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Amma’s London Visit Dates: Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November
Sandown Park Race Course, Esher KT10 9AJ
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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Some 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 Loweshanker@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:
Deadline: 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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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.
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 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
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