'Mother of Compassion' brings world tour to Westlake

Unity Spiritual Center is honored to have Amma's sacred purpose and program of love and peace come to Westlake this June.

Some messages we have heard in childhood may persist all of our lives, like "Mother knows best." Or "Finish your vegetables, they're good for you." Or the central message of the Hippie movement – "Peace and love." What if all those same messages could be experienced and understood today in greater depth, with more powerful meaning, in truer spirituality, in the form of a spiritual being, known by her followers as "the Mother of Compassion?"

Many words from India have seeped into the English language such as Yoga, karma, satsung and avatar. In Hinduism, an avatar is defined as a deliberate descent of a deity to earth. This aptly describes Amma Sri Karunamayi, revered by many as the embodiment of Divine Motherly Love due to the generous outpouring of affection and love she showers unconditionally on people, plants and animals.

Unity Spiritual Center is honored to have Amma's sacred purpose and program of love and peace come to Westlake this June.

Amma's childhood and early years are likely much different than yours or mine. Born in South India, her astrological chart told of how she would dedicate her life to helping humanity. In childhood she would seclude herself and meditate for weeks or months at a time. At 21, she told her mother it was time to depart into seclusion, and so she traveled on foot to the remote Penusila Forest.

Here she would meditate for weeks or months at a time, staying for 12 years. In 1995 Amma expanded from India to the United States where she brings her message of comfort and spiritual guidance, dedicating herself to removing suffering from the hearts of her children through programs, education and retreats. 

Amma (whose name means mother) will bring her program to Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road, on June 13 and 14. Friday, June 13, is Individual Blessing Day, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Share the concerns of your heart with her, bring an item or photo to bless. This program is free and all are welcome.

Saturday, June 14, is a Silent Meditation Retreat, complete with Yoga, Ayurveda and meditation, choice of full or half-day options. The full-day retreat is $100, half-day $60 if booked before June 4. Registration is required; call Bob at 216-374-3493, email kerock58@cox.net or visit karunamayi.org and click on World Tour.

On Sunday, June 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., a Sacred Fire Ceremony including lunch will be held a private residence at 187 Windbrook Drive in Elyria. This is a free public program but donations are accepted. Come rid yourself of negative karma by the Havana fire. 

Amma has established SMVA Trust, a nonprofit organization which has programs that provide, food, housing, clothing, education, medical treatments and clean water for thousands.

Sharon Fedor

I am on the Board of Trustees of Unity Spiritual Center

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