Web Support

September 27, 2010 by  
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Dear All
With the grace of Amma, the site with the new design of theammashop.org is being released.
Many pages and links are yet to be activated. It is a ‘beta version’. We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions.

Write to us @ ammasbooks@yahoo.com

Theammashop webteam

Amma’s 57th Birthday Celebrations

September 27, 2010 by  
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Amma’s 57th Birthday Celebration
You are warmly invited to attend Amma’s 57th Birthday Celebration on Monday, September 27

Amma’s Presence is always felt deeply when her children come together, and your participation is most welcome. The full day program will be filled with prayers, devotion, community and celebration.

Some Highlights of the Day:

5:30 am:
The day will commence with an auspicious Homa Fire Ceremony for World Peace and the Harmony of Mother Nature. *see below for details

10:00 am: Pada Puja (Ceremonial Worship of Guru’s Feet) will be performed by Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya.

12:45 – 2:00 pm: Lunch

Other Daytime Activities will include: Bhajans (devotional singing), Garland of Gratitude: sharing about Amma in our lives, Birthday Cards for Amma, Service Projects, Games, Performances, and the chanting of the Sri Lalitha Sahasranama (1,000 Names of the Divine Mother) for World Peace.

6:00 pm: Evening Program will include multimedia presentations, an introduction by Ron Gottsegen, Satsang (a spiritual talk) with Br. Dayamrita and Bhajans.

After the evening program: dinner and dessert will be served outside under the stars.

All meals are offered free of charge.

Green Initiatives

September 10, 2010 by  
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A member organization of the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign, Embracing the World has organized the planting of more than 1 million trees globally since 2001. After the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, ETW stabilized 13 kilometers of Kerala’s coast by planting 30,000 Casuarina saplings along the shoreline.



Through GreenFriends, our global grassroots environmental movement, we promote environmental awareness and local participation in conservation efforts throughout the world. GreenFriends stands apart from other conservation movements in its baseline philosophy – that we must act to save the environment not because our own lives depend on it, but because Nature is the mother of humanity and all living beings, and as such it is our responsibility to care for her. GreenFriends sees this paradigm shift as essential to securing a serious and lasting commitment to sustainable development.



Apart from planting trees, GreenFriends activities include permaculture, organic food production and beekeeping. GreenFriends also builds eco-friendly dwellings, promote the use of Efficient Micro-organisms (EM) as sanitizing agents, preserve land and water ecosystems, recycle and reduce waste. To reconnect people with nature, GreenFriends conduct workshops, nature retreats and group meditation in forests and other natural settings.

In Kerala, ETW also maintains three medicinal plant gardens covering more than 10 acres. The project is aimed at conserving coastal, midland and forest ecosystems, and providing employment for local women.
More Information: Visit http://www.embracingtheworld.org

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Care Home for Children – Nairobi, Kenya

September 9, 2010 by  
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Care Home for Children – Nairobi, Kenya

The AIDS epidemic has left behind more than one million orphaned children in Kenya. Even for families unaffected by AIDS, it is becoming more and more difficult to make ends meet; costs of living are rising, and drought and famine throughout 2008-2009 have increased food scarcity levels. Many parents have been forced to remove their children from school, in order to send them to work.

During Amma’s visit to Nairobi in April 2009, she officially inaugurated Amrita Watoto Boma, a children’s care home for 108 children spread over 11 acres on the banks of the Athi River. Managed and run by Embracing the World volunteers, the home provides shelter, food, education and healthcare in a loving environment. The first 54 children were taken in during Amma’s program, with Amma personally distributing to each of them new sets of clothing and school supplies. Ages of the children range from six to 14. Many of the children have lost one or both parents to AIDS; others come from families who cannot afford to provide for them.

An additional 54 children will be taken in when the facilities expand. When Amrita Watoto Boma is completed, it will include dormitories, classrooms, a playground, sports facilities and medical clinic.

All those interested in supporting Amrita Children?s Home in Kenya Amrita Watoto Boma) in any way (cash, kind, volunteering) are requested to contact MA Center, USA, directly.

Ron Gottsegen
President, MA Center, USA

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