Secunderabad, 27 September 2012
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, fondly known as AMMA, embraces the world with Her love and compassion to all beings. The amount of love She spreads is immeasurable and unmatched. Many people wonder how a little girl from a simple South Indian village came to be known throughout the world as “Amma, the Mother of All.” May it be a huge elephant or even a small ant, may it be the president of a country or the poorest of the poor, Amma is always ready to love and care for everyone. Maybe this is the reason why Amma stands as the embodiment of love and as a Spiritual Guru for millions around the globe.
We, the students of Amrita Vidyalayam, Secunderabad, were given a precious opportunity to perform a dance before Amma on the eve of Amma’s 59th birth anniversary celebrations at Amritapuri, Kerala. We, a troupe of 17 girls accompanied by four of our teachers set off to Amritapuri excitedly. Being in Amritapuri was an unforgettable and a unique experience.
The whole of Amritapuri was getting ready for Amma’s Birthday celebrations. Lakhs of people arrived from around the globe. Everyone was waiting for the day, 27th September to arrive. The ashramites and the volunteers were always ready to help.The arrangements were carried out in a very systematic and planned way.
The day had finally come. It was like the heaven on earth. All the people [had] gathered and the hugging saint in white had arrived. Amma, the divine self, was invited withsmiles from her children who were waiting for her. Amma was seated on the throne of love while Swami Amritaswaroopananda Puri performed the ‘padapuja’ with the sacred lotus flowers. Then it was time for Amma’s satsang. In Her most inspiring speech, Amma reminded all her children about the loss of our culture and true values in today’s society.
Apart from us, there were students from 13 branches of Amrita Vidyalayam’s from different parts of Kerala who came to present their dances as a small gift to Amma on Her birthday. Every dance performance was offered at the lotus feet of Amma with Love. We, the students of Amrita Vidyalayam, Secunderabad presented a group and a solo performance.
This was the first time students of Amrita Vidyalayam, Secunderabad experienced performing in Amritapuri.We felt blessed having ‘Amma’s darshan’. We were delighted taking part in the ‘seva’ and experienced the essence of the happiness in serving selflessly. For most of us, it was our first time to visit Amritapuri. We never knew how time passed and our stay of two and a half days came to an end quickly. None of us felt like it to leave such a wonderful place but we had to. We set off to Secunderabad with our minds filled with memories and our souls feeling blessed. We wholeheartedly thank each of the ashramites and volunteers, co-ordinator of Amrita Vidyalayams and our principal and teachers who always supported and guided us.
Finally, all what we get to say is: “Thank You, Amma”