At the Mata Amritanandamayi
Math in Amritapuri near Quilon, South Kerala, there is a beautiful temple
that houses more than seven hundred full-time residents.
day dawns early in Amritapuri Ashram (monastery) located in the backwaters
of Kerala. At 4.30 a.m. in the morning, most residents are up and begin
to involve themselves on various activities. While some take their shower,
others clean the sandy yard outside the temple or cook in the kitchen
for the large number of residents, or get the shrine ready for the morning
worship. The roar of the Arabian Sea plays constantly upon one's ears,
even as the temple bells chime to remind devotees about the chanting of
the Divine Mother's thousand names (Lalita Sahasranama).
The main idol at the
Amritapuri Ashram is that of the fierce Goddess Kali. Carved in black
stone, she has her red tongue hanging fearsomely out, while she holds
in her hand a sword. It is said that Kali can hack off the ego with great
ease. Once rid of this, the greatest impediment to finding inner peace,
the devotee is on his way to attaining self-realization.
execute the teachings of the Holy Mother many devotees have chosen to
give up their humdrum lives and follow the rigorous routine of the Amritapuri
Ashram, where selfless service forms a large part of the daily routine.
The Mother allows those who are more inclined towards introspection to
meditate undisturbed for as long as they can, without expecting them to
participate in the Amritapuri Ashram chores. Since prayer, meditation,
and service are all paths to the same goal, the Mother leads her disciples
to the goal along the path most suited to them.
To go to the Amritapuri
Ashram there is a train to Kayamkulam (where it stops for only two minutes),
the station before Quilon, and then an auto-rickshaw from this station
will reach you to the backwaters of Vallickavu in about half an hour.
Alternatively, a flight to Thiruvananthapuram, and a long (two- to three-hour)
taxi ride to Vallickavu. A ferry will then take you across the waters,
and you will probably find a helpful devotee clad in white ready to help
you carry your luggage to the Amritapuri Ashram
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