How are you?
I am well and feeling rejuvenated after my trip to see Amma in Canada. I have to say that this was one of the most incredible times I have ever had with Amma, or in my life – well, they always seem to go together 🙂 I feel so much Grace and fortune have come to me, and so blessed to have been part of what was going on there. I am now back giving sessions in London, so please do message or call me.
Before I went on my trip, a friend was telling me the way he thinks of Amma. He said, “To me, she is the Master of Being Human”. I love that!!! I have often said that it is Amma who has taught me the most over the years about how to be a better human being. But this expression from my friend says this and even more. I generally think of Amma as Divine (which is fair enough, because I perceive her as the exact embodiment of Divinity in human form, very rare) yet this description stunned me. It also contains the flavour of Amma’s own humility. Swami Dayamrita once captured a similar-ish kind of sentiment when he said in a documentary about his time with Amma, “I don’t care if she is God or she is Devil – she is my Mother.” He went on to say that the biggest miracle he has ever seen Amma perform is her Darshan. Day after day and hour after hour. He said that it isn’t even the great human feat of being able to do this that moves him most; it’s that she would want to do it.
I would like to pass on to you some of the teachings and expressions I gathered from my time at the Toronto program. Something Amma said which touched me very deeply was this: don’t ever hesitate to give love, because love is the only thing that you can always give. 🙂 🙂 🙂 – You know those times when you’re not sure..? When you feel like withholding love from someone..? And then there’s that moment when you go one way or the other..? That’s the space getting addressed here I feel. So beautiful… Amma also said that this human life is meant to be born in love, to be lived in love and to end in love.
I think my favourite thing of all that Amma said this time follows here. During the retreat, we were getting ready for the Q&A session, in which anyone can ask a public question to Amma. Amma announced that it was time, adding that 2 + 2 can never equal 5: the Truth has been given already, she said. So we can ask about our personal problems, what we see, what we hear, what we sense etc. She left it at that. There was still a Q&A session, but how transformed we all were in it!
During her Devi Bhava speech, Amma expressed that we should not allow praise to get to our heads or criticism to get to our hearts. She also reminded us that growing old is not the same as growing up: growing old happens without any effort and is the journey towards death, but growing up happens when we mature spiritually, and is the journey towards immortality. She pointed out that even the next breath is not in our hands. We need to recognise this truth, she said, and spend the time we have left in this life realising God within (which she defined as, that within us which cannot be changed). In connection to this, Amma has often said that far from being a luxury, God realisation is our birthright.
I hope you enjoyed these Amma inspirations 🙂 If you would like more, Br. Shubamrita is coming to London on Sunday to give a talk. I will be there. Here are the details (this talk is free):-
See you soon,