This will be the second of three posts about Christmas Eve in Amritapuri. In the first one I told readers a bit about the story line and shared a video clip from one of the early practices. (To read that post click here.)
It has seemed to me as if there have been fewer people at the ashram than is usual for a holiday season. That changed dramatically on Christmas Eve. Not only was there a big influx of Indian and Western visitors, but that morning was the beginning of the AYUDH National Leadership Summit. Six hundred youth from 15 to 35 years-of-age participated in that event.
This photo taken during the Christmas Eve program will give you a sense of the size of the crowd. There were additional seats set up in areas that are not visible in this picture.
Amma gave darshan (hugs) until 11:00 pm. The cast set up the stage for the play at the same time, meaning they were putting up equipment and sets all around her.
By 11:30 pm, Amma was sitting in the hall with us and the play began.
Notes: 1) There is a post on Amma’s Facebook Page that shares a detailed description of the play’s story-line. 2) You can click on the gallery below to enlarge the photos.
The play was wonderful, moving the audience to tears, laughter and repeated applause.
After the play we listened to Amma’s Christmas message. I will share the content of that speech if it is posted online later. After the Christmas message was finished, Amma sang Only Love is our Guiding Light and Jai Mata Di Jaykar Bulavo and then blessed the Christmas cake. Soon everyone had a sweet to end the night.
The program finished sometime between 2:00 and 2:30 am. What a beautiful evening it had been.
Notes: 1) The photos on this post come from Amma’s Facebook page and Amritapuri.org 2) I expect to publish the third post about the play later in the week.
To read the previous posts in this series click here.
I posted the other day about an unusual insect I saw in Saraswati Garden. At the time, I thought it was a butterfly or a moth but I couldn’t find a photo on the internet that was anything like it.
Today I went to the Tulasi Farm in Amritapuri and there was an area that had MANY of these insects. In watching them fly, I knew they weren’t either butterflies or moths. They moved so fast I couldn’t see them well, but I thought they might be dragon flies.
When I looked on the internet, I discovered there are 91 species of dragon flies in Kerala. I was able to find a photo of one that looked similar to what I had seen.
The tree was awe-inspiring even with all of the power lines running through it
I decided to make a separate gallery for some of the pink flowers I’ve seen in India.
And last, but not least, a pink bear that I used in a fun post (An Early Morning Mystery) I wrote in November 2014.
Rara is an incredibly creative writer, author, and poet. She spreads love and wisdom with every blog-post. She also models being accountable for her thoughts, words, actions and attitudes. I encourage you to read her most recent poem, and to explore her blog.
My contribution to The Seeker’s Dungeon “On Living and Dying” event is up.
You can find my post at: Am I Contributing to My Living or My Dying?
I have loved reading the various guest posts in the series. If you visit The Seeker’s Dungeon, consider checking them out!
If you’d like to become one of the guest authors, you can learn more about the event here: 365 Days On Living and Dying.
Sreejit at “The Seeker’s Dungeon” has started a guest post series entitled “365 Days on Living and Dying.” You are welcome to submit a post whether or not you have a blog.
I hope everyone who reads this will take advantage of the opportunity! It should be a very interesting series.