Amma starts the yagam
Offerings for the Fire
Amma does arathi
Amma gives a discourse
Amma's Full Moon (Pournami) Message - 28.08.2007
"Om Sarva Mangala Mangalye,
Shive Sarvatha Shaadhike,
Sharanye Triambake Gowri,
Every living being in this world was created with some special talents to live. For example if we take the case of birds, they fly all over the sky and get their daily food. Horses will run, search and find its food. Likewise every other life being has some special talent. Fish has a special talent; swimming. If a fish does not know how to swim it cannot survive. Thus every living being has some special talent to live in this world.
Mankind has more wisdom and power which no other living being has. Man uses his wisdom and power suitably according to the changing seasons and derives happiness. Nowadays, education is very important for development and upliftment of a man's status. More important is computer education. Every one needs to have knowledge of computers which brings about a number of employment opportunities and development in many professions. This is a requirement to find a good job and develop in life.
Also, for self defence and safety there were many arts in old days. Some of these arts are available in the present too; like Karate and many others. Out of all those swimming is more important and essential. Some twenty or thirty years ago, there were few people who did not know how to swim.
Only one or two may not know how to swim and this was about twenty or thirty years ago. However, today, very few people know how to swim. Man's habits have changed as times have changed. People who did not know how to swim was very rare those days but today people who know how to swim is very rare.
One who does not know how to swim is happy to see water till he is up to his knee in the water. It will be thrilling to go a little further; but when he reaches a distance where the water level comes up to his neck he becomes scared. Whereas people who know how to swim is not fearful of water no matter how deep the level may be because it is not a problem for them to go into the water since they know how to swim.
They won't worry about the depth of the water level whether it is 10 feet or 20 feet or even 100 feet. Fear is a problem for those who do not know how to swim. So in a man's life knowledge is important; education is important; education which suits the changing times is important. So, for a good living a man needs a good education and a good job that matches his education.
If a man wants to have a fearless and safe life he must know such arts and have some talents. If a man has some enemies for example he would be able to fight back in times of need. Education gives happiness; talents give protection and so on and so forth. Above all if a man wants peace and happiness he needs devotion.
Let us take the example of an old man who returns by a bullock cart or let us say he walks to his native village after several years of living in a far of city and have forgotten all the facts about village life. A piece of straw will look like a snake to his eyes from a far distance. He takes careful steps slowly as he approaches the place where the so called snake is lying.
Thinking that the snake may not move from the spot he throws a stone at it. Even then it does not move. With much fear he goes near and finds that it is not snake but only a piece of straw. Because he did not know what it was, the degree of his fear was high. After coming to know what it was, the unnecessary fear vanished.
Same way, if mankind gets know the reasons for the troubles and problems in life, the worry and the related fear will disappear. There is a way to get rid of the problems. Devotion takes us near to Divinity. Devotion takes us near to Amma. When one is close to Amma he gets the friendship of good souls. Good things will enter his ears. He will sit here for a long time listening to all the slokas and mantras.
This was possible only because of devotion. Unless one has devotion these things are not possible. Seeing the divine wouldn't be possible. A divine discourse of inspiring messages wouldn't have been possible. Devotion gives the support the strength to be courageous to face life. A man needs many things to lead a happy life in this world. Knowledge, ability, talent, money position, bliss etc are some of them. Above all of these very important needs is peace and happiness.
We can buy so many things with money, except peace and happiness which can only come through devotion. Devotion will either solve the problem or will give the strength to bear the pain no matter the size of the problem because Amma listens to a devotee who is in her near vicinity. Devotion is a great power. The knowledge of Amma is special. That wisdom is even greater than the knowledge; therefore have devotion.
Amma blesses all the living beings on this universe to be happy, peaceful and graceful.