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Mata Amritanandamayi – fighting poverty of love

‘Guru fights poverty fights world's poverty of love, one hug at a time’ is an interesting headline given to a story on Mata Amritanandamayi in CNN International by Delia Gallagher. The article on the website also contains an interesting video on Mata Amritanandamayi, her ashram, philanthropic activities and on foreign devotees working in her ashram in India. And then there is that special emphasis on Amma the hugging saint.
An interesting point in the article – unlike many Hindu gurus, Amma does not preach any particular spiritual practice, such as yoga, meditation or chanting. Service, rather than study, is the focus of her work. Amma has no formal education, and her philosophy is not of the intellectual kind.Some excerpts from the article‘There are two types of poverty in the world, financial poverty and the poverty of love; the second is more important,’ says Amritanandamayi, who goes by Amma, which means ‘mother’.‘I want to awaken motherhood in both men and women,’ Amma says, r…

Hindu Temple in Ireland at Letterkenny in Donegal County

At present there is no full-fledged HinduTemple in Ireland but the growing number of Hindus in the country is looking out for a proper place to establish a temple. Now they have zeroed in on a factory unit Letterkenny in DonegalCounty, which they hope to convert into a HinduTemple. The Indian community is negotiating with the council and they expect to have a temple by December 2007.Plans are under way to establish a temple in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, to cater for over 300 families living in the town. The new temple is also expected to boost the local economy by bringing thousands of Hindus from around the country to Donegal. Indian-born Naidu Yttra, who is living in Letterkenny for three years, said they had already pinpointed the factory unit as a potential location and he hopes the new temple will be ready as early as December.‘We do not have any place to go and worship around here and if we want to, we have to go to Belfast or Birmingham.’In Letterkenny, several representatives fr…

Sarvamangal Ganesh by Lata Mangeshkar – Sanskrit Shlokas dedicated to Ganesha

Sarvamangal Ganesh is a new compilation of Sanskrit mantras and shlokas dedicated to Lord Ganesha by Lata Mangeshkar. Lataji prefers to not call it an album. Most the shlokas are her personal favorites and she recites them regularly. The compilation is titled ‘Sarvamangal Ganesh – The Lord of the Beginnings’ and is dedicated to Ganesha.Lata Mangeshkar believes that if a person chants the shlokas regularly he/she will be blessed by Lord Ganesha. She believes the shlokas are ideal for calming the mind. And of course, Lord Ganesh is known to bail one out of all problems – as he is Vigneshwara.The release date of Sarvamangal Ganesh is August 23.

Kalyanamasthu – Mass Marriage Conducted by Tirumala Tirupati Temple on August 26

Kalyanamasthu, the mass marriage program of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in Andhra Pradesh, will be held on August 26, 2007. This unique program is aimed at lakhs of young poor Hindus who are unable to get married as per Hindu customs due to financial difficulties. Kalyanamasthu is being held at numerous locations in Andhra Pradesh.Gold mangalsutrams, kankanams and silver mettelu, which is being provided by TTD for the thousands of marriages, were placed at the feet of Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavati during a special puja on August 20. These items will be distributed to the bride and bridegroom who are going to get married on August 26. This is the second edition of Kalyanamasthu program; in the inaugural mass marriage 4,994 couples got united. The auspicious Sravana Nakshatra Muhurtham between 11.10 a.m. and 11.20 a.m on August 26 is the chosen time for the mass marriage.More details on Kalyanamasthu program can found in this earlier post.

Ma Anandamayi Quotes on the same Atman everywhere

My conscious has never associated itself with this temporary body. Before I came to this earth ‘I was the same.’ As a little girl, ‘I was the same.’ …. Ever afterward, though the dance of creation change around me in the hall of eternity, ‘I shall be the same’.
Enquire: 'Who am I?' and you will find the answer. Look at a tree: from one seed arises a huge tree; from it comes numerous seeds, each one of which in its turn grows into a tree. No two fruits are alike. Yet it is one life that throbs in every particle of the tree. So, it is the same Atman everywhere. Sri Ma Anandamayi