Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MOTHER AMMA IN FINLAND


I've never been religious, but spiritual and like to learn about different religions and philosophies. While traveling in India I was definitely drawn to hinduism, but buddhism became my number one interest and I'm still very eager to learn more about it. But recently I was introduced to someone new; "The Hugging Saint" and Amma "Mother", is a spiritual leader and guru, who is revered as a saint by her followers. She is widely respected for her humanitarian activities all around the world and I had the honor to receive a hug from her when she was visiting Finland last weekend. 
This was my first time for the hug and I had no expectations about it. But something strange started happening when I was on line, about 5 feet from Amma, waiting for darshan. I felt sudden wave of warmness come to me and my emotions surfaced and I felt extremely happy and grateful. I never felt anything divine like this before. I was on high for sure. Next day I came back just to enjoy the atmosphere, meditate and I also attended the Devi Bhava, kirtan and puja. What an amazing experience.
 I wore my rudraksha beads both days with Amma and finally got interested on their meaning and discovered that the brick-red coloured dried berry of the Rudraksha tree has played a dominant role on the Indian arena for a long time now. Rudra (terrible) aksha (eye), the name connotes the effect of the seed on evil and its concomitants. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva used a fire weapon called Aaghor to kill Tripura Sur, the troublesome demon. The weapon killed the demon, but temporarily blinded Shiva too, who had to shut his eyes to escape its dazzling brilliance. When Shiva opened his eyes, they were watery. Places on earth where the teardrops fell sprouted Rudraksha trees.
It is believed that Rudraksha cures many illnesses including those related to blood pressure and heart. Rudraksha's protective powers are known to be that powerful that it can actually protect the wearer from untimely death. Ancient sages maintained that Rudraksha provides peace and tranquility. Note: The effect of the Rudraksha is evident after forty days of wearing it!
And look what I found from my mom's closet to wear as my night gown. Fits the theme here so well! :) Om lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu. May the entire world be happy.

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