Tolpavas – traditional puppets to spread the message of Gita

Gitamritam organised a 3 day workshop on puppetry. Invited a traditional puppetier who’s family has been in to this theatre art for the last 600 years. They had tolpavas (puppets made out of animal skin) of 200 years old!

In the 3 days the basic dynamic of puppetry and how to make puppets were taught. At the end of the Gita students presented a show, writing their our own script and creating their own puppets with cardboards.

All are exited to take this out to the next level.. to take it to different schools and colleges to spread the message of Gita. Its Amma’s wish that the youth should spread the message of our culture.
8-10 Jul 2016 at Amrita University, Bengaluru

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its ok if your IQ is little less; enjoy life, help others

today  we visited a differently able school with the students of amrita vidyalayam, kochi.

at first students were reluctant, but after few minutes, they started interacting.. asking names, singing songs, playing mimicry, imitating michael jackson, fighting with pancha gusthi.. encouraging the differently abled at each step. many of inmates are beyond their teens, but their brain has not developed enough and many have physical deformities. interestingly they all help each other in their activities, encourages each other to come up, which most of the IQ people lack in this world, unfortunately.

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students joining the laughter with a differently abled girl

the avm children also collects rice and grocery items and donates to this institution regularly, were more than 80% of the inmates  are from poor family.   this way avm students will see the reality of life, and also will help them to develop love and compassion for the suffering.

after the visit, keerthana from 6th std had an interesting note. she said, “all of the inmates are enjoying, they are happy inspite of the disabilities.”

it was true though.

there is nothing to worry if your IQ is little less, but are you able to enjoy life? thats important. get rid of the unnecessary thinking and IQ stuff, if it cant help others and able to enjoy life.

30 jun 2016

 

imitating a blind man singing

imitating a blind man singing

 

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girls singing

 

 

mimicry performance

mimicry performance

 

 

with the differently abled

a selfie with the differently abled

 

bus trip

singing in the bus on the way

 

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a selfie from the bus

 

at amrita vidyalayam kochi

during the 4day sessions at Amrita Vidyalayam, Kochi, we discussed about life, goals in life, goal of life, happiness, success, acceptance, smile 4 success etc.

30 jun 2016

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proud of you gaurango

i met Gaurango Banergi at Amrita University campus in coimbatore. he invited me to see his poster presentation of his mba projet. gaurango explained abt his project which a beautiful combination of marketing, media, analytics, connecting the need of a healthy society, trending etc. i felt proud abt him growing in to an educated, matured, sensible good citizen … the same gaurango i met in late 1998 when he was at amrita vidyalayam, kodungallur.. may amma’s blessings be there with you to achieve unimaginable heights and success in your life.

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posted both pics. gaurango is biting his finger nails in the pic below. (even today he does so)

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the hand that gives, unites: with india’s first hand transplant patients

it was a pleasant meeting- abdul rahim and manu- these two with special hands. abdul rahim and manu, both who lost both of their hands – one while diffusing land mine and other trying to protect a girl from anti social elements. their hands were replace at amrita hospital. this is the first hand transplant in south aisa, that too on a dark skin. now both live a ‘normal life’. they came to meet amma in kochi.

they gave me a hand shake. it was sooo strong, a typical military hand shake.

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the hand that gives are the hands that unites: a selfi with manu and abdul rahim

now addul rahim, who is from afghanistan has fell in love with amma and india. manu was given a job at amrita hospital as a counsellor by amma.

if you think about it, its a wonder how brain accepted a ‘foreign body’ as its own and functioning, co-ordinating the impulses perfectly.

thanks to amrita team of doctors who made it happen. all amma’s grace.

read the news about manu & abdul rahim, india’s first double hand transplant.

awareness helps you avoid crash landing

the other day i heard that a boat has crashed in to the land! today i went there to see, just 10 minutes walk from the ashram. the boat was going for fishing. the driver fell asleep. the boat lost the direction, crashed into the land. thousands of liters of diseal, tonnes of ice.. all in water. all men escaped. but the boat is unusable.

this is what happens in life. you have all the potential within to achieve. but if you are not aware enough, you keep crashlanding. some times you may survive.

 

 

 

29 Apr 2016, Amritapuri

Philipose Mar Chrysostom is turning 99

Today Revered Philipose Mar Chrysostom is turning 99!!. Happy birthday Thirumeni.
May your innocence, humour, wisdom, broadmindedness and the courage inspire the world to live more harmoniously.

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Tirumeni, i remember what you said about Amma when you came for Amritavarsham60 celebrations: “Some people are born and then they die. (Only those two things, they have done nothing else.) You look at their tombstone and see ‘Born on –‘and ‘Died on –‘. But there are people, like Amma, who are born, who truly live, and then pass on. Amma is living now, I do not know if She will live or die. But, people like me, are looking forward to death –because of this cruel world. Why? Today, the world has sunk deeper into despair. There is no world, there is no humanity, and there are no values. But, because of Amma, humans are human; values are still values; world is still our world. From today, Kerala must awaken, become different from yesterday. {more about Tirumeni here)

 

stack chair, post a photo

at the end of darshan in jaipur amma asked all devotees to help to stack the chairs which was used at the program grounds. there were thousands..
and she specifically asked me to go and take chairs. i did. then came the second command. take a pic and post on fb! lol.. here it is ..
even if we cannot do everything guru says, whatever possible we must do na?
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may her grace be there with us always.
2 april 2016, jaipur.

lunch with the cm

with Amma i visited the house of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on 10th April 2016. Amma had 90 minutes discussion with him on education, health, environment, wisdom of our culture…

this young dynamic chief minister may have the compassion and will to serve the people of India.

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After Amma left, he invited us for lunch with him. he was kind enough to share his time with us where we had lunch with his family. He even had arranged special south indian cook to prepare food for us.
here is a selfi with Akhilesh Yadav ji

lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu