“If All You Want is Love, Compassion and Peace…”, then this is for YOU!
“Love is the thread, that joins us together...” — Amma
When summer days start rolling in, I always make a bucket list of things to be accomplished. One of them is to fill my heart with Love, Compassion and Peace! Happiness is not something you can buy in a supermarket or you can bargain for.
Fortunately, I don’t have to travel much farther. Because, every year Dallas-Fort Worth area receives a special visitor, who selflessly tries to spread happiness. Her name is Mata Amritanandamayi, but everyone fondly calls her “Amma”, meaning Mother in Malayalam (South Indian, Kerala) language. Amma travels all over the world to spread her message of Love and Peace. She also inspires others to engage in “seva”, (selfless service). Amma herself demonstrates selfless service through the humanitarian activities led by her. Amma says — “Happiness will follow the Selfless Service.”
Bhagavad Gita, the ancient scripture in Sanskrit contains the following verse and it gives a good description of “Seva.”
Karmanye vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana,
Ma Karmaphalaheturbhurma Te Sangostvakarmani
कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥
It means: You have the full right to selfless duty (only), but not to its fruits thereof. Let not the fruits of action be your motive, nor let your mind get attached to not doing the duty.
What a great philosophy behind True Happiness!
This is Amma’s 30th anniversary of North American Tour and Dallas is one of the stops among 11 cities on that list. It all starts with “Pure unconditional Love” as Amma declares her religion as Love. As a compassionate spiritual leader, Amma spends her time in personally meeting and listening to people, consoling them, wiping their tears and encouraging them at the same time. She becomes a part of us, as she offers her loving embrace. Thousands of people come to see Amma each day. However, Amma continues to offer her embraces tirelessly, with the same enthusiasm until everyone who comes to see her receives it.
If you have a desire to offer “Seva” (selfless service), there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, such as Amma’s Embracing the World activities. There is a huge worldwide network of Global Charities built to support these activities. These purely run on the volunteer services and mainly revolve around basic human needs like food, shelter and physical health. There is also focus on advanced education, medical as well as technical research and empowering women or any needy people. It does not stop there. If there are any sudden tragedies or natural calamities in the world, Amma firmly stands behind them and offers Disaster relief.
Amma has given several International addresses and is honored with a long list of so many notable awards. To name a few: Gandhi-King award for non-violence (Geneva, 2002), Interfaith award (New York, 2006), Doctorate of Humane Letters from SUNY (Buffalo, 2010) and the recent “Medal of Honor” (New York, 2015). Amma even joined Pope Francis in the Vatican along with a few world religious leaders to sign a declaration against human trafficking and slavery.
In spite of this abundant fame and honor, Amma is very humble and shows no ego. One of the highlight of her programs is the speech she delivers for the world peace. She uses simple examples and stories to explain basic life principles and how to overcome negative emotions. Amma also leads all people gathered there, in a silent meditation. This is when one can realize the power of their inner self.
And to top that experience, there are bhajans (songs). These songs are in various languages from Spanish to English, French to German or Italian and many more along with several Indian dialects. Amma herself sings some bhajans and with her divine voice, the upbeat rhythm and melodious music, you may get transported to another world.
There are also activities organized for children. You will often find these kids engaged in selfless service (Seva) too. There is something for each person that they may find interesting. These are beautiful words from one of songs Amma sings:
We are all beads Strung on the same thread
Each one is different Yet all are the same
Love is the thread
That joins us together
So what are you waiting for? If you want to feel Love, Compassion and Peace, then simply become a “Bead.” We all are different in so many ways. But as Amma says it does not matter if each bead is different, because finally all beads will get connected with the thread of “Love.”
More information about Amma’s Visit and her Humanitarian activities can be found here:
Amma’s Dallas Visit: http://amma.org/meeting-amma/north-america/dallas
Amma’s North American Tour: http://amma.org/meeting-amma/ammas-north-america-tour
Embracing the World: http://www.embracingtheworld.org/
Amma North American Website: http://amma.org/