephants and tigers
can’t bring happiness to small creatures. If you want to protect
yourself (from the negative energy of Kaliyuga, you must engage
yourself in devotion. So, this is the purpose of devotion. Of course,
there are other purposes. You’ll get everything from devotion;
there will be nothing else you need if you are devoted.
Some may feel like they are just learning about devotion. Remember
that you had to go through kindergarten to get to high school and
that there was probably more joy in kindergarten!! That is because
the child is pure and there is joy. Whereas in high school and college,
the mind engages and there is trouble.
If anyone tells you that you are a beginner in devotion, say thanks.
In kindergarten, there are no sins, only in college!
Pujas bring you everything. Puja brings the connection to the Divine.
Even if you are having trouble with puja, stick with it as it will
help you mature. It will bring you the capacity to reach the next
stage. Start your devotion with joy. Don’t worry about when
anything will come just enjoy devotion. Once you enter the path
of devotion, it brings everything: surrender.
Daily, in every 24hours, take time for devotion. You must take
time for your soul. Everyone is busy so for good things, you have
to create the time. The time you take is necessary for your soul,
for peace and joy.
Another thing: Theertum, This is holy water. Amma asks: How did
the ordinary water become holy water? Devotee: “By Amma praying
into it,” Amma continues: Just as Amma explained in the discourse
about how temples serve as a place to collect energy from nature
and then distribute energy to the world. And how statues, once charged
with chantings, can retain divine energy, so too with water.
When Amma pours water on top of the statues, the water absorbs the
energy. Like electricity. If you touch an electric wire while in
water, the body will absorb power from the current. Water collects
vibrations and energy from statues and becomes holy water. This
is normal and humans can do this. When Amma does it, the energy
multiplies several thousand times.
The water has power and can conduct energy more than many other
things. So, chanting, vibrations and love can transform ordinary
water into holy water. Those are the spiritual properties of holy
water. The physical properties of holy water include many herbs:
cardamom, camphor, tulasi leaves and all these things are antibiotics;
so even if someone understands the physical properties they can
be healed from it. As the name implies: Theertum: literally translates
as: “It clears”. So, it clears away everything. Furthermore,
it brings everything: vibrations, energy, love. So, it has everything
For pujas at home, you only need to chant: “Om Namo Narayani”
which means, “I surrender to you”. You don’t need
anything else. It may be good to learn other pujas, but this one
How blessed you are among all humans, there are several trillion
people on earth running after material things, on a path of illusion.
It is not truth. They don’t know the purpose of life. You
are all blessed you know the purpose of life.
Amma: “Any questions?”
Devotee: What is sin?
Amma: Any deed that hurts others is a sin; if it hurts anyone or
anything in creation. Devotee: Even killing a mosquito?
Amma: That would be Narayani Seva (Amma jokes). An exception is
that if in carrying out one’s duty, someone is hurt, then
that is not a sin. For example, if a judge makes a decision that
hurts someone, the judge did not sin as it was his/her duty to make
Devotee: Will sin ever end?
Amma: Yes. The reason for sin is greed. Greed creates sin. If there
is no greed, then there is no sin. If you have Divine love you will
want to do a good deed. In doing the good deed you will find joy
and once you experience joy, you will want to do another good deed
to experience more joy.
Take for example, feeding people. You notice the change in their
faces. After they have eaten, there is happiness in their faces.
That happiness brings you joy and you want to feed more people.
There are two types of happiness: one in receiving and one in giving.
So, when you have experienced this happiness and are ready to give
again, you won’t worry what others have. You will not experience
greed and you will not sin.
You might notice someone has a diamond ring. You want it and may
hurt the person to get the ring. This greed leads to sin. The desire
is okay, but not the greed, it leads to sin. Where there is no greed
there is no sin and that is the end of sin.
Devotee: If I am in puja and someone calls for help, shall I stop
puja to help them?
Amma: The purpose of puja is to do good deeds. So a call for help
may be an opportunity to do a good deed. If the call is to do a
good thing then it’is okay to leave puja to help.
Devotee: Sometimes during puja I still have bad thoughts, what
shall I do to stop the thoughts?
Amma: If bad thoughts come, leave them alone. Don’t try to
control it, focus again on your connection to the divine.
Devotee: Before we met Amma and became more aware, some of us may
have hurt people, even sometimes without knowing it or unintentionally.
What can we do anything about those past sins? Should we go back
and try to fix them?
Amma: Ignorance is no excuse. Even though you may have done something
out of ignorance, you will pay for the karma. However, once you
are on a spiritual path, you can do good deeds to reduce the bad
karma that you have accumulated.
Amma: Any more questions?
Then. ... Amma blesses you all.
Amma asks: “What is puja”? Devotees respond: “Offerings
to God”. Amma agrees and invites the devotees to wonder: Isn’t
that odd that we are making offerings to God since God provides
us with everything we have? It is God’s duty to provide humans
with the necessities like food, water and clothing. So, since God
provides us with everything, we can’t really say, “This
is mine and I give it to you God, as an offering”. Besides,
God does not need anything from us. Why then do we bother giving
God offerings like food and milk in the puja? In fact, why do we
do puja? It is for the soul. The purpose of puja is to bring joy
to the soul.
The world prays for things all the time. People are constantly
asking for things, they want things. When, for example, devotees
pray that Amma will come to their home so they can cook for Amma,
this is an offering of love, it brings joy to the soul. These are
offerings in the form of love. Many devotees have had the opportunity
to cook for Amma at Kamala Nivaas, they have made pizza for Amma.
These are offerings in the form of love and bring devotees joy.
Another example is when you see a parent dress their child. If
you take a three year old child to shop for clothes, that child
may decide the colour he or she wants to wear. If, however, a mother
takes her six month old infant to shop, that baby can not say whether
it wants a red or green outfit. So, in this situation, the mother
is the one to make the decision. She will choose her favourite color.
Of course, as it is the mother’s favourite colour, the mother
will take great joy in seeing her child in this new outfit. The
mother did something for herself and felt joy.
In the same way, when you do puja it brings joy. This is the real
purpose of puja. In making the offerings, you’ll get real
joy. Have you ever wondered why Narayani has such beautiful jewels?
Like dressing the infant; does it make the infant happy? Does the
child care? No, whether or not the child wants a new outfit, the
mother buys it and it makes her happy. In the same way, devotees
dress Narayani and it makes them happy and brings them joy.
As Amma mentioned in the discourse about temples, chanting creates
a vibration and the temple statues hold the vibration. In the temples,
the Divine is in the form of Statues. In one’s home, the Divine
may be in the form of a photo. Your Faith is what creates Amma in
your home. (Amma jokes: when you have Amma in your home, you may
When you have faith, it will bring you strength and energy. Further,
because you can feel the Divine within you, you will want to serve.
For this, look to your customs and traditions and do what others
do. For example, some choose to serve God by offering food and flowers.
Having the Divine in your home brings joy and serving the Divine
brings joy. All this is for humans; it is not for the Divine. It
brings joy to you and, in this way it develops love between you
and the Divine.
Once there is this love, the Divine will begin to feel close to
you. The Divine will begin to feel like a family member. Whereas
when the Divine is thought of as “God”, then there will
necessarily be rituals and protocols and these rituals and protocols
will create a distance between you and God. However, when you start
to offer love, you will connect with the Divine in the form of mother.
With this thought and feeling, you will feel very close to the mother.
When this happens, then our thoughts are always pure. To connect
the soul to the Divine you’ll feel Amma is your family, the
For this to happen, start with pujas. This is necessary for the
soul. This will connect you to the Divine and you will feel close
to the mother, to your family. Any form of puja is good. It need
only be five minutes of chanting, “Om Namo Narayani”.
This will create a feeling for the Divine as in the example of the
feeling the mother gets when she dresses her child in the mother’s
favourite colours. Puja takes you closer to the Divine. That is
why everyone needs puja.
Amma blesses you all.
Significance of Pongal
Amma: (addresses a Devotee) So, how are you ?
Devotee: Very good thank you.
Amma: (laughs) Very good.
Amma: (addresses another Devotee) So, did you tell everyone about
the significance of Pongal?
Devotee: A little bit and we all talked about it.
Amma: It is like the thanks giving for nature, first day of the
celebration is for the sun, for agriculture and for everything that
needs the sun. So first day of the celebration is for nature and
the second day of the celebration is for paying homage and giving
honour to other creations like cows and bulls. Today we use the
tractor and other types of machines but in the olden days they use
the bull and other animals to do the work and help them provide
for themselves. . The human being is dependant on other creations.
The third day of the celebration is for showing respect to the older
people and on this day, the older people give gifts to the younger
people. This celebration is called Pongal.
It is like coming out, fresh and new. It is a very, very old festival
celebrated in the villages; some cities celebrate it too, but mostly
villages. These days there are more things to do to pass the time,
but in those days they didn’t have as many things like we
have now. So what did they do? They had bull chasing, it was lots
of fun, there were games and things like that. All these activities
would happen three or four days. So it is a very major event in
NOTE: There are four days of Pongal. (The first day is not usually
celebrated; it is a day of cleaning and preparing the home).
Devotee: Why did Amma give us the ten rupees?
Amma: (laughs) To make it into ten million. You know it is a custom
on the third day of the celebration to get the blessing from the
elders, they will bless you and with that blessing they will give
a gift. So for the kids and elders it is a special day, where the
elders will be happy because they are shown the respect and the
kids will get blessings and a gift.
Devotee: So the elders give gift to the younger, but Amma is only
Why is Amma creating Sri Puram? What is its purpose? There are
a lot of needs in the world, so why is Amma creating this Sri Puram?
What is the reason?
As Amma has already mentioned, the human birth is the only birth
in which beings are blessed to do good things for others and to
make others happy. So that is the purpose of the human birth and
it is possible only in that birth. You know, you cannot do these
things in any other form of creation. Only in the human form can
you do good things and make others happy. So this is the secret
of this human life. But, how many people in the world understand
this? Very few; very, very few, very few.
So, will the world change? There are some good people in the world
who are saying that they want to change the world, to make it a
better place for everyone to live. Is it possible to do that now
with the present energies? No, it is impossible because the world
is on a materialistic path. How can you make this world better when
everyone is worried only about themselves and living only for themselves?
You need to change the perception of the world and you need to change
the human mindset. How can you do this? The world is so materialistic
— it is stuck in materialism - things like power, wealth,
important people, and other things like that.
In this context, how can you bring wisdom to the world? Just by
talking about the idea that we are here to do good things and not
just live to survive? In fact, that is the reality: the purpose
of the human birth is not just to survive. All other creations can
live just to survive. But the gift of being born as a human being,
is that you have the ability not just to survive in the world, but
to do good things, to create good things. Yet, 90% of the people
in the world are unaware of any of this. They think that they are
here for themselves - the head of the family thinks he is to care
only for his family. When people live their lives according to these
morals, you cannot change the world even with a lot of churches,
temples and mosques.
If you want to change the world, you need to change human nature.
You need to change people’s minds. How can you do this? It
is not just people in Vellore, in Chennai, or in India who need
this wisdom — people all. over the world need to know the
purpose of human birth. If you want to spread this message, it must
reach every human being in the world. You need to do something for
everyone; something which will either take the message to the people,
or which will bring the people to the message.
Given that people are stuck in materialism, that something must
also be materialistic. Any other approach, like talking to people
about why you are doing good deeds or why the money we have is meant
to be spent on other people by doing good things or by giving it
to them, won’t work. Today, people in this world won’t
listen. They think that what they have belongs to them. This is
how they think. In this environment, if you want to bring a big
message to the whole world, how can you do it? You need to find
a path to convey this message to the world and that is why Amma
is creating the Sri Puram.
The core of the Sri Puram will be the Mahalakshmi temple. It will
be the centre of attraction for the world. As explained, the world
is stuck in materialism. So, if you have something which appears
to be materialistic, the world will want it. People will go to see
it. That is why Amma is building the Mahalakshmi Temple in gold.
It will be the only Golden Temple in the world. There is nothing
like it anywhere else in the world. There are other things, but
not built entirely of gold. People - thousands of people - from
all over the world, will come to see such a creation, with its art
work and fine detail. Most of these people will come to Sri Puram
just to see it. Their curiosity and excitement will bring them only
to see the temple and the gold. They will not be coming for blessings
or guidance. So where is the message that we want to give the world?
Where is the wisdom for the world?
Okay, now there is a bit of a trick, it is as if you have a sick
child. If you try to give the child a pill, the child will not take
it because the child is not aware that he needs to get better. Even
though the child suffers from an illness, because he is not aware
that the pills are necessary for him to regain his health, he won’t
want to take the pill. However, because it is the mother’s
prime duty to take care of the child, she sugarcoats the pill. Now
if you give the pill to the child, the child will take it, as soon
as he sees it. You don’t even have to ask him to take it;
the child will just take it because it is sugar coated. So for the
child, he can’t see the bitter pill anymore — he sees
only a sweet. In this way, both people are satisfied: the mother
is happy because the child has taken the pill and the child is happy
because he got a sweet.
In that story, the pill is inside and the sugarcoating is on the
outside. It is like this with the Sri Puram and the Mahalakshmi
temple except, in this case, the sweet is on the inside of the pill.
Since mankind is stuck in the material world, the sweet is the Golden
temple and the everyone will come for this attraction. However,
it will be coated on the outside with what we need, the medicine.
How is this done? Amma explains: when people come to Sri Puram
in order to see the golden temple — the Mahalakshmi temple,
they won’t be able to just walk directly from the road to
the temple. They will have to follow a pathway which is laid out
in the shape of a star. Why did Amma choose tile shape of a star
for the path? As Amma already explained with sounds, for example
chanting, create good energy and good vibrations. In the same way,
certain lines absorb good energy from nature — like the shape
of a star. Star shapes absorb good energy from nature. That is the
reason why the pathways through Sri Puram will be in the form of
The width of the pathway won’t be very wide (between nine
to twelve feet) to prevent people from running. So people will have
to walk slowly. While they are walking they will notice Amma’s
messages on both sides of the pathways. These messages are the medicine
on the outside of the pill. So as the people go for the sweet, they
will be given the medicine.
There will be many messages posted. For example, messages about
the purpose of human birth and human life; the things humans should
do and should not do; the meaning of Dharma and of Righteousness;
why people need devotion; and other basic information. So, even
though the world comes to see the temple, before they reach the
temple, they will see Amma’s messages. There may be a few
hundred messages; even if someone grasps only two messages, it will
be enough to change his heart. It will bring changes to his life.
If they learn more, it will help them even more. Even if they learn
only one message, it will help. In fact it will change their lives.
If a person understands the purpose of their birth, why they are
here, or what they need to do, their life will be better. If people
understand things like that only then will they be able to change
things. Those who have, up until now, been thinking that they are
here only for their families, will realize that they are here for
the world. Now they will be able to change things.
The world is not a group of people. Each individual is a world.
You know, if there is a change in you, it changes the world. If
you want to change the world, first you have to change yourself.
Once you know this, it can change the world. You need not change
the world; first you change yourself. Just change your heart. It
will change the world.
So, while people are walking on this pathway to the Mahalakshmi
temple, they will see and read these messages. There will also be
an audio system which will repeat the message in multi-languages.
In this way, people from all over the world can hear Amma’s
messages even if they can’t read them. When they enter Sri
Puram, their focus is just on seeing the magnificent golden temple,
but when they leave, there is no way they can leave without taking
some wisdom, some message. This is the concept behind Sri Puram.
There may be doubts and questions such as why do we have to spend
so much money on this? Why can’t we build a hospital or an
educational institution? Yes, we could do that. However, by creating
a hospital, you can treat maybe one thousand people in and around
the area. By creating the place which will bring wisdom to the world,
it is equal to creating several thousand hospitals. Until a person
enters Sri Puram, he may live thinking that he wants everything
that the wealthy have. But after he has been through Sri Puram,
if he absorbs some of the messages and wisdom, he will realize that
what we have is not just for us — it provides us with an opportunity
to do something for others.
If he gets this wisdom, when he goes back to his home, whether
to another country or another town and if he starts to do good things,
the message will spread. If one person gets the wisdom and builds
one small hospital, this means that when the whole world gets this
wisdom through understanding these messages, then everyone will
want to change their lives. Everyone will start to do good deeds.
This means that this one place, Sri Puram, will create several million
hospitals. So that is the purpose of Sri Puram. It is unique and
nothing like it exists in the world, so far.
To create this, what do you need? Just money? No. If that were
the case, India’s wealthy kings would have come up with the
idea. No one has ever created anything like this. You need the Divine
Blessings: you can’t do these things with just money, you
need more than that. The world, the present world, needs Divine
guidance more than it needs dollars. It is the duty of Amma to give
the Divine guidance in the way people can understand.
Amma can’t sit and say, “Okay sit and learn”.
If Amma said this, ten or twenty devotees would do so, but that
would not be enough to change the world. The world is huge, the
world is big. So, if you want to change the world, you need to give
guidance in a way people can accept. So that’s why Amma planned
to create this Sri Puram. Amma started it four years ago. Amma hopes
to finish it by 2006. So, it is a very rare opportunity for everyone
— for all those who are here, to be here and to participate
in these things. Maybe it will be finished this year. Then, it will
be for the whole world. But still, you all are special. So this
is the concept of the Sri Puram. This is the reason and why Amma
has created it.
Devotee: How can we help?
Amma: Anyway, anyway at all; Service. As Amma already said, help
means doing things for other people who can’t do things for
themselves. Service is doing what needs to be done. Service is not
just wealth; if you are wealthy, you can contribute that way. Or,
if you have talent, you can share it. Anything like that is service.
Devotee: Will the world get better?
Amma: Yes, that is why Amma is doing this. It needs to change, it
needs to be changed. Why are there things like natural disasters?
There is one word in the Vedas: which means “if you live a
truth, that truth triumphs, truth and righteousness come from you;
nothing else exists”. For example, the sun just stays where
it is. Does anyone hold the sun? No, it just stays because of righteousness.
If it fell, it would not be good. Imagine what would happen if it
fell - the whole world would end in a second.
So, sometimes a disaster happens when Mother Nature gets upset
with the world and the way in which the world is going. Sometimes
it happens to teach the world. It is not necessary to think of it
as a punishment, sometimes, it is just a lesson. You need to understand
by such things the true value of your wealth. What is the value
for your material things in such cases? Nothing.
Devotee: You’ve explained how you convey messages to people
in the way they want. How can we convey and give people guidance
in the way they want?
Amma: Just convey Amma’s message to the world. That is enough.
Just share the peace you have with the world and that is enough.
Devotee: How can we get the leaders of the world to come?
Amma: When every individual comes, then the leaders will come because
they can’t be leaders without people. So, they need to come;
but if you know people in positions of leadership, then if you convey
this message, it will help them to have that wisdom as soon as possible.
Otherwise if it goes through one person to another person —
it takes more time. But if you know someone, you can just convey
Amma has said it is not a park. A park is a place just to relax
and to be relaxed. But this is the place you can relax and get the
wisdom that will heal you spiritually and physically in every way.
It is like a Divine School. You know, if you go to school you will
learn a lot of things; so it is not really a park, it is more than
Devotee: As we start to love the world unconditionally and have
more compassion and see the oneness, how do we not feel the pain
when disasters and tragedies happen to the rest of the world?
Amma: In the family, if anyone passes, let’s say a grandfather,
or anyone. You will cry but you will not stop all your actions.
You need to do things for others. So the past is past. Will anything
change by talking about it and crying about it for a week? No. You
still need to have the love and prayers for the person who has died,
but you have responsibilities for the rest of the world. There are
still lots of people who have needs, so focus on them.
Devotee: Can the Divine stop disasters, like the tidal wave?
Amma: It is the Divine who is doing them in the first place! As
Amma said, it is not a punishment. You know, sometimes it is a warning.
Sometimes it looks very harsh but you know, sometimes if you have
ten children and if you sacrifice one son, you can make things better
for the nine others. Sometimes you have to do it. Because comparing
one to nine, still you have to save the nine. It is not what the
Mother wants, no way. It is because of karma and energy that is
created that causes things like that to happen. It is not that Amma
wants that to happen. It is the situation — to warn the rest
of the world. It brings peace to some and wisdom to some. Still,
sometimes in cases like this, when it happens, sometimes some souls
find peace. Sometimes it is very hard. Still, as Amma has said,
ignorance is not an excuse. So even if you did some deed without
knowing it, it will have its consequences. Actions will follow.
What happens yesterday or today is because of the world’s
So if mistakes are made, the responses will be bad. It does not
mean that you should turn your back on the situation. No mother
will ever say that her son did something wrong or that he made a
mistake. She will try to protect him by insisting that he won’t
do it again. Like that, the Divine tries Her best, but there is
no way to prevent disasters. In the case of the recent tsunami,
only the very minimum disaster occurred. Today, Amma sent holy water...
theertum with a devotee to pour into the ocean... it will help.
Amma blesses you all.
Amma begins this discourse with a question:
What is the purpose of temples?
Devotees respond that a temple is where we go to think about God
and to find peace.
Amma agrees and describes a temple as the place that will collect
energy from nature and from chanting. This energy brings peace and
wisdom. It creates strength and energy. A place that can do all
this is a temple.
How it works is best explained by example. Today, when we wash
our clothes we put them into a dryer to dry. In the past, we used
to hang clothes outside to dry. The sun dried the clothes and then
we’d fold them and put them away. But, what if, the next day,
we took a magnifying glass outside and held it over the clothes.
What would happen? The cloth would burn. Why? It’s the same
sun that dried the clothes the day before. . .why did they burn
this time? The magnifying lens was the instrument that caused the
clothes to burn. It collected the sun’s rays and concentrated
the energy though the lens onto one small point of the cloth. This
concentration of energy caused the clothes to burn.
In a similar way to the lens, black stone statues used in temples
absorb energy. Certain materials are able to collect energy and
retain power. For example, the black stone is able to absorb the
vibrations from the chanting and from pujas. Once collected, the
energy is retained for a long time. When Amma does pujas, the vibrations
are multiplied several thousand times and million types of rays
are collected. The statues collect all the vibrations and then concentrate
them in a way that people can feel them.
First the statues collect the vibrations from the chanting and the
pujas and this energy is then distributed to the world. This energy
mingles with nature and goes out to the world so that even people
who do not come to the temples will benefit.
There is a tradition when a new temple is consecrated: the consecration
is done in the presence of swamis, sages and saints. These holy
beings carry vibrations that will be transferred into the statues.
This is what humans must do. Amma’s divine presence is enough
to do the same thing. However, as Amma has taken form as a human
being Amma has to follow their rules. Human time is short and after
Amma leaves this world, it will need energy for a long time. That
is why Amma performs rituals to energize the world. When a human
performs the daily rituals in puja, energy is still collected in
the statues. When Amma is present the energy collected in the statues
is the equivalent of 10,000 human pujas.
Amma’s rituals give energy that is absorbed and retained
in statues for several hundred and thousands of years. Like a battery;
Amma is charging the battery to run for several thousands of years.
This energy will bring peace and joy. It will guide the world on
the path of dharma by collecting divine energy in the statues through
doing puja rituals and chanting.
Chanting itself comes from nature. First, it was in the form of
air and water. The sages heard these sounds in nature and collected
the sounds. These sounds became the mantras, the Vedas. So, the
Vedas were not created but where discovered in nature. At the human
level, we can sometimes hear sounds in nature. We can even distinguish
between different sounds. Only the sages through deep focus and
concentration could feel and hear chanting.
Amma asked: Any scientists here’? The scientists look at
the relationship between movement and vibration. When air moves
as a breeze this creates a vibration. The vibration creates sound
and humans hear something. Sages hear chants and collect them and
use them in pujas. The vibration from these chants are then collected
and absorbed in the black stone statues. This concludes the spiritual
purpose of pujas.
Now, there are other benefits associated with temples. Temples
create unity in society. When people go to the temple, they have
the opportunity to meet their neighbours. Events are held which
require people to do service. In doing service, everyone works together
regardless of status. Rich and poor people work side by side, without
protocols and without social barriers. In this way, the temple creates
unity. Through its rituals, the temples maintain cultural practices
and values. Hinduism and other religions act to maintain culture
and tradition, While the cultures and traditions are different,
the purpose is the same: to bring peace, strength and energy to
Amma blesses you all.
A person, however intelligent he may be, how ever knowledgeable
he may be, how ever big he may be, if he does not possess physical
strength along with his knowledge and size, he will not be able
to perform any activity in this world. If a person wants to work,
even to do a small job, he will need strength or energy. Having
a lot of intelligence and knowledge will be of little help if there
is no energy in the human frame. This fact is not confined to just
There is a life form above humans known as “Devas”
(angels); even they need their strength. Deva or angel is the form
that is between the Divine and Humans~ Humans have a form and a
physical body and, in the case of the Devas, they have a form but
they do not have a physical body like that of a person.
Who are these Devas and why do they exist? Their duty is to carry
out the instructions of the Divine. For this purpose, they have
been bestowed with certain powers. They have the power to grant
nature’s gifts to humans in order for us to lead a good life.
They provide rain, sunlight and air. When the Devas are pleased,
their blessings come as rainfall and sunlight, resulting in good
crops and blessing people with a comfortable life. So when the Devas
are pleased, then the world will be happy.
As Amma mentioned earlier, however knowledgeable a person may be,
he will need to have the energy to carry out any physical activity.
Take a healthy person - if he does not have food for say 10 days,
he cannot do anything with just his knowledge. He will need energy
to carry out physical activity. In a similar manner, though the
Devas have more power than humans, they too require strength or
energy. In the world today, when a person is hungry, they prepare
and partake in food. In a similar manner, the Devas also need food.
How do the Devas get their food and energy? Humans in their physical
frame consist of blood, flesh, bone and water. They require food
in physical form: rice, vegetables, fruits, lentils, etc. In the
case of Devas, they have form, but no physical frame. How do they
get their food? In this creation, from an ant to an elephant, the
Divine has provided for a wide variety of foods. Is it possible
that the same Creator who created both humans with their life form
and Devas with their life form would provide food only for the physical
frame? Is this possible?
There is way for the Devas to get food and energy as well. Whenever
and wherever a yagam (fire offering) is conducted, offerings - consisting
of fruit, vegetables, other food items and ghee - are made to the
Divine. Where is all that food going? Is it merely charred and turned
into ash? No, no. This is all going as food to the Devas. That is
why it is said that when you conduct a yagam you will see rain.
Why should you see rain when a yagam is conducted? When you conduct
a yagam, the Devas receive food - from which they get energy and
so they express their gratitude by providing us with rain. They
bestow many times more than what they have received. They will gift
this back to us. In what way will this gift come? It will take the
form of rainfall and good crops. This is the way that they express
At the present moment, water is very important. Great shortages
are being experienced. When there is rain, there will be a good
supply of crops. Humans and other animals will be happy. Many aspects
of happiness come from rain alone. Nowadays, many people are suffering
due to water shortages. What is the reason for this? In the past,
many yagams were conducted whereas nowadays this does not happen.
Many say that this was something done in the past. They feel that
they can’t be bothered to do them now.
This is a mistake. Whatever is offered into the yagam yields and
benefits humans much more. There is another name for a yagam; it
can also be called a “Kama-dhenu”. This means “one
who bestows”, someone who grants you what you need.
It is often said that life is a struggle. But a person must realize
that only he is capable of providing for the Devas. When there is
no yagam, it simply means that there is no food for Devas. When
they do not have this food, they do not have the energy to carry
out the work that they are supposed to do. Hence, you will see that
there is little rain. But, whenever and wherever a yagam takes place,
the Devas will converge at that place and accept the offerings.
This makes them happy and they bless men with nature’s gifts.
This is the sole purpose of a yagam. It is not just a small ritual
or a custom. This is an eternal truth. Hence it should be performed
with great care.
In the past, during functions such as marriages, housewarmings,
etc. yagams were important events and were conducted with great
enthusiasm. Today, yagams consists of a small prayer and are all
done in a great hurry. It should not be done like this. Whenever
you have an opportunity and you know a yagam is being conducted,
you should go and participate. Temples and communities of people
can organize yagams as it may not be possible for individuals to
Still, each and everyone should conduct a small prayer at home
in their own way. For whom are these prayers? Are they to benefit
the Divine? Prayer is for humans... for their benefit, for their
happiness. Take for example a 10 year old girl. When she is taken
to a shop, she buys the clothes and chooses the colours she likes.
But if you take a six month old baby, she will not be able to make
any selections. Hence, the mother buys the clothes and chooses the
colours she likes. She dresses the baby and experiences the happiness
and joy in seeing her infant dressed up so nicely.
In a similar manner, when prayer is conducted, it will bring joy
and peace of mind to humans. Many people have many problems. Some
find relief by sharing their difficulties with friends. By conducting
prayers in your home, you will feel that the Divine resides in your
home. By sharing your thoughts, you will experience less stress.
You will feel relief and peace of mind. In this way, prayer is not
meant to benefit the Divine - it is for your benefit.
Just spend a small amount of time, say 10 minutes a day. In a 24
hour period, 10 minutes is a small amount of time considering that
many minutes of a day are simply wasted away. Just 10 minutes per
day. Set it aside for prayer to a picture or to a statue. Offer
a small flower from you garden and a small prayer. Make this a habit.
It will give you plenty of comfort, it will dispel fears and it
will bring you confidence.
Some people pray on one day of the week. Would it be acceptable
if the sun were to rise one day a week? We need the sun and stars
daily, don’t we?! In the same manner, we need the Divine’s
grace and blessings each day. Everyday - say a small, prayer, light
a small candle, offer a small flower, do this everyday. You do not
need to know elaborate chanting or prayers. The food that you cook
for yourselves will suffice as Prasad (blessed food). Use it to
make a small offering to the Divine before you eat it. By doing
this, you will gain the strong feeling that the Divine resides in
your home. This thought will dispel fear and give you confidence.
It will bring happiness and joy.
On this auspicious day, Amma blesses all living beings
on this earth to live a peaceful and happy life.
The Greatest Devotion is the one with Love
There was once a town in India that had a very large temple. Many
people went to this temple to pray and to do pujas. In particular,
there were two men in this town who would go to the temple daily.
They were so devoted and so spiritual that they had never missed
a single day. Other people went to the temple once in a week, once
a month or maybe only on special occasions. But these two men went
to the temple every day. In fact, they would be at the temple, even
before the doors opened in the mornings! They were so committed
to their routine, that while they might forget to eat, they would
never forget to go to the temple. Their devotion and connection
to God was so strong that everyone in the town knew of them.
As in all of India, these men took gifts with them when they went
to the temple. Throughout India, whenever you visit either God or
children, you can’t go empty handed. There is a custom by
which you need to bring a gift. It is considered a way in which
to show your love. It does not matter what type of gift you bring,
since it is really all about showing your love. So, when people
go to temples to see God, they bring fruits and flowers to offer;
and when they go to see a child, they may take them sweets. In India,
there is even a saying which states that God and a child are one
and the same. This is because there are many similarities between
the two: Both God’s heart and a child’s heart are the
same; both are full of unconditional love. Furthermore, you can
never really understand either God or a child and, thirdly, you
certainly don’t know what either will do next. You may think
you have plans, but they might have some other plan for you. God
and children are seen as similar for these reasons.
With respect to this custom of bringing offerings to the temple,
the two men in this town were no exception. They also took gifts
on their daily visits to the temple. As it happened, one of these
men was a very rich man, a big businessman and the other man was
a very poor person. So, whenever the very rich- man went to the
temple he took a big garland, full of beautiful flowers. Because
he was so wealthy, he could afford them. The poor man however, could
not afford to buy a garland everyday, so he would just bring one
flower to offer to God.
For many years, the wealthy man saw the poor man and the poor man
saw the wealthy man. In this way, they recognized each other and
knew that the other was attending the temple regularly. Over the
years, they had never had occasion to talk to each other. But one
day, an opportunity came up and they had a chance to meet each other.
They introduced themselves and gradually started to chat about various
things of a general nature. Gradually, they became very close friends.
Then, one day, after prayers, they were sitting outside the temple
talking about God. The rich man posed a question to the poor man:
“Do you think the Divine blesses us equally”? The poor
man replied: “Of course, it would have to be equal.”
The rich man disagreed, “I don’t think so, because everyday
I offer a big garland and you offer only one small flower. So, I
think that I get more blessings than you”. The poor man explained
that from all his reading of spiritual texts and scriptures, he
knew that God didn’t favour those who just came with expensive
gifts. His understanding was that God always looked to the one who
had the love for God.
The rich man was not satisfied with that answer and continued to
argue. He claimed that because what he was offering was more than
anything the poor man could offer, the rich man’s blessings
would also be much bigger; otherwise, why should the rich man not
also just bring one flower? This poor man was a very strong devotee
with a great connection to God. For these reasons, he was very confident
and very persuasive with his views. He maintained that God would
see them as equals — that God would see their love, not just
their offerings. So the men continued to argue all day.
This rich man also had a big ego and after awhile, he found himself
getting upset and angry that this poor man could possibly think
that God would bless them as equals. At last, at the end of the
day, they agreed that they’d have to continue their discussion
the next day. They shook hands and went home.
Later that night, God appeared to each of them in their dreams.
God said to them both, “I know about your discussion and,
if you want the answer to your question, be at the temple tomorrow
morning at 9 o’clock. I will be there. After you make your
offerings, you will
know which man has offered the greater gift. Then the vision of
When the rich man woke the next morning, he started to plan. He
thought, “I normally bring a three foot garland to the temple,
but since this is a special day, I’ll buy a much bigger garland.
The poor man will surely only bring one flower, so when I bring
my ten foot garland, he will learn why I should receive so many
more blessings”. With these thoughts, the rich man arrived
at the temple carrying a ten foot long garland. As usual, the poor
man arrived with a single flower in his hands.
Both went and stood at the entrance to the temple. At precisely
9 o’clock, God appeared before them. Both men were very happy
because they had wondered whether their dream would really come
true. They also didn’t know what they would have done about
their dispute if their dreams didn’t come true. So, when God
appeared, they were both very happy. As God appeared in front of
the two men, God said, “I am here. Now, both of you can make
The rich man spoke first. He said, “God, I must go first
because I have a big garland.” It was obvious that this rich
man’s ego was a problem. So the poor man simply waited for
his turn. When the rich man approached God to put the garland around
God’s neck, God grew to almost twice the size. Where God had
been only about seven feet tall, now God stood fifteen feet tall.
Because the garland was only ten feet long, the rich man had to
think. He quickly decided that because he had lots of money, he
would find a solution. He yelled at the crowd for someone to bring
him a ladder. When it arrived, the rich man started to climb the
ladder in order to put the garland around God’s neck.
However, by the time he reached God’s neck again, God grew
even taller. This time God grew another 20 feet. Still, the rich
man did not give up. He figured that he could arrange for another
ladder and would just have to climb higher. Once again, by that
time the rich man reached God’s neck, God grew another 20
feet. This cycle continued: each time the rich man got close to
putting the garland around God’s neck, God would grow another
20 feet. Finally, the rich man was very tired from all the climbing
and he stopped.
At that point, God asked, “Okay, is it time to give the poor
man a chance to make his offering?” The rich man thought to
himself: “Well, if I can’t make an offering with a 10
foot garland, that poor man will never be able to offer a single
flower. I will wait to see what happens.” Out loud, he replied
to God, “Oh, yes, God. Yes, it is now his turn, so I’ll
let him make his offerings”. With that, God directed the poor
man, “Okay it is now your turn, come and make your offering.”
So, the poor man approached God with the flower and put it to rest
on God’s feet.
This action reflects another custom in India. In India, it is considered
good manners to bow to a person, as a way to show respect. The proper
response of the one accepting this sign of respect is to reach down
and lift the person who is bowing. So, the moment the poor man bowed
to offer his flower to God, God reached down from a great height
to lift the poor man. At the same time, God whispered: “I
will take care”.
Then God spoke to both of them and asked, “Now do you understand
who has the greatest devotion? The greatest devotion is the one
with love, the devotion with surrender. To the rich man God said,
“You wanted to see My head, but the poor man wanted to see
My feet. This also demonstrates his willingness to surrender”.
God continued, “It’s not possible to measure God with
your wealth or with your power. You cannot ever know God through
your wisdom or your knowledge. You can only surrender to God. You
need nothing in order to surrender. You don’t even need to
know how to surrender. In fact, this is the easiest way: for as
long as you think, “I can surrender”, you can’t,
because there is still an “I” in there. Only when you
know that God can do it for you, then it will come easily. So the
best kind of devotion is to surrender. To surrender you do not need
material things. You just need love, unconditional love of God.
This pleases God.
Really, if you think about it, what else could it be? Does it make
sense to think that you could ever offer God something special?
When in actuality, everything you have was created and given to
you by God. You didn’t invent it. So, what would make you
think that you can ever offer God anything, even a garland? When,
the fact is, that garland — its flowers, its thread, even
its fragrance all came from God? It would be like taking God’s
things and then giving them back to God, and saying that it was
So you receive God’s blessings for the love that accompanies
your offering, not for the gift itself. Since we now know that people
aren’t blessed for offering God any of God’s own creations,
we might ask, why would God bless people at all when they bring
offerings? You might even wonder how anyone gets blessings when
they make such offerings.
God is blessing people for their love, for the thoughts behind
the offerings. When people bring offerings, it is because they created
the thought of wanting to bring the offering. So, God blesses them
for the thinking behind the deed, not for the offerings themselves.
The thinking is the love. For example, let say that you had ten
apples and, in looking them over, you chose the best one of the
ten to offer to God. So the blessings you’ll receive are not
for the apple, because God made that apple and gave it to you in
the first place, but for the thought and your love. You must have
been thinking something like this: “Because this is the best
apple of the bunch, I will offer it to God”. You’ll
be blessed for that love, for that devotion.
In India, whenever there is a “if you do this, then I’ll
do that” type of deal, you need a contract. Not with God,
once you understand the meaning of surrender, then your life will
be very easy. You don’t even need a contract! You can’t
measure God’s greatness with material things. You can only
measure it with love. So great is God’s love that, once you
surrender, you do not even need to search for God, God will come
to you. This reminds Amma of a story that Amma told in Calgary:
It is another story about surrendering: it is about a mother and
There is a mother who is always taking good care of her child.
She feed him and bathes him and treats him very nicely. Then, one
day, she decided to play a game of hide-and-seek with her child.
They live in a very big home and so she leaves her child in the
main hallway and she hides behind one of the walls. The child is
doesn’t realize that the mother is watching. He is feeling
pretty good, lots of strength, energy and power. So, the child starts
to look around the house for his mother. First, he goes to the kitchen
and asks the cook, “Where is my mother”?
The cook doesn’t know. Then, the child goes out to the garden
and asks the gardeners, “Where is my mother?” They respond,
“We haven’t seen her”. So, the child walks around
to the garage and asks the driver, where is my mother”? The
driver doesn’t know. Finally, the child goes back into the
house and looks in the study. No one has seen his mother. By this
time, the child is getting tired of looking. All the energy and
strength he had initially has been spent. He’s looked everywhere
for his mother and knows that there is no place left for him to
search. So, what next? As with all children, this child starts to
cry. He just stands in the middle of the hall and cries for his
Meanwhile, the mother has been watching the child all along. She
remained hidden, but watched him run from room to room, inside and
outside, looking for her. She was happy to see him search for her.
She enjoyed his excitement and energy. But finally, when her child
started to cry, she came out from behind the wall and hugged her
baby. In the same way, once the child started to cry, it is like
us when we surrender. Like the child, when we realize that there
is no where else to look and that we have no more energy to search,
When we look for God with our ego and power, it is like the child
running around the house with energy to burn. But once the child
stops or when we let go of the ego, then the mother will come and
hug the child. When you look for God with ego and power, it’s
like the Child’s strength, like the child we run around. Like
the mother, God just sits back and watches with amusement. But,
when you surrender it’s like God gets your message and says,
“Oh that one has had enough”. At that moment, God will
come to you. So, you can decide what you want to do. To surrender,
once you understand it will help you in many ways. It is a great
blessing: it is having that faith.
Note too that it is impossible for other creations to surrender.
If you take a dog, for example, maybe a dog can surrender to its
owner. It will listen and do what it’s told. But, in general,
faith and confidence is possible only for humans. Other creations
can’t have faith or confidence. They have to worry, they have
to live in fear, they have to live their life in sadness. While
humans, once they surrender, can stop worrying, can stop being sad,
can surrender everything. Other creations cannot do this. If you
take a lion, an animal that we consider so powerful, even that lion,
after he hunts, can it eat its food in a relaxed state? No, it must
hurry, it has to eat fast because another lion or maybe even some
people will come along and take his food. So there are no possibilities
for other creations to relax and have peace in their lives. They
cannot trust anyone. The lion can’t say, “Ok, I’m
going to trust on so and so to watch my food for me”. It has
to live it’s life with sorrow and sufferings, fear and sadness.
It is only possible for humans, once they surrender, to get rid
of all their suffering. Amma bless you all.
Amma: So what is the way to surrender?
Devotees: Om Namo Narayani
Amma blesses you all.
Today is the Solution for the Future
There are a lot of people in the world who are worried about the
future. Oh, they ask, what is my future? Will it be pleasant or
will it be unpleasant? But, these mere thoughts are the reason for
the problems. How? When you start to worry about the future, the
uncertainty causes worry and then the worry may actually causes
something bad to happen, like depression. So, having the worry creates
the problems. For example, when you’re worried about things
which haven’t even happened yet, it means that you are creating
problems for yourself. Lots of people do this. What’s the
way to get rid of this? How can one live without fear of the future?
Before answering that question, you should understand the reason
for the problems you are experiencing today. If you understand that,
then it will help. Today’s problems come from yesterday’s
karma. What you have done in the past creates the deed and the deed
follows you. If it was a good deed, then today will be good for
you. And if we did something bad yesterday, then today, you will
have to accept a bad situation. All the things you are experiencing
today are due to yesterday.
In the same way, all the things that you are going experience tomorrow
will come out of what you do today. So, does worrying prevent anything
from happening? No. You can’t prevent, anything and you can’t
stop anything. So, now you can ask, “What is the way to stop
those worries, to stop those fears?” Just do good deeds today.
Because what you experience today, is from yesterday and what you
are going to experience tomorrow, is from today. So the deeds, whatever
you do today, will bring the returns for tomorrow. So now you understand
that the future is in your hands. You don’t need to worry
about the future.
You don’t need to seek out fortune tellers to tell you your
future. Now you have the seeds, you can choose which you want to
sow: good or bad. If you do good deeds, then your future will be
good, if you do bad things, then you’ll have to explain. When
you do the good things today, it will bring two returns: one is
for the future and one is for the past. By doing the good deed now,
it creates the good karma for the future and it will balance the
past bad karma.
The solution is this: today is the day. You cannot do anything about
yesterday and you cannot do anything about tomorrow. Yesterday is
like a broken pot: you can’t do anything with it, it is finished.
Tomorrow is like a cat on a fence: you are not sure where it will
jump. A cat may jump off to one side or to the other side. Like
the future, you don’t know whether it will be one way (good)
or the other way (bad). So, what you know is this: today is the
day. Today you have the chance and the opportunity: only do good
things, so that your future is good.
As Amma already mentioned, when you start to worry about the future,
it brings fear and it uses up your time. Instead of thinking about
good things and good deeds, when you start to worry about yourself,
then there is no time to think about the world or to do service.
To remove your fears and worries, just do good deeds. Whatever your
problems are, whatever your worries are, whatever your sufferings
are, just do good deeds. . It will change today’s life and
it will bring you a good life in the future. So, the future is in
your hands. You do not need to worry about the future. The things
you do now will determine your future, so just have good thoughts
and just do good deeds.
Amma blesses you all.
July 2005 Full Moon Puja Discourse
There was a man who was a great devotee, who did all the rituals
and payers to God. He did not stop doing his pujas even if he did
not have money for food. One day in praise of his prayer and devotion,
God appeared in front of him, blessed him for his sincere prayers
and told him from now on everything that happens to him will be
good. The man was speechless with happiness on seeing the almighty.
When God was about to disappear from in front of him, he remembered
a wish he always wanted to ask God if God ever appeared in front
of him. The wish was that everything he asked for should come true.
However, he could not ask God for this and instead God granted him
a boon (gift) that whenever he wished to see God, God would appear
in front of him. After the boon was granted, God disappeared.
The man was very happy and from that day onwards everything that
happened in his life was good. If he wanted one hundred, thousand
rupees he got ten thousand rupees which was sufficient for him.
All that he wished for was not fully granted; but what was good
and necessary was happening. Nothing bad happened to him at all.
For many years the man had a happy and a peaceful life.
In spite of this, the man is also a human being and he was getting
frustrated that everything he wished for was not happening the way
he wanted, even though he had a peaceful and happy life. So, thinking
about his boon given by God, he decided to ask God for his desire.
On an auspicious day he did his prayers to see God. As per the
boon given by God, God appeared in front of him and asked him what
he wanted. The man asked God to bless him so that anything he wished
for would come true. God asked him if he had any problems in his
present life and whether he was sure of what he was asking. The
man asked God why God was hesitating to bless him and told God that
he was clever too. God told the man that he was hesitating to bless
him because after all he was only a human being. However, God blessed
the man’s wish to be fulfilled.
As soon as he received the blessing, the man wanted to experiment
with it. He was living in a small house and wished that it would
turn into a palace. It happened immediately. Then he wished that
in such a big palace there should be 50 people to work and the palace
to be fully decorated. This also happened. He wanted 100 varieties
of food. The food appeared and he ate. He was tired after eating
so many varieties of food; he wanted to relax and wished to have
a cozy cot. Then he wished for a few maids to massage him.
This all happened and the man was very happy that God granted his
long time wish. Suddenly the man thought; what if all the 10 maids
strangled him. The very moment he thought this the 10 women strangled
him and he was unable to think or wish for anything. He saw his
body lying on the floor and did not understand what had happened.
God came to him and told him that he was dead and his soul needs
to go. The man was shocked and he asked God why this happened to
God told him this happened because he was only a human being. Humans
can think and know what they need only for the a few days or the
next week, year or probably for a particular period; but cannot
analyze what they require for their entire lives. Moreover since
man’s mind is not steady he cannot think through everything
well in advance. It is God who created us; will know man’s
needs and gives us what is required for our existence.
So humans can pray and ask God for all that he wants, but God will
analyze and bless him with what he requires. God only will know
what is good or bad for him. Man should pray to God sincerely and
with complete faith. He can ask God for everything; but should not
worry or get angry with God if his wishes are not fully granted.
When man worries he loses his faith in God and in turn he loses
his happiness and peace of mind. If he is happy with what God has
blessed him with; then his faith in God increases and in turn happiness
and peace will fill his life. We should do our sincere prayers and
express our wishes to God. God will know which is good or bad and
bless everyone with what is required.
Amma blesses everyone!
Once upon a time there lived a great sage who travelled far and
wide spreading the message of God. He spoke on topics such as spirituality,
pujas, prayers, bhajans, meditation, seva etc. The nearby villagers
heard about this great sage and invited him over to their village.
The sage graciously accepted the invitation and he spoke on the
topic of Bhakthi.
“Each and every one of you should think and pray to God everyday
and not just when you have worries or trouble. Thinking of God only
during the troubled times is wrong. Even then worries or agitation
will be on the foremost in the mind and not God. But if you pray
and think of God everyday you will be able to handle your worries
in a calmer mind. There is no special day or time to pray or go
to the temple. Any day is a good day and you should also make a
sincere effort to pray everyday.
Everyone was engrossed in his speech but there was one man who
did not accept this and felt that the sage was not making any sense.
He felt that there was nothing wrong in praying only when you are
worried because during the calmer times you can use your time and
mind for more productive things. He decided to stay back and question
Everyone left after the discourse, except this man. He then approached
the sage and told him that there is nothing wrong in thinking or
praying to God only when you are agitated. The sage asked him to
come nearer to him and gave a forceful slap on his cheek. The man
screamed saying “Ouch!” The sage asked him, “You
are in pain so why did you not say God’s name, instead you
screamed”. The man replied, “It hurt and I was in pain
so I screamed”.
The sage gave him another slap on the other cheek and the man screamed
even louder. Again the sage asked him, “Why didn’t you
scream out God’s name”. The man replied, “All
I could feel is the pain”. The sage then told him, “You
see now, when you are in pain all you can feel is the pain and not
the thoughts of God”. But if you pray everyday, God will be
upper most on your mind; you will be able to handle the problems
with more courage and will believe that God will take care of you.
When in pain, the pain seems to be in the fore front and not God.
But by praying everyday you will face pain and difficult times like
the passing clouds”.
Prayers are the foundation stones for removing our sins of previous
birth karma. We do not know what sins we had committed in the previous
birth but by praying and going to the temple in this life we will
be able to reduce these sins. Bhakthi is thinking and praying to
God everyday; and this should be done wholeheartedly. Not with any
desires or wishes. Bhakthi will lead to Punya.
Just as we need air, sunlight, food everyday we need to think of
God everyday. If we can’t go to the temple everyday, pray
at home. Whatever way you want to think and pray to God; like doing
pujas, reciting slokas, do it whole-heartedly and not because you
want some materialistic desire to be fulfilled or a wish to be granted.
Pray only for the Divine’s blessings. Only a mother knows
what a child needs. So it is Amma’s responsibility to grant
Amma’s children who offer prayers, what they need.
Nama Smaranam (Chanting of God’s name) is very important to
each and everyone. Chanting the name of God constantly in your mind
will give you the courage to face everything in life and also give
you the peace you need. This will in turn help you to understand
Divinity and will involve yourself in charitable activities. In
this Kali Yuga, the mere chanting of God’s name will give
you the bliss. All chant together OM NAMO NARAYANI.
Reciting the 108 or 1008 names of the Divine will definitely reach
God. There is a saying, “Yad Bhavo Tad Bhavati “–
“What you think is what you are”. You think of negative
thing, you will end up doing all the negative things. But if you
think of The Divine always; your words thoughts and actions will
all be good. They will always be clean and good and will definitely
benefit the society at large.
Amma blesses you all to start Nama Smaranam and continue
it, everyday of your life.
Full Moon Puja Discourse (17.10.2005)
Of all the religions in this world, the Hindu religion is a special
one. We are all specially blessed to have been born as Hindus. There
are so many rituals and disciplinary procedures in this religion
in order to make mankind walk on the righteous path. Due to this,
there are many festivals in the Hindu religion.
There will be some festival or the other every month like Vinayagar
Chathurthy, Krishna Jayanthi, Deepavali and so on. For every festival
there are thousands of meanings, justifications and reasons. When
we celebrate Navarathiri, Goddess Parasakthi celebrates it in memory
of the destruction of Mahishasuran and other demons. Vinayagar Chathurthy
is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Vinayagar. Like wise,
Deepavali is one of the important festivals.
Why Deepavali is celebrated? Once upon a time, there was a dreaded
demon by name Naragasuran. Lord Krishna fought Naragasuran and destroyed
him. It was Naragasuran’s wish that the day of his death be
celebrated with pomp and galore, hence we celebrate Deepavali.
In this same way, every festival has a story and truth behind it.
We may ask; “Naragasuran was destroyed long ago; and it might
have been reasonable to celebrate his death at that time. But why
we keep on celebrating it continuously every year”? The people
who lived during the time of Naragasuran were suffering because
his torture, and by the death of Naragasuran they had been relieved;
and for this reason they celebrated his death. But for the destruction
of demons like Naragasuran and Mahishasuran so long ago, why we
have to celebrate them every year, till now?
We celebrate these festivals for keeping faith and trust in God.
In those days, sages, men and other life beings were tortured by
demons like Naragasuran. There was nobody to stand against them.
That is why all the suffering beings approached Lord Krishna for
help and Lord Krishna fought the demon and destroyed him.
Even now, people have a lot of problems, worries and difficulties
caused by the sins they committed in their previous births or caused
by negative forces. So, we approach God and ask for help. In order
to remember that God will help us, we continue to celebrate these
We celebrate these festivals to strengthen our faith and trust
in our Mother Goddess Parasakthi. We believe that Ambal will bless
us with the same peace and happiness as She bestowed upon the people
who approached Her to free them from the clutches of demons in those
days. At the same time, every family receives peace and happiness.
What happens when we celebrate these festivals? We cook delicious
food and sweets and share with our neighbors and friends. If these
festivals are not observed, we will be living like strangers in
spite of the fact that we live in the same locality or in the next
house. Celebration creates unity in the society because we meet
each other, communicate with each other and thus succeed in creating
a smooth and happy home and neighbourhood.
Festivals are also ways to follow and sustain the long inherited
culture of our fore fathers which have a lot of meaning behind them.
Festivals inculcate faithful trust in God, promote unity in the
society, help develop healthy feelings towards each other and help
to extend peace and the blessings for a harmonious life.
Now a day, any one can take up any profession; but in olden days,
it was not like that. According to Varuna Dharma, different professions
were allotted to different sections of people. For example, a section
of people would be engaged in making mud pots. Some other people
will be engaged in some thing else like agriculture. If the profession
allotted to each section of the people is executed properly, their
lives will be complete and contented.
During festival times, like Pongal, we buy new pots etc. As a result,
selling their products benefits the people who make pots, and subsequently,
their profession is developed and enhanced. We make Pongal with
grains and vegetables, which are produced by the farmers and they
are encouraged to produce more and they benefited.
Hence, festivals are not only meant for making sweets and food
dishes for sharing. There are thousands of deeper meanings through
the stories in the Puranas. If someone should read these stories,
he will develop a strong faith in God’s power. For example,
if God can deliver a man from his difficulties, as he has
done to so many others, he could also make it possible for us too.
In the times of Naragasuran and Mahishasuran, these demons were
not able to go near people and trouble them because of the power
these people obtained through the faith they had in God and the
strength and devotion they had in God’s power. These demons
could not enter the souls of the people and torture them. They were
given all the troubles from outside the souls. This was possible
because of the power the people of that time gained through their
faith and devotion to God.
For example, even if a good bearing fruit tree withers away, its
seeds will grow underneath and become yet another set of good bearing
fruit trees. In the same way, under a tree with thorns, another
set of plants with thorns will grow. People in those days had strong
faith and the negative forces could not enter their hearts, But
now, the strength of faith has decreased and the negative forces
enjoy their dwelling place in the hearts of today’s people.
If there is an enemy outside, we can see. If there is an enemy
within, we have to see. The enemies within are anger, jealousy and
lust. Until such enemies are destroyed we can never attain peace
and happiness. That is why we celebrate festivals during the auspicious
time when the world is full of sound and light.
Vedas are healthy sounds. That is why we see God as masses of light.
We worship God by lighting different kinds of lamps in the Temples.
When a good sound is heard, the soul receives peace. If a good music
is played, the soul receives peace and happiness. Every body knows
Body reacts according to the sound. If a slow melody is played,
the body moves accordingly. If a sound is heard with a high volume
and speed, the movements of the body changes accordingly. These
are happenings through sound. In the same way, light affects soul
and changes the body movements accordingly. If someone happens to
see a bright light, his soul receives peace in the same way as when
he hears good music. That is why, in order to worship God in the
shape of light, we have the custom of lighting the lamps in our
homes. Now a day, we only use the electric bulbs for illumination.
In the olden days, there were only oil lamps shining in the Moolasthanams
reflecting the glorious Dharshan on the face of the Deity. That
vision gives a great amount of peace to the souls.
Listening to a melodious music and staring at a bright light will
have the impact on the souls who happen to be present there. That
is the reason why we light the lamps at home.
Deepavali is a special festival. It means a row of light. Deepam
means light. Vali means row. If one wants to go somewhere during
the night, he needs a light to show him the way, no matter how clever
and brave he may be or even if he might have been there before.
He can never reach that place safely without a light. If a man wants
to achieve a good, happy and peaceful life, he needs a path, illuminated
with light all the way through his life. Lights are arranged on
every Deepavali, just to depict the idea that God’s grace
lights the path way of every living being.
At the Sri Narayani Peedam, as usual every year, the Sree Chakra
is going to be arranged with 10,008 lamps filled with ghee on Deepavali
Day. What is Sree Chakra? Man has a home. In the same way God has
a home. They are called Enthrams. If an Enthram is drawn properly
it becomes the house of God. The Sree Chakra is special because
all the powers of Sere Ambal are present in Sree Chakra. If a single
lamp lights up a considerable distance, 10,008 lamps will illuminate
the whole Universe.
Amma invites all of you to come and offer a lamp on the
Sree Chakra with your own hands. Amma blesses all living beings
of all the worlds to be happy, contented and graced.
Patience for the Grace of God - 14.11.2005
This enlightening discourse was delivered from the Divinity - Arul
Thiru Sakthi Amma.
“There are millions of flowers on this earth but all of them
do not have the honour and uniqueness to be offered to the Almighty.
Some flowers are presented as bouquet at parties and functions.
Some flowers are exchanged between lovers as a token of their love
to each other. Other flowers are used for decorating coffins. Only
a few varieties of flowers are used for offering to the Sacred Divinity.
All flowers are not accepted with readiness. For example, if someone
offers a flower taken from a coffin, the receiver will not feel
comfortable to accept it as he would feel that something bad may
happen to him. But everyone will accept a flower, which is taken
from a bunch offered to the Divine. Likewise, only those lives which
are blessed by Amma, reach the heavenly abode with completeness.
People expect that God will grant whatever they pray for immediately.
We cannot fix a time span for God. God plans perfectly and lets
things happen at the most appropriate time. For example, with a
case of milk, it takes one day to turn into curd. It takes two days
to extract butter from the curd and four days to finally convert
the butter into ghee. Therefore, in the same way, people should
have the patience to wait for the grace of the Supreme Power.”
Amma blesses you all.
Sound - 20.12.2005
Sound is very important for the human life. The moment you come
from your Mother, the sound that you hear directs you. Without sound
it is very hard. For example, if you want to communicate with someone
you need to raise that sound or if you want to act on something
then you need sound. There are different levels of sound at work.
Sound has a very important role in the human life. Without sound
you cannot do anything. To create action from the thoughts you are
having requires communication. If you want to create action with
people you need sound. If you want to learn something, you need
In the human life, during the first stage of life, sound has different
roles from different people. For example, if there is sound from
your mother it is about kindness and it is about your care. When
sound is from friends it is for your support and your courage. If
sound is from your relatives it is encouraging and it will praise
you. So sound from who and where, is per that. It has different
For a person, if he needs to go forward in a good way then he needs
to hear sound from good people; good sound which leads them to do
good things. Sound is the ultimate. It is necessary for human life.
All sound, whether it is from the parents, friends or relatives,
(doesn’t matter), all sound connects to the physical body.
Each and every sound can create different types of emotions in
the physical body. When you listen to some sounds it makes you feel
happy. When you listen to some sounds it makes you cry. When you
listen to some sounds it makes you dance. When you listen to some
sounds it takes you back before you were 20 years old. Depending
upon the sound, the physical body can create the emotions.
The body is so related to sound that if someone wants peace they
just listen to such sounds. For example, when you sit in meditation
and you listen to very melodious music, as per something which will
help to create peace and concentration, you receive peace. When
you need energy you listen to that type of music. Sound can create
so many things in the physical body.
Each and every sound is related so deeply in your heart and in
your mind that if you need to convey something, you need to convey
it through sound. Sound is very important. All sounds, whether it’s
from music or other things, is all for the physical body; emotion
in the physical body. Is this enough for the human life? No Apart
from the physical body, you have a soul.
For the soul, is there anything to help awaken it? To awaken your
physical body there are many things and many sounds. To awaken the
soul there is something called chanting.
When mother raises sound it is about care and out of kindness and
love. When friends raise sound it is about courage and support.
Each and every sound can help the physical form for certain reasons.
For the soul, there is sound which can connect you to the divine.
That sound is called chanting. It can connect you to the divine
because it was raised by the divine. That is why it connects directly
to the soul. Whatever the chants, and there are many chants from
the Vedas and from other holy texts, when you listen to those chants
it awakens your soul.
It is not really necessary for you to know the meaning of the chants.
Even if you can’t understand the meaning, the vibration of
the chants and the energy from the chants can communicate to your
soul. It doesn’t need religion or to be in the language that
you speak. The energy from the chants can communicate to your soul
and it will awaken your soul, helping you to connect to the divine.
To fulfill this human birth, just the physical body and physical
intelligence is not enough. Still there is something apart from
that called the soul. The soul needs to connect to the divine. Then
your purpose will be fulfilled. From the divine, the world is blessed
to have these chants. It is a gift from the divine. There are many
other gifts from the divine such as nature. Everything, each and
every plant, the air, the water, all the things we are using in
our day to day life, is from nature.
It is all a divine gift for the physical body. In addition to that,
the chants are one of the biggest gifts for the human birth, to
connect to the divine. As for the things that are for the human’s
physical life, because it is from nature, it is also a path to the
divine but the chants are especially for the soul.
Humans alone are blessed to hear and to feel the chants. It is
first good to listen to chants. You need not listen to chants and
immediately repeat the chants. Just listen. The energy of the chanting,
the vibration of the chanting alone will bring all the things that
you need. Later, you can choose small versions of chants to repeat,
and do it in your regular practice.
When you do the chants it helps in several ways. One, for the person
who is doing the chanting it will physically help them to have good
health. When you say each and every word as per the vibration, there
will be a reaction in the physical body. In the olden days when
they did the havaan (fire prayer) when someone was sick, they would
do a particular chant with the fire rituals so the vibrations of
those chants would react on the physical body and in the person
who listened, and would bring healing. So there are chants for each
and everything including the physical body, the mind and the soul.
Chants are the words and the voice of the divine.
When the mother raises the words, it is out of love. Through chanting
you are hearing the words of the divine, given to the world with
love and joy. You are alone blessed to listen to chanting. The meaning
doesn’t matter. Each and every chant will have a meaning but
just listen. The second step is then to choose a simple chant and
do it in your regular prayers.
Chanting first helps the person who is chanting. Then it helps
the place where you are chanting because you are creating that energy.
For example, if you are chanting at your altar in your home, you
will be creating energy at that altar, and the place will be filled
with positive energy; divine energy. Once you have raised enough
energy, you will raise it in the form of air.
Once you raise it in the form of air it becomes part of nature
and you can’t control nature, so it moves to the neighbour,
to the street, and beyond. So when you do chanting, it’s not
just for one person or one place. It is for the world. Then, when
you do the chanting with deep love and faith, you can feel the vibration
of that in your soul.
Each and every chant will have a meaning and as per that meaning,
as per that energy, it starts to react in the physical body and
your soul, then allowing you to feel the divine in you. It is a
blessing to hear those things. Other creations cannot hear them.
Humans alone are blessed to listen to them. It is a gift. Apart
form all the chants, slokas and suktams the best, simplest and easiest
is “Om Namo Narayani”.
This is the ultimate. The meaning of the chant is, “I
surrender to the Divine Mother”. Once you know the
meaning, it will bring change in you and as Amma told, each and
every chant can react in the physical body and bring goodness and
help. It takes away tension, depression, frustration, and things
of that nature. Chanting isn’t just for one thing. It is for
the physical and the spiritual. It is for blessings. Humans are
alone blessed. Even in that, how many of them are aware of these
things? Very few, so you are all blessed. Enjoy the world; enjoy
the gift that was given by the divine.
Conversions with Amma:
Devotee: Amma you say we should make the sound
which can be external, I find even just thinking the mantra….
Amma: Yes, still you will connect with the divine.
It is not necessary that you need to chant externally. To chant
internally, still it will help. It is more powerful than chanting
Devotee: Many of us have CD’s of singers
doing chants. Just as we were talking earlier, with someone who
does acupuncture, anyone can put a needle in but it depends upon
who is putting the needle in, in terms of the effect. If we buy
various recordings that have chants on them is it important that
we know who is doing those chants?
Amma: In the chants the meaning is not important.
The way, in how they are chanted, the pronunciation and the grammar
they have; that is important for the chants. You cannot do chants
like a song. There are lots of chants that are like songs. As per
that, if it possible to get the proper pronunciation and grammar,
it’s good. The sound is very important. The pronunciation
is very important. These days there are many CD’s; each with
their own style. In one way it’s good. They have lots of music
and things behind them. If you want to experience the real joy in
the chants it should be in the proper pronunciation and grammar.
Devotee: Can Amma speak about the chanting we
do during the fire puja. I know it’s an old prayer that many
Amma: Very soon it is going to be in the form
of a book with translations and very soon you will get that.
Devotee: Amma, I often feel like there are voices
and sounds or vibrations coming from other places not necessarily
coming from friends or family and not coming from chanting. How
does that affect us and what are we supposed to do with those sounds
and those vibrations. Sometime they come from within me, sometimes
I hear them, not necessarily negative, and they don’t always
come from a person or a voice and I don’t always hear them
with an ear.
Amma: It’s not possible to hear all those
sound. One in a million can hear those sounds from nature. You need
not worry about that. Sometimes the spirit, other spirits, can raise
those things. Sometimes it is meant for you and sometimes it’s
not so you need not worry about it. Just leave it. Sometimes they
are good. When you hear the good things you take it. When it’s
not good you leave it.
Devotee: When we write new songs that are sort
of like chants and put in all of our intention, how does it compare
to the Vedic chanting?
Amma: Vedic chant is a big topic. It was not written
by anyone. It is the breath of Amma. It was not written, it was
not created, it was just found. When you write a song for Amma,
or whatever you are doing, and you have surrendered to Amma, then
the actions and everything will be from Amma, so it is good. You
need not compare the Vedas because they were not composed or created
by anyone. It was from nature. It was already there. The sages found
it. It is the breath of nature.
Devotee: A bird just a moment ago was chanting.
Is that chanting? Are the sounds of nature the same as a chant?
Amma: Yes, because it is one stage of seeing the
divine in everything. It is love. If one reaches that stage it is
their blessings; instead of closing their ears. When you love that
thing, you are blessed to see the divine in everything.
Devotee: The loud bell at the time that Amma is
rotating the fire in front of Narayani… what is the purpose
Amma: It’s one way of creating good vibrations
which are suitable for puja and it will keep the negative forces
back. What do we mean by negative forces? Ignorance is the negative
force. It is a form of darkness. They don’t like the lights
from the lamps. They don’t like the fragrances. They don’t
like the nice sounds. All of these things keep them away.
Devotee: Is there a reason why you have the animals
that you, have like the elephant?
Amma: In the Vedas, in the chants it talks about
Ganesha having an elephant face and Hanuman having a monkey face.
The reason is to help people to see the divine in everything. That
is why it’s created like that. So that everyone can love these
creations, not just love themselves; but love other creations also.
If it is in the name of the divine they can have more love for that.
Otherwise they are just animals.
Amma: In the past when people got a snake bite
they would chant and from the chants themselves they would take
the poison out. Even the God of Creation called Brahma does his
creating with chants.
Devotee: With the chanting, is it different for
different people? It would seem that to do the fire puja with Amma’s
CD would be more powerful because it is coming form Amma yet are
there some people who get more from it because they are doing it
themselves? Say, I was doing fire puja at home by myself, not in
a group, and I have a little havaan and I am going to do the chants.
I could say them myself and do the chants or I could put on Amma’s
CD and do them with Amma’s CD. It would seem that it is much
more powerful to use Amma’s CD than my own chants.
Amma: Yes, that is correct. Once you learn the
chants with all the correct pronunciations you can do them with
Amma’s CD’s. Be with the Mother.
Devotee: When you need extra support and find
it hard to be joyful what do you do?
Amma: That is the time you need “Om Namo
Narayani”. When there is no one for you and you feel you are
alone, when you feel you need help is when you need that strength.
That is when you chant. This is not just a word. It is a code of
the divine which will connect to your soul. Just do that.
Amma blesses you all.
Two Types of Wishes- 12.12.2005
There are people with two types of wishes. Number one, there are
people who wish to satisfy the divine and number two, there are
people who expect that the divine should satisfy them. So what are
these two types? Even though both have good wishes, of the two types,
number one is better. If you think that the divine should satisfy
all of your desires and needs, and only then you would be able to
attain peace and joy, it is impossible. It is impossible because
your mind will never say ENOUGH, even if the divine starts to give.
For example, if you wish for something and you buy it, your wish
has been granted by the divine because your wish is that the divine
should satisfy your needs and grant all of your wishes. Then, you
pray for something else. It too gets granted. Again, your mind will
wish for another thing and again it will be granted and again your
mind will wish for another thing and again it is granted. The mind
will never say enough. It will never feel it has enough because
it is a human mind. Even though divine grace is with you, your wish,
which is based on desire and greed, will not allow you to ever have
peace or joy because it will never allow you to say enough.
There is another type of wish which is that you want to satisfy
the divine. The second type of wish is significant of greed and
desire, and the first type of wish is surrender; you want to satisfy
the divine. This means that whatever the divine grants, you will
just accept it. You will not worry about anything, you will just
accept it. Once you want to fulfill the divine and once you want
to satisfy the divine you are on a path of surrender. You will accept
everything that is granted by the divine. In this way if you have
a wish and it comes true you will be happy.
If it does not come, you will still be happy because your only
wish was to satisfy the divine. Whatever comes from the divine,
you will just accept. In this first type of devotion, there aren’t
any upsets or sadness. You are ready to accept anything. You have
surrendered your life to the divine and the divine is guiding your
life. There will not be any self-wishes such as, “I need this
or I need that” You may have wishes but you will not worry
about the result. In this type of devotion you will always be happy,
free from worry, and you will have peace and joy.
In the second type, if you expect that the divine should satisfy
your wishes you are putting the divine behind in your mind, which
is running; your mind is guiding, your mind is leading. When your
mind leads, where is the limit? Where is the end point when it says
stop? It will never say stop. It will keep running, “More.
More. More”. So, on one path, even though you are receiving
things, you are not satisfied. Greed is leading and desire is leading.
You cannot find joy in this.
In the first path you are giving your whole life to the divine
and you are putting the divine in front of you. Now the divine is
leading your life. When the divine leads, you will have great joy
because you are experiencing the blessings of satisfaction. This
is one of the biggest blessings in the world. If someone is satisfied
with what they have they then can start to give things to others.
If there is a person without satisfaction, even if he has many things,
he is still poor. He still needs something from someone. So satisfaction
is very important in this. That is the blessing.
So in these two ways, you need to decide if you want the divine
to satisfy your wish or you want to live as the divine wishes. Both
happen, both are possible, but when you want the divine to satisfy
your wish you will not feel satisfaction, real satisfaction, because
your heart and your mind will never say enough. For this reason
it is best to live as the divine wishes. This is SURRENDER. With
the other type, you are leading by your desire. With this type,
you are leading by the divine. In this you will have more peace
and more joy. It is possible only in the human life.
Other creations have to live only with the thought of, “What
way?” They can’t give their life to the divine. They
don’t have those abilities. They can’t realize the divine.
Those creations can’t live for their satisfaction. They may
have the wish that the divine should fulfill their wishes but humans
are blessed to have the capacity of realizing the divine in their
life. So it is a blessing just to know that it is possible to have
joy just by having the divine. You need to choose the path to wish
that whatever the divine wishes is good; it’s the best. Then
you will have great joy and peace.
Amma blesses you all.
In one village, there was a business man who was really devoted.
Every day before he started his business he would go to the temple
and do all of his prayers. Only then would he start all of his regular
routines and business things. No matter how busy his schedule was,
he never missed his prayers. So far, everything in his life was
One day, he needed to go on a business trip to another town, so,
as usual, he visited the temple and asked for blessings that everything
would be good for his new business venture. His business was selling
salt. He would get salt from small business people and then make
a deal selling the salt in wholesale. When he traveled, he carried
lots of salt in big bags on bull carts.
On this day, he left early, following his morning prayers, in order
to avoid the hot sun. He almost crossed half way on his journey
to the new town when it started to rain very heavily. The rain was
never expected. There wasn’t any symptom of the rain when
he left his town but now, there was very heavy rain.
So, his business is selling salt. What will happen if the salt
gets wet? At first he thought the rain would stop after an hour
or two but it continued to rain. Because of the heavy downpour of
rain, all of the salt that he was carrying to sell dissolved. Then
his mind started to work. He started to hail on the divine, “What
are you doing? I am praying so hard and you give me this? Why did
you do it?”
So he went on and on throwing all of his words at the divine until
he got tired. By that time it was almost evening and he then decided
that it was a waste of time to pray, believing that all of his prayers
did not come true. His business was now ruined because of the rain
and the divine allowed the rain to dissolve all of his salts. The
business man packed up all of his bags and turned his bull carts
around and began to make his journey home.
He then realized that it was night and it would take too long to
go to his small town so he decided that because he was nearly halfway
to the new town he would stay in that town and go to his town in
the morning. After crossing some distance, he saw some business
people with lots of food and bull carts and things and it appeared
that they had been beaten. It almost looked like they had fainted.
When he saw them he was shocked. He got up from his vehicle and
went over to them and asked, “What happened to you all?”
Then they asked him if he was safe. He replied that he was safe
and that just his salts were dissolved because of the divine. After
that the other people told him, ”Oh, you are so blessed. Just
your salts are dissolved, but for us, we have come back from the
town after selling all of our goods and on the way a group of robbers
came and took all of our money, beat and injured us. So for you,
you are better off. Just your salts are dissolved. You’re
safe, but for us, we have lost our goods, are beaten and injured
and we have lost all of our money. Everything is gone. You are blessed.
The divine that you pray to has helped you.”
Then he realized what a stupid thing he had done. So actually,
what happened to him was good. You may not know what is really going
on when things happen to you. There will always be a reason behind
it. Just know that and follow and accept that. When you lose faith
it is very hard to get back to the same place that you were because
of the guilt we feel.
If you lose faith and scold the divine it is harder to come back
to the same place with the divine. It is better to be patient with
whatever happens. Each and every thing will have a reason. It is
not possible and not necessary to find what the meaning is for all
occurrences. Just be patient when you are on the spiritual path.
Be patient and accept whatever comes. The end point will always
be good. Hope and have strong faith on this so that you don’t
worry about all things in between. Leave it and accept it. This
will allow you to have more peace and joy.
Sometimes when you expect ten, the divine may give 100. Don’t
worry about things; be patient, be calm, just accept whatever comes.
Wait. Wait so you don’t try to justify why it has happened.
Don’t give the work to the mind. Just listen. It will help
to have more peace and joy.
Amma blesses you all.
Conversations with Amma
Devotee: Is it our karma that makes it happen
that way Amma?
Amma: Yes, yes, yes, each and everything from
the small cut in the nail to something big in the head, everything
is based on karma. Your devotion and your deeds will help to reduce
the concentration of the karma. So if you say that everything is
going to happen as per karma then you may question; what is the
point of praying? What is the point of devotion? What is the point
for faith? The point of faith is, it will reduce the concentration
of the karma.
Devotee: So if we stay on the spiritual path we
protect ourselves; we lessen the karma so it doesn’t hurt
us too much?
Amma: Yes, yes the devotion will help in many
ways on the subject of karma. The main thing is that it will help
in reducing the concentration of the karma and even for a small
part, you will get strength and courage from your devotion and faith.
All of those things you will get from devotion.
Devotee: That’s the free will?
Amma: Yes, you can say that it is free will by
that time. You can just accept it like that.
Devotee: If you just say Om Namo Narayani every
day is that enough or do you have to pray on top that?
Amma: That is enough. It seems that it’s
very easy but it should be your breath.
Devotee: What do you mean your breath?
Amma: Whenever you breathe the air in and out,
you should have the thought of chanting Om Namo Narayani, all of
the time. Try your best. It doesn’t mean you stop your duties
to do it. Whenever you get time you just do it.
Devotee: My second question is about orbs. When
I was taking pictures at full moon puja I got these orbs. Some of
them were quite large and I just wanted to hear from you and not
some other people, what they are.
Amma: Amma already told, it is the energy of the
Devotee: Why do they show up on some cameras and
Amma: Again, karma, karma, blessings.
Devotee: I was wondering, I have heard a lot of
things about Narayani, about three Goddesses in one; if you could
explain a bit more. I want to hear it from you.
Amma: Why does Amma take the form, the name of
Narayani? What’s the necessity? What’s the meaning of
that? As everyone knows, this is the age of sin which is called
Kali Yuga. Kali means sin so this is called the age of sin. When
you look at the reasons for creating sin, it is humans which are
creating sin in this age because of three things. One is the lack
of knowledge. They don’t know what to do, which one is right,
so they are creating sin by lacking in knowledge. The second is
for wealth. Everyone wants the happiest life with wealth and lots
of things and if they can’t achieve this they try to achieve
things through other means and they create sins. The third is lack
Everyone is able to work, everyone is able to create things but
everyone wants a big position or big wealth or big power without
working. They don’t want to put in the effort necessary to
achieve all those things. So, if someone wants all those things
without putting in the effort it means he will need to do something
bad, to get those things. If he doesn’t make an effort, how
can he achieve the things he wants? He will go another way. The
present world is creating sin in these three ways, these three reasons;
lack of wisdom, lack of wealth, and lack of strength.
If the divine visits to lead the world on the path of peace and
joy then the world needs to fulfill all of these three things. This
is why Amma has taken the form of Narayani which is Durga, Lakshmi
and Saraswati. As Saraswati, Amma is blessing the world with wisdom
and knowledge. As Lakshmi, Amma is blessing the world with prosperity
and wealth. As Durga, Amma is giving strength and energy. So that’s
why Amma has taken this form in this way. Narayani means the energy
or the power which exists in everything. That is what Narayani means.
Devotee: Amma last night we talked about good
and bad, good people, bad people, but it seems to me that in the
majority of cases it’s a combination of good and bad that
people aren’t all bad and often not all good. The question
that I have is, if you believe that people are basically good but
you experience them as bad what is the spiritual way to approach
that situation when that person does things to hurt people yet you
know that person is trying to spiritually work through his or her
Amma: First you just try to communicate with them
what they are expecting. If they think “I am a spiritual person
and what I am doing is right,” if they think like that, then
try to explain to them that what they are doing isn’t exactly
what you should do as a spiritual person. Instead you are creating
more sin and bad karma. Try to explain this to them. If they are
not listening you just leave it knowing it is their karma. At the
same time, you can pray for them which will help them.
Devotee: Does it mean that once you have tried
the first approach then you just go on with your life?
Amma: Yes, yes, then you leave it because you
have your own duty to do.
Devotee: Amma. When you say pray for them is it
our own personal concept of what prayer is or is there a structure
Amma: Prayers. To pray mean’s that it is
not really for you. When you say prayers you need not pray for yourself.
Whatever is going to happen is going to happen as per karma. So
what is the point of prayer? It is that you can pray for others,
which will be considered a service out of unconditional love. It
is not really necessary to pray for your things. When you have the
time just think of the divine. This can be taken as a prayer.
Devotee: And Amma if you pray for the whole world
you don’t forget anyone.
Amma: Yes, yes that is the best.
Devotee: Is Om Namo Narayani a prayer for the
world as well?
Amma: Yes, because you are bring the energy into
yourself and you can pass the energy into the world.
Devotee: What is the purpose of the drums and
the sounds of puja?
Amma: To create good energy and, for certain sounds,
the negative forces don’t like the sounds. Like the sound
of the conch, the sound of the bell, and the sound of drums. The
negative forces don’t like those sounds. It’s like a
police siren for bad people (Lots of laughter).
Devotee: So if you feel there is bad energy in
a place you just ring a bell?
Amma: Just ring and play drums until the neighbour
comes and knocks on the door. (laughter)
Devotee: Amma, when we pray and we pray to God
or pray to Amma and we have sort of a communication at that time,
is the sound... is the vibration the communication?
Amma: Yes, it has the vibration and also the communication
between your soul to the divine will also help, not just the sound.
Even when you say the prayer internally it will create the energy
Devotee: Is it better to pray for the world or
for all beings?
Amma: Just pray for the world. That is good.
Devotee: When Amma does aarti, and spirals and
circles, what is the significance?
Amma: What Amma does is the form of OM. OM is
the eternal sound which exists in the world that exists in nature
so that is the shape of the OM.
Devotee: Amma. As a young person, how did the
intricacies of Amma’s puja’s develop? I remember going
to visit Amma’s Amma’s home and seeing on Amma’s
bedroom wall the drawings. I don’t know how young you were
at the time but the intricacies that is Amma, how did that develop?
Amma: Whatever children have, it is from the parents.
It is their karma. If you did something good then it follows to
the children in the way of everything such as their intelligence,
talent and things and also, it is their own karma. It is their blessings.
Devotee: Amma, what do you say to young children
or some not so young, about education.
Amma: For elders, as Amma told, if they want the
ultimate, the goal of the human life is doing good deeds because
it is possible only in the human life. If you want to do good deeds
you need to be in a good position. Only then can you do good things.
What will give the good position? Recommendations? Other wealth?
No. Your own intelligence, your own wisdom and knowledge will give
a good position in life. You can gain all of those things through
education. That is why education is there. At present everyone should
concentrate on their education so then they can succeed in life
by doing good deeds.
Devotee: Amma when we say Om Namo Narayani in
Canada do you still hear us?
Amma: If it is not, then you wouldn’t be
here today. (Laughter)
Devotee: Amma, why do you wash Narayani?
Amma: It is out of the love that you are feeling
that you want to give the things that you are using for yourself.
It is coming out of love that you want to express that the divine
is also like you. Spiritually, it is not that when you see Narayani
being washed that you are cleaning Narayani, but rather it is for
love… you are conveying your love through those services.
Devotee: Amma is there some significance to the
number of lamps that you do?
Amma: It doesn’t matter. Each and every
lamp has significance, not numbers
Devotee: Amma some people have said that they
have seen Narayani take a bite of a banana or move a hand or something.
Is this true? Is Narayani alive?
Amma: As Amma told yesterday, it is their faith.
It’s not that taking a piece of banana is for everyone. But
at the same time, is doesn’t mean that it hasn’t happened.
It depends upon the faith.
Devotee: But when you see it…I remember
when we were in New York you came and showed me the banana and there
was a little bite out of the banana and you told me that Narayani
took that little bite so, it is faith but there is a reality to
Amma: Yes, but only once you have the faith; with
those eyes you cannot see any other things. With faith you can see
only the divine accepted things. There is no second thought of how
we accept it.
Everyone can go and have a good rest. Amma blesses you
No Need to Worry - 24.12.2005
If the divine decides to give, no one can stop it. If our wish
is not in the divine’s plan, no one can change it. So, you
need not to worry about the things which are not in the materialized
Lots of people have plans, that they need this or they need that.
If it does not happen, most people get upset. Everyone will find
a reason for why it isn’t happening such as, “This is
the reason. He is the reason. She is the reason.” When you
think like that, it creates unwanted results like jealousy and anger.
It disturbs you. It is best if you can put in the efforts for your
wishes and your needs but not worry about the results.
If it is in the divine’s plan, if Amma wants to give something
to you, no one can stop it. It is not possible to stop it, even
if someone tries to. It will not stop. It will come in front of
your door. If it is not good for you, the divine does not want to
give it to you. Therefore, you cannot have it. When things that
you wish for do not materialize for you, don’t worry about
it. Just understand it as the divine’s wish for you. That
way you will have more peace.
If you start to try and find a reason for these outcomes it will
disturb your soul and it will create things in you like jealousy
and anger. With these types of emotions you may then find the need
to take revenge in some way. That is why it is better to accept
what is happening. Know it is because of your karma. All the things
that come are from the divine so there is no need to worry about
The problems that humans face are not really coming to the humans
by way of nature’s will. It is created by the human. If there
is something small that is encountered, just by worrying about it,
it grows into something very big. If you keep worrying about this
thing, just the worry itself will create another problem. When you
say, “I am surrendered,” just live by it. This is a
quality of surrender. You should not worry about anything no matter
what the result.
At first, this might seem hard but when you are closer to the divine,
more and more you will feel that it is very easy and very comfortable.
You will have peace and you will not lose any joy in your life.
So, accept whatever may come and at the same time put in the effort
for your needs without worrying about the result. Sometimes, by
searching for why something is not happening, the exercise of searching
may help you to reconnect on the path of doing good. Just don’t
worry about anything in the process.
Amma blesses you all.
Conversations with Amma
Devotee: When we’re in puja, we know how
to sit in puja, we know what to wear in puja, but when we’re
in puja, what should we be thinking. I don’t know if I should
be thinking Om Namo Narayani over and over again trying to control
my mind from going back and forth on different issues. What should
I be thinking?
Amma: Just, Om Namo Narayani. It should be like
the CD playing…non stop. At first it seems hard but once you’ve
put effort into that then you can feel the bliss in that.
Devotee: What would happen if everyone in the
world chanted Om Namo Narayani… everybody… at the same
Amma: The world would become heaven.
Devotee: When we were in the Ghoshala last night,
did you know? Did you hear us in the Ghoshala?
Amma: In your question itself, there is the answer.
Devotee: What is the relationship between the
different energies, the forms that God takes in that… Amma’s
energy, Christ’s energy? I know about the paths of the religion
but how do the actual energies work together in the world to help
people to change?
Amma: It is cyclical, the guidance for the human
world. On and off there will be some energy in the form of the divine
that will be in this world. Sometimes it may happen continuously
and sometimes there will be little gaps. When you talk about Christ
or Amma it is not to say this is the only energy. This energy is
with each and every person who has become realized about themselves.
They will be the medium of the divine. It need not be just an incarnation.
If someone realizes the purpose of their birth, if someone is filled
with and full of unconditional love, they can be the medium. They
can be the instrument of the divine.
Devotee: Amma, why did Jesus say he was the only
way to God?
Amma: Where is the proof of that? Did Jesus say
Devotee: Where’s the proof that he said
that? Just the Bible.
Amma: One reason is that normally, the human mind
is not very strong. It is very weak. It is in one place and if it
sees something shining in another place it jumps there and from
there it wants to go to another place. It keeps on jumping like
that and it is unable to learn good things from any one place. In
this way, sometimes it is helpful to say that you have to be here.
So out of care for the human, for example, if Jesus said that, it
is to focus on one path so that in this way it is easier to understand
the purpose of this birth. If you are on this path forever, it means
that it is easy to understand ones life. It’s easy to understand
your purpose. It will give life more meaning. If you change your
path every six years then, what can you learn? You can’t learn
anything from many paths. You will learn a little bit from here,
a little part form there, and when it’s all mixed together,
and you try to understand, it will be very hard because each and
every path will have different techniques.
The ultimate goal may be one, but the way of handling it may differ.
Take for example, doctors. There are different types of doctors
with different ways of giving care. Even though they are giving
the same pills and medicine, there are different ways of administering
it. Some doctors will say that they never give shots and some doctors
will give shots straight away. It’s like that.
So, you still need to check whether the words are from Jesus, and
if it is like that, the reason is to help the human to focus on
one path. If a human says that if you are on the path of Jesus then
you have to be here, then you may not go there. If the message is
delivered in this way, the human may say he wants to choose but,
if it is said to be the word from Jesus, then he believes that he
should be there because it came from the divine. So, in this way
it helps him to focus on one path. That is the reason for it.
Devotee: In Catholicism we hear a lot about hell
and Amma has spoken about hell in the past too, but in my adult
life I have imagined that hell didn’t actually exist. Could
you speak to us a little bit about what hell is and if it is true?
Does it exist?
Amma: Once the soul leaves the physical body,
as per its karma, it needs to take birth again. So, until the next
birth, during the in-between time, the place where you are is called
hell or heaven. If you did something good during your life time
then, until you take the next birth, you will be in heaven. If you
did some things that were bad, until you take the next birth, you
will be in hell. Hell really has no meaning. It is your thoughts
and your negative energy that you have created here. It will walk
ahead of you and wait for you there and you will feel those things.
So that is hell and heaven.
Devotee: I think that the three religions like
Hinduism, Judaism and Islam were probably born more or less at the
same time. They all speak of different gods so is it the same god
and just to a different form because there wasn’t organized
religion back then?
Amma: There is just one, just like there is one
sun and one moon. God is one energy; but this energy takes different
forms based on nature. With religion; what’s the purpose of
religion? Religion helps people to do good things. It leads the
people on a path of peace and joy. Each and every religion, along
with giving messages, will also have it own rituals and the rituals
are based on nature in that part of the world.
Rituals in different places are not always possible to do elsewhere,
such as in America. For example, in Hinduism, you need to get up
early in the morning at four o’clock and have a bath in the
cold water. Then you have to sit and do your meditation. It is not
possible to have this as a practice for the whole world. First of
all it’s very hard for many to get up at 4 o’clock in
the morning. This is the biggest problem. Taking a bath in cold
water is also not so desirable to those who are living in the United
States. So the rituals of the religion depend upon nature. The divine,
itself, creates different forms and, as per that form, religion
is formed and, through this method, guides the world.
Devotee: Does divinity reincarnate as divinity?
Amma: It depends. If you need the divine again
and again… if you have not changed (laughter) it depends.
Normally, it doesn’t happen in continuation for each and every
age, each and every Yuga. There will be one form.
Devotee: So, is it part of the same energy?
Amma: Same, same, same, as per the need. Why Amma
has taken this incarnation, in the name, Narayani, is because there
are three main qualities lacking in the world. Because of that,
Amma has taken this form. It depends upon the need of the world
and what things are being created, that the same energy takes different
Devotee: If Narayani is a goddess, why not take
the form of a woman rather than a man, because, when you meet Amma
for the first time it’s a bit confusing.
Amma: Incarnation is very familiar in Hinduism.
In other religions, it is not in their system. In Hinduism it is
very familiar so there are many incarnations that have come to save
the world over the time period of several Yuga’s. Because
of this familiarity, it is easy to incarnate in this religion so
that, straight away, you can start your work for the world. If the
incarnation was to occur in America or Australia, just to give proof
that this is an incarnation, would take a whole life time. Just
to explain and bring that understanding would take lots of time.
If it is in this culture, it is easy, because the people are use
to this. Straight away, once you arrive, you can start your work.
The reason why Narayani is in this form is because this particular
religion is within a traditional culture so, if Amma was in the
female form then, as per the Hindu culture, it would be very difficult
to be alone. You would need to be dependent on someone and it would
be very difficult to leave. In India, if you are a girl, you need
to be dependent on someone, as dictated by the culture. If Amma
had taken that form and Amma then become exposed as Narayani, it
would be difficult for Amma to do what is needed. Amma would always
need to get permission from the home for all things. If Amma wanted
to go to the United States Amma would need to get two visas, one
from the embassy and one from home. (Laughter)
Devotee: When we are praying to you in our home
countries can you explain how you receive those prayers or how you
experience those prayers and how we communicate with you when we
are away from you?
Amma: There are words in the Vedas that state
that the thing that you are thinking: you will become like that.
When you think about Amma, which is nature, and the place where
you are doing the prayer, which is also part of nature, Amma will
be there in the form of nature. When you do the prayers from the
depth of your heart, the nature in that place itself, takes the
form of Amma and it will bless you.
Amma blesses you all.
The Rusty Iron - 27.12.2005
There are people who are doing bad things. Why are they doing bad
things even though they know it is bad? You can’t say that
everyone is doing bad things out of ignorance. Few do this out of
ignorance but many people do bad things even though they know it
is bad. What is the reason? Why are they doing that? Even when they
know it is bad why are they doing bad things? The bad things they
are doing, they feel, are for others. They feel that it is not hurting
or bringing harm to them so they don’t feel any hurt or harm
from their deeds.
What they feel is that if they have done something bad to others,
the other people are the ones who are getting hurt and feeling the
pain. Because of this, they don’t feel any pain. They think,
“What’s wrong with doing bad? It is not creating anything
bad for me. It’s not creating any pain for me. If I am bad,
someone else is going to suffer.” Because of this concept,
people are continue to do bad things.
Is this way of thinking correct when you have bad habits or when
you do bad things? Does it really hurt only others? No. This is
not true. Take for example, rust which is created from iron. It
is bad. Gradually when you leave the rust as it is, the rust itself
will eat away the iron. It is created from the iron. When you are
not taking care and you find that there is rust, the same rust will
eat the rest of the iron. Likewise, when you have bad qualities,
these characteristics will create a path of action that, if you
do not change, will not only hurt or harm others but, like the rust,
will destroy the iron from where it started. The same bad qualities
will destroy the person who was the creator of them.
There is a saying in Tamil; if someone takes a knife in his hand,
he will have a stake in that knife itself or be tempted to use it.
Bad qualities will create a bad path for that person also. It is
not just bad for others. It is also bad for the person. When you
have good qualities it works in reverse; it is good for you. When
you have bad actions, it is bad for others and it is bad for you.
This is the nature of bad qualities. Whether it is bad or good,
if you throw a ball on the wall it will bounce back. Whatever you
are creating, it will come back to you.
Many people are not aware of this. They think that if they do something
bad they will remain happy and only others will get hurt and experience
pain. What is the problem with that? It will come back in another
way, in another form.
Keep the mind filled with good qualities, good thoughts. This is
very important to human life. A spiritual life is the best way.
Do good. Be good.
Amma blesses you all.
Two Types of People - 17.12.2005
Generally when we talk about people, we split them into two categories.
First, we say they are good people, otherwise, we say they are bad
people. What are the cues we see that give recognition of good or
First, what does it mean to be a good person? When someone creates
happiness for others, it is good. Then what is bad? When someone
hurts others for their happiness, then it is bad. So this is how
the world sees people and gives people the name of good or bad.
What about the person who is in the middle? These people are saying
that they don’t want to do good things and at the same time
they don’t want to do bad things. So what does this mean?
The present world is full of negative forces so when you are not
trying to be good, even if you don’t have the intention to
do something bad, the negative energy will welcome you to its spot.
There isn’t any option to be good without doing good. You
should have the intention that you want to be good. Only then can
you be good.
Why is it necessary that every human should be a good person? Why
is there that condition? Why can’t we live how we want? Like
humans, there are so many creations in the world; animals, birds
and many creations, yet when we talk about animals we are not saying
that this is a good animal or this is a bad animal. It is just an
animal. That is it. There aren’t any qualities of good and
bad attributed to it. So, to be an animal means to be an animal.
It has the same character and will continue to have the same character
always. It can’t think about being gentle or being merciful
or being pious.
There is no ability or possibility of being good. The nature of
the creation itself is like this. All of those creations in the
world are just for survival. There isn’t any goal for those
things. They are here just for survival. Because we are not expecting
any good qualities from those creations and they can’t do
anything different from what they are, they don’t have the
ability to do something good because they cannot think about good.
They don’t have such wisdom. Animals are animals, whatever
When you talk about humans there is the expectation that he be
good or bad. Why is there that expectation? Why can’t we live
like other creations? Why does the world expect that everyone should
be good? This is because humans alone are blessed to be good. Humans
alone are blessed to create happiness for others. Out of that you
can have joy. For example, if we have a cow then definitely we have
the expectation to have milk because we know that the cow gives
Like this, out of all creations, humans can be good. That is why
there is the expectation that he should be good. Not only that,
it is the blessings of the human birth. Because of these expectations,
on and off there will be an incarnation into the world to lead the
people on the path of peace and joy and to show them how to be good.
When you say you are good, it means that you should have the capacity
to create happiness for someone.
So, what are the qualifications to know ourselves? How do you come
to know that you are doing good or bad? Good is the happiness that
you have created for others. That is the good. You need to do this
because it is only possible for you. It is not possible for any
other creation. It is only possible in the human life. If we want
to be good, why is it not possible to just live as a good person?
Why does everyone need a spiritual path? What is the necessity of
Is it not possible to be good without a spiritual life? Sometimes,
when you have lots of good karma, it is possible. Generally, it
is very hard to be good because you will then become the middle
man. You are not in the ‘good’ you are not in the ‘bad’.
You are in the middle. This means that you will then definitely
be in the bad because of the energy around you. The world is full
of the negative and it wants you there. It will divert you.
So, the necessity of the spiritual path is to engage oneself in
good thoughts and out of that to create good actions, and out of
that to feel joy which is divine love. Then it is easiest to be
good. Lots of people think spirituality is full of strict laws which
will not allow us to enjoy the world. It’s not true. Spirituality
is something which will teach about real life, real joy and real
happiness. That is the blessing. That is the gift.
If someone is on the spiritual path it is the gift of their life.
Once you are there you can forget about everything. When you surrender,
the force of what you have surrendered in itself leads your life
onto the path of peace and joy. The spiritual life will create a
commitment between you and the divine. Spirituality is about having
good thoughts. Once you say you are on the spiritual path it means
that the first thing you are doing is starting to think about the
divine. The moment you start to think about the divine is the moment
you are leaving the bad thoughts behind. Thought is the main cause
for all actions.
If you have good thoughts then you will have good actions. If you
have bad thoughts then you will have bad actions. Thoughts are the
main thing. Gaining wisdom about life, learning about the divine,
knowing about the purpose of this life… the mixture of all
of these things is having a spiritual life. Just by entering into
that, your life will have more meaning. Having a spiritual life
has the most worth. It is a blessing.
So, there are three main things. One is; what is good? When you
create happiness for others that is good and when you hurt others
for your happiness that is bad. Second thing is; why do you want
to be good? Why is it necessary to be good? The answer is because
only you (humans) can be good. For other creations, even if it thinks
that it wants to be good, it is not possible. For the tiger for
example, with the face and the structure of the physical body, even
if the tiger thinks, “From today onwards I want to be gentle
with everyone“, who will be ready to be with the gentle tiger?
No one will be ready.
It’s possible only for humans to be good so that is why there
is the expectation. Once you have said you are a human you must
be good. The third thing is that; it is really important to be on
a spiritual path to be a good person. It is guidance for you. The
spiritual path will lead you to the divine. It will teach you things.
You will know about reality. When people are not on a spiritual
path the things they think are reality, are not really reality.
When you say ‘reality’ it means it should follow you
wherever you go. It should follow you forever. Then it is reality.
For example if you take the person who is not on the spiritual path,
for him, what is reality? What will be his reality? His power and
wealth will be the reality for him. Will it follow him wherever
he goes? No. Either he will leave it one day or it will leave him.
What is the point of that reality? What is the point of thinking,
‘That is mine.’ If it’s yours, it should be with
you forever. It should follow you wherever you go. Either it’s
sending to you or you are losing it. So what is the reality here?
It is the joy that you will have and the happiness that you are
making. All the things you will learn from a spiritual life will
make life more worthwhile. Many people think that if they enter
into a spiritual life that they will not be a good boss. They will
not be strict enough. It is not true. You will know the righteousness
of the business, the righteousness of the duty. It will create more
purpose in your life. Your life will have more worth. So, it is
a blessing to do good things and it is possible only in the human
So there are three main things:
• First, you need to be good so you know what goodness is
• Second, you need to be good because only you (human) alone
can be good.
• Third, to be good you need some process.
Let’s take for example, some wheat flour. With wheat flour,
the thing that you are creating with it depends on the person who
is working with the wheat flour. For example, if she has the wheat
flour, she can make a nice pizza. For the same flour, if he has
the flour, he can make a doll out of it. If the purpose of the wheat
flour is to make something to satisfy their need to fill their stomach;
then when it reaches to the person who doesn’t know how to
handle that flour; the whole thing becomes a mess. If it goes to
the right person then he will know how to utilize the wheat flour
and he will creates things to fill the need.
Humans are like wheat flour or clay. It depends upon where you
are. If it is with nice artists’ hands, the clay will be made
into a beautiful form. The same clay if sent to a factory, would
make a brick; just one brick among a million bricks. You need to
hand yourself over to the one who which will create more worth and
purpose to your life. This should be the divine because the divine
is the most talented one. The divine is the biggest artist.
So when you give this clay or this flour to the divine it will
create more joy, peace and happiness to the world. That is the purpose
of why one should lead a spiritual life. You will have more meaning
to your life. Without it you will live but you won’t know
how to live. That is not the purpose of the human life. It should
be different from other creations. It should create joy. This is
possible when you are in the right place to the right person.
So in that way you are all blessed. Amma thinks that you are all
with the right artist! Enjoy yourself. Think about the blessings
that you have. Know that there are other people searching for their
reality, fighting for the things which are not true. Still, there
are other people who are searching for the quench their thirst and
fulfill their hunger for wisdom. They will be there when the karma
comes. You are all blessed. From 6 to 60 are here. Enjoy the moment.
Enjoy yourself. Not just by listening but by trying to follow.
Listening to things creates knowledge so that when you do the implementation;
the experience of the implementation becomes wisdom. Just knowledge
alone is not enough. Wisdom is the practical experience. If someone
said something is like a sweet you can just imagine the sweet but
you’re really not sure that you have had the sweet. You try
to have the sweet by practically experiencing it. This is what you
do with all of the messages that you learn from Amma. It is not
just to hear but to follow. Then you will feel the next step which
is the joy in doing. Just listening is a blessing but don’t
stop there. Go further. Try to find more joy; try to find the real
purpose of this life.
Amma blesses you all.
Conversations with Amma
Devotee: This conversation came up at Peedam today
actually, and some of us were talking about good and bad and about
people who appear to be very good and on a very high spiritual path
and people where something happens to them and some crack in their
faith and the demons come in and take over that person.
Amma: When you think that demons come and spoil
people, you will have fear and the rest of the people will also
have fear. Take it in this way. After you enter into a spiritual
life, many people will come with different wishes. For some people
their wish will be granted. For someone else it would bring change
and for some it would seem like the worst has happened. But it is
not the worst that happened. Think of it as a transformation. Whatever
happens, it is for the good. Accept it like that; it will help to
stay on the path and to have more faith. If you think something
is going to happen and demons are going to come and disturb you
it will create fear. Don’t think like that. Accept whatever
Normally the human mind feels that if their wish is granted they
have received a blessing and when it doesn’t come true they
think they are not blessed. This is not true. You are still blessed
even if it is not the outcome your desire. You don’t know
what would have happened to you if your wish had been granted. There
may have been something bad that was avoided. Just accept whatever
comes; accept it as good so you can be very comfortable on your
path. It helps to have more energy and strength in your faith.
Devotee: What is our responsibility though, when
you see this happening to someone else?
Amma: Just pass on the message that whatever happens,
happens for the good. Just three months back Amma gave a discourse
about prayers. There is a person who is a very great devotee and
who does many good things but he has one small thing on his mind,
He is praying from the depth of his heart but still feels things
are not coming true for him. Whenever he wishes for one thing, something
happens.” He has not realized so far that whatever happens
happens to him for good.
So, to teach the lesson, the divine appears in front of him and
the divine says, “Whatever you think, it will now happen.”
He was not a very rich man, he was in the middle, so the moment
he received the blessing he wanted to test the blessing so he said,”
I need a big bungalow, a big mansion” So, a minute later there
was a big bungalow. The house that he lived in changed into a big
bungalow with many rooms filled with many things.
So then he said, “Before it was a small house and I alone
was able to maintain it. Now the house is very big. I need some
people to maintain and do the cleaning.” So after that, there
were 20 people in their uniforms saying, “Sir, we are here
at your service.” He was very happy. He used to eat simple
food. So he said, “I have a big mansion with lots of people
why can’t I have some nice food?” Suddenly there were
different types and varieties of foods on the table and he had a
very nice meal.
Normally he slept on the floor and now he had double cushions on
the bed and everything. When he went to bed he was lying there thinking
about how much his life had changed. He was thinking of all of the
things of the past and things of the present and finally had a thought.
“What would happen if suddenly five or six demons come and
they kill me?” The moment he had the thought, the demons came
and they killed him.
After that his soul left his body and went to the divine and said
“Divine, what you have done? You gave me everything and then
finally you gave this!” The divine answered that there was
truth in his words. “I have given everything that you need
but you have asked for the things that you want. What you wanted
is this. This is why you are here. If you had left your life to
me, in your small house, then you would have had more peace and
joy. You thought that your prayers were not being granted and your
wishes were not being granted. I followed you for a little while
and it created this scene.”
So life is like that. You don’t know if the things you wish
for are definitely necessary for you. The mind says, “I need
this. I need that” but it is not sure how much of it is really
necessary. It is better to not try to justify all things. Do the
best you can and don’t worry about the result. You can have
good thoughts. You can have wishes and good prayers but whatever
comes, accept it. Don’t worry about everything. Just accept
them so that you will have peace forever. The human mind cannot
be satisfied with its needs until it has the thought of satisfaction;
until it has the thought of ‘enough’. This means you
will never be in peace. Leave your life to the divine; then you
will have more peace and joy.
Devotee: Amma, what about with surrender, when
you want to surrender more. You say leave it to the divine and just
accept what you have but with surrender and wanting to open your
Amma: People have said that just by saying the
words, “Oh Amma”, that is surrender but it is when you
follow, that the struggle begins. It seems to be a problem yet it
is not. It is a process. In the first stage it seems like it is
very hard but once you enter into that, once you have strong faith
in the karma or you realize that whatever comes, you are responsible
for, that in itself will reduce the concentration of the pain. Then
you will have the second thought. What do I need to do to overcome
Once you feel that your bad deeds have created bad things you will
want to do good and you will have the thought that if I need to
do good then I should do good. In addition to that, the best way
to create the energy of positive thoughts in whatever happens, and
the best way to accept things in a positive way is to have positive
energy. How is it possible? Just three words (group responds) “Om
Namo Narayani”. Just three words! Just do it!
Devotee: Sometimes, very often in the world, you
see people who are either neutral or bad but they are successful
and have continuous success.
Amma: They have a past account that is good. They
have lots of balance there. Once it is finished then the new book
will open (laughter).
Devotee: In this life or in another life?
Amma: It depends on how much balance they have
in their account and how much they are spending.
Devotee: I heard someone say that you had said
years ago that Amma’s 30th birthday will be a big turning
point. I’m wondering if that is true and what is the significance
of turning 30?
Amma: Turning point is a dimension.
Devotee: I think it was someone who said that
after thirty there will a turning point.
Amma: So if Amma’s devotees are all having
a turning point it means then that it is the turning point for Amma.
Devotee: So is it our tuning point?
Amma: Actually, maybe Amma may have mentioned
that by the 30th the Sripuram will be ready which can give the message
of peace and joy to the world in a big way.
Devotee: I think that what also happens is that
for humans 30 means something.
Amma: You are getting older (laughter)
Devotee: It means even more than that for a human.
For a human all kinds of responsibilities take place. So the human
values what we put on the age of 30.
Amma: But for the human you are having the responsibility
at 30 only. Amma has already started this responsibility from the
age of 16 itself. It’s not really necessary that Amma needs
to take something new from 30. What Amma has now is already lots.
Devotee: Amma is it true that we are coming out
of Kali Yuga and maybe into a golden age or a spiritual age amongst
humans. Is it a birth of a new world on earth?
Amma: For example, in the home if there are five
kids, all the four are doing good but the younger one is very weak
in the studies and other things. So the nature of the mother is
to always worry about the kid who is not having enough and who needs
more. So, in all of the Yuga’s, Kali Yuga seems very weak.
Why some say that it is the golden age means that because of it
is a weak time it attracts the divine to the world in the form of
incarnations so that out of that it can receive guidance. You are
having this privilege more than others. This means that sometimes
being bad is good.
Devotee: Are things going to change a lot?
Amma: Yes, yes.
Devotee: People will be kinder to each other?
Amma: If you want to change the world you need
not to look for the group of people. If you start, if you change,
the world will change because every individual is the world.
Devotee: Amma, is love and good the same thing?
Amma: Once you have the good then you will have
the love. It is collective. Good is something which will create
happiness for others. Once you want to do something to help others,
means you are experiencing love. Both are the same.
Devotee: Is Amma the first and only incarnation
of Narayani. My question really is…this is really so hard
to express…do avatars incarnate as other avatars prior to
this avatar? Do you know what I mean? Divine lineage.
Amma: Answer is… you want to know if there
is any other avatar in the world that any other came as or are going
to come as?
Devotee: Not exactly, it is clear that many of
us know Amma from other times and that there are family relationships,
many different family relationships, people who have known Amma
or people who have been with Amma, which tends to make the human
mind believe that we must have known Amma at some other time.
Amma: In some other form. Yes, yes, yes. Not in
the name of Narayani.
Devotee: So Amma was in some other form and we
were with Amma in some other form.
Amma: Yes, yes, yes.
Devotee: We had another form too then?
Amma: Of course. That is why you are here.
Devotee: Amma, if I’m in kindergarten or
maybe nursery school, on my spiritual path, so many things have
changed in my life. I can only speak personally…
Amma: Do you think that kindergarten is a very
low stage in the spiritual path? That is the best stage because
there is no chance to create sin. That is the best stage.
Devotee: But when you start to experience some
kind of joy and some kind of surrendering in the true way, the spiritual
way, sometimes I get a little confused between having a new confidence
in myself, knowing a little more of my truer self and my ego, because
it’s new for me. How do I discern the difference? Sometimes
I think it’s good to feel good about myself and then sometimes
I wonder if I feel too good about myself or am I being too arrogant?
I find it a little tricky every once in a while.
Amma: The answer is the same. When you want to
make the right justification, when you want to make the right choice
how is it possible? Which is the one the divine wants? The answer
is, just create more of the energy of the divine in you so it will
reflect in your words, your thoughts and your actions, which again
is just three words, Om Namo Narayani.
Devotee: Amma, you do at least three or more puja’s
a day. We do maybe one. Not always. The more puja’s we do,
will it lead us into more of a spiritual path?
Amma: It will connect you closer to the divine,
closer to Amma. In that way you can feel that Amma is not apart
from you but that Amma is in you.
Devotee: Amma, is there a specific good that each
of us is meant to be doing or is there free will to choose any path
or is there some path that is destined for us or that we are meant
Amma: Lots of people with this question will escape
from doing good deeds by Saying, “I don’t know which
is my path and I don’t know what to do”. You just do
the thing from where you are. If you are the chairman of the company
you do good things there if you an artist you try to bring a good
message to the world, if you are a singer you try to give a good
message to the world. So it doesn’t mean that you need to
search. Just do the good deeds that you can from the position that
you are in.
Devotee: Amma, when you make a choice and then,
say that the choice turns out that it wasn’t the right choice,
is that part of your karma; your destiny?
Amma: Yes, yes. As Amma told, if you accept the
reaction, that in itself will reduce the pain. When you blame it
on others, it seems you will have huge pain but when you feel that
you are responsible for that, you will accept that as your karma
and you will receive tolerance.
Devotee: Amma. I have a practical question which
isn’t like me but, garden murtis, the marble garden murtis.
Were they supposed to be brought inside for the winter?
Amma: It’s your love. For someone they feel
it is crazy to take all of the statues in because it is too cold.
For you it is your love so it is good. The divine is a form of faith.
If you have faith in something and if you feel this is divine, that
this is Amma then it is Amma. So it may be anything food, mud, gold,
Devotee: How about everything.
Amma: That is best.
Devotee: Does karma also work for a whole country
like in countries that are at war struggling in trying to reach
Amma: It’s the energy of the country, the
energy. All natural disasters and things are not just because of
one. It is the energy of the whole place. Like if you throw a ball
on the wall it will bounce back. It is the same. Karma that is being
created will bounce. When lots of people leave the righteous path
and are going the wrong way, their energy of ego, jealousy, anger,
and lust will bounce back in the form of things like natural disasters.
Devotee: Amma the animal ‘dolphins’,
sometime they do good deeds or save peoples lives. Is that a choice
or is that something they do?
Amma: It is just doing. It is not out of the realization
of doing good. It is their nature. It doesn’t feel that it
is doing something good. It is just its nature.
Devotee: Don’t some sages take the form
Amma: Yes, angels and sages.
Devotee: Dolphins seem so joyous and happy all
the time. Are they experiencing that or is that just their nature?
Amma: No. As Amma told, creations other than humans
can have happiness. They cannot experience joy, only happiness.
Devotee: Is it more important to connect with
the divine or do good action?
Amma: Is it necessary to take water when you are
having a meal? You cannot take a meal without water. If you create
one the other will be created. They are related to one another.
You cannot focus on one. If you talk about wanting to give unconditional
love the moment you said unconditional love it means you are sharing.
So it means that you are helping. You cannot create unconditional
love without helping or sharing so it’s related.
Devotee: Amma, do you create what you fear?
Amma: Your guilt is the fear. Yes. When you are
on the right spiritual path there will be fear for different reasons.
If you add fear on a spiritual path, sometimes out of this fear
you will not do bad things. Mostly, when you are on the spiritual
path, if you have fear, it is the fear of doing the bad things.
Devotee: So guilt would be for not doing good
Amma: The first is creating something bad or if
you have not done your duty. Once you know this is wrong and you
still do something, it will create guilt.
Devotee: Amma, in a discourse, Amma explained
that the spiritual life helps us to really experience joy in this
life, then, it feels like, as that surrender deepens the things
that made us happy no longer makes us happy any more. Or fulfilling
the desires as much, doesn’t make us as happy any more and
then, when you look out at spiritual teachers and spiritual masters,
you see the path of renunciation, is it an eventual process that
everyone is going to have to renounce the material world and the
physical world when taking on God consciousness?
Amma: Until you feel the reality, the materialistic
world seems to give happiness and joy. Once you realize the real
joy, which is the divine in you, then the rest of the things will
disappear. So, the answer is, once you find the reality, your heart
will always seek that joy. It will not worry about the other things.
When you have this feeling you are in the process; you are on the
Everyone can go and have a good rest.
Prayers - 22/12/05
Prayers, what does it mean?
There are different ways of praying. Usually when people pray they
are in trouble. Another type is to pray when you need the divine
to grant you things. There are different types of prayers. When
you pray, you are usually not just asking for things; you are not
just asking for help. Often there may be some rituals performed
like chants or a song along with the prayers.
What is the point to all of this? What is the necessity? Why do
you need to do these things? If you can get your grants fulfilled
by the divine, if your wishes are fulfilled, why can’t you
just ask the divine directly? Why do you need to go through the
process of chanting and singing songs about the divine? If you can
understand the meaning of the chants or the songs, you will see
that the process is about praising the divine. It always praises.
These rituals speak about how great the divine is; how grand and
big and the best.
Typically, when something goes well or is fulfilled, or when something
that is needed is given, then praise to God is given. Actually,
praising the divine isn’t really like that. First, come to
know about the divine; who is the divine? Who is Amma? What is the
divine? First, come to know about that. Second, through the process
of praising, you will have the confidence to know that you are in
the right place and therefore you will definitely get help. When
you praise the divine, you will get the confidence and the courage
that, “Yes, I am in the right place.”
When you have a problem, when you are in trouble, and you seek
help, you will go to the person who can satisfy your needs or who
can solve your problems. If you have the confidence that, “Yes,
I have this problem and this person can fix it”; you will
only go there to fix it. It’s like this when you praise the
First it will help you to realize the divine. You are not just
asking for something from that which you cannot see and from that
which you cannot hear. Just through praise, you come to know that
there is a force that is beyond everything, which can help. In this
way it will bring confidence. Each and every prayer contains praises
to the divine. No matter what religion it may be; prayers always
tell the divine: “You are the supreme. You are everything.
You are nature”. This is to bring more confidence and faith.
Once you have faith you can succeed in everything. It does not
matter if it is in business, in your job, in your spiritual life
or in your personal life. It doesn’t matter what it is, you
need faith. When you have faith, only then will it help you to have
the necessary concentration for you to fulfill the things in your
life. If there isn’t any faith then you cannot concentrate
and if there isn’t any concentration then you cannot reach
To have concentration you need faith. If you need faith, you should
know about: Who are you approaching? Who is that person? What kind
of gift does he have to give to you? Knowing all of these things
helps. That is why all of the chants end with Namostute, Namaha;
words like that, which speak of surrender to the divine.
Before this, the chants always tell about the beauty of the divine,
the mercy of the divine and the power of the divine. Then, at the
end you have words such as, “I surrender to you so please
take care of me.” This will create confidence. It will bring
courage to you. Then it is easy to feel that you are in the right
place and knowing definitely, that you will get what you need or
definitely the problem will be solved.
This is the purpose of prayer. As Amma told, first there are several
ways of praying. The best way is just offer your praises and not
ask for anything. Does the elephant ask for its food? Does the mosquito
ask for its food? No! All of creation is getting its food without
asking, not aware of prayer to the divine but still receives everything
So in this way, it’s not really necessary to ask. It’s
not bad to ask the divine; but the best is just your praise. Whatever
you are experiencing is from your karmas and whatever you are going
to experience is from your karmas. So when things are going to happen
due to your karma means you need not worry about needing this or
The time that you have for prayers will probably be very short.
It’s not possible for everyone to have a lot of time in their
schedule, so utilize that time just to pray. It’s the Mother
so you can ask. Gradually the faith must develop to the point of
knowing that the divine can provide all that you need and it is
really not necessary to ask the divine for anything. You need to
come to that stage. This means that you have much more love for
the divine. This is the purpose of prayers. Prayers are needed,
not just to ask for things but to praise the divine and out of that
you will have more strength, courage and confidence.
Amma blesses you all.
Conversations with Amma
Devotee: Why do we get tested in our faith?
Amma: Sometimes there may be some interruptions
on the spiritual path. Many people may think that they have faith
and they already have strong feelings and are in a place of surrender,
until they have a problem. They may have the thought “I have
surrendered! I have surrendered!” When there is a problem
only then do they realize that there is still a long way to go for
them reach surrender.
So sometimes the tests will help to teach you where you are on
the path of surrender. The test always helps, it’s not to
harm or hurt. It will bring the lessons to you as to where you are
on the path of surrender; whether the word of surrender is just
in the form of the word or whether it’s really happening in
your life. When these tests come you can understand these things;
so it is good to have tests of faith.
Devotee: Is it always our thoughts and our intentions
that set the test?
Amma: The first stage is when you say, “I
surrender and I accept that the divine will take care of everything”.
What are the things that cause these tests? One is impatience. If
you need something immediately that you ask for, and you don’t
have the patience to wait and see what the divine will give you.
You create the test. The second thing is desires; desires which
you can also sometimes call greed; but the main thing is impatience.
You need patience the moment you say “I’ve surrendered”.
You also need patience because whatever you need the divine knows
what it is and when it is the right time for you to receive it.
You just need patience. Sometimes qualities like impatience and
desires in humans create the tests of faith.
Devotee: When you are dressing Goddess Narayani
and the lovely cow (Indrani) and decorating them with flowers and
jewels and clothes, what is it symbolizing and what are you feeling
when you are doing it?
Amma: It’s love. It’s your love. If
you keep on saying to someone I love you, I love you, I love you;
means they will get bored one day. You are saying the same words
for a long time. You need to show your love in some form. If you
are giving a rose; it does not mean that the person can’t
buy the rose. If you offer a sweet it does not mean that the person
can’t buy the sweet. You are conveying your love in the form
of these things, so it is your love.
The puja to the divine is done to convey your love and to offer
your love. It does not mean that these are the things that are really
necessary for you to get divine blessings but it brings joy for
you when you show your love in the form of these offerings.
Devotee: Is the divine and all of nature and the
universe infinite? Does it go on forever? Or are there boundaries?
Amma: There is no need to have even a small doubt
in it. It is infinite. Even the scientists and the science talk
about the world being this big and have so many planets; so many
stars; it is still only a tiny part of it. There are still many
things undiscovered; no one can measure. No one can measure the
limit of the divine; so it’s always infinite.
Sanithiyam - Full Moon Discourse 12/02/06
In every town, village or city there are lots of temples and places
of worship. We can almost say that there is hardly a place without
a temple. It can be Lord Ganesh, Lord Vishnu or a Devi temple, but
all the temples do not get the same number of devotees or the recognition.
There are some temples that have a lot of devotees and grand rituals.
These temples may not even have time to do their regular rituals
like Nivedyam (Feeding of God) as there are always large crowds
waiting for the deity’s dharshan (blessings).
At the same time there are temples without any devotees or even
without the basic rituals being performed. It is only the temple
and the deity. When all the Gods are the same, why is it that a
few temples get a lot of recognition, become famous and get crowds
of devotees and the others don’t? The reason for this difference
is those temples where the devotee’s prayers are answered
attract a larger number of devotees. People like to go to the temple
where they get solutions to their problems and relief from their
sufferings. Apart from that these temples have divine power and
energy which increases the number of devotees and makes the temple
become more recognized, grand and decorated.
In Sanskrit, this divine power and energy is called Sanithyam.
A temple gets this Sanithyam when the temple follows all the rituals
and procedures as per the Vedas (sacred Hindu, Sanskrit texts).
The temple is cleaned everyday, Abhishekams (sacred baths of the
Gods) and Nivedyams are performed regularly. The Vedas are chanted
in a timely fashion and the yagams (fire prayers) are performed
as per the vedic specification.
When this divine Sanithyam is present in the temple, there is Akarshanam
(divine power to attract) in the temple. That is why the devotees
come to the temple where there is this divine Akarshanam. The devotees
are happy that their prayers are answered. They get relief from
their suffering and a solution to their problems. They feel blessed
as they enjoy the peace and happiness for having come to the temple
and had dharshan from the deity. This in turn makes the temple crowded,
famous and grand.
The divine energy is not restricted to temples only; the divine
Sanithyam can also be present in our homes. In a temple, Sanithyam
is present because of the regular cleaning, vedic chanting, abhishekams
etc. In the same way this divine Sanithyam can be present in our
homes too. Those homes where the ladies get up early in morning,
clean the house, light a ghee or oil lamp in their puja room or
on their altar, ring the divine bell, chant the Vedas or God’s
name, sing songs or bhajans in praise of God and use good words;
the divine power and energy fills that home. In other words the
home is filled with the divine Sanithyam.
When we go to a temple we have peace of mind and a sense of happiness;
in the same way a home with the divine power and energy; will have
peace, happiness, good health, wealth and prosperity. It is not
necessary for only the women of the home to do everything to bring
Sanithyam. Any one or all the family members together can bring
the divine power and energy and if done as a family it brings more
benefits. Apart from the cleaning, chanting, etc. one must also
do service and give donations to the needy to get further benefits.
There is a saying “Every action is the reflection of your
thoughts”. If man has good thoughts, then those good thoughts
by themselves will make him do good deeds and actions. There will
be sakthi (divine energy) around him and every thing that happens
to him will also be good. Nothing bad will happen to him.
If in any family or home, if there are some health problems or
financial troubles or decline in business, delay in marriage or
hindrance in good things happening, we say that there is some thing
wrong in that family or in that home. This is because the home is
filled with the energy of Jheshta Devi. Jheshta Devi is a form of
Moodevi, which is the opposite form of Mahalakshmi.
A home is filled with the negative energy of Jheshta Devi, if the
house is not cleaned daily or if there are unwashed clothes or where
there is use of bad words in the family and where people have bad
thoughts. When Jheshta Devi’s energy fills the home one will
always want to sleep and be lazy or one will not like to do one’s
duty, job or work.
To fill a home with peace, happiness and joy we should have the
blessings of Mahalakshmi in our homes. To bring this blessing to
our homes one must do regular puja and keep the homes clean. The
homes should have auspicious sounds like the chants and songs of
God. The homes should have good smell like flowers, incense etc.
Our thoughts must be good and we must also go to the places where
good deeds are performed; for example attend yagams.
If a yagam is performed in our homes it gives ten times the benefit.
The same when performed in the puja room it gives one hundred times
the benefit and if performed in a temple gives one thousand times
the benefit. The temple gives us more benefits because the Sanithyam
power and energy is greater there. This gives more blessings and
strength to those attending the yagam.
A person must have all the three good aspects like good thoughts,
good actions and good deeds. When he has the three, everything that
happens around him will be good and all the negativity will be removed
from around him. To have the good aspects he should have Amma’s
divine blessings. To get divine blessings he should have the divine’s
grace. And to get the divine’s grace he should do regular
pujas, keep his place clean, chant God’s name and the place
to start getting these blessings is from the home.
An individual’s thoughts will depend on the place where he
is. For example if in the kitchen he thinks of food he wants to
eat. In a bedroom he wants to sleep. When he attends a yagam he
wants blessings and prasadam (sacred offerings) from God. In the
same way if the home has good energy it makes the family members
in that home think good and clear thoughts. So the place where we
live is very important. If our homes are clean, have auspicious
sounds and smell, good thoughts; then our homes will get good divine
power and energy. This energy will bring peace, happiness and joy.
Amma blesses you all; that you increase your faith in God,
do good deeds and share all your peace and joy with others.
The Fruit of Knowledge & Wisdom - 25/02/06
Discourse at the Saraswathi Yagam Gathering
In a village there was an old businessman. The businessman would
start his day only after he does his pujas and the rituals to God.
He was a very devoted and sincere man. This old man had three sons
who helped their father in his business. The old man had a lot of
good habits. One of those was that he would invite to his house,
any new person or sadhu who came into the village. He will do all
the necessary seva (selfless service) to that person. He will invite
him to his house, make him comfortable, treat him to a grand meal
and make him happy.
One day a Mahan (great man) came to his village and the old man
invited the Mahan to his house. Having heard about the old businessman
and how well he treats his guests, the Mahan accepted the invitation
and came to the old man’s house. The old man made the Mahan
very comfortable and treated him to a great meal and did all the
required seva to get his blessings. The Mahan was pleased with what
the old man did and blessed him too.
When the Mahan was about to leave the old man’s house, he
called the old man and told him that he treated him very well, which
made him happy and for this he would like to bless him with three
wonderful fruits which were made out of his power. The auspiciousness
of the fruits were such that one fruit gives wealth and prosperity,
one gives energy and strength and the third gives knowledge and
wisdom. The Mahan said that each fruit has to be eaten after performing
a puja. The Mahan also said that he would visit them after one year.
Soon after the Mahan left his house, the old man called his sons
and told them about the blessed fruits and the importance of each
auspicious fruit. One fine day after performing the puja, the old
businessman asked his sons to take one fruit each. The first one
took the fruit for wealth and prosperity. The second took the fruit
for energy and strength and the last one took the fruit for knowledge
and wisdom and each one ate his fruit.
Not too long after eating the fruits, the sons started realizing
some power coming to them. The first son, who ate the fruit for
wealth, saw success and profit in every business he had. All his
business ventures, turned out profitable and he started to accumulate
a lot of wealth. The second son who ate the fruit for strength got
enormous power in him, as much as one hundred elephants. The third
son who had the fruit of knowledge started to think cleverly, his
thoughts were good and with the wisdom he started to distinguish
between the good and bad. The first son became extremely wealthy,
the second became extremely strong and the third son extremely wise.
The days went by and there was an immense difference in the life
style of the three sons. The first son who now had an abundance
of wealth did not have any work to do. He had enough time to waste
and fell into bad company who wanted to have fun with his money
and wealth. When someone has a lot of wealth but does not have the
knowledge to use it right he will attract bad company which in turn
will lead to bad habits. The bad habits will ruin his health and
strength. Finally the first son who had the blessings of wealth,
got associated with a lot of bad company, lost his wealth, health
and happiness because he did not know how to use his blessings wisely.
The second son was extremely strong but since he did not have knowledge
as to when and on whom to use his strength. He got into unnecessary
fights and quarrels with the villagers. One day the villagers lost
their patience and got together and thrashed him. He became helpless
and lost all his strength too.
The last son who gained knowledge and wisdom became very clever.
His thoughts and actions were good. He did a lot of good service
to the people around him. He grew in all walks of life. He became
wealthier and got a lot of strength. When someone is blessed with
knowledge and wisdom he thinks and does good deeds; which automatically
bring all the essential wealth and strength.
If a person wants to be a successful professional in the society,
he must have very high educational knowledge. He must score high
grades in his academics. If he proves that he is knowledgeable and
wise he will get a high position in the society which would immediately
be accompanied by wealth and strength. In an office, an office boy
has to do his duty in the office and all the work in his house.
He cannot afford a helper, as his pay is less. He will not be paid
more as he is not qualified. The office manager of the same office
has a lot of assistants to help him in both the office and his house
because he is academically qualified and makes more money.
When a person has knowledge and wisdom, he gets tremendous power
(Balam). With this Balam he gets all his work done. He gets recognition
in the society, becomes wealthy and strong. So wealth and strength
without wisdom will lead man to destruction. Nowadays, students
have a good opportunity to get knowledge and to plan their lives
unlike their parents. Our parents have lost all the chances in their
life so they cannot change their path of living. However, students
can plan and change the lifestyle of their parents with their knowledge
and hard work.
A farmer cannot change his life but the farmer’s son when
he is well educated can get all the comforts for his father. When
a person has good knowledge, education, wealth and strength he gets
very high position in his life and is called a successful person.
So knowledge and wisdom is very important in our lives. The future
of your lives is in your hands only (i.e. the students). If one
wants a happy tomorrow he has put in all his efforts and hard work
today. But if one wants to be happy today with no hard work, then
he will suffer in the later days.
In other words if a person lives for 70 years and he puts all his
efforts and hard work to get a good education and knowledge in the
first 20 years he will enjoy the other 50 years and live happily.
If he wants to enjoy the first 20 years with no effort and hard
work then he will suffer during the remaining 50 years. For the
students the only concern in life should be to acquire education
and nothing else. As students you do not have any responsibilities
Today Amma has performed this Saraswathi Yagam for you students
so that you are showered with the blessings of Goddess Saraswathi.
You will have the ability to study hard and do well in your exams
to get very high grades leading to a successful position in life.
Why is this Saraswathi Yagam performed? It is performed to bring
the energy from nature and the five elements of the world through
the Vedic chants to the yaga gundam (Havaan pit). The prasadam is
offered to the energy and the energy and blessings of Goddess Saraswathi
from the yaga gundam is transferred to the Kalasam – the form
of Saraswathi. The coconut is the face, the Kodam (pot) is the body,
the thread around is the nerves and the mango leaves is the hair.
Then the sanctified water from the kalasam is poured (Abhisekham)
on the pens.
Everyone here is going to be given one of the blessed pens. This
pen now is not the usual pens available in the market but a pen
with the divine blessings and the energy of Goddess Saraswathi.
We cannot buy God with our money. Only when God wishes we can get
God’s blessings. It is only with the divine blessings of Amma
that today we are getting the pen with the Arul of Saraswathi.
Even though there are so many thousands of students who have to
write their exams everyone is not as blessed as the few thousands
of you who are going to get a blessed pen. This pen is not only
a pen but has a concealed energy called the Sanithyam. So when you
use the pen, all the required balam, wisdom, good memory and strength
will come to you.
Our education is not limited for our family alone. It must also
be of use to our society. Parents send their children to school
not only for learning and eventually earning their living but also
to know more good things and be useful to all. Goddess Saraswathi
has a Vahanam (vehicle) – Annam (bird). This bird has a unique
feature that when milk and water is mixed and given to it, the bird
can separate and drink the milk leaving the water behind. Goddess
Saraswathi likes the bird only because it takes the good and leaves
the bad. In the same way if Saraswathi has to shower her blessings
on us, we should do good deeds and leave the bad ones, as our society
is filled with equal proportion of good and bad.
So on this auspicious day, the students gathered here have a wonderful
opportunity to acquire the desired knowledge and wisdom by participating
in this Saraswathi Yagam and receiving the blessings from Amma and
the blessed pen with the grace of Goddess Saraswathi to give you
the energy and power to write your exams and be successful.
”Your words and deeds must be the expressions of your
good heart. Amma blesses everyone!”
The Vedas - 12/28/05
As Amma already told, chants are the voice of the divine. They
are the breath of the divine. Where did the human world get these
chants? Who wrote all of these chants? Is there any writer? Who
created them? Who gave these chants to the world?
It was not created. It was found. Where was it found? The chants,
all of the chants that the world is using to bring peace, joy and
all such things, all of these chants are from the Vedas. What does
‘Vedas’ mean? Each and every religion has a holy text
or guide. For example, Christianity has the Bible, for Islam there
is the Koran. For each and every religion, there is a holy text
which will help to lead the people on a path of peace and joy and
on the path of spirituality. Like this, in Hinduism, the holy text
is the Vedas.
If each and every religion has its holy text, does it mean that
the Vedas are just for Hindus? No, it is for the Universe. It is
for the whole world. It is for each and everyone because the Vedas
are from nature. No one can say that nature is for me or nature
is for this country. Nature is common. It is for everyone. Everyone
owns nature. The Vedas are for each and everyone in the world.
The Bible was given by people who were with Christ. The Koran was
given by those who were with the Prophet Muhammad. But the Vedas
were found; where were they found? They were found from nature.
In the olden days, when the sages were in deep meditation, they
could hear the different sounds of nature. For example, as a human,
when you are alone in a room, you can hear different sounds other
than normal sounds. When you concentrate in the silence you can
hear some different sounds. This is the human level.
For sages, their concentration level is much more than a human.
When they are in deep meditation they can hear the sound from nature.
The sages collected all of the sounds and combined them all together
and these are called Chants. Once the sages received the chants
they then taught them to their successors and then they taught them
to their successors. So far, the Vedas came like that. There are
no scriptures for the Vedas. There is one procedure called Carna
Caturum. Carna means ear. Caturum means through. So far, the Vedas
survived through passing from one pair of ears to the next, from
one to one, one to one, one to one.
What are all of the things that are in the Vedas? What are all
of the subjects in the Vedas? The Vedas are full of chants. They
have formulas for everything. There are chants for peace, chants
for happiness, chants to clear the pollution in nature, chants to
take out poisons from the physical body if you have snake bites,
etc. There is everything. There is nothing left incomplete in the
Vedas. There are chants for everything.
From these chants only, we are having many divine forms. For example,
many of them you know; Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga. Did anyone
take a picture of Lakshmi and Saraswati? How is it that the world
knows that Lakshmi will sit on the lotus, and have a lotus in her
hand? How is it that the world knows that Saraswati will have a
veena in her hand? How did the world come to know all of these things?
Again, it is through the Vedas.
Once the sages received the chants, they started to chant; creating
vibrations (each and every sound has vibrations). So when the sages
chanted what they received from nature, they created vibrations
which already existed in nature. The vibrations from the sages and
the vibrations which already existed from nature, when both were
combined together, as per the meaning of the chant, the meaning
of each and every chant then became clearly manifested.
For example, in the Sri Suktam, one sentence is, “Padhmadhane
Padhmabhuru Padhmakshe Padhmasambhave” which means, “Oh
Mother, who sits on the lotus, whose eyes are like the lotus, who
is the colour of the lotus and who sits in the position of the lotus”.
Through the chant itself you can see the form. In the chants, just
by hearing the chant, just by understanding the meaning, you can
visualize the form of how Goddess Mahalakshmi looks. In this sentence
itself, you already know the colour, how she sits, what she’s
holding and everything.
Each and every chant has meaning. When the sages did the chants
they received from nature, the chants created the same vibrations
that already exist in nature and these two sets of vibrations when
mixed together, nature itself took the form, as in the meaning.
That’s what they call Siddhi which means attained. Siddhi
means “I got it.” When you do chants, the vibration
of the chants must mingle with the chants of equal vibration which
are already in nature. When they both mix, then, as per the meaning,
nature itself takes the form of God or Goddess. It depends on the
chant then it is blessed.
This is how they saw the form of the divine. They then created
the chants on how she looked and everything. Then they taught the
world about Goddess Mahalakshmi and how beautiful She is. So, through
those vibrations, they created all the pictures in whatever the
form the divine is in, it is not the imagination. It is in nature.
Each and every form is in nature. It’s not the imagination.
This is why we have so many forms of the divine. It is from the
The Vedas are for everything. They have the formulas for all illnesses.
In traditional medicine we have many things like Homeopathic. In
the olden days you would have Allopathic and Siddha. All of these
things are from the Vedas. They split the Vedas into several parts.
Astrology is from the Vedas. Yoga is from the Vedas. All of the
Shastras and all the things that scientists are now discovering,
have already been told in the Vedas.
Very recently they have found that the planet Mars is red in colour.
For millions and millions of years, there have been statues of the
nine planets called Navagrahas. For the Navagrahas and the name
of Mars, there is one God called Chavvia. It insists that you need
to decorate the God of Mars with a red coloured dress. This is something
which was very recently discovered by scientists yet was in practice
for millions of years. There are many things like that. Sometimes
people think that scientists are not accepting the divine and not
accepting spirituality. This is not true. They are providing the
proof for spirituality. It helps many people to understand certain
things like vibrations.
Before science and technology, it was very hard to explain to people
that when you chant it creates good vibrations. People could not
understand that. After advances in technology, it is very easy to
understand that it is possible. If you hear someone sing a song
in one place, at the same moment, the whole country can hear that
song through all of these waves; electrical waves, magnetic waves,
At one time it was very hard to explain to the world that there
are things in the Vedas called chants and when you do the chants;
it creates energy for you and if you think of someone in need and
when you do prayers for them, it will reach them. People think that
this must be the imagination and that it’s not possible. Technology
and science help to prove these things. When you are sitting in
one place, you are sending vibrations all over the country and all
over the world. All of these things that the world is now discovering
are already in the Vedas.
The Vedas are not just one religion. They are not just for Hindus.
They are for the whole world. The Vedas are very broad and very
wise. They are for all religions. They are for everyone, not just
for humans but for all creations and for all universes. From these
Vedas alone, you have all of the chants. With all yogas, all the
breathing exercises and everything are from the Vedas. The main
concept of the Vedas is to lead the human life on a path of peace
and joy through a spiritual life. This is the ultimate goal of the
Vedas. This is the story of the Vedas and how they started.
When there is doubt or when some people have doubt as to how the
sound was received from nature and how it was possible to receive
the Vedas from nature; the proof is there through science. How are
we receiving sound? What is needed to create sound? To create movement
you need some force, then the movement will create vibration and
that vibration will bring sound. The Vedas are from the breath of
the divine. They are created from the air of the divine. You all
must feel very blessed that you hear these chants. There are many
people who do not have this chance, these opportunities, but you
all are blessed to have this opportunity.
The Vedas are the divine breath, which is air. The sound starts
from there with movement. When some object moves, it brings sound.
If there is any movement it means that there must be a force, which
is air. The Vedas are the breath of the divine. What you are hearing
everyday, what you are breathing everyday, it is the breath of the
divine. You are becoming one of the divine every day just by hearing,
just by breathing. Feel that you are blessed to have this opportunity.
Enjoy the moment. Just as Amma said, with chants the meaning is
not important but the sound is very important. Just listen to those
chants. The chants are for the world, any person in the world, any
religion in the world, any community in the world can listen, can
hear and can learn them. Only humans are blessed to have these opportunities.
Enjoy the day. Amma blesses you all.
Conversations with Amma
Devotee: Amma how long would you have to chant
to start to see divine form?
Amma: It depends. When you see Tamil movies, they
start by sitting in meditation, then they become very old. It takes
a very long time. Suddenly, one day, the divine appears in front
of them and says, “I am happy. I am please with your prayers.
What do you want?” It’s not like that in terms of time.
Devotee: Amma, there are chants in other religions,
and other people do chants. Are they similar to the Vedas? Are they
related to the Vedas?
Amma: In some parts of the world, in some religions,
it is similar to the Vedas. When you look at all of the Asian countries,
there is Buddhism. For all of those religions, the Vedas are the
Mother of all those religions. The world itself exists from that
sound. When you chant all the chants, they first start with Om.
Om is the eternal sound of this universe. It exists everywhere.
If you take a cup and you cover your ear and listen, you can hear
the sound of OM. Om is the eternal sound of the universe. You are
in that energy. You are within that. You are that. It depends upon
how you are living whether you are becoming that or something else.
Devotee: Amma what is the significance of 108?
Amma: It is related to these vibrations; just
as was asked how much we need to chant to see the divine form. For
the human body to receive a certain amount of the vibrations, it
needs the minimum energy, which you will receive in the 108.
Devotee: What about the number 9? What does it
Amma: It’s like the negative/positive. It’s
balancing. It’s not this; it’s not that. It’s
like the world. In the world you have the negative and the positive
and it’s balancing from one to one. When you do the chanting
108, 1008… when you add these up it comes to 9. Also, around
this human world there are many planets but the nine planets have
a very big role in the human world. So this is also one of the reasons
why the have the number 9.
Devotee: Does your mind have to be clear to get
the benefits of chanting?
Amma: It’s like good, better, best. It’s
like that. For example, if you are in the place where you are not
aware of any chants, you don’t know the meaning, you are not
interested but you are going to the place where the chanting is
going on, your physical body will still accept the energy. That
is good. Second, which is better; you are interested in it, you
don’t know the meaning, but you are interested to hear the
chants, this is good. Third is when you listen to the chants and
know the meaning. This is best. That energy is always there. Depending
upon how much you want, that much you will get. If you are closer,
more connected, it will be much closer to you. If you are not interested
then it will not be as close.
Devotee: What’s the story in the Vedas,
like… in the Bible, Adam and Eve was the first human births,
or their kids were the first human births. What’s the real
Amma: Your question is a problematic question.
What’s the real story? (Laughter) Each and every religion
has faith from a starting point. In this way you need not say which
is real. Faith is God. If it says this in the Bible, it’s
OK. In the Vedas, they really don’t have all of those things.
Other Puranas and Shastras will have those things. The Vedas talk
about morals and human values, the power of the human, and the strength
of the human. It talks only about things like that.
Inside the religion, there is a story in which the first form is
the form of the Goddess who is called Adi Parasakthi. From there,
She creates three energies for creation; one to generate, one to
sustain, and one to destroy, which are Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga.
Then, to balance those three energies, they created another three
which are Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and from there it starts. So
you are the son of Lakshmi.
Devotee: When you are chanting by yourself does
it make a difference if you say it out loud or silent?
Amma: It has a difference. When you do it internally
it is far more powerful than externally. There are three types of
chanting. One is internally which is considered to be the best and
which has the most power. Then chanting just a little louder so
that you can hear, and then chanting much louder. The third is also
good. Step by step. You can choose any way you want.
Devotee: You said earlier about the power of chanting
to heal and detoxify the body from poisons and chemicals. Can you
speak about that a bit? Does the person who may have the toxicity
have to do the chanting or can someone else do it?
Amma: Someone can do it. It is the vibration.
It’s not something like magic. It is the vibrations. When
you create the vibrations, and the people breathe those vibrations,
it starts to react on the physical body. As per that reaction, it
will start to make the poison disappear or it will create good energy
into the physical body so in that way, the poison will be minimized.
Devotee: And are there particular Vedic chants
to do that?
Amma: Yes, as Amma told, the Vedas are one but
have been split into eighteen parts. The Vedas talk about medicines
and the formulas. They talk about creating homes and building homes,
and engineering. They talk about geography. The Vedas talk about
three main things. They talk about the geographical, about all of
the planets and all the stars and things, and about the formulas
for healers. Other parts mostly talk about human values. They talk
about righteousness and justice and they talk about the forms of
the divine, and about the chants, and about astrology. They talk
about the architecture of building temples, which are called the
Shilpa Shastram, Agama Shastram, Artha Shastram, Garuda Purana,
Mimamsa, Tharkum, etc.
Devotee: I’m asking about the number 27?
Amma: 27, yes. Even though there are many planets,
the nine planets which are very much related to this world, which
are around this world, the human world, as per that, there are 27
stars. In astrology, when you want to look at your chart, first
they are going to ask, “What’s your star?” These
nine planets each have three stars. The nine planets are related
to 27 stars. That’s the meaning.
Devotee: Did humans originate from the stars?
Amma: No, no, no. Ultimately each and every soul
in the human world is from the divine. No one will have their birth
from a star. Everyone will start their birth from nature, from the
divine, not particularly from the stars. The timing of when you
take birth in the world, may be related or connected to one star,
of the 27 stars. Your birth may connect with any one star of the
27. You may have a connection with a star but you’re not created
from the star.
Devotee: Amma, the vibration that gets created
in the chanting is related to the sound we’re making so how
do we, when we’re not with you, make sure that the chanting
has the right sounds to the words?
Amma: As Amma told, even though there are lots
of chants, the most simple and best is “Om Namo Narayani”.
Devotee: Is that in the Vedas too? “Om Namo
Amma: Yes, yes, yes. Because the first word Om
is the eternal sound of the universe.
Devotee: Amma, in the Vedas you refer to the 14
universes. When you said the Vedas were not just for human kind
or this universe but all 14 can you just elaborate on the 14 universes
and that the Vedas aren’t just for human kind but for other
Amma: Only in this world, in the human world,
are there forms with the physical. All the other worlds, there is
still form, but they don’t have the physical form. The Vedas
talk about Siddha Lokam, which is the world for sages, then there
is Deva Lokam which is the world for angels, Badala Lokam which
is the underwater world and then there are other worlds like Ashwa
Lokam which is for another type of angel. There are 13 other worlds
but only in this human world will you have this physical form.
In the rest of the worlds they do not have this physical form.
How the Vedas help, how they bring strength and energy to the other
worlds is through all of the rituals that you do in this physical
world. This human world will help all other 13 worlds this way.
For example, one ritual, of the many, is the ‘Havaan’
which is the ritual with fire that you do. You do the havaan with
offerings of fruits, flowers, ghee and all of those things. In one
way it is creating good for this world and in another way it is
providing the food for another world. The other world is benefiting
through the Vedas from this world. One of the very simple reasons
for the havaan and why we need to do the havaan, which in Sanskrit
is Yagam or Yagna meaning ‘offering’; you are offering
with love to the divine. With that, certain parts go to the angels
in the other world as food so they benefit in this way.
Devotee: Amma, so that means that if people on
earth don’t do these yagams then the creation from the other
world can’t exist?
Amma: Yes, yes, yes, not that they can’t
exist, but they will suffer. They will have pain. For example, in
the human world, when you feel hunger, you take physical food which
is created by the divine from nature. You have fruits, rice and
things. You are in a physical form so you need to have physical
food. For the other worlds, they don’t have the physical form
but they have the wish and have the feeling of hunger, etc.
The way that nature has been created, whatever you offer in this
world, by way of the havaan into the fire, certain parts go to the
angels and to the rest of the worlds as food, and if you are not
doing this here then they don’t get fed. There is one phrase
in the old tradition that says, “Let long live angels, priests,
cows, kings, cities.” See the steps. First are angels, then
priests and then cows. Why the cow? First are angels. When they
feel healthy and happy they will bless this world with natural wealth.
The angels are the authority for nature. Each and every angel will
have the power to control nature; one part of nature.
When angels are happy then they will give natural wealth to this
world and everyone in the world will be happy. So if angels have
the need to be happy they should have the food and other things
to create their happiness. Who needs to provide this food to the
angels? The priests through chants and through the fire offerings
into the havaan they provide the food for the angels. Though you
will have many things into the havaan like fruits and rice, the
main offering is ghee which is from cows. That is why the steps
first say long live angels, priests, and cows. After that are kings,
cities and other places.
Devotee: So since we are feeding the other thirteen
Amma: Yes you are blessed, very much blessed.
The angels and others are more powerful than humans. They are on
another level, but still, humans are blessed to feed them. You are
blessed to feed them.
Devotee: These 14 worlds and the experience of
the angels are connected to our karmic cycle and the progression
of the human soul and our spiritual development. Are there other
entire divine experiences that exist once that’s completed…
mingling with nature… with Amma… these 14 worlds that
were operating within right now?
Amma: Once you attain that which is called salvation
that is beyond all of these things. You will be at the top of angels.
Devotee: How long do angels live?
Amma: There is no death or birth for angels. In
the Vedas it mentions three hundred and thirty three million angels.
They will be there. There is no birth and death for them. They have
blessings called Surangi which means they will never die. They do
not experience death.
Devotee: Can they attain salvation or not?
Amma: For them, no. Salvation is blessed only
for the human. As Amma already told, for salvation, first you need
to know what salvation is. To mingle with the divine is salvation.
For example, if you want to see a person who is in a very big position,
you need to create the qualities which will allow you to see them.
If you want to mingle with the divine you need to create the qualities
for that. What are the qualities to mingle with the divine? To mingle
with the divine, the quality needed is the divine’s form of
love. It is unconditional love. You need to create unconditional
love through this process.
Then you will have the qualifications to mingle with the divine.
When you are in this process, this world is very helpful to you,
allowing you to have those experiences. In this world, you have
the opportunity to be able to share your happiness. You can find
peace and joy. That joy and peace, that unconditional love, is not
possible in the world of angels. In their world, everyone is a millionaire
or billionaire. No one needs anything from anyone. What they are
doing for this world has become their duty, such as giving rain
or blessing the people. Whatever it is, it is their duty. They don’t
have the opportunity to share.
In their world everyone has everything. There is no need from anyone
to anyone. Only in this human world is there the possibility to
share. Just by sharing, you can create joy and unconditional love.
When you create unconditional love, which is the path of the divine,
it is the qualification for you to reach the divine. The angel’s
world can’t create unconditional love so they have to remain
there. At one stage you will reach beyond them.
Devotee: Amma could you say a bit about the aarti
puja. The light, is that also a feeding?
Amma: Yes, light. What is the significance of
the puja? The meaning of puja is you are giving your own soul to
the divine. Why are they using lamps, light? As Amma told, the divine
is in the form of nature. Just by doing that aarti, it’s like
your soul. It is not a light or a lamp. You are taking your soul
to the divine. To be one of the divine, that is the significance
of the aarti.
Devotee: “Sarva mangala mangalye”,
you say that chant before you speak to people at full moon puja.
That is the chant that you say the most during puja. Why does that
chant stand above the rest?
Amma: Normally, in this human life, you need to
go through steps. The first step you need to go through is to satisfy
the physical wishes. Then you can think about the soul and spirituality
because in this world, you need both. You need to have a good life
in the present life which is surrounding you, and at the same time
you need to create something which is for the next life, which is
concerning the soul and things like that. Therefore, there are chants.
Some chants can give blessings just for physical things.
There are some chants which will guide just for wisdom. Sarva Mangala
Mangalye … it has the blessings for both, in itself. When
you chant “Om Sarva Mangala Mangalye Shive Sarvartha Shaadhike
Sharanye Triambake Gauri Narayani Namostute”… “Sarva
Mangala Mangalye” means “the Mother who gives all things
auspicious”; “Shive Sarvartha Shaadhike” means
“and who fulfills all of our needs”. In the first half
you are getting all of your physical needs met which you require
in this life. It fulfills all of our needs. In the second half;
“Sharanye Triambake Gauri Narayani Namostute” ... “I
surrender to that Mother”. In the second half you are booking
for tomorrow’s flight. “Sharanye Triambake Gauri Narayani
Namostute” ... “I surrender to the Mother. Let her accept
my respect.” This is its meaning. In the first half you will
receive the things that you need for this world and in the second
half you are reserving your place for the future life.
The Diamond & the Mustard Seed - 25/12/05
The diamond is very famous. Everyone knows about diamonds. They
are very precious and very rare. Imagine for example, if you were
given a diamond the size of a brick. Imagine how you would feel?
Imagine that everyone had a brick of diamond in their hands. The
joy and happiness of that moment would be immense! To have even
the tiniest piece of diamond itself, is a great thing because everyone
knows and is aware that the diamond is very precious and you cannot
get it very easily. Because of this, the value of the diamond always
stays very high.
If a tiny diamond can give so much happiness and joy, imagine what
a diamond the size of a brick could give. Everyone would be ecstatic!
You would feel like you were in heaven because you would know the
worth of the diamond, the importance of the diamond, and you would
also know how rare and precious it is. This is for the person who
is aware of the precious value of the diamond.
If you have a person who is not aware of diamonds, who doesn’t
know anything about diamonds and who has never seen a diamond or
heard about diamonds and by some chance he finds a big piece of
diamond, how would he feel? For him it would feel like a heavy weight.
He would wonder why he needed this and why he is burdened to carry
this weight. He would be very anxious to get rid of the diamond
because he doesn’t know how precious it is or the importance
It wouldn’t bring any happiness or joy to him. For him it
would be a burden. “Why should I carry this? Let me see if
anyone can hold this.” Why can’t he have peace, happiness
and joy like the first person? The first person is elated; he is
so joyful to have the diamond. The second person, who also has the
same piece of diamond, which is the same size and everything, is
not experiencing any happiness. What is the reason for that?
The reason why the first person is experiencing joy is because
he realizes the worth of the diamond. The second person does not
realize the worth of the diamond. When you realize what you have,
and you know its worth, it brings so much peace and joy, no matter
what it may be. For example, if a carpenter finds a big piece of
wood, it brings him great joy because he knows that through the
piece of wood he can create many things. If a sculptor finds a big
piece of rock which has a beautiful colour, it brings him much joy
because he knows he can make beautiful statues with it. If a goldsmith
finds gold, he will be very happy because he knows how to utilize
When it is reversed, however, and the carpenter finds a rock, to
him it’s just a rock and he doesn’t care about it. For
the sculptor who finds a piece of wood, it won’t matter, because
he isn’t aware of the wood’s value. To experience happiness,
it is necessary to realize the value of things. Only then will it
bring happiness and joy.
So, the first person experiences great happiness yet it is not
the same for the second person because he does not realize the worth
of the diamond he holds. His place of awareness tells him it’s
a weight because of his ignorance. The first person knows that there
is great value in a tiny piece of diamond. He knows how many dollars
a diamond is worth. He has already calculated the value of the diamond
the size of a brick, and he is ecstatic just imagining that it will
make him a billionaire! Whether it materializes or not, doesn’t
matter. Just knowing the value and being aware of it, he is able
to realize and experience so much happiness and joy.
What is the lesson in this? If you know and understand the necessity
and worth of what you have, that alone will give joy. What is joy?
What is peace? What is the way to happiness that everyone can have?
It is being born a human. Once you know the purpose of your human
birth you will be like the first person who had the diamond. He
knew that the diamond was not an easy thing to find and he was aware
of its value. He knew that if he had it, it meant that he was blessed.
It is the same when you realize the blessings of this human birth.
When you feel that you are blessed it brings so much happiness and
joy to your life. When you understand the real purpose of your life
and when you understand the energy and the ability of what you can
do for this world, when you understand all of these things, it brings
great peace and happiness. If you don’t understand these things,
your life will seem like a rock. For the second person, even though
he had such a valuable gift, for him it seemed like a weight because
of his ignorance.
If you don’t understand human birth, and you don’t
understand this is the gift, then your own life will seem to be
filled with many problems and struggles and you may wonder why you
need to carry the weight of all of the struggles. When you understand
the real purpose of human birth, it brings great joy and happiness
to your life.
On this auspicious day, make sure you realize that you are all
blessed. Having human birth in itself is a great blessing. It is
not possible for angels to be like humans. Many people think that
angels are the superior stage to the humans. Yes, this is true.
However, the angels cannot have salvation. They cannot have mukti
or moksha (salvation). This is possible only for humans. In the
angel world there isn’t any chance or possibility of sharing
their things because in their world, everyone is a billionaire!
No one needs anything from anyone so there is no way of serving.
Because there is no way of sharing, it is not possible to feel and
realize joy. It is possible only in human life, only in this world,
to share things.
When you talk about the other planets, there are many planets with
many beings, but the human’s world is very blessed to have
the divine in the form of an incarnation to provide direct guidance
to the path of peace and joy. Make sure you all realize that you
are blessed. When you see yourself in a big form you will get big
energy and big strength. When you see yourself as just one who is
there for your family, or for your two children, you will become
very small. When you feel that you are small, your energy will also
seem very small. You will not be able to do anything for others.
Try to see yourself as “I am the world. I am big”; then
you will have that much energy and that much strength.
Look at the people who have succeeded in the world and those who
have done great deeds for the world. Each and every one is human.
They were not born with something special. They had a normal human
birth. What allows them achieve those things? What allows them do
something great for the world? Is there anything special? There
is karma, but in general, it’s what is in their hearts. If
you think, “I am for my home,” then you will get that
much energy and strength. If you think, “I am for the world.
I am for the country,” then you will get that much energy
and strength. You are the creator of this. You have everything you
There are words in the Vedas, “Ahum Brahmasmi.” It
means, “I am that.” It is possible only for you. Other
creations cannot realize this. Only humans can say, “Ahum
Brahmasmi” which means “I am that, the formless divine”.
So try to feel that you are not here just to take care of one family
or to take care of three people. You have the strength and ability
to do great things. For the normal human then, how is it possible
for them to achieve great accomplishments? Is it just because of
what’s in their hearts? How big they think, they can accomplish
that much. Make sure you are all aware that the problems which you
have at this moment are all because you think that you are all for
your family or for yourself. Because of that, the problems that
you have seem to be big problems.
It is better for you to think and grow to the size of the world,
then you will see that the problems you have now aren’t problems
anymore. Right now, your problems may seem like a huge stone the
size of a mountain. When you think and grow as big as the mountain,
the problems you have will become like a small mustard seed.
You are blessed. Human birth is a blessing but many still wonder,
because of ignorance, why they need to carry the huge diamond. You
are blessed to have the wisdom of your birth, which allows you to
feel peace, happiness and joy. Enjoy life. Think that you are for
the world. Try to do great things. Don’t worry about the four
walls; just see the world as a family so you can create this energy
from within you. You are the creator. Each and every creation has
a soul and the divine is the soul. When you experience the divine;
that in itself is a great quality that allows you to see yourself
as divine. You don’t need anything more beyond that. You are
It is possible for everyone to do good things, not just small things,
but great things. Take a pledge. “I am here, not for me.”
You will always need to do certain things as a duty for the family,
but don’t just tuck into the family. Every creation can do
that. All other creations are here just for that. You alone are
blessed to do something different. You alone are blessed to think
something different. Try to think that way. Try to understand that
your life is for the world.
You are here to give, not just take. When you feel you can give,
the very moment you have that feeling, you will feel that you are
rich. If you feel that you need something, it doesn’t matter
how much you have, you are always poor. Try to make sure that you
can give. That is possible only for you.
Amma blesses you all on this good day, to be like that.
Conversations with Amma
Devotee: Sometimes on the path we experience pain
from different hurts and it’s like they try to convince us
that it’s not possible for us to move past it and even though
we hear these things about karma and about what’s possible;
it seems at the time like we might be the one that can’t do
it. When you’re in that period it’s like a depression
or an emotional cave. What’s the best method for getting through
Amma: When you are at that moment then it is a
problem for you. When you are Amma at that moment then it’s
not a problem for you. So again, just three words: “Om Namo
Narayani.” Whenever you are in that stage, whenever you are
in a crisis, don’t let your mind roam. When you think about
the pain, try to think about the divine, then you will become divine.
Devotee: There is a certain group of people in
the world who you deal with, who always criticize. All they have
is a criticism or a better way in their mind to do something. The
inclination is to say, “Just be quiet! What do you know?”
and then get angry with them. How should we deal with them?
Amma: If someone tries to give some advice to
you, first see whether it is real advice and if there are any corrections
that you need to make in the way you do things. If there is, then
you accept that. If there is criticism in the things that you are
doing, even if they are good, don’t worry about it. Just leave
Devotee: And accept the person and say Ok fine.
Just discard it?
Amma: Yes, just leave it.
Devotee: Sometimes I hear people or I hear things
that make me feel like people are making fun of Amma and things
like that and I know this must be the ultimate test for me to be
put in that situation, because I find it so painful and disrespectful?
Amma: If everyone is good, if everyone is smart,
there is no necessity for schools. Once you are in school it means
that you are here for wisdom. So it doesn’t matter. It’s
not possible for everyone to get 100%. Some get 100%, some 50%,
some 40%, still they are learning. Just think like that.
Devotee: For my part, I didn’t hear any
disrespect towards Amma but more like doubt.
Amma: Yes, it is nature. It’s nature.
Devotee: Is ignorance simply an energy of Kali
Amma: Yes, but it’s not just ignorance,
it is all the negative parts; jealousy, anger, lust. All of these
things are very supportive to the Kali Yuga.
Devotee: You say we should grow to be like a mountain
and think like that. How do you do that? When you try to good things
there are always criticisms because of doubt or ignorance or whatever
it might be. How do you do that? Do you just continue on that path
or do you try to do it on your own and keep more positive people
around you? How do you deal with that?
Amma: Just make sure that whatever you are doing,
are for yourself. Try to do good things. You need not care or worry
about criticism. If they don’t want what you are doing, then
you leave. Do things for the people who are ready to accept those
things. You need not worry about who is saying what. Once you feel
it is good and it is helping others, just do it. You need not worry
about what the neighbour says or what another one says.
Devotee: But let’s just say it’s a
group that is supposed to do something, like a group of people trying
to get something done, but it’s not going anywhere. How do
you deal with it?
Amma: Just do it on your own. When you can’t
be on the path of the group to express your thoughts, first be clear
on what the reasons are why they don’t want to follow your
ideas. There may be some good reasons. If you still find that your
way is good, do it as an individual effort.
Devotee: They say, with regards to incarnation,
that we’re blessed. How about reincarnation because, I think,
once you talked about the fact that we have so many reincarnations,
and sometimes I feel that in our reincarnation were not too happy
about it. So could you explain what the evolution is of the incarnation
Amma: It has to reach its final destination which
is called salvation. Until then, incarnation has to come again and
again and again. So once you have reached that final destination,
which is called salvation, then it’s the end. You will be
one with the divine.
Devotee: Is that karma or can you attain it in your life?
Amma: Its karma; the deeds that you are doing.
It just follows. If the deeds are better, then your karma will get
Devotee: Does the soul have the karma or the mind?
Amma: The karma gives the birth, and when you
have the birth it starts with the soul. The soul holds the karma
from the past; and the karma that you create in the present is from
your own mind.
Pournami Day (Full Moon - May 12, 2006)
“Sarva Mangala Mangalye Shive Sarvatha Sathike
Sharanye Thrayambage Gowri
Every one of us expects only happiness in life without having to
worry about any thing. The wish of the poor, the rich, the executives
and every one without exception to caste creed or religion, is happiness.
Is it possible to be happy all the time in this world? No, it is
impossible. Every human being born will definitely have some problem
or the other according to the misdeeds of his/her previous births.
It is a rare and a remote possibility for any one to be without
problem or difficulty.
A life without any problems or difficulties is a rare reality.
Every person has his/her own share of problems and hardships. Knowing
this, do we to live only with difficulties throughout our lives?
Is there a remedy for all our difficulties? Yes, there is. Worry
is caused by problems. In order to overcome the worries, one has
to forget the problem which causes it. How do we forget the problem
which causes the worry? Think of something else which brings and
gives us a pleasant feeling. There is faith, prayer etc. to keep
us out of problems and difficulties. Instead of always thinking
of the problem which causes worry, we must try to think of something
During difficult times what could give a person some peace? Let
us take a family. Will the thought of mother-in-law give happiness
to the daughter-in-law? Or, will the mother-in-law be too happy
to think about her daughter-in-law? Or will the thought of the children
cause happiness? Whoever you may think of is sure to cause one problem
or the other. If you think of your child, you start worrying whether
he/she is good at studies. If you think of the head of the family,
your worries will be about his deteriorating health or about his
business which is not doing well. If you think of your relatives,
there too, you end up with some worries. The thought of one’s
father and mother causes certain worries. Thus, the feeling of hardship
is always there if you think of any one of your choice.
Only the thought which does not cause any problem or difficulty,
will be the best alternative to gain happiness and peace of mind.
Is there such thing, where the mere thought of it gives happiness?
Yes, there is; and the name of Ambal (Godess Narayani). Whatever
else you could think of, will certainly end up with some problem
or hardship. There will be chain of problems or difficulties if
you think of anything else other than the name of Ambal. Ambal is
the power which provides peace and happiness.
Constant worry about a problem or difficulty will result in other
problems. One has to forget the reason for the problem one faces
and think of something else, something pleasant. A mind cannot think
about two things at a time. If the mind is diverted to think of
something new, the old thought will be forgotten.
Now, that you are sitting here, you could think of Amma, or you
may think that what an amount of food that was thrown into the fire,
which could have very well, be given to you, or you may think of
the problem at home. But only one thought is possible at a time.
If there is problem, certainly there will be worries. At such times,
instead of thinking about the problem over and over again, one should
think of Ambal, which is beneficial in two ways. First, when we
remember and think about Amma, we forget all the problems that cause
difficulty. Second, the thought of Amma will bring all the virtues.
The sin, which is the cause of sufferings, will be taken away. So,
only when we think of Amma, our difficulties will vanish and at
the same time virtues will be gained.
Whenever a man faces any difficulty he should immediately think
of Amma. Whenever anyone experiences difficulty, what does he immediately
cry out? Most of us will say ‘AIO’(during
pain everyone will shout like this in Tamil language). Who is this
is the wife of YEMEN, the god of death and miseries.
By saying “AIO” we invite more trouble. Mrs. AIO may
think that the amount of trouble given to that particular person
is not enough and may plan to give your more.
So, when we call Amma at the time of distress, the amount of distress
will be reduced and a downpour of good virtues will be increased
and enhanced at the same time. Happiness and distress will be coming
alternately. We must seek Amma not only during the times of trouble
but at all times. The only way to be happy and at peace is always
to remember Amma.
What does remembering Amma mean? Except during the times when we
are busy, we must pronounce from within ‘Om Namo Narayani’
continuously. In order to get relief from trouble one has to get
relieved of sin, which is the cause of all troubles. There are many
ways to get such a relief, like pujas acts of charity and so on.
But in an emergency situation where you don’t have enough
time to do puja or acts of charity, calling out Amma’s name
will bring all that for you instantly. This is the unique opportunity
bestowed on human beings. There are other life beings that also
have sufferings. They cannot pray or perform puja to remove their
sufferings. Only human beings are blessed to do so.
We have to spend as much time as possible in prayer and meditation.
Avoid keeping all unnecessary thoughts and always think of good
thoughts. In families if a puja is performed once, the virtue gained
will be 10 times. Taking part in the Yagam like this at the Peedam
will shower upon you 1000 times the virtues. This is a great blessing.
Hence without missing a single opportunity always cherish Amma’s
name in your souls. It is not that you should remember Amma only
in difficult times. Sure, during such times you should seek more
of Amma’s blessings; but when you always remember Amma, all
your sins, which cause all kinds of difficulties, will be removed
and a life full of joy, peace and contentment will always prevail.
On this auspicious day Amma blesses that all the life beings
in all the worlds may live happily, peacefully and harmoniously.
Bringing in the New
Each and every year there are many functions and celebrations.
Why is it necessary to have these celebrations? Why is it necessary
to have these functions? Are they just to have fun? No. There are
reasons for all of these celebrations and functions which help people
to have a peaceful life. For example, in the next few hours the
New Year is going to start.
Every year, everyone celebrates New Year’s Eve. Why is this?
Why do we need to celebrate this? Every year there will be Christmas
celebrations. What is the reason for these functions? There is significance
and a meaning behind these functions. For example, Christmas; on
this auspicious day it is a chance to remember the values given
by Jesus. On this day you remember what Jesus advised for humanity.
On Amma’s birthday it is a time to remember Amma’s values
which you need to follow.
Functions are not just for fun. It is our day together to make
a real change. For example, if someone is going to wear a new dress
it means they won’t want to be dirty. First, they will wash
away the dirt from their physical body by having a good shower.
Before accepting new, good qualities you get rid of the old or bad
qualities. Then you use things which will make you fresh and which
will be suitable for the new dress. These are things such as wearing
a fragrance, applying powders, etc. You are getting ready to accept
the new dress. To accept something new you prepare by removing the
burden of the old from yourself and then take in the many good things
which will be suitable for the new dress.
In the next few hours it is going to be a new year. The moment
you say “new” it signifies that, “I am entering
into the new” which also means that you are going to drop
the old. What is the old? What is the new? The old can be the bad
qualities in this life which are blocking the path to peace and
which is blocking the path to joy. Therefore, they have to be dropped.
Anger, jealousy, greed, ego, all these things have to be dropped.
You need to drop these things before you accept the new.
Entering into the new, you can have good qualities. You can create
the good qualities which are faith in the divine, devotion, and
unconditional love, good qualities like this. You need to prepare
for this and that is why, every year, you celebrate these functions.
The opportunity to celebrate these functions comes every year to
ensure that if you missed making changes the previous year you can
do so this year. This is the reason why you celebrate these functions
every year. If you missed last year’s opportunity at least
you can use this opportunity on this auspicious day. This is the
meaning and significance of celebrating these functions every year,
again and again. You do not need the justice from others telling
you what qualities you need to drop, or the qualities you need to
add. When you are with Amma for so long and you hear many stories
from Amma, you know what you need to drop or what you need to take
In the next year, which is going to be very soon, get ready for
it. Drop all of the bad qualities. Everyone knows what bad is in
them. For some people they may say that they can help you with this,
but everyone knows what the bad is in them. Try to drop all the
bad qualities. Try to live, more and more, following the proper
process of what you have learned so far. This is the great meaning
of these celebrations and functions. When you say there is a celebration,
it signifies something new, something good. That’s celebration.
Just having food and dishes is a small part. Ultimately there should
be change here, in the heart. Get ready before entering into the
Amma blesses you all on this New Year to have a bright
and sweet future with peace and joy. Amma blesses you all.
Everyone has many commitments but the most important and necessary
commitments can be of two types. One type is taking care of the
children and parents. These are a must. Giving a good life and creating
a good future for the children are necessary commitments. The next
type is as per one’s own desire, people create additional
commitments. For example feeding horses can be a commitment for
someone. For another, because of bad habits, may need to spend money.
This will also become a commitment. If someone has bad habits that
affect their budget, the bad habits will become a commitment via
their monthly budget.
Does making a commitment mean that you are making commitments as
stated by law? No, it is from your own wishes. You are creating
these commitments. It is not from anyone else. If someone says,
“I have lots of commitments,” it is their commitments.
They are making the commitments. It is not from the law or from
some other pressure. If they choose that something is very important
for them, then they will decide and make that as a commitment. If
someone feels that something is very important to them, then it
will become one of their commitments.
Once you decide certain things are commitments; it means that whatever
struggle you may have no longer matters. You will always fulfill
those commitments. Once you’ve decided that you have to do
something, your heart will be in it and you will be ready and you
will definitely be successful. You will not postpone it or stray
from it. Sometimes even some worries may come from your commitments.
If you have a commitment that you want to fulfill, to satisfy, sometimes
to fulfill it, you need to make a big effort, and this may create
some worries. Even then, you will still remain committed.
Everyone does not have the same commitment; it is different for
each person. For example, spending money in nightclubs may be a
commitment to some, one which you know they have created. They can’t
stop that. For some, bad habits are their commitments. They can’t
stop that. Once you decide that you can’t live without something
or say, “I cannot stop,” then definitely you will not
be able to. When you decide that something is very important to
you then you make it a commitment.
When you speak about dharma and about good deeds, how many people
are doing good deeds as a commitment? Very few are. When people
talk about doing good deeds, instead of making that commitment they
talk about their problems. “Oh, I have a crisis. I have a
problem. I have this or that.” These statements are not true.
When you can spend money on unwanted things in the name of commitment
why can’t you make a commitment to do good deeds?
Once you create the commitment, you will definitely do it. Everyone
tries to fulfill their commitments. They sometimes worry and struggle
to keep their commitments. Even with the worry and struggle they
satisfy their commitments. In this situation, why can’t you
choose to do good deeds as a commitment? Say to yourselves, every
month I must take some amount from my salary for good deeds. If
you wish this and you feel that it is very important, definitely
you will do it. Once you make it your commitment, “I have
to do this. I need to do this”; then definitely you can. There
are many of Amma’s devotees here who all make a commitment
for all of the good deeds that are going on here at Peedam.
As Amma said, when you make commitments, it is in two ways; one
which is really necessary and others that are more like habits.
Sometimes it may be good, sometimes it may be bad. Amma need not
tell you what it is. Everyone knows what commitments are really
not necessary. Still, you make those kinds of commitments because
you like them and can’t leave them. When you choose to make
good deeds a commitment and you decide that from today onwards,
every month you are going to feed ten people, when you make that
a commitment then definitely you will fulfill it.
As Amma already said, the strength is not from outside. It is from
the heart. When you are ready, when you have a strong wish to accomplish
it, definitely you will succeed. Two days ago Amma gave a discourse
that the human birth is a gift. Only in that birth can you use the
phrase “I am that” which means “I am divine”
Aham Brahmasmi. Aham means “I am” Brahmasmi “I
am nature. I am divine”
How is it possible? For example, look at today’s program.
There were so many people. Some did not have legs. Some did not
have hands. Some cannot hear properly. We can simply say that the
reason for all of this is because of their karma. If it is their
karma; who can change it? Only one force can change karma. What
is that force? It is the Divine. The Divine is the only force that
can wipe out the karma.
Today, all of Amma’s devotees had the opportunity to wipe
out their karma. For example, the person who came today without
a leg, for him, until yesterday, he felt that he was not going to
walk in this world at all. He feels lost because of it. When he
was given a cycle today, that tricycle for him is a leg. Maybe for
others it’s a cycle worth fifty dollars but for him it is
a leg. Is it possible for a human to replace a leg for someone?
No, but you did that today by way of serving them. Just by giving
the tricycle, for them it is not iron or metal. For them it is a
leg. There were other people who received artificial limbs. For
them it is like their hands and legs.
When you have this good heart, it creates so much happiness. With
the fifty dollar cycle, you must paint the fifty dollars in several
ways. Today it gave life. Today it gave meaning to a person’s
life. In this way you are all blessed to have this opportunity.
As Amma said many times, having the opportunity is the biggest gift
beyond anything. Many people may have wealth and many people may
have will, but how many of them will have good opportunity? You
need divine blessings for that. Only then is it possible.
So those people who all benefited today, is a big day in their
life. For you it may be about fifty dollars or one hundred dollars?
But for them, they received a useful hand. They regained the use
of their legs. They got back their ears to hear. Amma has started
another program in connection to Amma’s thirtieth birthday
celebration. Amma asked the doctors in Sri Narayani Hospital to
do three hundred free cataract operations for the poor people. Who
is doing all these things? Is Amma doing all of these things? No,
you are all doing these things. You have received the opportunity.
Many people do not get this opportunity. It is because of your good
karma you are receiving these blessings and opportunity.
There may be many commitments and in that some may be important,
and some may not be so important. Decide for yourself which is really
necessary and which is not. When you feel that there are some commitments
which are not really necessary, replace them with commitments to
do good deeds which will create more joy to you and which will bring
more happiness and peace to the world. Then life will be full of
worth. For example, when we give a tricycle it may be worth about
Someone may think,”Why? Why can’t I keep the money
for myself?” When you keep the money, it will just be paper.
It will never have life, but when it given in this form, it moves
to others with love, unconditional love and then it has life. So
it is in your hands to make your life with meaningful or not. Take
a pledge from this day, “I will commit to doing good deeds.”
It could be anything but make the commitment. “Yes, I have
to do this,” and definitely you are not going to struggle
to fulfill it. When you compare all of your commitments, it’s
going to be better than most. It will definitely bring more peace
and harmony to your life.
Instead of just listening to Amma’s discourses, take the
next step and move further ahead. Implement. Implementation is a
very important part. Try to do that, not just listen. Listening
is only one stage. It’s nice to be in kindergarten but you
should not have the wish that you should be in kindergarten forever.
You need to mature and become wise. Think broad and feel that you
are blessed to have this opportunity. Utilize this opportunity.
Very few are blessed with the opportunity. Whenever you find a good
opportunity, feel that you are blessed to find it.
Don’t feel that you are going to give. You are going to do.
Just feel you are blessed to do it. This will bring humility. If
you feel that you are doing, it will create ego; pride. Feel that
you are blessed whenever you hear that there is a need for help.
Just be the friend. The opportunity is there as the result of being
with Amma. When Amma always says, “You are special,”
what does being special mean? Being special means that you’re
not just listening. You should be special in your way of life. Whenever
there is a need, whenever you find the need, be the friend.
Whenever you hear that there is an opportunity for service, do
it. It doesn’t matter how big it is. Try to do what you can.
It’s not by force that you have to do this much. It may be
up to your limit but try to utilize the opportunity. Amma said many
times, that the human birth is gifted. It’s a blessing to
do good things. For that you need the opportunities, which are not
possible for everyone. Very few are blessed with that opportunity.
When you are connected with the divine, when you are connected with
a spiritual life, you are blessed to do these things. Utilize the
opportunity. You will feel joy. When you feel joy definitely it
will create good energy in the world, the energy of peace and love.
Amma blesses you all.
Call the name of Ambal (Narayani) – Full Moon Discourse
In a village there were two loving brothers who lived in perfect
unity. They will always go out together all occasions and every
function. There were no secrets between them. One will not do anything
without telling the other. One day a holy man came to the village.
On hearing of the arrival of the holy man, everyone in the village
went to him to receive his blessings. The two brothers also went
to see the holy man and whilst they waited the holy man delivered
a sermon. In his sermon he spoke of how a person can be delivered
from his sins and earn a place in heaven. He said it does not matter
how sinful a person may be, knowingly or unknowingly, if he utters
the name of Sri Narayani only once at his time of death, he will
be saved. After the speech, the two brothers received his blessings
and started back home.
On their way home, the elder brother asked the younger brother what
he thought about the holy man’s speech. The younger brother
replied, “I think the holy man sent a good message, instead
of worshipping God daily, all we need to do is surrender to God
only at the end of our lives”. The elder brother said the
same acknowledging that the holy man had a good idea. We are spending
hours and money everyday to worship God, when, in spite of our many
misdeeds and sins, it will be enough if we call upon Ambal only
at the time of death. We are spending one hour everyday for Puja,
but as the Swamiji says, we can call upon Ambal only at the time
of death, therefore everyday we could spend the time we use to pray
to do something else like business or enjoy the company of our children.
So the brothers decided to stop their daily Puja from that day
onwards. Years passed by and both of them grew old. Finally the
last day came for both of them. The last second is approaching.
They both felt happy and decided to get ready to call upon Ambal.
Since they did everything together all through their life, they
also thought death will come for both of them at the same time.
So saying they came out of the house and stood at the roadside.
Normally a bus comes at that time carrying passengers and on that
particular day the brakes on the bus failed. These two are standing
by the roadside near their house. Usually the bus will stop at the
spot where they were standing and the driver would stop and spend
some time talking with them before he leaves. But on that fateful
day, the brakes failed and the bus crashed into the brothers.
On receiving such a fatal blow who will think to say ‘Narayani’?
Nobody! Instead, they will shout ‘Iyyo’.
Anyone being hit so hard will shout out all kinds of abuses. So,
they both died and the hell dwellers came and took them to hell.
The brothers felt remorse that they were not able to call the name
of Ambal during their last breath before the bus driver ended their
lives in a flash. They spent their remaining time of their Jenma
in hell. They were born again, lived with piety and at the end went
What do we understand from this story? You have all come to this
Yagam by the thousands. You may have invited many others also to
come to Malaikodi to witness this large scale Yagam being conducted.
Many may have said they have no time to come. Others may have said,
“I will go only if I am invited”. In that case Amma
has to write letters inviting each and everyone to come and take
part in the Yagam. Some may say, “It is not essential for
me”. Man thinks that it is enough if he approaches God only
at the time of trouble and problems. True. If one appeals to Ambal
during the time of trouble and distress all the troubles Ambal will
also help. But is it possible to think about Ambal at the time of
extreme distress? No. Impossible! How many people will call upon
Narayani when suffering with great pain? Nobody! Instead he will
shout all kinds of abuses.
There were devotees of Lord Perumal called Alwars. One such Chief
Alwar said. “I have called upon you now for the sake of my
last minute. Because I am not sure whether in my last moment I will
have the wisdom, knowledge or feeling to call upon you. That is
why I call your name now. Though it is true when I take my last
breath I must call upon you, there is no guarantee that it will
be possible”. We may decide to call on Ambal only at times
of distress. But during the time of suffering the mind is worried
about the pain only. So, if we do Pujas daily, the reward will come
during our last moments when we are in pain and unable to call upon
For example if a seed is sown now, it will grow into a tree and
will yield fruits maybe only after 20 years or so. In the same way
our daily prayers and pujas done with devotion today will certainly
come to our rescue in our final moments. There is no hard and fast
rule that says we have to go to temple only on Fridays or we have
to search for God only in times of difficulty or we have to celebrate
festivals once a year. If a celebration is scheduled on a particular
day in a year, some unexpected event may interfere and cancel the
whole program. So, right now when we are physically and mentally
healthy, we have to call the name of Ambal and earn the divine virtues.
Instead of waiting for that last second we must feel that today
is the auspicious day and today we have the strength and the mind
We must do good as much as possible; think of Ambal as much as
possible, right now; now, when we don’t have worries. It is
easy to think of Ambal now. Only when we face difficulties, we find
it hard to call upon Ambal. The present thought of Ambal will come
to our rescue at the time of need without fail. Always think that
today is a good day. Today is an auspicious day for undertaking
a good deed. Tomorrow is not definite. If we find out that today
there is a kumbabishekam and we must contribute something, do it
today because the money and mind we posses today may not be with
us tomorrow. Everything is changing.
The world rotates so fast and when we get a chance to do something
good today, we must do it right away. Don’t wait for the day
and the time to come; it is wiser to do it today. On this auspicious
day please bear one thing in mind. If you get a chance, please utilize
it immediately because the opportunity will not wait for us, it
will be lost. So every morning make it a habit of lighting the lamp
in the house and call the name of Ambal for just 10 minutes. If
you have to go out still call the name of Ambal, do it where you
go and during whatever you doing; while going to office or while
carrying out your duties. Devotion is not something you get by asking.
It is spontaneous and the reward will come at the right time. Give
a helping hand and help to remove all the problems.
On this gracious day Amma blesses all the life beings in
all the worlds to be happy and comfortable.