BY VEENA RAO
Photos by Dr. B.K Mohan
During her brief lecture during the final day of the
Kumbhabhishekham celebrations at the HTA Siva temple, Amma
Karunamayi exhorted devotees to offer Lord Shiva bilva
patram (bel leaves) to symbolically denounce all ego and
negativity within oneself and adopt spirituality.
“The temple is an energy center,” she said. “Let the energy
spread to give peace to people in hospitals, jails, work
places and to those who are lonely.”
“Spiritual practices like selfless seva and meditation grant
us the highest purity in life and a connection with the God
within our hearts,” she said.
“Elevate yourself,” was Amma’s message to the devotees.
“Repeat God’s name 108 times. If you do not have time to do
that, repeat his name 54 times. If that is difficult, repeat
his name 27 times. If your busy lifestyle doesn’t let you
enough time even for that, then at least one time,” she
Speaking about the importance of contentment, Amma
Karunamayi said the western world was plagued with
innumerable challenges. There was too much emptiness and no
inner values, no destination. On the other hand, India had
poverty, but people there are more contented.
“Contentment is natural wealth,” she said and added, “Live
your life the same way, but have God in your heart. Work in
society until the end of your breath. Be a real sage inside.
Do not bow to ego or selfishness.”
“Burn your karma during this lifetime through spiritual
practices and the art of giving,” she concluded.