Welcome to North America Amma!


I have written many posts about my spiritual journey with Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) since I started blogging in 2014. My life changed profoundly when I met her in the summer of 1989.  Since then, I have spent time with her yearly, during her North American programs and at her ashram in Amritapuri, India. My son Sreejit has lived in her ashrams in San Ramon and Amritapuri since 1994 and my daughter has lived in Amritapuri since 1998. Our lives are dedicated to supporting Amma’s mission/vision of alleviating suffering in the world. (Amma’s vast network of humanitarian charities is known as Embracing the World )

Just hours from now Amma will begin her first 2016 program in North America. That program will be held at the Edward D Hanson Conference Center in Everett, Washington (near Seattle). Between now and July 14 Amma will hold free programs in San Ramon, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Boston and Toronto. Details of the Seattle area programs can be found at http://amma.org/meeting-amma/north-america/seattle-bellevue. To see her entire North American tour schedule go to: http://amma.org/meeting-amma/north-america.

I think the best way for me to share more about the experience of being with Amma is through three videos.

The first is a video of Amma feeding a fledgling that had fallen out of its nest.

One of the ways Amma offers her blessings is through her hug.

Film director, actor and producer Shekhar Kapur recently launched a beautiful new documentary about Amma titled The Science of Compassion.

It’s time for me to get ready to go to the program.  I look forward to discovering what experiences I will have this year!

10 thoughts on “Welcome to North America Amma!

  1. Oh how I miss her!!! did you go to Chicago? I have the week of July 11th off and my son needs me the following week but I am working…doing workshops 4 nights on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. With Mom’s house for sale I am not sure I can leave for 4 days but I may try to get there for Devi Bhava. I’ll text you to let you know as I stand in line:)

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    1. I don’t usually go to Devi Bhava until later in the evening so I probably won’t be there then. I hope you are able to come for at least that portion. I look forward to the time when you can go to a whole retreat again.


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