Why are you interested in the Gandhi-King Community?
High School and Junior High Teacher, Clark County School District (English and Reading). Former research assistant, MLK Papers Project, Stanford University. Interests: Politics, writing, photography, art history, music, and world travel.
Thanks for the tip, Amma came home, and we've all been absorbed in ashram activities. Just simply keeping up with her schedule of coming and going, is in itself full time. And we are just sitting there, while she is engaged in immense activity.
I don't know if any of her darshan clips are on the amritapuri.org or ammachi.org sites, but, if you see those, you can see that she is moving like a tornado, while those around are, by contrast, standing still...
There is also a film called 'Darshan' by a French producer, Jan Kounen.
The Black in America 2 program on CNN last night was amazing! As an educator, I would encourage those who missed it to try to catch the rerun whenever it is shown. There were several teary moments which reminded me why I'm in this business to begin with. The program was inspirational. Please read: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/black.in.america/community/culture3.html to get more information. Part II airs tonight.
Wow! I think even contemplating the life of a cloistered nun is an amazing step!
There is so much to say.
We - my two children Lincoln 12 years then, and daughter Annika age 11 - came to Amma's ashram in 1999.
On June 21, 2007, my daughter died of an undiagnosed illness, in San Ramon. She wanted to be a brahmacharini and a surgeon.
My son, Link is now in his final year towards his BTech - Mechanical at the Ashram managed University.
If you send me your more personal email address, I would feel more free to respond on this...
Thank you for this link. Regarding life in our Ashram....its a relentless crucible, but the ideal stands clear before us through Amma, and that is of great assistance in internalizing it. As she herself said, while the Master is alive, everything is chaotic, once the Master goes, it becomes very orderly, organized and peaceful. She has also given an analogy of an Ashram as being like a hospital. People come to get cured of the "I" disease, the foundation of worldly consciousness. If spiritually sick people couldn't come here, it would be like having a hospital with a sign up that said, "No Patients Allowed." Its something to keep in mind regarding the 'handlers' physically close around her, which she has likened to being in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). She has to keep a sharp eye on them. She has stressed to concentrate on the ideals that the Mahatma's stand for, not the person, personality, the big show, etc.
The important thing to keep in mind, for me, no matter what path we are on, or what we identify ourselves as, is the progression of the internal ideal, from the intellectual understanding to a living reality within. Once that happens, no matter who, or where we are, we come under the grace filled mantle of ethical life.
Much more to say, but time is short.
Not long ago, I discovered an amazing website I'd like to share with everyone: http://whospeaks.library.vanderbilt.edu. Here one will find transcripts and audio tapes of interviews by Robert Penn Warren with the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Malcolm X, Rev. James Lawson, Stokely Carmichael, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. It is so exciting to hear their words in their own voices, for free, and to be able to read the transcripts as they share their thoughts, unedited. A tremendously, inspiring experience!