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Your monthly Enews from Friends of Amma UK  
August 2017
Amma’s London Visit Dates: Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November
Sandown Park Race Course, Esher KT10 9AJ
Dates Set for Amma's UK Programme Raising Funds for Amma's Visit
Birmingham Satsang Raises Funds for Visit Advertise in Amma's Progamme Guide 2017
Sharing Amma's Thousand Names International Yoga Day in East London
Satsang Meetings and Events Subscribe to Matruvani, Amma's monthly magazine
 Amma accepts the Arati from her senior disciples during Guru Purnima in Toronto“There are so many different types of relationships based on love in the world. However, the relationship between the Satguru and the disciple is beyond all these relationships. Gurupurnima is a day to contemplate on the greatness of a true disciple, along with that of a true Master. This is because the Guru resides within the heart of a true disciple. A mother or father only exist where a son or daughter exists. Similarly, a true disciple creates an opportunity to awaken the Guru within the Realized Master.” — Amma

Dates Set for Amma's UK Programme

The dates for our beloved Amma's next visit to London have been set as Friday 17 and Saturday 18 November, with the second day being Devi Bhava and going into Sunday morning. As notified in last month's Enews, this will take place at Sandown Park Race Course which is not far from the centre of London, and has good transport links.

We have a Friday/Saturday slot for the first time in many years, so we will need to be well prepared for a big crowd. As you will all be aware, the setting up and running of Amma's programme is all done by volunteers (that's all of us!), so please start to think about the seva (selfless service) you may be able to offer towards making it happen. Future issues of the Enews will have more details about what will be required and ways to sign up in advance to join one of the teams. (Please note that these visit dates may still be subject to change.)
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Birmingham Satsang Raises Funds for Visit

Brimingham Satsang Carboot SaleSome of the Birmingham satsang had an enjoyable Sunday morning doing a local carboot sale. We were newbies to the carboot scene, but managed to raise £125 towards Amma’s autumn visit. We can recommend it as a great way to fundraise! — Roz Lowe

Raising Funds for Amma's Visit

The total so far from this initiative has reached £15,000. A massive thank you to everyone who has donated either with a one off donation or on a monthly basis. This is a brilliant start and we are well over 10 percent of the way towards our target of £80,000. If you would like to set up a donation, please let Shanker shanker@amma.org.uk know so we can maintain a separate record of this fundraising. Also please spread the word that we are raising funds for Amma's programme.
Three ways to donate:
  1. If you use online or telephone banking, you can set up a standing order directly from your account. Payment details: Friends of Amma UK. Sort code: 30-96-35. Account: 00264508. If there is the option, please give a reference of “Amma UK Visit Expenses”.
  2. Make a one-off payment online at http://amma.org.uk/donation.html. Select “Amma UK Visit Expenses” from the drop-down box.
  3. Set up a standing order using the Standing Order Form on the website. Print it off and sent it to your bank to set up.

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Advertise in Amma's Programme Guide 2017

Amma Programme Guide2016Deadline: 15th October for Bookings, 1st November for Artwork
We will once again produce a colour Programme Guide for Amma's visit in 2015, which will not only be packed full of useful information, but also have space for devotees and businesses to advertise their products and services to as many as 12,000 like-minded individuals who come to the programme.

The Guide continues to be very well received and we hope it will attract adverts from new advertisers, as well as repeat adverts from those who so generously supported the project last year.

If you have a business, or know of one you think may be interested in advertising, please come forward to book your space. Not only will you be promoting your business, you will also be helping to cover the considerable costs of bringing Amma to London.

Download Advertising Rates from the website here.
Last year's Programme Guide is still available to view here.
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International Yoga Day in East London

A big thank you to all who supported our International Yoga day at Hilly Fields Park Brockley, near the ancient stone circle on 24 June. We started the day with Amma Satsang, chanting the 108 names and Lalita Sahasranam stotram. We were then led by our amazing Hatha Yoga teacher Simona Schimanovich, in a beautiful session of mandala and restorative yoga in the stone circle. We ended the day by eating some delicious vegan food and singing some bhajans. — Daniel & Ankita.

Brothers and sisters in arms

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Sharing Amma's Thousand Names

Last month, I visited a community of Goddess worshippers in West Wales. They are rooted in the Celtic tradition but enjoy incorporating stories and songs from all faiths. Three years ago, they began a tradition of "Mary-Mas", celebrating the return of the darkness three days after the summer solstice, just as "Christ-mas" celebrates the return of the light three days after the winter solstice. I was told that we would stay up all night sharing stories and songs of the Divine Feminine from different traditions and my spontaneous offer to recite the thousand names of the Divine Mother was received extremely enthusiastically. 
 
Realising that not one person in the "Spirit House" had ever heard the names, I invited them to practice the "Om Parashaktyai Namaha" response before we started but I was still a bit uncertain as to how it would be received. The group chanted with the most incredible focus and devotion and afterwards reported incredibly powerful experiences. It was deeply touching to share this practice with a group of people who were completely fresh, having never met Amma, and so wide open and enthusiastic. Last week one of them told me that the community have adopted Om Parashaktyai Namaha as a kind of catchphrase to mean a big "YES!"
 
Right now, I am in Ireland where I am holding a sacred song retreat in County Donegal. I didn't plan to but a few weeks ago got the sense I should offer the names each morning as an optional session. Again, I have been so amazed at how enthusiastically it has been taken up and the focus and concentration with which everyone has been chanting. The most curious part is that two of the participants have flown in from India. They were born in Mangalore but were both raised as Christians. So here, they have travelled all the way to Ireland to listen to an English woman chanting these names from their Indian tradition.
 
It never ceases to amaze and amuse me, the ways in which this practice unfolds itself and finds those who are yearning to deepen their connection with the Divine Mother. I am so grateful that Sri Lalita chose to play with me - and introduce me to all her friends! — Vaishnavi Brassey
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Satsang Meetings and Events

Satsang meetings generally include some or all of the following: Guru Stotram, 108 names of Amma, Sri Lalita Sahasranama Stotram (1000 Names), Mahisasuramardini Stotram; Reading & Meditation; Bhajans, Arati and a Prasad/Potluck dinner. For more information, please contact the satsang leader.
* Please call beforehand to say you are coming, or for more details
+ Please bring a dish to share and/or something for the altar
Email londonsatsanginfo@gmail.com to receive a weekly update of London-area satsang meetings.
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Date

Time

Venue

Contact

Sun 6 Aug
4-6.30pm
Brighton, East Sussex
Michelle Hughes 0744 6263 443 *
Sat 19 Aug
5.30pm
14 Sunning Avenue, Sunningdale, Berkshire SL5 9PN. 8pm Shared Dinner
Balakrishna  07723346608 * +
Sat 26 Aug
6.30-
8.30pm
145 Milton Ave, East Ham, London E6 1BN. Tube: East Ham
Kannan/Divia 0208 4710428 *
every Tues
7pm
The Daisy Centre, Glastonbury BA6 9JQ
James 07791 496687
every Thurs
7.30-
9.45pm
Villa Devi, 99 Breakspears Rd, London SE4 1TY.
Antarma +
07838650138
monthly 7-9pm Cluny Sancturary, Findhorn Foundation, St Leonards Rd, Forres IV36 2RD Moray
monthly
7.15pm
Shekinashram, Dod Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8BZ
Vandita 07915 604838 vandita.amma@gmail.com
monthly 2-4pm Flat 34, 15 Hay Hill, Central London W1J 8NS Tube: Green Park
Ankita 07718223913 +
Daniel 07515741494
monthly 6pm Moseley Birmingham B13 9PL Adele 07733267714 *+
whereisadele@yahoo.co.uk
monthly
6pm
Combe Down, Bath, Somerset
Sue 07703117137 *
monthly
6pm
Oxford
Stuart Walters 0795 0099200
monthly
2-5pm
Birdwood House, 44 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SQ
Tanmayi 07721 396938 * +
monthly
11.30am-2.30pm
Villa Devi, 99 Breakspears Rd, London SE4 1TY.
Aloka Pagrut * +
monthly

 

Derby
Jane O'Byrne 07989 595483 *jane_obyrne@yahoo.co.uk
monthly
7.30pm
Lower Maescoed, Herefordshire HR2 0DR
Surya Kalkwarf 07412 269862 *
monthly
4-6pm
15 Fourth Avenue, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NE6 5YH
monthly
1pm
Sheffield
monthly
1pm
47, Meysydd Y Coleg, Carmarthen SA31 3GR Wales. Held on the Sunday closest to Kartika
John Chidanand and Sarada *
Quarterly
6-8pm Sat
Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Bank Rd, Dawley Bank, Telford, Shropshire TF4 2AZ 
Tom Stacey 07974 810254  stacey305@hotmail.com

* Please call beforehand to say you are coming, or for more details
+ Please bring a dish to share and/or something for the altar
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