"The common expression is 'I love you.' But instead of 'I love you,' it would be better to say, 'I am love — I am the embodiment of pure love.' Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only love. It is as if love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don't exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one — and that is love. You lend the I and you their reality. Withdraw your support and they will disappear. Then you will realise, not that 'I love you,' but that 'I am that all-embracing love.'"
quarta-feira, 27 de maio de 2009
Sempre quando me perguntam se eu tenho algum Guru ou mestre, digo que meu guru é meu coração.
Mas tenho um carinho muito grande pela Amma, essa líder espiritual maravilhosa, que pratica Bhakti Yoga pelo mundo todo e dedica sua vida ao amor e devoção.
Na minha próxima viagem para a Índia, vou para Kerala, no sul do país e lá ficarei algum tempo em seu ashram. Tenho certeza de que serão dias muito especiais.
Abaixo, um pouco da vida dela (em inglês) e algumas de suas palavras.
Amma (Sudhamani was her original name meaning Ambrosial Jewel) was born into a low caste in the fishing village of Parayakadavu in the district of Kerala. She was born on September 27th, 1953 her birth was unusual in that on being born she did not cry but smiled. Also her parents were shocked to see her skin at birth was dark blue. They were worried she was sickly, but she turned out to be a healthy child, although her skin changed to be much darker than other children. From an early age Amma appeared to be quite different from the other village children. She had a strong devotional element, it is said even by the age of 5 she was spending much of her time singing devotional prayers. Amma says ever since she can remember she has had a great attraction to repeating the name of God. Whatever she was doing her lips appeared to be moving in silent prayer. However, the spiritual inclinations of Amma were not always appreciated by her parents. In particular they disliked her generous, compassionate nature and scolded her for sharing food with the untouchable classes and giving away belongings of the household. At the age of 9 she was taken away from school and given many onerous household tasks to do. Jobs she did with cheerfulness and willingness.
As she grew older her mystical experiences intensified. At times she became so absorbed in spiritual practise she began to attract followers who felt something in her profound state of consciousness. In particular she would often identify with the Hindu Avatar Sri Krishna, during these meditations devotees would say she took on the form and characteristics of Sri Krishna. At this time and later many miraculous healings have been attributed to Amma which have been documented by various sources. However it is interesting to know that Sudhamani (Amma) has said:“I am not interested in making believers by showing miracles, I am here to help you find the real truth, and to find liberation of the Self (Soul) through the realization of your eternal nature.”
Although uneducated, Amma teaches aspirants in the ancient traditions of yoga and Vedanta. Through her own realisation she teaches the ideals of renouncing a false sense of ego. She encourages seekers to concentrate on the divine, true nature of man, through this an aspirant is able to overcome obstacles and attain realisation. By the end of 1979 a group of sincere seekers wished to remain in the presence of Amma and devote themselves to spiritual practise. This small group formed the nucleus of an informal ashram. Soon after Amma started to give strict instructions to her monastic disciples to help them attain spiritual progress. This includes rising at 4.30am and spending a set amount of time in meditation, kirtan and selfless service.
During the past 35 years her main focus has been to travel and offer her unconditional love to people from all walks of life. It is estimated that Amma has hugged over 25 million people. On some days she has hugged up to 50,000 people in a day, often working for up to 20 hours. During these meetings, people come from different religions and walks of life. She never tries to convert anybody to a particular religion. She says that.“ My sole mission is to love and serve one and all.”“There is always a lack of love. It has always been Amma’s wish that her life should become love and compassion itself.”
Although brought up in India with its rich tradition of Hinduism and Hindu Saints Amma does not consider herself to be any particular religion. When asked what her religion is she replies.“My religion is love and service.”
In India to accommodate her many disciples and provide a focus for their spiritual practise a large six storied temple was built. Called Amritapuri Ashram, it provides a simple living environment for those who wish to follow the monastic lifestyle of celibacy and meditation. The organisation of Amma is also heavily involved in humanitarian work offering aid to the poor and disadvantaged. At times Amma has taken part in this work herself showing that humility is one of the most important aspects for a spiritual seeker.
In recent years Amma has offered lectures at the United Nations and World Parliament of Religions. She has also spoken at the Global Peace Initiative of Women religious and Spiritual Leaders and in 2002 she was awarded the 2002 Gandhi-King award for Non-violence